First round US Open: Wimbledon champ Kerber also out

Written by Staff Writer Staff Writer Ashleigh Barty has been eliminated from the US Open in the first round after a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to world number 74 Svetlana Kuznetsova. The two players made…

First round US Open: Wimbledon champ Kerber also out

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Ashleigh Barty has been eliminated from the US Open in the first round after a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to world number 74 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The two players made their main draw debut as professionals at the tournament for the 2016 US Open, and they went to a 5-all tie early in the second set.

Barty, the world number 41 and a semifinalist at the US Open in 2015, failed to convert four break points to trail 2-1 in the tiebreak and she then dropped her serve, bowing out to Kuznetsova.

Speaking after the match, Barty described the atmosphere as “electric” and said she had enjoyed playing in front of the home crowd.

“I played some really good tennis in that first set. I just left some points out there,” she said.

“I think she definitely put a lot of pressure on me with the amount of balls she played,” the Australian continued.

Barty beat world number one Serena Williams in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open. But this time she failed to take her chances against her fancied opponent.

Kuznetsova said it had been hard coming back from injury, which required two operations and saw her ranked as low as number 147 in 2011.

“I really have to thank my team for everything,” she said. “It’s been a challenge.

“So many ups and downs and just trying to get back and build up and just not to give up.”

World number 15 Angelique Kerber was also knocked out by Germany’s Kristina Mladenovic.

The world number five had to save six match points in the final set as she failed to advance to the second round.

Kerber lost the Australian Open final to Serena Williams and needed treatment on her foot after she went down 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Lucie Safarova in the first round of the Dubai Open on Monday.

Elsewhere, defending champion Serena Williams had an easier time of it as she breezed through to the second round.

The top seed advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, following up her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alize Cornet in the opening round of the Dubai Open on Monday.

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