British qualifier Lily Miyazaki won her first grand slam match on her US Open debut to reach the second round.
The 27-year-old, whose only other appearance at a major was as a Wimbledon wild card last year, beat Russian Margarita Betova 6-3, 6-3.
The world number 199 may be unlikely to emulate Emma Raducanu’s fairy-tale title win two years ago, but she still secured a near-£100,000 pay day and a high-profile match against Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.
“It’s going to be a tough match for sure,” said Miyazaki.
“But I guess the good thing is I’ve seen her play plenty of times and she probably doesn’t know much about me.”
More to follow…
09:10 PM BST
After a tough loss, Sakkari might take a break from tennis
08:58 PM BST
Next up for Miyazaki
The 27-year-old will play Belinda Bencic in the second round on Wednesday.
But she has banked herself a minimum £98,000 in the process and if you want a good omen, as a qualifer in 2021, Raducanu beat Bencic on the way to winning the title!
08:41 PM BST
I’m lost for words. Really happy and proud of myself. Playing qualifying helped me. I was nervous and not playing great but qualifying helped me.
It’s very different to Wimbledon [in terms of the distractions] but I’ve enjoyed it.
08:37 PM BST
GAME. SET. MATCH. MIYASAKI!!
Special moment for Miyasaki as she earns two match points on her serve at 5-3 and wins it when Betova sends a forehand long.
Miyazaki applauds those in the stands. She has a look of disbelief on her face.
08:35 PM BST
BREAKING: The fourth seed Holger Rune crashes out
08:27 PM BST
Miyazaki one game away from the second round!
Miyazaki has continued her fine form from the first set to take Betova and lead 4-2.
She then consolidates the break to 30 to hold for 5-2.
08:25 PM BST
What do we think of Tiafoe’s colourful outfit?
08:20 PM BST
Swiatek on her next opponent Daria Saville
Well, honestly, I have to analyze her game, because I think we may have played once before her injuries or surgery that she has. I’m not sure what’s her story, you know. But she’s a great person. We always, when we pass each other, we say hi and she’s really positive.
So about the game, I can’t really say a lot. I will for sure get prepared, but, you know, it really doesn’t matter for me. I have my kind of image of tennis that I want to play and show, and I’m just going to try and focus on myself, you know.
Every match is, you know, really important. Doesn’t matter for me who’s gonna be on the other side or what court it’s gonna be. I just want to play my best game that’s possible any day. Yeah, I’ll get ready, for sure.
08:04 PM BST
Upset alert – Holger Rune in danger of first round exit
07:54 PM BST
First set Miyazaki
The Briton storms back from 1-3 down to win the opening set 6-3. If she wins one more she’ll be through to the second round for the first time in her career.
Miyazaki has been strong on her first serve, hit more winners (8-4) and fewer unforced errors (13-17).
07:46 PM BST
2017 champion Sloane Stephens forces a third set
07:36 PM BST
Miyazaki hits back
The Briton is on the back foot early on as Betova breaks her serve to lead 3-1. But in the very next game Miyasaki breaks back after a forehand return winner down the line.
Betova has won two singles and four doubles titles on the WTA Tour and is making her return after giving birth to her son.
07:27 PM BST
Last year’s semi-finalist wins the opening set
07:14 PM BST
Lily Miyazaki: The only Brit in action on day one
The world No 198 is in action against Russian Margarita Betova.
Miyazaki came through three games in qualifying to reach the main draw.
07:07 PM BST
Tiafoe geting the crowd excited on Arthur Ashe
06:57 PM BST
Swiatek is a first round expert
06:49 PM BST
Men’s Singles – First Round
Dominic Thiem, Austria, def. Alexander Bublik (25), Kazakhstan, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Ben Shelton, United States, def. Pedro Cachin, Argentina, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Women’s Singles – First Round
Karolina Muchova (10), Czech Republic, def. Storm Hunter, Australia, 6-4, 6-0.
Daria Saville, Australia, def. Clervie Ngounoue, United States, 6-0, 6-2.
Victoria Azarenka (18), Belarus, def. Fiona Ferro, France, 6-1, 6-2.
Taylor Townsend, United States, def. Varvara Gracheva, Russia, 6-4, 6-2.
Rebeka Masarova, Spain, def. Maria Sakkari (8), Greece, 6-4, 6-4.
Belinda Bencic (15), Switzerland, def. Kamilla Rakhimova, Russia, 6-2, 6-4.
Iga Swiatek (1), Poland, def. Rebecca Peterson, Sweden, 6-0, 6-1.
Magdalena Frech, Poland, def. Emma Navarro, United States, 7-6 (10), 1-6, 6-2.
06:40 PM BST
The world No 10 gets his US Open campaign underway
06:31 PM BST
Alcaraz practises with Norrie
We’ve just had a sighting of the world No 1 as he prepares for his match tomorrow with German Dominik Koepfer.
Koepfer is one of the few left handed players on the tour so to get ready Alcaraz has been working out with Norrie, who hasn’t been in the best of form recently.
06:24 PM BST
Fightback complete by Shelton
After dropping the opening set, the young American looked in trouble but he’s come through in four sets.
Potentially one to watch with his entertaining brand of tennis.
06:18 PM BST
Game, Set, Match Swiatek
Straight forward opening round win for the world No 1 and defending champion as she beats Peterson 6-0, 6-1 in only 57 wins.
She gets Daria Saville in round two on Wednesday.
06:12 PM BST
Delight for Thiem
The Austrian has found it tough since coming back from his serious wrist injury but he’s claimed his first win at the US Open since he won it in 2020. It is also his first grand slam win since beating Nick Kyrgios at the 2021 Australian Open.
He beats the 25th seed Bublik 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
06:03 PM BST
Swiatek in full control
After handing Peterson a bagel in the first set, Swiatek now leads 6-0, 4-1 on Arthur Ashe.
05:52 PM BST
The eighth seed crashes out
Sakkari’s difficult year in the majors continues as she loses in the first round for the third time in 2023.
Spain’s Masarova completes a 6-4, 6-4 win over the Greek.
05:46 PM BST
Class from the former world No 1
05:39 PM BST
Another result from New York
(18) Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 6-1, 6-2 Fiona Ferro (Fra)
05:23 PM BST
The defending champion returns…
… and makes a fast start, breaking Peterson’s serve at the first opportunity and holding to love to consolidate and lead 3-0.
05:20 PM BST
First winner at the 2023 US Open
French Open finalist Karolina Muchova has eased her way into round two, beating Australian Storm Hunter 6-4, 6-0.
Muchova will face the winner of Magdalena Frech and Emma Navarro in the next round.
05:10 PM BST
French veteran Richard Gasquet is down 3-6, 1-6 to Fabian Marozsan of Hungary.
While Rebeka Masarova of Spain has taken the first set 6-4 against eighth seed Maria Sakkari.
05:06 PM BST
Coming up next…
… it is the world No 1 Iga Swiatek.
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Selected latest scores
(18) Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 6-1 Fiona Ferro (Fra)
(25) Alexander Bublik (Kaz) 3-6 Dominic Thiem (Aut)
Ilya Ivashka (Blr) 6-2, 3-1 Juan Manuel Cerundolo (Arg)
Varvara Gracheva (Fra) 4-6 Taylor Townsend (USA)
Kamilla Rakhimova (Rus) 2-6 (15) Belinda Bencic (Swi)
Pedro Cachin (Arg) 6-1, 2-5 Ben Shelton (USA)
Richard Gasquet (Fra) 3-6, 0-3 Fabian Marozsan (Hun)
Rebeka Masarova (Spa) 5-4 (8) Maria Sakkari (Gre)
04:53 PM BST
Wozniacki is back
Caroline Wozniacki will play her first grand slam match in nearly four years after ending her retirement in the summer.
The former world number one says she will keep her comeback going into next year but was living for the moment.
“I didn’t miss it. I played since I was obviously very, very young. It’s been part of my life and my lifestyle for so long. I needed a break,” said Wozniacki, who gave birth in 2021 and 2022.
“I’m very excited to have this opportunity and to play again and play at the highest level.”
04:40 PM BST
Point of the day already!
04:29 PM BST
Bad start for young American hopeful
Ben Shelton is being tipped for a bright future in tennis but he’s made a terrible start in the opening round to Pedro Cachin.
Shelton is down 50 after just 18 minutes and won only 6/26 points played.
04:22 PM BST
A different way to prepare for the US Open
04:11 PM BST
Murray ready to go
Andy Murray is confident the injury which interrupted his US Open preparations has cleared up just in time.
The three-time grand slam winner, champion at Flushing Meadows in 2012, had to withdraw from warm-up tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.
Murray, 36, was unable to serve in practice until this week due to what he revealed turned out to be a torn abdominal muscle.
“The first five or six days were a bit complicated. There were lots of different opinions,” said the Scot.
“It is quite a difficult place to scan, the ab, so we weren’t really sure the first few days. And then I came to New York pretty early and went to one of the hospitals here and had the radiologist from back home who looks at my scans check them.
“I had a small tear, which is healing. And the last five or six days of practice have been really good. I have not had any issues serving.
“It is just obviously that you don’t take a week off from serving then go full into it. You need to build up a little bit. It has not been perfect in that sense but my ab has been OK.”
03:59 PM BST
Here we go!
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Monday’s order of play
Arthur Ashe Stadium
(1) Iga Swiatek (Pol) v Rebecca Peterson (Swe)
Learner Tien (USA) v (10) Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Laura Siegemund (Ger) v (6) Cori Gauff (USA)
Alexandre Muller (Fra) v (2) Novak Djokovic (Ser)
Louis Armstrong Stadium
Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v Fiona Ferro (Fra)
Sloane Stephens (USA) v (19) Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra)
Steve Johnson (USA) v (9) Taylor Fritz (USA)
(7) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) v Milos Raonic (Can)
Tatiana Prozorova (Rus) v Caroline Wozniacki (Den)
Find the rest of the schedule here
03:34 PM BST
Day 1 of the 2023 US Open
Hello and welcome to coverage from day one at the US Open, the final grand slam tennis event of the year.
Expect plenty of shocks, very warm weather, controversy, entertainment and intrigue at Flushing Meadows as the likes of Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff and Andy Murray all in action.
In the men’s draw, all eyes are on Alcaraz and Djokovic to see if we will get another showdown between the two best players in the world after epic batles at Wimbledon and in Cinnicati this year.
“Carlos is always pushing me to the limit,” Djokovic said. “I think I do to him pretty much the same thing. That’s why we produced a memorable final.
“It was one of the best, most exciting, and most difficult finals I was ever part of in best-of-three, no doubt, throughout my career.
“That’s why I fell on the ground after I won the match because it felt like winning a grand slam, to be honest. The amount of exchanges and rallies. It was physically so demanding and gruelling that I felt very exhausted for the next few days.
“Those are kind of the moments in matches that I still push myself on a daily basis, day in and day out, practice, sacrifice, commitment. At 36, I still have the drive.”
In the women’s draw, Gauff is coming into her home tournament in the form of her life after backing up her WTA 500 triumph in Washington by beating Swiatek and French Open finalist Karolina Muchova in back-to-back matches to claim her third title of the season in Cincinnati.
Since her first-round exit at Wimbledon, Gauff is 11-1 on hardcourts with her only loss coming in Montreal to Jessica Pegula.
She said: “Obviously the goal is to win a Slam but I’m not going to be (thinking), ‘OK, well, I’m supposed to be the U.S. Open champion.’ That’s not the mindset that I have. And when people put that on me, I have no choice but to accept it and just know that it comes from the heart.”