US Open

Heather Watson and Katie Boulter of the United Kingdom both won their first qualifying matches for the US Open in straight sets. Former British number one Watson defeated Russia’s Marina Melnikova 6-1 6-0 to earn a direct entry into a major for the first time since the 2019 US Open.

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In New York, Boulter, 26, defeated France’s Fiona Ferro 6-2, 6-3. Jodie Burrage, Lily Miyazaki, and Sonay Kartal will compete in the second qualifying round later in the day.

Azarenka will not attend the ‘Tennis Plays for Peace’ event. Liam Broady wins the first qualifying round in New York. Burrage, 23, will face American Caty McNally around 22:00 BST on Wednesday, while Miyazaki will face Spain’s Georgina Garcia Perez in the following match, and Kartal, 20, will begin her bid to qualify. When she meets Marina Bassols Ribera of Spain, she will compete in a major for the first time.

In the men’s singles draw, British number five Ryan Peniston faces Matteo Arnaldi of Italy, while Paul Jubb faces Antoine Bellier of Switzerland.
Watson, ranked 161st in the world, won 52 of the 78 points she played in her match against world number 188 Melnikova, winning in 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, Boulter cruised to a 4-0 lead in the first set and a 5-0 lead in the second – before giving up a couple of breaks – as she also breezed through her first match.

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