Johanna Konta, Ashleigh Barty, and Karolina Pliskova win at US Open, but Angelique Kerber fails again
Johanna Konta, Karolina Pliskova, and Ashleigh Barty are safely through to the US Open second round, but Angelique Kerber is already out.
Barty, the second seed, started slowly and amassed 36 unforced errors against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, the world number 80.
However, once she found her rhythm she was in total control of the match, easing to a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.
“I was happy with the way I was able to fight through after a pretty awful start,” Barty said. “Not the ideal start. Not the perfect start. But it is what it is.”
Pliskova also struggled with too many unforced errors, but had enough to beat compatriot Tereza Martincova 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3).
It wasn’t entirely smooth sailing for Konta either, as she wobbled in the second set before overcoming Daria Kasatkina 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
“I’d lost my last two matches to her and expected a long tough match,” said Konta. “That’s what it was and I’m pleased how I managed to adapt.”
Kerber, meanwhile, had a bit of a nightmare, losing 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 to Kristina Mladenovic.
It’s the latest in a string of dismal Grand Slam failures by Kerber, who lost in the second round of both Wimbledon and the French Open this year.
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