The US Open returned by welcoming back spectators in the stands, who can’t be disappointed with what the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year produced on the opening day of action. MyBookie brings you a daily 2021 US Open update, where we take a look at what has happened in Round 1 of action in New York and provide you with all the information you’ll need to place bets on the US Open Betting Odds.
2021 US Open Daily Update – August 31st Update
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- When: August 30 – September 12
- Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens, New York City, United States
Naomi Osaka Off To A Strong Start
Current world no.3, Naomi Osaka had a solid start to the defense of her US Open title by winning her opening round match against Marie Buzkova with 6-4, 6-1. Although Osaka won the match in straight sets, the Czech tennis player was closer to causing an upset than the final score would suggest.
Osaka and Buzkova looked even through the first set, which was filled with tight hames, hard-hitting rallies, and long points. It wasn’t until the 10th game when Osaka pushed Buzkova to make a backhand error on her third point set to take the lead and the opening set.
It was smooth sailing for the Japanese tennis star from there forward, securing a 5-0 lead in the second set, before Buzkova finally got a chance to respond, winning a game for herself. However, it was too late, too little for Buzkova, who had to admit defeat to the defending champion with 1-6.
Osaka’s next opponent is world no.145 Olga Danilovic, who she will meet on Tuesday, September 1. Danilovic made it into the second round of play with a convincing 2-0 victory against Alycia Parks.
Osaka will present the Serbian tennis player with one of the toughest challenges of the season. Although she has beaten high-profile names before, namely Bianca Andreescu at the 2018 US Open, Patty Schnyder at the 2018 Pula, and Julia Görges at the 2018 Moscow, Danilovic has not recorded a single record win against a top-10 rated player in the last three years.
Still, Danilovic has shown excellent form, having fought her way through the qualifiers, and seems ready to make some noise on Tuesday. A win would mark her first R2 appearance at the US Open and her second R2 at a Grand Slam after she already achieved that feat at the 2021 Australian Open.
Murray and Tsitsipas Produce a Five-Set Thriller
Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas did not hesitate to produce a spectacle on the first day of action at the 2021 US Open. The two tennis stars met in the first round of action, and while the current world no.3 entered the match as a heavy favorite, Murray made Tsitsipas work much harder for the win as initially expected.
Murray started the match well, won the first set (6-2), and even led in the second set-tie breaker before he lost his shot at going 2-0 up with a 7-9 defeat in the tiebreak. Regardless, the former no.1 and 2012 US Open champion was not ready to give up yet.
He won the third set with 6-3 and set himself up for success. However, the fatigue started to set in, which gave the 11-year-younger Tsitsipas a chance to mount a comeback. The 23-year-old secured the last two sets of the match with 6-3 and 6-4 to edge out a win after spending four hours and 44 minutes on the court.
Tsitsipas will now face off against world no.33 Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday, September 1. The 33-year-old French tennis player made it to the second round of the 2021 US Open with a 3-2 victory against Pierre-Hugues Herbert and will now look to emulate his success from September 2019, when he won against Tsitsipas after the latter had to retire.