NEW YORK: Serena Williams proceeded with her chase for a record seventh US Open title with a straight-sets win on Thursday as Andy Murray and Garbine Muguruza both smashed out in the second round at Flushing Meadows.
Williams, the competition’s third seed, dispatched unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6-4 under the top of a close unfilled Arthur Ashe Stadium on a wet New York evening.
The 38-year-old finished off the main set easily before a slight wobble in the second when she was broken twice by Gasparyan, before advancing into the third round.
Said by Williams, who will take on 2017 champion Sloane Stephens in the last 32, “I’m just happy to get through it and try to focus on the next round,”
Williams is looking for a record-equalling 24th singles Grand Slam title at a quelled, observer free Billie Jean King US National Tennis Center in New York.
A competition triumph one week from now would likewise observe her split away from Chris Evert, on six titles, as the most brightened US Open boss of the ladies’ down in the advanced period.
Williams’ odds have been improved by the nonappearance of a few top players, included highest level Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, over Covid fears or injury.
She was given a further lift on Wednesday when favorite Karolina Pliskova tumbled out of the competition. The Czech was shocked in straight sets by France’s reality number 50 Caroline Garcia.
Williams’ American countryman Sofia Kenin, the number two seed, proceeded with her noteworthy structure this year with a direct 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Canadian Leylah Fernandez to advance into the third round.
The dominant Australian Open boss Kenin is yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows as she offers for her subsequent Grand Slam title of the year, and of her profession.
“I feel like I found a groove. I’m really focused on every shot,” said the Moscow-born player who will take on 27th seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the next round.
Tsvetana Pironkova, returning after an extensive time away from the game after the introduction of her child, progressed to the detriment of Spain’s Muguruza.
The unseeded Bulgarian took out the tenth Spaniard 7-5, 6-3 out of one hour 21 minutes.
“Coming from three year of absence on the tour, you always have your doubts. Right now my results actually make me really happy because it shows that I did the right things preparing for this comeback,” said Pironkova.
In the men’s draw Murray, drooped to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 destruction against a prevailing Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The fifteenth seed Canadian crushed 24 pros and 52 champs in an uneven issue that saw Murray gather only two and nine separately.
“I just felt like everything was coming in, my toss, my rhythm. Everything was going well through the whole match,” said Felix Auger-Aliassime.
In early men’s matches, second seed Dominic Thiem commended his 27th birthday celebration with a simple straight-sets win against India’s Sumit Nagal.
The Austrian prevailed 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 against Nagal, who turned into the principal Indian man since 2013 to arrive at the second round of a Grand Slam.
Thiem will play 2014 US Open boss Marin Cilic for a spot in the fourth round after the Croatian progressed in four sets against Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos.
“He’s one of the big champions of the last decade, Thiem said of Cilic. “It’s not a guy I want to face in the third round.”
Third seed and beaten finalist a year ago Daniil Medvedev easily took care of Australia’s 116th-positioned Christopher O’Connell, sliding into cycle three 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Somewhere else, 6th seed Italian Matteo Berrettini disregarded France’s Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) while Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut advanced against Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic.
In the ladies’ opposition on Thursday, seventh seed Madison Keys of the USA likewise advanced, easily handling Spain’s Aliona Bolsova 6-2, 6-1, while Stephens effectively conquered Belarusian Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-2.
English ninth seed Jo Konta turned into another high-positioning lady to be asked to leave for good, losing in three sets to Romania’s Sorana Cirstea subsequent to proceeding.
Collated results on Thursday (prefix number denotes seeding):
Second round: 6-Matteo Berrettini (Italy) bt Ugo Humbert (France) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6); 30-Casper Ruud (Norway) bt Emil Ruusuvuori (Finland) 6-4, 6-3, 3-2 — Ruusuvuori retired; Salvatore Caruso (Italy) bt Ernesto Escobedo (US) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4; 10-Andrey Rublev (Russia) bt Gregoire Barrere (France) 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) bt 14-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1; Frances Tiafoe (US) bt John Millman (Australia) 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3; Jeffrey Wolf (US) bt Roberto Carballes (Spain) 6-2, 6-4, 6-3; 3-Daniil Medvedev (Russia) bt Christopher O’Connell (Australia) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4; 8-Roberto Bautista (Spain) bt Miomir Kecmanovic (Serbia) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Vasek Pospisil (Canada) bt 25-Milos Raonic (Canada) 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; 21-Alex De Minaur (Australia) bt Richard Gasquet (France) 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5; 11-Karen Khachanov (Russia) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) 6-3, 6-4, 6-1; 15-Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada) bt Andy Murray (Great Britain) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4; 31-Marin Cilic (Croatia) bt Norbert Gombos (Slovakia) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5; 2-Dominic Thiem (Austria) bt Sumit Nagal (India) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
Second round: 7-Madison Keys (US) bt Aliona Bolsova (Spain) 6-2, 6-1; Alize Cornet (France) bt Ysaline Bonaventure (Belgium) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; 18-Donna Vekic (Croatia) bt Patricia Tig (Romania) 6-2, 6-1; Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) bt 10-Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 7-5, 6-3; 15-Maria Sakkari (Greece) bt Bernarda Pera (US) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2; 22-Amanda Anisimova (US) bt Katrina Scott (US) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; 26-Sloane Stephens (US) bt Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6-2, 6-2; 3-Serena Williams (US) bt Margarita Gasparyan (Russia) 6-2, 6-4; Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) bt 5-Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) 6-1, 6-3; 20-Karolina Muchova (Czech Republic) bt Anna Kalinskaya (Russia) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Sorana Cirstea (Romania) bt 9-Johanna Konta (Great Britain) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; 27-Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) bt Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) 7-6 (10-8), 6-0; 2-Sofia Kenin (US) bt Leylah Fernandez (Canada) 6-4, 6-3.