The US Open: The First Day of Play

Iga Swiatek reaches first US Open final, will face fifth seed Ons Jabeur on the Saturday

After two days of play, the women’s US Open is now on the Sunday.

It has become a familiar sight in recent times – many players would be hoping they will not need to go through the arduous journey again. But they will, of course, and that is a shame, because the US Open has become a much-awaited event of the tennis calendar in 2011.

It was a very good first day of play, with 18 of the 26 matches going the full length of the match. In other words, the early portion of the tournament was a rollercoaster of thrilling results, as more unexpected upsets were met with an equal level of excitement.

There were some memorable matches, though, among the many that were played that day.

The most memorable was that of Iga Swiatek, who is looking to become the first German woman to win the US Open since Helga Schmid was victorious in 1956.

Swiatek, a young woman of 18, who will turn 19 on Monday, played three sets in her opening match against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. She lost the match, however, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

A first-round exit certainly has to raise some question marks for Swiatek in terms of her own place on the world stage. Yet, on the other hand, it does not prevent her from rising to the top in the near future. After all, she did have the chance to go through the qualifying tournament, which would have given her a great chance to earn extra points in the main draw.

“I played two tournaments at home, and my parents were very worried,” Swiatek said. “I will continue to work hard, which I have been doing.”

Not too much can be said for Makarova’s performance, though. She reached the second round, which was her best performance of the day,

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