US Open rocked via ‘brutal’ chaos amid huge expansion for Australian tennis

James Duckworth, Kei Nishikori and Bianca Andreescu, pictured here ahead of the US Open.

James Duckworth comes into america Open instead of Kei Nishikori, whilst Kim Birrell replaces Bianca Andreescu. Symbol: Getty

James Duckworth is joined via fellow Aussies kimberley birrell to earn a ‘fortunate loser’ spot in US Open, bringing Australia’s squad to fifteen for the general Grand Slam of the 12 months. Duckworth was once granted access into the primary draw on Sunday (US time) when former finalist Kei Nishikori introduced his withdrawal.

It got here as a blow for the Eastern veteran, who best not too long ago returned to the ATP Excursion after a lack of just about two years because of a knee damage. Then again, it is excellent news for Australia as now Duckworth has were given his likelihood. In qualifying, the Australian misplaced to Timofey Skatov 2–6, 2–6.

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It was once a identical tale on Saturday for Birrell, who earned his ‘fortunate loser’ access due to the withdrawals of Bianca Andreescu and Paula Badosa. Andreescu, who famously received the event in 2019 After defeating Serena Williams within the ultimate, it was once printed that she had a pressure fracture in her again.

Bianca Andreescu won the US Open in 2019 by defeating Serena Williams.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bianca Andreescu received america Open in 2019 via defeating Serena Williams. (Photograph via Elsa/Getty Photographs)

The Canadian misplaced her first fit on the Citi Open in Washington DC remaining month, sooner than shedding in instantly units to Camila Giorgi on the Canadian Open. The 23-year-old was once feeling uncomfortable in opposition to Giorgi and referred to as the instructor all through the fit.

The previous global No. 4 then pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters, now additionally out of america Open because of damage. It’s the most recent in a protracted string of accidents that experience plagued the Canadian since her first Grand Slam win 4 years in the past.

After retreating from Cincinnati, he stated, “All the way through my fit in Washington, I began having again ache that were given worse, and the opposite night time in Montreal, I did the whole lot I may to play at my absolute best stage.” “All of this resulted in me having a scientific exam and unfortunately the effects printed a small pressure fracture in my again.” Andreescu was once to stand Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko within the first around at Flushing Meadows.

Paula Badosa broadcasts her withdrawal from america Open

Former International No. 2 Badosa It was once additionally printed on Saturday that she would omit the general Grand Slam of the 12 months because of the damage. The 25-year-old Spaniard, who was once because of play Venus Williams in a first-round blockbuster on Tuesday, introduced she is finishing her season early to concentrate on getting absolutely wholesome.

“The ones of you who know me understand how a lot I like to compete and the way tough this resolution has been to make… See you subsequent 12 months, more potent than ever,” Badosa wrote on social media. The Spaniard has additionally been plagued via accidents this 12 months, lacking the French Open with a pressure fracture in her backbone and retiring all through her 2nd around fit at Wimbledon because of a again damage.

Because of the withdrawal, Birrell made it to the primary draw. The Australian misplaced her ultimate around qualifying fit 6-3, 6-3 to American Fiona Crawley, however was once relieved via the withdrawals of Andreescu and Badosa.

Olivia Gadecki joins US Open box in Australia

All the way through this, Australian prodigy Olivia Gadecki Gained thru qualifying for america Open and can make her global Grand Slam debut at Flushing Meadows. The 21-year-old boosted Australia’s morale on Saturday via beating American participant Emina Bektas 6-1, 6-1 in lower than an hour.

Gadecki and Birrell give Australia’s 5 avid gamers in girls’s singles draw, becoming a member of Ajla Tomljanovic, Daria Saville and wildcard Typhoon Hunter. Gadecki, who will play teenage ability Mirra Andreeva within the first around, made her remaining look in a Grand Slam major draw on the Australian Open in January when she was once awarded a wildcard access and reached the second one around.

All 5 Australian girls will play at the first day on Tuesday (Australian time). Birrell faces former Australian Open runner-up Jennifer Brady, whilst Tomljanovic takes on global No. 124 Panna Udvardy of Hungary in her first fit since remaining 12 months’s US Open.

Saville takes on American youngster wildcard Clarvie Ngounou, with the winner anticipated to stand global No. 1 and protecting champion Iga Swiatek in the second one around. Hunter will face a tricky problem from tenth seed and French Open runner-up Karolina Muchova of Czech Republic.

Olivia Gadecki in action during qualifying for the US Open.

Olivia Gadecki in motion all through US Open qualifying. (Photograph via Robert Prange/Getty Photographs)

Who will the Australian avid gamers play within the first around of america Open:

  • Alex de Minaur vs. Timofey Skatov (KAZ)

  • Jordan Thompson vs Bottic van de Zandschulp (Ned)

  • Thanasi Kokkinakis vs. Yu Hsiu Hsu (TWN)

  • Alexander Vukic vs Alexander Zverev (GER)

  • Max Purcell vs Chris O’Connell (each Aus)

  • Rinki Hijikata vs. Pavl Kotov (RUS)

  • Alexey Popyrin vs. Dominic Stephen Striker (SUI)

  • Jason Kubler vs. Matteo Arnoldi (ITA)

  • James Duckworth vs. Felipe Alves (BRA)

  • Typhoon Hunter vs. Karolina Muchova (CZE)

  • Daria Saville vs. Clervy Ngounoue (USA)

  • Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Panna Udvardi (HUN)

  • Kim Birrell vs. Jennifer Brady (USA)

  • Olivia Gadecki v Mira Andreeva (RUS)

with AAP

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