Jordan News | Latest News from Jordan, MENA
October 21 2021 9:09 PM ˚

Osaka advances by walkover at rain-hit US Open

1 lead
Tennis fans arrive to watch the first round match between Naomi Osaka of Japan and Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic at the US Open in New York on Monday night, August 30, 2021. Osaka advanced to the third round of the US Open by walkover on Wednesday as rain delayed the start of play on the New York hardcourts. (Photo: NYTimes)
  • +
  • -
NEW YORK, United States — Defending champion Naomi Osaka advanced to the third round of the US Open by walkover on Wednesday as rain delayed the start of play on the New York hardcourts.اضافة اعلان

The Japanese third seed, seeking her fifth Grand Slam title and third US Open crown in four years, moved on when 20-year-old Serbian qualifier Olga Danilovic withdrew for an undisclosed medical reason.

Osaka is trying to become the first back-to-back US Open winner since Serena Williams, absent with a torn hamstring, captured her third in a row in 2014.

Osaka's Grand Slam win streak remains at 16 matches, the walkover not counting toward the run, just as her withdrawing from the French Open after the first round did not halt the run.

Next up for Osaka will be the winner of a later match between Estonia's Kaia Kanepi and Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida, which slammed into the US Gulf Coast at the weekend, drenched the grounds to postpone outside court matches.

But the show went on under the retractable roof covering at Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Osaka was to have played first on Ashe, but her match was replaced by Romanian 12th seed Simona Halep facing Slovakian Kristina Kucova.

Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev, this year's Australian Open runner-up, was set to follow Osaka into Ashe to face Germany's Dominik Koepfer.

Medvedev, a winner last month in Toronto, won his only prior match against the left-hander on his way to the 2019 US Open final, which he lost to Rafael Nadal.

Read more Sports

NEWS RELATED TO