September 1, 2020 – Croatian representatives Borna Coric and Petra Martic have moved into the second round of the US Open!
Croatian tennis player Borna Coric advanced to the 2nd round of this year’s US Open, overcoming Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 at the start of the tournament.
Coric, the 27th seed, took two hours and 23 minutes to win against the world’s 53rd best tennis player.
The young Croatian tennis player had problems only in the first set, while he won convincingly in the second and third sets.
Andujar entered the match better. He won the first game, and then had the chance to break in the next two games on Borna’s serve. However, he did not take advantage of any of the three opportunities. Coric received his first opportunity in the fifth game and immediately took the serve away from his opponent. But already in the next game, the 34-year-old Spaniard equalized at 3-3. The Spaniard also had the 5-4 lead, but Coric managed to equalize at 5-5, only to take the 6-5 lead in the next game, then calmly served for 7-5 and a 1-0 lead in sets.
Coric played the rest of the match almost without a mistake. In the second set, at 1-1, he took the serve from Andujar for the first time, and at 5-3, for the second time.
Borna opened the third set by winning three games in a row, and there was no turning back. The Spaniard reduced his lead to 3-1, only for Borna to win three more games in a row for the final 6-1.
Coric has never played against the 34-year-old Andujar, and in the 2nd round, he will play Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero, who beat Russian Evgeni Donskoy 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 at the start of the tournament. They have played once, this year in Rio de Janeiro, and Coric celebrated 7-6, 7-5.
Female Croatian representative Petra Martic needed two and a half hours and three sets to win against Czech player Tereza Martincova (136th on the WTA list) at the opening of this year’s US Open – 5: 7, 6: 2, 6: 4.
The beginning of the match was not the best for Petra – the Czech took the first set after the break in the 12th game, though the situation improved for Petra after winning the second set. Still, Martincova took the lead in the deciding set with 3-1, and it seemed that the 8th seed was close to saying goodbye to the tournament this year. However, Martic came back and scored five aces during the match with a modest first-serve percentage of 49 percent and used only five of the 21 breakpoints. In the 2nd round, Martic plays against Ukrainian Katerina Bondarenko, 349th on the WTA list.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, which particularly affected New York, the Grand Slam is being held in special conditions.
The tennis players are housed inside a “bubble,” most in two hotels, and those who can afford it have rented houses where they will be monitored 24 hours a day. No one is allowed to leave the bubble, so that the coronavirus does not enter inside.
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