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US Open: Defending champion Raducanu knocked out by Cornet in first round

Alize Cornet won against Emma Raducanu 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday night to add another big name scalp to her Grand Slam record in 2022

Emma Raducanu at the 2022 US Open Emma Raducanu at the 2022 US Open Image Credit: AI/ Reuters/ Panoramic

Defending champion Emma Raducanu‘s title defence at the US Open ended in the first round as the Brit went down to French veteran Alize Cornet in straight sets in New York City on on Tuesday night.

Playing on the Louis Armstrong Stadium, Raducanu went down 6-3, 6-3 to Cornet in one hour and 42 minutes. After losing the first set, Raducanu showed some signs of a revival as she went up 3-1 in the second set. Bur the gritty Cornet, playing in her 63rd consecutive Major won the final five games in a row to win 6-3, 6-3.

Raducanu won the tournament last year as the world’s 150th ranked player. With the loss from her title 12 months ago, she will now be ranked around the 80s mark when the next rankings are updated in two weeks time.

Raducanu is the latest big Grand Slam scalp for record-breaking Cornet

The win over Raducanu was another big scalp for Cornet in the Grand Slams in 2022 as she defeated Simona Halep to reach her first-ever Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open, then defeated former champion Jelena Ostapenko at Roland-Garros and upset world No 1 Iga Swiatek at Wimbledon.

Alize Cornet at the 2022 US Open
Alize Cornet at the 2022 US Open Image Credit: AI/ Reuters/ Panoramic

Cornet, ranked No 40, will next play Czech Katerina Sinakova, who defeated American Taylor Townsend 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

US Open (Grand Slam), other first-round results

  • Jule Niemeier beat Sofia Kenin (WC): 7-6 (3), 6-5
  • Marta Kostyuk beat Mayar Sherif: 7-6 (2), 6-4
  • Cristina Bucsa (Q) beat Kaja Juvan: 6-4, 6-4
  • Yulia Putintseva beat Amanda Anisimova (24): 6-3, 6-3
  • Irina-Camelia Begu beat Elise Mertens (32): 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Petra Martic beat Varvara Gracheva: 6-4, 7-6 (3)
  • Yue Yuan (Q) beat Jaimee Fourlis (WC): 6-3, 6-2
  • Alison Van Uytvanck beat Venus Williams (WC): 6-1, 7-6 (5)
  • Lauren Davis beat Lucia Bronzetti: 4-6, 7-6 (3), 5-4 ret.
  • Belinda Bencic (13) beat Andrea Petkovic: 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
  • Paula Badosa (4) beat Lesia Tsurenko: 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3
  • Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Elisabetta Cocciaretto (Q): 6-2, 6-4
  • Clara Burel (Q) beat Elena Rybakina (25): 6-4, 6-4
  • Anastasia Potapova beat Claire Liu: 6-1, 6-4
  • Anhelina Kalinina beat Bernarda Pera: 6-4, 6-4
  • Petra Kvitova (21) beat Erika Andreeva (Q): 7-6 (3), 6-0
  • Sloane Stephens beat Greet Minnen: 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
  • Jessica Pegula (8) beat Viktorija Golubic (Q): 6-2, 6-2
  • Iga Swiatek (1) beat Jasmine Paolini: 6-3, 6-0
  • Aryna Sabalenka (6) beat Catherine Harrison (Q): 6-1, 6-3
  • Kaia Kanepi beat Tereza Martincova: 7-6 (4), 6-3
  • Sorana Cirstea beat Laura Siegemund: 6-4, 6-4
  • Marie Bouzkova beat Linda Noskova (Q): 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-2
  • Karolina Pliskova (22) beat Magda Linette: 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8)
  • Linda Fruhvirtova (Q) beat Xinyu Wang: 6-3, 6-4
  • Garbine Muguruza (9) beat Clara Tauson: 6-3, 7-6 (5)
  • Qinwen Zheng beat Jelena Ostapenko (16): 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
  • Leylah Fernandez (14) beat Oceane Dodin: 6-3, 6-4
  • Viktoria Kuzmova (Q) beat Sara Sorribes Tormo: 6-3, 6-4
  • Liudmila Samsonova beat Sara Bejlek (Q): 6-3, 6-1
  • Serena Williams beat Danka Kovinic: 6-3, 6-3
  • Aleksandra Krunic beat Elina Avanesyan (Q): 6-4, 6-4
  • Anna Karolina Schmiedlova beat Nadia Podoroska: 6-3, 6-2
  • Anett Kontaveit (2) beat Jaqueline Cristian: 6-3, 6-0
  • Barbora Krejcikova (23) beat Fernanda Contreras Gomez (Q): 6-0, 6-4
  • Shelby Rogers (31) beat Arantxa Rus: 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • Ajla Tomljanovic beat Karolina Muchova: 6-3, 7-6 (5)
  • Shuai Zhang beat Jil Teichmann (30): 6-4, 6-2
  • Elena-Gabriela Ruse beat Daria Saville: 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
  • Rebecca Marino beat Magdalena Frech: 6-2, 6-3
  • Evgeniya Rodina beat Martina Trevisan (27): 7-5, 6-1
  • Ons Jabeur (5) beat Madison Brengle: 7-5, 6-2
  • Xiyu Wang beat Diane Parry: 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
  • Madison Keys (20) beat Dayana Yastremska: 7-6 (3), 6-3
  • Harriet Dart beat Daria Kasatkina (10): 7-6 (8), 1-6, 6-3
  • Camila Giorgi beat Anna Bondar: 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia (15) beat Ana Konjuh: 6-0, 6-0
  • Coco Gauff (12) beat Leolia Jeanjean (Q): 6-2, 6-3
  • Maryna Zanevska beat Coco Vandeweghe (WC): 6-1, 7-5
  • Dalma Galfi beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz: 6-4, 6-3
  • Daria Snigur (Q) beat Simona Halep (7): 6-2, 0-6, 6-4
  • Elizabeth Mandlik (WC) beat Tamara Zidansek: 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4
  • Bianca Andreescu beat Harmony Tan (WC): 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
  • Maria Sakkari (3) beat Tatjana Maria: 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
  • Veronika Kudermetova (18) beat Donna Vekic: 7-5, 6-3
  • Camila Osorio beat Ann Li: 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • Alison Riske-Amritraj (29) beat Eleana Yu (WC): 6-2, 6-4
  • Caroline Garcia (17) beat Kamilla Rakhimova (LL): 6-2, 6-4
  • Anna Kalinskaya beat Rebecca Peterson: 6-4, 6-3

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