U.S. Open overview
15 September 2015 | 12:09pm
The U.S. Open campaign carried a range of hopes and expectations for GSC players and there was again varied success for a number of the players on show in all disciplines from women’s singles to boys’ doubles.
It was always going to be a tough tournament for Nick Kyrgios when the draw game him the world number 3 Andy Murray. The encounter was the main feature of Round 1 being played on Arthur Ashe in the first of many famous night matches of the 2015 U.S. Open. Nick rallied after dropping the first two sets, playing his usual electrifying tennis to take the third set. Murray then stepped up his game to take the match in the fourth set to take Nick out of contention for his first major trophy. A tough draw but more lessons learned for the developing Aussie against the game’s elite.
British number 2 Aljaz Bedene won his first round as Gulbis retired early in the third set after impressing against another top player with the score 3-6 6-4 3-0. Aljaz then went on to face home favourite Donald Young on the Louis Armstrong arena and started with a bang, going up a set and a break. Unfortunately for our man, the home crowd carried their man to victory in 4 close sets.
On the women’s side of the draw, Jarmila Gajdosova faced a tough first round tie, facing #26 seed and eventual winner Flavia Pennetta. Jarmila played a good match but struggled to gain momentum as she lost in three sets after taking the second 6-4.
The doubles is always a strong point for GSC competitors and this US Open was no different. Dom Inglot started well, after taking the Winston Salem title the week before, by taking the #2 seeds out in the first round. Dom then went on to reach the semi final before going down to the eventual French winners.
Sania Mirza looked to make it two grand slam wins on the bounce as the world number 1 player. Her partnership with Martina Hingis has been very successful and the US Open saw that dominance continue, taking the title without dropping a set throughout.
The GSC juniors faced a tough challenge in a strong field dominated by the Americans. The draw was once again tough, with the two boys in the main draw facing off in Round 1 where Akira Santillan came out on top over Jurabeck Karimov. Akira was later beaten by one of many young Americans in Michael Mmoh.
Congratulations to all GSC players for their efforts and best of luck for the remainder of the season.