US Open tennis gets underway

Former champion Sloane Stephens overcame best friend Madison Keys’s aggressive play to secure a 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(7) win in the first round of the US Open on Monday (August 30). The 2017 winner quickly took control of the first set on Arthur Ashe Stadium, putting up a strong defensive performance to fend off three break points as Keys committed 15 unforced errors.

On the men’s side, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had also withdrawn from the tournament, the ATP announced. Japan’s Yuichi Sugita replaced him in the opening round against Norwegian Casper Ruud. The tournament kicked off on Monday without several of the sport`s biggest names, including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, men’s title-holder Dominic Thiem and Serena Williams, all of whom were unable to compete due to injury.