US Open 2019: Naomi Osaka battles into round 2, Alison Riske shocks Garbine Muguruza

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Alison Riske beat former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in the three-set thriller in the women’s singles first round while Petra Kvitova sailed into the second round.

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Defending champion Naomi Osaka had to battle her way past a spirited Anna Blinkova to move into the second round of the women’s singles at the US Open on Tuesday.

The number-one ranked Japanese beat her Russian opponent 6-4 6-7 6-2 to book her berth in the next round

MUGURUZA DUMPED OUT IN FIRST ROUND BY RISKE

American Alison Riske came back from a set down to beat 24th seed Garbine Muguruza 2-6 6-1 6-3 in a match that lasted just over two hours.

Riske converted seven break points and smashed 39 winners to advance.

KVITOVA THROUGH IN STRAIGHT SETS

Petra Kvitova eased past Czech compatriot Denisa Allertova with a 6-2 6-4 victory to move into the second round.

Kvitova, who was runner-up at the Australian Open this year, converted four break points and smashed 16 winners while Allertova double faulted six times and made 33 unforced errors to hand the sixth seed the win in 79 minutes.

BENCIC SAILS INTO SECOND ROUND

Swiss Belinda Bencic marched into the second round with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella, wrapping up the match in 67 minutes.

BERRETTINI CLAIMS FIRST WIN IN MAIN DRAW

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-3 2-6 6-2 to advance to the U.S. Open second round for the first time in his career.

The 23-year-old fired 18 aces in beating his veteran opponent in two hours and 43 minutes.

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