Thursday, July 30, 2015

Raonic lone Canadian to survive Day 1

NEW YORK—Milos Raonic emerged as the only Canadian survivor from five starters on opening day at the U.S. Open yesterday.
The fifth seed reached the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory over Japan’s Taro Daniel.

Raonic had a smooth ride in the first two sets, but hit speed bumps as he tried to serve it out.
“Maybe just lacked a little bit of intensity,” Raonic said after the match. “Where I needed to, I played well.
“It’s really hard to gauge my level because of the way things went throughout the match,” he added.
“But I feel like just the way I’ve prepared for this event, I’m feeling more comfortable than any of the other ones, so that’s a good thing.”
The Thornhill, Ont. product saved two break points with aces in the 10th game leading 5-4, but hit the net with a backhand to make it 5-5 in the third set.
The set went to a tie-breaker, where Raonic finally got the job done.
“I’ve been playing my best tennis this year,” he noted.
“I put a lot of focus into this event,” Raonic added. “I’m glad to be here and start playing.
Vasek Pospisil, meanwhile, fell victim to a shoulder injury sustained from practise last week.
The 46th-ranked Vancouver player, who won the Wimbledon doubles title, lost to clay-courter Simone Bolelli 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Pospisil revealed that he hurt his shoulder on one serve last Tuesday, but added that the problem slowly is healing.
Pospisil fired 13 aces but was weighed down by 51 unforced errors and managed only 21 winners.
On the women’s side, Sharon Fichman of Toronto, Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., and Montreal’s Francoise Abanda also were eliminated.
Fichman returned from arthroscopic knee surgery to a crushing 6-1, 6-0 loss to fourth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in a match that took just 47 minutes.
Wozniak lost to Japan’s up-and-coming Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-1 in 59 minutes.
The 17-year-old Abanda, playing in her first match at a Grand Slam, went down to 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 7-5.
Montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard starts her tournament today by facing Olga Govortsova of Belarus.

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