Thompson progresses to US Open second round
Jordan Thompson leads the Aussie charge on the US Open's opening day, scoring a four-set win to advance to the second round.
Australian Jordan Thompson is through to the US Open second round.
The world No.63 scored a 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-2 win against Italian Stefano Travaglia this morning.
Thompson’s consistency proved telling in the two hour, 41 minute battle, conceding only 27 unforced errors compared to his No.87-ranked opponent’s 55.
This is the third time in his career that Thompson has progressed to the second round in New York. The 26-year-old from Sydney next plays No.72-ranked Belarusian Egor Gerasimov, who advanced with a four-set upset win over No.18 seed Dusan Lajovic.
Meanwhile, Marc Polmans’ US Open main draw debut ended in a heart-breaking loss.
The 23-year-old from Melbourne let a two-sets-to-one lead slip in a near-four hour clash with American Marcos Giron. The No.96-ranked Giron fought back to record a 6-4 6-7(5) 3-6 6-4 6-2 victory.
It was a tough opening day for the Aussie women too, with Ajla Tomljanovic, Lizette Cabrera, Maddison Inglis, Astra Sharma and Arina Rodionova all eliminated.
Former world No.1 and US Open 2016 champion Angelique Kerber ended Tomljanovic’s campaign with a 6-4 6-4 win, while Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic scored a 6-4 3-6 6-2 victory over Cabrera.
Inglis pushed No.24 seed Magda Linette to three sets in her US Open main draw debut, with the Polish player winning 6-1 4-6 6-4.
Sharma almost scored the biggest win of her career, with the world No.126 extending No.19 seed Dayana Yastremska to a deciding set tiebreak. The No.25-ranked Ukrainian held on to win 6-3 6-7(4) 7-6(2).
Rodionova was promoted into the draw as an alternate when Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko withdrew. The No.154-ranked Australian’s luck ended there though, with American Madison Brengle scoring a straight-sets win.
Aussies in action – day one results:
Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Stefano Travaglia 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-2
Marcos Giron (USA) d Marc Polmans (AUS) 6-4 6-7(5) 3-6 6-4 6-2
 Angelique Kerber (GER) d Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-4 6-4
 Dayana Yastremska (UKR) d Astra Sharma (AUS) 6-3 6-7(4) 7-6(2)
 Magda Linette (POL) d Maddison Inglis (AUS) 6-1 4-6 6-4
Danka Kovinic (MNE) d Lizette Cabrera (AUS) 6-4 3-6 6-2
Madison Brengle (USA) d (Alt) Arina Rodionova (AUS) 6-2 6-2