Elena Rybakina suffered a straight-sets loss to Clara Burel on the US Open
Elena Rybakina is not going to repeat her Wimbledon exploits on the US Open after being handed a shock first-round defeat by French qualifier Clara Burel in New York on Tuesday, dropping 6-4 6-4.
The Russian-born Rybakina – who has represented Kazakhstan since 2018 – received a maiden Grand Slam title with a superb run on the All England Club final month.
But the 23-year-old later lamented that she “does not feel like the Wimbledon champion” as her world rating didn’t rise after the WTA stripped the event of its rankings factors in response to its ban on Russian and Belarusian gamers.
Seeded twenty fifth on the US Open and relegated to the fringes of Court 12 for her contest with Burel, Rybakina squandered six out of seven break factors she earned within the opening set, together with 4 in a mammoth 17-point recreation 4, as she was damaged twice on her personal serve.
The 21-year-old Burel continued to take pleasure in success in set two, breaking Rybakina’s serve on the first alternative and saving two break factors in recreation 4 earlier than marching on to take the match.
Ranked quantity 131 on the earth however a former junior primary, Burel had solely emerged into the primary draw at Flushing Meadows after saving 5 match factors in her closing spherical qualifying match in opposition to Japan’s Misaki Doi.
The Frenchwoman is now into the second spherical on the US Open for the primary time, and can subsequent meet Alison Van Uytvanck, after the Belgian defeated American veteran Venus Williams in straight units their first-round assembly.
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Elsewhere within the ladies’s singles draw New York, defending champion Emma Raducanu fell on the first hurdle in her title protection, dropping to skilled French rival Alize Cornet 6-3 6-3 of their contest at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Two-time US Open ladies’s champion Naomi Osaka can also be out after the 24-year-old Japanese star misplaced a battle with America’s Danielle Collins, 6-7, 3-6.