Shapovalov will be the main table
Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
Denis Shapovalov during a training preparatory to International tennis in New York
New York — Denis Shapovalov was the only Canadian to carve out a place on the main board of the simple International of tennis of the United States, on Friday, and it had to come from behind to achieve it.
After having squandered six balls of the sleeve upon the handle initial, the Canadian 18-year-old pulled out a victory, 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-3 against the Czech Jan Satral at the end of a duel of the third round of the qualification, which lasted exactly two hours.
Second-seeded qualifications and 69th player in the world, Shapovalov managed eight aces, but he also committed seven double faults, including six in the first inning.
While he had a broken advance, and a priority of 5-3 in his service, Shapovalov was unable to convert four balls of English channel. Satral took the opportunity to bring the match to equal service and force a tiebreaker, but not without having to save the other two balls stick in the way.
When breaking, Shapovalov has known a beginning of a catastrophic, conceding the first five points, and he never managed to reverse the trend.
During the rest of the match, the Canadian was, however, shown much more incisive. This was particularly the case during the second round, he won in 28 minutes, and during which he has surrendered only three points on his service. Shapovalov has maintained this pace during the run decisive and scored the only break he needed in the sixth game.
In the table of the men’s singles, Shapovalov joins Vasek Pospisil, who will face Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the first round. Pospisil has lost his only match to life against Verdasco, 7-5, 6-0 in the first round of the Open championship of Qatar, at the beginning of January 2017. Milos Raonic would normally have had to complete a trio of Canadians, but he had to withdraw due to an injury to his left wrist.
While Shapovalov managed to make its place in the main draw, his countrymen, ontario’s Peter Polansky and Frank Dancevic have not been able to imitate it.
The American Tim Smyczek has eliminated Polansky 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour and 21 while the Moldovan Radu Albot defeated Dancevic 6-2, 6-4 in 64 minutes.
A little earlier in the day, Montreal’s Françoise Abanda also had to pack it in when Viktoria Kuzmova, a Slovak 19-year-old was beaten 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour and 11 minutes. The Montreal 20-year-old has been cast by its own service, then that she was the victim of six breaks, three in each sleeve.
Abanda, 118th in the world and ranked 12th in the table qualifications, has poorly started the match, losing the first four games of the clash. Abanda won the next three, but was again the victim of a breach, this time during the ninth game of the round, allowing his rival to close the neck initial in only 29 minutes.
Abanda has had a much better start in the second heat, where she has built a cushion of 3-1 thanks to a break in the third game. The Montreal, however, has squandered this lead by conceding four following games, including two in his own service.
Abanda made a comeback in the ninth game, saving one match ball at the service of Kuzmova before performing a bris. Abanda has, however, put his own coin as early as the tenth and final game. Abanda was hoping to join his compatriot montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard, who will face the young Russian Evgeniya Rodina 28-year-old, 83rd player in the world, in the first round. This will be the first match-up to life between these two players.
Sharapova will face Simona Halep in the first round
The first match of Maria Sharapova in over 18 months at a Grand Slam tournament the rule against the Romanian Simona Halep, 2nd seeded in the women’s singles of the International of the United States. This duel has materialized the result of the draw held on Friday.
The Association of tennis of the United States has granted a pass to Sharapova, who has taken the collar in April after a suspension of 15 months for doping. The Russian 30-year-old had been excluded from the circuit for women following a positive test result for meldonium, a performance enhancing drug banned in Australian in 2016.
Sharapova has five titles in the Grand Slam career, including a triumph at Flushing Meadows in 2006.
In men, if the Swiss Roger Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal must cross swords with the International of the United States for the first time in the history of their great rivalry, it will be in the semi-final. The draw has placed Nadal, first head series, Federer, ranked 3rd in the top section of the table of the men’s singles. Nadal and Federer have faced each other 37 times, and 12 times at Grand Slam tournaments, but never in New York.
Spanish dominates with 23 wins against Federer, but has won the last four appointments, three of which are in 2017. One of the victories of the Swiss this year came in the final of the Australian open in January.
The other semi-final could bring the British Andy Murray, ranked 2nd, and German Alexander Zverev, 4th head of series and recent winner of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
The last of the four tournaments of the Grand Slam of the season begins officially on Monday.