The main draw of the US Open doesn’t begin until Monday evening (UK time) but it has already been a successful start for the British players with Emma Raducanu, Katie Boulder and Harriet Dart all coming through qualifying to place in the main draw.
The British trio join Heather Watson and Johanna Konta in the main draw. Heather was of course US Open junior champion back in 2009 and since then has appeared in the main draw 9 times but has never won a match. Will it happen this time against an impressive Kaja Juvan? There are some concerns over Heather who did pull out of Chicago down 2-6 0-1 so we will have to wait and see!
Jo Konta’s last few months have been tough. It began well with a title win in Nottingham and since then she had to miss Wimbledon and the Olympics due to a positive COVID-19 test in her camp and then Jo contracting the virus as well. She picked up a good win in Cincinnati over Svitolina but then pulled out inured before her next round match vs Gauff. First up for Jo is Kiki Mladenovic…
Emma will be one to watch, I am chuffed for her at the way she has played in qualifying. 3 wins in 3 days and ending with a dominating performance over the fourth seed Sherif will do her the world of good! Emma will be in action on Tuesday out on Louis Armstrong against a tough American in Jennifer Brady who has been taking her game to new heights over the last year.
Harriet had a battle on her hands in all over her matches, her first and last went to three sets and she came from a set down in the final round of qualifying to see off Tomova. Sandwiched between these two three-setters was a 7-6 7-6 win over Stefanini and on Monday will be up against Caroline Garcia.
There was a moment where we didn’t think that Katie Boulder would make the main draw but she fought incredibly hard to prevail! Katie beat seeded players Diatchenko and Kucova enroute and against the latter came from a break down and injury concern to book her place in the main draw. An interesting match up on Tuesday against Ludmilla Samsonova who can be tough to stop on her day!