US Open 2022: Murray, Serena, Kyrgios sail through to third round.


Andy Murray overcame a confident start by young American wildcard Emilio Nava to reach the US Open third round for the first time since 2016.

Britain’s Murray missed chances before losing a long first set but fought back to win 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 in New York.

The 35-year-old, who plays Italian 13th seed Matteo Berrettini next, is joined in the last 32 by Jack Draper after the Briton stunned Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Nick Kyrgios, complained of the smell of marijuana during his second-round US Open victory over Benjamin Bonzi on Wednesday.

The 2022 Wimbledon finalist made the claim to the chair umpire late in the second set of his hard-fought 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 4-6 6-4 win over the Frenchman at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Kyrgios’ win means he will take on American J.J. Wolf in the third round on Friday and the 23rd-seed Australian, who won August’s Citi Open in Washington DC, said he was feeling motivated and more professional than ever.

In the women singles, Serena Williams gave the celebrity-laden crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night a taste of her very best, pulling through in the third set to defeat world number two Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (4-7) 2-6 6-2.

Williams has now won her last 10 grand slam matches against opponents ranked in the top-two, with her last loss coming to Justine Henin 15 years ago at the 2007 US Open.

She has also only lost three of her previous 104 US open matches when she has won the first set, and is 42-0 in the opening two rounds at Flushing Meadows.

Williams will play Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic next on Friday.

— Ferdinand A. Baah


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