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Aussies make a strong start to the US Open at Flushing Meadows

Tue, Aug 29, 5:30pm by Head Editor

Ash Barty’s straight sets win over 21st seed Ana Konjuh at the US Open ensured that Australia’s women went three from three on the opening day of the US Open.

The 21-year-old – who played cricket professionally until last year – fought back from a set down to beat the highly-favoured Croat 4-6 6-0 6-1, joined compatriots Arina Rodionova and Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round.

Number 25 seed Daria Gavrilova, who is fresh of winning her maiden WTA title in New Haven on Sunday, is $1.06 to make it a perfect four from four when she takes on unseeded American Allie Kiick ($9.50) on the second day of the tournament.

In the men’s draw, Jordan Thompson ensured the strong start continued for the Aussies, with a stunning five-set win over one of America’s best chances, Jock Sock.

The world number 75 stormed back from a break down in the fifth set to secure a thrilling 6-2 7-6 (14-12) 1-6 5-7 6-4 over the big-serving 13th seed.

The win sets up a second-round contest against unseeded Italian Thomas Fabbiano and makes up for that gut-wrenching opening round loss against Steve Darcis at this event last year.

Thompson is a $1.30 favourite to beat Fabbiano ($3.32), which would ensure his best result at a Grand Slam.

Bernard Tomic was on track to continue the good results for Australia, after he won the first set against 19th seed Gilles Simon, but after losing in four sets, he now faces a battle on his hands just to qualify for the Australian Open.

Playing in his first match since being fined almost $20,000 for admitting he was “bored” after losing to Mischa Zverev in the opening round at Wimbledon, the 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 loss will see the former world number 17’s ranking drift to beyond 150 in the world.

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