2022 French Open: Amanda Anisimova, Taylor Fritz lead Americans in singles matches
It took three days, but 17 Americans — 10 women and 7 men — successfully served, swung, and scored into round two of French Open competition. While 2021 saw similar results at the year's second major (12 women and 7 men bested their opening-round opponents), U.S. players hadn't accomplished this back-to-back feat since 1994-1995.
Only two Roland Garros matches continued as the clock ticked toward midnight on Tuesday night local time. But by that time, all American singles players had completed their first-round matches — with some epic wins and humbling losses across the draws.
Here are the big highlights from Sunday, May 22; Monday, May 23; and Tuesday, May 24.
Amanda Anisimova thumps Naomi Osaka in opener
Three years after turning pro in 2016, a 5-foot-11 17-year-old from New Jersey found her footing—on two different surfaces. During her Australian Open debut, Amanda Anisimova jumped to the fourth round. That June, she swept aside defending French Open champion Simona Halep to reach the semifinals.
A turbulent 2021 saw Anisimova lose at the French Open in the first round. But the now-world No. 28 is back in top form in 2022: After eliminating Japan’s reigning Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka in a third-round three-setter Down Under at the Australian Open, the 20-year-old American again bounced the former world No. 1 in a tense 7-5, 6-4 Parisian opener.
“A lot of anticipation over the last couple of days,” Anisimova told the Tennis Channel. “Going into it, I was trying to treat it like any other first round, but you could definitely feel the nerves in the match.”
Anisimova has won 11 clay-court matches this year—more than any other player aside from Poland’s world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.
“Consistency, that’s the number one thing I’ve been working on from last year,” she said.
"I was just struggling a lot more last year, tennis was just not really there for me. It’s crazy how, within a year, things have completely changed for me.”
Coco Gauff, who Anisimova beat to win the junior US Open title in 2017, joins her in Round 2. The No. 18 seed was a 7-5, 6-0 victor over Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino on the tournament's opening Sunday, just days after officially graduating high school.
"Finishing high school was important to me," she said. "I mean, I know on tour, a lot of players don't always do that because you have tennis, but for me, tennis is like what I do, but there are other interests that I have outside of tennis and definitely having knowledge on that can help me indulge in them more."
Top American men's seed Taylor Fritz survives five
It wasn’t easy for California’s No. 13 seed Taylor Fritz, but the 24-year-old managed to put Argentina’s qualifier Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna away after five sets that totaled three-and-a-half hours.
“He's really confident, he's got nothing to lose playing me, so I expected his level to be high and I think the match was tough,” Fritz said.
While the rain-drenched, final four sets saw the players exchange scores – 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 – the drama swelled from the initial serve: Fritz and Rodriguez Taverna broke one another’s serve six times before the first set tie-break.
Reilly Opelka goes down in opener
Michigan’s 6-foot-11 No. 17 seed Reilly Opelka hasn’t had the best year on the European red clay.
After missing the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, the 24-year-old crashed out of the Mutua Madrid Open in the first round, then faltered in his opener at the Internazionali d'Italia. (Opelka lost to Norway’s Casper Ruud in the Geneva Open semifinals.)
Opelka’s bad luck continued on Monday, when he fell in straight sets to Serbian first-round French Open opponent Filip Krajinovic, 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-3. Krajinovic, 30, advanced to the third round of this year’s Internazionali d'Italia.
While Tuesday didn't provide many huge upsets, three of the United States' most promising female athletes lived up to high expectations. No. 11 seed Jessica Pegula, the Mutua Madrid Open runner-up, inched closer toward the top ten with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over China's Qiang Wang.
Meanwhile, 2017 US Open finalist and No. 22 seed Madison Keys wrestled a win over Anna Kalinskaya, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
The highest-ranked American woman on tour, No. 9 seed Danielle Collins, breezed past Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova, 6-4, 6-0.
Collins has dominated hard courts recently -- reaching the Australian Open final in January and the Miami Open's quarterfinals in March -- but still has something to prove on clay, at least this year. She previously advanced to the tournament's quarterfinals in 2020.
TEAM USA RESULTS | FRENCH OPEN 2022, ROUND ONE | AS OF TUESDAY, MAY 24
(9) Danielle Collins def. (LL) Viktoriya Tomova (BUL), 6-4, 6-0
(11) Jessica Pegula def. Wang Qiang (CHN), 6-2, 6-4
(18) Coco Gauff def. (Q) Rebecca Marino (CAN) 7-5, 6-0
(22) Madison Keys def. Anna Kalinskaya, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
(27) Amanda Animisova def. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 7-5, 6-4
Alison Riske def. Dayana Yastremska (UKR) 6-3, 6-3
Shelby Rogers def. Tereza Martincova (CZE), 6-4, 6-3
Madison Brengle def. (LL) Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU), 6-1, 6-2
Sloane Stephens def. (Q) Jule Niemeier (GER) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) def. Ann Li 3-6, 2-3 (ret.)
(24) Tamara Zidansek (SLO) def. Claire Liu, 6-2, 6-2
(23) Jil Teichmann (SUI) def. Bernarda Pera 6-2, 6-1
Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) def. (Q) Hailey Baptiste, 5-2 (ret.)
(WC) Katie Volynets def. Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Caroline Garcia (FRA) def. Taylor Townsend, 6-3, 6-4
(13) Taylor Fritz def. (Q) Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna (ARG), 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
(23) John Isner def. Quentin Halys (FRA), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6)
(24) Frances Tiafoe def. Benjamin Bonzi (FRA), 7-5, 7-5, 7(7)-6(5)
(27) Sebastian Korda def. John Millman (AUS), 6-1, 7-5, 7(8)-6(6)
Cristian Garin (CHI) def. (30) Tommy Paul, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
Pablo Cuevas (URU) def. (31) Jenson Brooksby 6-2, 6-1, 6-2
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) def. (17) Reilly Opelka 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-3
Brandon Nakashima def. Kamil Majchrzak (POL), 6-4, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
(22) Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) def. Maxime Cressy 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-4
Mackenzie McDonald def. (LL) Franco Agamenone (ITA), 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(3)
(18) Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) def. Marcos Giron 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
(Q) Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP) def. (WC) Michael Mmoh 7-6(7), 6-3, 7-5
(Q) Jason Kubler (AUS) def. Denis Kudla 7-6(5), 7-6(2), 7-6(3)
(11) Jannik Sinner (ITA) def. (Q) Bjorn Fratangelo, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Steve Johnson def. Jiri Vesely (CZE), 6(4)-7(7), 7(7)-6(4), 6-3, 6-2
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