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What Julia took from Day 4 of the 2022 US Open

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The USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center was covered in rainbows as Pride Day was celebrated on Thursday.

Annual LGBTQ+ community The day, which began in 2019, was attended by fans, ball kids and officials in rainbow sweatbands. Arthur Ashe Stadium was also illuminated by his rainbow lights as Serena and Venus Williams took to his doubles court at 7pm.

Speaking of sister duos, the pair highlighted the first ever first-round doubles match at the world’s largest tennis stadium.

As we wrap up Day 4 of the US Open, here are a few takeaways and what to watch out for in tomorrow’s action.

Alina Sabalenka returns to tournament

Sixth seed Alina Sabalenka saved two match points on Thursday night and is one point away from facing early elimination from the tournament.

The 24-year-old from Belarus lost 6-2, 5-1 to veteran Estonian Kaia Kanepi, but won 2-6, 7-6, 6-4. Sabalenka stayed in the match in the second set as she won a hard tiebreaker 10-8.

What makes Kanepi’s tennis career so interesting is that she turned pro in 1999. This is the year Serena her Williams won her first US Open. It’s extremely rare to see a player who turned pro in the ’90s still on tour.

Sabalenka, who has reached the semifinals of the 2021 US Open, will face France’s Clara Brel on Saturday.

Venus vs. Serena Williams, Jessica Pegula vs. Coco Gauff lose in women’s doubles

If you knew Serena Williams would win the first two rounds of the US Open in singles, do you think she would have chosen to play doubles with her sister?

The dynamic duo lost to Linda Noskova and Lucy Hradecka of the Czech Republic 7-6, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday night.

USA’s Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff, the second seeds of the tournament, lost doubles to Canada’s Leila Fernandez and Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 7-5, 7-6.

The home crowd was rooting for the Americans from point 1, but it wasn’t enough for the favorites to advance to the second round.

In the third-set tiebreak, Pegula and Gauff blamed the referee. “steal points” If two calls didn’t work, stay away from them.

Audiences in New York are outraged by these actions and want women to bounce back in singles.

Karolina Pliskova is a singles dark horse

22nd seed Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) is playing incredibly well.

The 2017 former world No. 1 faced compatriot Marie Buzkova and beat her 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday night.

Standing 6 feet 1 tall, Pliskova scored 91% of her first serve points and 53% of her second serve points.

Her effortless power is second to none. While Bouzkova mixed a lot of slices, drops her shots and short her angles, Pliskova handled the low ball well given her height.

What I found interesting was the diamond she was sporting on the court during her game. She wore a tennis bracelet and a tennis necklace, and had beautiful stones on her fingers. Maybe it’s just me, but every time I wore fancy jewelry on the court, I managed to break all the pieces.

The 30-year-old has made a name for himself at Grand Slams, reaching the finals of the US Open (2016) and Wimbledon (2021). She has also reached the semi-finals of the French Open (2017) and Australian Open (2019).

Next, Pliskova will face 13th seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. Belinda Bencic is off to a strong start at the US Open. The two will battle to advance to the fourth round.

What’s next for the US Open?

Day 5 of the US Open is full of great matches.

England’s Andy Murray will take on No. 13 Italy’s Matteo Berrettini at noon at Arthur Ashe Stadium, followed by No. 12 Coco Gauff and No. 20 Madison Keys from the USA.

All four players have achieved great success at the Grand Slam level, and these two matchups are sure to be close, making these two matchups a must-see.

As for Louis Armstrong, France’s No. 17 Caroline Garcia, who is playing the best tennis after winning the Western & Southern Open last month, will take on 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu of Canada. .

Another must-see match at 7pm Arthur Ashe Stadium is of course Serena Williams vs. Adjula Tomljanovicfollowed by top-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev and Ivin Wu. First Chinese player to qualify US Open match. Tell history!