FLUSHING MEADOWS, NYÂ – Third seeds Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova have reached the US Open second round on Monday with straight set victories.
Despite the 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian Alex Bogomolov, he struggled at times with his serve and play in general.
â€œI just didn’t serve that wellâ€ Murray told media.Â â€œDidn’t serve well most of the match.Â That was why I actually felt okay.Â I mean, I lost serve, then I broke straight back I think both times.
â€œIt was more the serving.Â I just didn’t serve that well.
â€œI won in three sets.Â You know, I didn’t serve very well.Â Only lost seven games in three sets, so I must have done something well today.
â€œBogomolov, you know, I think he was seeded here last year.Â He made the third round.Â He plays his best tennis on the hard courts.Â He’s a tough player.
â€œI played fairly well from the back of the court.Â I just would have liked to have served a bit better because, you know, I wasn’t getting many free points on my serve.
â€œBecause of that, there were a lot more rallies.Â When he’s in a rhythm, he’s tough to break down.â€
Sharapova cruised past Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-2, 6-2 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
â€œ It’s been a few weeks,â€ said the Russian who has been out of action since the Olympics with a stomach virus.Â â€œIt was a nice break in a way, but after so many weeks of practicing, you’re just eager to get back on the court.
â€œThe tournament almost seems a little bit easier because the practice is a little bit shorter getting ready to play matches.Â It’s so much better than having practice weeks, to be honest.
â€œBut I was happy with the way I came out.Â Never played my opponent before.Â A lefty.Â Conditions weren’t exactly perfect.Â Overall I played steady, but there’s room for improvement, that’s for sure.”
Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.