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Tennis: Sabalenka defeats Azarenka in US Open first round
Aryna Sabalenka / Reuters
Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (World No.13) defeated her countrywoman Victoria Azarenka (41) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 after 2 hours and 15 minutes under the Louis Armstrong Stadium lights in the US Open first-round clash.
In the second round, she will face Russia's Yulia Putintseva, ranked 39, who cruised past American Madison Brengle earlier.
Another Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich (World No. 46) also advanced to the next round defeating World No. 67 Jennifer Brady of the United States 6-1, 4-6, 6-0. She is set up to clash with Tunisia's Tunisia's Ons Jabeur (62).
Two Belarusian players qualified for the US Open main draw coming through three qualifying rounds in the men's singles event. World number 129 Egor Gerasimov defeated World No.100 Lloyd Harris of South Africa 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 in the first round. He will go head-to-head with Argentina's Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (World No. 21). Ilya Ivashka (World No.144) lost to Australia's world number 203 Thanasi Kokkinakis 3:6, 6:7, 7:6, 2:6. The total prize money at the 2019 US Open is $57.2 million. Winners in the men's and women's singles events will make a record $3.85 million each, reports Belarusian state news agency BELTA.