In a stunning upset, Jordan Thompson defeated the ninth-ranked Alexander Zverev in the opening round of the Japan Open. This victory marks Thompson’s second win over a top-10 opponent this season, further solidifying his skills and potential on the tennis court. Thompson, a 29-year-old Australian, displayed a remarkable resilience and determination throughout the match, saving four of the five break points he faced.
Thompson reflected on his performance, stating, “I fought off 0-40 first game and I really got into the match after that. But I held on, I was playing an unpredictable style of tennis, and I think he didn’t handle it that well in the first set and adapted in the second. But I somehow hung around.” This hard-fought win showcases Thompson’s ability to adapt his tactics and maintain composure under pressure.
While Jordan Thompson enjoyed success against Alexander Zverev, the other three Australians in action on Monday faced defeat. Eighth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime emerged victorious against Aleksander Vukic in a grueling match that ended with a score of 7-6 (3), 6-7 (2), 6-2. Additionally, Mackenzie McDonald defeated Max Purcell with a score of 7-5, 6-4, and Sebastian Ofner outlasted Christopher O’Connell in a closely contested match, finishing with a score of 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-5.
As the tournament progresses, excitement builds for the upcoming matches. Jordan Thompson awaits the outcome of the match between Ben Shelton, a semifinalist in the Shanghai Masters, and qualifier Taro Daniel. Thompson’s performance against Zverev suggests that he is a force to be reckoned with in this tournament. It will be fascinating to see how he performs in the next round.
Other notable players in the Japan Open include top-seeded Taylor Fritz and second-seeded Casper Ruud. Fritz is set to play his first-round match against Cameron Norrie on Tuesday, while Ruud will face wild-card entry Yosuke Watanuki. The presence of Shanghai Masters winner Hubert Hurkacz adds another layer of excitement to the tournament. The Polish player is scheduled to open against Zhang Zhizhen on Wednesday.
Tour veteran Vera Zvonareva demonstrated her skill and experience as she secured a decisive victory over Arianne Hatano in her opening match of the Jiangxi Open. The 39-year-old Zvonareva dominated the match, breaking her opponent’s serve six times en route to a quick victory that lasted only 61 minutes.
Zvonareva’s next challenge will be against the winner of the match between fifth-seeded Zhu Lin and Diana Shnaider. As Zvonareva continues to showcase her expertise on the court, she remains a formidable competitor in the Jiangxi Open.
In addition to Zvonareva’s triumph, eighth-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo sealed a victory against wild-card entry Jiang Xinyu, defeating her with a score of 6-4, 6-0. Sorribes Tormo’s next opponent will be Camila Osorio, who achieved a convincing win over Ma Ye-Xin with a score of 6-1, 6-0. Amina Anshba and Kimberly Birrell also emerged victorious in their respective matches, solidifying their positions in the tournament.
As the competition unfolds in the Jiangxi Open, tennis enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the thrilling battles and unexpected upsets that may still be in store. With talented players from around the world competing, each match promises excitement and entertainment for fans and players alike.