Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

Lily Miyazaki received her first principal draw Grand Slam singles match on opening Monday on the US Open with an outstanding straight-sets victory in opposition to Margarita Betova.

On Saturday, Miyazaki emulated Emma Raducanu from two years in the past in coming by way of the qualifiers, and the 27-year-old emerged victorious in opposition to Russian Betova 6-3 6-3.

The world No 199, whose solely earlier main look got here when she misplaced within the Wimbledon first spherical in 2022 as a wild card, could also be unlikely to emulate Raducanu’s fairy-tale title win, however she nonetheless secured a close to £100,000 pay day and a high-profile second-round match in opposition to Olympic champion Belinda Bencic on Wednesday.

Miyazaki: I am pleased with myself

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Lily Miyazaki says she is ‘proud’ of herself after beating Margarita Betova to succeed in the second spherical of a Grand Slam for the primary time

“I am sort of misplaced for phrases proper now. Coming into this event I did not anticipate to be at this stage, so I am simply actually comfortable and pleased with myself,” the 27-year-old Japanese-born Brit instructed Sky Sports activities.

“Qualifying undoubtedly helped me as a result of I bought matches beneath my belt and I felt actually snug with the circumstances.

“At present I felt a bit nervous and did not really feel like I used to be taking part in nice however I believe my expertise from qualifying helped me.”

“The expertise at Wimbledon was big for me. In that match, the night time earlier than I used to be actually, actually nervous and I may hardly sleep. However final night time I instructed myself this was simply one other match.”

High photographs from Miyazaki’s victory

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Take a look at Lily Miyazaki’s prime photographs in her victory

How Miyazaki made it by way of to the second spherical

Miyazaki took on the skilled Betova, who was taking part in beneath a protected rating after getting back from having a baby however had misplaced her final 15 matches.

Miyazaki, who moved to London aged 10 however solely modified allegiance from Japan final yr, overcame an early break and received six video games in a row to take management.

With fellow Brit Jodie Burrage cheering her on, Miyazaki completed the job on her second match level to win in an hour and 20 minutes.

The win helps her rise to a profession excessive of 153rd provisionally, and as much as British No 4.

Being free and being relaxed is usually so much simpler mentioned than achieved. There’ll nonetheless be nerves, there’ll nonetheless be her personal expectations, her personal desires and wishes. It is not at all times simple to only be free. She would be the underdog in that scenario however hopefully she will be able to capitalise on that, however Belinda Bencic will probably be a distinct check though I will be excited to observe.

Johanna Konta on Miyazaki going through Bencic subsequent

Story of the Tape

Miyazaki vs Betova: Story of the Tape

Match Stats


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Match evaluation

Tim Henman and Martina Navratilova break down the efficiency of Miyazaki’s gorgeous first-round victory within the Sky Sports activities studio.

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Tim Henman and Martina Navratilova analyse the efficiency of Lily Miyazaki in her dominant victory over Margarita Betova

Can Miyazaki emulate Raducanu’s success?

Emma Raducanu famously received the US Open as a qualifier in 2021

“I imply, what Emma did was unbelievable,” mentioned Miyazaki. “I am unsure the place I used to be. I believe I used to be at a event. I do not know, a 25K in Portugal or one thing.

“Clearly all of the gamers had been following her outcomes, and it was unbelievable the best way she performed.

“I do not know her too nicely, however I’ve hit along with her a number of occasions on the Nationwide Tennis Centre. Yeah, I believe what she did impressed lots of people.”

Who’s up subsequent for Miyazaki?

Belinda Bencic is the reigning Olympic champion having received gold in Tokyo

Miyazaki will tackle Olympic champion Bencic within the second spherical on Wednesday and the fifteenth seeded Swiss has been warned she’ll need to do her homework on the Brit.

“It will be a troublesome match for positive,” mentioned Miyazaki. “However I suppose the nice factor is I’ve seen her play loads of occasions and she or he in all probability would not know a lot about me.”

She added: “It is really humorous, once I lived in Switzerland, I performed her once I was about 9 years previous and she or he will need to have been about seven or eight.

“I keep in mind even again then she was taking the ball so early. Half volleying, drive volleying, every part. Yeah, I anticipate a very powerful match.”

The US Open on Sky Sports activities: How and the place to observe

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Watch the US Open stay and unique on Sky Sports activities from August 28 to September 10. All courts will probably be accessible to observe for the primary time

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Sky welcomes tennis again to its channels this yr with the US Open being one of the prestigious Grand Slam tournaments, including to the present sports activities portfolio and reaffirming the broadcaster as the house of stay sport within the UK & Eire.

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