In Brief

US Open digest: Andy Murray is out and Serena sets up Venus clash

Defending men’s singles champion Rafael Nadal is through to round three

Andy Murray’s Grand Slam comeback is over after losing in four sets to Fernando Verdasco in the US Open second round.

Making his return to top-level tennis after nearly a year out injured, the Brit was beaten 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4 by the Spanish 31st seed in New York.

After the match Murray told the BBC: “It wasn’t the most comfortable I felt on a tennis court. I got through it and fought right to the end.

“There were periods in the match where I played some really good stuff. But there were some where I didn’t - especially in the first set - and that was costly for me.”

Defending champion and world No.1 Rafael Nadal is through to the third round after a convincing 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory against Vasek Pospisil. Spaniard Nadal will face Karen Khachanov next.

It’s Serena vs. Venus in round three

The Williams sisters - Serena and Venus - will go head-to-head in the third round at Flushing Meadows.

In their second-round matches six-time US Open champion Serena beat Carina Witthoft 6-2 6-2 and two-time winner Venus won 6-4 7-5 against Camila Giorgi.

Speaking ahead of the sisters’ 30th career clash, Serena said: “We’d rather have met later.”

Venus added: “Obviously, it’s early in the tournament, so both of us are going to be looking forward to continuing to play better.”

In the women’s singles, defending champion Sloane Stephens is also through to the third round after her 4-6 7-5 6-2 victory against Anhelina Kalinina. Stephens will next play Victoria Azarenka.

Recommended

Ryder Cup: the history and drama of golf’s biggest event
Ryder Cup
In Depth

Ryder Cup: the history and drama of golf’s biggest event

Doping in sport: should cannabis be on the list of banned substances?
US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for cannabis
In Focus

Doping in sport: should cannabis be on the list of banned substances?

Messi vs. Ronaldo: how football’s two superstars compare
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Profile

Messi vs. Ronaldo: how football’s two superstars compare

A World Cup every two years - for football and rugby union?
Football’s Fifa World Cup and rugby union’s Webb Ellis Cup trophies
Pros and cons

A World Cup every two years - for football and rugby union?

Popular articles

Doctor says we should not sleep naked because of flatulent spraying
The feet of a person sleeping in a bed
Tall Tales

Doctor says we should not sleep naked because of flatulent spraying

World’s most extreme weather events in 2021
Wildfire in Greece
In pictures

World’s most extreme weather events in 2021

The man tasked with putting a price on 9/11’s lost lives
Kenneth Feinberg at a Congressional hearing
Profile

The man tasked with putting a price on 9/11’s lost lives

The Week Footer Banner