The toughest of Monday’s opening matches at the U.S. Open went 12th-seeded Simona Halep’s way. She posted a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over Camila Giorgi on the Grandstand court.
Halep, a two-time Grand Slam tournament champion, had not won a match since May after tearing a left calf muscle during the Italian Open in Rome. Afterward, she missed the French Open and her title defense at Wimbledon. She returned to the tour in Montreal this month, but lost her first match there to Danielle Collins and then pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters event before her second-round match against Jessica Pegula.
Giorgi’s recent form made her one of the least desirable opening-round draws among unseeded players.