US OPEN 2023: In the latest from the tennis world, former champion Murray, amidst his journey back from hip surgeries, faced a tougher battle compared to Norrie. Murray secured victory against Frenchman Corentin Moutet in a three-hour match, clinching the win with an exquisite backhand winner after four match points. The final score stood at 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. On the same note, Alcaraz, the reigning US Open champion, initiated his title defense with ease as German player Dominik Koepfer retired due to injury during their match against the Spanish top seed.
Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev, the third seed, captured the spotlight with an impressive performance at the U.S. Open. Despite being somewhat overlooked due to the prominence of world numbers one and two, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, Medvedev attracted attention as he breezed past Attila Balazs in the first round. His dominant victory with a scoreline of 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 served as a reminder of his prowess on the court.
Shifting to soccer, Megan Rapinoe, a notable figure in women's soccer, is set to bid farewell to the field. The United States women's team icon announced that her final match will take place on September 24th in a friendly against South Africa in Chicago. Having shared her decision to retire following the conclusion of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season in November, Rapinoe's contributions to the sport will undoubtedly be celebrated.
Returning to tennis, Jessica Pegula, the third seed, is embracing the role of sharing the spotlight with her compatriot Coco Gauff. While Pegula holds the distinction of being the highest-ranked American player at the U.S. Open, she gladly acknowledges Gauff's recent successes and welcomes the opportunity for both players to alleviate the pressure of ending the United States' Grand Slam title drought. Pegula, ranked third in the world, and Gauff, ranked sixth, arrived in New York fresh off WTA 1000 titles, igniting optimism for a potential breakthrough for American women in major championships. The last such victory occurred when Sofia Kenin triumphed at the 2020 Australian Open.