Aussie Astra Sharma has fallen in the first round of the US Open to the 8th seed and French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.
Sharma, competing in her third US Open campaign was outgunned 6-0, 6-4 by the Czech who is enjoying an amazing year on the WTA tour.
Krejickova broke immediately in the first set and carried that wave through to claim it 6-0 in 25 minutes, showing all of the court craft and class that has carried her into the top 10 this year.
Sharma would win only 5 points for the set as she made 13 unforced errors in a tough opening for the Western Australian.
When she was broken early in the second and fell 2-0 behind it looked like a brutal loss was on the cards but Sharma lifted from that point on, creating break point opportunities in the 4th and 8th games of the set, had she converted either, she would have been right back in the contest.
In the second set Sharma would strike 12 winners and make 14 unforced errors, claiming 29 points in total as her performance lifted under the extreme pressure being applied by Krejcikova.
The Czech however remained strong, winning 89% of points on her first serve and would make only 13 unforced errors for the match.
Sharma won her way into the main draw through qualifying but a visit to the second round at Flushing Meadows remains elusive.
For Krejcikova 2021 has been a year that has seen her claim the French Open singles crown as well as the doubles at Roland Garros, a mixed doubles title in Australia and an Olympic gold medal.
In the second round she will face American Christina McHale.
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