Wu Yibing makes historic Grand Slam win

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Wu Yibing of China hits a return during the men's singles first round match between Wu Yibing of China and Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia at the 2022 US Open tennis championships in New York, the United States, Aug. 29, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Qualifier Wu Yibing made history as he sailed into the U.S. Open second round for the first time on Monday.

The rising Chinese player swept past 31st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in his Grand Slam main draw debut and extended his winning streak this season to 14 matches.

"I didn't make too many unforced errors," the 22-year-old said. "I'm calm now and I'm more interested in adjusting my form and getting ready for the next match."

Wu will next face Portuguese qualifier Nuno Borges, who eliminated local wildcard Ben Shelton.

Fellow Chinese qualifier Zhang Zhizhen was beaten by Tim van Rijthoven of the Netherlands, despite leading 2-0 and holding seven match points. He eventually lost the near four-hour marathon 3-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9), 6-1 and 6-4.

On the women's side, Zhang Shuai advanced to the second round after a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jil Teichmann of Switzerland.

"I've had better performances in the past two weeks in Cincinnati and Cleveland, so I was confident that I could play well today," said Zhang, who will take on Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia.

Youngster Wang Xiyu came back from one set down to beat France's Diane Parry 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, and she will now meet third-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece.

"Maria is an exceptionally good athlete and all I can do is to learn more from the match. She is an attacking player and I have to stay focused," said Wang. 

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