Wu Yibing on Monday became the first Chinese man in 63 years to win a singles match at a Grand Slam when he knocked out 31st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili from the US Open. Wu, 22, won 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in the opening round, shooting nine aces in 31 wins over his Georgian opponent. Mei Fu Chi, at Wimbledon in 1959, was the last Chinese man to win a match at professional tournaments.
Wu, ranked 174th and qualified, is also the first Chinese man to win a singles match at the US Open since Cheng Guy in 1935.
“It’s happy and exciting but there are still many matches to come,” Wu told atptour.com.
“The third set, I don’t know if he was in pain, I just tried to take all the balls and try to stay in the game, not thinking about winning or losing.
“That’s why I guess I didn’t show much emotion. I felt pretty calm.”
Wu was the 2017 junior champion in New York but his professional career went downhill due to injury and he was sidelined completely from March 2019 until January 2022.
He was ranked low 1,869 in March but has now won 14 consecutive games.
Wu next faces Nuno Borges in the Portuguese qualifiers, who beat US representative Ben Shelton 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 7-6 (5/7). , 6-7 (8/10), 6-3.
Zhang Zhizhen squandered the golden opportunity to join Wu in the next round when he dropped seven points in a five-set loss to Tim van Rijthoven of the Netherlands.
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