Summary: Australian tennis player Jordan Thompson achieves a stunning upset by defeating Alexander Zverev in straight sets in the opening round of the Japan Open. In another match, veteran player Vera Zvonareva cruises to victory in the Jiangxi Open.
In a surprising turn of events, Jordan Thompson, ranked 60th, shocked the tennis world by defeating the ninth-ranked player, Alexander Zverev, with a score of 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Japan Open. This marks Thompson’s second victory over a top-10 opponent this season, with his previous win against Stefanos Tsitsipas at Indian Wells. Despite facing four out of five break points, Thompson showcased his resilience and unpredictable style of play, ultimately outmaneuvering Zverev on the court.
Looking ahead, Thompson’s next opponent will be either Ben Shelton, a semifinalist at the Shanghai Masters, or qualifier Taro Daniel. Meanwhile, other Australian players did not fare as well, with Felix Auger-Aliassime, Mackenzie McDonald, and Sebastian Ofner all experiencing defeats in their respective matches.
In the late match, fifth-seeded Tommy Paul will face Daniel Altmaier, while top-seeded Taylor Fritz and second-seeded Casper Ruud are scheduled to play their first-round matches against Cameron Norrie and wild-card entry Yosuke Watanuki, respectively. Another notable player, Hubert Hurkacz, the reigning champion of the Shanghai Masters, will start his campaign against Zhang Zhizhen on Wednesday in the Japan Open.
Switching to the Jiangxi Open, tour veteran Vera Zvonareva demonstrated her skill and experience as she secured a comfortable victory over Arianne Hatano in straight sets of 6-1, 6-2. The 39-year-old Zvonareva, who began her professional career in 2000, impressively broke her opponent’s serve six times, establishing her dominance on the court. Up next, Zvonareva will face either fifth-seeded Zhu Lin or Diana Shnaider.
Additionally, in other matches at the Jiangxi Open, eighth-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo defeated wild-card entry Jiang Xinyu with a score of 6-4, 6-0. Sorribes Tormo will now compete against Camila Osorio, who emerged victorious against Ma Ye-Xin in a dominant performance. Among the other winners at the tournament were Amina Anshba and Kimberly Birrell.
Tags: Jordan Thompson, Alexander Zverev, Japan Open, Vera Zvonareva, Jiangxi Open, Tennis