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Ruud loses, Kyrgios wins at Japan Open Alcaraz loses to Goffin in 1st match as No. 1 Kasatkina knocks out Raducanu at Agel Open

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TOKYO. Kasper Ruud, who took first place, lost, while Nick Kyrgios won at the Japan Open.

Ruud, who reached the final at the French Open and the US Open this year, lost to Jaume Munar 6-3, 6-3.

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Kyrgios, who lost in the Wimbledon final, defeated Tseng Chun-hsin 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the round of 16. He will then face Kamil Mayhrzak, who beat Sho Shimabukuro 7-6(2), 6-2.

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Kyrgios’ victory came on the same day that his lawyer asked an Australian court to drop the assault charges against him on mental health grounds. Judge Glenn Theakston adjourned the case until February 3.

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Kyrgios, 27, will face trial in person on this day for the first time since police issued a summons to him in July.

The usual charge of assault, which can carry a maximum sentence of two years in prison, relates to an incident in January 2021 that was reported to local police last December. The charge is reportedly related to an incident with his ex-girlfriend.

ASTANA, Kazakhstan. Carlos Alcaraz’s first match as #1 player ended in a loss to David Goffin at the Astana Open.

The 19-year-old Spaniard lost 7-5, 6-3 in his first match of the tour since winning the US Open and taking first place in the rankings.

“David played very, very well. Getting back to competition is never easy,” Alcaraz said. “It’s really hard for me, for my confidence.”

Alcaraz lost 5–2 and equalized in the first set at 5–5, but lost again to his Belgian opponent.

“When you play against the world number one on a big stage, with a big crowd, the fire inside gives you so much power to show your best tennis, because you have no choice,” Goffin said. “You have to fight and give your all, and that was the case today.”

Daniil Medvedev, seeded No. 2, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, seeded No. 3, avoided similar defeats. Medvedev beat Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6:3, 6:1, while Tsitsipas beat Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6:3. 6-4.

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Fifth-placed Darya Kasatkina defeated 2021 US Open champion Emma Radukanu 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Agel Open.

Kasatkina was playing her first match since losing the first round of the US Open and she will face Ekaterina Aleksandrova in her next match.

Sixth-placed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland rallied to eliminate former top-five player Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-7(7), 6-1, while Aleksandra Sasnovich upset eighth-placed Jelena Ostapenko, 6-2, 6-2.

American qualifiers Alicia Parks and Katherine McNally moved forward. Parks beat Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 7-6 (3) and McNally edged Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-2 at an indoor court in Ostrava, in the east of the Czech Republic.


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