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Coll Stuns Top Seed Gawad in U.S. Open First Round; Blatchford Adances to First Career Second Round

Sunday produced one of the biggest first-round upsets in tournament history as New Zealand’s Paul Coll sent top seed and world No. 2 Karim Abdel Gawad crashing out of the U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management. In the women’s draw, Team USA’s Olivia Blatchford progressed to the second round for the first time in her career.

Elsewhere in the men’s draw Egyptian qualifier Mazen Hesham beat Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez, and Peruvian youngster Diego Elias continued his impressive recent form beating Asian champion Max Lee in straight games.

The women’s matches all went to seeding—although second seed Raneem El Welily had to come from two games down to progress—with defending champion Camille Serme and U.S. champion Olivia Blatchford progressed in straight games.

Wildcard entries Haley Mendez and Chris Gordon both lost out as the last sixteen lineup in each draw was completed.

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