Aug 28 (Reuters) - Round-up of day one at the U.S. Open championships on Monday:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think not to catastrophise is important. It is a tennis match. It’s a sport. I think to have a healthy perspective on that, in general, goes a long way.” - Britain’s Johanna Konta after suffering a shock first-round defeat to unseeded Serb Aleksandra Krunic.
FACT OF THE DAY: The U.S. Open became the first grand slam even to offer equal prize money to male and female winners in 1973. The total purse for this year’s tournament will top $50 million, with the winners of both the men’s and women’s singles titles each earning around $3.7 million.
STATISTIC OF THE DAY: Home favourite Venus Williams beat Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova to preserve her personal record of never losing in the opening round of the U.S. Open in 19 appearances.
PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Maria Sharapova battled past Romanian second seed Simona Halep 6-4 4-6 6-3 and into the second round after an epic clash lasting two hours and 42 minutes. The 30-year-old Russian, who returned from a 15-month doping ban in April, made 64 unforced errors but also hit 60 winners en route to victory in the thrilling encounter. (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru)