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Wu Yibing gives China a victory at US Open

By HENG WEILI in New York | China Daily Global | Updated: 2022-08-30 12:05
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Wu Yibing of China celebrates after defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia during the men’s singles first round on the first day of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday in New York City. Sarah Stier / Getty imaGeS / AFP

Wu Yibing on Monday became the first male tennis player from China in 63 years to win a Grand Slam tennis match with a victory at the US Open on Monday.

The 22-year-old qualifier upset No 31 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. He blasted nine aces in his 31 winners past his Georgian opponent in the match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

"It's happy and exciting but still more matches to come," Wu told

"The third set, I don't know if he was hurting or something, I just tried to make all the balls and tried to stay in the game, not thinking about winning or losing.

"That's why I guess I didn't show much emotion. I feel pretty calm," he said.

Wu was grateful to be back at the US Open.

"I'm happy to be back here playing here in a major event since 2017, when I won here. It's pretty special for me, but I'm just trying to play my tennis, show the people or myself that I still can play," Wu said. "It's been a tough few years for me. I really suffered from injuries and COVID in China. It seems like I can still play a little bit of tennis.

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