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US Open: Lily Miyazaki's dream run at Flushing Meadows ended by Belinda Bencic

Lily Miyazaki's US Open adventure is ended in the second round by Olympic champion Belinda Bencic; watch the final Grand Slam of the year in New York - live on Sky Sports Tennis

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Highlights of Yuriko Lily Miyazaki's second-round match against Belinda Bencic

Lily Miyazaki's dream run at the US Open was ended in the second round by Olympic champion Belinda Bencic on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, who came through three matches to qualify at Flushing Meadows for the first time and then picked up a maiden Grand Slam win against Margarita Betova in round one, was beaten 6-3 6-3 by the 15th seed.

Miyazaki is the first Briton to fall to defeat at Flushing Meadows after wins for Katie Boulter, Jodie Burrage, Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie, Jack Draper and Dan Evans on Tuesday.

The world No 198 still leaves New York with the consolation prize of having virtually doubled her earnings for the year with a £98,000 pay day for winning her first-round match.

2023 US Open ** STORY AVAILABLE, CONTACT SUPPLIER** Featuring: Belinda Bencic Where: Queens, New York, United States When: 28 Aug 2023 Credit: David Lobel/INSTARimages  (Cover Images via AP Images)
Image: Belinda Bencic was always going to be a tough opponent

A break early in the first set and two in the second proved her undoing, although she did break the Bencic serve late on, prompting the 26-year-old to fling her racket to the ground.

But ultimately Bencic, a former semi-finalist in New York, was too strong for the Tokyo-born debutant and broke again to seal the victory.

Miyazaki was supported once more by fellow Brit Jodie Burrage, who faces world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka in her second-round match on Thursday.

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Tim Henman and Martina Navratilova reflect on Lily Miyazaki's run at the US Open

"Let's focus on the positives for Miyazaki," said the former British No 1. "She's had a great tournament coming through qualifying and winning a round which will do huge things for her confidence, her ranking and her bank balance, but Bencic is a class above.

"Bencic really proved it. A great match from Bencic but a great tournament from Miyazaki."

Miyazaki's ranking will rise to 153 provisionally with Martina Navratilova adding: "If she keeps playing as she did here she won't have to qualify for the Australian Open so she will have some breathing room and a great learning experience. She can be really proud of herself."

Tale of the Tape

Miyazaki vs Bencic: Tale of the Tape

Miyazaki Match Stats Bencic
2 Aces 1
1 Double Faults 1
66% 1st serve win percentage 81%
31% 2nd serve win percentage 57%
1/1 Break points won 4/6
13 Total winners 16
26 Unforced errors 18
50 Total points won 67

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