Lily Miyazaki vs Belinda Bencic live: Score and latest US Open updates as Briton loses first set

Yuriko Lily Miyazaki returns a shot to Belinda Bencic – AP/Manu Fernandez

05:25 PM BST

Miyazaki 3-6, 0-3 Bencic*

Miyazaki fights back in this game after going down 0-30. But Bencic fires a forehand powerfully down the line to give herself a breakpoint.

After a brief rally, Miyazaki looks to stretch the Swiss and pushes the ball wide right with her forehand, but it lands just out.

Bencic breaks for the second time in set two.

05:21 PM BST

Miyazaki* 3-6, 0-2 Bencic

Miyazaki wins a great point to go up 0-30, stepping in to the court and moving Bencic around successfully.

If she can string together a series of ground strokes of that quality, she may well play herself into the game.

Bencic shows her quality to come back and hold serve.

05:17 PM BST

Miyazaki 3-6, 0-1 Bencic* (*denotes next server)

Some slightly wayward serving from Miyazaki gives Bencic a brace of break points in the second set.

The Swiss makes no mistake in taking an early break.

Bencic played 64 per cent of Miyazaki’s second serves inside the baseline during the first set. This shows just how important it is that Miyazaki lands her first serve so that she can push Bencic further back in the court.

Lily Miyazaki has struggled with her first serve percentage

Lily Miyazaki has struggled with her first serve percentage – AP/Manu Fernandez

05:13 PM BST

Elsewhere in the singles competitions

The World No 7 Tsitsipas has lost the first set to Stricker over on Grandstand.

Meanwhile, Collins is one set up against Mertens on Louis Armstrong.

05:11 PM BST

Miyazaki* 3-6 Bencic

Bencic takes the first set!

The final game of the set commences with an excellent cross-court forehand return off Bencic’s second serve to get Miyazaki to 0-15.

A double fault from Bencic then pushes the Briton to 0-30. Is the occasion getting to the Swiss here at this early stage?

Bencic gets a point back when Miyazaki’s return lands just long. Miyazaki then gets unlucky with her favoured cross-court forehand that lands just wide. 30-30.

Miyazaki fails to capitalise of Bencic’s second serve this time, giving the 15th seed her first set point.

The ball sails into the net once again on Miyazaki’s return, and Bencic takes the first set 6-3.

05:06 PM BST

Miyazaki 3-5 Bencic*

Miyazaki shows her steel, peppering the forehand to cause a few errors.

This approach is clearly feeding into Bencic’s frustration as Miyazaki goes up 40-0.

A powerful serve gives the Briton her first love service game hold.

Now she must break back to stay in this first set.

05:02 PM BST

Miyazaki* 2-5 Bencic

The consistency of Bencic’s first serve is stifling Miyazaki here, enabling the Swiss to rattle through the points. This can only be to her advantage.

But Miyazaki throws in a surprise, coming off the baseline to hit a winning return at 30-0.

She then pounces on Bencic’s second serve with a powerful return – this time a backhand in front of the base line – to make it 40-30 and then wins another to get to deuce. This is the best opportunity Miyazaki has had so far to break back.

Bencic goes to advantage after Miyazaki’s backhand return goes wide. The Swiss then nails her serve and approach, ending with an assured smash to hold serve.

04:57 PM BST

Miyazaki 2-4 Bencic*

Miyazaki will have to try and find a way to neutralise the threat posed by Bencic if she is to gain a foothold in this match.

The first port of call for the Briton will be to find some consistency with her first serve. She manages to do so at 0-15, pushing Bencic wide on her backhand before coming in to the net.

Despite the winners she has hit off of it, Bencic is shadowing her forehand shots afterwards in what appears to be an act of self-coaching. Whether Miyazaki will target this remains to be seen.

Miyazaki fights back well towards the end of the game to hold serve. #

Despite her early dominance, Bencic has appeared frustrated at her forehand

Despite her early dominance, Bencic has appeared frustrated at her forehand – AP/Manu Fernandez

04:51 PM BST

Miyazaki* 1-4 Bencic

Bencic’s serve and powerful ground strokes continue to cause Miyazaki problems.

Following the exertion of the Briton’s victory on Monday, she will be feeling the strain as the Swiss looks to push the pace of the match.

Bencic has only lost three points on her serve so far and is firmly in charge.

04:47 PM BST

Miyazaki 1-3 Bencic*

Bencic shows her ability to read the play, watching the direction of Miyazaki’s racket head and using it to get to the ball early.

Miyazaki is yet to find her rhythm here. She pushes forwards inside the baseline, as she did in her first-round victory, but sends the drop shot into the net.

Again, Bencic plays the corners to get a break point. Miyazaki pulls it back, opening up the court with a wide forehand – she can’t afford another break if she is to stay in this first set.

The Briton shows her class to bring Bencic into the net before sending her the wrong way. She then follows this up with a powerful serve to win the game.

Miyazaki is on the board.

04:41 PM BST

Miyazaki* 0-3 Bencic

Miyazaki plays her best point of the match so far at 30-0, pushing the ball outside Bencic’s strike zone and forcing the Swiss to play back into the middle of the court, from where the Briton can dictate play.

The strength of the French Open champion’s serve shines through though, and she holds serve.

04:38 PM BST

Miyazaki 0-2 Bencic*

An early break for Bencic.

Miyazaki does well to fight back from 0-30 down to get to deuce, but the 15th seed’s shot selection is too good as she moves the Briton around the court.

Bencic will give Miyazaki less opportunity to get into the match than her previous opponents, so it is crucial the qualifier takes every opportunity she is given.

The Swiss has a curious record against players outside of the top 100. She has a win/loss ratio of 20/6 in all matches. But in grand slams, that drops to 4 wins and 4 defeats. Indeed, she was one of Raducanu’s victims in 2021.

There is still plenty of time for Miyazaki to pull of a similar feat.

04:29 PM BST

Miyazaki* 0-1 Bencic (*denotes next server)

Bencic shows her quality early, changing direction quickly and taking time away from Miyazaki.

Miyazaki gets a point back to take it to 40-15, but Bencic lands her first serve to win the game.

Miyazaki to serve next.

04:26 PM BST

Miyazaki* 0-0 Bencic (*denotes next server)

And we’re off!

Bencic to serve first.

04:24 PM BST

Two minutes to go

The umpire has given the players two more minutes to warm up before play gets under way.

This is the biggest match of Miyazaki’s career, facing a player who has been at the top end of the game for quite some time.

British fans will hope the fairytale can continue for the Briton as she follows in the footsteps of Emma Raducanu, who won in New York as a qualifier in 2021.

04:21 PM BST

Play under way – Miyazaki up shortly!

Play is under way between Elise Mertens and Danielle Collins under the roof at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Elsewhere, Miyazaki is warming up for her match against Bencic, as is Tsitsipas against Stricker.

04:13 PM BST

Video Review introduction ruled a flop

Var has been the scourge of football fans for years and has recently become a source of controversy in rugby ahead of the World Cup.

But following Andy Murray’s hard-fought victory over Corentin Moutet on Tuesday, it was tennis’s turn to contend with the teething problems that the technology brings with it.

The system was used for the first time at a key point during the Murray match and failed comprehensively, eliciting an exasperated laugh from the forlorn Moutet.

For more about yesterday’s debacle and the applications of the new video review (VR) system in tennis, check out Simon Briggs’s story here.

04:06 PM BST

Rain delays play

After a tropical-looking downpour this morning, the start of play has been pushed back on the outdoor courts so that the standing water can be cleared.

This will mean a delay until at least 4.15pm for the start of Miyazaki’s clash with Bencic.

It appears that is has now stopped raining, and the commentary team appear optimistic that play will soon be under way.

The morning’s showers will not cause problems for those tuning in to Coco Gauff at Arthur Ashe or Elise Mertens at Louis Armstrong as both courts are covered.

The latter match will be starting very shortly indeed.

03:54 PM BST

Lily Miyazaki’s unexpected rise

Lily Miyazaki leapt onto the global stage with her first-round victory at the US Open on Monday.

The 27-year-old breezed past Margarita Betova to set up today’s clash with Belinda Bencic. Yet despite her obvious talents, one might be forgiven for not having heard of the Briton before now.

To find out more about Miyazaki, including her maths degree and talent as a pianist, check out Molly McElwee’s story here.

03:43 PM BST

Order of play

Britain’s Lily Miyazaki is due to get under way on court five at 4pm.

On the two main courts, the order of plays is as follows:

Arthur Ashe stadium – from 5pm

  • Mirra Andreeva (RUS) v (6) Coco Gauff (USA)

  • Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP) v (2) Novak Djokovic (SRB)

  • Sebastian Ofner (AUT) v (10) Frances Tiafoe (USA)

  • (11) Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

Louis Armstrong Stadium – from 4pm

  • (31) Elise Mertens (BEL) v Danielle Collins (USA)

  • (1) Iga Swiatek (POL) v Daria Saville (AUS)

  • Dominic Thiem (AUT) v Ben Shelton (USA)

  • (14) Elena Rybakina (KAZ) v Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)

  • Juan Pablo Varillas (PER) v (9) Taylor Fritz (USA)

For the full order of play and information about how to watch on TV, go here.

03:32 PM BST

Can the Brits keep up the momentum?

Hello and Welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of today’s action at the US Open.

After an historic clean sweep yesterday in which all six British players made it through to the second round of the tournament – making it Britain’s best set of results at Flushing Meadows since 1977 – Lily Miyazaki will hope to continue the momentum today as she takes on current Olympic champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland at 4pm on court five.

It was Miyazaki who kick-started the unprecedented run of straight set wins when she swept to victory over Margarita Betova in just 80 minutes on Monday. In doing so, she became the first British woman to come through the qualifying event in New York since Emma Raducanu won the Grand Slam in 2021.

While Miyazaki was up against a young mother who has been out of the the game for a couple of years in Betova, she is likely to face a much sterner test against 15th seed Bencic.

Following her first round victory, the World No 198 joked that she had watched Bencic far more than the Swiss will have watched her.

“I’m really looking forward to it. She’s a great player obviously,” she said. “It’s actually funny, when I lived in Switzerland, I played her when I was about nine years old and she must have been about seven or eight.

“I remember even back then she was taking the ball so early. Half volleying, drive volleying, everything. Yeah, I expect a really tough match.”

Elsewhere on court today, Novak Djokovic – newly returned to his perch as World No 1 – headlines the action as he takes on Bernabe Zapata Miralles at Arthur Ashe Stadium. They follow American Coco Gauff, who opens proceedings against Russian teenager Mira Andreeva.

Women’s No 1 seed Iga Swiatek continues her title defence against Australia’s Daria Saville, while former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina takes on Ajla Tomljanovic.

World No 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas clashes with Dominic Stricker on Grandstand and is followed by 2019 champion Victoria  Azarenka, who takes on China’s Lin Zhu.

Finally, Wimbledon quarter-finalist and crowd favourite Chris Eubanks is in action against France’s Benjamin Bonzi.

Stay tuned to keep up with all the action.

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