The British duo of Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans were unable to go past the first round of the men’s singles competition at the China Open.
Andrey Rublev, the fifth seed from Russia, defeated the number one player from Britain, Norrie, by a score of 4-6, 6-1, and 6-4.
This happened after the 33-year-old Evans was defeated by the Italian sixth seed Jannik Sinner in Beijing, 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), and 6-3.
As a result of their losses, British interest in the men’s draw has been eliminated. This comes after Andy Murray was eliminated in the first round by Alex de Minaur of Australia on Thursday.
Evans, who had previously lost the first set, proceeded to even the match by winning the tiebreak, but Sinner managed to break Evans’ serve at 4-3 and went on to win the set and the match.
Norrie got off to a strong start and won the first set, but the Russian proved too much for him to handle in the second set, and he went on to win the match in its entirety.
The defending champion of Wimbledon, Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, defeated the German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 6-3, and will next face Lorenzo Musetti of Italy.
Daniil Medvedev of Russia, ranked third in the world, advanced to the second round after defeating Tommy Paul of the United States 6-2 and 6-1. Holger Rune of Denmark also advanced by defeating Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada 6-4 and 6-4, and he will play Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the second round. Both of these men will face Alex de Minaur.
Nicolas Jarry of Chile prevailed in a match against world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece with scores of 6-4 and 6-4.
Iga Swiatek, a winner of four grand slams, was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Japan by Veronika Kudermetova, the eighth seed, by a score of 6-2 2-6 4-6. On the other side of the draw, world number four Jessica Pegula defeated Daria Kasatkina of Russia by a score of 6-1 6-0.
And in the Ningbo Open, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur will play Russia’s Diana Shnaider in the championship match on Saturday after advancing to the final by defeating Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in their semi-final match 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.