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Lily Miyazaki won her first Grand Slam match on her US Open debut

Lily Miyazaki won her first main draw Grand Slam singles match on opening Monday at the US Open with a superb straight-sets victory against Margarita Betova.

On Saturday, Miyazaki emulated Emma Raducanu from two years ago in coming through the qualifiers, and the 27-year-old emerged victorious against Russian Betova 6-3 6-3.

The world No 199, whose only previous major appearance came when she lost in the Wimbledon first round in 2022 as a wild card, may be unlikely to emulate Raducanu's fairy-tale title win, but she still secured a near £100,000 pay day and a high-profile second-round match against Olympic champion Belinda Bencic on Wednesday.

"I'm kind of lost for words right now. Coming into this tournament I didn't expect to be at this stage, so I'm just really happy and proud of myself," the 27-year-old Japanese-born Brit told Sky Sports.

"Qualifying definitely helped me because I got matches under my belt and I felt really comfortable with the conditions.

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