US Open 2023: Lily Miyazaki reaches the main draw but Liam Brody is knocked out
Britain's Lily Miyazaki is back
Miyazaki qualified for a Grand Slam for the first time, having previously received a wildcard at Wimbledon in 2022.
place: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: August 28 – September 10
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Britain’s Lilli Miyazaki, seeded seventh, has qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time after struggling in qualifying for the US Open.

Miyazaki, 27, beat Slovakia’s ninth seed Viktoria Horunkova 6-3 4-6 6-4 in New York on Saturday.

Miyazaki, ranked 199 in the world, won three matches in a rain-affected week to reach the main draw.

His British compatriot Liam Brodie missed the men’s singles competition after losing to Japan’s Shu Shimabukuro 4-6, 6-3, 3-6.

Britain’s fourth seed Brody, 29, never reached the main draw at Flushing Meadows, although he could get a reprieve as a lucky loser if there is another withdrawal before the tournament kicks off on Monday.

Now, Miyazaki’s progress means she will become the seventh British player in singles.

She joins Katie Poulter and Jodi Burge, Britain’s two highest ranking women, in the women’s draw, with Andy Murray, Cameron Norrey, Dan Evans and Jack Draper competing in the men’s competition.

These six players are given direct entry based on their world ranking and will all play their opening matches on Tuesday.

Miyazaki, who moved to London when she was 10 but switched sides from Japan only last year, is waiting to see who she will play against.

Her only previous Grand Slam appearance came when she lost in the first round at Wimbledon in 2022 after receiving a wildcard.

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