• Ajla Tomljanovic and Astra Sharma both suffered first-round exits (Getty Images, AAP)Source: Getty Images, AAP
Australia's top-ranked women endured a frustrating start to the 2020 US Open on Tuesday, with five players suffering first-round exits.
SBS Sport

1 Sep 2020 - 1:56 PM  UPDATED 1 Sep 2020 - 1:56 PM

WATCH the US Open from the quarter-finals onwards LIVE, FREE and in HD on SBS from 2am (AEST) Wednesday September 9 or live stream via SBS On Demand here.

With world number one Ash Barty opting out of the tournament due to the coronavirus, Ajla Tomljanovic assumed top-ranked status among her fellow Australian entrants.

However, the 27-year-old was unable to find a way past 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, going down 6-4 6-4.

Lizette Cabrera also struggled in just her second appearance in the main draw, with Danka Kovinic emerging victorious in three sets, 6-4 3-6 6-2.

Maddison Inglis and Arina Rodionova soon joined the 22-year-old, failing against Magda Linette and Madison Brengle respectively.

Astra Sharma meanwhile took 19th seed Dayana Yastremska to a third-set tie-breaker, before bowing out 6-3 6-7 7-6 in New York.

How to watch 2020 US Open LIVE on SBS
Tennis is back and SBS will broadcast all US Open 2020 men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals, semi-finals, and both finals LIVE, FREE and in HD.

Jordan Thompson was the only Australian to emerge victorious from the first round, seeing off Italian Stefano Travaglia in four sets, 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-2.