Kvitova wears down Jankovic vb

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Aug 2017 09:15:30


 

NEW YORK,

TWICE Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova scraped into the second round by beating former world number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-5, 7-5.
The Czech 13th seed, in search of top form after a mediocre build-up to the year’s final Grand Slam, struggled to adapt to Jankovic’s counter-punching style but eventually wore down the 2008 runner-up to set up a meeting with France’s Alize Cornet.


Kvitova, who returned to competition in May five months after being stabbed in her hand by an intruder at her home, won a first set that featured three breaks of serve as both players struggled to find their range in Louis Armstrong Stadium.
She rallied back from 2-0 down in the second set but dropped serve again in the seventh game. However, Kvitova regained her composure to win four consecutive games and secured the win on her first match point with a sizzling forehand winner down the line.


Edmund upsets Robin Haase KYLE Edmund is through to the second round of the US Open for the second year in a row after an impressive 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Robin Haase.
Edmund was impressive in a straight sets win. Haase had beaten Edmund on their only previous meeting, breezing past the Brit in Miami in straight sets.


However, it was a completely different story on this occasion as the British No 2 impressed from the baseline.
He was broken just once in the match, and immediately followed it with a break of his own, before converting his very first match point on the Haase serve to seal the win over the No32 seed.


Edmund reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows in 2016, his best ever run at a major, and Monday’s win means he has made it through the first round of all four Grand Slam tournaments.
“Last year I had no pressure on me because I was playing Richard Gasquet and I wasn’t expected to win,” Edmund said.
“I played really freely on that day and today I thought it was a bit different. I thought I managed the game really well.


“I would have liked to a be a bit more solid but in best of five sets, you can’t expect to play well all the time.
“I did well just managing the game, saved break points. Obviously, serving for the second set I lost but bounced straight back.


Watson knocked out by Alize Cornet
HEATHER Watson has been knocked out of the US Open in the first round, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Alize Cornet on Monday.
The Briton was broken in the opening game in New York and although she saved three set points at 3-5, the Frenchwoman served out the set.


The 25-year-old twice recovered breaks in the second set but lost serve again at 4-4 before Cornet sealed victory in one hour and 36 minutes. Watson has now lost all seven of her main draw matches at Flushing Meadows.


Muguruza powers past Lepchenko WIMBLEDON champion Garbine Muguruza notched up her first ever victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-0, 6-3 win over American Varvara Lepchenko at the US Open on Monday.
Despite winning two Grand Slam titles, Muguruza has never felt at home at Flushing Meadows as she has never advanced past the third round here.


“I have been here so many times and I’ve never done very well,” said the Spaniard.
”I give everything I have on the court. She started a little nervous and I started well. Then it got more equal and became a good fight.”