Julia Glushko squandered on Saturday what may well have been the chance of a
The 23-year-old Israeli found herself within a single point of
advancing to the last 16 of the US Open on four occasions during her third round
match against Daniela Hantuchova.
However, she failed to convert all four
of her match points and dropped to a heartbreaking 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) defeat to
Glushko, ranked No. 128 in the world, had never even won a
Grand Slam main draw match until last week and is still guaranteed to break into
the world’s top 100 for the first time in her career after reaching the third
round in New York.
However, that will be of little consolation
considering the opportunity she missed on Saturday.
served for the match in the 10th game of the second set, but she was broken and
Hantuchova (48) reeled off six straight games to tie up the encounter and take a
3-0 lead in the decisive set.
Nevertheless, the Israeli fought back to
tie the score at 3-3 and reached four match points on the Slovak’s serve in the
10th game of the third set.
However, she couldn’t make any of them count
and saw her US Open dream come to an end after losing in the crucial
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich were knocked out in the second round
of the doubles tournament on Saturday, losing 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 to Yen-Hsun Lu and
Divij Sharan. Ram and Erlich have still not progressed past the second round of
a Grand Slam tournament together since Wimbledon in 2008.
Azarenka dropped her first set of the tournament on Saturday but recovered to
book her place in the last 16 after two former Grand Slam champions were sent
A finalist last year and one of the favorites to win the title
this season, a feisty Azarenka overcame a shaky start to beat Alize Cornet of
France 6-7(2), 6-3, 6- 2 after Petra Kvitova and Svetlana Kuznetsova crashed
Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion and seventh seed at Flushing
Meadows, fell 6-3, 6-0 to American wildcard Alison Riske in their third round
Then Kuznetsova, a former US Open and French Open champion, was
beaten 7-5, 6-1 by Italy’s Flavia Pennetta as the upsets continued.
the world No. 2 and reigning Australian Open champion, Azarenka is expected to
go deep into the tournament but the Belarussian was given a tough workout from
The US Open is the only grand slam where Kvitova has failed to at
least make the quarterfinals and the Czech said she was unable to play near her
best on Saturday after contracting a virus.
Riske burst into tears after
her win. The 23-year-old, who still travels with a security blanket that was
given to her on the day she was born, has had a long road to her first fourth
round appearance at a grand slam.
She first tried to qualify for the US
Open in 2007 and had never won a main draw match until this year. Now she is
through to the last 16, and facing a showdown with Hantuchova.
David Ferrer became the first man to reach the round of 16 when he defeated
Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin.Reuters contributed to this
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