Julia Glushko will face Nadia Petrova in the first round of the US Open after
qualifying for the main draw of the New York Grand Slam for a second straight
year on Friday night.
The 23-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 128 in the
world, beat Anastasia Rodionova (119) 6-3, 6-2 to set up a prestigious meeting
against world No. 22 Petrova, a former world No. 3.
However, Petrova has
struggled all year, losing in the first round in her past four tournaments, as
well as the opening round of all three Grand Slams in 2013.
really well after trailing 3-1 in the first set,” said Glushko, who won nine
straight games at one stage. “I didn’t give her anything. I’m really pleased
with how I played, but as far as I’m concerned the tournament only starts
Amir Weintraub failed to join Dudi Sela in the men’s main draw,
falling in the third and final qualifying round on Friday.
(187) was hoping to reach his second Grand Slam main draw, but dropped to a 6-4,
6-2 loss to Maximo Gonzalez (254).
Meanwhile, US Open champion Andy
Murray faces the mouthwatering prospect of meeting top seed Novak Djokovic in
this year’s semifinals in New York.
Murray, who is also the Wimbledon
champion, landed in the top half of the draw for the Aug. 26-Sept. 9 tournament
in New York while second seed Rafa Nadal and five-times US Open champion Roger
Federer were placed in the bottom half.
Scotsman Murray, who beat Serb
Djokovic in an epic five-set final to claim last year’s title at Flushing
Meadows, was elated to be back at a venue where he has enjoyed considerable
“This is a huge tournament for me,” Murray, 26, said after the
official draw ceremony was completed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis
“I came here for the first time when I was 15. I got to my first
Grand Slam final here, my first Grand Slam win here and I won the juniors here
when I was 17 so I love coming back.”
Murray will take on Frenchman
Michael Llodra in the opening round while Djokovic launches his title bid
against Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis.
Seventh seed Federer has been
placed outside the top three for the first time in more than a decade at a Grand
Slam and is drawn to meet inform Nadal in the quarterfinals.
Spaniard could face a tricky opponent in the previous round where he is
scheduled to meet big-serving American John Isner, who Nadal beat in the final of
the Western and Southern Open last week.
In other likely quarterfinals,
fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer is set to meet Frenchman Richard Gasquet,
Djokovic could face sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina and Murray is
on course to play fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych.
In the women’s
singles draw, world No. 1 and defending champion Serena Williams is set to come
up against Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the last eight but she has two other
intriguing opponents potentially lying in wait.
Top seed Williams is
scheduled to face fellow American Sloane Stephens in the fourth round, the
player who stunningly beat her in this year’s Australian Open
quarterfinals.Reuters contributed to this report
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