27th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (Bio) played the 37th ranked Shuai Peng (Bio) in the second round of 2013 US Open. Kuznetsova reached the quarters of the Aussie and French slams, but has had a bleak time on the tour since then, losing in the first round of her last three tournaments. Peng has also not had a good season, losing early in almost all her tournaments. Kuznetsova came out with all guns blazing on Wednesday and ran up a 5-0 lead before Peng got on the scoreboard, but the Russian took the set 6-2. In the second set games went with serve until the 9th game when Peng broke – and she went on to hold and take the set 6-4. In the decider, with Peng serving at 4-5 and 40-30, she fell over seemingly from cramp and even though she completed the match in severe pain, the Russian took the set at 6-4.
Serbian 9th seed Jelena Jankovic (Bio) took on former top 20 player, Alisa Kleybanova (Bio), who is now ranked at 363 after two years off the tour while she battled cancer. Kleybanova came to court with a great attitude, but Jankovic was in sparkling form, outplaying her with a stunning array of shots, to take the first set 6-3. The Russian tired in the second set, allowing the Serb to race to a 4-1 lead and she got just one more game before Jankovic sealed the set at 6-2.
The most anticipated match on Thursday was that between this year’s sensation, Victoria Duval (Bio), and the veteran Slovak, Daniela Hantuchova (Bio), now ranked at 48. Duval, who is just 17 years old and is ranked at 296, defeated the 2011 champion and 11th seed, Samantha Stosur, on Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday night to cause this tournament’s greatest upset to date. Playing on a packed Court 11, the crowd erupted when Duval got a break in the 3rd game but that was where it ended, as Hantuchova hit winner after winner to take the set 6-2. The second set was a mirror image of the first with Duval getting a break at the same stage as the first set, she could not cope with the Slovak’s power game and Hantuchova took the set 6-3.
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