US Open – Kvitova survives scare, Cibulkova and Petrova beaten

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In the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday, 7th seed Petra Kvitova took on the diminutive Misaki Doi of Japan who is ranked at 59. The 6’ tall Czech took the first set easily at 6-2, but the 5’3” Doi got her first break to lead 3-1 in the second set as Kvitova went on one of her famed lapses where her serve failed her and she could not hit a forehand in court. With Doi leading 4-1, Kvitova saved three break points to trail 2-4 and when serving at 2-5 she saved three set points to hold before the Japanese closed out the set 6-3. Both players had a lengthy break off court before the start of the third set. Kvitova ran up a 4-0 lead before Doi broke to trail 1-4, but Kvitova took the next two games to seal the set at 6-1.

17th seed Dominika Cibulkova played the 19 year old Ukrainian, Elina Svitolina, who is currently at her highest ranking of 43. The Slovak has had a rocky season so far but beat Aga Radwanska for the Stanford title last month, while the Ukrainian won her first WTA title in Baku, also last month. It took Svitolina just sixty five minutes to unravel the Slovak pocket rocket’s game, winning 6-4 6-3 to move into the second round.

Russian veteran and the tournament’s 20th seed, Nadia Petrova, has had a pretty bleak season, as she lost in the first round of the first three slams of 2013, although she has won three doubles titles this year. Her first round opponent was the little known Israeli, Julia Glushko, who is ranked at 128. Glushko has had some good results on the ITF tour recently, while Petrova has been off the tour for two months with a hip and leg injury. Petrova’s lack of match practice showed, as the Israeli took the first set 6-3. Glushko got a break early in the second set and held off the very experienced Petrova to the end, taking the set 6-4.

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