The seeds exodus continues on the women’s side of the US Open draw, as reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fell in straight sets to Aleksandra Krunic.
The No. 145-ranked qualifier, who had never defeated a member of the Top 50 in her career, played some inspired tennis to topple Kvitova, who was in a position to take the No. 1 ranking had she won the US Open. Following a close 41-minute opening set, which the youngster won 6-4, she jumped to a 4-2 lead before being broken back by Kvitova. She would deny the Czech a comeback and broke one last time to finish out the match 6-4, 6-4.
Following her remarkable victory, the Serbian qualifier revealed to the press that she did not expect to win the match heading into it.
“No, honestly,” she told the press. “Also, against Madison. I mean, you know, when you are playing the smaller tournaments all the time, I honestly didn’t know what to expect from myself at all. You know, I don’t know my limits. Today I think I pushed myself to my total limits.
“Even I know that it was not Petra’s best day and she missed a lot. I don’t know if I made her miss with my game or not. But still, you know, if she would have played her best tennis I don’t think the outcome would be the same, as I said. But I tried to keep the tactics that I have been given. Yeah, that was my only chance. Honestly, no, I didn’t expect it at all, for sure.”
Kvitova, however, was clearly disappointed with her performance.
“Yes, I’m very disappointing,” said Kvitova. “I wanted to win today, and unfortunately I didn’t. Yeah, I think she played really unbelievable tennis and she put a lot of balls back. Almost all of them. For me it was very difficult just, you know, to play only on the winners. I did mistakes and I was really trying everything what I could in that moment.
“I was trying to fight and fighting every point, but it was so difficult. It wasn’t really my day. She played really great tennis today.”
Krunic will now face last year’s runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round on Monday.