Ana Ivanovic came into the US Open with more match wins under her belt than any other player — but that didn’t help the Serb becoming the second Top 10 player to exit Flushing Meadows in two days.
Following Aggie Radwanska’s exit on Wednesday, the No. 8-seeded Ivanovic made her exit on Thursday at the hands of unseeded Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4.
“My serve, that’s the main point,” Pliskova said after the match. “I was serving well. But I was trying to play aggressive. I know if will not be that aggressive, she’s gonna do more winners than I, so I was trying to stay aggressive and to go to every point…She played good. But she did few mistakes which I think was the deciding point.”
Pliskova will next meet No. 29 seed Casey Dellacqua, who rallied from a set down to beat Chinese qualifier Wang Qiang 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Also upset-minded on Thursday were American Nicole Gibbs ousting No. 23 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3; Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi edging No. 24 and former US Open champ Samantha Stosur 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(8); and Serb Aleksandra Krunic outlasting No. 27 Madison Keys 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5.
World No. 1 Serena Williams blew out countrywoman Vania King 6-1, 6-0, and will next meet another American in Varvara Lepchenko, who advanced after a 6-4, 6-0 win over German Mona Barthel.
“I’ve been working really hard,” Williams said. “The results just hadn’t been coming in the Slams.”
No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova was another Top 10-seeded winner, advancing with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Czech Petra Cetkovska, joined by No. 7 Genie Bouchard who defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4 in the final night match ending near midnight EST.
“I was very nervous before the match and wasn’t as relaxed as I was in the first round,” Kvitova said. “It was a little bit of a fight, but it’s still the beginning of the tournament and I’m just glad I got through.”
Americans fell to the slaughter in other seeded action with No. 11 Flavia Pennetta topping Shelby Rogers 6-4, 6-3; No. 15 Carla Suarez Navarro over Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3; No. 16 Victoria Azarenka rolling past Christina Mchale 6-3, 6-2; No. 17 Ekaterina Makarova pasting Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1, 6-2; and No. 30 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova outlasting Czech Monica Niculescu 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Women’s matches to look for on Friday are (19) Venus Williams vs. (13) Sara Errani, (5) Maria Sharapova vs. (26) Sabine Lisicki, (18) Andrea Petkovic vs. (10) Caroline Wozniacki, and (6) Angelique Kerber vs. the Swiss Miss Belinda Bencic.
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