Kvitova joins upset list in loss to Krunic

Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:04pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advanced as expected but the upset-riddled U.S. Open women's draw took another hit when Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was ousted by a 145th-ranked qualifier on Saturday.

Kvitova, the third seed, joined the long upset hit-list at the hands of little-known, 21-year-old Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia, becoming the tournament's fifth victim among the top eight women's seeds.

Kvitova, outsteadied by the quick-moving Serb, joined Simona Halep (2), Agnieszka Radwanska (4), Angelique Kerber (6) and Ana Ivanovic (8) in being shown the exit.

World number ones Djokovic and Williams restored order with a pair of straight-set wins as a humid day at Flushing Meadows turned windy and cool.

Djokovic made another routine step in his bid to reach a fifth successive U.S. Open final by beating American Sam Querrey 6-3 6-2 6-2, taking 85 minutes to reach the round of 16. He has yet to lose a set.

The Serb, married three days after his Wimbledon triumph and expecting to become a father in two months, won only one match in each of his warm-up events prior to the Open but believes he is now hitting his stride.

"It's peaking at the right time, at the right tournament," he said. "This is where I want to play my best tennis.

"I didn't know how emotionally drained I was in a way until I played (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga in Canada and played some great match and I didn't feel I could deliver my best. That's something that when I analyzed... was normal in a way."   Continued...

Aug 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA;  Petra Kvitova (CZE) reacts to losing a point to Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) at Armstrong Stadium on day six of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports