Hantuchova upset by Vakulenko in US Open first round


Ninth seed Daniela Hantuchova was upset 6-4 3-6 6-1 by Ukrainian Julia Vakulenko, another shock in the first round of the US Open.

The Slovak made 32 unforced errors as she suffered her earliest exit at Flushing Meadows since she lost on her debut in 2001.

“I felt fine here,” Hantuchova said. “I felt very good. Today was just one of those things that is hard to understand.”

“I had my opportunities but I think she played very well, especially in the third set. I had my chances and didn’t take them.”

However, the world No.11 still harbors hopes of qualifying for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, an event in which only the top eight-ranked players take part.

“It’s going to be tough but I still have chances. I may add a couple more tournaments to my schedule if I am doing well.” (via Reuters)


  1. It’s interesting how this was such a surprise to many, including, I guess, Hantuchova. I was concerned about Vakulenko’s ankle; she’d had a great season until she twisted it in Birmingham. And even at Wimbledon, playing with a less-than-great ankle, she came within a breath of taking Kuznetsova out in the first round. Given Vakulenko’s increasing confidence to match her talent, and Hantuchova’s head problems, I thought the chances were good for this to happen.

  2. I read everything you wrote about this topic on your blog, and you were absolutely right. But I must admit that I didn’t expect that to happen.


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