Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova suffered a speedy exit from the 2011 US Open giving her opponent Alexandra Dulgheru great assistance with 52 unforced errors in their first round match. The second set was especially devastating for the Czech who committed 20 unforced errors to her opponent’s only one.
The fifth-seeded Kvitova lost 7-6(3) 6-3 on Dulgheru’s first match point and allowed an all-Romanian second round match between the 49th-ranked Dulgheru and 70th-ranked Monica Niculescu.
Kvitova’s loss marks the first big upset of the tournament. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)
what a shame she has way more potential..
I’m not entirely shocked, and not to take anything away from Kvitova, considering her recent accomplishment in England. However, as fans, as well, as those in the media, we are too quick to designate individuals as great players, great champions. Another classic example of this on the men side, is Ryan Harrison. His loss as well, isn’t unexpected. Great Champions have their earned success, and they prove themselves repeatedly.
How did she manage that??? It would be enough for two matches…
It was a tough draw, but thought she could pull out in three.
Maria looked scrappy in her match with Watson, what’s happening to our top ladies!?
I’m not suprised. I think Petra has a great potential, but i don’t see her as great champion, it seems to me she just doesn’t have it in herself- the consistency, the motivation. I’m sure she’ll win few more slams, but she’ll hardly be no.1, at least for longer time. Pitty.
Didn’t see Petra play but watched Maria. Can’t see her winning the US Open this year. Looks like Serena could do it.
she didn’t get more match before us open and didn’t find her rythym on hard court. besides, she didn’t train and practice as much as maria and she didn’t get that talent as much as serena or kim or justine or amelie.