Third seed Petra Kvitova has joined the long list of US Open top name casualties (of the top eight seeds, only three are still alive, No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 5 Maria Sharapova and No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard), falling in the third round to world No.145 Aleksandra Krunic, who said that she didn’t even expect to win. The fast-moving qualifier from Serbia eliminated Kvitova and she did it in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. It’s actually the first tournament where she has won a set against a Top 30 player and this is the first Grand Slam where she recorded a main draw match victory. Previously in the main draw of the 2014 US Open she beat Katarzyna Piter 6-4 6-1 and Madison Keys 7-6(4) 2-6 7-5.
Kvitova committed 34 unforced errors in the match and in an epic 27-stroke rally on match point, the Czech sent yet another forehand out to join Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic, Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber on the losers count. (photo: Jimmie48)