US Open, 1st Rd: Petra beats Jankovic

Petra advanced to the US Open second round with a 7-5, 7-5, victory over the former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic on Monday.

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In the second set, the unseeded Jankovic squandered a 2-0 lead and rallied back to take a 5-3 edge before Kvitova seized the next four games with well-placed shots and crafty angles.

With Monday’s victory, Kvitova avenged the result of the pair’s last meeting, in the third round of Wimbledon in 2015, in which Jankovic won a two-hour, three-set match to prevent Kvitova from defending her 2014 Wimbledon title. On Monday in New York, Kvitova also proved that her left hand can withstand serves over 100 mph to her forehand. This tournament marks the southpaw’s eighth tournament (and third major) after extensive surgery on her left hand following a brutal knife attack at her home on Dec. 20, 2016. (The attack remains under investigation.) For Jankovic, Monday’s first-round loss in her 14th consecutive US Open main draw means that the 28-year-old Serb hasn’t advanced past the round of 16 since her 2008 run to the final, when she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets.