Petra Kvitova became the biggest casualty in the women’s singles draw of the 2019 US Open as Andrea Petkovic produced some dazzling tennis to usurp the sixth seeded Czech. David Goffin was a straight-set winner in the men’s section of the draw on Thursday.
Kvitova lasted 97 minutes in her 4-6, 4-6 defeat to German opponent Petkovic, missing on a chance to make a comeback in the second set after being a break up at one stage.
The German, who had beaten just three top-10 players before today, attributed the win to her mental state, saying she was able to stay in the present and played the match on a point by point basis. What made her win even more remarkable was she had won eight main draw matches through 2019 before the US Open but made it two in two in New York.
Interestingly, the two players had featured in 10 matches before today and won five apiece and now with a sixth win over Kvitova, Petkovic will take on the 25th seed Elise Mertens or Kristyna Pliskova for a place in the fourth round.
15th seeded Goffin, however, had no such issues in his second round match, as he dispatched French qualifier Gregoire Barrere in his second round match in straight sets. He won 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 and kept up his side for a potential fourth round meeting with Roger Federer.
Anastasia Sevastova, seeded 12th in the competition, overturned a set deficit to overcome Polish Iga Swiatek in her second round match and will now face 22nd seeded Petra Martic in the next round. Martic was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Ana Bogdan.
20th seeded Sofia Kenin won 7-6, 6-0 against Laura Siegemund and will now face the 10th seeded Madison Keys, who is coming off some brilliant form before the tournament. Keys was the winner of her second round match against Zhu Lin, 6-4, 6-1, after having sent Misaki Doi packing in her opener.
Another Chinese player, the 18th seeded Qiang Wang had better luck going for her though as she came through 7-5, 6-4 in a hard-fought second round encounter against Allison van Uytvanck. Wang will take on Fiona Ferro in her third round match after the Frenchwoman edged out her country’s Kristina Mladenovic in a three-setter.
30th seeded Maria Sakkari needed to overcome a first set loss before defeating Shuai Peng while 32nd seeded Dayana Yastremska booked her spot in the third round with 6-4, 6-1 win against Rebecca Peterson. Yastremska will now play fifth seeded Elina Svitolina, also from Ukraine in her third round match.
Karolina Muchova also came through against Hsieh Su-wei and will now face the might of the eighth seeded Serena Williams, while Ons Jabeur was a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victor against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. She will face Karolina Pliskova in the third.