Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Sara Errani became the highest-seeded
loser to this point at the 2013 U.S. Open on Thursday.
Flavia Pennetta sent her fourth-seeded fellow Italian packing on Day 4, 6-3,
6-1, in second-round action at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis
Center. The 31-year-old Pennetta reached three U.S. Open quarterfinals from
2008-11 and missed last year's edition of her best Grand Slam event due to
The 26-year-old Errani was the French Open runner-up and a U.S. Open
semifinalist last year.
Meanwhile, resurgent Serb Jelena Jankovic, seeded ninth at this fortnight,
whipped Russian Alisa Kleybanova, 6-3, 6-2. The 24-year-old Kleybanova
returned to the WTA earlier this month after battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, a
former of cancer, over the last two years.
Jankovic is a former world No. 1 who lost to Serena Williams in the 2008 U.S.
Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki, seeded 16th in Flushing, drilled Argentine
Paula Ormaechea, 6-2, 6-3.
In other second-round action involving seeds, Japan's Kurumi Nara surprised
No. 19 Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-1, No. 24 Russian Ekaterina Makarova
doused American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-4, and No. 25 Estonian Kaia
Kanepi dismissed Slovak Anna Schmiedlova 6-4, 6-1.
Additionally, Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova handled Austrian Patricia Mayr-
Achleitner 6-2, 6-3.
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