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Davydenko wins in first round of U.S. Open

Davydenko wins in first round of U.S. Open

Fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko posted a quick and early victory Monday at the U.S. Open, and Jelena Jankovic struggled through some second-set trouble before prevailing on the opening day of the final Grand Slam of the season.
Davydenko, a semifinalist last year, eliminated American teenager Jesse Levine 6-4, 6-0, 6-1, needing only 1 hour, 40 minutes to beat one of 10 men making their first appearance in the U.S. Open on Monday.
Jankovic began the day on the main Arthur Ashe Stadium show court and, after taking a 6-2, 5-1 lead, lost four straight before finally subduing Jamila Gajdosova of Slovenia 6-2, 7-6 (2).
Gajdosova survived double-match point at 5-4 to break Jankovic for a second time. She held and forced the tiebreaker, but the Serbian closed out the victory in 1:20.
Jankovic, who reached the semifinals at last year's U.S. Open and again at Roland Garros in June, admitted losing concentration midway through the match when her shoe "broke somehow."
"I started thinking 'What am I going to do if this shoe completely wears out? Can I play barefoot,'" she said, adding that a trainer fixed her problem.
"Oh my God, I walked out on Arthur Ashe Stadium and thought about what happened one year ago. It was a great atmosphere. I was a little bit nervous and a little bit excited at the same time. I played a little bit bad for me, but it's good to be able to get through matches like this."
Unlike last year, when rain disrupted play throughout the first week, the tournament began under mostly sunny skies with temperatures around 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit) and 54 percent humidity.
The men lost their first seed when Feliciano Lopez upset fellow Spanaird and No. 21 Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Other early men's winners included No. 13 Richard Gasquet over Argentina's Sergio Roitman 7-5, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 28 Ai Sugiyama was the first to advance to the second round, dispatching Andreja Klepac of Slovenia 6-3, 6-1. The Japanese player converted four-of-six break points and took only 1:07 to complete the win.
In other early women's play, No. 10 Marion Bartoli of France defeated American Alexa Glatch 6-1, 6-1; No. 15 Dinara Safina beat Catalina Castano of Colombia 6-2, 6-3; No. 20 Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic beat Australia's Jessica Moore 6-3, 6-2; and No. 27 Vera Zvonareva defeated Russian compatriot Alina Jikdova 6-0, 6-7 (5) 6-0.
Later, Roger Federer and Justine Henin were to highlight the first day's play. Federer, who was to face Scoville Jenkins of the United States, is seeking to become the first man to win four straight U.S. Open titles in the Open era and first since Bill Tilden in 1923.


Updated : 2021-05-18 23:44 GMT+08:00