Jelena Jankovic had to draw on all her resources as she squeezed into the second round of the US Open 6-4 4-6 7-5 against Simona Halep.
Fourth seed Jankovic took an opening set containing seven breaks of serve, but her 18-year-old Romanian opponent took the tie into a decider by squaring the match by the same scoreline with an ace.
Halep’s big forehand helped her to serve for the match at 5-4, but Jankovic rallied to square the match at 5-5 as her rival ran out of steam.
The Serb then took the next two games to set up a clash with Croatian Mirjana Lucic, who defeated Alicia Molik in straight sets.
Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the second round at the U.S. Open by getting past 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 Tuesday.
The 11th-seeded Kuznetsova hit 11 aces, helping make up for five double-faults and a total of 35 unforced errors. She won the 2004 U.S. Open and was the runner-up in 2007. She also won the 2009 French Open.
Date Krumm, who turns 40 on Sept. 28, was trying to become the third-oldest woman to win a U.S. Open match in the Open era, which began in 1968.