Petra Kvitova became the first reigning Wimbledon champion to lose in the first round of the US Open in the Open era when she went down 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 to Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania. The Czech has had a difficult time since beating Maria Sharapova in the final at the All England Club in July, winning only two matches, and she looked shaky from the start at Flushing Meadows. In contrast, world number 49 Dulgheru played a very solid match and, after breaking Kvitova to lead 5-3 in the second set, she served out the victory to love.
In other matches, Germany’s Julia Goerges, the 19th seed, eased to a 6-3 6-2 victory over compatriot Kristina Barrois while 27th seed Lucie Safarova came from a set down to beat Magdalena Rybarikova 2-6 6-3 6-2. Laura Robson advanced to the second round of the US Open today when Japanese opponent Ayumi Morita retired with the British teenager leading 7-6 (7/5) 1-0. Morita called for the trainer after the first game of the second set and, after a brief assessment of what appeared to be a right shoulder injury, she decided she could no longer continue. During the hour and one minute of play, 17-year-old qualifier Robson competed well with Morita, ranked 46th in the world, and had just broken the Japanese player’s serve for the fourth time when play was halted. Robson was playing in the main draw of the US Open for the first time after coming through qualifying and certainly looked more relaxed than she had during her victories over Taylor Townsend and Ling Zhang on Friday.