Tennis - Two more seeds have made their exit from the first round of the US Open, with 17th seed Dominka Cibulkova and 20th seed Nadia Petrova losing on Tuesday. Israel's Julia Glushko, ranked no. 128 in the world, needed 72 minutes to beat the former world no.
3 Petrova 6-3, 6-4 capping a miserable grand slam season for the Russian, who has now lost in the first round of all four slams in 2013. This was Glushko's first win in a grand slam main draw. Meanwhile, 18 year old Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, already ranked no.
43 in the world, upset 17th seeded Cibulkova 6-4, 6-3 in 65 minutes. Cibulkova came into the tournament riding some good form having won one of the hard court tune-up events in the US last month. Also on Tuesday, 21st seeded Simona Halep continued her winning ways with a three set win over British woman Heather Watson.
Halep broke into the top 20 this week after winning her fourth title of the season, all in the last few months, and is one of the dark horses for this tournament. Meanwhile, 17 year old Croatian teenager Donna Vekic is also through to the second round after beating Mariana Duque-Marino, of Colombia, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.