NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova saw her dream of winning the U.S. Open shattered on Monday when she was upset by Alexandra Dulgheru in the first round.
The Czech Republic player, who started as the fifth-seed Kvitova had 52 unforced errors, which contributed to her losing 7-6 (3), 6-3 to the unseeded Romanian.
“I know I’m still young and this is something new for me,” said Kvitova. “I felt pressure, of course. Maybe it’s a little of this. Everything is in the head.”
Her defeat at Armstrong Stadium saw Kvitova becoming the first reigning Wimbledon women’s champion to lose her first match at the U.S. Open in the same season.
There was a win, however, for Venus Williams in her first round match at the tournament.
The American was playing her first match in two months and was a bit under the radar.
But she looked good when powering her way to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Vesna Dolonts of Russia.
“I’m not sure I expected to be so sharp,” Williams said.
After sitting out for so long, the 31-year-old, who is a former U.S. Open champion, just want to play the game she loves.
“I just want to play tennis,” noted Williams. “It doesn’t matter what the tournament is, I just want to play.
“Obviously the Open is huge, but I just want to play.”
“I just need a chance to play. So the season hasn’t really even started yet for me,” she added. “It’s been like a blip here and a blip there.”