Long gone are the days when Jelena Jankovic played the final of the US Open and today the 32-year-old Serb, who is on the verge of retirement, lost to seed No.13 Petra Kvitova 7-5 7-5 at Flushing Meadows, despite having chances to edge both sets.
In the first set, Jankovic handed Kvitova a crucial 4-2 lead by serving two double faults in a row, but later she neutralized it by dominantly earning a break break at love, thanks to Kvitova’s string of unforced errors. However, the Czech took charge once again and won three consecutive games to take the set. JJ wasted a 2-0 lead and then a 5-3 lead in the second set, allowing Kvitova to advance to the US Open second round by winning four straight games.
Kvitova’s victory was expected, she’s seeded afterall, but it’s hard to watch JJ struggle so much and give away the leads she manages to earn. On the bright side, despite leaving the match unhappy, Jankovic looked youthful and vibrant in the pastel colors of the Fila Fall Heritage Print Dress and visor from the brand’s US Open collection. Kvitova also looked stunning, but in a powerful way, wearing the new NikeCourt collection, in particular the Nike Fall Slam NYC Tank and its matching metallic skirt featuring extra long compression shorts.