Jankovic advances at U.S. Open

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, Last Updated: 4:49 PM ET

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. -- Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic was among Tuesday's opening-round winners at the 2010 U.S. Open.

The fourth-seeded Jankovic went the distance to sneak past Romanian Simona Halep 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Jankovic moved on in 2 hours, 20 minutes, despite piling up 48 unforced errors in a sloppy match on a very hot day in New York. On-court temperatures soared well over 100 degrees.

"It was a tough match," Jankovic said. "It was, you know, my first match here. For me, those first matches are always the toughest. It was really hot and windy."

Jankovic was the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up to American great Serena Williams.

Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia joined Jankovic in the second round with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 decision against 39-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm. Kuznetsova prevailed in just under two hours on the Grandstand Court.

The two-time major champion Kuznetsova, seeded 11th at this particular fortnight, titled here in Flushing in 2004.

Ninth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska rolled past Spaniard Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-4, 6-3, while 15th-seeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer mauled Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-1, 6-2. Wickmayer was a surprise semifinalist here a year ago.

Eighteenth-seeded Aravane Rezai of France advanced with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7) victory over Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.

Other seeded winners on Day 2 were No. 22 Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and No. 25 Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.

Also reaching the round of 64 were Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder, Taipei's Yung-Jan Chan, Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, American Beatrice Capra, Croat Mirjana Lucic and Swede Sofia Arvidsson.


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