Errani ousted at U.S. Open

12:06 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Sara Errani became the highest-seeded loser to this point at the 2013 U.S. Open on Thursday.

Flavia Pennetta sent her fourth-seeded fellow Italian packing on Day 4, 6-3, 6-1, in second-round action at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The 31-year-old Pennetta reached three U.S. Open quarterfinals from 2008-11 and missed last year's edition of her best Grand Slam event due to injury.

The 26-year-old Errani was the French Open runner-up and a U.S. Open semifinalist last year.

Meanwhile, resurgent Serb Jelena Jankovic, seeded ninth at this fortnight, whipped Russian Alisa Kleybanova, 6-3, 6-2. The 24-year-old Kleybanova returned to the WTA earlier this month after battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, a former of cancer, over the last two years.

Jankovic is a former world No. 1 who lost to Serena Williams in the 2008 U.S. Open final.

Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki, seeded 16th in Flushing, drilled Argentine Paula Ormaechea, 6-2, 6-3.

In other second-round action involving seeds, Japan's Kurumi Nara surprised No. 19 Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-1, No. 24 Russian Ekaterina Makarova doused American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-4, and No. 25 Estonian Kaia Kanepi dismissed Slovak Anna Schmiedlova 6-4, 6-1.

Additionally, Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova handled Austrian Patricia Mayr- Achleitner 6-2, 6-3.

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