Jelena Ostapenko sweated out a 6-4 4-6 7-5 win over A language like german Andrea Petkovic to reach the second round of your U.S. Open as the heat was came at Flushing Meadows.
With this thermometer pushing towards Hundred Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) the pair battled for two hours and 15 minutes under a ferocious sunrays before the 10th seeded Latvian ended the marathon on her fourth coordinate point, sending the number of remaining spectators at the Louis Lance armstrong Stadium court scrambling to find shade.
“Today (it) was obviously a very tough match. The girl (Petkovic) was fighting for every place until the end,” said Ostapenko, who will meet American Taylor Townsend in the second rounded. “I mean, of course conditions were definitely difficult today.
“It was extremely humid and also very hot, but it surely was the same for both of people. I mean, we had to deal with this.”
Petkovic, having failed to qualify in Cincinnati as well as New Haven ahead of the Oughout.S. Open, arrived at Filtering Meadows well rested along with the 30-year-old needed all her reserves with a sweltering day that is likely to test the fitness of any player across the sprawling Billie Jean Ruler National Tennis Center.
Ostapenko, a 2017 French Open champion, often have also benefited from an uninspiring build-up to the season’s final grand throw, crashing out in the first circular at Montreal and Cincinnati to leave her own fresh going into her garage door opener hardware.
Still, the conditions were so oppressive that officials implemented the extreme weather rule, sending the players off the court for 10 minutes to leave the heat.
“I think it helped me a lot,” said Ostapenko. “I went, in fact, to the bathroom and changed this outfit for the new one to become more fresh and just stayed around air conditioning.
“I think it helped me, simply because then I went back on courtroom and I broke her function straightaway.
As the score usually means, there was little to choose between each players, Ostapenko hitting 97 invariably winners to Petkovic’s 94.
“It’azines very important to win those tricky matches because first rounds are always tricky,” said Ostapenko. “It’ohydrates very important to win the go with when you’re not playing your best probably. It gives you even more confidence.”