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Israeli Tennis Ace Stuns Former World No. 3

Ranked 128th in the world, Julia Glushko disposes of 20th seed Nadia Petrova at Flushing Meadows.

Haaretz Sports Staff
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Israel’s Julia Glushko stormed into the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Tuesday evening.

The 23-year-old Israeli brilliantly disposed of former quarterfinalist Nadia Petrova in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) to progress to the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her brief professional career. Currently ranked 128th in the world, Glushko’s accurate serves were too much for the former World No. 3, who is still struggling to find form after overcoming a hip injury, and the Israeli broke serve twice to win the set in 32 minutes.

The second set was slightly harder for Glushko, as 20th-seed Petrova began to find her rhythm on her serve, hitting three aces to the Israeli’s zero. In the end, a single break of serve was enough to give Glushko the win and a place in the next round.

Glushko is joined in Round 2 by Dudi Sela, Israel’s top men’s tennis player, who won a thrilling five-set match with Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia on Monday.

Glushko returning a shot against Petrova at the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Aug. 27, 2013, in New York.Credit: AP