Israel's Glushko Into Third Round of French Open

The rising tennis star defeats world's number 22 in best result of her career.

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Israel's Julia Glushko returns the ball during the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, May 29, 2014. Credit: AP

Israel’s rising tennis star Julia Glushko pulled off the best result of her career Thursday, beating Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, ranked 22nd in the world, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the French Open women’s singles second round.

With the match looking doomed after Flipkens fought back from 1-3 down to lead 4-3 and 40-0 in the final set, Glushko staged a gritty comeback to break the Belgian’s serve and eventually win the match.

Ukrainian-born Glushko, 24, who grew up in Israel with parents who are tennis coaches, is at the highest world ranking of her career: 98.

She will meet 11th-ranked Sara Errani of Italy in the third round.