Kuznetsova loses at US Open

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/k/kuznetsovaus.jpg' class='caption'> Svetlana Kuznetsova became the last upset victim at the U.S. Open when she was beaten by Katarina Srebotnik 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3 in the third round.

Updated: September 03, 2008 08:16 IST
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Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova became the last upset victim at the U.S. Open when she was beaten by Katarina Srebotnik 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3 in the third round on Friday.

A day after No. 1 Ana Ivanovic lost to 188th-ranked Julie Coin, the third-seeded Kuznetsova was eliminated. The Russian won the tournament in 2004 and finished second last year.

"It can happen with everyone," said Olympic champion Elena Dementieva, who moved into the fourth round.

Srebotnik fell to her knees a split second before Kuznetsova's last shot sailed over the baseline. After beating Serena Williams in the French Open this year, Srebotnik had another reason to celebrate, having gone further than ever before at Flushing Meadows.

Second-seeded Jelena Jankovic won another sneaker squeaker, playing 28 points in the last game to finish off Zheng Jie of China 7-5, 7-5.

"You're not there in a picnic," Jankovic said.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko and Elena Dementieva also won in straight sets.

In late matches delayed more than an hour by rain, No. 12 Marion Bartoli defeated No. 23 Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 7-6 (3), and No. 15 Patty Schnyder beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Also, former Open champion Marat Safin lost to No. 15 Tommy Robredo, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-0.

Trying for his fifth straight U.S. Open title, the second-seeded Federer swept Thiago Alves of Brazil 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Even though Alves was a qualifier playing his first tour-level event this year, it wasn't a breeze.

"The depth in men's tennis is immense," Federer said.

Third-seeded Djokovic beat Robert Kendrick of the United States 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-4, fifth-seeded Davydenko beat Agustin Calleri of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (2), and No. 11 Fernando Gonzalez defeated Bobby Reynolds of the United States 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4.

Dementieva, the No. 5 seed, beat Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-3, 6-4. Gilles Muller and Jarkko Nieminen each rallied from two sets down to win.

Muller, who once beat Roddick at the U.S. Open and Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, defeated Tommy Haas of Germany 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-3, and Finlands's Nieminen topped the Czech Republic's Ivo Minar 6-7 (2), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Jankovic came out full of energy, showing no ill effects of a bad left leg that cramped after she played on Wednesday. She bounded back and forth and, in her trademark style, often came to screeching stops while doing the splits to reach shots.

"As long as I'm doing the splits, that means I'm healthy," she said. "When I'm not doing the splits, you know there's something wrong.

"I'm not too sure about my body if I go into a split, who knows if I'll come back up?"

Still waiting for that elusive big win, Jankovic is trying to reach her first Grand Slam final. She needs three more wins, with Justine Henin retired, Maria Sharapova hurt, Ivanovic out and the Williams sisters in the opposite bracket, this should be her best chance.

Jankovic had five match points in the final game, which went to deuce 11 times. She needed a bit of a break before her last serve; in her previous match, she chided her opponent for not being ready to receive soon enough.

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