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PETRA Kvitova’s final tuneup for the US Open ended with a 2-6 Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale , 1-6 loss to Zhang Shuai of China in the first round of the Connecticut Open on Monday night.
Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion and a three-time champion in New Haven, is just 4-4 on hardcourts this season. The Czech player returned to the tour at the French Open in May after she was stabbed during a home invasion in December, leaving her dominant left hand seriously injured.
Zhang, ranked 29th Cheap Sports Jerseys , was playing her first match in the United States since April. “I just arrived in New Haven last night, coming straight from China,” she said. “It’s a big change. It’s 12 hours’ time difference. Before the match I was still sleeping.”
Earlier, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard breezed past higher-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-1. Bouchard Cheap Jerseys Online , a wildcard entry, next faces top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.
Bouchard, who reached a career-best No. 5 in the rankings in 2014, has struggled recently, slipping to 74th.
In other matches Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping , Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium beat Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-2, 6-3, and Romania’s Ana Bogdan got past Russia’s Elena Vesnina, 7-5, 7-5.
The US Open begins on August 28 but two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the tournament as she is not allowed to take her baby son out of California amid a custody battle with her former partner.
The 28-year-old Belarusian returned to action in June Cheap Jerseys Wholesale , after the birth of her son Leo last December, and had been hopeful that legal arrangements could be worked out to allow her to compete at the August 28-September 10 grand slam in New York.
“I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s US Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,” former world No. 1 Azarenka, a finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2012 and 2013, said in a statement. “While I will dearly miss being in New York and playing in one of my favorite tournaments where I have enjoyed some of the best moments in my career Cheap Jerseys From China , I am already looking forward to being back next year.”
Due to the custody battle, Azarenka is unwilling to leave her son behind in California, where she