Petra Kvitova lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to Alexandra Dulgheru in the first round of the U.S. Open. (Photo: EPA/Landov)
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who was watching Petra Kvitova over the summer, but the powerful Czech wasn't so powerful today as she went down to Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
The lefty sprayed 52 unforced errors and struggled with her timing throughout the match. This is the first time a reigning Wimbledon champion lost in the first round of the U.S. Open. Not a great reason to be in the record books, Petra. I love a good upset as much as the next guy or gal, but I really don't like them in the early rounds of a Slam. Despite picking her as my "Top Seed to Crash Early," I was hoping Petra would get some time to play herself back into form. Tough luck for the champ.