- Gentlemen, start your drones: Judge’s ruling opens door for commercial use
- Soldier who hid, bragged about not saluting flag to be punished — in secret
- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
Hlavackova upsets Kirilenko in US Open 3rd round
“You run to the right and you have a really tough problem to get back,” she said of how she felt Saturday. “So I have to just go forward.”
This late bloomer in the singles game is going forward in the U.S. Open and in her career. The 82nd-ranked Czech upset Maria Kirilenko 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the fourth round in her first individual appearance at the Open.
Now she might become known as more than just the player who comes from the family of brewers of the famous Pilsner Urquell beer in her home city of Plzen.
She’s a 2011 French Open doubles champion, but don’t call Hlavackova a doubles specialist. She switched coaches after Roland Garros this year and committed to maximizing her singles career _ even though at age 26, she’s considered old in tennis terms to make such a run up the rankings.
“I want to be in the big matches,” Hlavackova said. “I want to be the winner of those big matches.”
Hlavackova had never advanced past the second round at a Grand Slam event before this week or defeated a top-20 opponent in a completed match before beating the 14th-seeded Russian on Saturday.
“This is the reason I play tennis,” she said later.
Hlavackova has never faced Williams in singles, but she knows how it feels to stand across the net from her. Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka lost to the Williams sisters in the Olympic doubles final to earn a silver medal in London.
Hlavackova hopes to be healthy and rested for their match. She’s scheduled for women’s doubles and mixed doubles Sunday but might drop out of mixed.
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- CURL: The modern GOP really is Reagan's 'Big Tent' party
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- U.S. deploys 12 F-16 fighter jets to Poland as exercise in response to Ukraine situation
- High schooler suing parents for money shot down by judge
- Six Senate seats could hinge on Keystone pipeline
- Russias Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again