Serena Williams, of the United States, serves to Taylor Townsend, of the United States, during the opening round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, returns a shot against Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, during the opening round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
NEW YORK (AP) — Eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic is out of the U.S. Open.
Ivanovic, who had been having her best season since winning the French Open in 2008, lost to Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 in the second round Thursday.
Ivanovic had 47 match wins coming into Flushing Meadows, the most of any woman on the tour this year. But she was unable to find a rhythm against Pliskova, a tall, big-hitting Czech ranked No. 42. Ivanovic struggled repeatedly with first serves and sprayed 39 unforced errors off her ground strokes.
Ivanovic failed to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time this year. She is the highest seed to fall after No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, who lost to Peng Shuai in the second round.
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