Vesnina shakes off quake, Jankovic in New Haven
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Elena Vesnina shook off an earthquake and upset Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Tuesday at the New Haven Open.
Vesnina was leading 2-0 in the first set and facing two break points on her serve when the quake was felt, forcing an evacuation of the stadium and an over two-hour delay.
Parts of the White House, Capitol and Pentagon were evacuated after the magnitude-5.8 quake, which was centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va.
Vesnina held on to win that set, but dropped the second before rallying and breaking seventh-seeded Jankovic's serve in the final game of the match.
Earlier, Francesca Schiavone advanced to the third round, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Monica Niculescu of Romania.