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Camila Giorgi keeps on winning and moves to Week 2 of 2013 U.S. Open.
Qualifiers are usually quite excited just to have made it into the main draw of a Grand Slam. They are much happier when they actually advance from that point.
That means there were 19 players who were much happier on Day 2 of the U.S. Open. Eleven men and eight women moved their careers along in the right direction in New York over the first rounds. Most of these had never actually won a first-round match at a Grand Slam.
The paychecks will make them smile.
On the men's side, Mikhail Kukushkin took this one step further. Not only did he defeat Andrej Martin, 6-4, 7-6(2), 7-5, but he beat Andreas Haider-Mauer of Austria in the second round, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
Two qualifiers advanced to the third round and beyond on the women's side of the tournament. Julia Glushko of Israel won two matches before bowing out to Daniela Hantuchova, 6-3, 5-7, 6-7(4), in a spirited contest.
Qualifier Camila Giorgi, the No. 136 player in the world, is still alive. She beat Jana Cepelova, Su-Wei Hsieh, and No. 6 seed Caroline Wozniacki to bring her to Week 2.
Wayne Coffey of NewYorkDailyNews.com described the win over Wozniacki as shocking the crowd. However, he was much closer to the context of the situation when he also reported that the Danish woman really has been on a downward spiral lately.
Giorgi will face the No. 10 seed Roberta Vinci in an all-Italian matchup in the Round of 16.