Tennis: Wasteful French Open champion Ostapenko out of US Open

 Daria Kasatkina of Russia reacts after defeating Jelena Ostapenko.
Daria Kasatkina of Russia reacts after defeating Jelena Ostapenko.PHOTO: EPA

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was knocked out of the US Open third round, losing 6-3 6-2 to Russian Daria Kasaktina after hitting a massive 38 unforced errors on Saturday (Sept 2).

The Latvian 12th seed, who broke into the limelight in June when she blasted her way to the Roland Garros title, got off to a fast start but the unseeded Kasaktina mixed her game with sliced backhands and chopped forehands to slow her opponent down.

The plan worked as after winning the first three games, Ostapenko grew frustrated and bowed out when she netted a backhand on the second match point at the end of a lung-busting rally.

Ostapenko complained of nausea and illness during the match.

"In the beginning I was a little bit nervous but I tried to stay focused and play my game and it paid off," said Kasaktina, who faces Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi for a place in the quarter-finals.