US Open 2020: Varvara Gracheva makes huge fightback to beat Kristina Mladenovic

Kristina Mladenovic
French 30th seed Kristina Mladenovic said Wednesday's defeat was the 'most painful' of her career
2020 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 31 Aug-13 Sept
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She was playing at her first Grand Slam and trailing 6-1 5-1 to a seed - but then Varvava Gracheva managed the impossible.

The Russian 20-year-old saved four match points as she climbed spectacularly out of a hole to beat Kristina Mladenovic 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 in the US Open second round.

"It is definitely the most painful match and loss I have had in my career," France's Mladenovic said.

"I just collapsed."

Gracheva will face eighth seed Petra Marticnext after the Croat beat Ukraine's Katerina Bondarenko 6-3 6-4.

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