US Open: Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara's dream run ended by Jelena Jankovic

Kurumi Nara's only prior Grand Slam appearances were a 2010 second-round Wimbledon effort and a first-match loss at the 2010 French Open.

updated: August 31, 2013 09:14 IST
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New York: Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara, who had never before reached the third round in any tour-level event, saw her US Open run ended Friday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) loss to Serbian ninth seed Jelena Jankovic.

Nara, ranked 109th, became the first Japanese woman in the third round of the US Open since Ai Sugiyama in 2008 but failed to become the first in the last 16 since Shinobu Asagoe made the 2004 quarter-finals.

The 21-year-old college student from Osaka will take home $93,000 from the year's final Grand Slam tournament. That's more than the $61,255 she had won this year before reaching the Flushing Meadows hardcourts.

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