2004 US Open champion Kuznetsova avoids 1st-round upset against 39-year-old Date Krumm

Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the second round at the U.S. Open by getting past 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 Tuesday.

The 11th-seeded Kuznetsova hit 11 aces, helping make up for five double-faults and a total of 35 unforced errors. She won the 2004 U.S. Open and was the runner-up in 2007. She also won the 2009 French Open.

Date Krumm, who turns 40 on Sept. 28, was trying to become the third-oldest woman to win a U.S. Open match in the Open era, which began in 1968.

She hadn't entered the U.S. Open since 1996, the year she originally retired, before her husband recently persuaded her to return to the tour. Date Krumm upset former No. 1 Dinara Safina at the French Open in May.