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Errani overcomes dizziness to advance

US Open Tennis

Sara Errani, of Italy, is tended to by a trainer during a break between games against Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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NEW YORK (AP) Struggling with dizziness and shut out in the first set, 16th-seeded Sara Errani rallied to win her second-round match at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

The diminutive Italian took a medical timeout after dropping the first five games, complaining of dizziness. The soft-serving Errani was broken nine times but found a way to beat 18-year-old qualifier Jelena Ostapenko 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 hours on a hot, humid day.

Errani said she woke up not feeling well, blaming the powerful air conditioning of New York hotels.

But the 2012 French Open runner-up could rely on her experience against the 114th-ranked Latvian, who was playing in her first U.S. Open. Ostapenko was unable to hold serve once in the final set, getting broken in her final six service games.

Errani won a match despite getting “bageled” in a set for the second straight U.S. Open. She beat Venus Williams 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5) in the third round last year.