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Jan
11

Jankovic loses, but Clijsters moves on.

Jelena Jankovic crashed out of the Australian Open with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 defeat by China’s Shuai Peng in the second round. Serb Jankovic, a Melbourne semi-finalist in 2008, squandered a 5-2 lead in the first set as Peng fought back to 6-6 before claiming the tie-break. And world number 54 Peng made the decisive break in the sixth game of the second before holding on for victory.

Third seed Kim Clijsters brushed aside Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-3. Belgian Clijsters, a finalist in Melbourne in 2004, reinforced her title credentials with a dominant display from the baseline as she won eight successive games on her way to wrapping up the first set in 22 minutes. But world number 62 Suarez Navarro showed spirited resolve during the second set, breaking Clijsters’ serve in the fourth game at 3-1 before reducing the arrears to one game at 4-3. But Clijsters, who ruthlessly drubbed former world one Dinara Safina 6-0 6-0 in the first round, stepped up the intensity to claim the next two matches and her place in the third round, where she will play either 26th seed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez or France’s Alize Cornet. “I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points. And it worked,” said Clijsters.

“A couple times I felt that my footwork really wasn’t in the right position, and I made some errors. But I reacted well afterwards and I stayed aggressive.”

Tenth seed Shahar Peer completed a routine 6-3 6-2 victory over Romania’s Sorana Cirstea to secure her place in the next round. The Israeli will play Italy’s 22nd seed Flavia Pennetta, who beat Spain’s Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2 6-2.

Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova was the second seed to fall on Thursday after she was beaten 6-4 7-6 (7-2) by Romania’s Simona Halep. Japan’s Ayumi Morita progressed after a 6-4 6-4 win over France’s Caroline Garcia.

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