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Jankovic adds her own touch to the Slovenia Open.

Top seed Jelena Jankovic made it safely through to the second round of the Banka Koper Slovenia Open in Portoroz with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Serbian youngster Bojana Jovanovski.

But second seed Petra Kvitova was brought back to earth with a bump in her first match since her storming run to the Wimbledon semi-finals. The young Czech was beaten 7-5 6-2 by Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele.

There were no such problems for her fellow high seeds, with third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova easing past Alberta Brianti 7-5 6-1, and fourth seed and last year’s beaten finalist Sara Errani downing qualifier Anna Tatishvili 7-6 (7/1) 6-4.

Johanna Larsson was a surprise 7-6 (7/1) 6-2 winner over eighth seed and fellow Swede Sofia Arvidsson, but seventh seed Polona Hercog progressed with a 6-3 6-3 win over qualifier Elena Bovina.


Voegele looking ahead to a final against Safina.

_voegleThe semifinal line-up was set at the Banka Koper Slovenia Open on Friday, with two players breaking through to the last four for the first time on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. The other two contenders are rather more experienced at this stage of proceedings: top seed Dinara Safina and defending champion Sara Errani, the No.5 seed this week.

The first of the semifinal debutantes to win through was Alberta Brianti of Italy, whose previous best effort was a quarterfinal run at Kolkata in 2006. Pushing veteran status at the age of 29, Brianti has been in good form of late, winning her way through qualifying at Wimbledon. Today she put on an assured display to dispatch France’s Camille Pin in straight sets, 63 62.

“I played well since the beginning, I tried to lead the match and it went well,” said Brianti, who is currently ranked No.106. “I’m happy to have reached the semifinals.”

The other semifinal pits Swiss 19-year-old Stefanie Voegele, who reached her first Tour quarterfinal at Birmingham in June and has gone one step better here, against Errani.

“I played a good match, concentrating on every point – I will have to do the same in the semifinal and we will see what happens,” said 87th-ranked Voegele after her 49-minute, 61 61 defeat of Paraguyan 33-year-old Rossana de los RĂ­os, who had been gunning for her third Tour semifinal, but first since 2001.

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