Posts Tagged ‘Jelena Jankovic

26
Apr
12

Ivanovic loses, Jankovic retires, Sharapova thru on a gift.

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Ana slipped to a 7-5, 7-6(4) defeat to Germany’s Mona Barthel in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Ana led 5-3, 30-0 and had two set points in the opening set, but was unable to convert them.

Unusually for a WTA match taking place on clay, there were no breaks of serve in the second set, although Ana again failed to take her opportunities, as she earned three break points that went unconverted. To her credit, Barthel served brilliantly, smacking down 11 aces during the one hour, 43-minute match. In losing this match Ana, who only arrived in Stuttgart on Monday afternoon following the weekend’s Fed Cup tie in Moscow, suffered only her third opening round loss since she began working with coach Nigel Sears.

Maria Sharapova was a quick-fire winner in the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart when French opponent Alize Cornet retired just 50 minutes into their second-round match. Sharapova, seeded two, had won the first set 6-3 and taken the opening game of the second before Cornet signalled she could not continue due to a shoulder injury, handing the Russian a place in the last eight.

Also in the second round, in-form fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced with a 6-3 6-4 win over qualifier Greta Arn, of Hungary, breaking her opponent four times in their 78-minute match. Former world number one Jelena Jankovic (back) was another retirement, pulling out when trailing 6-3 1-0 to sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki in their first-round contest.

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19
Apr
12

Serbian ladies hope to match the Serbian men’s victory at the Davis Cup by winning the Fed Cup.

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Ana has arrived in Moscow ahead of the Russia versus Serbia Fed Cup semi-final, which begins on Saturday. The draw for the two-day event takes place on Friday afternoon, although it is known that, if selected, Ana will be the No.1 seed for the visitors. World No.18 Jelena Jankovic is expected to be named as the No.2 seed, while Serbian No.3 Bojana Jovanovski, ranked 96th, and 19-year-old Alexandra Krunic complete the line-up. The Russian team comprises of world No.21 Maria Kirilenko, No.22 Anastasia Pavluychenkova, No.27 Svetlana Kuznetsova and No.78 Elena Vesnina.

“Being in Belgrade this week, I really felt the excitement before this Fed Cup tie. It’s an honour to be part of this historic moment for our country,” said Ana, referencing the fact that Serbia has never before competed in a Fed Cup semi-final. I think that the two teams are quite evenly matched, but of course Russia have a lot more experience than us. It’s our job to ensure that they can’t use that advantage.”

Russia has won the Fed Cup four times in the last eight years, virtually dominating the team event, and they also boast a 3-0 head-to-head record against Serbia. “We’re looking for some revenge after the last time we played Russia,” said Ana, referencing the 3-2 defeat in Belgrade two years ago. Defending champions the Czech Republic take on Italy in the other semi-final. The final takes place during 3-4 November.

10
Mar
12

” It was a bad day for me,” admits Jelena Jankovic as she is ousted at Indian Wells.

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While Azarenka survived, Jelena Jankovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova both suffered surprise defeats in Indian Wells. Serbian 12th seed Jankovic was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Jamie Hampton while another American, Vania King, saw off 13th-seeded Russian Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-4. Jankovic, champion in Indian Wells in 2010, had reached the semi-finals in her last two tournaments but her exertions in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur seemed to catch up with her. She was broken five times in total by Hampton, who had already caused something of an upset by getting past Polona Hercog in the opening round. “It was a bad day of tennis for me,” the Serb said afterwards. “I just did not feel the ball. My legs felt so heavy on the court, so I was moving very badly out there.”

Victoria Azarenka’s return to action proved a tough one on Friday but she managed to scrape into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. The world number one, playing for the first time since an ankle problem forced her to miss last month’s tournament in Dubai, was pushed all the way by Germany’s Mona Barthel before winning 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (8/6). Azarenka squandered a 5-1 lead in the second set and then had to come from 4-1 and 5-3 down in the decider, eventually taking it 8-6 in a tense tie-break. In winning, the Australian Open champion moved to 18-0 for the season and afterwards claimed the victory had been one of her more pleasing. “It’s a good feeling to come out from a match like this with a win,” she said. “I could be beating myself up somewhere in my house after losing, but I got through and I’m here. That’s a good sign. To win when you’re not playing your best, it’s more joyful.”

Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova and Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer were also ousted, Czech Klara Zakopalova defeating 19th seed Hantuchova 6-3 6-7 (7/9) 6-3 and Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova overcoming 22nd seed Wickmayer 2-6 6-2 6-4. However, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova eased past Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1 6-3, and fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was a comfortable 6-2 6-4 winner over Sorana Cirstea. Ninth seed Vera Zvonareva and 25th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova were also victorious on Friday, while there were wins for Angelique Kerber, Flavia Pennetta, Jie Zheng and Christina McHale.

08
Feb
12

Injuries continue to plague Jelena Jankovic as she withdraws from GDF Suez Open.

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French Open champion Li Na and former world number one Jelena Jankovic were both forced to retire due to injuries from the first round of the GDF Suez Open in Paris. Third seed Li trailed Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (7/5) 3-2 when she was forced to withdraw with a back injury. Jankovic, the fourth seed, pulled out prior to her match against Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer with a thigh strain.

There were no such problems for German sixth seed Julia Goerges, who needed just 51 minutes to beat Israel’s Shahar Peer 6-1 6-3, or ninth seed Angelique Kerber, who beat Lucie Safarova 6-2 7-6 (7-3). Another German, qualifier Mona Barthel, pulled off a fine 6-3 6-2 win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, while there were also wins for Chanelle Scheepers, Petra Cetkovska and Petra Martic.

16
Jan
12

Clijsters and Jankovic breeze through the opening round at the 2012 Aussie Open.

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Laura Robson’s Australian Open ended early as she was routed by Jelena Jankovic in round one at Melbourne Park. Robson, who at just 17 years of age is considered Britain’s brightest female hope, was outclassed by the 13th-seeded Serbian 6-2 6-0 in just one hour and nine minutes. The left-hander looked ill at ease from the off on Margaret Court Arena after dropping her opening service game. She had three chances to hit back at 3-2 behind but once they went – the first after an ace from Jankovic which was only confirmed as in via Hawk-Eye, the match swiftly followed, with the second set a procession as Robson sprayed the ball around seemingly with little gameplan. Robson’s defeat added to a day of misery for Britain Down Under, with Elena Baltacha, Heather Watson, James Ward and Anne Keothavong also going out in round one.

Defending women’s champion Kim Clijsters showed no ill effects of a recent hip injury and saw off a spirited challenge from Portuguese qualifier Maria Joao Koehler in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. The Belgian struggled to get to grips with left-hander Koehler’s serve in the first set but gradually moved up through the gears to run out a 7-5 6-1 winner. Clijsters, who beat Li Na in last year’s final at Melbourne Park, said it was a good feeling to step out onto Rod Laver Arena again. “It’s great to be back, I always love coming to Australia but the feeling is even stronger after last year,” said the 11th-seeded Clijsters. “It’s great to be back on this court as well, it brings back a lot of good memories.

 

 

 

 

26
Sep
11

Sharapova, Bartoli and Jankovic advance in Tokyo.

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Maria Sharapova cruised into the third round of the Pan Pacific Open today with a straight-sets defeat of Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn. The world number two, who lost in the third round of the US Open earlier this month, ran through the first set before struggling to close it out in the second. After relinquishing an early break she regained the upper hand to complete a 6-2 7-5 win in one hour and 31 minutes.

“I served really well today. I had a good percentage and a few aces. It is definitely important for me to serve well because she reads the ball very well,” said Sharapova, the winner of this event in 2005 and 2009. “I played a good match. I had a little bit of a letdown in the second set and she started playing very well. It was much tougher in the second set.”

Seventh seed Marion Bartoli overcame stubborn resistance from Ayumi Morita and a partisan Tokyo crowd to advance 6-3 0-6 6-3. “It was exactly the same as our match in Miami earlier this year, with almost exactly the same scoreline,” said Bartoli, who was alluding to a 6-3 2-6 6-1 win. “Remembering that match helped me keep fighting until the end, even after losing that second set. She played very well though and really deserved that set. “We have the same game – she’s obviously very young but I think she’s improving all the time. Playing in your home country can be a lot of pressure.”

Jelena Jankovic, seeded eight, is also through following a 6-4 6-2 victory over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

 

 

01
Sep
11

Easy progress for Ivanovic and Schiavonne.

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A pair of former French Open champions moved into the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. Seventh-seeded Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champ, defeated Mirjana Lucic 6-1, 6-1. And 16th-seeded Ivanovic, the 2008 titlist at Roland Garros, won when Petra Cetkovska withdrew with a quadriceps injury.

“It’s never nice to win this way,” said Ivanovic, a former No. 1 moving her way back up the rankings after a drop into the 60s last year. “But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy to be through to the next round.” Schiavone’s win took all of 53 minutes in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Lucic committed 32 unforced errors to only seven for Schiavone.

No. 11 Jelena Jankovic and No. 18 Roberta Vinci also advanced in straight sets.

21
Aug
11

Sharapova wins a ‘comedy of errors’ wrongfully dubbed a tennis match!

Sharapova overcame a first-set letdown on Sunday, rallying to beat Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 for the championship of the Western & Southern Open. The fourth-seeded Russian survived a match full of service breaks—16 in all, seven in the final set alone—for her second title of the season. Sharapova’s best moments came in the tiebreaker, when she won the last five points to even the match. “That’s pretty much it, putting five points together that were well-played,” she said. Such stretches were rare in a ragged match that lasted 2 hours, 49 minutes and had a pair of brief rain delays. The 14th-ranked Jankovic extended her streak of 17 months without a singles title. She won in Cincinnati in 2009, but hasn’t gotten a championship since Indian Wells on March 21 last year. “This match could have gone either way,” she said. “I had my chances. It showed the match is not over until you shake the hand.”

Jankovic shook hands and then sat in her chair after the match, biting a white towel while staring straight ahead, thinking about what had just happened. The match ended when her baseline forehand sailed wide. Despite the loss, Jankovic was upbeat. She came to Cincinnati feeling rusty and lacking confidence after playing few matches lately and having little success. “I’m pretty unpredictable,” she said. “If somebody told me I was going to play a final here, I would right away sign the paper.”

 

21
Aug
11

Maria Sharapova will play Jelena Jankovic for the Cincinnati Open title after both came through their semi-finals on Saturday.

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Sharapova recovered from a poor start to beat fellow Russian and world number two Vera Zvonareva 2-6 6-3 6-3 while Jankovic beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 7-6 6-1. “It is going to be a tough match, she is playing very well,” Jankovic said of Sharapova, who holds a 5-1 record in their career meetings. “I feel good the way I am playing though and I hope I can play like that again in the final.” Sharapova, who is currently ranked seventh in the world, had to fight back after dropping the opening set against Zvonareva. “I had a slow start, to say the least,” Sharapova said. “I needed to get my energy back and when I did that I started to make some shots and was able to turn it around.” Zvonareva said she had lost her concentration after dominating the opening set. “In the second and third my concentration level dropped a bit in some moments and I had a few more double faults, that gave her some confidence and I also gave her some more chances,” she said. “It was tough because if you give Maria chances, she is going to take them.”

Jankovic, who won in Cincinnati two years ago, also struggled in the first set against Petkovic, who played with one leg heavily strapped. The Serb made some odd shot selections as well as unforced errors, but after winning the tie-break 7-4 she never looked back and Petkovic was never in the second set. The German later revealed that she had spent much of the day undergoing scans on what she feared was an anterior cruciate ligament injury but which turned out to be a mildly torn meniscus. “It was a very draining day emotionally…I cried enough for the next 20 years,” said Petkovic, who said her parents had tried to stop her playing.

16
Aug
11

Jankovic, Li Na & Serena advance to round 2 in Cinci.

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Serena Williams continued where she left off in winning the Rogers Cup last week as she barged past Lucie Hradecka in straight sets to reach the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Williams needed one hour and 39 minutes to complete her 6-3 7-6 (7-5) victory and book a second-round tie against Samantha Stosur, whom she beat in the Toronto final. Stosur beat qualifier Eleni Daniilidou 6-3 6-1. Jelena Jankovic, the 13th seed, advanced with a 6-0 6-3 win over Iveta Benesova, while there were also early wins for Russian pair Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko, plus 17th seed Yanina Wickmayer and Italy’s Flavia Pennetta.

In the only women’s second-round action, fifth seed Li Na, playing her first match since her shock Wimbledon loss to Sabine Lisicki, enjoyed a comfortable 6-3 6-4 win over Czech Lucie Safarova.

 

 




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