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Jelena Jankovic will play against Varvara Lepchenko of USA in the second round of the ongoing Sony Open tennis tournament. It would be the first match in the tournament for the Serbian as she had received a bye in the opening round.
The 2014 season has not proved to be a bad one for Jankovic so far. In almost all the major competitions in which she has taken part this season, she has done well unlike her opponent who has been struggling in the recent times.
Lepchenko had climbed the world rankings in 2012 with some fine performances, but, she lost that momentum in the following year and she has looked quite patchy this year too.
Lepchenko’s most impressive quality is that she never plays defensively. No matter what the conditions are and who the opponent is, she knows only one way and that is to attack. She is very strong at playing forehand shots.
Lepchenko would also like the surface at Miami. It would be quick and thus, the ball would come on quite nicely.
Inconsistency is a big drawback in Lepchenko’s game though. She plays brilliantly in one set and then, in the next set, she looks quite ordinary. It has happened with her a number of times in the past.
As far as Jankovic is concerned, she is a bit ahead in terms of skill if compared to Lepchenko, but, her overall record against the American is not encouraging.
Talking to the reporters yesterday about Miami, the Serbian said, “Everything about this place is so nice. The surface, the spectators, the environment, it’s amazing to be back here.”
Jankovic’s form this season certainly makes her the favourite to win the contest, but, Lepchenko can’t be written off completely; that’s for sure.
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In the 2013 season, Jelena Jankovic surprised a lot of people with her performances. There were not many expectations from her before the start of the season, but, she played some high quality tennis especially in the second half of the season and ended up making big strides in the world rankings. At the start of the season, she was not even in top 20, but, when the season got over, she was ranked 8th in the world.
Although, Jankovic won only one singles title in the last season but, she looked in good touch in almost every tournament that she participated in. She reached the title round in a couple of tournaments and in the last tournament of the season i.e. WTA Championships, she had almost got the better of the no. 1 player in the world Serena Williams.
Jankovic is 28 years of age at the moment and this is the age at which the game of most of the tennis players starts to come down a little bit, but, with the Serbian player, it’s exactly the opposite. She seemed to have improved in the last season. She was definitely at her best in the later parts of the season.
Jankovic is one of those players who are comfortable playing on all sorts of surfaces. It’s not that she is a weaker player on a particular kind of surface, but, in the last season, her best performances had come on clay courts. At Roland Garros, she had made her way to the quarter final round where she was up against one of the world’s best players Maria Sharapova and she had gone very close to beating her.
After the way she played in the last season, Jankovic is definitely one of the players to watch out for next year. She would like to move further up in the WTA rankings.