Jelena Jankovic has been defeated by Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. Kuznetsova won the match by 0-6, 6-2, 7-5.
The way Kuznetsova had played in the opening set, very few people would have expected her to dominate in the next two sets. But, the Russian player did that. She looked a completely different player after losing the first set. Read more »
Jelena Jankovic has been defeated by her compatriot Ana Ivanovic in the third round of the Australian Open 2013. Ivanovic won the match in the straight sets by 7-5, 6-3. With the help of this comfortable win, Ivanovic reached the pre quarter final round.
There is not much difference in the world rankings of these two players and a tight contest was anticipated by the crowd. But, that didn’t happen. It was Ivanovic who dominated for most parts of the match and pulled off an easy victory.
Ivanovic started pretty well. With a serve break in the third game of the first set, she got ahead by 2-1. The next three games went with the serve and at the end of the sixth game; Ivanovic was leading by 4-2.
Jankovic’s service was broken again in the seventh game. Ivanovic was serving for the set in the 8th game, but, she didn’t manage to serve it out. She dropped her serve and the lead was reduced to 3-5.
Jankovic equalized the scores with another serve break in the 10th game. The set seemed to be going towards the tie breaker, but, that wasn’t the case to be. Ivanovic got yet another breakthrough in the 11th game and then, by holding her serve in the next game, she won the first set.
In the second set, Ivanovic held her entire serve and broke Jankovic’s service in the third and the ninth game to win the set by 6-3.
In the next match, Ivanovic will take on Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. Radwanska has been in great form recently and she has won her last 12 games on the trot. So, it’s not going to be easy for Ivanovic to go past Radwanska.
Ivanovic and Radwanska have played against each other 7 times before. Out of those 7 matches, Ivanovic won 3 and lost 4.
Jelena Jankovic has said that she has the capacity to become the no. 1 player in the world again. Jankovic didn’t have a good 2012 season, but, the Serbian player is confident that she would put up a much better performance in the upcoming season. Jankovic was in Dubai attending the draw ceremony of Al Habtoor Tennis Championship.
After the draw ceremony, she talked to the reporters and answered their questions. She told the reporters, “Dubai is a glorious place and I love coming here. This is the best place to prepare for the Australian Open. There are hard courts available here and the facilities are also amazing.”
When asked about her performance in the last season, Jankovic said, “It was a disappointing season for me. In fact, it was one of my worst seasons. But, the season has finished now and I don’t want to think too much about what went wrong. I just want to concentrate on the upcoming season.”
“I have been working very hard on my fitness. In the last season, I struggled with my fitness at times. I don’t want it to happen in the upcoming season as well. For performing well, you need to be super fit. So, my focus is on fitness at the moment.”
When asked why she has not been able to win even a single Grand Slam title in her career so far, Jankovic said, “Look there is no particular reason for it. May be I have not been able to soak the pressure in the Grand Slam tournaments, but, I am only 27 and there are still a few years of tennis ahead of me. I can still win a few Grand Slams. Hopefully, I would be able to cross this hurdle in the 2013 season.”