Jankovic slumps to Brussels tennis defeat
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 09:07
  
Brussels: Serbian fourth seed Jelena Jankovic tumbled out of the Brussels Open second round, losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson.

The defeat came just four days before the start of the French Open where Jankovic has been a semi-finalist on three occasions.

"Jelena and I have had battles before and I had match points last time, so I really wanted to win this time," Arvidsson said.

"Usually you play the big players on the big courts, but today we were on a smaller court, so maybe that was an advantage for me. Anyway, I'm happy to win today and get my revenge."

The Swede next faces Chinese eighth seed Peng Shuai who eased past Abigail Spears of the United States, 6-2, 6-0.

"The last time I played Peng was in Fed Cup last year and I had eight match points and lost, so it's another chance for revenge. She's playing well and having a good season, so it will be tough," said Arvidsson.

Second seed Vera Zvonareva had to battle back from a first set loss to see off Kazakhstan qualifier Galina Voskoboeva 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

"It was my first time playing here and I had to get used to the conditions, new court, new balls, new atmosphere," said Russian number one Zvonareva.

"Not only was I a little bit slow at the start but she was playing well. She qualified here so she was used to the conditions. But I found my rhythm and got better as the match went on. Now I have another chance for another match here."

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a break down in both sets and finally beating American Varvara Lepchenko on her fifth match point, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).

Bureau Report


First Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 09:07


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