Errani wears down Jankovic to reach last eight

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 02, 2014, 20:14 PM IST

Paris: Italian Sara Errani reached the French Open quarter-finals on Monday as the 10th seed defeated Serbia`s Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (7/5), 6-2.

Errani, the 2012 runner-up to Maria Sharapova, won a bitterly contested first set that lasted 1hr 21min and saw eight breaks of serve, four from each player. 

The 27-year-old from Bologna took control in the tie-break leading 5-2 before sealing the opening frame 7-5. 

Jankovic, the former world number one and three-time semi-finalist in Paris, appeared to lose heart in the second set as Errani raced into a 3-0 lead. 

She then staved off a brief Jankovic comeback to close out the match on her second match point. 

Errani now plays Germany`s Andrea Petkovic for a place in the semi-finals.