Jankovic slumps to Brussels tennis defeat

Updated: May 19, 2011, 09:07 AM IST

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