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Jankovic dukes it out

Rédaction Open GDF SUEZ
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 at 21:42
At the end of the most handsome encounter since the beginning of the Open GDF SUEZ 2009, Jelena Jankovic qualified for the 2nd round by dominating the fearsome Italian Francesca Schiavone in two sets (7-5, 7-6(2)) in 2:07. Thursday she will face China's Na Li for a very promising match!  

After easy second round qualifications by Serena Williams and Amélie Mauresmo, Coubertin fans enjoyed a superb duel between Jelena Jankovic (n°2) and Francesca Schiavone. It was a clash of styles opposing the Serbian's powerful back court with the varied game of the Italian.

The first set was rather balanced, each player winning her service game. Only the 5th game (for Schiavone) and the 8th (for Jankovic) gave way to break points. The tie-breaker seemed inevitable until the twelfth and last game in this set. Guilty of the worst game in the match, the Italian handed the set over to the World N° 3 on her first double fault. In Paris to regain confidence after elimination in the last eight at Melbourne, Jankovic wasn't expecting as much. 54 minutes had already sped by and the show was spectacular.

Look out for Li!

Unfortunately for Francesca Schiavone, she started out the following set like she finished the preceding one! She lost her serve for a double fault and let Jankovic fly away with a score of (7-5, 3-0). Victory seemed within reach for the queen without a crown, as she had been World Number 1 without winning a single Grand Slam. But she wasn't counting on the aggressiveness of the Italian. She was getting more and more behind. Even better, she was in a position to serve to tie a set at 5-4. In vain. Determined to finish, Jankovic concluded at the tie break a superb encounter with a score of 7-5, 7-6(2) in 2:07.

If she wants to make it to the quarter finals of the Open GDF SUEZ for the first out of her three times here, Jelena Jankovic will have to get rid of one of her pet peeves, Chinawoman Na Li. The latter of which has won four out of five encounters with the former World Number 1. Having already knocked out Agnès Szavay (a finalist last year) in the first round, Na Li can already imagine being this year's sensation. A new battle lies in store for Jelena Jankovic!

Clément Lizet
Translation: Amy Davenport

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