Jankovic Survives, Williams Sisters Friday at French Open
by Staff | May 27th, 2010, 6:12 pm

Only 10 women’s matches were completed on Thursday at Roland Garros due to rain, as Top 10ers Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva led the advancement of the top seeds.
The No. 4-seeded Jankovic struggled to a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Estonia qualifier Kaia Kanepi, while the No. 5-seeded Dementieva likewise was tested 6-2, 7-6(3) by Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues.

“Overall it was very difficult because of the conditions,” said Jankovic of the rain. “I came here around 9 in the morning. To be waiting around in the locker room, it’s really not easy. Then you go on the court, and I started pretty well…the conditions were much more different than in the first round when I played, because the court was much slower, the balls were heavier. So overall the play was much, much slower.”

Three seeds were sent home Thursday when Yaroslava Shvedova upended (8) Agnieszka Radwanska in straights, Aussie Anastasia Rodionova topped (21) Vera Zvonareva in straights, and Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak straight-setted (32) Kateryna Bondarenko.

Other seeds advancing were (11) Li Na, (17) Francesca Schiavone, (18) Shahar Peer who out-dueled (LL) Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, and (28) Alisa Kleybanova who powered past former champ Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-0.

“I don’t think I played that bad, actually,” said Ivanovic after getting bageled. “For a while I think she didn’t miss a ball at all. She made so many winners, too. It was just very hard, because many important points she played really, really well, and I didn’t think I did too much wrong out there, you know. I was also a little bit unlucky with so many line calls on my serve and just everything going out.”

Aussie wildcard Jarmila Groth ended the dream run of injured 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm 6-0, 6-3.

Matches suspended due to darkness were (12) Maria Sharapova leading Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 2-2; (WC) Olivia Sanchez leading (13) Marion Bartoli 5-4; and (22) Justine Henin leading Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 3-2.

Highlights on tap for Friday at Roland Garros are (22) Henin vs. Zakopalova (to finish), (26) Dominika Cibulkova vs.   (2) Venus Williams, (15) Aravane Rezai vs. (19) Nadia Petrova, (1) Serena Williams vs. Julia Goerges, (5) Elena Dementieva vs. Aleksandra Wozniak, (31) Alexandra Dulgheru vs. (3) Caroline Wozniacki, (6) Svetlana Kuznetsova vs.   (30) Maria Kirilenko, (12) Sharapova vs. Flipkens (to finish), and (17) Francesca Schiavone vs. (11) Na Li.

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9 Comments for Jankovic Survives, Williams Sisters Friday at French Open

Kimmi Says:

most players did not like the conditions today.

henin and sharapova on course to meet in the third round. they have both won their first set today, hope they finish and win tomorrow. when they meet will be tough match for both.

henin always has problem with sharapova aggression. Well, this is on clay so I hope henin wins.

Andrew Miller Says:

Ivanovic must speak the truth. She can’t be honest with herself if she’s not honest with others. She should say: “My opponent played well, and my game is messed up.” The reality: she’s a former Roland Garros champ looking more and more like Iva Majoli every day, and the other reality – at this point, she’s about 30 percent the player Sharapova is, a player to who she had been compared for her booming serve and huge groundstrokes.

The reality: Ivanovic of today isnt Ivanovic of two years ago. Maybe she really should retire and come back in a few years, take a page out of Clijsters’ book. It’s hard to see her play – like this. And she’s been playing awful for two years straight.

Andrew Miller Says:

On the other hand, Agassi played some awful tennis from 1996 (I think Ben said it was 96) through 1998, when he was making it back to the big time. That is a two year drought, and Ivanovic has not slipped as far. But for the weapons she has as a player in comparison with others, I’m just so stunned.

Kimmi Says:

ivanovic played well in rome..i though she is back and then she loses a 6-0 set at RG. which direction is she heading?

i guess we should give her time. it cannot all come together at the same time..baby steps!

Andrew Miller Says:

Kimmi, you are right – one tournament makes a difference – same for any player on tour! Maybe Ivanovic is more of a hard court player?

margot Says:

They repeated this match on the beeb, thanks to the rain(it’s an ill wind!) and her loss was mainly due to her serve which was just awful! Plus K. is such a strong player on song she is terrifying. One of the few womwn who, for sheer power, can match Serena. Can’t think why she is only 28 in ranking. Ana tried to out power her, which was a mistake. I saw Ana beat jj at RG two years ago(yes, I am showing off) and she at once became one of my favourites so it’s a gr8 shame to see her struggling like this.

jane Says:

sar – it’s looking like you may get your wish; Petrova is up a break on Rezai in the third and is mainly out-playing her. But Rezai is scrappy.

Also Kirilenko is up a break on Kuz in the third, but I wonder if she can hold onto it? I’d love to see her get a big win; she really works hard. She could use a bit better serve, to get some easy points. She’s teeny-tiny. : ]

Wozniak had the lead over Dementieva for much of their match but at the very end, Dement found another gear – congrats to her, and to Aleksandra for a good fight too.

jane Says:

Despite all the complaints about the WTA, these last 3 ladies’ matches of the day have been well contested. I can’t believe Rezai broke back twice in this third set. Kirilenko is trying not to get broken while serving for the match, fighting hard. Kuzy has been hanging on by a thread in all her matches but she keeps managing to come through.

jane Says:

YES! Andrew your girl Kirilenko DID IT!! Sorry to Kuzy but in some ways she’s lucky to have made it this far.

Pretova keeps fighting off match points. She’s mad as hell. LOL.

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