Top flop: Jankovic crashes in Canada


Originally published on: 18/08/10 09:47

Top seed Jelena Jankovic failed to get past her opening match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal after she was beaten in straight sets by qualifier Iveta Benesova.

Jankovic was handed direct entry into the second round but came up short against the 75th-ranked Czech 7-6 (7/3) 6-3.

Benesova, 27, had only previously beaten one top-10 player in her 12-year career.

Jankovic was the only seed to be beaten on Tuesday with Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva, the eighth seed, leading the more fancied players as she won her second-round opener 6-2 6-1 against Yaroslava Shvedova.

Li Na joined her in the third round after the ninth seed beat Jarmilla Groth in the final match of the day 6-3 6-2.

All the other matches on Tuesday were first-round affairs, with all five seeds in action progressing.

Tenth seed Victoria Azarenka swept aside Kateryna Bondarenko 6-1 6-1 while Svetlana Kuznetsova (11), who won in San Diego earlier this month, was pushed to all the way before beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7/3).

Flavia Pennetta (15) made light work of a tough looking opener against Daniela Hantuchova 6-0 7-5 while Marion Bartoli (17) conceded just one game to end local hopeful Valerie Tetreault’s tournament 6-1 6-0.

Eighteenth seed Nadia Petrova set up a second-round clash with fellow Russian Dinara Safina after she served nine aces to overcome Lucie Safarova 7-5 4-6 6-3 in a match that last just over two hours.

Qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands upset teenager Melanie Oudin, who reached the quarter-finals of last year’s US Open, 6-1 6-4 while there were also wins for Maria Kirilenko, Agnes Szavay, Jie Zheng, Kimiko Date Krumm, Ekaterina Makarova and Alisa Kleybanova.


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