Dinara Safina won her first match as world number one by defeating Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to reach the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
Safina, who celebrated her 23rd birthday in Stuttgart on Monday, defeated the 37th ranked Errani in just 51 minutes.
Meanwhile, Jelena Jankovic, whose experiments with fitness regime ruined her game, decided to keep her expectations low: “I won’t be thinking about defending the title here, it’s more important for me to just get back to playing good tennis.”
It’s bizarre and still painful that in Jankovic’s case it would’ve been better if she hadn’t worked at all, than those overly difficult trainings in the wrong direction. However, JJ learned her lesson: “You listen to your team and you think it will bring results. But my body just did not accept it […] I am not doing any more experiments.”
Great news is that the fourth-ranked Serb feels that her game is recovering: “I feel I am coming back into form.”
World No.17 Dominika Cibulkova is awaiting Jelena Jankovic in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.