Fourth seed Jelena Jankovic was lucky to scrape through her first two rounds of the 2010 US Open, winning 6-4 4-6 7-5 against Simona Halep and 6-4 3-6 6-2 against Mirjana Lucic, but fell in straight sets in the third round to seed No.31 Kaia Kanepi, despite having a very good opportunity to take the match to the decider.
Jankovic lost the first set to Kanepi 6-2 in 32 minutes and found herself one game from defeat when the Estonian was serving at 5-3 in the second set. However, Jankovic won three games in a row and was serving to win the second set. Still, the comeback proved to be brief and Kanepi broke Jankovic to force a tiebreaker in which she quickly earned a 6-1 lead before converting her first match point. Final score: 6-2 7-6(1).
By reaching the fourth round of the US Open, Kanepi has recorded her best result at the tournament. Her next opponent will be either Patty Schnyder or seed No.15 Yanina Wickmayer. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)