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Bojana Jovanovski upsets fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic at China Open

Jelena Jankovic and Bojana JovanovskiRising Serbian star Bojana Jovanovski faced compatriot and former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic in the second round of the China Open and upset her 4-6 6-2 6-2. Jankovic, who won the tournament in 2008 and reached the final in 2007, was seeded third this year.

The world No.93 Jovanovski advanced through qualifying to make her first appearance in Beijing, and in the first round she defeated Kateryna Bondarenko, now outside the Top 100, but last year ranked 29th. Then against the seventh-ranked Jankovic, Jovanovski scored her first Top 10 win.

Two struggling former world No.1s Dinara Safina and Ana Ivanovic seem to be making a trend – it’s the fourth successive tournament that they lose or win in different rounds – if Safina wins, Ivanovic loses, and vice versa. Today in Beijing Ivanovic won her first round match, upsetting No.11 seed Marion Bartoli 6-2 6-3, while Safina lost in the same round, to second seed Vera Zvonareva 6-4 7-6(6).

Sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska lost to Angelique Kerber 5-7 7-6(3) 7-5 in the opening round and the news is that she will miss the rest of the season as well as possibly the beginning of the next season, maybe even including the Australian Open, because of a serious stress fracture to her foot. The Pole is not sure how she picked up the injury, but she felt it prior to coming to Asia to play Tokyo and Beijing. In Tokyo she retired against eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)

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6 thoughts on “Bojana Jovanovski upsets fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic at China Open

  1. Mirjana

    Although I'm pretty disappointed with JJ's game at the match (and at past few months), at least she lost to her compatriot. I think Bojana played really well, she was hitting hard from both sides, and I hope she can continue with this form in next match and so far. Her game kinda reminds me of Seles, I don't know is it about some of her shots- maybe backhand,,or the grunts. :P Anyway, I'll be cheering up for the girl :)

  2. jon

    what is up with jj? I notice a trend where she usually wins the first set, only to lose the match later on. her movements are sloppy and shes making a lot of errors. she should just revert back to her 2008 playing style if thats what it takes to win matches.

  3. Marine

    Maybe the fact that she has been Bojana's mentor did not help either. JJ isn't one of those who whine about injuries, but I think something must be going on.

  4. mg

    Yeah, yeah, she reminds me on Monica too. Agree: shots and grunts :) At first I thought I was the only one to think that, but I hear many people think that too.:D Anyway, I assumed she would lost from Peer- that happend her in past months, make a suprise but then lose easily. Hope she'll get over that in the future!
    JJ's a mess for a while- she really needs to put things together. She should get a couch for the start.:P

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