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Andrea Petkovic downs Jelena Jankovic for Miami semis

In a long and closely-fought rain-interrupted Sony Ericsson Open quarterfinal, Andrea Petkovic followed up her win over world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki with a 2-6 6-2 6-4 upset of sixth seed Jelena Jankovic, Miami runner-up to Serena Williams in 2008.

In the first set, the seventh-ranked Jankovic faced no break points and won 80% of points on her serve, compared to Petkovic's 49%. Also, she won 51% of return points, compared to Petkovic's low 20%.

German world No.23 Petkovic established a 2-0 lead in the beginning of the second set and even though Jankovic had multiple break points in the third game, after a long fight Petkovic increased the lead to 3-0 and solidly went on to win the set 6-2.

In the decider, it was Jankovic who was first in the better position, leading 4-2, but it was obvious it wouldn't be an easy job for her. Petkovic took charge and even though Jankovic kept fighting, and maintained the match thrilling until the end, Petkovic won four straight games to reach the semifinals of the $4,500,000 tournament. (photo: sr_cranks)

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6 thoughts on “Andrea Petkovic downs Jelena Jankovic for Miami semis

  1. Helen

    Great victory for Andrea…and she should be feeling pretty confident about her next match against Sharapova who was pushed to the max to get the win in a 3hr marathon match against 27th ranked alexandra dulgheru. Maria served up a pathetic 16 double faults.

  2. mg

    Jelena played such a great first set,and the moment match was delayed I knew things would go wrong. It's like that with Jelena. When she loses her moment, it's hard to come back. Yes, Andrea played well, but still, I think Jelena should have won this match.But, it's Jelena.Things like this happen to her far too often lately.

  3. besitzer

    Her enormous talent has brought Andrea Petkovic another well-deserved win over a top 10 player. Petkovic certainly has what it takes to win the Sony Ericsson Open title this year.

  4. Marine

    I think she has a good chance of overcoming Sharapova. Sharpie is not that sharp as she used to be :-P

  5. Mirjana

    I don't have any significant complains about JJ, although at the end she should have played more agressive, Andrea played great and didn't make too much mistakes. Maria played for 3.5 hours and has twisted her ankle, so I think Andrea will win in straights, easily.

  6. fyoto

    Petkovic is coming into her own and might win this thing.
    JJ seems to be aging really badly,I hate to bring bad news but JJ days as a top flight player are numbered..she will be 27yrs next year and with all that mileage.
    Petkovic seems to know how to play pushers and her offencive game will be too much for pova today.

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