In the final warm up before the start of the US Open this coming Monday, some of the WTA’s top players decided not to take a week off, but to keep competing in the hope of getting in some good match practice.
This seems to have been a good strategy for Jelena Jankovic, seeded 2 in this tournament, who has been having a very up and down time of things of late. After a titanic struggle with Yaroslava Shvedova in the first two sets of her first round match, she eventually won 6-7 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 in three hours and six minutes on court. Next up for her was the young Dutch player, Arantxa Rus and Jelena struggled only in the beginning of the match. The first set went to a tie breaker, which she won 7-5 before pulling away to take the second set 6-2. She will next meet Sorana Cirstea, who is seeded 8, in the quarters.
Cirstea, currently ranked 41, got past the wildcard holder Jarmila Gajdosova in the first round of the tournament, winning 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 and then met up with French player Alize Cornet, who had also had a tough three setter against Iveta Benesova of Czech Republic, eventually coming through 1-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2. Cirstea came out on top in this match, winning 6-1 7-5 in an hour and a half, despite serving 10 double faults.
Also through to the QFs is Chinese Shuai Peng after overcoming Pauline Parmentier in straight sets 6-4 6-2. Peng will play Serbian wildcard holder Bojana Jovanovski next, who eliminated Mirjana Lucic of Croatia with a 7-6 (5) 6-2 scoreline.