Former world no.1 Jelena Jankovic won’t have very good memories on Monday night in Cincinnati. China’s Peng Shuai defeated her in the first round after a three set thriller, winning 5-7 7-5 7-6 (8).
Jankovic has also lost in the opening round of last week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, going out to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak and her current record shows 12 losses in the last 16 matches played.
What is even more disappointing for the Serbian is that she had the match against Peng fully in her hands as she was serving for it in the second set. Despite the Chinese equalling the score at one set all, Jankovic got off to a very good start in the decider, taking a 4-2 lead. Peng managed to fight her way back and the match was to be decided in a ‘breaker’. This is when it became really painful for Jankovic after she missed five matchpoints and Peng couldn’t be more happy after booking a place in the second round.
The Chinese will now play Italian Roberta Vinci, who overcame American qualifier Madison Keys in straight sets 6-3 6-3.
Also through to the second round is German Julia Goerges after eliminating Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3 6-3 and improving her head to head record against Peer to 4-0.
Next up for Goerges will be Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who ousted Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4 6-0.