In a match-up between last year’s China Open finalist Andrea Petkovic, who has spent the better part of this year recovering from injury, and former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic, Jankovic took quick command of the match to advance to the second round with a 6-2 6-4 victory.
Jankovic broke Petkovic’s opening service game, and then played a ten-minute service game before consolidating. That long service game featured nice volleying reflexes from Jankovic, as she successfully fended off two BPs.
Petkovic began to play more consistently, while Jankovic appeared to go through patches of consistent play that alternated with errors. However, Jankovic was still getting her racquet on Petkovic’s first serves, in spite of Petkovic’s high first serve % (Petkovic hit 84% first serves in this match).
Although Jankovic seemed to be laboring on her BHs, she showed off great point construction. Often throughout the match, Petkovic was playing to keep up with her opponent. Petkovic tried to switch the direction of the ball with a BH, but Jankovic chased it down and drew a wide error from Petkovic FH, to hold at 15 for 3-1. Jankovic showed her class by constructing points to draw errors from Petkovic, who seemed a step slower and far less sure in her shot-making. Off a return-of-serve winner, Jankovic went up a double break at 4*-1.
Petkovic fought to recoup one of the breaks, but Jankovic reached 0-30 on Petkovic’s serve immediately, and then hit a BH winner on an approach shot to earn 3 BPs. She broke back immediately and served for the set at 5*-2. Jankovic served it out to love, to take the first set 6-2.
Jankovic earned another three BPs on Petkovic’s opening service in the second set. She took the second one to break. But Petkovic soon hit her stride and earned two BPs on Jankovic’s serve. Jankovic saved one with a deep shot that drew an error from Petkovic. Then, a strong unreturnable serve to save another one. But an error from Jankovic gave another BP to the no. 62-ranked Petkovic. Petkovic broke back, to bring the second set back on serve, 2-2. However, the advantage proved short-lived as Jankovic broke serve again. After losing her serve, Petkovic called for a coaching break. Jankovic also received a visit from her coach during the changeover. Petkovic immediately had a chance to earn two BPs on Jankovic’s serve — she played more aggressively and put together her shots well. Unfortunately, she made an error on a put-away overhead smash. Jankovic went 30-all and then reached game point. Jankovic then saved BP with a stellar BH. Ater a nine-minute service game, Jankovic held at 5-3. As she served for the match, Jankovic played another impressive point at the net. While Petkovic tried to go for depth of shot, Jankovic read her opponent’s game well, to earn two MPs. After a long rally, Jankovic won the match on a passing shot.
Petkovic will lose the majority of her finalist points from last year, which means she will drop out of the top 100 in the rankings. The popular German player has encountered a bumpy road this year, on account of injuries. Jankovic will play Lucie Safarova in the second round.
In the same quarter of the draw, France’s Marion Bartoli defeated Serbian qualifier Bojana Jovanovski 6-3 6-3, to reach the second round, where she will play Japanese qualifier Ayumi Morita. Bartoli won 5/6 BPs and won far more points off first serve than Jovanovski did.
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