Match number two on the schedule at the WTA Championships in Istanbul on Wednesday afternoon was between 2nd seeded Victoria Azarenka (Player Profile) and 7th seeded Jelena Jankovic (Player Profile). Azarenka had already won her opener against Sara Errani on Tuesday, while this was Jankovic’s first match of the tournament. The Belarusian led the head to head 5-3, but the matches that the Serb won were all between 2007 and 2009. In their last meeting, Azarenka won in Cincinnati this season after dropping the first set.
Azarenka got this match underway and the first two games went with serve. The Serb broke in the 3rd game followed by a break back by the Belarusian and yet another break by Jankovic to lead 3-2. Games then went with serve until the Serb led 5-3 with the Belarusian serving to stay in the set. She held to trail 4-5, but Jankovic made no mistake in closing out the set at 6-4 in 54 minutes, having held on to her initial break to the end.
Azarenka started the second set and it followed exactly the same pattern as the first set, with Jankovic going up 2-1. She then held for 3-1. The 5th game was incredibly long with advantage swinging from one side of the net to the other before Azarenka eventually held to trail 2-3. The next two games went with serve until Jankovic again broke to lead 5-3, leaving Azarenka to serve to stay in the match. Jankovic was not going let this match get away from her and she got a final break to take the set at 6-3 and the match in an hour and forty nine minutes to leave Azarenka with one win and one loss, both in straight sets.