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No Rain On Jelena's Parade

Jelena Jankovic survived on a rainy Thursday but many others weren't so fortunate.

Published May 27, 2010 12:00

No Rain On Jelena's Parade
Jelena Jankovic, Kaia Kanepi

PARIS, France - The top players were pushed hard on a rainy day in Paris, but Jelena Jankovic stuck it out, edging a confident Kaia Kanepi, 62 36 64.

Jankovic, the No.4 seed, seemed the huge favorite on paper against Kanepi, a qualifier ranked No.118. But Kanepi was ranked in the Top 20 as recently as a year ago and had won the pair's only previous meeting.

That loss, at the Premier tournament in Dubai last year, may have motivated Jankovic, as she battled past an in-form Kanepi, who had phenomenal numbers after losing the first set - 25 winners to 15 errors through the second and third sets. Jankovic let go of a 4-2 third set lead but from 4-all closed it out strongly.

"It was very difficult because of the conditions. I came here around 9am and to be waiting around all day in the locker room isn't easy," Jankovic said. "Overall it was a very difficult match. She's a tough opponent to play against, and I'm happy I was able to get through. She had good wins, like against Justine in Fed Cup. I lost to her in Dubai last year too, so I'm happy to get a win against her."

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The only other Top 8 seed to complete their match in the afternoon was Agnieszka Radwanska, and unfortunately the No.8 seed didn't get the result she wanted, succumbing to a very aggressive Yaroslava Shvedova, 75 63, with the Kazakh blasting 44 winners for the win, her second career Top 10 win - her first came over Jankovic at last year's US Open.

No.11 seed Li Na and No.17 seed Francesca Schiavone cruised in two sets but there were a few more upsets in between all of the rain delays, as Anastasia Rodionova defeated No.21 seed Vera Zvonareva, 64 64, and Aleksandra Wozniak outclassed No.32 seed Kateryna Bondarenko, 64 61.

"She played a good match. I was just very inconsistent," Zvonareva said. "I was up 30-0 in a lot of games in the first set. I had the chance to break her there, and early in the second set too, and I just didn't do it. I didn't take my chances."

Perhaps not a top player anymore but a clear threat to bounce back at any time (and a fan favorite wherever she goes), Ana Ivanovic suffered a second round loss at the tournament she won just two years ago, losing to No.28 seed Alisa Kleybanova, 63 60. Ivanovic won the first two games of the match before the wheels completely fell off and she lost 12 of 13 games the rest of the way.

"I don't think I played that bad, actually. For a while she didn't miss a ball," Ivanovic said. "It was a combination of a few things, but she played well today. You know, I love this tournament. It's still my favorite tournament. I think I'm on the right path, and I'm doing lots of things right. I have a plan in place and a good team. It's going to take some time. No doubt I'm on the right way."

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In the only other match in the daytime, Jarmila Groth became the first wildcard to reach the third round here in three years with a 60 63 win over Kimiko Date Krumm. Date Krumm had taken out No.9 seed Dinara Safina in the first round but, slowed down by a nagging right calf strain, she lost quietly to the Aussie.

"Yesterday I had an MRI. The doctor said don't play and that it's too risky," Date Krumm said. "I don't like to retire or not play. I decided before the match, I didn't want to do that. I just wanted to try my best and continue. That's why I played."

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