Dulko Keeps Rolling, Jankovic Wins Too
Published March 03, 2011 12:00
MONTERREY, México - South America's No.1 is still perfect in Latin America this year after a second round win at the Whirlpool Monterrey Open Thursday.
Argentina's Gisela Dulko went 5-0 to claim her fourth career WTA title in Acapulco last week and improved to 2-0 so far in Monterrey with a 64 61 win over Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak, breaking serve four times and never losing her own serve during the one-hour, 14-minute victory on Cancha Central.
"I'm very happy to be in the quarterfinals in Monterrey," Dulko said on Twitter. "It was a tough match today but I did a good job. Thanks for your support!"
At No.56, Dulko is the highest-ranked player in South America - in fact, she is the only player from her continent in the Top 175 (the next-highest is No.178 María Irigoyen). She has now compiled the equal-longest winning streak of her career, having won seven matches in a row once in 2007 and another time in 2008 (both of those streaks were snapped by Victoria Azarenka).
In the other two second round matches, No.5 seed Anastasija Sevastova fended off a point for a 62 31 hole and beat Alizé Cornet, 26 62 64; and at night, No.1 seed Jelena Jankovic held off a late charge from former Top 20 player Sybille Bammer, letting a 63 52 lead close to 63 54, then digging out of a 0-40 deficit while serving for the match to prevail in straights, 63 64.
"I had a tough opponent tonight. It was not easy at all but I am happy to win," Jankovic said in her on-court interview. "I played Sevastova last year and lost. This time I'll try my best to do well. I look forward to playing tomorrow."
After the interview, Jankovic asked that one of her autographed tennis balls be given to a lady in the crowd who had been hit with a ball during the match.
The other two quarterfinal match-ups were determined on Wednesday, with No.2 seed and defending champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova setting up a clash with Greta Arn and No.8 seed Polona Hercog taking on Olga Govortsova.