JJ Wins As First Week Wraps Up
Published June 01, 2013 12:01
The No.18-seeded Jankovic had won her last three meetings with Stosur and this one followed the pattern, though it wasn't easy by any means. After Stosur took the first set, 6-3, Jankovic fought back to take the second set by the same scoreline, 6-3, then built a 3-0 lead in the third set. The No.9-seeded Stosur evened things up at 3-all but Jankovic closed the match out a few games later, 36 63 64.
Jankovic blasted a big ace - her fourth ace of the match - on match point to seal the victory.
Next up for Jankovic is another upset artist. Jamie Hampton rallied from 4-2 down in the second set - and ended up saving a set point in the second set tie-break with an unreturnable serve - to take out the No.7 seed, Petra Kvitova, 61 76(7). Hampton scored two firsts in one day, recording her first Top 10 win as well as moving through to the second week of a Grand Slam for the very first time.
"To be honest, I kind of always knew I could play really good tennis," Hampton said. "There are a lot of other aspects to being successful as a professional. Obviously fitness is a big component. So that and just being in the situations and having the experience, all of that has to fall into place as well.
"To make my first round of 16 at a Grand Slam on a surface I like the least is encouraging."
"I played Jankovic and beat her last year at Indian Wells, I think," Hampton recalled. "But I just need to focus on my game in that match. I think I'm playing good tennis, and I'm just going to try to stay positive, compete for every single point, and make my opponent as miserable as possible."
Kvitova saved Hampton's first two match points, including one with a drop shot winner, but in the end just had too many unforced errors. "In the first set I did a lot of mistakes and I really didn't know what was happening on the court," the World No.7 said. "But overall I think that on the important points she played better than me. Like in the tie-break I had quite a few chances, but unfortunately I did mistakes.
"It was a tough match for me today. But she is quite a talented girl - all the credit to her."
Also moving through to the fourth round in Maria Sharapova's quarter was No.17 seed Sloane Stephens, who beat Marina Erakovic earlier in the day, 64 67(5) 63. Stephens actually looked headed for a straight set victory leading 4-2 in the second set tie-break but had to go into overtime to do it.
"I was up 3-0 and 4-2, but when she was down she played some really good tennis," Stephens said. "She was hitting forehands from back here way out in the corner - I was like, 'That's just too good.' So I just tried to stay calm and stay with it. It's not like I was playing badly, so I was just trying to keep playing my game and keep hanging in there. And at the end of the match I'm glad I got the W."
Next up for Stephens is the No.2-seeded Sharapova, who beat Zheng Jie in her third round match (read more about that here). Sharapova has beaten Stephens in both of the pair's previous meetings.
"I definitely just have to stay focused and play hard again," Stephens said. "Obviously playing the No.2 player in the world is always going to be tough. So I'll just have to go out there and try my best. It's the fourth round of a Grand Slam, so you just have to play tough. I'm excited to get out there again."