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Defending Champ Bounced From Baku

Ons Jabeur got the best of Bojana Jovanovski on Wednesday to reach her first WTA quarterfinal at the Baku Cup.

Published July 24, 2013 12:00

Defending Champ Bounced From Baku
Ons Jabeur

BAKU, Azerbaijan - No.1 seed and defending champion Bojana Jovanovski's Baku Cup title defense ended in the second round Wednesday at the hands of 18-year-old Tunisian wildcard Ons Jabeur.

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Though Jabeur has had plenty of success at the ITF Women's Circuit level, winning three of her five titles this year, she just recorded her first WTA main draw match win here on Monday in the first round against Daria Gavrilova.

Nevertheless, Jabeur looked like the veteran player in dropping just two points while jumping out to a 4-0 first set lead against Jovanovski. Though she was down 5-3 in the second set, she won four straight games from there to clinch the 62 75 victory on her fourth match point.

Despite being the youngest player in the draw at 17, second-seeded Donna Vekic now finds herself as the favorite. She lost just four points on her first serve in advancing to the quarterfinals with a 61 62 rout of Tetyana Arefyeva. The Croat has dropped just four games all tournament and has spent only one hour and 44 minutes on court in her two matches.

Also making the quarters was No.4 seed Alexandra Cadantu, who converted on eight of 10 break point opportunities in her 57 61 63 defeat of Mandy Minella.

The first round was also completed, with all four matches going three sets. One of those saw third-seeded Chanelle Scheepers rally from a 63 31 deficit to beat last week's Bad Gastein runner-up, Andrea Hlavackova, 36 63 64. In a match just short of three hours, Galina Voskoboeva was a 76(7) 46 63 winner over sixth-seeded Polona Hercog. Seventh-seeded Elina Svitolina got past Aleksandra Krunic, 63 46 62. Finally, Kateryna Kozlova secured her first WTA main draw match win in dramatic fashion, clinching a 62 36 64 triumph over Eleni Daniilidou on her seventh match point after a 13-deuce final game.

Among the first round doubles winners were No.3 seeds Sandra Klemenschits and Andreja Klepac. The Austrian-Slovenian duo are fresh off their first WTA doubles title in Bad Gastein.

The second round wraps up Thursday, with Scheepers against Shahar Peer and Svitolina versus Nastassja Burnett among the match-ups.

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