JJ Wins, Petkovic Ousts Lisicki

Jelena Jankovic held off comeback queen Ajla Tomljanovic to set up a quarterfinal clash with Eugenie Bouchard. Andrea Petkovic took out Sabine Lisicki.

Published April 03, 2014 12:14


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CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Jelena Jankovic survived a barrage of power from Ajla Tomljanovic to reach the quarterfinals of the Premier-level Family Circle Cup for the sixth time in her last seven tries.

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The early goings were tough for Jankovic. Tomljanovic had faced match point in her first two matches this week, and now facing the new favorite for the title, she certainly had nothing to lose. And it showed - with some impressive power on her serve and groundstrokes, she pushed Jankovic hard in a 53-minute opening set, fighting off triple set point down 5-3 before eventually succumbing, 7-5.

The No.2-seeded Jankovic rolled from there though, winning a 32-minute second set to clinch it, 75 61.

"My opponent was very aggressive today. That's the way she plays," Jankovic said. "I had to stay low and try to get my stride as well. I'm glad I was able to stay strong in that first set. I missed that overhead on set point, which was frustrating, but I stayed calm and regrouped and finished that set."

Starting with her title run in 2007, Jankovic has now made the quarters or better in six of her last seven tries, the only pre-quarterfinal loss coming in 2012 (she lost her opener to Venus Williams that year).

Next up for Jankovic is No.6 seed Eugenie Bouchard, who won her third round match against No.11 seed Venus Williams earlier in the day (read more here). They are tied in their head-to-head, 1-1.

"Bouchard has been in form this year," Jankovic said. "She's had some really good results, and it's going to be a tough match. We played here last year - I'll try to play my tennis and have fun out there."

Sabine Lisicki, the No.4 seed, wasn't so lucky, falling to No.14 seed Andrea Petkovic, 61 60.

"I don't think I played well," Lisicki said. "I think I pretty much missed everything. In the start I was missing by an inch here and there, which is very unfortunate because then I just started missing the balls that I usually don't miss. So yeah, it wasn't fun. I just didn't play well out there today."

"I didn't give her a lot," Petkovic said afterwards. "I didn't miss a lot. I played very deep. I played very solid. But definitely Sabine was not at her best today. She was a little off on her serving, and I took advantage of that and was very aggressive, and somehow I got her off of her rhythm in there.

"It's also difficult playing somebody you've known for so long. After a few games you forget about it, but by then I was already kind of rolling and in the zone, and it was difficult for her to regroup."

Rounding out the day session winners was Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic, who beat fellow teenager Elina Svitolina, 67(4) 64 61. Bencic, who only turned 17 years old a few weeks ago, isn't just through to her first Premier-level quarterfinal now - this is her very first WTA quarterfinal at any level.

"I had no idea that I was going this far in this tournament, but I'm just really happy this happened, and I just wanted to get a lot of points here," an elated Bencic said. "I'm really happy about this result."

The night match saw No.9 seed Lucie Safarova upset No.7 seed Samantha Stosur, 36 64 64, rallying from 3-1 down in both the second and third sets to improve to 9-2 head-to-head against her.

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