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Kanepi Upends Jankovic Again

Though Kaia Kanepi's triumph over Jelena Jankovic was an upset, she is no stranger to wins over the Serb. How many times has she beaten her?

Published June 24, 2014 12:13

Kanepi Upends Jankovic Again
Kaia Kanepi

LONDON, England - In Wimbledon's biggest upset on paper so far, Kaia Kanepi defeated No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic in first round play on Tuesday.

The Plot
Kanepi already had three wins over Jankovic under her belt prior to this fortnight, including one at a Grand Slam at the 2010 US Open. In fact, those amounted to three of her nine Top 10 wins.

As if that didn't already make this enough of a tough first round draw for Jankovic, Kanepi is a former Top 15 player and a five-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, including at Wimbledon in 2010 and 2013.

The Turning Point
Kanepi broke Jankovic in the Serb's first service game en route to a 3-0 start. It was all holds the rest of the way as Kanepi took the first set. The Estonian broke Jankovic again to start the second set, got an insurance break to go up 5-2 and closed out the 6-3, 6-2 win, improving to 4-3 in their head-to-head.

By The Numbers
A few stats separated the two. Kanepi won 64% of her second serve points compared to just 28% for Jankovic. She was three of five on break points, while Jankovic was zero of three. She also doubles Jankovic's winner total, 28 to 14.

This was the third of Kanepi's 10 Top 10 wins that came at the All-England Club.

What's Next
Kanepi takes on Yaroslava Shvedova, who edged Kristyna Pliskova in a tight three-setter. Kanepi is 1-2 against Shvedova.

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