Third seed Jelena Jankovic was made to work hard on the Suzanne Lenglen court by New Zealander Marina Erakovic before finally winning in straight sets in just under two hours 6-2 7-6(5).
World No83 ranked Erakovic did not appear to be intimidated by the occasion or her higher-ranked opponent despite making her first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament.
The first set was closer than the score indicated but Jankovic still managed to break twice – in the sixth and eight games – to take it 6-2. Her class showed as she earned her second set point on Eravokic’s serve with a well-judged backhand before going on to win it when the New Zealander sent a forehand long over the baseline.
The second set was a closer affair as the Serb struggled after receiving treatment for an injury to her right wrist following a long rally at the end of the fifth game. She still managed to break to take a 4-2 lead but Eravokic played some lovely shots and broke back to serve for the set at 6-5. However, Jankovic held on and broke back to take it into the tie-break. The Croatian-born New Zealander quickly built up a 5-3 lead but Jankovic’s greater experience showed and she fought back to level at five-all before winning the match when a tired Eravokic put her backhand into the net.
Jankovic now faces Slovakian No28 seed Dominika Cibulkova who beat Milagros Sequera earlier today.