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Jankovic through to third round

Thursday, May 29, 2008
By Orla Coady

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.

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