Friday, January 23, 2009

Ivanovic and Hantuchova both out in Melbourne

Alisa "I'm a Russian, too" Kleybanova played three sets against 3rd seed Ana Ivanovic yesterday, and left the court with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 victory. Ivanovic has been having trouble with her ball toss, among other things, and Kleybanova was able to hang in and take advantage of the 2008 Australian Open finalist's vulnerabilities.

One of last year's semifinalists, Daniela Hantuchova, met the same fate. She was defeated 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 by Alize Cornet.

The top seed, Jelena Jankovic, struggled, too, though she managed to defeat Ai Sugiyama in straight sets. But Jankovic needs to seriously raise her form for the next round, in which she meets Marion Bartoli, who is never an easy opponent for her.

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