Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Jankovic and Martinez Sanchez put on shows in Rome today

Jelena Jankovic hit 22 winners and made only 7 unforced errors today in her steamrolling victory over 11th seed Yanina Wickmayer today in Rome. Jankovic hit 6 aces, and had service win percentage of 75 and 73. Hitting over 30 winners, and demonstrating why some of us love to watch clay court tennis, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez looped and dropped her way to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 2nd seed Caroline Wozniacki. Martinez Sanchez now has a 3-0 head-to-head lead over Wozniacki.

Lucie Safarova also continued her recent good form, defeating number 8 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. Radwanska won only one point in the tiebreak. Ana Ivanovi appears to be back among the winners, too, defeating Elena Dementieva 6-1, 7-6.

Here is the quarterfinal draw:

Serena Williams (1/wc) vs. Maria Kirilenko
Venus Williams vs. Jelena Jankovic
Ana Ivanovic vs. Nadia Petrova (6)
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez vs. Lucie Safarova

Williams and Jankovic have quite a rivalry going. They have met ten times, and have split the wins evenly. All but one match went to three sets. Jankovic leads Williams 3-1 on clay surfaces.

In doubles today, the number 3 seeds, Cara Black and Elena Vesnina, had to retire in their second round match because Vesnina sustained a lower back injury. Other seeded teams advanced today in the second round, with 4th seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs advancing to the quarterfinals.

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