Monday, May 31, 2010

Williams, Jankovic and Shvedova advance to French Open quarterfinals

Serena Williams' game was just too much for Shahar Peer today in the French Open round of 16. Peer, seeded 18th in Paris, is always a fighter, and she kept the match interesting, but Williams walked off the court with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. The tournament's top seed will play Sam Stosur in the quarterfinals.

Jelena Jankovic, beaten twice on clay this season by Daniela Hantuchova, stopped the streak today. The first set between the two was close, and Jankovic won it, 6-4. After that, Jankovic went all out, dominating Hantuchova almost totally, with an enviable combination of aggression and defense. Jankovic took that set 6-2, and wound up with first and second service win percentages of 72 and 80.

In the quarterfinals, Jankovic will meet the player who defeated her in the 2009 U.S. Open--Yaroslava Shvedova. In a match featuring two unseeded players, Shvedova played Jarmila Groth in the round of 16. Shvedova, whose second serve was really cooking, showed off a variety of skills in her 6-4, 6-3 victory. This is the first time she has reached the quarterfinal of a major.

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