Australian Open

Jankovic ends losing streak

2011-01-18 07:36
Jelena Jankovic (AP)

Melbourne - Former world number one Jelena Jankovic steadied when it mattered to advance to the second round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Alla Kudryavtseva at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

The Serbian seventh seed, 25, cruised through the first set without dropping a game in just 25 minutes, but was given a scare in the second set, with the 66th-ranked Russian's powerful forehand causing her plenty of problems.

Kudryavtseva led 5-3, but was unable to convert a set point on the Jankovic serve, and was subsequently unable to close out the set on her own serve.

Jankovic steamed to a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak, but a poorly judged forehand enabled Kudryavtseva to stave off the first match point, and she then saved a second.

However, a backhand error by Kudryavtseva handed Jankovic the match, 6-0, 7-6 (7/5), after 83 minutes and ended a six-match losing streak for the Serbian, who battled poor form in the latter part of 2010.

The 2008 Australian Open semi-finalist actually hit one less winner than the 23-year-old Russian, 18 to 19, but made eight fewer unforced errors (32 to 24) and fired down 10 aces.

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