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Jankovic, Radwanska impressive in wins at China Open

Oct. 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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BEIJING, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Jelena Jankovic and Agnieszka Radwanska dropped just two games between them Thursday in gaining places in the quarterfinals of the WTA's China Open.

Jankovic, the No. 8 seed, roared past Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0 in 59 minutes. Jankovic won two-thirds of the points in the match. Suarez Navarro had three break chances but Jankovic fought them all off.

Radwanska, seeded third, took out Polona Hercog 6-0, 6-2 by going 6-of-8 in break opportunities. Radwanska claimed 60 percent of the points off Hercog's serve.

No. 1-ranked Serena Williams overcame a pair of breaks in defeating Maria Kirilenko 7-5, 7-5. Williams dropped serve once in each set but finished off both her break chances in the first set and was 3-of-5 in those situations in the second.

Williams, 70-4 on the year, improved to 8-0 in her career versus Kirilenko, who won only one set -- the first set of a French Open match in 2004 in their first meeting -- in the series.

No. 6-seeded Caroline Wozniacki is 3-0 all-time versus Sloane Stephens after her 6-3, 6-1 win Thursday and seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber beat No. 10-seed Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-4. Also, Lucie Safarova edged Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2) in a match that took nearly 3 hours.

Williams goes against Wozniacki and Radwanska takes on Kerber in one of the draw's quarterfinals Friday. Jankovic is paired against Safarova while fourth-seeded Li Na plays No. 9-seeded Petra Kvitova in another quarterfinal.

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