Jankovic wins twice at WTA tournament in Germany

June 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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NUREMBERG, Germany, June 12 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic won twice but three high seeds were upset victims Wednesday at the WTA tournament in Nuremberg, Germany.

Jankovic, coming off a strong run at the French Open, defeated Arantxa Rus 6-4, 6-2 with six breaks and then beat Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-0 in 52 minutes. Jankovic won 76 percent of the points on serve versus Larsson, losing nine points in seven games serving.

However, seeded players Klara Zakopalova, Alize Cornet and Julia Goerges were all ousted.

Polona Hercog beat Zakopalova, the No. 2 seed, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 with six breaks in a first-round match. She lost only six points on serve in the decisive third set.

Galina Voskoboeva eliminated Cornet, seeded third, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 despite losing her serve twice in each set. She cashed in seven of her eight break opportunities in the second and third sets.

Andrea Petkovic came away a 6-1, 7-5 winner over the fourth-seeded Goerges. Petkovic took 55 percent of the points when receiving serve.

The Cornet and Goerges losses came in the second round,

In first-round action, seventh-seeded Simona Halep beat Grace Min 6-0, 7-5 and Estrella Cabeza Candela got past Tereza Martincova 6-2, 6-3. Halep came back and defeated Cabeza Candela 6-1, 6-4 in their second-round meeting.

Fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova swept past Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-4, 6-2 while No. 8-seeded Annika Beck was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Karin Knapp and Hercog advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Julia Cohen.

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