China Open: Maria Sharapova advances, Jelena Jankovic upset
Maria Sharapova continues her winning strike with a 63 67 75 victory over Victoria Azarenka and made it into the the third round of the 2009 China Open.
Sharapova won the first set 6-3 easily and had a nice lead in the second but Azarenka fought back to claim the second set in a tie break.
In the third set Maria Sharapova fought back from 5-2, she won 5 games in a row to win the encounter after three hours and 6 minutes of play.
“At 2-5 in the third set she had 30-0 on her serve and then 0-30 on my serve at 3-5. Those games were crucial. I just kept to myself no matter what the score was. I knew the match wasn’t over until we shook hands,” Sharapova said. “I realized I certainly didn’t want to go home. I didn’t want to leave China that soon. So I just kept going for it and kept being aggressive. I stayed positive. That gets you a long way.”
Elena Dementieva beat Melinda Czink 6-4, 6-3 to also advance.
Zvonareva defeated Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-0 in just 63 minutes of play.
Jelena Jankovic was upset by Shuai Peng 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in almost two hours of play.
Peng lost the opening set 6-4 but started the second set as a completely transformed player, hitting winners from all corners of the court and as Jankovic’s array of unforced errors provided an obvious cushion, Peng cruised to victory, giving home fans something to cheer about.
“It was very difficult and I couldn’t really play my best tennis,” said Jankovic. “Despite that I had a chance to win in two sets but she took it to a third and my arm just didn’t hold up. It’s very disappointing.”