Jelena Jankovic defeats Marion Bartoli in Tokyo, reaches semis
Jelena Jankovic beat Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-3 and reached the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open.
During the encounter Jankovic never looked in danger and will next meet Li na, who upset Victoria Azarenka 7-6 4-6 7-6.
Jankovic sealed the victory over Bartoli by forcing the 14th seed to dump a backhand into the net to end a point which neatly encapsulated their match.
“It makes a big difference when my mind is on tennis. I play at another level. So many things happened this year. My mum got sick and had surgery. Before my U.S. Open second round [defeat last month] my grandmother died. Tennis became secondary because there are more important things in life than tennis, but now it’s the end of the year and hopefully I can finish strong and make a good start to 2010.” said Jelena Jankovic after the win.
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