Jelena Jankovic, Serena and Venus Williams reach quarterfinals
Jelena Jankovic, Serena and Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic.
Jankovic joined the Williams sisters with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Sabine Lisicki, giving the Stanford event one of its most prestigious quarterfinal matchups.
Serena Williams advanced after beating Melinda Czink 6-3, 7-6 and Venus Williams defeated Alla Kudryavseva, 6-3, 7-5, setting up an evening showdown with Maria Sharapova.
Marion Bartoli advanced with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Melanie Oudin and will meet Jankovic.
“There should be a lot of good tennis,” Bartoli said. “I always beat Jankovic so who do you think I want to play?”
Jankovic did not like that comment and answered back.
“She talks like she’s Serena Williams,” Jankovic said. “Who is she? She’s just another player on the tour.”
As for her match, Jankovic had a difficult time in the first set adjusting to the fading light.
“It took me awhile to adjust to the shadows,” she said. “I haven’t played at night for a while and it was tough to see where the ball was going at times. I felt rusty out there. I need the matches; I need to compete.”
Lisicki had seven aces but also committed 11 double faults and managed to put her first serve in play about half the time.
“My philosophy is the more tennis I play the better I play,” Jankovic said.
Serena Williams will next play Samantha Stosur.
“It should be a good match,” Williams said. “She’s improved tons; leaps and bounds. I’ve been a little bit off this whole week. I hope I can get back on.”
Williams finished with 10 aces and brushed past her opponent in the first set. Czink played a stronger second set in forcing Williams to a tiebreaker in a match that lasted nearly two hours.
“She served well, toward the end especially,” Williams said. “I could have returned better, but it was still good practice.”
Williams adjusted to a shorter toss on her serve at the beginning of the match because of a bright noon sun.
“It only affected four or five games but those games could be crucial,” Williams said. “I made some key errors so it was good I ended up winning.”
Venus Williams needed just over an hour to get past Kudryavseva and into the quarters where she will meet Sharapova.
“I’m excited. I love playing against her and it’s been a while,” Sharapova said Wednesday. “It’s great to come back and have the chance to play against a great player like Venus, who is at the top of her game right now.”
“My key is to execute my game as best I can,” Williams said. “There’s no secret to that. I feel like it will be a good matchup for me. I always enjoy playing against Maria.”