Victoria Azarenka beats Jelena Jankovic at Sony Ericsson Championships
Victoria Azarenka defeated Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-3 in the first round-robin group match in the WTA Tour’s season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships.
Azarenka took advantage of Jankovic’s shaky forehand to break five times. The former world number 1 made 33 errors during the match and even she sparked into life in the second set to break back at 1-3 down it was not enought.
Azarenka profited from more wayward Jankovic shots and, after coming through an eighth game that went to five deuces, she served out for the victory.
“I basically gave her everything. I beat myself. That was really unfortunately the case. My game was completely off,” said Jankovic.
“I would hit one or two balls and then the third one would go everywhere except in the court. I was a shadow of myself.”
Jankovic said that there might not be a quick fix for the problems that have afflicted her game for most of the year, admitting that pretty much everything needed fixing.
“I just have to try to clean my game,” she said. “I need to get back to playing good points, hitting the ball, being aggressive, really cutting down all the errors, serve much better, return much better.
“I kept pushing myself to play better and I wanted to play better, but I just couldn’t get into the match. I just hope that tomorrow I can play better.
“I will have to do a lot of work in the off-season to get back to my level and get to the top. That’s all I know. There is really a lot of work to be done.
“I know that I have to make some changes and I have to improve my game because what you have seen today, really I gave the match away.”
Azarenka was more than happy after claiming the win.
“I’m glad she gave me the match and she was not in the mood. It worked out pretty well for me,” Azarenka said.
Azarenka will next play against Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday.
“I expect a good match from her,” she said “She’s a great fighter, a good girl, and I’m sure we’re going to have fun.”