Tennis - Former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic continued her recent surge in form and defeated American Melanie Oudin in a tough three setter in the first round of the WTA Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Jankovic and Oudin are both known to be baseline grinders hence this was always going to be a battle of attrition and it went on for close to three hours before the Serb won 64 57 64.
This was the first time that Jankovic had beaten Oudin in three career meetings. One of Oudin's wins over the Serb came at Wimbledon during her breakthrough 2009 season after which she has struggled to live up to the hype and expectations built on her.
Jankovic, who climbed to no. 18 in the rankings after winning a low-tier event in Bogota and reaching the semi finals in Miami, commented, "She has this game I don't really like and doesn't really suit me - I always have trouble with her.
But actually it was our first time playing on clay and the other two times we played on grass, so it was a different surface this time. Overall I think I played a pretty good match today." After the loss, Oudin commented,"Whenever we play we always have tough matches.
Some people play better against a certain kind of game. I feel like normally whenever I play her, even today, it's a good match. I was definitely disappointed I didn't win, but I think this was the best match I've played so far this year.