Ana Ivanovic has beaten an injured Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 after an hour and seventeen minutes of play in Carlsbad, Peng unable to combat the attack of Ivanovic. Ivanovic has been returning to the top of the women’s game as she works her way to better form.
In the semifinal Ivanovic will face Vera Zvonareva who beat Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 despite six double faults and a slow start. “I think I started off a little slow but then I think I picked it up and it was a little bit better, a little bit cleaner than the previous one.”
Caroline Wozniacki has beaten Peng Shuai 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to take the Brussels Open ahead of the French Open. The match was just over two and a half hours and according to Wozniacki is perfect preparation for the Roland Garros.
There were some questions as to why Wozniacki, the top seed, would play Brussels so close to the beginning of a Grand Slam but the Dane has been firm in her belief that she needed the matches both for her confidence and her game. “I needed this tournament to finalise my preparations for Roland Garros.”
During the match Wozniacki had her left thigh attended to by physios but says it’s nothing serious.
“It is fine, there are no big problems. It was a small pain, I just didn’t want it to get bigger. I feel in good shape. I don’t feel tired at all. I am full of confidence.”
>Jelena Jankovic was heavily criticized when she was number one in the world for her inconsistent play and ability to be at the top without really winning anything significant. She seems to retire with various ailments at times of crisis and I don’t remember the last time I saw her play consistently for two tournaments.
Maybe I’m being harsh but she’s the epitome of the inconsistent WTA player.
Today she suffered another early round Grand Slam defeat, being called the “highest seeded looser” which maybe a simple statement but it seems to be an opinion of many people.
Jankovic was beaten today in the second round by Peng Shuai in straight sets 7-6, 6-3. Despite the loss the world number 8 said physically she was fine, blaming the off-season for her rust.
She was beaten in the first round in Sydney by Aravane Rezai and seems more interested in the glamour side of tennis.
“Now I feel really good physically. I’m healthy. You know, I can really be on the court and enjoying myself out there. It’s the beginning of the season, only my third match of the year. I’m still rusty. I just have to get match tough again and play right, you know, in the important times of the match.”