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Australian Open: Seventh seed Jelena Jankovic falls

Australian Open, Melbourne
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 17-30 January
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Jelena Jankovic in action
Jelena Jankovic was ranked number one in the world in 2008

Seventh seed Jelena Jankovic crashed out of the Australian Open with a disappointing 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 loss to China's Shuai Peng in the second round.

Serb Jankovic, a Melbourne semi-finalist in 2008, squandered a 5-2 lead in the first set as Peng fought back to 6-6 before winning the tie-break.

And world number 54 Peng made the decisive break in the sixth game of the second before holding on for victory.

Third seed Kim Clijsters brushed aside Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-3.

Belgian Clijsters, a finalist in Melbourne in 2004, reinforced her title credentials with a dominant display from the baseline as she won eight successive games on her way to wrapping up the first set in 22 minutes.

World number 62 Suarez Navarro showed spirited resolve during the second set, breaking Clijsters' serve in the fourth game at 3-1 before reducing the arrears to one game at 4-3.

I just have to continue to work hard and work on my game and really build my confidence

Jelena Jankovic

But Clijsters, who ruthlessly drubbed former world number one Dinara Safina 6-0 6-0 in the first round, stepped up the intensity to clinch the next two matches and her place in the third round, where she will play France's Alize Cornet, who beat Spain's 26th seed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 7-5 6-1.

"I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points, and it worked," said Clijsters.

"A couple times I felt that my footwork really wasn't in the right position, and I made some errors. But I reacted well afterwards and I stayed aggressive."

Jankovic admitted she had made too many unforced errors after a good start to the match.

"I was leading, I think, 4-1 and had everything under my control," said the 25-year-old. "I was playing pretty well but then I just had some loose errors and she played as well some good points.

Iveta Benesova pumps a fist
Iveta Benesova took out 18th seed Maria Kirilenko

"Little by little she was getting her momentum and I started completely going down."

However, the injury-prone Serb said being fully fit was enough in itself to leave her feeling positive.

"The good thing for me is that I'm healthy," she said. "That's really important for me now, that I'm healthy, that I can really compete, I can be out there. I just have to continue to work hard and work on my game and really build my confidence."

Second seed Vera Zvonareva suffered an early scare on her way to a 2-6 6-3 6-1 victory over Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski on the Hisense Arena.

The Russian looked rust in the first set and her serve was broken twice by Jovanovski, one of the brightest prospects on the women's tour.

But the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open finalist responded admirably, winning the second set before wrapping up proceedings in the third in 30 minutes.

She will next play 31st seed Lucie Safarova, who beat Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-5.

Home favourite Sam Stosur, the fifth seed, made short work of Vera Dushevina, beating the Russian 6-3 6-2 to secure a third-round match against the Czech Republic's 25th seed Petra Kvitova, who beat Russia's Anna Chakvetadze 6-3 6-4.

Tenth seed Shahar Peer completed a routine 6-3 6-2 victory over Romania's Sorana Cirstea to secure a match against Italy's 22nd seed Flavia Pennetta, who beat Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2 6-2.

Twelfth seed Agnieszka Radwanska enjoyed a relatively comfortable passage into the third round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Croatia's Petra Martic, and the Pole will play Simona Halep after the Romanian beat Russia's 24th seed Alisa Kleybanova 6-4 7-6 (7-2).

There was better news for Kleybanova's compatriot Nadia Petrova, who needed 70 minutes to beat home favourite Alicia Molik 6-4 6-1.

Another Russian, 18th seed Maria Kirilenko, suffered a surprise 6-3 6-1 defeat by Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic.

Benesova will face 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat Kristina Barrois 6-2 6-2 in her second-round tie.



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