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JANKOVIC SERVING IT UP IN DEN BOSCH

2015-6-12


'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - Jelena Jankovic's grass court game was in full flow at the Topshelf Open as she stormed into the quarterfinals with a straight set win over Andrea Hlavackova.

The No.2-seeded Jankovic only faced one break point the whole match, in the very last game of the match, but fought it off and swiftly closed the Czech qualifier out in a nifty 62 minutes, 6-1, 6-4.

"It was only my second match on grass but I'm really getting used to it," Jankovic said.

"I was able to serve really well, which is obviously very important on this surface. And my opponent was playing quite well too, she's a great doubles player and plays very well on grass, so I'm glad I was able to stay strong and stick with my shots and do the right things at the right times against her today.

"I'm learning to play on grass again, adapting to the conditions, and just trying to have fun overall."

Jankovic lost just three points on her first serve - she was 23 for 26 overall, which is 88%.

"It was a high percentage," she said. "Like I said that's very important. The first two shots on grass are very important because you can put pressure on your opponent with them, and that's what I was trying to do. And if you don't keep your focus the points can go fast, which makes it even more difficult."

The win wasn't the only good news for Jankovic on Thursday - it was also announced she got a wildcard into next week's Aegon Classic Birmingham, where she's a former champion, in 2007.

"I'm very excited. I'm still focused on playing here, but I'm very excited I got my wildcard there and I'm very thankful. I've played very well there in the past, once a winner, a couple of times a finalist."

Next up for Jankovic is WTA Rising Star Annika Beck, who edged Klara Koukalova, 6-4, 6-4.

Jankovic beat Beck in their only previous meeting, on the hardcourts of Cincy last summer.

There were mixed results for the other seeds, with No.4 seed Belinda Bencic breaking six times en route to a 6-3, 6-2 win over fellow WTA Rising Star Alison Van Uytvanck, but No.6 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova missing out on all five of her break point chances to fall to Kiki Bertens, 6-2, 6-2.

Bencic talked to wtatennis.com afterwards and credited first strike tennis in her victory.

"I think from my side I returned very well, and served very well too, so it was a good match for me," she said. "I knew it was going to be tough against Alison today - she has a really good game, and obviously she had a very good result in Paris, reaching the quarterfinals, but I felt prepared and did well."



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