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CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AFP): In a clash of former world number ones, Venus Williams toppled seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-0 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the WTA’s green clay Charleston tournament.
Jankovic had won her last four meetings on clay against Williams, but once the American heated up in the wake of a first-set rain delay on Wednesday, the Serbian couldn’t stop her.
Jankovic served for the first set at 5-4, but Williams broke and never looked back.
By the time she won the second set she had reeled off nine games in a row, capping the match with a backhand winner down the line.
“I hadn’t played her in a long time, so in the first set I was just finding my rhythm and getting used to any new patterns she might have,” said Williams, playing on a wild card invitation as she tries to rebuild a ranking dented by a lengthy injury and illness layoff.
“In the second set everything started landing for me. I was moving forward and playing my aggressive game. Honestly, I don’t know how it went that nicely for me. Everything just landed, and she hit a few errors, and that helped me a lot.”
Third-seeded Marion Bartoli of France found the going much tougher, but persevered to get past Russian Vera Dushevina 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 in a second-round match lasting more than three hours.
“The first game was 22 minutes long I think, so that set up the tone,” Bartoli said. “The last two years I lost first round here, and I didn’t want to lose again in the first set, so I really tried my hardest.
“I didn’t play my best, but I just kept fighting and kept fighting and was able to win.”
Bartoli, who snapped Victoria Azarenka’s 26-match unbeaten streak when she downed the world number one en route to the semi-finals at Miami last week, was playing her first match after enjoying a first-round bye.
She next faces Slovenia’s Polona Hercog, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over American Varvara Lepchenko.
Russian Nadia Petrova, the 13th seed, saved two match points en route to a 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 victory over US veteran Jill Craybas, a qualifier.
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