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Shahar Pe’er overcame a scare to beat Bethanie Mattek- Sands 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3
on Friday on her way to the third round of the Indian Wells tournament in
Pe’er, ranked number 12 in the world and seeded 10th at
Indian Wells, was broken six times by Mattek-Sands and needed two hours and 29
minutes to improve to 5-0 in her career against the American.
23-year-old Israeli will have to play considerably better if she wants to make
it through to the last 16 of the prestigious $4.5 million event, with her next
opponent being world No. 19 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Jankovic and Belgian world number two Kim Clijsters each made short shrift of
their opponents as they cruised into the third round.
her title defense with a crushing 6-2, 6-1 victory over American teenager Coco
Vandeweghe while Clijsters demolished Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2
Jankovic, wearing a bright apricot dress, broke the errorprone
Vandeweghe twice in the opening set and three times in the second to make a
triumphant start as the sixth seed in the elite event at the Indian Wells Tennis
The 26-year-old Serb, who beat Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in
last year’s final, sealed victory on her second match point when the American
wildcard netted a backhand.
“There wasn’t a lot of rhythm out there,”
Jankovic told reporters after playing the first match of the day on the
showpiece stadium court in dazzling sunshine.
“She made a lot of
and the points were very short. I didn’t really have a chance
to hit a lot of balls, because that’s the style of play she has. She really goes
for every shot, goes for a big serve.
“So all I had to do was get the
ball in play and kind of wait for my chances. I did what I had to do, and I’m
happy to get to the next round.”
World number six Jankovic will next meet
32nd-seeded German Julia Georges.
Clijsters, champion in 2003 and 2005,
needed only 52 minutes to brush aside the 23- year-old
“Everything could be better, of course,” the four-times
grand slam champion said.
“But for a first match, I’m at a stage now
where I haven’t played for a while and when I was playing, my last few
tournaments were indoors.”
Clijsters, who won the Australian Open in
January, had not previously competed for almost a month since losing to Czech
Petra Kvitova in the Paris Open final.
“So I kind of just have to get
back into playing outdoors again and in big arenas... just get a feel for it all
over again because it’s been a while,” said the 27-year-old Belgian, who will
next face Italian Sara Errani.
In other matches, French Open champion
Francesca Schiavone of Italy, the fifth seed, eased past Czech Zuzana Ondraskova
6-2 6-0 and 17thseeded Russian Pavlyuchenkova brushed aside Latvia’s Anastasija
Sevastova 6-2 7-5.
Third-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva beat Swiss Timea
Bacsinszky 6-3 7-6 while Kvitova, the 12th seed, was upset 3-6 6-2 7-5 by fellow
Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.