Jelena Jankovic will meet Lindsay Davenport in a quarter-final at the Bali Classic in Indonesia after both players claimed not-so-easy straight sets victories on Thursday.
Top-seeded Jankovic dropped the first four games in a match against Australian Casey Dellacqua, but then started playing at the expected high level and finally won 6-4 6-4. Why didn’t the Serbian world number three play better? The beauty of Bali distracted her from practicing tennis: “I didn’t practice much after the US Open. I had five days off and didn’t do anything and when you’re here it’s very tough to focus you know. I’ve been enjoying the place so much.” I can understand her.
Former world number one Davenport, who has just recently returned to the Tour after giving birth to son Jagger, struggled to rise above the ordinary as she dismissed fellow American Julie Ditty 6-1 6-4.
The 31-year-old Davenport is eager to play against a top player, to see where she’s at after a year long break. “This is what I came back to do, to play some matches and try to play some good players, so I’m excited about it,” said Davenport. “I don’t know what to expect. The court’s fast so that does help me but to be honest it probably is a bit soon to play somebody at the very top.”