Mauresmo, Ivanovic, Jankovic stunned early in Zurich

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Three seeded players, Amelie Mauresmo, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, fell in the second round of the $1,340,000 Zurich Open on Wednesday.

Former world number one and eighth seed Amelie Mauresmo, who has struggled since an appendectomy in March, was defeated by Alona Bondarenko 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

“I have to gain confidence by winning matches like this one but it didn’t happen. And physically I’m just not at the level I’ve been the last several years,” Mauresmo said.

Wolrd No.25 Bondarenko, who has won only one WTA Tour title, said she was nervous in the first set.

“But I concentrated on my game instead of the fact I was playing Amelie Mauresmo,” the Ukrainian said.

World No.18 Tatiana Golovin is definitely having a good period. The Frenchwoman reached Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final two weeks ago, and today, she beat fifth seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-3 6-1. This is Golovin’s second win over Ivanovic in their eight meetings.

Third seed Jelena Jankovic lost to Czech Nicole Vaidisova 6-4, 6-4. Jankovic is apparently extremely tired, having played 93 matches this season. I hope she’ll plan her next season a bit better.

Additional info: Francesca Schiavone won her first-round match after Elena Dementieva retired with left thigh injury while trailing 4-6, 6-1, 4-2. On Tuesday, Serena Williams retired in the first round of the Zurich Open because of a sore right thigh.

In the quarterfinals, Alona Bondarenko will play Nicole Vaidisova, while Golovin will meet ninth-seeded compatriot Marion Bartoli who downed Dutch wild card Michaella Krajicek 6-4 6-1. (source: Sports Illustrated)


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