Seed No.16 Marion Bartoli crushed top seed and world No.1 Jelena Jankovic 6-1 6-4 in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Bartoli’s performance was impressive. She was moving well and ruthlessly used every Jankovic’s second serve. Jankovic, on the other hand, was only occasionally coming into the match, and seemed blocked throughout.
Bartoli won the first set so fast that I thought I was dreaming. Before you knew it she was leading 5-0. Jankovic gave more resistance in the second set, coming back from a break down two times, but at 4-4 Bartoli broke once again and in the following game she earned three successive match points.
Bartoli was dominating the whole match, while Jankovic was constantly saving herself from embarrassment. I don’t know what happened to Jankovic, but the best she could do was to at least win a few games. Jankovic’s proving to everyone that she can win a Grand Slam ended with a straightforward loss. Too bad.
Bartoli, who was a Brisbane finalist this year, will face either Nadia Petrova or Vera Zvonareva in the Australian Open quarterfinals.