Jelena Jankovic’s bad results are becoming worrying. We know she’s struggling to bring her form back, but this latest second-round loss at the BNP Paribas Open is only deepening the despair.
The second-seeded Jankovic was upset by young Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-4. The 17-year-old Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 42th in the world, scored her first Top 10 victory.
“Last year I finished No.1 in the world and I was playing great tennis, especially at the end of the year. This year I’m not the same player,” Jankovic said. “I’m struggling to find my game and the confidence on the court. She played well. Obviously she was the better player. But I’m not at my level.”
Third seed Elena Dementieva was also stunned, but her loss is much less worrying than Jankovic’s. Dementieva has won two WTA titles this year and overall has been amazing in 2009, so we can understand her tiredness.
Dementieva was erratic and hit 14 double faults before falling to qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-6(2) 2-6 6-1 in the second round of Indian Wells.
“That was probably my worst match in a long time,” Dementieva said. “Every time you lose you’re trying to learn something. I feel I shouldn’t have come here because I played a lot of matches at the beginning of the year, and I probably needed more time off to recover.”
Ana Ivanovic didn’t suffer the same faith as Jankovic and Dementieva. After losing the first three games of the match, the fifth seed won 12 of the next 16 games and beat Belarusian qualifier Anastasiya Yakimova, 6-4 6-3. (source: Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, photo: Ralf Reinecke)