Anastasija Sevastova upsets Jelena Jankovic at Monterrey Open

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Jelena JankovicTop seed Jelena Jankovic suffered an upset in the opening round of the $220,000 Monterrey Open in Mexico, falling to world No.72 Anastasija Sevastova in their first encounter.

The ninth-ranked Jankovic saved set point down 5-4 to take the first set, but wasted a 3-1 lead in the second set and 4-2 in the third to eventually lose to Latvia’s only Top 500 player 5-7 6-4 6-4.

The 19-year-old Sevastova has now scored her first Top 10 victory. Before, she had faced two Top 10 players, Svetlana Kuznetsova at the 2009 US Open and Agnieszka Radwanska at Dubai this year, but lost to both.

Jankovic has played four events so far in 2010 and is yet to reach a quarterfinal. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)


  1. I am wondering if there is a no 1 curse. Ivanovic, Jankovic, Safina, Serena. The first two seem not able to find their game and Safina and Serena are injured (the latter I know has been an on-going problem but seems as though it has been worse this year.) I like a lot of players, so I am not on anyone’s bandwagon. I just hope that these women can get help from sports psychologists, coaches, trainers and doctors. We need some good competition and excitement at the top of the rankings which is also consistent. These people have demonstrated that they could play in the past. We can’t just put all on our hopes on those people returning to the game. They should be returning to good competition from other players. Or maybe there will be some breakthroughs from now lower-ranked players who will be consistent.

  2. how embarassing for JJ

    Love your commitment Marija! You are a role model to all future bloggers! All the best…and about the thanking u everytime (it became instinctive!)


  3. Not a great start for Serbian team, hopefully they’ll get it together at some point during the season!

  4. Guy you know what, my constant consolation is: it can always be worse.

    Bb, thank you. 🙂 It’s ok that you’re always thanking me, but I was just saying it wasn’t necessary. I don’t feel like I deserve it that much.

  5. That’s just the proof that it’s not the most important thing to become number 1, but to be consistent throughout the years and build a long lasting career(the best example E. Dementieva).


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