Qualifier Iveta Benesova upsets top seed Jelena Jankovic at Montreal


Iveta Benesova at the 2010 Rogers Cup in MontrealJelena Jankovic at the 2010 Rogers Cup in Montreal

Qualifier Iveta Benesova recorded the biggest victory of her 12-year pro career by upsetting top seed and world No.3 Jelena Jankovic in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The world No.75 Benesova, in 2009 ranked as high as No.25, defeated Jankovic 7-6(3) 6-3, even though the Serb had a 5-3 lead in the first set.

After having to retire from matches at both Wimbledon and Portoroz, with back and ankle injuries respectively, Jankovic hasn’t been playing well. She lost her opening match at San Diego and her second match at last week’s tournament in Cincinnati, and at both events she was top-seeded.

Having not played many matches lately, Jankovic is not very confident for the US Open, the only Grand Slam she reached the final of. (photo courtesy of Fiji Water)


  1. I watched the first set and I didn’t actually think that JJ played that badly, Benesova just performed extremely well. It’s disappointing for JJ going into the USO though because clearly she’s lacking match practice, but the good news is that she has barely any points to defend, so here’s hoping that she can get her act together before NYC.

  2. I didn’t see this match so I can not comment on her performance; however this summer is shaping up to be a bad one for JJ. An early exit at the USO 10 and it be a forgettable summer for JJ.

  3. Hopefully, yes 🙂 she posted som pics on facebook from her vacation so she might have enjoyed it 🙂

  4. Yesterday I saw a replica of the match, I’m sorry for the bad time of JJ, in fact she does not move well on the court and sometimes she seemed to ask: “Why the other plays so well??”… Moreover Iveta certainly had an excellent performance!! 🙂


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