In the first quarterfinal of the day at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Jelena Jankovic was stable throughout her encounter with Samantha Stosur, and showed the reigning US Open champion the way out of the tournament with a 6-4 6-2 win. Last year Jankovic was also fatal for seed No.4 Stosur in Dubai quarters, before losing to Caroline Wozniacki in the semis.
In the first set the eighth-seeded Jankovic was in absolute control, and after an exchange of breaks in the second, from 2-2, Jankovic won four straight games. Jankovic primarily praises her return as a crucial factor in taming Stosur’s serve.
Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska will be Jankovic’s next opponent. The Pole defeated ninth seed Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-1 in the quarterfinals. (photo: Johan Rivera)