Jelena Jankovic, second seed and wildcard at the BMW Malaysian Open, is into the semifinals of the Kuala Lumpur tournament without even a drop of sweat, as her opponent Ayumi Morita granted her a walkover due to a right shoulder injury. Another lucky circumstance for Jankovic is that the event’s top seed Agnieszka Radwanska is also out, with a right elbow injury.
However, it was not all an easy road for the Serb in Malaysia. In the first round against Caroline Garcia of France, Jankovic played for almost three hours, saving a set point in the first set tiebreak and three match points in the third set to finally win 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(2). And all that happened on Jankovic’s 27th birthday.
Petra Martic of Croatia will be Jankovic’s opponent in the semifinals. We already know one finalist – Hsieh Su-Wei advanced to the title match with a 6-0 4-6 6-1 win over Eleni Daniilidou. (photo: Johan Rivera)
This week’s tournament has been rather ravaged by the weather and high profile withdrawals. It is hard to bet against Jankovic claiming the title although I expect Martic to be a dangerous opponent in the semi-finals and take a set off JJ… looking forward to Indian Wells 🙂
3 of my top players were in the main draw here. Sania Mirza and Olga Puchkova both lost round one. Hope JJ can win the title