Since the Birmingham final in mid June, Jelena Jankovic lost openers in five of six tournaments and this week she’s fallen from No.18 to No.34 in the rankings, her lowest ranking in six years. Whether that was a wake-up call or not, at the ongoing Texas Tennis Open, the former world No.1 has won three matches in a row and is now in the semifinals. The tournament is not big, but still, the victories count, and in her last match Jankovic defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-1, to whom she had lost both their previous encounters in three sets.
Next for the second-seeded Jankovic is first-time WTA semifinalist Casey Dellacqua. The other semifinal pair at the Texas Tennis Open is Jankovic’s fellow Serbian Bojana Jovanovski vs. third seed Roberta Vinci.
At the New Haven Open, quarterfinals are set and four-time defending champion and third seed Caroline Wozniacki is in there, awaiting sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova, who ended Andrea Petkovic’s comeback tournament in the second round. Wozniacki is now on a 19-0 winning streak at New Haven and if she wins the title again she will become just the fourth WTA player ever to win a title five years in a row, joining big names Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova, who achieved the feat at three different tournaments!
Other New Haven quarterfinal pairs are: Olga Govortsova (the only unseeded player in the final eight) vs. Maria Kirilenko , Marion Bartoli  vs. Sara Errani  and Lucie Safarova  vs. Petra Kvitova . (photos: sr_cranks)
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