Kazakh teenager upsets top seed
October 22. AFP
Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic, top women’s seed of the joint WTA and ATP Kremlin Cup tournament, crashed out of the event in a straight-set defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan’s qualifier Zarina Diyas on Thursday.
The Kazak teenager won 6-1 6-2 in 59 minutes in her first ever meeting with Jankovic, 2008 Moscow champion.
“It’s my biggest career win so far and I still cannot believe I did it!” Dias said. “I had nothing to lose, I was completely relaxed trying to play my best tennis.”
“I’d like to go as far as possible here and I will try to continue playing at my top.”
Jankovic, who is currently seventh in the world, looked completely unfocused from the start allowing her unheralded rival, 268th in the WTA rankings, to break twice in the opening set for a commanding 5-0 lead.
The Serbian 25-year-old asked for a medical break complaining of shoprtage of breath but managed to return – though she conceded the first set in 31 minutes.
The pair traded early breaks in the second set but Diyas, 17, was still looking more swift acting with more precision to seal her passage into the last eight.
“I have been sick since I came from China and unfortunately I wasn’t ready to play at my level,” Jankovic said.
“I was suffering on the court. I had a hard time breathing. It’s tough to play the game under those conditions. I just hope that I can recover and feel better for Doha.”
In her match for a place in the semi-finals Diyas will face Russia’s Maria Kirilenko, who outclassed 6-0 6-0 Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine in 50 minutes.
In the ATP section third seed Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dropped out of the event with a 3-6 6-3 7-5 defeat at the hands of unheralded Viktor Troicki of Serbia in two hours four minutes.
The 25-year-old Tsonga broke early in the opening set for a comfortable 3-0 lead and took the opening set in 32 minutes.
In the eighth game of the second set, Troicki, ranked 43rd in the world, broke to level at oneset all.
The opponents traded breaks early in the deciding set before the 24-year-old Troicki made the deciding break in the 11th game to move into the quarter-finals.
Another Frenchman, Paul-Henri Mathieu, 2002 champion here, who substituted following the withdrawal of reigning champion Mikhail Youzhny as a lucky loser, also failed to make quarter-finals, losing to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 1-6 7-5 6-3.