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Gritty Jankovic steps up pace

sports Updated: May 28, 2010 00:53 IST

Serbian fourth seed Jelena Jankovic reached the French Open third round on Thursday with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi.

Jankovic now faces either Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia or Ukraine's 27th seed Alona Bondarenko for a place in the last 16.

Rain wreaked havoc with Thursday's schedule at the French Open but the gloomy weather broke for long enough to see former champion Ana Ivanovic and veteran Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm exit the tournament.

Persistent rain started to batter the Roland Garros venue a matter of minutes before the scheduled 0900GMT start and only relented after a near five-hour delay.

Six singles matches, including those of four-times champion Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams, were cancelled.

Around 90 minutes of play were possible mid-afternoon during which time Ivanovic, the champion of 2008 now ranked 42, looked a shadow of her former sparkling self in a 6-3 6-0 defeat by Russian 28th seed Alisa Kleybanova.

At 39, Date Krumm became the second oldest women's player to win a singles match here with her first-round triumph over last year's runner-up Dinara Safina but her challenge ran out of steam in a 6-0 6-3 rout by Australia's Jarmila Groth.

Five women's singles matches were completed during the brief respite from the weather.

Li Na of China though, had no trouble as she brushed aside Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France, 6-2,6-2.

Rains returned when fourth seed Andy Murray faced off against Juan Ignacio Chela who held serve for a 4-3 lead. Sixth seed Andy Roddick was a set up and tied at 5-5 in the second against Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic.