Jankovic advances in Moscow
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday by beating Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. She will face Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic next.sports Updated: Oct 20, 2009 23:22 IST
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday by beating Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. She will face Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic next.
In the men's games, American Wayne Odesnik rallied to upset second-seeded Victor Hanescu of Romania 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.
The second-seeded Jankovic took the first set after Shvedova netted twice to give her the 10th game. Shvedova, who eliminated Jankovic in the second round of the US Open in September, had an early break in the second before the Serb leveled at 4-4, capitalizing on her opponent's sloppy play.
But Shvedova broke again for a 6-5 lead before serving home the set.
Jankovic then dominated the decider, winning five consecutive games to secure the win.
The 98th-ranked Odesnik saved a match point in the 10th game of the second set, and then broke Hanescu in the fifth game of the third set.
"There were a lot of changes in the match," Odesnik said. "I was up a break twice in the first set but I kept fighting even if I lost it. I was mentally strong today and stayed with him the whole match."
The 27th-ranked Hanescu, who lost to Robin Soderling in the first round of the Shanghai Masters last week, said he had problems with the court.
"The surface is slower than last week and I struggled adjusting to it," Hanescu said. "I don't have so much confidence at the moment, I lost first round to top players in the last couple of weeks."
Hingis rules out comeback
Former No 1 Martina Hingis won't make a comeback to competitive tennis. She retired after getting a two-year ban in 2007 for testing positive for cocaine and said on Tuesday that she is happy with her new life.
“I've got a nice house, my four horses,” Hingis said. “On the tour, I had no life.”
Hingis added that even without being tested positive, she would likely have retired. “If I had won the four Grand Slam tournaments, maybe I would have continued,” she said.
“But I was on downslope. And I was suspended for two years, and that was it,” she further said.
Wilander quits Sweden Davis Cup team
Mats Wilander has quit as Sweden's Davis Cup coach, the country's tennis federation said on Tuesday.
"I will not continue. It's private reasons behind the decision. I want to be home more, spend more time with the kids," Wilander told Swedish daily Aftonbladet. "It was a difficult decision. I made up my mind three days ago."
General secretary Henrik Kallen told the federation's website (www.tennis.se) that he respected Wilander's decision to leave his post. "We are grateful for these years and the success we've had," he said.
Wilander, a seven-times grand slam winner as a player, took over the Sweden team in 2003. Two years ago, he steered Sweden to the Davis Cup semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions United States.
With no big players at his disposal except world number 10 Robin Soderling, Wilander has struggled to find a team capable of delivering regular wins at the Davis Cup.
This year, with Soderling absent because of injury, Sweden lost to Israel in the first round and as a consequence had to play the playoffs to make it into next year's World Group.
Sweden beat Romania in their playoff at home in Helsingborg last month.