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Jankovic knocked out in quarters

sports Updated: Sep 19, 2008 16:04 IST
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Jelena Jankovic's hopes of regaining her world number one spot this week ended on 19 september when she crashed out of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals.

The Serbian top seed, who could have regained the top spot by winning in Tokyo, hit two double-faults on a break point before losing 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 to the fifth-seeded Russian.

Jankovic had to crawl back from a break down in each set and at 5-5 in the second set she hit her sixth double fault on an advantage point for Kuznetsova before the Russian held her own to even the score.

Jankovic came back from a break down three times in the final set, but again hit a double-fault at 30-40 in the 11th game to go down 5-6.

Kuznetsova, who avenged her Olympic loss to China's Li Na in the first round, made no mistakes in the following game, hitting a backhand passing shot at 40-30 to finish off the two-hour-26-minute battle.

"It was a tough match for me. I had my opportunities. I wanted to win, of course, it just wasn't my day," said Jankovic, 23, who became the world number one for just one week during the Beijing Olympics.

"She played really solid tennis today. It was very close, unfortunately it went her way.

"The percentage of my serve was getting lower and lower, then in the third set I made a lot of double-faults

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