Kleybanova dumps Jankovic out in quarters
Champion Jelena Jankovic was dumped out of the Kremlin Cup quarter-finals by Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-3 on Friday, a day after clinching the last remaining spot in next week's WTA championships in Doha.sports Updated: Oct 24, 2009 00:34 IST
Champion Jelena Jankovic was dumped out of the Kremlin Cup quarter-finals by Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-3 on Friday, a day after clinching the last remaining spot in next week's WTA championships in Doha.
The Serbian second seed ended her stay in Moscow by double-faulting twice on the last two points to gift-wrap the win to the unseeded Russian after 85 minutes. "It was a difficult match for me, I tried my best but she played better," world number nine Jankovic, who lost to 27th-ranked Kleybanova in Toronto in August in their only previous meeting, said.
"I can't say I was holding myself back having already qualified for Doha, but sometimes you try and it just doesn't work out.”
Kleybanova, 20, said she fully deserved her victory. “Of course, I'm very happy, but I've already beaten her once and I wanted to prove that that win was no fluke,” she said.
Schnyder ends Clijsters’ hopes
LUXEMBOURG: US Open champion Kim Clijsters suffered a midnight defeat at the WTA Luxembourg tournament when Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder won their second round clash 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6).
Clijsters, the second seed, was bidding for a sixth title in this event, and second tournament victory since her return from two years of retirement.
Schnyder, the world number 47, battled for almost two hours, recovering from a lost 5-3 lead in the third set and then regrouping after letting go a 4-0 lead in the tie-break.
“Patty played extremely smart. It's tough to force errors on her and break through her game,” said Clijsters.
“I made more unforced errors and my first serve wasn't working the way I would have liked it to. I had my chances in the first set and I tried to fight through. It's disappointing when you're not playing your best.”
Schnyder goes on to face German sixth seed Sabine Lisicki in the quarterfinals.
Enqvist to be Swedish Davis Cup skipper
STOCKHOLM: Former player Thomas Enqvist will replace Mats Wilander as the captain of Sweden's Davis Cup tennis team, the Swedish tennis federation announced here on Thursday.