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Defending champ Jelena Jankovic through to Hong Kong Open third round

Defending champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat compatriot Aleksandra Krunic in straight sets on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Hong Kong Open.

tennis Updated: Oct 12, 2016 20:54 IST
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Jankovic will face either Venus Williams or Alize Cornet in the third round.
Jankovic will face either Venus Williams or Alize Cornet in the third round.(REUTERS)

Defending champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat compatriot Aleksandra Krunic in straight sets on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Hong Kong Open.

The number seven seed dispatched Krunic, who is ranked 141 in the world, 6-4, 6-3 in under 90 minutes. Jankovic will now face either Venus Williams or Alize Cornet of France in the next stage.

Top seed Angelique Kerber of Germany, who lost to Jankovic in the final last year, was leading America’s Louisa Chirico 2-1 in the third set when rain stopped play for the evening.

Kerber had dominated the first set 6-2 but her opponent, with a singles ranking of 60, fought back to take the second 6-3. The American faces a break point when play resumes on Thursday.

Also on court on Thursday are Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki and Britain’s Heather Watson, while Qiang Wang of China takes on Britain’s Johanna Konta in the second round.