Friday, October 23, 2009

Jankovic sent crashing in Moscow


Defending champion Jelena Jankovic was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Russian Alisa Kleybanova in the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.Serb second seed Jankovic had already secured qualification for next week's season-ending WTA Championships. Kleybanova will next play Olga Govortsova of Belarus, who easily saw off Vera Dushevina of Russia 6-3 6-0. Eighth seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy beat Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-2 and now faces Alona Bondarenko. Ukrainian Bondarenko defeated Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3 6-3. In the men's draw, Janko Tipsarevic beat Robby Ginepri in the last eight.Discuss tennis on 606.The sixth-seeded Serb saw off his American opponent 6-3 6-3, while Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan defeated fifth seed Pablo Cuevas of the Ukraine 4-6 6-1 6-4. Jankovic, who dropped serve in the fifth game of each set and double-faulted twice to lose the match, denied she had been saving herself for next week's finale in Doha. "It was a difficult match for me, I tried my best but she played better," said the world number nine. "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."The event has a weakened women's draw because seven of the world's top players had already qualified for the WTA Championships.

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