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Jelena Jankovic's U.S. Open hopes were literally blown away on Saturday when she was beaten 6-2 7-6 by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the third round at Flushing Meadows.

The fourth seeded Jankovic was unable to control her serve and groundstrokes in the gusting winds on centre court, as Kanepi held her game together to reach the last 16 in New York for the first time.

Kanepi has been one of the biggest improvers on the women's professional tour this year, rising more than 100 places in the rankings since May.

She reached the quarter-finals at the French Open and Wimbledon and won her first WTA event at Palermo shortly after.

After dominating the first set, Kanepi opened the door for Jankovic to make a comeback when she failed to serve out the match. Jankovic then had the chance to force the match into a deciding third set but the former world number one's own serve let her down and Kanepi wrapped it up in the tiebreak.

At least, Jelena managed to defend her points from the last year when she lost in the 2nd round.
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2 Response to "Kanepi too strong for JJ!"

  1. AndyD Said,

    I went to this match and feel bad for JJ. It just didn't fall into place for her. I had a great feeling about her at the US Open this year.

    Posted on September 12, 2010 at 6:55 PM

     
  2. Djole Said,

    Me too, but she played really bad tennis. It looks to me like she's not trying anymore, like she doesn't care.

    Posted on September 16, 2010 at 9:20 AM

     

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