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Family Circle Cup: Jalena Jankovic scrapes past Oudin to advance

By Abhimanyu Nagpal    + Follow

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Family Circle Cup: Jalena Jankovic scrapes past Oudin to advance
Former World No.1 Jalena Jankovic was a figure of determination today, as she managed to somehow edge out American Melanie Oudin in three tight sets that lasted almost three hours.

Former World No.1 Jalena Jankovic was a figure of determination today, as she managed to somehow edge out American Melanie Oudin in three tight sets that lasted almost three hours.

The Serbian, worked tremendously hard all through the match, and the statistics of the match exemplify that fact. Jankovic had 15 winners compared to 61 that Oudin struck. On the flipside, the Serb made just the 25 unforced errors compared to a massive 57 from the American.

The former champion won the match 6-4,5-7,6-4 in the end.

Despite starting the match off in brilliant fashion, the former World No.1 lost her way a little as she allowed Oudin to comeback into the match. After racing into a 2-0 lead, Jankovic gave the break away as the American started striking the ball a lot better. By the sixth game, Oudin had leveled matters and was playing the better tennis. Jankovic though, used all her experience as she came out of the third changeover looking rejuvenated. The former World No.1 earned that all important service break in the ninth game taking the lead at 5-4 and then serving out the set by saving three break points. The Serb was the more consistent of the two players as she hammered 10 winners and was aided by 25 Oudin errors.

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The American turned it around in the second set as she held on to serve comfortably in the opening game and then went on to break Jankovic in the very next game. Once with the break, Oudin upped the ante further and raced into a 4-1 lead. The Serbian somehow managed to hang in there, to force the American to serve out the set. At 5-3, 40-15, Oudin made two crucial unforced errors to hand over the break of serve to Jankovic. Just when it seemed as if the former World No.1 would change the course of the set, Oudin fought hard in the twelfth game to break and take the set. The Serb managed just four winners in that set compared to 24 that came off the American’s racket.

The third set might have started off with a comfortable service hold for the American, but the former US Open runner-up turned it around as she broke to love in the third game. The Serb quickly found herself in a 4-1 position. After a brief fight back from Oudin, as the American pulled one break of serve back, Jankovic finally managed to close the set out at 6-4.

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