Czech qualifier ousts top seed Jankovic at Montreal

Updated: 18 August 2010 08:24 IST

Czech qualifier Iveta Benesova stunned Serbian top seed Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the two million-dollar WTA Montrea

Montreal :

Czech qualifier Iveta Benesova stunned Serbian top seed Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the two million-dollar WTA Montreal Cup.

The 27-year-old left-hander, who is ranked 75th in the world, began the year 2-9 before winning her second career WTA singles crown in May at Morocco.

But Benesova had been 4-8 since then until ousting Jankovic from the last major US Open tuneup event.

Just one week ago, Jankovic was ousted by a qualifier at Cincinnati in the third round of the other major tuneup for the year's final Grand Slam event, which starts a week from Monday at New York.

Benesova booked a date against the winner of a Wednesday match between Japan's Kimiko Date Krumm, who beat Romania's Monica Niculescu 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-2, and France's Marion Bartoli, who beat Canada's Valerie Tetreault 6-1, 6-0.

Also reaching the third round was Russian eighth seed Vera Zvonareva, who ousted Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-1.

China's Zheng Jie breezed past Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik 6-3, 6-2 to book a second-round match against France's Aravane Rezai.

Reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters, who had a first-round bye, will open against Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who ousted fellow American Melanie Oudin 6-1, 6-4.

Topics : Tennis Iveta Benesova
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