Jankovic, Hantuchova make winning starts

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic dispatched American Shenay Perry 6-1, 6-3 in 49 minutes in a Pacific Life Open second-round match on Friday.

Indian Wells, California:

Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic dispatched American Shenay Perry 6-1, 6-3 in 49 minutes in a Pacific Life Open second-round match on Friday. Also, 2002 champion Daniela Hantuchova won her opener, beating Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. Jankovic was in the midst of a 10-match losing streak a year ago before a stunning turnaround that included the US Open semifinals. The Serb hadn't won at Indian Wells since the 2001 first round, but came into the event with a title already this year and semifinal runs at the recent desert events in Dubai and Doha to be a title contender. Hantuchova won her first and only WTA Tour title here five years ago with a win over Martina Hingis, and beat the Swiss star last week en route to the Doha semifinals. She broke Kanepi seven times but lost her own serve twice in losing the middle set. In early men's play, Julien Benneteau saved two match points to beat Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and lead three other Frenchman into the second round. Monfils, the younger and more accomplished of the French opponents as former junior world No 1 and winner of an ATP title, squandered a 5-2 lead in the final set. Other Frenchmen Paul-Henri Mathieu, Nicolas Mahut and Florent Serra also won their first-round matches.

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