BALI Sep 13 Jelena Jankovic will meet Lindsay
Davenport in a tantalising quarter-final at the Bali Classic
after both players claimed straight sets victories on Thursday.
Neither was particularly happy with her performance. Top
seeded Jankovic looked far from comfortable in overcoming
Australian left-hander Casey Dellacqua 6-4 6-4 and Davenport
struggled to rise above the ordinary as she dismissed fellow
American Julie Ditty 6-1 6-4.
Jankovic began by dropping the first four games but then
began to show her class against a hard-hitting but limited
"I didn't have good timing out there and I was making a lot
of mistakes," Jankovic told reporters. "I didn't play the way I
wanted but a win is a win.
"I didn't practise much after the U.S. Open. I had five days
off and didn't do anything and when you're here it's very tough
to focus you know. I've been enjoying the place so much."
Davenport looked much more like a player who had not
competed for a year than she had in her previous match, doing
little more than going through the motions against a modest
opponent. Then, after building a 5-2 lead in the second set, she
struggled to close out the match.
"I thought I played really well and really consistent, and
at the end just started to make a bunch of errors and maybe go
for too much," said Davenport. "A couple of points here and
there and it could have been one and one but she came up with
some good shots and I let some errors in and it got a little
The American is keen to see how she stands up against top
opposition after a year away from the game during which she gave
birth to her first child.
"This is what I came back to do, to play some matches and
try to play some good players, so I'm excited about it," said
Davenport. "I don't know what to expect. The court's fast so
that does help me but to be honest it probably is a bit soon to
play somebody at the very top."
Third seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland was beaten 6-2 5-7
7-5 by Romanian qualifier Sorana Cirstea and fourth seeded
Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues was also beaten, losing 7-5 4-6
6-4 to Italian Sara Errani in a battle lasting three minutes
short of three hours.