Friday, July 20, 2012
4:44 AM Christina McHale, Dominika Cibulkova, Jelena Jankovic, Mercury Insurance Open, Urszula Radwanska No comments
Jankovic, Cibulkova, Radwanska and McHale advanced in Carlsbad
Jelena Jankovic, Dominica Cibulkova, Christina McHale and Urszula Radwanska were all winner in the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open.
Jankovic beat Melinda Czink 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 setting up a quarterfinal meeting with Yung-Jan Chan.
The Serb struggled throughout the match with her serve.
After the players traded service breaks, Jankovic broke the Hungarian's serve right back for a 4-3 lead and kept the lead.
"I was in trouble," said Jankovic. "It wasn't easy. I was pushed. I had to change something."
"It was one of those days when you don't play well and you don't really feel your shots, but I found a way to win," she said. "Those are the days when you have to grind it out and get through it."
"There were times I was down and had a lot of break points against me, but I was able to come back and take the games," Jankovic added. "Overall the serve was working well. Other things in my game could have been a lot better, but the most important thing is I won today, and I get another chance to play tomorrow."
Christina McHale battled past Misaki Doi 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals where she will play Marion Bartoli.
McHale, who saved 16 break points and was broken 3 times, needed three match points in the last game before she closed out the win.
"I have to give credit to Misaki because she played really, really well. She made it hard for me," McHale said. "For my next match, I'm going to have to serve a lot better. I'm just happy that I found a way to pull it out."
Ursula Radwanska scored a 6-2, 6-1 win over Melanie Oudin.
Radwanska served well and took advantage of the American's subpar serve to control the match.
"Yeah, I was playing very good, and especially I was serving good," said Radwanska. "Probably that was the key because I was holding my serve."
At one point in the match the umpire announced it was Radwanska's turn to serve, but she announced the wrong Radwanska - big sister, Agnieszka Radwanska.
"I noticed that! But I get used to that," this Radwanska said. "A lot of people compare us to each other. If someone is talking about me, they are for sure going to talk about Aga as well and ask me some questions about her, because she's famous, she's the top player. I noticed it today, but I'm used to it."
Radwanska was asked if she gave the umpire a look about the name swap. "I think I did," she said. "I think I did look at her pretty scary! I think I did!"
Dominika Cibulkova defeated Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-4.
Cibulkova fired six aces, was broken once and broke Erakovic four times.
"Especially first set I was playing well and relaxed, but in the second set I started to make it tougher for myself," Cibulkova said. "I was really happy to close it out, because if it got to 5-all it could have gotten dangerous."
"I want to be perfect, so when I do some mistakes I turn into a negative person. Sometimes I don't think the right way. That's what I'm working on. I think sometimes my behaviour on the court isn't the best - I think that's what is keeping me from being in the Top 10."
About losing to Klara Zakopalova in the opener at Wimbledon she commented: "You never know what to expect from her. She's very up and down. Sometimes she's hitting the balls like crazy. I was waiting in the match for a turning point, where she really goes down, but it didn't happen.
"Wimbledon was not the best for me. But with the Olympics I have a chance to make up for it. That's one reason I'm really pumped for the Olympics."
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