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Jankovic finally gets past Li

JELENA Jankovic of Serbia beat Li Na of China 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Open GDF Suez.

Jankovic won for the first time on a hard court against Li after suffering four losses on that surface to the 28th-ranked Chinese.

"There are certain players who give you a hard time no matter what their ranking is," Jankovic said about Li.

"It's just their game and their style of play that doesn't kind of suit mine. But today I came out with a good tactic. I kept hitting the ball very deep and very hard and I took the initiative. She had trouble to play her game. She was always behind."

The third-ranked Serb will next face Alize Cornet of France who rallied past Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Top-ranked Serena Williams showed no sign of the illness which kept her bedridden last week as she brushed aside Karolina Sprem 6-1, 6-2.

Serena, after winning the Australian Open, didn't practice until Monday, and was relieved to get through the first round of the tournament she's won twice. Her second-round match was easier, as Serena took less than an hour to beat the Croatian qualifier, converting her first match point with a forehand return winner.

Next up will be French qualifier Emilie Loit, whom Williams hasn't met in six years.

In Thailand, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia upset No. 2-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Pattaya Open yesterday. The world No. 51-ranked player capitalized on the weariness of the Danish teenager who was backing up less than a day after her second-round win over Australian Open junior champion Ksenia Pervak of Russia.

Her semifinal opponent will be either sixth-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand or Sania Mirza of India.


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