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Jankovic, Andreev fall at first hurdle

JELENA Jankovic was knocked out of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England, yesterday, joining men's top seed Igor Andreev on the sidelines.

The third-seeded Serb fell 7-6 (5), 3-6, 2-6 to Russian Anna Chakvetadze, while Russia's Andreev was beaten 6-7 (6), 2-6 by Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic.

Chakvetadze swept to a 5-1 lead in the first set but then lost the next five games before Jankovic edged the tiebreaker.

Jankovic then held the upper hand for most of the second set. But she failed to convert one break point at 1-1 and four more at 3-3, before netting a forehand to give Chakvetadze a break for 5-4.

Chakvetadze then built a 4-0 lead in the final set before closing out her first win over a top 10 opponent since beating Marion Bartoli at the Paris Indoor event in February 2008.

"I am pleased with every win right now because it's very important to me to get back my confidence," said Chakvetadze, a former world No. 5 who has fallen to No. 31. "I lost a huge opportunity in the first set but I'm glad I came back."

Jankovic blamed her defeat on adjusting to the grass.

"It was obviously my first match on grass and it took me a while to get the rhythm out there, and then for some reason from staying so low and getting those low balls my legs got so tight and so tired, and especially in the third set I didn't have the energy in my legs anymore to bend down."

Another Serb, Ana Ivanovic, lost in the first round on Monday.

Nadia Petrova, runner-up last year to Agnieszka Radwanska, won the last five games to defeat the former world No. 1 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 while Olympic champion Elena Dementieva began her warm-up for Wimbledon with a swift 6-2, 6-2 win over fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko.

There was also victory for China's Zheng Jie, who brushed aside Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-2, 6-2.

With the 35-year-old Eastbourne event including a men's tournament for the first time, second seed Dmitry Tursunov of Russia had to battle hard to beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Monday.

Fabrice Santoro's farewell world tour made another stop, allowing the 36-year-old Frenchman to progress to the second round with another display of his sublime skills and a 6-3, 6-2 win over American Robert Kendrick.

Santoro retires at the year's end.

In Den Bosch, the Netherlands, holder David Ferrer beat Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung 6-2, 7-5 in a rain-interrupted match to reach the second round of the Ordina Open on Monday.

The Spanish third seed was briefly troubled by the world No. 47 as he struggled to find his rhythm on center court. "I had the feeling that I could have won this match but I was not sharp enough at the right moments. I need to learn to take my chances," said Huta Galung.

Ferrer will next face compatriot Oscar Hernandez, who beat Austria's Daniel Koellerer 6-3, 6-2.

In the women's event, holder Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand ousted the Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 6-3.

Tamarine will next take on another Czech, Iveta Benesova, who beat Italian Mara Santangelo 6-2, 6-3.



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