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Jankovic gets a lesson from student

SERBIAN fifth seed Jelena Jankovic learnt some harsh lessons on Monday after Romanian high school student Sorana Cirstea beat her 3-6, 6-0, 9-7 in the French Open fourth round.

Jankovic, who had reached the Roland Garros semifinals for the past two years, blamed a lack of confidence for allowing herself to be outfoxed by the 19-year-old's devastating net play.

The former world No. 1 served for the match in the 11th game of the third set and was two points away from victory but the tenacious world No. 41 broke when Jankovic hit long. "I should've closed the match out at 6-5. I had 30-0, what more can I ask for myself?" she told reporters.

Jankovic stormed through the first three games before being broken in the seventh. She immediately broke back and claimed the set when Cirstea hit long.

She never got into the second set as Cirstea made regular charges to the net to send a series of winners past her.

Cirstea, who lists geography and English as her favorite subjects at school, unleashed a sizzling crosscourt backhand to reach her first grand slam quarterfinal against Australian 30th seed Samantha Stosur.

Reaching the quarterfinals has given the Romanian the perfect alibi if her high school thinks she is playing truant. "Now they can see me on TV. They know I'm not somewhere else."

Cirstea, whose final exams are before the US Open which starts in August, has taken a break from revising while she has been in Paris.


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