WIN OF THE FORTNIGHT
for WTA :
(16) Marion Bartoli (FRA #17) d.(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB #1) 61 64
Fourth Round, Australian Open (Melbourne)
WTA comments :
It wasn't so much Jelena Jankovic's play that led to a 61 64 defeat
- she had more winners than unforced errors in the match, even in
the lopsided first set. Marion Bartoli was in the zone, firing 34 winners
to just 20 errors and totally dictating play from start to finish.
“I just played a great match,” Bartoli said. “I hung in there when
it was time to hang in there. I went for my shots when I needed to.
I was not overwhelmed by the situation. It felt like everything went
in. It was a great match. I'm so happy with how everything went.”
Bartoli's run at the 2009 Australian Open is reminiscent of her
run to the final of 2007 Wimbledon, not only because it is unlikely
on paper - she was the No.18 seed there - but because she took
out the world No.1 there too, stunning Justine Henin in the semis.
Jankovic, who was trying to claim her first Grand Slam singles
title, is the third Australian Open top seed in the Open Era to fall
before the quarters, after Virginia Ruzici (who fell in the first round
in 1979) and Steffi Graf (who fell in the fourth round in 1997).
Link : http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3.../2009/feb2.pdf