Jankovic, Shve­dova send seeds pack­ing

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Last week's two fi­nal­ists from St Peters­burg crum­bled in their first step at the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open late on Tues­day. For­mer world num­ber one and Dubai res­i­dent Je­lena Jankovic fought back from a set and break down to send fifth seed Belinda Ben­cic pack­ing 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, while qual­i­fier Yaroslava Shve­dova fought hard for a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win over last Sun­day's cham­pion in St Peters­burg and sev­enth seed Vinci on the se­cond day of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open here late on Tues­day. Ben­cic, who lost to Vinci in straight sets in the fi­nal of the St Peters­burg Ladies Tro­phy last Sun­day, had achieved a rare dis­tinc­tion last week when she be­came the first teenager in seven years to reach the top-10 of the WTA rank­ings. A run to the fi­nal in Rus­sia had also en­sured that the 18-year-old Swiss girl be­came the first woman un­der-20 to en­ter the top-10 in the women's rank­ings since Caro­line Woz­ni­acki did way back in 2009.

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