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Hantuchova beats Safina, Petrova, Jankovic through at Porsche GP

Hantuchova beats Safina, Petrova, Jankovic through at Porsche GP

A cramping Jelena Jankovic needed medical treatment to help her overcome Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Thursday.
In a tense, 75-minute final set which finished just before 1 a.m., Jankovic collapsed with cramps while leading 4-2, took a medical timeout, and returned and broke Pironkova.
But the Bulgarian then won three straight games to level with the U.S. Open semifinalist, and when Jankovic arrived at her first match point, Pironkova unleashed a forehand wide and long.
Jankovic lay on her back for nearly a minute, slowly rolled to her side, then picked herself up and walked painfully to the net to shake hands with Pironkova without joy.
Much earlier, fourth-seeded Nadia Petrova cruised into the quarterfinals by beating Anna-Lena Groenefeld, the last remaining German, 6-3, 6-4. Fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder needed five match points to top Shahar Peer 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4, while sixth-seeded Dinara Safina lost to Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-2.
The US$650,000 (euro510,000) indoor tournament also lost top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo with a right shoulder injury.
Mauresmo withdrew shortly before she was to play her opening match against Michaella Krajicek.
"I felt it first at the end of practice on Monday and I was hoping that it was nothing serious," Mauresmo said. "When I was warming up today I felt the pain again and I think I made the right decision not to play. It's disappointing, but that's the way it is."
Lisa Raymond, who took Mauresmo's place in the draw as the highest-ranked loser in qualifying, lost to Krajicek 6-4, 6-2.
Petrova led Groenefeld 3-1, Germany's No. 1 broke back but double-faulted to allow Petrova to regain the momentum she never lost. Another double fault by Groenefeld at the start of the second set was all Petrova needed to breeze through.
"My serve saved me today," said Petrova, who also beat Groenefeld at last year's tournament when it was in nearby Filderstadt.
Hantuchova lost in two sets to Safina last week in the quarterfinals at Luxembourg but this time dominated the Russian, who was playing her first event as a top 10 target.
"I was expecting a tough match like last week when I lost. This makes today's win even sweeter," said Hantuchova, who has dropped from No. 5 to No. 19 in the world.
Mauresmo said she didn't know if she would be fit to play at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow next week.
Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, Serena and Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic also pulled out of the tournament with injuries.
Mauresmo is seeking to finish the year as No. 1 in the world for the first time in her nine-year career.


Updated : 2021-05-08 22:39 GMT+08:00