Jankovic makes first-round exit

Latvian teenager Anastasija Sevastova claimed easily the biggest win of her career as she knocked out top seed Jelena Jankovic in the first round of the Monterrey Open.

Latvian teenager Anastasija Sevastova claimed easily the biggest win of her career as she knocked out top seed Jelena Jankovic in the first round of the Monterrey Open.

The 19-year-old, ranked 72nd in the world, never let Serbian Jankovic get comfortable and came from a break behind in the deciding set to win 5-7 6-4 6-4.

Jankovic, ninth in the WTA rankings, continued her run of unimpressive form this season. In four events so far, she has failed to reach a quarter-final.

Third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had no such problems in her first-round match, as the Russian thrashed Georgian qualifier Anna Tatishvili 6-1 6-2.

Agnes Szavay, the fifth-seeded Hungarian, was forced to go to a third set but eventually overcame German Julia Goerges 6-3 3-6 6-3

Czech player Iveta Benesova produced an impressive fightback to oust American Jill Craybas, lifting her performance after dropping the first set to win 3-6 6-2 6-1.

Two more Czech players bowed out though, as Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld beat Lucie Hradecka 6-2 6-4 and France’s Alize Cornet ran out an easy 6-3 6-1 winner over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Other winners on day two were Italy’s Sara Errani, Slovenian Polona Hercog, Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi and Austrian Patricia Mayr.

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