Top seed Jelena Jankovic escapes first round at Tianjin Open

 

Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic overcame a second-set lapse to defeat Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 in the first round of the Tianjin Open on Tuesday.

Jankovic’s serve was broken three times in the second set, when she won only four points on her serve. But she came back to break Kudryavtseva three times in the third.

Crowd favorite Peng Shuai, who grew up in Tianjin, also struggled, needing three sets to defeat Shahar Peer of Israel 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. The second-seeded Peng reached the U.S. Open semifinals last month, but is still looking for her first WTA Tour title.

In other matches, fourth-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko defeated Ukrainian qualifier Lyudmyla Kichenok 6-1, 6-0, while seventh-seeded Monica Puig of Puerto Rico was upset by Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-1.