Fiji Time: 3:10 PM on Friday 26 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Peng, Jankovic in fourth round

Afp
Sunday, August 31, 2014

NEW YORK - China's Peng Shuai and former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic led the way into the women's round of 16 yesterday at the US Open.

Peng, showing no sign of a let-down after her second-round upset of fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, dispatched 28th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-3 in just an hour and a quarter.

"I was really nervous," Peng said, afraid that the adrenaline would have her belting her groundstrokes to the back fence.

She managed to keep the nerves in check to equal her best US Open showing — a fourth-round appearance in 2011.

"I have a lot of motivation," said Peng, who knows she has the eyes of China on her with compatriot Li Na sidelined by injury.

"I wanted to fight and I really enjoyed the play."

Ninth-seeded Jankovic was runner-up in 2008 — her only appearance in a Grand Slam final to date and one she's keen to repeat, if not improve upon.

"I feel hungry, I want to do well again," said Jankovic, who called the bustling US Open her favourite tournament — even if it means coping with brash fans who ask mid-match for a quick photo pose.

Such distractions didn't stop Jankovic from sweeping past Sweden's 96th-ranked Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-0 in just under an hour.

"It was nice to get off the court quite fast," Jankovic said.

"It was quite hot out there. I played a solid match. I was patient. I waited for my chance to execute, and that's what I did."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63900.6200
JPY 50.424247.4242
GBP 0.37370.3657
EUR 0.43830.4263
NZD 0.68420.6512
AUD 0.65260.6276
USD 0.49640.4794

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th August 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Wong helps Rawaca get a gold medal
  2. Ryan may return
  3. Special gift for national 7s coach
  4. Premature comments
  5. Drums and dholaks greeting for 7s heroes
  6. Medals of honour
  7. Rabuka notes drop in sugar production
  8. Burglar bar tip
  9. PNG issues ultimatum
  10. Police probe road death

Top Stories this Week

  1. Ardent fan escorted out of celebrations Sunday (21 Aug)
  2. The woman behind Ryan Saturday (20 Aug)
  3. God — is he dead? Maybe, but not Osea Kolinisau's Sunday (21 Aug)
  4. Ryan confirms decision to leave Fiji Sunday (21 Aug)
  5. 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurs in Fiji Monday (22 Aug)
  6. Taliga eyes Tokyo Tuesday (23 Aug)
  7. 1 charged, 2 under probe for break-in Thursday (25 Aug)
  8. 7s top job Tuesday (23 Aug)
  9. Police escort fan away Monday (22 Aug)
  10. 'Ryan a loss' Tuesday (23 Aug)