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Peng, Jankovic in fourth round

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."

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