Jankovic wins two to reach Nurnberg QFs

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Updated: June 13, 2013

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Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic saw double duty Wednesday and reached the quarterfinals at the inaugural clay- court Nurnberger Versicherungscup tennis event.

The top-seeded Jankovic opened her day by finishing off Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus 6-4, 6-2 in a first-round match that was suspended on Tuesday because of rain and darkness and capped her Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-0 second-round spanking of Swede Johanna Larsson at Nurnberg Tennis Club.

Seventh-seeded Romanian Simona Halep and Slovenian Polona Hercog also won a pair of matches on Day 3. Halep humbled American qualifier Grace Min 6-0, 7-5 in round one and then whipped Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-2, 6-1 in the second round, while Hercog ousted second-seeded Czech Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in a first-round affair and then handled American Julia Cohen 6-3, 6-3 to land in the quarters.

In other second-round action, Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva bounced third- seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; German crowd favorite Andrea Petkovic toppled fourth-seeded compatriot Julia Goerges 6-1, 7-5; fifth-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova leveled Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-4, 6-2; sixth- seeded Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino bested Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella 6-1, 6-4; and eighth-seeded German Annika Beck erased Italian Karin Knapp 6-4, 6-2.

One other opening-round match on Wednesday saw the aforementioned Cabeza Candela dismiss Czech qualifier Tereza Martincova 6-2, 6-3.

Thursday’s quarterfinals will pit the French Open quarterfinalist Jankovic against Dominguez Lino; Safarova versus Hercog; Halep against Voskoboeva; and Beck versus the wild card Petkovic in an all-German affair.

The winner of this $235,000 tournament will claim $42,600.

WEDNESDAY’S SECOND ROUND MATCHES

Jelena Jankovic (1) def. Johanna Larsson, 6-2, 6-0
Galina Voskoboeva def. Alize Cornet (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Andrea Petkovic def. Julia Goerges (4), 6-1, 7-5
Lucie Safarova (5) def. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, 6-4, 6-2
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (6) def. Mandy Minella, 6-1, 6-4
Simona Halep (7) def. Estrella Cabeza Candela, 6-2, 6-1
Annika Beck (8) def. Karin Knapp, 6-4, 6-2
Polona Hercog def. Julia Cohen, 6-3, 6-3

WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ROUND MATCHES

Jelena Jankovic (1) def. Arantxa Rus, 6-4, 6-2
Polona Hercog def. Klara Zakopalova (2), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Simona Halep (7) def. Grace Min, 6-0, 7-5
Estrella Cabeza Candela def. Tereza Martincova, 6-2, 6-3

THURSDAY’S QUARTERFINAL MATCHES

Jelena Jankovic (1) vs. Lourdes Dominguez Lino (6)
Lucie Safarova (5) vs. Polona Hercog
Simona Halep (7) vs. Galina Voskoboeva
Annika Beck (8) vs. Andrea Petkovic