Tennis

Keothavong falls, Jankovic through in Dallas

Anne Keothavong was ousted in the first round of the Texas Open in Dallas after losing a long three-setter 6-1 5-7 7-6(9) to Marina Erakovic, while Jelena Jankovic recovered from a set down to progress.

 
Keothavong falls in Dallas - TennisReuters
 

The British number two and her Kiwi opponent battled for nearly three hours before the match was decided on the 20th point of a third-set tie-breaker.

Erakovic dominated the first set but Keothavong managed to fight back in the second and force a decider.

Her campaign was ended though as Erakovic edged the tie-break to move into the second round, where she will now play South African Chanelle Scheepers.

Another Brit Emily Webley-Smith was also bounced out of the competition at the first time of asking, the nation's number six losing 6-1 6-2 to Croatia's Mirjana Lucic .

Second seed Jankovic dropped the opening set on a tie-break in her match with Yaroslava Shvedova but recovered to claim the second - also on a tie-break - before romping home in the third.

The Serb's 6-7(7) 7-6(4) 6-1 victory sets up a second-round meeting with Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus.

Third seed Roberta Vinci swept aside Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan as the Italian booked her place in the second round with a 6-2 6-2 win.

Sixth seed Peng Shuai joined her there after coming from a set down to seal a 4-6 6-0 6-3 victory over Ayumi Morita.

The Chinese will now meet Pauline Parmentier, who beat Irina Falconi 6-1 6-4 to progress, while Australian Casey Dellacqua secured her place in the second round with a 6-2 6-2 win over Irina Begu of Romania.

Meanwhile, young Canadian Eugenie Bouchard impressed again in a 6-4 6-3 victory over Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan.

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