Venus Williams Takes out Jankovic in Charleston

In a battle of two former No. 1′s Venus Williams defeated Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-0 in the second round of the Family Circle Cup  in Charleston on Wednesday.

“Actually, winning a match in straight sets is not something I’m used to yet,” Williams said after the match.

Williams rallied from 1-3 in the first set to take 12 of the next 14 games to win the match.

“That second set was really nice.

“I hadn’t played her in a long time,” said Williams as quoted on the WTA website, “so in the first set I was just finding my rhythm and getting used to any new patterns she might have. In the second set everything started landing for me. I was moving forward and playing my aggressive game. Honestly, I don’t know how it went that nicely for me. Everything just landed, and she hit a few errors, and that helped me a lot.”

Williams announced that she had been diagnosed with the auto-immune disease Sjogren’s syndrome when she withdrew from the US Open last fall. Her ranking which fell to 134th in the world is now up to 87 after her run to the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open last week.

Charleston, SC, USA
April 2-8, 2012
Green Clay/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Singles – Second Round
(3) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 67(3) 64
(6) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (LL) Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 26 63 64
(WC) Venus Williams (USA) d. (7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 75 60
(9) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (Q) Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 62 60
(Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. (12) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 62 76(2)
(13) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Jill Craybas (USA) 26 76(6) 62 (saved 2mp)
(14) Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 62
(17) Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 75 63
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. (Q) Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 62 63
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 76(5) 62
(Q) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) d. Lisicki/Zvonareva (GER/RUS) 62 62
(2) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) 63 75
(3) Mirza/Vesnina (IND/RUS) d. Petrova/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) 64 63
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. King/Rodionova (USA/AUS) 75 63

Order Of Play – Thursday, April 5, 2012
Stadium (from 11.00hrs)
1. Marion Bartoli vs. Polona Hercog
2. Marina Erakovic vs. Serena Williams (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Venus Williams vs. Anastasia Rodionova
4. Sabine Lisicki vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
5. Galina Voskoboeva vs. Samantha Stosur (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Huber/Raymond vs. Jans-Ignacik/Kudryavtseva

Althea Gibson (from 12.00hrs)
1. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Lucie Safarova
2. Nadia Petrova vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
3. Vera Zvonareva vs. Stefanie Voegele
4. Mirza/Vesnina vs. Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova