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Tennis: Jankovic downs Wozniacki in battle of ex-champions

Published on Mar 12, 2014 6:42 AM
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia returns a backhand to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California. -- PHOTO: AFP

INDIAN WELLS, United States (AFP) - Jelena Jankovic reached the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells ATP Masters and WTA tournament on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Caroline Wozniacki in a battle of former champions.

In a rematch of the 2010 final in the California desert won by Jankovic, the seventh-seeded Serb showed no sign of the back trouble that required several visits from the trainer during her third-round victory over Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday.

"Yesterday I was a little bit scared," Jankovic said of the pain that began when she wrenched her back on a point early in the match against Rybarikova.

"If I had to play yesterday, I probably wouldn't be able to go on court." Since her 2010 triumph here, Jankovic had dropped five straight decisions to Denmark's Wozniacki.

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