Once Andrea Petkovic took out world number one Caroline Wozniacki such a high may have led to a let down the following match. Instead, Petkovic did not to rest on her laurels and claimed another scalp. Petkovic defeated former world number one Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 to move to her first semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Jankovic was sizzling in the first set. With Petkovic’s backhand landing long, Jankovic converted the break for 2-1. Later, Jankovic got an insurance break for 5-2.
With Jankovic rolling, the rain came. When play resumed, Jankovic served a love game to seal the first set.
The pause in the proceedings gave Petkovic a moment to breathe and refocus. Consequently, her play improved. After holding to open the initial game of the second set, on a double fault by Jankovic, Petkovic had triple break point. The German capitalized when Jankovic’s forehand up the line traveled long.
After dismissing four break points, Petkovic consolidated to go ahead 3-0. Later, with Jankovic serving to keep the set alive, Petkovic connected on a backhand winner to get to set point number three. With Jankovic’s backhand sailing out of play, Petkovic slammed the set shut.
In the third set, Jankovic banked the break to get up 3-2 and consolidated after overcoming a love-30 deficit. But, Petkovic far from being down and out.
After holding at love, Petkovic manufactured triple break point with Jankovic’s forehand going long. With a forehand crosscourt winner, Petkovic squared the set at four all.
Subsequent to withstanding three break points, Petkovic moved in front 5-4. Then, with Jankovic letting two game points escape, Petkovic was at deuce.
Six more deuces followed and four more game points for Jankovic. On her third match point, Petkovic thumped a backhand crosscourt winner to continue her surreal run in Miami.
With the turnaround in her play after the interlude, MiamiTennisNews.com asked Petkovic whether the rain delay was helpful considering her slow start “Definitely, definitely. I started off very slow, as you said, especially my feet were not moving well. I was always one step late. Also, Jelena was playing really, really great in the beginning and she didn’t really give me the chance to play my best”.
Further, Petkovic felt that “ the rain delay slowed Jankovic down a little bit and gave me also the time to calm down a little bit because I was getting emotional and frustrated with myself. Well, that’s the worst thing that you can do when you’re in a match”.
Also, MiamiTennisNews inquired whether the pause in play helped Petkovic reevaluate her strategy with her coach. Petkovic answered “Well, no. Actually, he just told me to remain calm that she was playing really great. If she plays a whole match like this, then you can just say, very well played. So, that calmed me down. I felt that I was not playing badly. But, I didn’t really acknowledge the fact that she was playing great”.
In the semifinals, Petkovic will meet either Maria Sharapova or Alexandra Dulgheru. Petkovic and Sharapova have battle twice, each has a win. The ultimate clash was at this year’s Australian Open with Petkovic victorious.
The sole encounter for Petkovic and Dulgheru was in Brisbane this year. Petkovic carried that match in straight sets.