Hampton packs off Jankovic

Hampton packs off Jankovic

In-form Azarenka battles past Barthel; Vania shines

Former champion Jelena Jankovic became the first seed to tumble out of the Indian Wells WTA tournament, losing 6-4, 6-3 to American wild card Jamie Hampton in the second round on Friday.

in command: American Jamie Hampton returns during her shock win over Jelena Jankovic in the Indian Wells tennis tournament. AFPSeeded 12th, the jet-lagged Serb who had reached the semifinals in her last two tournaments struggled to find a rhythm as she was broken three times in the opening set and twice in the second.

World number one Victoria Azarenka had to work hard to extend her unbeaten record to 18-0 this year, beating Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, while 13th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was ousted 6-4, 6-4 by American Vania King.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, however, eased into the third round of the elite event with a 6-1, 6-3 demolition of fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Hampton, who made her debut in the top 100 of the rankings last week, sealed her surprise victory in just under 90 minutes when a Jankovic forehand sailed wide on the stadium court.

“It was a bad day of tennis for me,” Jankovic, champion here in 2010, told reporters. “I just did not feel the ball. My legs felt so heavy on the court, so I was moving very badly out there.

“Hampton played solid. She was playing very well. I was really a shadow of myself. I guess it's one of those days where you just come on the court and the legs don't go, the reactions are not there.”

Jankovic had reached the last four in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur in her previous two events but felt her journey from Malaysia to the United States earlier this week had taken its toll.

“I was in good form in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, but maybe just had not much time to get over (to the US), get over the jet lag and feel fresh before this tournament,” the former world number one said.

Playing against the 99th-ranked Hampton for the first time, Jankovic was broken in the second, sixth and 10th games of the match to lose the opening set in 42 minutes.

Hampton, who upset 38th-ranked Polona Hercog of Slovenia in the opening round at Indian Wells, surged into a 5-1 lead in the second set before fending off a late Jankovic fightback.

The Serb broke the American in the seventh game, held serve in the eighth and then saved two match points in the ninth before her final forehand error.

Top-seeded Azarenka, who won her first Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January, squandered a 5-1 lead in the second set and then came from 1-4 and 3-5 down in the third before sealing a tight victory 8-6 in the tie-break.

In other second-round matches, fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland brushed aside Romania's Sorana Cirstea while China's eighth seed Li Na battled past Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Slovakia's 19th seed Daniela Hantuchova, Indian Wells champion in 2002 and 2007, was beaten 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 by Czech Klara Zakopalova.

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