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Kleybanova ousts top seed Jankovic

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BIG STRIKE:Alisa Kleybanova sent Jelena Jankovic packing from the WTA San Diego Open on Wednesday.

SAN DIEGO: Russian Alisa Kleybanova ousted top-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the WTA San Diego Open.

Jankovic, playing for the first time since injuring her left ankle a fortnight ago at the Slovenian Open, appeared ready to make short work of Kleybanova when she broke the Russian's serve in the first and third games of the opening set, then held for a 4-0 lead.

But Kleybanova responded, breaking back to level the set at 5-5 and going on to pocket the first set when Jankovic knocked a backhand into the net.

Kleybanova then raced to a 4-0 lead in the second frame and Jankovic, who enjoyed a first-round bye, endured her first opening-match defeat since January.

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Qureshi advanced to the doubles quarterfinals after a hard-earned win over the Czech-Austrian combination of Martin Damm and Oliver Marach 7-5, 4-6, 10-3.

The results: At Washington: ATP Legg Mason Classic: Second round: Illya Marchenko bt Ernests Gulbis 6-1, 1-0 (retd.); Janko Tipsarevic bt Sam Querrey 7-6(3), 6-3; Marco Chiudinelli bt Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-3; Alejandro Falla bt Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 3-2 (retd.); Marcos Baghdatis bt Horacio Zeballos 7-6(3), 7-6(5); Andrey Golubev bt Kristof Vliegen 6-2, 7-6(7); David Nalbandian bt Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3; Tomas Berdych bt Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-1. Doubles: Rohan Bopanna & Aisam-ul-Qureshi bt Martin Damm & Oliver Marach 7-5, 4-6, 10-3 .

At San Diego: WTA San Diego Open; Second round: Shahar Peer bt Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5, 6-4; Agnieszka Radwanska bt Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-3; Samantha Stosur bt Melanie Oudin 6-4, 6-4; Alisa Kleybanova bt Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-2 . — Agencies

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