Jankovic stunned by qualifier in Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) -- Qualifier Zarina Diyas upset top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-2 Thursday in the second round at the Kremlin Cup.
The 268th-ranked Diyas, who celebrated her 17th birthday on Monday, led 5-0 in the first set when Jankovic called for a doctor and had her blood pressure checked. Jankovic said she had a hard time breathing, and had been ill since coming from a tournament in China.
Jankovic, who has qualified for next week's WTA championships, managed to break back early in the second set, but Diyas then broke the Serb two times.
"I had nothing to lose,'' Diyas said. "I just relaxed and played my best tennis.''
In the quarterfinals, Diyas will face sixth-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia, who routed Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-0, 6-0.
Jankovic said she had an infection and was on antibiotics for a week.
"I was suffering on the court but I really wanted to be out there and didn't want to retire,'' Jankovic said. "I finished as well as I could, but obviously it was tough for me to focus on my tennis.''
The seventh-ranked Jankovic hopes to recover in time for the end-of-season championships in Doha on Tuesday.
"Doha is a different type of tournament,'' she said. "You can lose a match and still win the whole tournament. So anything can happen, but for me the biggest concern is being healthy. I will see the doctors, take some blood tests and take some more medicine. We will see what happens and hopefully I can be ready in time.''
Diyas, whose parents moved 12 years ago from Kazakhstan to Prague, Czech Republic, said watching Martina Hingis on TV had inspired her to play tennis.
The 24th-ranked Kirilenko, who is looking for her first title this season, broke Bondarenko three times in each set.
Vera Dushevina advanced to the quarterfinals with 6-4, 6-2 win over her fellow Russian Elena Vesnina.
In the men's second round, Horacio Zebalos beat qualifier Victor Crivoi 7-5, 7-6 (1), while Alexandr Dolgopolov upset his fellow Ukrainian, seventh-seeded Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-2, 7-6 (4).
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