Tenaciously Tennis

Top Seeds Roddick, Davydenko, Jankovic and Petkovic Struggle

The top seeds at their respective tournaments, Andy Roddick, Nikolai Davydenko, Jelena Jankovic, and Andrea Petkovic all struggled in early rounds. Three lost their matches, while one survived.

Roddick, the lone top seed to advance of the four, barely got past compatriot Rajeev Ram at the newly revived US Open Series event in Atlanta. Roddick — whose foundation will be building a tennis center in Texas — beat Ram 6-1, 6-7 (1), 6-3. After a disappointing Wimbledon, Roddick needs to do well to prove he’s still relevant going into this year’s US Open.

The next disappointing result belongs to Davydenko, whose year so far has been less than stellar due to injury. The Russian lost to the 79th ranked Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-4 at the Hamburg German Open. After making a run to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, which ended with a roller-coaster loss to Roger Federer, Davydenko didn’t play at Roland Garros and made it to the second round at Wimbledon. I don’t see this being Davydenko’s summer to shine.

On the WTA tour, Jelena Jankovic pulled out of the Banka Koper Slovenia Open after struggling to a third set against qualifier Anastasiya Yakimova. Jankovic didn’t play the same after leading 6-1, 2-1 and twisting her ankle when attempting to get to a ball. This was her first match since retiring from the fourth round of Wimbledon with a back injury. Something’s going on with Jankovic, and I’m not sure what. Maybe it’s just more of the same old drama she’s been known for, maybe it’s being burnt out from all the play. Whatever the reason, she won’t be winning a Grand Slam title any time soon if she continues to sabotage her own potential.

Finally, Petkovic failed to advance at the Bad Gastein tournament after losing to Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-5. She won the event last year.


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