The Serbian players dominated the tennis in Melbourne Park on Wednesday afternoon as Jankovic, Ivanovic and Tipsarevic each progressed into the third round.
Following a solid performance by Maria João Koehler who overwhelmed the Serbian No. 22 seed 6-2 in the first set, Jelena Jankovic’s play began to be characterised by a sense of urgency to prove that she, herself, was the force to be reckoned with.
In what became an intensely close tie, Koehler seemed adamant about not allowing the second set to slip through her fingers, or in the least, to challenge Jankovic to fight for the set in a tie-break.
After a lengthy duel, Koehler finally brought the score to 6-6, but a series of mishits from the somewhat frustrated Portuguese led to the Serbian snatching the second set.
Jelena Jankovic got off to a promising start during her first service game of the deciding set, establishing an early break however the Portuguese powerhouse consolidated an immediate break.
Jankovic commendably found inner strength to break back once again and held to surge to a 3-1, only to later break ahead again 5-2 to serve for the match.
A string of mishits from Koehler towards the conclusion of the match on service paved the path to a well-deserved victory and passages to round three.
No. 13 seed Anaa Ivanovic recovered from a poor second set to win back command of the match, prevailing over Taiwanese Yung-Jan Chan 7-5 1-6 6-4.
Janko Tipsarevic was faced with a challenging match against a resilient Lukas Lacko which proceeded into an epic five setter, his Slovak opponent making a stellar comeback after being two sets down. The world No. 9 finally retrieved the match 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 7-5.
Top seed Novak Djokovic continued the winning streak into the evening for the Serbians, dismissing America’s Ryan Harrison in straight sets 6-1 6-2 6-3 in just one-and-a-half hours.
Originally published at The SportingJournal.