Simona Halep was again too difficult to defeat as she coasted to victory at the Rogers Cup Wednesday. The number two seed defeated Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court.
The Romanian continues to dominate the Serb on court, and the sore reality of losing the Indian Wells final to her remains fresh coming into their sixth meeting. Halep hasn’t found it easy against Jankovic taking each match to three sets but always pulling out the victory.
She had taken the last four straight with no signs of it being broken in Toronto. Jankovic struggled through qualifying at Istanbul and again in the qualifying rounds of this one. Despite putting all her efforts against Halep, she might not find the same result.
The Romanian started the match off in dominating fashion blowing through three games against Jankovic with such ferocity in her shots. The Serb was able to bring some challenge to the game where she made work of her serve to save the break and win her first game. Halep increased her lead each time Jankovic was able to gain a victory taking the set 6-3 in 40 minutes. The Romanian served 74 percent landing 17 of 20 on the serve and 20 of 27 on the return. It looked as if Halep would be running to another victory against Jankovic.
Despite all her frustrations on court, Jankovic knew something had to be done in order to play at even strength with her opponent. Halep gained a 2-0 lead before the Serb could make an attempt to break her of her strong serve. The trick worked out twice but the Romanian kept a firm grip on her lead of the match. Jankovic made the seventh game a chance to loosen up and get within reach of a tie. The mission succeeded but still sat a game down of the number third ranked Halep.
The Romanian was relieved in the eighth when she got into a deuce draw with Jankovic only to win the game after two breaks when the Serb shot the ball into the net. On a chance to end the match, Jankovic battled back to hold serve and have the chance to force overtime in the set while working against Halep’s service. There was no hope as the Romanian saw the finish line and would let nothing overcome the goal.
The bout was over in 81 minutes with a majority of fans chanting for Halep as her fellow countrymen where there for support. While she has the power to defeat anyone, the Romanian had help from the wind that was picking up around the stadium that deteriorated how her opponent could play. Jankovic’s serve was at 52 percent where she scored 75 percent of points but only made returns on 26 percent of the shots from Halep.
The Romanian served at nearly 80 percent landing 36 of 45 and winning every break opportunity that came to her. With the overall performance of the day, she will have to maintain it when she’ll face the winner between Angelique Kerber and Monica Puig Thursday.