Jovana bounces back to advance
Jovana is through to the second round of the Surprise Tennis Classic in Arizona after coming from behind to defeat American Caitlin Whoriskey 4-6 6-4 6-2.
Jovana had enjoyed two previous victories over her 27-year-old opponent – both in tight three-set encounters – and knew today would be a tough first-round clash.
But the No.2 seed pointed to her composure under pressure and familiarity with her opponent as the major reasons she was able to turn the match around.
“I stayed very calm and having played her twice already, I felt like I knew her game well and that I would have chances,” Jovana said.
“I’m very happy that I was able to take my opportunities when they came, I just stuck to my aggressive game plan and took it point by point.”
Jovana will next face American Danielle Lao, to whom she lost at an ITF $50k tournament in California last year.