Jovana falls to Robson in Guangzhou

Jovana was beaten in the first round of the WTA tournament in Guangzhou, China by No.3 seed and 2012 finalist Laura Robson.

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Jovana had qualified for her second WTA main draw event in Guangzhou after battling through two three-set matches in hot and humid conditions. The world No.162 saved match points in her first-round match against China’s Chang Liu, before battling back from one-set down to defeat No.6 seed Tadeja Majeric of Slovenia.

Having spent more than five hours on the court in the qualifying competition, and carrying a right knee injury, it was always going to be a tough challenge against the British No.1. But Jovana did herself proud and gained some valuable experience in a 6-2 6-4 defeat to Robson.

“I’m really pleased with my week in Guangzhou overall,” Jovana said. “I hurt my knee in Sanya so wasn’t sure how well I would be able to move, but I got great treatment from the WTA physios here and was able to fight like crazy on the court and win two matches.”

“It was a tough loss to Robson, but I felt good about my game. There are things I need to improve, but being on the same court as the top girls is the best way for me to do that.”