Jovana stumbles in Brisbane
In one of those matches that was closer than the final score, Jovana fell 6-1, 6-4 to Ukrainian Maryna Zanevska in the second round of qualifying at WTA Brisbane International, a $1,000,000 WTA Premier event. After a slow start which saw Jovana down 0-5 in the opening set, she managed to hold to get on the scoreboard before Zanevska shut the door in the next game, striking her third ace of the match on her first set point.
Refusing to go down without a fight, Jovana held at love in her first two service games of the second set; and, the players continued to hold until 3-3. In the seventh game of the set, Jovana squandered a game point on her serve, as Zanevska inched closer to the victory with a break to lead 4-3.
A pair of strong holds by both players found Zanevska serving for the match at 5-4. Jovana fought valiantly in the final game and earned two break points to even the set, but it was not to be as Zanevska steadied herself to get out trouble and seal the win in one hour and 18 minutes.
“The first match of a tournament is always tricky, especially since this is also the first tournament of the season. Pereira is a very good player, so I knew I had to be mentally in every point. I’m happy the way I played today. I served well,stayed aggressive the whole time, and closed out the match strong. It was a bit windy too so it was hard to be on every ball but I just stayed positive. Overall, I’m happy with my start to the season!”
- Zanevska saved all five break points she faced
- Jovana won 81% of her first serve points
- Zanevska held all nine of her service games