Jovana stunned by Stefkova

Jovana suffered a disappointing defeat in the first round of the Roland Garros qualifying competition as she went down 7-5 6-3 to Barbora Stefkova in a hard-fought battle in Paris.

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The Serbian started brightly and had no problem absorbing her opponent’s aggressive groundstrokes, but it was the 21-year-old Czech who took her chances at 5-5 and stole the first set.

Jovana bounced back from 0-3 in the second to 3-3 and looked to be forcing the momentum in her favour, but Stefkova again played her best tennis at the important moments and pulled clear to book her spot in the second round.

“I’m disappointed with the level of tennis that I produced,” Jovana said afterwards. ” I had my chances and unfortunately wasn’t able to take them today. All credit to my opponent. I have to go home and work hard to get back to where I want to be.”