Jovana’s close defeat

Jovana suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the first round of Roland Garros, when she was defeated in three tight sets by Daniela Hantuchova.

25.05 2014 R

Playing in her first ever Grand Slam main draw, Jovana came flying out of the blocks and asserted her aggressive game to take the first set 6-2 against her experienced Slovakian opponent.

But Hantuchova, ranked No.32 in the world and a former member of the top 5, steadied the ship and cut out the unforced errors to level at one set all.

Despite leading 4-3 in the final set, Jovana could not cling on for her first Grand Slam victory, and Hantuchova produced some impressive backhand winners and drop shots to clinch the match 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 15 minutes.

Jovana said afterwards:

“I am really disappointed right now because I had such a great opportunity to win the match. It hurts right now for sure because I wanted it so badly. “She just played the important points towards the end better than I did. I need to make sure I learn from this and work out how to take the next opportunity. I will try to stay positive and keep working hard to get where I want to be.”