Top seeds Jankovic, Wozniacki exit Cincy

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, Last Updated: 4:07 PM ET

MASON, Oh. - Top-seeded and defending champion Jelena Jankovic and U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki were third-round upset victims Thursday at the $2 million Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open, a hardcourt U.S. Open Series event.

The former U.S. Open runner-up Jankovic was stunned by Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in 1 hour, 22 minutes. The 114th-ranked Amanmuradova drilled 12 aces and did not face even one break-point chance on Day 4.

Jankovic defeated fellow former top-ranked star Dinara Safina, of Russia, in last year's Cincinnati finale.

Meanwhile, former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli upended the second-seeded Wozniacki in 6-4, 6-1 fashion on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. The 16th-seeded Bartoli drove out Wozniacki in 1 hour, 21 minutes by blasting nine aces and tallying four service breaks.

Wozniacki was fresh off her title in Copenhagen in her home country of Denmark last week.

More upsets came when 11th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta took out sixth- seeded Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 6-3 and 12th-seeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer overcame eighth-seeded Chinese Li Na 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). The Russian Zvonareva was the Cincinnati champ in 2006.

Also on Day 4, former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic drubbed Russian Elena Vesnina 6-0, 6-3.

This week's champ will take home $350,000.


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