Jankovic's freefall continues

Jelena Jankovic lost to Julia Goerges in straight sets at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Ont., Aug. 8,...

Jelena Jankovic lost to Julia Goerges in straight sets at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Ont., Aug. 8, 2011. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

TORONTO - Jelena Jankovic's fall from grace continued on a day of upsets at the Rogers Cup.

The top seed just one year ago at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and a former world No. 1, Jankovic was eliminated in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 by unseeded German Julia Goerges Monday at the Rexall Centre.

The loss by Jankovic fit the theme for the day, with four seeds bounced early in the first round.

Ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia and 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia joined Jankovic as early losers.

Aussie Samantha Stosur was the only seed to advance and she needed three sets to get past Ayumi Morita of Japan 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Rebecca Marino of Vancouver lost to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 7-6, 6-4 in the Day 1 finale on centre court. Marino, who clawed back to make it interesting after losing the first five points of the opening set tiebreaker, fought off three match points before bowing out. It was an early exit for a young player many Canadians hoped would go deep into the tournament.

"I don't put that kind of pressure on myself because it is a lot of weight," Toronto-born Marino said of carrying all of Canada's hopes on her shoulders while playing in the main draw of the nation's premier tournament for the first time. "I think I had a good showing for my first time. Of course, I'm disappointed in losing my match, especially in the first round. But I do put it in perspective and think about where I was a year ago.

"Experience-wise, getting to play under the lights was pretty good. That was a great feeling knowing everyone was behind me."

Canada's hopes now fall on Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., who faces Shahar Peer of Israel Tuesday afternoon. Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Stephanie Dubois are also in action Tuesday.

Jankovic, the world No. 1 as recently as three years ago, was her own worst enemy against Goerges. In her first match after a long post-Wimbledon break, the 26-year-old Serb showed plenty of rust.

"I had a lot of options in my head and I always chose the wrong one," Jankovic said. "I was thinking too much out there. That kind of confused me and I didn't do well. I made a lot of errors.

"I really enjoy playing here and I've had some success here. I was hoping to have a better result this year. You cannot always do what you expect of yourself."

Bartoli, possibly the first non-Canadian to arrive in Toronto for the Rogers Cup, became the first seed to exit the tournament, losing 6-3, 6-3 to qualifier Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan Monday afternoon.

Bartoli decided to change things up after losing to Serena Williams in the final of the Bank of the West Classic, arriving in Toronto a full week before the Rogers Cup so she could get some rest and let a hand injury.

"Yeah, well, I don't know if it was a good plan, actually," Bartoli said with a wry smile. "Usually I was playing every single week and thought it was a bit too much. I really thought I needed to play less than usual.

"I was extremely focused and was really trying my hardest to be ready for this first-round match. Obviously I had a bad day."

Kuznetsova lost to qualifier Simona Halep of Romania 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and Pavlyuchenkova lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to another qualifier, Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

In all, it was a great day for players who needed to go through the qualifying draw as Greta Arn of Hungary and Jie Zheng of China also advanced.

In the doubles draw, Canadians Sharon Fichman of Toronto and Marie-Eve Pelletier of Repentigny, Que., dropped a disappointing 7-5, 7-5 decision to Polish pair Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Alicja Rosolska.

Fichman and Pelletier had a commanding lead in the first set before the Poles reeled off six straight wins. In a tight second set, Fichman and Pelletier were two points away from pulling even but Jans-Ignacik and Rosolska won the final three games to send the Canucks packing.

"I think we should have stopped the match at 5-1 in the first set," Pelletier said. "It would have been a much better day. We started the match really well and I think our opponents didn't quite have a tactic to play us, so it was working really well.

"I think we got a little tight and ... maybe a few bad calls I wasn't happy with either. That took the momentum away from us but they came out really strong after that."

Seven of the top eight seeds won't play until Wednesday after getting first-round byes. Kim Clijsters, the second seed, is the the only one in action Tuesday as she will take on Zheng in the final match of the evening.


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