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Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

Former world No 1 Jelena Jankovic makes it clear that she has not given up hope of regaining her former status after making a winning start

Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Former world number one Jelena Jankovic made a winning start to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. (AFP/Getty Images)
Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
The Dubai resident overcame Petra Cetkovska, the Paris-based Czech, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the second round. (AFP/Getty Images)
Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Former Dubai champion, Jankovic, faces Flavia Pennetta in the next round. The Italian won 6-3, 6-3 against Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain. \n(AFP/Getty Images)
Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Reigning Wimbledon champion, Petra Cetovska was an early casualty in the female tennis championship. Cetovska was forced to retire from her second tournament in a row. (AFP/Getty Images)
Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Petra Cetkovska also retired from the Doha open last week. Cetovska is suffering from a virus and withdrew from the competition on order to focus energy on defending her Wimbledon title. (AFP/Getty Images)
Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Maria Kirilenko of Russia serves to Monica Niculescu of Romania during their tennis match at the WTA Dubai Open in the Gulf emirate on February 20, 2012. Kirilenko won the match 6-3, 6-0. (AFP/Getty Images)
Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Svetlana Kuznetsova's surprise defeat at the hands of Germany's Julia Goerges was the big upset of the first round in Dubai. \n\nserves to Julia Goerges of Germany during their tennis match at the WTA Dubai Open in the Gulf emirate on February 20, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)\n\n\nThat is Germany's Julia Goerges, who came back from a set and 1-3 down to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, her first victory in three attempts against the former French Open champion from Russia.\n
Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Julia Goerges came back from a set and 1-3 down to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 (AFP/Getty Images)
Jankovic clears opening hurdle at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Maria Kirilenko of Russia returns the ball to Monica Niculescu of Romania during their match at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships. (AFP/Getty Images)