Sixth seed Jelena Jankovic will begin her charge for the Sony Ericsson Open title with a second round match against Monica Niculescu
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Jelena Jankovic enters the Sony Ericsson Open this week as one of the main contenders for the title. She received a bye in round one, and will start here with a second round contest against Monica Niculescu of Romania. Jankovic has reached the latter stages in a number of this season’s competitions, and will be hoping to go one better here and win her first title for 2011.
Niculescu is currently the world No. 63, and will be aiming to get herself back into the top fifty this year. She recorded a 6-1, 7-6(2) victory over Bojana Jovanovski in round one, but will need to raise her game in order to contend with Jankovic.
Jankovic has a 3-0 head to head record against Niculescu, following wins in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Niculescu is yet to take Jankovic past two sets, and will need to produce a superb performance to find her way into round three.
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