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Eugenie Bouchard Beats Jelena Jankovic in First Round of Italian Open

Eugenie Bouchard during the match. (Getty Images)

Eugenie Bouchard during the match. (Getty Images)

Eugenie Bouchard piled more misery on Jelena Jankovic by winning the first-round matchup of former top-10 players 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the Italian Open on Tuesday.

Rome: Eugenie Bouchard piled more misery on Jelena Jankovic by winning the first-round matchup of former top-10 players 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the Italian Open on Tuesday.

Jankovic won this clay-court tournament in 2007 and 2008, but has gone three months without reaching a quarterfinal.

Bouchard, the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up, slipped in the rankings last year but has rebounded with two finals this season.

"I knew it would be a tough battle," Bouchard said. "I realized that she started controlling too many points, so in the third set I decided no matter what, even if I make a couple more mistakes, I need to step in and go for it. That made the difference."

Bouchard next faces Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.

Later, Serena Williams met 51st-ranked Anna-Lena Friedsam.