Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic went both through the second round in Dubai, and they will clash in quarterfinals. In second round matches, Serena won 7-6(8), 6-0 against the world n.24 Ekaterina Makarova, and Jelena Jankovic beat Lucie Safarova 7-5, 6-4.
Serena Williams is playing the first tournament since Australian Open where she suffered for some back problems, she took some times to recover and she is back on the court in Dubai. Williams will have a day of rest more than Jankovic, having played her second round match on tuesday.
Former world n.1 Jelena Jankovic comes from the semifinal played last week in Doha, the second of this year, after the one played in Brisbane in the first week of january.
The head to head series between Williams and Jankovic has Serena leading 9-4, and coming from a four games winning streak, the last meeting between them was in Istanbul at the WTA Championship, the match went at the distance and Williams took the win 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Jelena Jankovic’s last success against Serena Williams was back in 2010, in Rome semifinals, Jankovic took three sets to defeat Serena.
While Serena has won all kind of tournaments last year, Jankovic is struggling, she has endend the 2013 with just one tournament crown, in Bogotà, which is the only triumph since Indian Wells 2010. Neither Serena Williams or Jelena Jankovic had previously won in Dubai, Jankovic best results was the final lost to Lindsay Davenport in 2005, Serena Williams never went over the semifinals reached in 2005 and 2009.