Jelena Jankovic, in dominating her way through a quick first set Friday, had Daniela Hantuchova taking chances and failing in the morning sun. But as a Family Circle Cup quarterfinal match oozed into afternoon, Hantuchova was still hanging around and gaining confidence.
Eventually, the No. 8 seed pulled off a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 upset of Jankovic, the No. 2 seed and 2007 Family Circle Cup champion.
"I heard (Jankovic) talking to herself a little bit. I didn't understand what she was saying but, obviously, that helps when it's hot and it's a tough situation of the match to see that your opponent is maybe a little negative," Hantuchova said of the Serb. "That just gave me a little more energy to fight even harder."
Hantuchova spread her athleticism and endurance around the entire court, consistently challenging Jankovic, ranked No. 7 in the world, with a deft backhand and steady serve.
"I think it was also my fault because when I had the opportunity, I lacked a little power, especially off of my backhand side and that's my best shot," Jankovic said. "So I wasn't the player I can be."
Jankovic suffered from a sore left wrist that was heavily wrapped.
"It's hurting when I'm hitting the backhand, so a lot of times I lose a lot of power on the ball and it's hard to play," she said.
Hantuchova, who turns 24 next week, missed the previous six Family Circle Cup tournaments after losing in the 2003 quarterfinals to Ashley Harkelroad. She is aiming to leap from No. 24 in the rankings.
"Overall, it's been a great week so far," Hantuchova said, "but it hasn't finished yet."