Jankovic overcomes blustery weather to advance in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Serbia's Jelena Jankovic made heavy weather of dispatching Czech Klara Zakopalova 7-5 7-5 in blustery conditions in the first round of the China Open on Saturday.

"It was pretty windy and the rain started a bit at the end. I was just lucky to finish and get through this first match. I will just look to improve and get better," Jankovic told reporters.

The world number six is the third highest ranked woman in the field following the withdrawal of Venus Williams, who was forced out of the event with a left knee injury.

(Reporting by Peter Simpson, editing by Pritha Sarkar)