New Delhi: Sania Mirza was handed a tough draw having to face 16th seed Jelena Jankovic in the first round of the J.P. Morgan Chase Open in California.
Sania, currently ranked 44th, will have to pull off a surprise to get the better of the 29th-ranked Serbian in the $600,000 WTA Tier II event.
In case Sania overcomes Jankovic, she would face either Czech Lucie Safarova or Croatia's Jelena Kostanic in the second round.
Serena Williams has been awarded a wild card for the event and the local favourite meets Russian Maria Kirilenko in the first round. Maria Sharapova is the top seed for the tournament.
Meanwhile in doubles, Sania, for the second successive tournament, teams up with South African Liezel Huber and the duo would take on Serbian Ana Ivanovic and Maria Kirilenko in the first round. UNI