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Jelena Jankovic Bio
Jelena Jankovic (born February 28, 1985) is a Serbian professional tennis player. Jelena Janković is a former World No. 1 in singles, a ranking achieved in the months following her finals appearance at the 2008 US Open. Janković’s career highlights include winning the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Jamie Murray, the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia twice, in 2007 and 2008, and the aforementioned appearance in the finals of the 2008 US Open. She is coached by her brother Marko.
She was ranked world no. 1 for seventeen consecutive weeks until she was overtaken by Serena Williams on 2 February 2009. She was the year-end world no. 1 in 2008, the second player in the history of the WTA tour to do this without winning a Grand Slam title, after Kim Clijsters.
Janković has reached the singles final of the US Open and the singles semifinals of the Australian Open and the French Open. In 2007, she became the first Serbian player to win a Grand Slam title when she won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with British partner Jamie Murray.
2004–2006: Rising Success
In October 2003, Janković entered the top 100 at no. 90 for the first time, after winning her first ITF title in Dubai. Three months later, Janković garnered her first top-10 win against Elena Dementieva in the first round of the 2004 Australian Open. In May, Janković won her first WTA title, a Tier V event, in Budapest, defeating Martina Suchá in the final. Following her win in Budapest, she reached no. 51 in the world. Elsewhere in her 2004 season, she defeated top-20 players Nadia Petrova (twice), Vera Zvonareva, Patty Schnyder, Elena Dementieva and Paola Suárez. Janković finished 2004 ranked no. 28 in the world.
In March, at Dubai, she advanced to the final following Serena Williams’s retirement in the semifinal. Janković then lost in the final to Lindsay Davenport in three sets. She made her first Tier I semifinal in Berlin, losing to Nadia Petrova. In June, she reached her first grass-court final at Birmingham, but lost to Maria Sharapova. In October, Janković reached her third final of the year in Seoul, ranked no. 17 in the world, her highest ranking at that time, losing to 16-year-old Nicole Vaidišová in straight sets. Her ranking at the end of the season eclipsed her 2004 record at no. 22.
Janković lost in the second round of the Australian Open to world no. 188 Olga Savchuk. That was the first of ten straight losses, not winning a match from late January into early May. She later said this run caused her to consider quitting tennis. Janković ended her losing streak by beating world no. 17 Elena Likhovtseva in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, before eventually losing to Venus Williams in three sets in the quarterfinals. At the French Open, Janković reached the third round for the first time, where she lost to world no. 1 Amélie Mauresmo.
At Wimbledon, Janković defeated sixth-seeded and defending champion Venus Williams in the third round in three sets. Competing in the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time, she lost to ninth-seeded Anastasia Myskina. In August, Janković reached her fifth career final and first of the year at the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles, defeating Serena Williams (ranked world no. 108 at the time after a lengthy injury lay-off) in the semifinals, before losing to third-seeded Elena Dementieva in the final. The US Open saw Janković defeat world no. 10 Vaidišová in the third round, world no. 7 and former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round, and world no. 5 Dementieva in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. In the semifinals, Janković lost to world no. 2 Justine Henin in three sets, after Janković had led 6–4, 4–2. Janković argued with the chair umpire, when the umpire refused to offer an opinion as to whether a service call had been correct, suggesting that Janković use one of her electronic challenges. Janković then lost ten consecutive games.
Janković continued her strong form in the aftermath of the US Open. Of the six tournaments she played during the remainder of the year, she reached the quarterfinals at five. This included a run to the semifinals at the China Open in Beijing, defeating world no. 7 Nadia Petrova in the quarterfinals, before losing to world no. 1 Mauresmo in a third set tiebreak. Janković finished the year at a career-high ranking of world no. 12.
2007: World No.3
To begin the year, Janković won the second title of her career at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, defeating Vera Zvonareva in the final. The following week, at the Medibank International in Sydney, Janković defeated world no. 7 and former no. 1 Martina Hingis and top-seeded Amélie Mauresmo on the way to the final, where she lost to Kim Clijsters after serving for the match. Janković’s strong start to the year meant that some considered her a title threat at the Australian Open; however, she was eliminated in the fourth round by the eventual champion Serena Williams. Because of her results at these tournaments, her ranking rose to world no. 10, the first time she had been included in the top 10.
Janković reached two semifinals in the Middle East in the spring, retiring against Mauresmo due to an ankle injury at the Dubai Tennis Championships, and losing in three sets to Justine Henin at the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Qatar. Janković rebounded in the clay-court season, defeating Venus Williams on a third set tiebreak in the semifinals of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. She went on to defeat Dinara Safina in the final to win the first Tier I title of her career. On European red clay, after losing to world no. 1 Henin in three sets both in the semifinals of the J&S Cup in Warsaw and the quarterfinals of the Qatar Telecom German Open (failing to hold a 4–0 lead in the third set in the latter), Janković won her second career Tier I title at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, defeating second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. This results meant she entered the top 5 in the world rankings for the first time. Janković was the fourth seed at the French Open and one of the favorites for the title. After registering her third consecutive victory over Venus Williams in the third round, she went on to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the second time in her career, but lost there to eventual champion Henin. This improved her ranking to a new career-high of world no 3.
On grass, Janković captured the DFS Classic title in Birmingham, beating top-seeded Maria Sharapova in the final. Sharapova led 3–0 in the third set, before Janković rallied to win the match. The next week, Janković reached the final of the Ordina Open in the Netherlands and became the first player since Chris Evert in 1974 to win 50 matches in the first half of a year. Janković, suffering from a hamstring injury, lost the final to Anna Chakvetadze. At Wimbledon, Janković was the third seed, but lost in the fourth round to the surprise eventual finalist Marion Bartoli. In the mixed doubles competition at Wimbledon, Janković teamed with doubles specialist Jamie Murray to win the title in three sets by beating the fifth-seeded team, Jonas Björkman and Alicia Molik.
During the North American summer hard-court season, Janković reached the semifinals of the East West Bank Classic in Carson, California, but lost there to fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic, having held two match points in the final set. The following week, Janković reached the final of the Tier I Rogers Cup in Toronto, where she lost to Henin on Henin’s sixth match point. Janković had leads in the first and second sets, but was unable to maintain her lead. At the US Open, Janković lost to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals.
Janković’s form tailed off following the US Open. At the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic in Bali, Janković was upset in the quarterfinals by former world no. 1 Lindsay Davenport, in Davenport’s first singles tournament since giving birth. The following week at the China Open in Beijing, Janković defeated Davenport, but lost in the final to Hungarian teenager Ágnes Szávay, after Janković had a match point in the second set. Janković finished the year on a six-match losing streak, losing all three of her round-robin matches on her debut at the year-end WTA Tour Championships in Madrid. She finished the year ranked world no. 3. At the end of the year she had won 72 matches in a solar year, a true record of the WTA.
Janković had successful nose surgery immediately after Madrid to correct a breathing problem. The surgery prevented her from practicing for three weeks.
Olympic Committee of Serbia declared her the sportswoman of the year.
2008: World No. 1 and First Grand Slam Final
Janković lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open to eventual champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets, having defeated defending champion Serena Williams en route. In March at the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Janković lost in the semifinals to Ana Ivanovic. The following fortnight, Janković reached her first final of the year at the Miami Masters, losing to Serena Williams in three sets.
Janković started the clay-court season by losing in the quarterfinals of both the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina and the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin. Janković then successfully defended her Tier I Internazionali BNL d’Italia title in Rome, after defeating Venus Williams in three sets in the quarterfinals, receiving a walkover from the injured Sharapova in the semifinals, and defeating French teenager Alizé Cornet in the final. This was Janković’s first singles title of the year. She went into the French Open among the favorites, following the sudden retirement of four-time champion Justine Henin. However, she lost to compatriot and eventual champion Ivanovic after leading by a break in the third set. Janković was the only player to win a set against Ivanovic during the entire tournament. This marked Janković’s fourth defeat in four career Grand Slam semifinals. She would have become the world no. 1 had she reached the final. However, she did reach a new career-high of world no. 2 in the week following the tournament.
At Wimbledon, Janković injured her knee during her third-round match against Caroline Wozniacki. Although she won that match, it visibly hindered her during her fourth-round loss to Tamarine Tanasugarn. Janković would have become the world no. 1 had she reached the semifinals of the tournament. However, she lost to Tamarine Tanasugarn in the fourth round. Janković squandered two further opportunities to immediately take the world no. 1 position with losses in the semifinals of the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles to Dinara Safina and the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, to Dominika Cibulková. Janković did eventually replace Ivanovic as the world no. 1 on 11 August 2008. She was the 18th woman to have been ranked world no. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association, but the first woman to have done so without ever having reached a Grand Slam final and only the third woman (the others being Amélie Mauresmo and Kim Clijsters) to have become world no. 1 without first winning a Grand Slam title.
Janković’s reign as the world no. 1 lasted only one week, after she lost in the quarterfinals of the Beijing Olympics to eventual silver-medalist Safina. This meant Ivanovic reclaimed the world no. 1 position. Janković was the second seed at the US Open, where she defeated Olympic gold-medalist Elena Dementieva in the semifinals to reach her first Grand Slam final. There, she lost to fourth-seeded Serena Williams. Janković would have reclaimed the world no. 1 position if she had won the event.
Janković became the world no. 1 again during the fall in the midst of winning three consecutive tournaments. At the China Open, Janković defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in two sets to win the title. The following week, Janković played in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, where she defeated Venus Williams in the semifinals and Nadia Petrova in the final. In the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Janković defeated defending champion Dementieva in the semifinals before triumphing against Vera Zvonareva in the final for her third title in three weeks, the first time for a player on the WTA tour to do so since 2005. As the top seed at the year-end 2008 WTA Tour Championships held in Doha, Qatar, Janković won two of her three round-robin matches, including only the second win of her career over Ivanovic. However, she lost in the semifinals, to eventual champion Venus Williams and ended the year as world no. 1. In all, Janković lost to eventual champions at six tournaments (including three Grand Slam tournaments) during the season. Janković was later named the ITF World Champion for her performance in 2008. She won four titles during the season, the most of anyone on the tour along with Serena Williams and Safina.
The Olympic Committee of Serbia declared her the best sportswoman for the second year in a row.
2009–2010: Continued success as Top 10 player
Janković was seeded first at the Australian Open in Melbourne. She lost to 16th-seeded Marion Bartoli in the fourth round. Bartoli hit 34 winners, compared to Janković’s 17 and won 81 percent of her first serve points, compared to Janković’s 56 percent. Janković lost her World No. 1 ranking to Serena Williams as a result. Her next Women’s Tennis Association event was the Open GDF Suez tournament in Paris. Janković beat Francesca Schiavone, Li Na and fifth-seeded Alizé Cornet but then lost to Amélie Mauresmo in the semifinals.
Janković was upset by Kaia Kanepi in the third round of Doha in straight sets, in what she called “the worst match of my career.” She was the second-seeded player at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, losing in the second round to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. After the match, she conceded that she has been struggling with her confidence, saying “I need a lot of work.” Janković then lost in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, to Gisela Dulko after Janković failed to hold leads of 5–2 in the second set and 5–2 in the tiebreaker.
Beginning her spring clay-court season at the Andalucia Tennis Experience in Marbella, Spain, Janković defeated fifth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suárez Navarro in three sets for her first title of 2009. Janković beat Anabel Medina Garrigues in the Fed Cup play-offs against Spain to bring the Serbian team into the World Group for the first time. The previous day, Janković and Ana Ivanovic had won their single matches.
Janković was the defending champion at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, but lost in the quarterfinals. Seeded fourth at the inaugural Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, she advanced to the quarterfinals once again, but was defeated by Patty Schnyder.
At the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati, Janković defeated Victoria Azarenka and Elena Dementieva (saving four match points). In the final, Janković won her second title of the year, defeating world no. 1 Dinara Safina. With the win, her ranking also went back to world no. 4. Despite her good form leading up to the 2009 US Open, Janković’s inconsistency continued, as she suffered a shock second-round defeat by Yaroslava Shvedova despite having match points in the third-set tie-break. Her ranking went down to world no. 8.
At the 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open seeded seventh, Janković defeated Marion Bartoli in the quarterfinals and Li Na in the semifinals. She faced Maria Sharapova in the final and retired while behind 5–2 because of an arm injury. Janković received a first-round bye in Beijing. She lost her opening match to home favorite Peng Shuai.
At the WTA Tour Championships Janković lost her first match to Azarenka but bounced back defeating Safina and Wozniacki to clinch the first berth in her group. In her second year-end championship semifinal she lost to Venus Williams in three sets. She ended the year ranked no. 8 and with a 46–19 record.
At the Australian Open, Janković, seeded eighth, lost to 31st seed Alona Bondarenko in the third round. Next, Janković represented Serbia in the 2010 Fed Cup. In her first match, she rallied from 4–6, 1–4 down to defeat Alisa Kleybanova, then defeated reigning French Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. In the deciding doubles match, she partnered with Ana Ivanovic but fell to Kuznetsova and Kleybanova. Her next scheduled tournament was the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships where she lost to Vera Zvonareva in the third round. She traveled to Indian Wells, California for the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. At the tournament, she was seeded sixth and defeated Caroline Wozniacki to take her 12th title. Janković’s next tournament was the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, where she was seeded seventh. In the fourth round, she lost to Samantha Stosur, ending her eight-match winning streak.
At the Fed Cup qualifying, Janković defeated Slovakia’s Magdaléna Rybáriková in her first singles match, but fell to Hantuchová in her second. Janković and Bojana Jovanovski then fell to Rybáriková and Hantuchová in the deciding doubles match. Janković was the fourth seed at the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. She lost against Justine Henin in the quarterfinals for the tenth time in a row. Janković was the seventh seed at the 2010 Internazionali BNL d’Italia. In the quarterfinals she handed Venus Williams the heaviest loss in her career, surrendering only one game. She then beat reigning world no. 1 Serena Williams in the semifinals, after saving a match point. She became one of the few women to defeat both Williams sisters in the same tournament and the first player who beat both sisters in less than 24 hours in one tournament. However, she lost to unseeded María José Martínez Sánchez in the final. Nevertheless, her ranking increased to world no. 4. Janković lost in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open to eventual champion Aravane Rezaï. Janković’s next tournament was 2010 French Open, where she was seeded fourth. She lost in the semifinals to Samantha Stosur. Two weeks later, her ranking increased to world no. 3.
Janković, struggling with injuries, played in the 2010 Wimbledon Championships and eventually retired against eventual finalist Vera Zvonareva in the fourth round. Regardless, her ranking increased to world no. 2. Janković lost in the early rounds at both the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open and 2010 Rogers Cup, despite being the top seed in each (and defending champion in Cincinnati). Janković then traveled to New York to play in the 2010 US Open, where she was seeded fourth. She was defeated by Kaia Kanepi in the third round. In the 2010 China Open she fell in the third round against fellow Serbian player Bojana Jovanovski. Janković’s final event of the year was the 2010 WTA Tour Championships, where she qualified for the fourth consecutive year, as the sixth seed. After losing her opening match to Zvonareva, Janković reportedly collapsed in the locker room, yet still came out to play Clijsters the next day and lost. She lost her third and final group match to Azerenka, bringing an end to her 2010 season.
2011–2012: Struggles with form
At the start of the year, Janković announced her decision to work with Andrei Pavel on a trial basis. She began 2011 by falling in the first round to France’s Aravane Rezaï in three sets at the Medibank International Sydney. Her poor form continued at the Australian Open, losing in the second round against Peng Shuai. Janković reached the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, beating fourth seed Samantha Stosur but losing to Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinal, Wozniacki’s first win in five attempts against Janković. Up next for Janković was the Qatar Ladies Open. She reached the semifinals again, losing to Vera Zvonareva in three sets. The Russian had then beaten the Serb in their last five meetings. She then reached the final of the Monterrey Open, where she was defeated by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova despite being up a set. Indian Wells Masters was next for Janković, where she was the defending champion. She was defeated by Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round. Janković’s next tournament was the Sony Ericsson Open where she lost to Andrea Petkovic in the quarterfinals.
Janković’s next tournament was Family Circle Cup in Charleston where she lost in the semifinals to world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. She then played in the Fed Cup against Slovakia, beating Daniela Hantuchová and winning an epic doubles match with Aleksandra Krunić against Hantuchová and Magdaléna Rybáriková, saving three match points. With this, Serbia was placed in World Group I again. At 2011 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Janković lost to world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals for the third time in a row. Her ranking dropped to no. 10, the lowest it had been since the beginning of 2007. Janković was the tenth seed at the 2011 French Open. In the fourth round, Janković fell to fifth seed and defending champion Francesca Schiavone. As a result, she dropped out of top 10 for the first time since early 2007.
Janković was seeded 13th at the 2011 Western & Southern Open, where she lost in the final to Maria Sharapova in three sets. She reached the third round at the US Open, losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She reached the semifinals of the 2011 Generali Ladies Linz tournament, falling to Petra Kvitová.
Janković began 2012 at the Brisbane International, losing to Francesca Schiavone in the quarterfinals. She then lost in the second round of the Apia International to 3rd seed Victoria Azarenka. At the 2012 Australian Open Janković was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round.
She played the Dubai Duty Free Open and advanced to the semifinals without dropping a set, where she was beaten by the in form Agnieszka Radwańska. She reached the semis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before losing to 5th seed Petra Martić in three sets. Janković lost her next three matches in Indian Wells, Miami, and in Charleston to Venus Williams.
Janković reached the E-boks Sony Ericsson Open in Copenhagen simifinals before losing to 2nd seed Angelique Kerber. In the Fed Cup semifinals against Russia in Moscow, Janković defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova. She then lost four of her next five matches, being defeated in the opening rounds of the Mutua Madrid Open, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and in Brussels before a second round loss at the French Open to young American Varvara Lepchenko.
Janković turned her fortunes around by reaching the finals of Aegon Classic 2012, losing to Melanie Oudin. However, she lost in the opening round of Wimbledon to unseeded former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters. It was the second year in a row that Janković lost in the opening round of Wimbledon. Janković lost in the opening round of the Olympic tennis tournament to eventual Gold Medallist Serena Williams.
2013: Back into the Top 10
At the Australian Open, Janković lost in the third round to compatriot and former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic. In February, Janković won her first title in three years at Bogotá, defeating Paula Ormaechea in straight sets. Janković made an early exit from Indian Wells the following week, losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round. However, she managed to reach the semi-finals at Miami, losing to Maria Sharapova in straight sets. The run in Miami returned Janković to the world’s Top 20 for the first time in almost one year.
Janković then reached the final of the Family Circle Cup, losing there to defending champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams. At Stuttgart, Janković upset Samantha Stosur in the first round, before losing to Sabine Lisicki in the second. Janković lost in the first round of Mutua Madrid Open to Chanelle Scheepers. She made it to the quarter-final at Internazionali BNL d’Italia where she was defeated by Simona Halep after she missed 2 matchpoints. At the French Open Janković made it to the quarter finals but lost to Sharapova in three sets. She also played at Nürnberger Versicherungscup where she was defeated by Andrea Petkovic in the semifinals.
At Wimbledon Championships she lost in the second round of singles to Vesna Dolonc but made it to the quarter-final of doubles (in pair with Mirjana Lucic-Baroni) where they lost to eventual champions Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai. Janković kicked off her US hard court season in Carlsbad, where she was upset in the 2nd round by Urszula Radwańska in 3 sets. She also competed in the doubles tournament with Katarina Srebotnik and lost in the semifinals. This propelled her to a career high in doubles, No. 38, 7 years after her last career high. She then competed at Toronto, and lost to eventual finalist Sorana Cirstea in the 3rd round. Janković again partnered Srebotnik in the doubles. The unseeded pair won the tournament. This marks Janković’s second career doubles title, her 1st title in Birmingham in 2006. This result will further increase her doubles ranking to a career high, No. 25. At the Western & Southern Open, Janković defeated 4 top 25 players en route to the semifinals: Sabine Lisicki, Ekaterina Makarova, Sloane Stephens, and Roberta Vinci. She then lost to World #2 Victoria Azarenka in 3 tough sets. This result means that Janković clinches the 9th seed at the US Open, after the retirement of Marion Bartoli and withdrawal of Maria Sharapova. And as a top 10 seed at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2011 French Open, Janković made it to the round of 16 for the first time at the US Open since her run to the final in 2008 after beating Madison Keys, Alisa Kleybanova, and Kurumi Nara, all in straight sets. She was defeated in the 4th round by a peak form Li Na. As a result, Janković was back into the top 10 singles rankings for the first time since June 2011.
During the Asian hard court season Janković performed well. She reached the 1/16 round at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she was defeated by later declared Newcomer of the year Eugenie Bouchard. At the 2013 China Open in Beijing she reached the final for the first time since 2008, defeating Tokyo champion Petra Kvitová en route. Furthermore, for the first time since 2009, Janković won more than 40 matches in a year. After this result she will be World No. 8. This strong Asian run also meant that Janković is the 7th qualifier for the Year-End Championships at Istanbul. She made the semifinals at the Year-End Championships, defeating world number 2 Victoria Azarenka in straight sets along the way, finishing 2013 with a 3 set loss to eventual champion and year-end number one Serena Williams. Jankovic finished the season in the Top 10 for the first time since 2010 at no. 8.
2014: Good results and final back injury
Janković kicked off 2014 at the premier-level event Brisbane International as the number four seed. She beat former Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone, Elina Svitolina, and world number 9 Angelique Kerber to reach the semifinals where she lost to world number 2 Victoria Azarenka in 3 sets. This was the first time she made it to the semifinals of an Australian Open warm up tournament since 2007. Seeded fourth at the Sydney International, Janković was upset in the first round by Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets. Her next stop was the Australian Open. She defeated three Japanese players consecutively, Misaki Doi, Ayumi Morita, and Kurumi Nara, to reach the fourth round that set up a rematch against up and coming Romanian Simona Halep, where Janković lost in three sets. Her next set of tournaments were during the Middle-Eastern hard court swing at Doha and Dubai. She made it to the semifinals in Doha, beating Karin Knapp, Alisa Kleybanova, and Petra Kvitova, dropping less than four games in each match. She lost to Angelique Kerber in a second set tiebreak. In Dubai, Jelena defeated Maryna Zanevska and Lucie Safarova, both in straight sets, before falling to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.
Jelena played the two Premier Mandatory events during the North American hard court swing at Indian Wells and Miami. At Indian Wells, she defeated Yvonne Meusburger, Magdalena Rybarikova, and Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals against Agnieszka Radwanska. In the 3rd and deciding set, Janković came back from a 0–4 deficit, leveling the match at 4–4. Despite having game points in the following two games, she lost the match, 5–7 6–2 4–6. She suffered a shocking opening round exit in Miami against Varvara Lepchenko, serving for the match at 5–1 in the 3rd set. She lost the match 3–6 6–2 6–7.
Her clay court season started in Charleston, where she was the 2nd seed and defending finalist. She made it to the quarterfinals, defeating Lauren Davis and Ajla Tomljanović. She lost to Eugenie Bouchard in 3 sets, continuing her 3-set misery for 2014. On the red clay at Bogota, Janković made it to the finals, where she failed to defend her title against Caroline Garcia. She lost in straight sets. At the 2014 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she reached the semifinals after recording wins over Mona Barthel, Flavia Pennetta and Alisa Kleybanova. She then lost to compatriot Ana Ivanovic. Jankovic lost in the 2nd round at Madrid to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She did well at the 2014 Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome where she reached the semifinals, losing to Errani. She defeated Pennetta and 3rd seed Agnieszka Radwanska en route. At Roland Garros, Jankovic was seeded 6th and she reached the 4th round where she lost to Errani again.
Jankovic had a dismal grass court season. She lost her opening matches at Eastbourne and Wimbledon to Madison Keys and Kaia Kanepi respectively. In August, she participated in Montreal as the 7th seed. She had a first round bye and faced Sloane Stephens in her opener. She won in 3 tight sets. In the 3rd round, she lost to rising American Coco Vandeweghe in another tight 3-set match. At the 2014 Western & Southern Open, she was the 8th seed and received a first round bye. She defeated Annika Beck in the second round and then defeated Sloane Stephens for a spot in the quarterfinals. In the last eight, she lost to Serena again. Jankovic reached the 4th round at the US Open where she lost to Belinda Bencic in straight sets. Jankovic fell out of the Top 10 after the US Open concluded.
Jankovic then travelled to Tokyo for the Pan Pacific Open. She was the 4th seed and received a first round bye. She lost to Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in her opening match. At the inaugural Wuhan Open, Jankovic the 10th seed defeated Christina McHale in the first round. In her following match, she faced Vandeweghe but retired in the first set while trailing 1-4 with a back problem. In Beijing , Jankovic was the defending finalist but fell in three sets to Alize Cornet in the opening round. Her last tournament of the season was the inaugural Tianjin Open where she was the top seed. She overcame Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round. She then lost to Zheng Saisai.
2015: Up and down with form and new titles
Janković began 2015 at the Brisbane International, losing in first round to world number 63 Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets. She then admitted that she had recently thought to end her career because of a back injury. Also, she added that she lost a lot of muscle mass, had not done any activity in past two months and that she needs time to get back in normal form. Bad results continued in January, including a first round loss at the Australian Open to a resurging Timea Bacsinszky, she had never lost her opener in Melbourne prior to this. She won her first match of 2015 in Dubai, defeating Timea Babos in three sets. In the second round she lost to Garbine Muguruza and dropped out of the Top 20 as a result. The following week in Doha, Jankovic reached the second round after beating Zheng Saisai. She faced top seed Petra Kvitova for a place in the quarterfinals but retired midway due to right hip injury.
Despite coming to North America with 2–4 season record, Jankovic made the final at the BNP Paribas Open, beating reigning Australian Open semifinalist Madison Keys, Belinda Bencic and Sabine Lisicki en route. In the final where she faced Simona Halep, she managed to take the first set and serve for the match, but came up short. As a result, Jankovic returned to the Top 20. In Miami, Jankovic fell in her opening match for the second straight year when she was defeated by Victoria Azarenka.
In April at the Family Circle Cup, Jankovic made the third round, conceding a walkover to Danka Kovinic due to an injury. The following month at the Rome Masters, Jankovic overcame Camila Giorgi and Magdalena Rybarikova to set up a third round clash with Kvitova for a place in the last eight but was defeated by the 4th seeded Czech in straight sets. Jankovic then played in Strasbourg where she reached the quarterfinals but was forced to retire against Sloane Stephens. Jankovic then suffered her second consecutive opening round at a Grand Slam when she fell to qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva in straight sets at the French Open.
Jankovic’s grass court season began in ‘s-Hertogenbosch where she was the second seed. She routinely advanced to the semifinals where she faced Bencic but lost in straight sets. At the Aegon Classic, Jankovic defeated Tereza Smitkova and Casey Dellacqua to advance to the third round. She lost to eventual champion Angelique Kerber. Jankovic won first two matches in three-setters at the Wimbledon Championships and then made the biggest upset during the tournament by taking out the defending champion and world number 2 Kvitova in the third round, having lost their two previous matches this year. She fought back from a set and a break down to prevail. Her win granted her a place in the fourth round, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska. It was the first time since 2010 that Jankovic made the second week and won consecutive matches at Wimbledon; her performance also made 2015 the first year since 2007 that Jankovic won more than 5 grass court matches.
After losing in the first round of the Istanbul Open to Urszula Radwanska, Jankovic won the WTA 125k title in Nanchang by defeating Chang Kai-chen. She did not without drop a set throughout the tournament. This tournament revitalized her career and open her the path to a successful Chinese hard court season, right after the second round of the Rogers Cup and an excellent semifinal in Cincinnati after beating Madison Keys and eight-seeded Karolina Pliskova en route. Jankovic then suffered a shocking loss to wildcard Oceane Dodin in the first round of the US Open.
Jankovic completed a great Asian swing and confirmed her excellent results in China by winning her 14th career title in Guangzhou, her first since 2013. She saved match point in semifinals against Yanina Wickmayer, before losing just two games in the final against Denisa Allertová. At the Wuhan Open, Jankovic defeated Heather Watson in the first round in three sets. She faced 6th seed Angelique Kerber in the second round but lost in three sets. Jankovic won her third title of season (and milestone 15th career WTA title) at Hong Kong by battling past Venus Williams in the semi-finals in a tight two sets win, 6-4,7-5. Jelena then hung tough against world number 9 and top-seeded Angelique Kerber (Jelena’s third top-ten win of the year), coming back from a set down to capture the title with a 3-6,7-6(4),6-1 victory.
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