Top Serbian Jelena Jankovic Ousted at 2011 Wimbledon

Written by: on 21st June 2011
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Top Serbian Jelena Jankovic Ousted at 2011 Wimbledon

Jelena Jankovic of Serbia returns to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain during their first round match for the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 21 June 2011. EPA/GEOFF CADDICK  |

Top-ranked Serbian female and former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic was the highest seed to be eliminated early on Day Two of play at the 125th Wimbledon Championships. World No. 76 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez upset No. 15 seed Jankovic with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory that took two hours and 23 minutes to complete.

Jankovic’s serve was tested throughout the hard-fought first set, as the Serb was forced to fend off two break points in the third game of the opening set. The two players held serve until the 12th game of the set, when at 6-5, Jankovic earned a break of serve to take the first set by a 7-5 margin.

The match quickly went downhill for Jankovic from that point on, as her serve seemingly abandoned her. After winning 71 percent of points on her first serve and 57 percent of points on her second serve during the first set, Jankovic’s percentages dropped off greatly in the final two sets of the match.

In the second set, Jankovic won only 59 percent of first-serve points and 29 percent of second-serve points. The third set was not much better for the Serb, as she won 63 percent of points on her first serve and a problematic 25 percent of points on her second serve.

Jankovic’s poor serving led her to face 13 break chances in the last two sets alone, and Martinez Sanchez succeeded at breaking the Serb four times over the course of the second and third sets. To her credit, Martinez Sanchez fought hard to put constant pressure on Jankovic, but it was far from a great showing from the Serb.

The struggling Serb has yet to win a WTA tour title in 2011 and has failed to advance past the fourth round at the All England Club, having been ousted in the fourth round a total of four times in her career.

Up next for Martinez Sanchez will be Monica Niculescu of Romania, who defeated Sybille Bammer of Austria, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round.

Were you surprised by Jankovic’s early exit?





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