Jelena Jankovic


BornFebruary 28, 1985


Jelena Jankovic is a professional tennis player from Serbia who is a former World No. 1 in singles. Some of the highlights of Jankovic's career include winning the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Jamie Murray, the 2010 BNP Paribas Open,[2] the Internazionali BNL d'Italia twice, in 2007 and 2008 and the aforementioned appearance in the finals of the 2008 US Open. She won her first ITF title in Dubai in October 2003. Later that year, Jankovic won her first WTA title, a Tier V event, in Budapest. She was ranked world no. 1 for seventeen consecutive weeks until she was overtaken by Serena Williams on February 2, 2009. In 2007, she became the first Serbian player to win a Grand Slam title when she won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title. She is also lauded as one of only seven players who has defeated both Williams sisters at the same tournament. She was declared "the sportswoman of the year" by the Olympic Committee of Serbia for two years in a row (2007,2008). Jankovic defeated Carla Suárez Navarro at the Andalucia Tennis Experience in Marbella, Spain garnering her first title of 2009. She later on defended her title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Jelena Jankovic often employs counterpunching techniques. She has very consistent ground strokes and prefers to go down the line more often than crosscourt. She has an effective two handed backhand and a decent forehand.
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