Jelena Jankovic named world champion of 2008 by ITF

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Jelena JankovicWorld number one Jelena Jankovic was honored Wednesday as the International Tennis Federation’s world champion of 2008.

The ITF selects its world champions based on a system that includes results from the WTA tour, along with Grand Slams, Olympics and the Fed Cup.

“I worked really hard this year and to finish No.1 is where I want to be and where I want to stay,” said the 23-year-old Serb.

In 2008 Jankovic won more matches than any other WTA player, and claimed four singles titles (Rome, Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow).

In women’s doubles, Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Liezel Huber of the United States were named ITF World Champions.

The winners will receive their awards at the ITF World Champions Dinner on June 2 in Paris. (source: CBS Sports, photo: Ralf Reinecke)


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