Jelena Jankovic eliminated from Wimbledon, improved Ana Ivanovic advances


Jelena JankovicSixth seed Jelena Jankovic fell in the third round of Wimbledon 2009 to American world No.124 Melanie Oudin 6-7 (8) 7-5 6-2, while her fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic made a better showing than usual and advanced to the fourth round.

The former world No.1 Jankovic lost to qualifier Oudin in three sets, but even that first set she won in a tiebreaker could have easily went into the hands of Oudin who had four set points. The second set was equally intriguing. Oudin overcame a 5-4 deficit and since then the match turned into the biggest upset of the first week of Wimbledon.

Oudin has been making her Wimbledon debut this week, and before she had a 0-2 record in Grand Slam matches. After the tournament the 17-year-old will crack the Top 100 for the first time.

Ana Ivanovic had a much more difficult opponent in her third-round match, in the form of Roland Garros semifinalist Samatha Stosur, ranked 19th in the world. The 13th-seeded Ivanovic beat Stosur 7-5 6-2 and will next face the most difficult opponent, five-time Wimbledon titlist and defending champion Venus Williams.

Ivanovic took the Australian’s serve in the first game and marched on for a 4-2 lead. Stosur then leveled at 4-4, but Ivanovic broke again and served out for the set. In the second set Ivanovic raced to a 4-0 lead, and it was clear she would advance and finally show us she can still play solidly. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)


  1. She blamed her ‘monthly cycle’ for this loss. OMG..and to say “It’s not easy being a woman”.

    I am not happy with her at all..She deserved to loss today….

  2. No, I understood that she was weak, and that she had black and white spots in her eyes, you know that feeling. As she said to some newspapers, she felt very weak, and in first couple of games in the second set, she was barely standing. She also said that she’s not kind of a player who surrenders without fight.

  3. Anyone know anything about Jelena taking a break from tennis? Someone on the other forum mentioned it and she said something about it in her interview. Why is she taking a break? Because she’s struggling with tennis? Her taking a break probably means retire for a year or so.

  4. I remember she has recently mentioned a break would do her good, but I don’t believe she will take that step. Although, who knows… if it’s for the best, then why not.

  5. I am officially no longer a JJ fan anymore. Her totally graceless behavior was a total turn-off. Sore loser!

  6. Why is everybody mad at Jelena? She is playing for herself, not for some crazy fan who thinks that she’s a machine. Safina maybe is, but Jelena… And she always gives her 120% on the court, so? Why be mad?

  7. I had Ivanovic losing to Stosur, she proved me wrong. Her first win over a top 20 player and her second straight win which she made more winners than unforced errors, and Ana’s reward is… Venus in the next round. She better leave her shaky serve and unforced errors at the hotel room, if she doesn’t she will be devour like a newborn gazelle by a pack of hungry hyenas.

  8. Oudin had weapons when I seen her play. I was impressed by her tennis. She’s only young and already troubling players. Oudin will only get better.


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