Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski played a crucial role in her country’s close 3-2 victory over Canada in the Fed Cup World Group II first round, absolutely completing the void left when Serbia’s major strengths, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, said they wouldn’t compete, and her efforts, crowned with amazing result, have now been further recognized with the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award.
The 19-year-old Jovanovski has been awarded in the World Group and World Group II first round category, while the Zone Group I winners are Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka, Peru’s Bianca Botto and Japan’s Ayumi Morita. The winners receive a Baccarat bracelet and a cheque which they can donate to a charity of choice. A total of six players will be recognized this year.
2010 Hearth Award winners
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) World Group semifinals
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) World Group / World Group II play-offs
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) World Group / World Group II first round
Maria-Fernanda Alves (BRA) Americas Zone Group I
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) Asia/Oceania Zone Group I
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) Europe/Africa Zone Group I
(source: On the Baseline, photo: © Neal Trousdale)