Bojana Jovanovski

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Bojana Jovanovski
Jovanovski WM13-009 (9468588226).jpg
Country  Serbia
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Born (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 22)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2007
Plays Right–handed (two–handed backhand)
Prize money $1,615,229
Singles
Career record 222–162
Career titles 2 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 4 ITF
Highest ranking 32 (4 August 2014)
Current ranking 36 (25 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2013)
French Open 3R (2013)
Wimbledon 3R (2014)
US Open 2R (2012, 2013)
Doubles
Career record 16–45
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 263 (25 August 2014)
Current ranking 263 (25 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 1R (2011, 2013, 2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 1R (2010, 2012)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 6–5
Last updated on: 25 August 2014.

Bójana Jovanóvski (Serbian Cyrillic: Бојана Јовановски; born 31 December 1991) is a Serbian tennis player. As of 25 August 2014, Jovanovski is ranked world number 36 and is the third-highest ranked female Serbian player behind Jelena Janković and Ana Ivanovic.[1] She ended the 2010 season as the youngest player in the top 100.[2]

Coached by father Zoran Jovanovski,[3] she has won two WTA Tour singles titles: 2012 Baku Cup and 2013 Tashkent Open, having made her tour debut at the 2010 Malaysian Open, as well as four ITF singles titles.[4] Jovanovski has played for Serbia Fed Cup team since 2009,[5] and reached the final of the competition in 2012.[6] Her best Grand Slam result is fourth round of 2013 Australian Open.

Early life and career[edit]

Jovanovski began playing tennis aged 7 at the Red Star Tennis Club.[7] Aged 12, she won the Serbian national U–14 championships and was the finalist of the U–16.[7] She turned professional in 2006 and played her first junior event at the tournament in Pančevo, Serbia, losing in straight sets to Ana Veselinović.[8] That year, she also lost to Simona Halep in the finals of the Heiveld Indoor Junior Championships. In 2007, Jovanovski won junior events in Citta' Di Santa Croce, defeating Michelle Larcher de Brito, and reached the finals in Prato and Milan, losing to Romana Tabaková and Anastasia Pivovarova, respectively.[7][8]

Jovanovski would play at numerous junior grand slam tournaments. Her best result came at Wimbledon, where she was defeated by Madison Brengle in the quarterfinals. In 2008 Jovanovski decided to pursue her professional career on the ITF Circuit, but would also play at the junior grand slams. She would reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, losing to Arantxa Rus and Laura Robson, respectively. Both Rus and Robson later won the tournaments.[9][10] Jovanovski's highest junior ranking was world number 5, which she achieved on 7 April 2008.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Jovanovski at the 2013 Australian Open

2006–2009[edit]

Jovanovski made her professional debut on the ITF Circuit in Prokuplje, Serbia, in 2006, where she lost to Karolina Jovanović in the second round. Two years later, she won her first ITF title at that same tournament, beating Karin Morgošová in the final.[4][8] In 2008 Jovanovski reached an additional three finals, winning two of them.

She continued playing on the ITF Circuit, reaching the semifinals of three events – Belek, Sarajevo and Toruń – being defeated by Tetyana Arefyeva, Ana Jovanović, and Oksana Kalashnikova, respectively.[4] Jovanovski played qualifications for the 2009 US Open, but lost, however, to American Carly Gullickson.[3][12][13] On 20 November 2009 Jovanovski reached the final of ITF event in Pune, India, but lost to Fujiwara.[14] On 29 November 2009 Jovanovski reached the final of ITF event in Toyota, Japan, but lost to domestic player and former world number 4 Kimiko Date-Krumm.

2010[edit]

At her first ITF tournament in 2010, in Quanzhou, Jovanovski reached the semifinals, losing in three sets to fellow Serb Aleksandra Krunić. She then played in the qualification tournament for the 2010 Australian Open, but lost to Kathrin Wörle, despite having a match point in the third set.[15] Jovanovski was, once again, part of the Serbian Fed Cup team along with Jelena Janković, Ana Ivanovic and Ana Jovanović in the 3–2 loss against Russia in the 2010 Fed Cup World Group.[16] She was then awarded with a wild card for the main draw of 2010 Malaysian Open.[17] On her WTA Tour debut, she beat Russian Vitalia Diatchenko in straight sets. However, Jovanovski then lost to the first seed Elena Dementieva in round two.[18]

On 24 April 2010, Jovanovski made her debut for the Serbia Fed Cup team, in the 2010 World Group Playoffs against Slovakia.[19] She lost her first singles match to Daniela Hantuchová, but then won her second rubber against Magdaléna Rybáriková.[20] Jovanovski and Jelena Janković lost their doubles match to Hantuchová and Rybáriková for the final 3–2 scoreline for Slovakia.[19][20] At the 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, her second career WTA event, she defeated Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the first round, but then lost to the fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the second. Jovanovski then qualified for her third WTA Tour tournament at the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, beating Nuria Llagostera Vives and former World No. 8 Alicia Molik,[21] but then lost to Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round. In May, Jovanovski took part in the 2010 Warsaw Open, beating former World No. 5 Anna Chakvetadze to reach the main draw. She subsequently lost to Sara Errani in the first round.

Jovanovski's next tournament was at the 2010 French Open, where she defeated María Irigoyen in the first round of the qualifying stage, but then fell to Anastasia Pivovarova in the second. She then suffered losses in the semifinal of the ITF event in Maribor and the 2010 Aegon International qualifications, but managed to enter into the main draw at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.[22] Jovanovski defeated Casey Dellacqua with a promising scoreline of 6–1, 6–0 in the first round. She then lost to 8th seed Victoria Azarenka in the second. Her result at the Wimbledon caused her ranking rise to World No. 93. Jovanovski then played at the 2010 Banka Koper Slovenia Open but lost to compatriot and World No. 2 Jelena Janković in the opening round. At the 2010 İstanbul Cup, she won three matches in straight sets to qualify for the main draw, but lost to Russia's Elena Vesnina in the first round. In August, Jovanovski qualified for the main draw of the first Premier 5 of the US Open Series: 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open,[23] She upset the fourteenth seed Aravane Rezaï in the first round,[24] but lost to Akgul Amanmuradova in the following round in straight sets. Jovanovski then attempted to qualify for the 2010 Rogers Cup and the 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis, but fell to, respectively, Sorana Cîrstea and Elena Vesnina. Jovanovski played her second Grand Slam event at the 2010 US Open, but was defeated by Australia's Anastasia Rodionova in the first round. She also competed in the women's doubles partnering with Jelena Janković, but they were defeated by Kimiko Date-Krumm and Ayumi Morita.

Jovanovski then played at the 2010 Guangzhou International Women's Open, but lost to Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round. She then lost in the first round of the 2010 Hansol Korea Open, losing to Kirsten Flipkens despite easily winning three qualification matches. Jovanovski was then defeated in the first round of the 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open qualifications by Pauline Parmentier. However, Jovanovski managed to turned around the early losses by qualifying for the main draw of 2010 China Open, her first ever Premier Mandatory tournament.[25] In the opening round, she defeated a fellow qualifier, the 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Kateryna Bondarenko, in the first round. Jovanovski upset former World No. 1 and fellow Serbian and good friend Jelena Janković in the second round, marking her first victory over a former World No. 1 and a top ten player.[26] However, she was beaten by Shahar Pe'er in the third round.[27] Jovanovski then took part in ITF tournaments in Torhout, Poitiers and Taipei, defeating players such as Sania Mirza, Rika Fujiwara and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, but without much further success. She finished the year as the youngest player in the top 100 on the WTA rankings.[2]

In December, Jovanovski played at the ITF tournament in Dubai. She defeated Julia Babilon in the first round, Petra Martić in the second and World No. 45 Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals, then former World No. 16 Anabel Medina Garrigues in her semifinal, but then lost to former World No. 27 Sania Mirza in the final.[28][29] A week later, in Pune, Jovanovski won her fourth ITF title, and her first since 2008, defeating Nina Bratchikova.[30]

2011[edit]

Jovanovski opened the season in Brisbane,[31][32] defeating Anastasia Rodionova in the first round.[33] She would then lose to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second.[34] The week after, Jovanovski qualified for the Medibank International Sydney.[35] She defeated Kaia Kanepi,[36] Aravane Rezaï[37] and Flavia Pennetta.[38] Jovanovski lost her first WTA semifinal to future champion Li Na.[39] At the 2011 Australian Open, Jovanovski defeated Chang Kai-chen in the first round and lost to the second seed Vera Zvonareva in the second.[40] She also played doubles partnering with Varvara Lepchenko, but they lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm and Zhang Shuai. Jovanovski was the highest ranked Serbian player in the Serbia Fed Cup team for the World Group II rubber against Canada.[41] Jovanovski played along with Ana Jovanović, Aleksandra Krunić and Tamara Čurović against Rebecca Marino, Aleksandra Wozniak, Marie-Ève Pelletier and Sharon Fichman in Novi Sad.[42] She won both of her singles matches, with 6–4, 7–5 against Wozniak and 7–6(3), 6–3 against Marino. In the doubles match, Jovanovski and Krunić defeated Fichman and Pelletier 7–6(5), 6–4 to guarantee Serbia spot in the World Group Play Offs.

Jovanovski lost the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships to the World No. 26 Yanina Wickmayer.[43] She qualified for the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open, but she lost to Sania Mirza in the first round.[44] Jovanovski was seeded eight at the 2011 Malaysian Open. She defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn and Urszula Radwańska before losing to former World No. 4 and eventual champion Jelena Dokić in the quarterfinals.[45] She then suffered two consecutive first–round losses, at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open to Urszula Radwańska,[46] and at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open to Monica Niculescu.[47] On 25 March 2011, Jovanovski was awarded with the Heart Award, given by the Fed Cup for her performances in the Serbia Fed Cup team.[48] She then played for Serbia Fed Cup team in a World Group Play–Off rubber against Slovakia. Though she lost her singles match to Dominika Cibulková 4–6, 6–3, 6–1, Serbia managed to qualify for the 2012 World Group.[49] At the 2011 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, Jovanovski defeated Gréta Arn in the first round, but then she lost to World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the second.[50] She then lost to the tenth seed Shahar Pe'er in the first round of the 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia.[51] Jovanovski defeated Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round of 2011 Internationaux de Strasbourg, but was defeated by Anabel Medina Garrigues in the second.[52] Jovanovski lost to the fifteenth seed Andrea Petkovic in the first round of the 2011 French Open.[53] Partnering with Varvara Lepchenko, she lost to Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Laura Pous Tió in the women's doubles first round.[54]

Jovanovski played her first grass court event of the year at the 2011 Aegon Classic.[55] Though she was seeded tenth, she was defeated by Sarah Gronert, a qualifier, in the first round.[56] Jovanovski then qualified for the 2011 Aegon International, and defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round. She lost to the seventh seed Samantha Stosur in the second.[57] At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Jovanovski was defeated by Simona Halep in the first round.[58] Partnering with Jelena Dokić, she lost to Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in the women's doubles first round.[59]

Jovanovski has been seeded the fifth at the 2011 Citi Open. She defeated qualifier Petra Rampre in the first round and Jill Craybas in the second, before losing to former World No. 3 and eventual champion Nadia Petrova in the quarterfinals.[60] At the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, she was defeated by the ninth seed Roberta Vinci in the first round.[61] Jovanovski would then beat Melanie Oudin and Arantxa Parra Santonja to qualify for the 2011 Rogers Cup.[62] She was leading 2–0 when Jelena Dokić retired from their match of the first round. Jovanovski was then beaten by former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the second round.[63] After defeating Anna Tatishvili and Akgul Amanmuradova to qualify for the event,[64] Jovanovski was beaten by the seventeenth seed Yanina Wickmayer in the first round of the 2011 Western & Southern Open.[65] She then lost to Gisela Dulko in the first round of the 2011 Texas Tennis Open.[66] At the 2011 US Open, Jovanovski lost in the first round to the 28th seed and former World No. 1 Serena Williams.[67] She and Varvara Lepchenko were beaten by eight seeds Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká in the women's doubles first round.[68]

Jovanovski then lost her first–round matches in four consecutive tournaments, the 2011 Tashkent Open, the 2011 Guangzhou International Women's Open, the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open and the 2011 China Open. She was defeated by, respectively, Sorana Cîrstea,[69] Tetiana Luzhanska,[70] Angelique Kerber,[71] and Francesca Schiavone.[72] Jovanovski won her first match after the streak of seven first–round losses at the 2011 Kremlin Cup, beating Alona Bondarenko. She would then lose in the second round to Vera Zvonareva.[73]

2012[edit]

Jovanovski at the 2012 US Open

Jovanovski began her 2012 season at the Brisbane International. She defeated Casey Dellacqua, a wild card entrant, in the first round, but then lost to the fourth seed Serena Williams.[74] She then played the qualification tournament for the 2012 Apia International Sydney qualifications, defeating Tamira Paszek and Virginie Razzano, before losing to Stefanie Vögele.[75] At the 2012 Australian Open, Jovanovski lost in the first round to Casey Dellacqua.[76] In doubles, she and Michaëlla Krajicek were defeated by Alla Kudryavtseva and Ekaterina Makarova in the first round.[77] Jovanovski then played for the Serbia Fed Cup team in the World Group first round against Belgium, scoring one singles loss and a win in both singles and doubles to help Serbia advance in the semifinals.[78]

At the 2012 Qatar Total Open, Jovanovski defeated Raquel Kops-Jones in the first round of qualifications, eventually losing to Aleksandra Wozniak in the second.[79] She then lost in the second round of the 2012 Dubai Tennis Championships qualifications to Mona Barthel, having previously beat Kurumi Nara in straight sets.[80] Jovanovski went on to suffer two consecutive first–round losses at the 2012 Malaysian Open and the 2012 BNP Paribas Open, having been defeated by, respectively, Casey Dellacqua,[81] and Jessica Pegula in qualifying.[82] She then played at the ITF event 2012 The Bahamas Women's Open, where she lost in the semifinals to Aleksandra Wozniak.[83] Jovanovski received a wild card for the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, and was defeated by Lourdes Domínguez Lino in the first round.[84]

Jovanovski then played at the 2012 e-Boks Copenhagen Open. She had defeated Stefanie Vögele, and upset the fourth seed Monica Niculescu, before losing in the quarterfinals to Petra Martić.[85] Jovanovski then played for Serbia in the Fed Cup semifinals against Russia. Although she and Aleksandra Krunić lost their doubles match, to Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina, Serbia progressed through to the final with a 3–2 win.[6] After that, Jovanovski tried to qualify for the 2012 Budapest Grand Prix and the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open, but suffered two first–round losses to, respectively, Romana Tabaková,[86] and Marta Domachowska.[87] She then managed to qualify for the 2012 Brussels Open, where she lost in the second round to the eight seed Kaia Kanepi.[88] At the 2012 French Open, Jovanovski lost to World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwańska.[89]

Jovanovski played her first grass–court tournament of the year at the 2012 Aegon Classic, where she suffered a first–round loss to Michelle Larcher de Brito, a qualifier.[90] She then tried to qualify for the 2012 Aegon International, but lost to Laura Robson in the last qualification round.[91] At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Jovanovski led 5–7, 6–3, 2–0 in the first–round match against Eleni Daniilidou, when Daniilidou retired. She then lost to the fifteenth seed Sabine Lisicki in three sets, 6–3, 2–6, 6–8.[92] Jovanovski then entered the 2012 Baku Cup seeded fifth. She defeated Lesia Tsurenko in the first round, Valeria Solovyeva in the second, fellow Serb Aleksandra Krunić in the quarterfinals, and the second seed Alexandra Panova in the semifinals to advance in her first career WTA final. She defeated another first–time finalist Julia Cohen to win her first WTA tour title.[93]

However, following the capture of her first WTA title, Jovanovski went on to lose in the first rounds of three following tournaments — the 2012 Citi Open, the 2012 Rogers Cup and the 2012 Western & Southern Open. At the 2012 Texas Tennis Open, Jovanovski defeated Alexandra Panova, and Mirjana Lučić, and led the match against Shuai Peng when Peng retired to reach the semifinal, where she lost to the eventual champion Roberta Vinci. At the final Grand Slam tournament of the season, the 2012 US Open, she beat Mona Barthel in the first round, and then lost to Dominika Cibulková in the second.[94] Jovanovski then reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 Tashkent Open by defeating Dinah Pfizenmaier, and Eleni Daniilidou, before falling to Donna Vekić. At her last four WTA tournaments of the season, Jovanovski reached the second round of the 2012 Guangzhou International Women's Open, being defeated by Chanelle Scheepers; the third round of the 2012 Toray Pan Pacific Open, losing to Caroline Wozniacki; the third round of the 2012 China Open, losing to Marion Bartoli; and the first round of the 2012 Kremlin Cup, being defeated by Sofia Arvidsson.[95]

Jovanovski was a member of the Serbia Fed Cup team during the 2012 World Group Final, but did not play any matches. She and Aleksandra Krunić were scheduled to play doubles against Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká, but the match was cancelled as Czech Republic had already won 3–1.[96] As a result of their success in the 2012 Fed Cup, the team was honoured with the Award of Olympic Committee of Serbia for Women's Team of the Year.[97] During the final months of 2012, Jovanovski also played at the ITF tournaments, the Büschl Open and the Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge, but without much success.[95]

2013[edit]

Jovanovski played her first event of the 2013 season at the 2013 Shenzhen Open, where she was seeded eighth. She defeated Alexandra Cadanțu in the first round and Duan Yingying in the second, but lost in the quarterfinals to Li Na, who later won the tournament.[98] Jovanovski then played at the 2013 Moorilla Hobart International, where she defeated María Teresa Torró Flor, before losing to Kirsten Flipkens in the second round.[99] At the 2013 Australian Open, Jovanovski again defeated Torró Flor, the seventeenth seed Lucie Šafářová, and Kimiko Date-Krumm, before eventually losing to Sloane Stephens in the fourth round. In third set Jovanovski had break advantage twice: first 2–0 and later 3–1 but lost that set 7–5. This has been her best career Grand Slam result.[100] In doubles, Jovanovski partnered with Melinda Czink; they triumphed over Simona Halep and Arantxa Rus in the first round, but then fell to Natalie Grandin and Vladimíra Uhlířová in the second.[101]

She then lost 7 matches in a row. Four of them were at Fed Cup. First Serbia played in World Group against Sloavakia and lost 2-3. Jovanovski lost her two single matches. Fist to Daniela Hantuchova and second to Jana Cepelova. Jovanovski should play against Dominika Cibulkova second match, but Cibulkova was forced to retrie, during her first single match, because of injury, and couldn't play in second match against Bojana. So, that gave a bigger chance for Jovanovski to level result, but however she lost to Cepelova in tight match - 7–5, 5–7, 9–11 and that was the end of all meeting because Serbia couldn't level result anymore - it was 1-3. Slovakia retried from doubles match, so result at the end is 2-3. Then Serbia played Play-offs for World Group, but lost to Germany 2-3. Ana Ivanovic won two single matches, but Jovanovski lost her two. First to Angelique Kerber in two sets, and then to Mona Barthel in three sets. So, doubles match decided to Germany go through.

Her first win (after Australian Open) was at Rome in first round. She defeated Caroline Wozniacki, former world No. 1 and 10th player in that moment. It was her second top 10 win (first was over Jelena Jankovic). In second round she lost to Jelena Jankovic. At French Open she reached 3rd round; in second she deafeted again Caroline Wozniacki. At Wimbledon and US Open she reached second round.

At the 2013 Tashkent Open Jovanovski won her second WTA title. She deafeted Olga Govortsova in final in three sets. In Guangzhou Bojana defeated in first round Sorana Cirstea, first seed, with an easy 6–2, 6–1 win. But she lost in second round to Vania King, despite winning nine games in a row after first set loss - it was 4–6, 6–0, 3–0. She also won title at 125 series Ningbo; in final she beat Shuai Zhang, again in three sets. After these two titles, it looked like Jovanovski has a big confidence, now for bigger tournaments. In Beijing she beat again Cirstea, and it was again two easy sets. But in second round she was declassed by home favourite, Na Li, with a 6–0, 6–1 loss. But she finished a season in a better way, reaching quarterfinal of Luxembourg. She defeated Roland Garros champion, Francesca Schiavone, in first round, and Su-Wei Hsieh, future doubles world No. 1. Both wins were in two sets. In quarterfinal she lost to 1st seed and eventual champion, Caroline Wozniacki, in three sets.

2014[edit]

Jovanovski started season playing in Shenzhen. She was seeded 4th and was defending quarterfinal, but suffered first round loss to German qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam in two sets. Then she played one more event to prepare for first Grand Slam of the year. It was in Hobart. She beat Annika Beck and Olivia Rogowska, before losing to first seed Samantha Stosur in quarterfinals. At Australian Open, Bojana wasn't seeded at first. But, after withdrawn of Jamie Hampton who was seeded, Bojana suddenly became 33th[clarification needed] seed and she was moved to other side of draw. She started well with reversal for a three sets win over Jana Cepelova. But, in second round, Yvonne Meusburger did the same as Bojana did in first round and won in three sets.

After Melbourne, Jovanovski moved 7 places down on rankings because she was defending 4th round. But, what is worse than that, it's that Bojana got injured in Melbourne. She stated: "Unfortunately, this year my participation in the Australian Open brought an uncomfortable injury that I'll have to take some time absent from the court. From pain in the joints, problems have spread to the muscles around the elbow, so the only choice was a pause." She tried to play in Paris but lost easily to Andrea Petkovic. So, she knew that she must recover and withdrew from Doha, Dubai and also Fed Cup.

First tournament she played after Paris was Acapulco, a month later. Consequences of injuries continued for the results. She defeated in first round American wildcard teenager Tornado Alicia Black in two tight sets, but lost in second round to Marina Erakovic convincingly. In Indian Wells she beat Alison Riske in first round, but lost to Caroline Wozniacki easily. That result could show her form in that moment, because she won two of their last meetings, and in the last meeting, she lost but in three tight sets. In Miami she lost in first round.

First event she played on clay was in Marrakech. She lost in first round to Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, although Bojana led 3–0 in their head-to-head. In Oeiras it looked like Jovanovski is back on track. In first round she beat Monica Puig and in second round against Elena Vesnina Bojana served for match and later had match point for first quarterfinal since Hobart. But, however, she lost that match 7–5, 5–7, 6–7(7–9). In first round of Madrid she declassed Karin Knapp 6–1, 6–1. In second round she lost to countrywoman Ana Ivanovic in good performance, including in which form is Ana in 2014.

Including that loss in Madrid, Jovanovski lost then 6 times in a row. These tournaments were: Rome, Strasbourg, French Open, Birmingham, Eastbourne. Only time she won set was first set against Sloane Stephens in Rome. In Roland Garros, Jovanovski lost to Camila Giorgi.

Jovanovski came in Wimbledon with a 0–6 losing streak and 7–15 ratio of wins and loses in a season overall. But she scored her first win since Madrid with a 7–6(7–2), 6–0 win over Johanna Larsson. In second round she faced Victoria Azarenka, 8th seed. Although Azarenka hasn't had too much matches in 2014 so far, she was a big favourite to win that match. But Jovanovski has shown her best performance in a year so far and won in three sets - 6–3, 3–6, 7–5. It was her 4th top 10 win. Opponent in third round was Czech qualifier and world No. 176 Tereza Smitkova. It looked like Jovanovski could finish match in two sets, with leading with a one set, 6–5 in second and she had one match point on opponent's serve. But Smitkova won second set in tiebreak. However, in third set Jovanovski had chance on her serve - she served two times for a match. Both times she faced 0–40. Second time, at 7–6, she had one match point after 0–40. But, like it was against Vesnina in Oeiras two months ago, Jovanovski lost almost finished match, with a 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 10–8 loss. Jovanovski missed chance for leveling her best Grand Slam result, 4th round, and also chance to try to get through even better than it. She also played doubles, partnered with Eva Hrdinova, and mixed doubles too, partnered with Mate Pavic. In both competiotions she lost in second round. In mixed doubles, Jovanovski and Pavic should play on Monday second round match against Mirza and Tecau, 6th seeds. But due to rain, match was cancelled for Tuesday and then for Wednesday. Because of two sets loss, it's fact that Jovanovski stayed two more days in All England Club due to rain.

Bojana started second hard court season playing in Istanbul. She beat Alison Van Uytvanck in tough match, but lost to doubles partner at this event, Francesca Schiavone in second round. Although they lost in second round of doubles, at least Jovanovski got revenged on Tereza Smitkova, because of losing to her in heartbreaking match in Wimbledon, after missing match points. Not revenged still in singles, but Bojana and Francesca beat her and Mayr-Achleitner in two sets. Jovanovski then played in Baku, and reached second final at that tournament, but didn't win it again. She beat Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Katarzyna Piter, Misa Eguchi and Stefanie Voegele to reach final, where she lost in two sets to Elina Svitolina. This was the first final where she came out as a runner-up, after winning two titles. Then she moved to North America. First tournament she played there was Washington, just a few days later. Although she was tired, she managed to beat Olivia Rogowska and Sorana Cirstea in tight three sets, but lost in quarterfinal to Marina Erakovic for the second time in a year. After playing three tournaments on hard court which are not in US Open Series, she then played also three tournaments within US Open Series. She came in Montréal with a solid 9-4 win loss series, after previous 6 matches losing streak. But that was crashed with new negative series. All matches within US Open Series were lost in two sets: in Montreal she lost to fourteenth seed Carla Suarez Navarro, in Cincinnati in first round of qualifications to Julia Glushko and in final prepare for the last slam of the season in New Haven to recently new top 10 player Eugenie Bouchard winning just two games.

Playing style and equipment[edit]

Jovanovski is an aggressive baseline player.[102] She cites forehand as her favourite shot and hard as her favourite court surface,[103] and stated she would like to improve her court movement and become mentally stronger.[102] Since 2011 US Open she will wear Adidas instead of Nike sports gear and Head rackets.[104]

Personal life[edit]

Jovanovski was born to father Zoran, a former football player, and mother Snežana, and also has a sister Viktorija.[102] Her father and coach Zoran Jovanovski introduced her to tennis when she was aged 7.[104] Jovanovski cites Maria Sharapova as her idol for being "an aggressive player and a strong personality".[105] Serbian tennis player Jelena Janković is her good friend.[26] Jovanovski is fluent in Serbian and English.[103] Besides Head, Jovanovski is also sponsored by Knjaz Miloš.[106]

On 9 January 2012, while playing at the 2012 Apia International Sydney, Jovanovski had a car accident, but suffered no injuries.[107]

National identity[edit]

During the ITF tournament in Dubai in December 2010, it was rumoured Jovanovski would play for Macedonia, reportedly for "being in the shadow of Jelena and Ana".[108] Her father and coach Zoran Jovanovski denied the rumours at once, saying that "Bojana had never even been in Macedonia" and that the rumour was "made up because of her surname".[108][109]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (2–1)
WTA 125 series tournaments (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 28 July 2012 Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan Hard United States Julia Cohen 6–3, 6–1
Winner 2. 14 September 2013 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Belarus Olga Govortsova 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 1. 27 July 2014 Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan Hard Ukraine Elina Svitolina 1–6, 6–7(2–7)

WTA 125 series[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 27 September 2013 Ningbo, China Hard China Shuai Zhang 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–1

Other[edit]

Team: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Team competition Surface Partner/Team Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 3–4 November 2012 Fed Cup, Prague, Czech Republic Hard (i) Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Serbia Jelena Janković
Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
1–3

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 8 (4–4)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (3–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 7 July 2008 Prokuplje, Serbia Clay Slovakia Karin Morgošová 6–0, 6–1
Winner 2. 18 August 2008 Vinkovci, Croatia Clay Serbia Zorica Petrov 6–1, 6–3
Winner 3. 1 September 2008 Brčko, B&H Clay France Gracia Radovanović 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 27 December 2008 Delhi, India Hard Czech Republic Sandra Záhlavová 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 16 November 2009 Pune, India Hard Japan Rika Fujiwara 7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 23 November 2009 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 13 December 2010 Dubai, UAE Clay India Sania Mirza 6–4, 3–6, 0–6
Winner 4. 20 December 2010 Pune, India Hard Russia Nina Bratchikova 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 10 November 2008 Pune, India Hard Romania Elora Dabija Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
Chinese Taipei I-Hsuan Hwang
7–5, 2–6, [7–10]

Fed Cup performances[edit]

Singles: 7 (4–3)[edit]

Outcome Edition Round Opponent Team Surface Opponent Score
Loser 2010 World Group Playoffs Slovakia Slovakia Clay (i) Daniela Hantuchová 6–2, 6–2
Winner Magdaléna Rybáriková 6–1, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 2011 World Group II Canada Canada Hard (i) Aleksandra Wozniak 6–4, 7–5
Winner Rebecca Marino 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Loser 2011 World Group Playoffs Slovakia Slovakia Clay (i) Dominika Cibulková 6–4, 3–6, 1–6
Loser 2012 World Group Belgium Belgium Hard (i) Yanina Wickmayer 4–6, 4–6
Winner Kirsten Flipkens 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 4 (2–2)[edit]

Outcome Edition Round Opponent Team Surface Partner Opponents Score
Losers 2010 World Group Playoffs Slovakia Slovakia Clay (i) Jelena Janković Hantuchová
Rybáriková
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2011 World Group II Canada Canada Hard (i) Aleksandra Krunić Fichman
Pelletier
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 2012 World Group Belgium Belgium Hard (i) Aleksandra Krunić Van Uytvanck
Wickmayer
7–6(7–2), 4–6, 6–1
Losers 2012 World Group Semifinals Russia Russia Clay (i) Aleksandra Krunić Kirilenko
Vesnina
6–4, 6–0

Record against other players[edit]

Player Ranking Record W% Hardcourt Clay Grass Carpet
Belarus Victoria Azarenka 1 1–1 50% 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 1 2–4 33% 0–3 2–1 0–0 0–0
Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia Jelena Janković 1 1–2 33% 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0
Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia Ana Ivanovic 1 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
Russia Maria Sharapova 1 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
United States Serena Williams 1 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 2 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
Russia Vera Zvonareva 2 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0
China Li Na 2 0–3 0% 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0
Russia Elena Dementieva 3 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Russia Nadia Petrova 3 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 4 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Australia Jelena Dokić 4 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Italy Francesca Schiavone 4 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Russia Anna Chakvetadze 5 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Canada Eugenie Bouchard 7 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
Australia Alicia Molik 8 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Germany Andrea Petkovic 9 1–3 33% 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–0
Italy Flavia Pennetta 10 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Israel Shahar Pe'er 11 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0
Germany Sabine Lisicki 12 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 12 0–3 0% 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 13 1–2 33% 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–0
France Aravane Rezaï 15 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0

Wins over Top 10's per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2010
1. Serbia Jelena Janković No. 6 China Open, Beijing, China Hard 2nd Round 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
2013
2. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 10 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy Clay 1st Round 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
3. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 10 French Open, Paris, France Clay 2nd Round 7–6(7–2), 6–3
2014
4. Belarus Victoria Azarenka No. 9 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 2nd Round 6–3, 3–6, 7–5

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A Q3 2R 1R 4R 2R 5–4
French Open A Q2 1R 1R 3R 1R 2–4
Wimbledon A 2R 1R 2R 2R 3R 5–5
US Open Q3 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2–5
Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 1–4 2–4 7–4 3–4 14–18

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1–4
French Open A 1R A A 1R 1R 0–3
Wimbledon A 1R A A 1R 2R 1–3
US Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R 0–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–4 0–2 1–4 1–3 2–14

Awards[edit]

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