Jelena Jankovic after her win at Cincinnati
|Country|| Serbia (2006–present)
Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006)
|Residence||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
28 February 1985 |
|Height||1.77 metres (5 ft 10 in)|
|Turned pro||6 February 2000|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||13 WTA, 1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (11 August 2008)|
|Current ranking||No. 16 (10 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2008)|
|French Open||SF (2007, 2008, 2010)|
|Wimbledon||4R (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)|
|US Open||F (2008)|
|Tour Finals||SF (2008, 2009, 2013)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2008)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 0 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 19 (9 June 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 47 (10 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2008, 2013)|
|French Open||3R (2013, 2014)|
|US Open||3R (2006, 2013, 2014)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2006)|
|French Open||2R (2005)|
|Fed Cup||F (2012)|
|Hopman Cup||F (2008)|
|Last updated on: 8 September 2014.|
Jelena Janković (Serbian Cyrillic: Јелена Јанковић, pronounced [jɛ̌lɛna jǎːnkɔv̞itɕ], born 28 February 1985) is a Serbian professional tennis player. Janković is a former World No. 1 in singles, a ranking achieved in the months following her finals appearance at the 2008 US Open. Janković's career highlights include winning the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Jamie Murray, the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia twice, in 2007 and 2008, and the aforementioned appearance in the finals of the 2008 US Open. She is coached by her brother Marko. As of 8 September 2014, Janković is ranked No. 11. She is the second highest Serbian, behind Ana Ivanovic.
- 1 Family and early life
- 2 Tennis career
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Playing style
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Career statistics
- 8 Awards
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Family and early life
Janković was born in Belgrade, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, as the third child of Veselin and Snežana, both economists.. She has two brothers, Marko and Stefan. She is a student at the Megatrend University in Belgrade, studying economics. However, she has put her course of study on indefinite hold as she continues to pursue her tennis career. Janković learned her first tennis skills at the Tennis Club 'Red Star'. As a nine-and-a-half year old she was introduced to tennis by her elder brother and fitness coach Marko. She was later trained at the Tennis Academy of Nick Bollettieri. As a junior she won the 2001 Australian Open and reached junior no. 1 in the world. In 2001, she started to play on the WTA Tour; she reached the second round at her first tournament at the Indian Wells Masters.
She was ranked world no. 1 for seventeen consecutive weeks until she was overtaken by Serena Williams on 2 February 2009. She was the year-end world no. 1 in 2008, the second player in the history of the WTA tour to do this without winning a Grand Slam title, after Kim Clijsters.
Janković has reached the singles final of the US Open and the singles semifinals of the Australian Open and the French Open. In 2007, she became the first Serbian player to win a Grand Slam title when she won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with British partner Jamie Murray.
In October 2003, Janković entered the top 100 at no. 90 for the first time, after winning her first ITF title in Dubai. Three months later, Janković garnered her first top-10 win against Elena Dementieva in the first round of the 2004 Australian Open. In May, Janković won her first WTA title, a Tier V event, in Budapest, defeating Martina Suchá in the final. Following her win in Budapest, she reached no. 51 in the world. Elsewhere in her 2004 season, she defeated top-20 players Nadia Petrova (twice), Vera Zvonareva, Patty Schnyder, Elena Dementieva and Paola Suárez. Janković finished 2004 ranked no. 28 in the world.
In March, at Dubai, she advanced to the final following Serena Williams's retirement in the semifinal. Janković then lost in the final to Lindsay Davenport in three sets. She made her first Tier I semifinal in Berlin, losing to Nadia Petrova. In June, she reached her first grass-court final at Birmingham, but lost to Maria Sharapova. In October, Janković reached her third final of the year in Seoul, ranked no. 17 in the world, her highest ranking at that time, losing to 16-year-old Nicole Vaidišová in straight sets. Her ranking at the end of the season eclipsed her 2004 record at no. 22.
Janković lost in the second round of the Australian Open to world no. 188 Olga Savchuk. That was the first of ten straight losses, not winning a match from late January into early May. She later said this run caused her to consider quitting tennis. Janković ended her losing streak by beating world no. 17 Elena Likhovtseva in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, before eventually losing to Venus Williams in three sets in the quarterfinals. At the French Open, Janković reached the third round for the first time, where she lost to world no. 1 Amélie Mauresmo.
At Wimbledon, Janković defeated sixth-seeded and defending champion Venus Williams in the third round in three sets. Competing in the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time, she lost to ninth-seeded Anastasia Myskina. In August, Janković reached her fifth career final and first of the year at the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles, defeating Serena Williams (ranked world no. 108 at the time after a lengthy injury lay-off) in the semifinals, before losing to third-seeded Elena Dementieva in the final. The US Open saw Janković defeat world no. 10 Vaidišová in the third round, world no. 7 and former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round, and world no. 5 Dementieva in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. In the semifinals, Janković lost to world no. 2 Justine Henin in three sets, after Janković had led 6–4, 4–2. Janković argued with the chair umpire, when the umpire refused to offer an opinion as to whether a service call had been correct, suggesting that Janković use one of her electronic challenges. Janković then lost ten consecutive games.
Janković continued her strong form in the aftermath of the US Open. Of the six tournaments she played during the remainder of the year, she reached the quarterfinals at five. This included a run to the semifinals at the China Open in Beijing, defeating world no. 7 Nadia Petrova in the quarterfinals, before losing to world no. 1 Mauresmo in a third set tiebreak. Janković finished the year at a career-high ranking of world no. 12.
2007: Top player
To begin the year, Janković won the second title of her career at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, defeating Vera Zvonareva in the final. The following week, at the Medibank International in Sydney, Janković defeated world no. 7 and former no. 1 Martina Hingis and top-seeded Amélie Mauresmo on the way to the final, where she lost to Kim Clijsters after serving for the match. Janković's strong start to the year meant that some considered her a title threat at the Australian Open; however, she was eliminated in the fourth round by the eventual champion Serena Williams. Because of her results at these tournaments, her ranking rose to world no. 10, the first time she had been included in the top 10.
Janković reached two semifinals in the Middle East in the spring, retiring against Mauresmo due to an ankle injury at the Dubai Tennis Championships, and losing in three sets to Justine Henin at the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Qatar. Janković rebounded in the clay-court season, defeating Venus Williams on a third set tiebreak in the semifinals of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. She went on to defeat Dinara Safina in the final to win the first Tier I title of her career. On European red clay, after losing to world no. 1 Henin in three sets both in the semifinals of the J&S Cup in Warsaw and the quarterfinals of the Qatar Telecom German Open (failing to hold a 4–0 lead in the third set in the latter), Janković won her second career Tier I title at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, defeating second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. This results meant she entered the top 5 in the world rankings for the first time. Janković was the fourth seed at the French Open and one of the favorites for the title. After registering her third consecutive victory over Venus Williams in the third round, she went on to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the second time in her career, but lost there to eventual champion Henin. This improved her ranking to a new career-high of world no 3.
On grass, Janković captured the DFS Classic title in Birmingham, beating top-seeded Maria Sharapova in the final. Sharapova led 3–0 in the third set, before Janković rallied to win the match. The next week, Janković reached the final of the Ordina Open in the Netherlands and became the first player since Chris Evert in 1974 to win 50 matches in the first half of a year. Janković, suffering from a hamstring injury, lost the final to Anna Chakvetadze. At Wimbledon, Janković was the third seed, but lost in the fourth round to the surprise eventual finalist Marion Bartoli. In the mixed doubles competition at Wimbledon, Janković teamed with doubles specialist Jamie Murray to win the title in three sets by beating the fifth-seeded team, Jonas Björkman and Alicia Molik.
During the North American summer hard-court season, Janković reached the semifinals of the East West Bank Classic in Carson, California, but lost there to fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic, having held two match points in the final set. The following week, Janković reached the final of the Tier I Rogers Cup in Toronto, where she lost to Henin on Henin's sixth match point. Janković had leads in the first and second sets, but was unable to maintain her lead. At the US Open, Janković lost to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals.
Janković's form tailed off following the US Open. At the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic in Bali, Janković was upset in the quarterfinals by former world no. 1 Lindsay Davenport, in Davenport's first singles tournament since giving birth. The following week at the China Open in Beijing, Janković defeated Davenport, but lost in the final to Hungarian teenager Ágnes Szávay, after Janković had a match point in the second set. Janković finished the year on a six-match losing streak, losing all three of her round-robin matches on her debut at the year-end WTA Tour Championships in Madrid. She finished the year ranked world no. 3. At the end of the year she had won 72 matches in a solar year, a true record of the WTA.
Janković had successful nose surgery immediately after Madrid to correct a breathing problem. The surgery prevented her from practicing for three weeks.
2008: World No. 1 and First Grand Slam Final
Janković lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open to eventual champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets, having defeated defending champion Serena Williams en route. In March at the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Janković lost in the semifinals to Ana Ivanovic. The following fortnight, Janković reached her first final of the year at the Miami Masters, losing to Serena Williams in three sets.
Janković started the clay-court season by losing in the quarterfinals of both the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina and the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin. Janković then successfully defended her Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia title in Rome, after defeating Venus Williams in three sets in the quarterfinals, receiving a walkover from the injured Sharapova in the semifinals, and defeating French teenager Alizé Cornet in the final. This was Janković's first singles title of the year. She went into the French Open among the favorites, following the sudden retirement of four-time champion Justine Henin. However, she lost to compatriot and eventual champion Ivanovic after leading by a break in the third set. Janković was the only player to win a set against Ivanovic during the entire tournament. This marked Janković's fourth defeat in four career Grand Slam semifinals. She would have become the world no. 1 had she reached the final. However, she did reach a new career-high of world no. 2 in the week following the tournament.
At Wimbledon, Janković injured her knee during her third-round match against Caroline Wozniacki. Although she won that match, it visibly hindered her during her fourth-round loss to Tamarine Tanasugarn. Janković would have become the world no. 1 had she reached the semifinals of the tournament. However, she lost to Tamarine Tanasugarn in the fourth round. Janković squandered two further opportunities to immediately take the world no. 1 position with losses in the semifinals of the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles to Dinara Safina and the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, to Dominika Cibulková. Janković did eventually replace Ivanovic as the world no. 1 on 11 August 2008. She was the 18th woman to have been ranked world no. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association, but the first woman to have done so without ever having reached a Grand Slam final and only the third woman (the others being Amélie Mauresmo and Kim Clijsters) to have become world no. 1 without first winning a Grand Slam title.
Janković's reign as the world no. 1 lasted only one week, after she lost in the quarterfinals of the Beijing Olympics to eventual silver-medalist Safina. This meant Ivanovic reclaimed the world no. 1 position. Janković was the second seed at the US Open, where she defeated Olympic gold-medalist Elena Dementieva in the semifinals to reach her first Grand Slam final. There, she lost to fourth-seeded Serena Williams. Janković would have reclaimed the world no. 1 position if she had won the event.
Janković became the world no. 1 again during the fall in the midst of winning three consecutive tournaments. At the China Open, Janković defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in two sets to win the title. The following week, Janković played in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, where she defeated Venus Williams in the semifinals and Nadia Petrova in the final. In the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Janković defeated defending champion Dementieva in the semifinals before triumphing against Vera Zvonareva in the final for her third title in three weeks, the first time for a player on the WTA tour to do so since 2005. As the top seed at the year-end 2008 WTA Tour Championships held in Doha, Qatar, Janković won two of her three round-robin matches, including only the second win of her career over Ivanovic. However, she lost in the semifinals, to eventual champion Venus Williams and ended the year as world no. 1. In all, Janković lost to eventual champions at six tournaments (including three Grand Slam tournaments) during the season. Janković was later named the ITF World Champion for her performance in 2008. She won four titles during the season, the most of anyone on the tour along with Serena Williams and Safina.
The Olympic Committee of Serbia declared her the best sportswoman for the second year in a row.
2009–2010: Continued success as Top 10 player
Janković was seeded first at the Australian Open in Melbourne. She lost to 16th-seeded Marion Bartoli in the fourth round. Bartoli hit 34 winners, compared to Janković's 17 and won 81 percent of her first serve points, compared to Janković's 56 percent. Janković lost her World No. 1 ranking to Serena Williams as a result. Her next Women's Tennis Association event was the Open GDF Suez tournament in Paris. Janković beat Francesca Schiavone, Li Na and fifth-seeded Alizé Cornet but then lost to Amélie Mauresmo in the semifinals.
Janković was upset by Kaia Kanepi in the third round of Doha in straight sets, in what she called "the worst match of my career." She was the second-seeded player at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, losing in the second round to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. After the match, she conceded that she has been struggling with her confidence, saying "I need a lot of work." Janković then lost in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, to Gisela Dulko after Janković failed to hold leads of 5–2 in the second set and 5–2 in the tiebreaker.
Beginning her spring clay-court season at the Andalucia Tennis Experience in Marbella, Spain, Janković defeated fifth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suárez Navarro in three sets for her first title of 2009. Janković beat Anabel Medina Garrigues in the Fed Cup play-offs against Spain to bring the Serbian team into the World Group for the first time. The previous day, Janković and Ana Ivanovic had won their single matches.
Janković was the defending champion at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, but lost in the quarterfinals. Seeded fourth at the inaugural Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, she advanced to the quarterfinals once again, but was defeated by Patty Schnyder.
At the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati, Janković defeated Victoria Azarenka and Elena Dementieva (saving four match points). In the final, Janković won her second title of the year, defeating world no. 1 Dinara Safina. With the win, her ranking also went back to world no. 4. Despite her good form leading up to the 2009 US Open, Janković's inconsistency continued, as she suffered a shock second-round defeat by Yaroslava Shvedova despite having match points in the third-set tie-break. Her ranking went down to world no. 8.
At the 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open seeded seventh, Janković defeated Marion Bartoli in the quarterfinals and Li Na in the semifinals. She faced Maria Sharapova in the final and retired while behind 5–2 because of an arm injury. Janković received a first-round bye in Beijing. She lost her opening match to home favorite Peng Shuai.
At the WTA Tour Championships Janković lost her first match to Azarenka but bounced back defeating Safina and Wozniacki to clinch the first berth in her group. In her second year-end championship semifinal she lost to Venus Williams in three sets. She ended the year ranked no. 8 and with a 46–19 record.
At the Australian Open, Janković, seeded eighth, lost to 31st seed Alona Bondarenko in the third round. Next, Janković represented Serbia in the 2010 Fed Cup. In her first match, she rallied from 4–6, 1–4 down to defeat Alisa Kleybanova, then defeated reigning French Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. In the deciding doubles match, she partnered with Ana Ivanovic but fell to Kuznetsova and Kleybanova. Her next scheduled tournament was the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships where she lost to Vera Zvonareva in the third round. She traveled to Indian Wells, California for the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. At the tournament, she was seeded sixth and defeated Caroline Wozniacki to take her 12th title. Janković's next tournament was the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, where she was seeded seventh. In the fourth round, she lost to Samantha Stosur, ending her eight-match winning streak.
At the Fed Cup qualifying, Janković defeated Slovakia's Magdaléna Rybáriková in her first singles match, but fell to Hantuchová in her second. Janković and Bojana Jovanovski then fell to Rybáriková and Hantuchová in the deciding doubles match. Janković was the fourth seed at the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. She lost against Justine Henin in the quarterfinals for the tenth time in a row. Janković was the seventh seed at the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. In the quarterfinals she handed Venus Williamsthe heaviest loss in her career, surrendering only one game. She then beat reigning world no. 1 Serena Williams in the semifinals, after saving a match point. She became one of the few women to defeat both Williams sisters in the same tournament and the first player who beat both sisters in less than 24 hours in one tournament. However, she lost to unseeded María José Martínez Sánchez in the final. Nevertheless, her ranking increased to world no. 4. Janković lost in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open to eventual champion Aravane Rezaï. Janković's next tournament was 2010 French Open, where she was seeded fourth. She lost in the semifinals to Samantha Stosur. Two weeks later, her ranking increased to world no. 3.
Janković, struggling with injuries, played in the 2010 Wimbledon Championships and eventually retired against eventual finalist Vera Zvonareva in the fourth round. Regardless, her ranking increased to world no. 2. Janković lost in the early rounds at both the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open and 2010 Rogers Cup, despite being the top seed in each (and defending champion in Cincinnati). Janković then traveled to New York to play in the 2010 US Open, where she was seeded fourth. She was defeated by Kaia Kanepi in the third round. In the 2010 China Open she fell in the third round against fellow Serbian player Bojana Jovanovski. Janković's final event of the year was the 2010 WTA Tour Championships, where she qualified for the fourth consecutive year, as the sixth seed. After losing her opening match to Zvonareva, Janković reportedly collapsed in the locker room, yet still came out to play Clijsters the next day and lost. She lost her third and final group match to Azerenka, bringing an end to her 2010 season.
2011–2012: Out of the Top 20
At the start of the year, Janković announced her decision to work with Andrei Pavel on a trial basis. She began 2011 by falling in the first round to France's Aravane Rezaï in three sets at the Medibank International Sydney. Her poor form continued at the Australian Open, losing in the second round against Shuai Peng. Janković reached the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, beating fourth seed Samantha Stosur but losing to Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinal, Wozniacki's first win in five attempts against Janković. Up next for Janković was the Qatar Ladies Open. She reached the semifinals again, losing to Vera Zvonareva in three sets. The Russian had then beaten the Serb in their last five meetings. She then reached the final of the Monterrey Open, where she was defeated by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova despite being up a set. Indian Wells Masters was next for Janković, where she was the defending champion. She was defeated by Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round. Janković's next tournament was the Sony Ericsson Open where she lost to Andrea Petkovic in the quarterfinals.
Janković's next tournament was Family Circle Cup in Charleston where she lost in the semifinals to world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. She then played in the Fed Cup against Slovakia, beating Daniela Hantuchová and winning an epic doubles match with Aleksandra Krunić against Hantuchová and Magdaléna Rybáriková, saving three match points. With this, Serbia was placed in World Group I again. At 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Janković lost to world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals for the third time in a row. Her ranking dropped to no. 10, the lowest it had been since the beginning of 2007. Janković was the tenth seed at the 2011 French Open. In the fourth round, Janković fell to fifth seed and defending champion Francesca Schiavone. As a result, she dropped out of top 10 for the first time since early 2007.
Janković was the 15th seed at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, but lost to María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round, her first opening-round exit in a Grand Slam since the 2005 French Open.
Janković was seeded 13th at the 2011 Western & Southern Open, where she lost in the final to Maria Sharapova in three sets. She reached the third round at the US Open, losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She reached the semifinals of the 2011 Generali Ladies Linz tournament, falling to Petra Kvitová.
Janković began 2012 at the Brisbane International, losing to Francesca Schiavone in the quarterfinals. She then lost in the second round of the Apia International to 3rd seed Victoria Azarenka. At the 2012 Australian Open Janković was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round.
She played the Dubai Duty Free Open and advanced to the semifinals without dropping a set, where she was beaten by the in form Agnieszka Radwańska. She reached the semis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before losing to 5th seed Petra Martić in three sets. Janković lost her next three matches in Indian Wells, Miami, and in Charleston to Venus Williams.
Janković reached the E-boks Sony Ericsson Open in Copenhagen simifinals before losing to 2nd seed Angelique Kerber. In the Fed Cup semifinals against Russia in Moscow, Janković defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova. She then lost four of her next five matches, being defeated in the opening rounds of the Mutua Madrid Open, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia and in Brussels before a second round loss at the French Open to young American Varvara Lepchenko.
Janković turned her fortunes around by reaching the finals of Aegon Classic 2012, losing to Melanie Oudin. However, she lost in the opening round of Wimbledon to unseeded former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters. It was the second year in a row that Janković lost in the opening round of Wimbledon. Janković lost in the opening round of the Olympic tennis tournament to eventual Gold Medallist Serena Williams.
2013–2014: Back to the Top 10, 500th career win, out of Top 10 again
At the Australian Open, Janković lost in the third round to compatriot and former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic. In February, Janković won her first title in three years at Bogotá, defeating Paula Ormaechea in straight sets. Janković made an early exit from Indian Wells the following week, losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round. However, she managed to reach the semi-finals at Miami, losing to Maria Sharapova in straight sets. The run in Miami returned Janković to the world's Top 20 for the first time in almost one year.
Janković then reached the final of the Family Circle Cup, losing there to defending champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams. At Stuttgart, Janković upset Samantha Stosur in the first round, before losing to Sabine Lisicki in the second. Janković lost in the first round of Mutua Madrid Open to Chanelle Scheepers. She made it to the quarter-final at Internazionali BNL d'Italia where she was defeated by Simona Halep after she missed 2 matchpoints. At the French Open Janković made it to the quarter finals but lost to Sharapova in three sets. She also played at Nürnberger Versicherungscup where she was defeated by Andrea Petkovic in the semifinals.
At Wimbledon Championships she lost in the second round of singles to Vesna Dolonc but made it to the quarter-final of doubles (in pair with Mirjana Lucic-Baroni) where they lost to eventual champions Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai. Janković kicked off her US hard court season in Carlsbad, where she was upset in the 2nd round by Urszula Radwańska in 3 sets. She also competed in the doubles tournament with Katarina Srebotnik and lost in the semifinals. This propelled her to a career high in doubles, No. 38, 7 years after her last career high. She then competed at Toronto, and lost to eventual finalist Sorana Cirstea in the 3rd round. Janković again partnered Srebotnik in the doubles. The unseeded pair won the tournament. This marks Janković's second career doubles title, her 1st title in Birmingham in 2006. This result will further increase her doubles ranking to a career high, No. 25. At the Western & Southern Open, Janković defeated 4 top 25 players en route to the semifinals: Sabine Lisicki, Ekaterina Makarova, Sloane Stephens, and Roberta Vinci. She then lost to World #2 Victoria Azarenka in 3 tough sets. This result means that Janković clinches the 9th seed at the US Open, after the retirement of Marion Bartoli and withdrawal of Maria Sharapova. And as a top 10 seed at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2011 French Open, Janković made it to the round of 16 for the first time at the US Open since her run to the final in 2008 after beating Madison Keys, Alisa Kleybanova, and Kurumi Nara, all in straight sets. She was defeated in the 4th round by a peak form Li Na. As a result, Janković was back into the top 10 singles rankings for the first time since June 2011.
During the Asian hard court season Janković performed well. She reached the 1/16 round at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she was defeated by later declared Newcomer of the year Eugenie Bouchard. At the 2013 China Open in Beijing she reached the final for the first time since 2008, defeating Tokyo champion Petra Kvitová en route. Furthermore, for the first time since 2009, Janković won more than 40 matches in a year. After this result she will be World No. 8. This strong Asian run also meant that Janković is the 7th qualifier for the Year-End Championships at Istanbul. She made the semifinals at the Year-End Championships, defeating world number 2 Victoria Azarenka in straight sets along the way, finishing 2013 with a 3 set loss to eventual champion and year-end number one Serena Williams.
Janković started the 2014 season at the premier-level event Brisbane International as the number four seed. She beat former Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone, Elina Svitolina, and world number 9 Angelique Kerber to reach the semifinals where she lost to world number 2 Victoria Azarenka in 3 sets. This was the first time she made it to the semifinals of an Australian Open warm up tournament since 2007. Seeded fourth at the Sydney International, Janković was upset in the first round by Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets. Her next stop was the Australian Open. She defeated three Japanese players consecutively, Misaki Doi, Ayumi Morita, and Kurumi Nara, to reach the fourth round that set up a rematch against up and coming Romanian Simona Halep, where Janković lost in three sets. Her next set of tournaments were during the Middle-Eastern hard court swing at Doha and Dubai. She made it to the semifinals in Doha, beating Karin Knapp, Alisa Kleybanova, and Petra Kvitova, dropping less than four games in each match. She lost to Angelique Kerber in a second set tiebreak. In Dubai, Jelena defeated Maryna Zanevska and Lucie Safarova, both in straight sets, before falling to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.
Jelena played the two Premier Mandatory events during the North American hard court swing at Indian Wells and Miami. At Indian Wells, she defeated Yvonne Meusburger, Magdalena Rybarikova, and Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals against Agnieszka Radwanska. In the 3rd and deciding set, Janković came back from a 0–4 deficit, leveling the match at 4–4. Despite having game points in the following two games, she lost the match, 5–7 6–2 4–6. She suffered a shocking opening round exit in Miami against Varvara Lepchenko, serving for the match at 5–1 in the 3rd set. She lost the match 3–6 6–2 6–7.
Her clay court season started in Charleston, where she was the 2nd seed and defending finalist. She made it to the quarterfinals, defeating Lauren Davis and Ajla Tomljanović. She lost to Eugenie Bouchard in 3 sets, continuing her 3-set misery for 2014. On the red clay at Bogota, Janković made it to the finals, where she failed to defend her title against Caroline Garcia. She lost in straight sets. At the 2014 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she reached the semifinals after recording wins over Mona Barthel, Flavia Pennetta and Alisa Kleybanova. She then lost to compatriot Ana Ivanovic. Jankovic lost in the 2nd round at Madrid to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She did well at the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome where she reached the semifinals, losing to Errani. She defeated Pennetta and 3rd seed Agnieszka Radwanska en route. At Roland Garros, Jankovic was seeded 6th and she reached the 4th round where she lost to Errani again.
Jelena had a disappointing grass court season. She lost her opening matches at Eastbourne and Wimbledon to Madison Keys and Kaia Kanepi respectively. In August, she participated in Montreal as the 7th seed. She had a first round bye and faced Sloane Stephens in her opener. She won in 3 tight sets. In the 3rd round, she lost to rising American Coco Vandeweghe in another tight 3-set match. At the 2014 Western & Southern Open, she was the 8th seed and received a first round bye. She defeated Annika Beck in the second round and then defeated Sloane Stephens for a spot in the quarterfinals. In the last eight, she lost to Serena again. Jankovic reached the 4th round at the US Open where she lost to Belinda Bencic in straight sets. Jankovic fell out of the Top 10 after the US Open concluded.
Jankovic then travelled to Tokyo for the Pan Pacific Open. She was the 4th seed and received a first round bye. She lost to Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in her opening match. At the inaugural Wuhan Open, Jankovic the 10th seed defeated Christina McHale in the first round. In her following match, she faced Vandeweghe but retired in the first set while trailing 1-4 with a back problem. In Beijing , Jankovic was the defending finalist but fell in three sets to Alize Cornet in the opening round.
Janković vs. Ivanovic
One of the most prominent rivalries in women's tennis is the one between Janković and fellow Fed Cup team-mate and Serbian compatriot Ana Ivanovic. They have met 11 times, with Ivanovic leading 8–3 overall. Six of their eleven meetings have come at important stages of tournaments, whilst two have come at Grand Slam tournaments; Janković trails in both categories 1–5 and 0–2 respectively. Both players were touted as future top players following their breakthrough in 2007 and 2008, however, both have since underperformed on the WTA Tour and dropped out of the Top 10 in contrasting circumstances. Matches between Janković and Ivanovic are given the nickname "The Battle of Serbia". Since the end of 2008, the dominance of both players have diminished; both have only reached the quarter-finals (or better) at Grand Slam tournaments just once each: Janković at the 2010 French Open and Ivanovic at 2012 US Open.
Their most important meeting to date was in the semi-finals of the 2008 French Open; the match was one of historic proportions as it would decide which of the two would become the first Serbian player, male or female, to gain the World No. 1 ranking. In a match that lasted three sets and saw one player try to gain authority over the other, Ivanovic prevailed; the result saw Ivanovic claim the world No. 1 ranking for the first time, however Janković would herself claim the ranking later that year.
The pair were involved in a long-running feud in early 2010, arising from Ivanovic's decision not to play in Serbia's Fed Cup World Group play-off against Slovakia due to her poor form at the time. They met in a controversial encounter at the Madrid Premier Mandatory tournament in May that year, in which Janković appeared to criticise and imitate Ivanovic's fist-pumping habit following a three-set victory. It was only Janković's third (and last to date) victory against Ivanovic, after previously winning in 2006 and 2008.
At Indian Wells in 2011, Janković was the defending champion, but Ivanovic defeated her in the fourth round, ending her title defence. That would be their last meeting in a WTA Tour match until the 2013 Australian Open, where Ivanovic prevailed in the third round.
Janković vs. Zvonareva
They met six times in 2008 with Janković winning four of the six meetings, including three consecutive times in three consecutive tournaments during the fall. The third match in this streak was the final of the Kremlin Cup, which was the third consecutive title won by Janković in a stretch which also included titles in Beijing and Stuttgart. Janković had defeated Zvonareva on her way to the two titles which preceded the Kremlin Cup. However, Zvonareva would defeat Janković at the WTA Tour Championships later that year; this would be the start of an ongoing five-match winning streak against Janković.
Their only meeting at a Grand Slam tournament was at Wimbledon in 2010, in the tournament's fourth round. The match was important as neither player had reached the quarter-finals of the grass court Major to that point. Zvonareva won through (and eventually went on to reach the final) after Janković retired whilst trailing in the second set.
Janković vs. Venus Williams
Jelena Janković and Venus Williams have met 12 times and each player has won six times. Janković leads 4–2 on clay courts and 1–0 on grass, whilst Venus leads 4–1 on hard. Their rivalry is one of the most competitive and even in women's tennis. Only three of their matches have been decided in straight sets: their first meeting in the quarter-finals of the 2005 East of the West Bank Classic, which Venus won; the second was in the quarter-finals of the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia which Janković won with 6–0, 6–1; this was the worst ever defeat in Venus Williams' entire career, and their third and most recent meeting in the second round of the 2012 Family Circle Cup, which Venus won in straight sets.
They have met three times in Grand Slam tournaments. Janković caused an upset at Wimbledon in 2006 where she defeated the defending champion in the third round, winning in three sets. They met twice at the Majors in 2007, Janković winning at the French Open, and Williams winning at the US Open in 2007. Both matches required a third set.
They have also met twice at the WTA Tour Championships, both times in the semi-finals with Williams winning in three sets on both occasions.
Janković vs. Serena Williams
Janković and Serena Williams have met 14 times, with Serena leading 10–4 overall. Their first seven matches and the last match were on hardcourts, which Serena leads 7–3. The Eighth and tenth match were on clay and the ninth was on grass.
In 2004 they played their first match in San Diego; Serena won in three sets. The Second match was at the 2005 Dubai Tennis Championships semifinal, with Janković causing an upset (Serena was world No. 4). When Janković was leading 6–0, 4–3, Serena retried. She is one of seven players who won a 6–0 set against Serena: Alexia Dechaume-Balleret, Mary Joe Fernandez, Justine Henin, Patty Schnyder, Venus Williams and Anabel Medina Garrigues).
At the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open, Miami, they met in a final for the first time. Serena won in three sets. They played again in the final of the US Open in 2008. Serena won in two sets. In the 2nd set Janković was serving for the set at 5–4 and had set point. However, Serena saved set point and won three games in a row for US Open title.
Two years later, in the semifinal of the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia Janković won in three sets, saving match point in doing so and coming back from 5–2 down in the final set tie-break. In the quarter-final she had defeated Venus Williams, becoming the only woman to defeat both of the Williams sisters in a 24-hour period.
Their opening round match at the Tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics was their first and only match on grass. Janković wasn't seeded and Serena won in two sets before going on to win the gold medal.
At the final of the 2013 Family Circle Cup, Charleston, Serena won in three sets. Again in 2013, at China Open, they met in the final and Serena won in two sets. At WTA Championships Serena won their semifinal match after losing second set convincingly, 6–2.
Their most recent meeting occurred in the quarterfinal of the 2014 Western & Southern Open, where Serena won in straight sets. Serena improved to 6–0 record since it was 4–4.
Jelena Janković is often regarded as a counterpuncher. Jelena is known for being able to slide effectively on all surfaces. Janković has very consistent groundstrokes and prefers to go down the line more often than crosscourt. Her biggest weapons are her two-handed backhand and drop shot. She also has a decent forehand. Her net game has improved as a result of additional doubles play. Being able to hit effective drive, drop and swinging volleys. Her main weakness is her serve. She likes to spin it in on the first and second serve which can lead to her getting broken many times in matches. Her weakest surface is considered grass and her best surface is fast hard court where she can use her defense and speed to win matches.However, given the fact that six of her thirteen titles have come on clay, this could also be considered her best surface. Her ups and downs are often caused by her fragile mindset (see US Open 2006 vs Henin) and they have resulted in her being dubbed 'Queen Chaos.'
Janković was the subject of the 2008 autobiographical documentary, Jelenin svet (Jelena's World), featuring Justine Henin, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Anna Chakvetadze and other notable players.
On 5 December 2007, Janković became a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, for Children's Fund. "I am happy to have become a UNICEF ambassador for Serbia. This is a great honour for me and I will try to justify the role that has been given to me", she said. Janković is the second Serbian tennis star to have volunteered to help promote the rights of children and collect funds for UNICEF after Ana Ivanovic became an ambassador in September.
Janković is currently sponsored by Italian sportswear company Fila. Before Janković had endorsed Anta and Reebok sportswear, and had her own line with them for her tournament wear. Janković also has an endorsement with Prince Sports and now uses the Prince O3 Red LS Racquet.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||2008||US Open||Hard||Serena Williams||7-5, 7–5|
Mixed Doubles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||2007||Wimbledon||Grass||Jamie Murray|| Alicia Molik
|6–4, 3–6, 6–1|
Grand Slam tournament record
Current through the 2014 French Open.
|Australian Open||A||A||A||2R||2R||2R||2R||4R||SF||4R||3R||2R||4R||3R||4R||0 / 12||26–12|
|French Open||A||A||A||Q2||1R||1R||3R||SF||SF||4R||SF||4R||2R||QF||4R||0 / 11||31–11|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||Q1||1R||3R||4R||4R||4R||3R||4R||1R||1R||2R||1R||0 / 11||17–11|
|US Open||A||A||Q1||Q3||2R||3R||SF||QF||F||2R||3R||3R||3R||4R||4R||0 / 11||31–11|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–1||2–4||5–4||11–4||15–4||19–4||9–4||12–4||6–4||6–4||10–4||9–4||0 / 44||105–45|
Current through 2014 French Open.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||2R||1R||1R||3R||A||2R||A||A||3R||2R||0 / 7||7–7|
|French Open||1R||1R||2R||A||A||A||2R||A||3R||3R||0 / 6||6–6|
|Wimbledon||1R||2R||A||A||A||3R||1R||1R||QF||0 / 6||6–6|
|US Open||3R||2R||1R||A||A||1R||2R||1R||3R||0 / 7||6–7|
|Win–Loss||3–4||2–4||1–3||2–1||0–0||3–3||2–3||0–2||9–4||1–1||0 / 25||25–26|
Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals
Singles: 12 (6 titles, 6 runners-up)
|Winner||2007||Charleston||Clay||Dinara Safina||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||2007||Rome||Clay||Svetlana Kuznetsova||7–5, 6–1|
|Runner-up||2007||Toronto||Hard||Justine Henin||6–7(3–7), 5–7|
|Runner-up||2008||Miami||Hard||Serena Williams||1–6, 7–5, 3–6|
|Winner||2008||Rome||Clay||Alizé Cornet||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||2008||Moscow||Carpet||Vera Zvonareva||6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||2009||Cincinnati||Hard||Dinara Safina||6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2009||Tokyo||Hard||Maria Sharapova||2–5, ret.|
|Winner||2010||Indian Wells||Hard||Caroline Wozniacki||6–2, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2010||Rome||Clay||María José Martínez Sánchez||6–7(5–7), 5–7|
|Runner-up||2011||Cincinnati||Hard||Maria Sharapova||6–4, 6–7(3–7), 3–6|
|Runner-up||2013||Beijing||Hard||Serena Williams||2–6, 2–6|
Doubles: 1 (1 title)
|Winner||2013||Toronto||Hard||Katarina Srebotnik|| Anna-Lena Grönefeld
|5–7, 6–2, [10–6]|
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