Ailing Jankovic cuts her Hong Kong losses

January 10th, 2009 - 3:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Hong Kong, Jan 10 (DPA) Women’s tennis star Jelena Jankovic has cut her losses, withdrawing from a high-powered Hong Kong tune-up for the Australian Open Saturday and flying straight to Melbourne suffering with the flu.The Serb will now be well short on match practice for the Grand Slam which starts a week from Monday.

Jankovic said she had been ill for several days and had managed to play only one doubles match at Victoria Park in the World Team Challenge.

“I have the flu, I’ve been feeling weak and sick for a few days,” said the 23-year-old who is still searching for a first major title. “I’m trying my best to play but I feel slow.

“It was a great chance to get some matches before the Open. But this is something you can’t control.”

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