Jankovic overcomes poor start to reach Wimbledon fourth round

June 29th, 2008 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS  

London, June 28 (DPA) Serbian Jelena Jankovic milked the moment to full effect as she overcame a sluggish start Saturday to beat teenaged Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 for a spot in the fourth round at Wimbledon. The second seed, desperate to avoid the upset fate which befell number one Ana Ivanovic and number three Maria Sharapova this week, trotted out to the trainer twice to deal with a left knee she jammed in the first set.

The top three women’s seeds have never all been beaten during the first week in the century-plus history of the event.

Russian fifth seed Elena Dementieva was untroubled by Argentine Gisela Dulko in a 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 win while four-time winner and defending champion Venus Williams crushed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain 6-1, 7-5 to win a 54th Wimbledon match.

“I was pretty happy because she started putting some pressure on,” said Williams, who won the first five games in 17 minutes before her 101-ranked opponent got on the scoreboard. “I had some good answers.”

Jankovic had her knee taped at the start of the third set, breaking her Danish opponent twice but losing serve herself along the way.

After three games, she had the tape cut off, complaining that her knee was “turning blue.”

“I slid early in the first set and bent my leg,” said Jankovic, well-known to local crowds after winning the mixed doubles last summer with Jamie Murray.

“The more the match went on, the more pain I felt. I was struggling at the end, hopefully I’ll be fine for next match.

“The trainer said I probably strained it, but I couldn’t move with the tape - I’m not used to it,” said a player, who habitually calls for medical timeouts.

“I took a risk to play without tape, I had to do what I had to do.”

The Serb, 23, said she hopes to be fit for her next match against Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn, who beat New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“You never know with injuries. When I cool down, we will see how it reacts. I hope for the best.”

On the men’s side, German Rainer Schuettler earned his best Grand Slam result since 2003 as he reached the second week with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The Australian Open finalist from five years ago who reached fourth rounds at the other Slams that season, had been beaten in 11 first-rounds at majors in the intervening lean years.

“There were two, three times when I really thought, ‘Maybe it doesn’t make sense, maybe I should look for something else,’” confessed the 32-year-old. “But at the end, I do what I love, what I enjoy and that’s the most important.”

Related Stories

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Posted in World |