Jankovic shrugs off ranking danger after upset loss

January 25th, 2009 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Serena WilliamsMelbourne, Jan 25 (DPA) World number one Jelena Jankovic suffered a 1-6, 4-6 loss to Marion Bartoli which put her top WTA ranking in danger at the Australian Open Sunday.”I just started slow, I was completely not moving my feet,” said Jankovic. “I was late on many shots, I was really not there for some reason.

“I don’t know why. When I tried to focus and get into the match, things just didn’t work out for me.”

The ouster in the fourth round opens the door for Jankovic rivals Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva and Serena Williams to take over the summit should one of them lift the title next Saturday.

“It doesn’t matter because it’s just the beginning of the year, and there are many more tournaments to play,” said Jankovic, her trademark smile still in place.

“Maybe the ranking will change, (we have) the whole year ahead of us. There are a lot of tournaments, a lot of battles out there.”

Top seed Jankovic was hammered in a 31-minute opening set and found herself in a battle in the second against France’s 2007 Wimbledon finalist.

The pair traded breaks, with Bartoli winning a marathon ninth game in which Jankovic saved three break points before firing a backhand into the net, 4-5.

Bartoli claimed the upset a game later with a backhand winner, her 34th, which eliminated the world number one.

The winner profited on five of her dozen break point chances as she improved her record against Jankovic to 4-3.

“I’ll try to forget it as soon as possible, of course,” said Jankovic, who was playing only her first event of the season. “It’s not so easy when you lose, especially like this, but it’s part of the game.

“You have to just keep going forward and keep learning and improving. That’s all.”

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