Jankovic ecstatic to reach Wimbledon fourth for first time since 2010

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Jelena Jankovic will take on Agnieszka Radwanska in the last-16.

Jelena Jankovic can’t stop smiling and with good reason.

One minute she is down a set and a break to defending champion Petra Kvitova and just two games away from exiting the tournament and the next she is in the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time since 2010 having completed a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 over the world No2.

– #Quiz360: WIN a gym membership at FitRepublik

– Reem's diary: O’Driscoll, Donald are the stars in the stands
– Wimbledon: Brown’s fairytale halted by fired-up Troicki

The Serbian ex-world No1 handed Kvitova her earliest defeat at Wimbledon in six years to set up a last 16 clash with former runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska.

“I cannot stop smiling. I'm really, really happy. I don't know how to explain. It's a really big win for me, especially playing on Centre Court against a two-time champion, Wimbledon champion. It's really amazing,” said the 30-year-old Jankovic.

“I was just happy to be playing and competing on grass. Grass is not my favourite surface. And Petra plays so well on it.

“I'm glad I was able to stay strong and positive. I was down a set and a break in the second. I was able to just stay calm. I just played one point at a time and held my ground and won that second set. After that I knew I could do it. I was fighting. I was very brave at the end. And here I am. Unbelievable.”

For a set and a half, Kvitova was undisputedly the better player. The Czech had dropped just three games in her first two matches and when she went up 6-3, 4-2 over Jankovic, no one would have bet against her.

But Jankovic suddenly found her rhythm and started fighting back. Kvitova had no answers on the court and didn’t have much in press afterwards.

“Tough to explain. If I know what happened, I going to tell you,” said a bewildered Kvitova.

“But really I'm not really sure what happened out there. I was kind of up in the second set. Suddenly I felt like she's coming back, playing a little bit aggressive.

“Suddenly from my side, I didn't have answer for it. My serve didn't help me at all this time, as well.  I was really struggling with each shot which I played.”

After Jankovic drew level to force a decider, the pair were neck and neck moving forward.

With Jankovic serving at 4-4, 15-30, Kvitova was in a winning position in a rally but decided to stop midway and challenge. 

Hawk-Eye showed that Jankovic’s ball had touched the outside of the line and Kvitova lost the point and the game to put herself in the tough position to serve to stay in the match.

The Czech crumbled under the pressure as she lost on her first match point, netting a forehand to crash out of the tournament. Jankovic fell to the ground in disbelief, knowing she pulled off a remarkable upset. Kvitova admits losing after playing so well is a tough pill to swallow.

The 25-year-old said: “This is tougher for sure, in kind of this tournament that is special for me. It's not easy to go away. I think it's going to take me few days, few weeks maybe. But that's how it is. It's tennis. I'm still human. I'm not a robot. But I wishing better result for sure.”

Elsewhere, Danish fifth seed Wozniacki reached the last 16 for the fourth time with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over Italy's Camila Giorgi.

The former world number one will face Spain's Garbine Muguruza after the 20th seed shocked 2012 semi-finalist Angelique Kerber 7-6 (14/12), 1-6, 6-2.

Romania's Monica Niculescu also made the last 16 for the first time, beating Czech world number 134 Kristyna Pliskova 6-3, 7-5. She will face Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky who put out 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 6-2 to book a spot in the last 16.

Most popular

Related Tags

Related Sections

Brown’s Wimbledon fairytale halted by fired-up Troicki

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Viktor Troicki fired a jaw-dropping 59 winners against Dustin Brown.

Viktor Troicki did what Rafael Nadal could not do two days earlier against the flamboyant Dustin Brown – he returned well and served even better to take out the German 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3 to reach the fourth round.

– #Quiz360: WIN a gym membership at FitRepublik

– Reem's diary: O’Driscoll, Donald are stars in the stands

– Aseel Shaheen: Wimbledon's first Arab female official

Brown’s fairytale Wimbledon came to an end at the hands of the Serbian No22 seed but the German-Jamaican qualifier leaves the All England Club as a fan favourite, having stolen the show with his huge win over Nadal on Centre Court in the second round on Thursday.

“I'm happy with my tournament. When I came to quallies, someone would have said ‘sign here for beating Rafa, making second round and qualifying’, I would have signed that paper,” said the 30-year-old Brown, who is expected to move up from No102 to around No80 in the world when the new rankings comes out after Wimbledon

“All credit to Vik (Troicki). He served too well for me today to be aggressive.”

Troicki, who returned to tennis a year ago, right after Wimbledon, after serving a 12-month ban for refusing to take a doping test, was in phenomenal form against Brown as he fired a jaw-dropping 59 winners to just 13 unforced errors and dropped just 12 points on his first serve over the course of the four sets.

“I felt good. I was confident before the match and I knew the key was to return well today, which I did and that’s why I played good. I served better than the other matches and those were two keys I had to do today, I did them well and that’s why I won,” said the 29-year-old, who next faces Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

“I was expecting the unexpected. He was coming up definitely with better shots, and was maybe playing with me, sometimes it looked funny but overall I take it like this. I was more consistent throughout the whole match, I think I had a lot more chances. I think I deserved to win at the end.

“Definitely one of the most unusual players, especially on grass this game comes more effective.

“I think Rafa had to return better in that match because Dustin is serving well but I think Rafa had to return more inside, he was always standing back and that’s what Dustin likes.”

Despite the defeat, Brown says he can look back fondly on this tournament.

He said: “It's been great. Obviously having the pleasure and being able to play on Centre Court and then to play a match like that, doesn't make a difference if I lost today or not, no one will ever be able to take that I way from me.”

Most popular

Related Tags

Related Sections

Diary: Sports royalty occupy Centre Court

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Wimbledon guests: England rugby's Stuart Lancaster & Matt Dawson.

On the first Saturday of the Championships the Royal Box on Centre Court is traditionally packed with British athletes, who get invited to catch the third round action of the day.

– #Quiz360: WIN a gym membership at FitRepublik

– #360view: Nadal should seek a fresh viewpoint

– Aseel Shaheen: Wimbledon's first Arab female official

Yesterday, a host or rugby union stars were in attendance including Brian O’Driscoll, the most-capped player in rugby union history, who was joined by Bill Beaumont, Matt Dawson, Chris Robshaw and Stuart Lancaster.

Among the many sports stars who were there are Nicola Adams, the first-ever female Olympic and Commonwealth boxing champion, distance runner and mother-of-two, Jo Pavey, who struck gold in the 10k at the European Championships last summer, six-time Paralympic champion David Weir, squash ex-world No1 Nick Matthew and Ryder Cup heroes Luke Donald and Justin Rose.

Martina Navratilova and Boris Becker were amongst the tennis legends in the Box while Judy Murray, Andy Murray’s mother was there with her Strictly Come Dancing partner Anton du Beke.

Elsewhere on the grounds, ex-Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was spotted courtside for Dustin Brown’s match. Brown revealed a friend of his had asked him to get tickets for Klopp, a fellow German, and the player obliged without knowing Klopp personally or knowing much about football to begin with.

Klopp was appreciative enough to go to Court 3 and watch Brown lose to Viktori Troicki in the third round.

“I gave him tickets. Not from me, but a friend of mine asked me if I could put the tickets down. I wrote the name down on the paper, but I didn't think about it. Then when I went on the court, I saw him.  I was like ‘okay, maybe that's the person I left the tickets for’,” revealed Brown after his match yesterday.

“It's great. It's an honour. I don't know a lot about soccer, so I'm not going to get into that. It was an honour for him to be there and watch the match. Also saw that he was sitting in the box area.”

Funny that it seems Brown wasn’t sure who Klopp even was.

Another interesting revelation from Brown was the fact that he was hopping straight on a plane to Germany so he could take part in some club matches in Cologne. One day he is beating Rafael Nadal on Centre Court to make the Wimbledon third round and the next he is playing club matches back home. You’ve got to respect the hustle!

A reporter tried to get too personal with Brown yesterday and asked him if he had any debt to pay off. Brown made £77,000 for making the third round at Wimbledon, which is a considerable sum for someone ranked outside the top 100 and it will inevitably help alleviate some of the expenses he has as a professional player. But that doesn’t mean we have a right to ask him how much debt he has.

Naturally Brown was not amused by the question.

“I don't see what that has to do with this,” responded the German. 

Most popular

Related Sections