Players > Jankovic, Jelena
Jelena Jankovic - Serbia
||5'9 1/2\ (1.77 m)"
||130 lbs. (59 kg)
|Year Turned Pro:
On the Court
Made her pro debut at Clearwater on the ITF circuit in 2000, losing to Hana Sromova in the first qualifying round. Finished the season 0-2. Her first pro victory came at the Midland ITF in February 2001 against Maria Paola Zavagli. She received a main draw wild card to Indian Wells while unranked and stunned No. 70 Brie Rippner in the first round, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(6) to debut in the rankings at No. 477.
In 2002, she played the WTA Scottsdale event, winning through three rounds of qualifying before losing in the opening round of the main draw. Received a main draw wild card at Stanford and reached the quarterfinals, upsetting No. 17 Daja Bedanova in the process, to jup into the Top 200. Made her Grand Slam debut in the US Open qualifiers, losing her first match.
Kicked off 2003 with a spot in the Australian Open and won three qualifying rounds then a first-round main draw match 6-3, 6-3 over No. 89 Rossana De Los Rios. Playing an exclusively WTA schedule, she reached the quarterfinals at Budpaest, then moved back to ITF action post Wimbledon. Ended the season with a 46-23 record in a mixed schedule, ranked No. 90 in the world.
Stunned No. 8 Elena Dementieva in the first round of the 2004 Australian Open for another second-round finish. Reached the third round of Miami, then recorded her first tour final and title by winning Budapest, defeating Martina Sucha in the championship match, and moving up to No. 51. Entered the Top 50 for the first time by reaching the quarterfinals at 'S-Hertogenbosch. Competed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens for her home nation of Serbia, losing int he first round. Reached the second round of the US Open to climb to No. 36, then the semifinals at Linz to hit No. 29, ending the year at 36-27.
After a slow start to the 2005 season, she reached the finals at Dubai, defeating No. 4 Serena Williams in the semis before falling in three sets to No. 1 Lindsay Davenport. The effort took her to No. 20 in the world. She climbed to 18th after reaching the Berlin semifinals, and bettered that with a spot in the Birmingham final, losing to Maria Sharapova. Reached the third round at Wimbledon, her best Grand Slam performance to date, and did the same at the US Open to reach No. 17. Reached the finals at Seoul, finishing the season 36-29.
Lost 10 of her first 11 matchse to start 2006 before making the quarterfinals at Rome and the semifinals at Strasbourg. Rounded into form from there, making the fourth round of Wimbledon with a win over Venus Williams. Was strong during the US Open Series, never more so than at Los Angeles, where she lost the final to Elena Dementieva after beating former No. 1s Ana Ivanovic and Serena Williams back to back.