Serbian hopes rest with Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic strides out on to Centre Court at Wimbledon today hoping to avoid the fate of fellow Serbian and world number one Ana Ivanovic.

Second seed Jankovic faces Caroline Wozniacki in the third round of a tournament that has lost a host of top names to shock upsets.

Ivanovic became the biggest scalp to join their ranks yesterday when she was demolished 6-1 6-4 by China’s Jie Zheng, a player ranked 133rd in the world.

The 20-year-old looked tired – maybe still suffering the after-effects of Wednesday’s epic three-set battle against Nathalie Dechy – as she unravelled with an erratic display on Court One.

The net proved to be her main nemesis and Ivanovic admitted having to adjust to life as the most sought-after victim in the women’s game.

“The one thing I’ve learnt about being number one is that everyone is so pumped up to beat me,” she said.

“Now my opponents will always try their best to beat me. In my previous matches here and today, my opponents felt they had nothing to lose.

“They’ve played some of their best tennis against me. It’s something you have to accept and, with time, learn to deal with.

“In the beginning, I did feel a little bit of pressure being number one, but I’ve adjusted to that.

“I wasn’t nervous today like I was for the first match but this is still a learning experience for me, a new situation.”

Jankovic is the Serbian torch-bearer following the demise of Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic and, on paper, she looks too strong for Denmark’s Wozniacki.

In the same half of the draw is defending champion Venus Williams, who meets Spanish qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez on Court One.

Venus’ sister Serena has already booked her passage into the fourth round with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 humbling of Amelie Mauresmo to set up a meeting with fellow American Bethanie Mattek.

With third seed Maria Sharapova and Ivanovic having departed SW19, the prospect of an all-Williams Wimbledon singles final is becoming an increasing possibility.

Svetlana Kuznetsova celebrated her 23rd birthday with a battling victory over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, posting a 6-2 6-4 win against the Czech qualifier.

Two seeded Russians are also in action today, Nadia Petrova facing Victoria Azarenka and Dinara Safina locking horns with Shahar Peer.

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