Jelena Jankovic says she cannot stop smiling following her surprise win over reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 4, 2015) (AELTC) – Holder Petra Kvitova suffered a shock 3-6 7-5 6-4 defeat by Serbia’s former world number one Jelena Jankovic who produced an inspired display in the Wimbledon third round on Saturday (July 4).
Second seed Kvitova breezed through her first two matches but after taking the first set against 30-year-old Jankovic, the Czech made too many errors allowing the 28th seed to triumph.
“I cannot stop smiling,” said Jankovic, who has never been past the fourth round at the All England Club and admits that grass is not her favourite surface.
“I am really, really happy. I do not know how to explain. It is a really big win for me, especially playing on Centre Court against a two time Wimbledon champion (Petra Kvitova.”
Twice champion Kvitova looked confident at the start, having dropped only three games in her first two matches, and when she broke Jankovic in the fourth game she looked set to progress.
The 25-year-old broke again in the third game of the second set on a sun-drenched Centre Court and went 4-2 ahead as Jankovic struggled to match her power around the court.
But the experienced Serb had battled through two three-set matches already at the tournament and knew how to dig deep as she fought back to 4-4 before forcing a decider.
“I just played one point at a time, and held my ground, and won that second set and after that I knew that I could do it. I was fighting, and I was very brave at the end and here I am – unbelievable!” said a jubilant Jankovic after the match.
The final set went with serve until Jankovic, who had begun to find the shots that saw her reach the U.S. Open final and top the rankings in 2008, broke Kvitova to close out the match.
Kvitova was full of praise for Jankovic, but admitted that she had struggled with her own form once the Serb adopted a more aggressive approach.
“Suddenly, I felt like she was coming back and playing a little bit aggressive and then, suddenly, from my side I didn’t really have an answer for it. My serve didn’t help me at all, this time as well, and I was really struggling with each shot that I played,” said the world number two.
In the last 16 Jankovic faces Poland’s 13th seed Agnieszka Radwanska who beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-1 6-4.