Jankovic upsets champion Kvitova

Published: Saturday 4th July 2015 by The News Editor

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Defending champion Petra Kvitova crashed out of Wimbledon in a stunning upset on Saturday as Jelena Jankovic won their Centre Court duel.

It seemed that second seed Kvitova was in complete control when she led by a set and 3-1, but Serbian Jankovic turned the match on its head to reach the fourth round.

Jankovic, seeded 28th, won 3-6 7-5 6-4 and will tackle Agnieszka Radwanska next.

Kvitova had won four of her previous six matches against Jankovic and seemed in no trouble whatsoever as her impressive start to Wimbledon initially continued.

After dropping just three games over the course of her opening two matches, Kvitova buzzed through the opening set.

Jankovic, in the early stages of her career, scaled the WTA rankings to reach the number one position, but finishing runner-up at the 2008 US Open remains her best grand slam singles result.

She was down to Kvitova, but Jankovic resolved that she was certainly not out. She broke back to bring the second set on serve before dramatically breaking in the 12th game, her rattled opponent driving a forehand into the net.

The deciding set went with serve until, again, Kvitova buckled.

From 30-love in the 10th game, the Czech’s forehand deserted her. She put one into the net, flayed another long and wide and flung a third several feet over the baseline, and Jankovic had her first match point.

Kvitova netted, this time with a backhand, and Jankovic flopped to the ground, finding her victory hard to believe.

Kvitova, who also won the Wimbledon title in 2011, said: “From the beginning of the match I felt in a good way.

“Suddenly I was just missing it. It was unusual, or weird, but it is how it is. She was going for it and playing more aggressively. I was still waiting for chances that didn’t come.”

Jankovic said on the BBC: “Playing on grass is very difficult for me, it does not come naturally. In the last couple of years I’ve played so poorly.

“Being on Centre Court against the defending champion was unbelievable and the crowd was great, so I’m really, really happy I was able to win this match.

“She was playing unbelievably and she’s in great form, there’s no doubt about that. I just tried to stay one point at a time, just hanging in there, stay positive and fight.

“When I won the second set I knew I had it, and I just had to keep going.

“I’m glad I was able to win against a two-time Wimbledon champion. Now anything can happen.

“I couldn’t believe it. Beating her gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the tournament so hopefully I can keep going.”

Published: Saturday 4th July 2015 by The News Editor

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