Jelena Jankovic‘s career has for a long time been in the slump, but this week it has suffered the biggest blow, as the former world number one has for the first time since August 2006 exited the Top 20 in the WTA rankings and put the cherry on the cake by losing the Brussels opener to Simona Halep for her fourth first-round exit in four clay court events and seventh loss of the opener this season.
After falling in the first rounds of Stuttgart (retirement against Wozniacki), Madrid (4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 loss to Carla Suarez Navarro) and Rome (6-3 4-6 7-6(4) loss to Sorana Cirstea), Jankovic battled Halep for two hours and 54 minutes, had three match points in the third set, but lost nevertheless, 6-2 3-6 7-6(3).
Jankovic is now heading to Roland Garros without matches won on clay, besides in the April’s Fed Cup. Last year, Jankovic reached the fourth round of Roland Garros, while in 2007, 2008 and 2010 she was the semifinalist. (source: WTA Tour, photo courtesy of Francesca Moscatelli)