Some time ago – ok, a long time ago – this was not a reason to celebrate, but now we should mention that both Serbian women’s tennis stars Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic passed their first-round matches at the Australian Open.
The 20th-seeded Ivanovic scored an easy and confidence-boosting 6-2 6-3 victory over American Shenay Perry. Remember, at her last Grand Slam appearance, which was the 2009 US Open, Ivanovic lost in the opening round.
Jankovic, the eighth seed, saw off Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-4 6-0 in the first round. This year Jankovic is under much less pressure than last time when she entered the Australian Open ranked No.1. Other players are in focus now, such as for example comeback stars Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters. Jankovic could maybe use that to improve on her last year’s fourth round exit.
Ivanovic’s opponent in the second round will be world No.36 Gisela Dulko, while Jankovic will face 87th-ranked Katie O’Brien. (photo: Getty Images)