Jankovic needs to recover

Jelena Jankoivic will be hoping to put some poor performances behind her after  the Sixth seed Serbian was defeated in the first round of the Brussels Open by Simona Halep. The former world number one suffered a fourth first-round loss on clay this year when she fell in an epic match which ended 6-2 3-6 7-6(3). During the game Jankovic wasted three match points.

Jankovic served five double faults and was broken seven times, losing despite having more break point opportunities than her opponent. Jankoivic now world number 21 has had a severe fall from grace since winning the Wimbledon mixed doubles in 2007 and reaching the final of the US open in 2008. Since then she has seen a number of ‘almost’ tournaments and more recently has failed to reach the back end of the important tournaments.

Jankoivic remains positive on her chances of success in Paris. Last year saw her loose to then defending champion Francesca Schiavone, which saw her leave the women’s top 10. With a poor record in the Wimbledon singles with a first round knock out last year, many have her down with only a outside chance for success in Paris of Wimbledon.

If Jankoivic fails to make an impact in Paris she may well find herself well down in the seeds come Wimbledon so it is imperative she has a good tournament. She will be happy to finally not have to play on clay which has been her unfavoured court type and the host of many of her worst performances. If her bad performance continues through the summer we may well see the twenty eight year old falling off the tennis radar for some time.