Jelena Janković

Jelena Janković (Serbian Cyrillic - Јелена Јанковић, born 28 February 1985 in Belgrade, then Yugoslavia ) is a Serbian tennis player who lives in Dubai, and from mid-August the No. 1 world tennis ranking was 2008 for 18 weeks.

  • 3.1 Individual
  • 3.2 double
  • 3.3 Mixed
  • 4.1 Single
  • 4.2 double


Jelena Janković is the third child of Veselin and Snezana Jankovic, who both work as economists. At the age of nine she began playing tennis. As a result, she was trained at the Tennis Academy of Nick Bollettieri in Bradenton, where she still lives today. In September 2007, Janković was appointed alongside Ana Ivanović, Aleksandar Djordjevic and Emir Kusturica for a UNICEF ambassador for Serbia.


Her first professional season played Jelena Janković in the year 2000, in which it was first launched on the WTA Tour. She won the 2001 junior competition at the Australian Open. In 2003 she came out with number 90 among the top 100 in the world rankings after she won her first ITF tournament in Dubai.


In 2004, Janković won her first WTA tournament in Budapest. In 2005, she reached the finals of the tournaments from Dubai ( 4:6, 6:3, 4:6 against Lindsay Davenport ), Birmingham ( 2:6, 6:4, 1:6 against Maria Sharapova ) and Seoul (5: 7, 3:6 against Nicole Vaidišová ).


2006 reached Janković at the tournament in Rome the quarter-finals, where she defeated Venus Williams 7:5, 4:6, 1:6. At Wimbledon, she beat but then started the defending champion U.S. citizen with 7:6 ( 8:6 ), 4:6, 6:4.

In the WTA tournament in Los Angeles, she defeated Ana Ivanović in the quarterfinals 6-4, 7-6, in the semifinal Serena Williams 6-4, 6-3, before and in the final Elena Dementieva 3:6, 6:4 4:6 subject.

At the U.S. Open Janković reached after a win in the third round against the Czech Nicole Vaidišová the knockout stages, where they could defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova with 6:7, 6:3 and 6:2. In the quarterfinals, she beat Elena Dementieva safely 6:2 and 6:1. In the semifinals, then defeated the Belgian Justine Henin 6-4, 4:6 and 0:6. Even after the U.S. Open, Janković presented in good shape. In Beijing, she reached the semifinals, where she was beaten 6:1, 3:6 and 7:6 against Amélie Mauresmo. In Stuttgart, Janković reached the quarterfinals, where she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova with 4:6 and 1:6. By the end of the year the Serb reached two more quarter-finals in Linz and Quebec.


At the beginning of 2007, Janković won the WTA tournament in Auckland (New Zealand) against Russian Vera Swonarjowa. Even in Sydney, the last tournament before the Australian Open, she appeared in a good early form and had to get in the final against Kim Clijsters with 4:6, 7:6, beaten 6-4 after the second set of two match points could not use. At the Australian Open, the Serb reached the second round, where they defeated the US-American and eventual champion Serena Williams 3:6 and 2:6.

In the quarterfinals of Tokyo Janković lost with 6:3, 4:6 and 2:6 against Ana Ivanović. In the tournaments in Dubai and Doha, she reached the semi-finals respectively. The major Tier I tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, she reached the second round or the third round.

In the quarterfinals of Amelia Iceland Janković lost to Ana Ivanović. In the WTA tournament in the U.S. Charleston she defeated Russian Dinara Safina in the finals in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 and overtook her third and biggest title. At their next clay tournament in Warsaw Janković reached the semifinals, which she lost to Justine Henin of Belgium with 5:7, 6:2 and 4:6. In Berlin they met again in the quarterfinals and lost to Henin despite a 4-0 lead in the third set 6:3, 4:6 and 4:6.

In Rome, the Serb won their third title in 2007. In the final, she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-1, which she debuted at number four in the world rankings - their best finish to date. At the French Open Janković reached the semifinals, but it lost to Henin again, this time with 2:6 and 2:6. In the world rankings so they moved up to third place. On her first grass tournament of 2007 in Birmingham Jelena reached with victories over Tsvetana Pironkova, Maria Kirilenko, Alyona Bondarenko and Mara Santangelo the final, which they could 4:6, 6:3 and 7:5 win against Maria Sharapova. At the last grass tournament before the Wimbledon Championships Janković reached the final again. She defeated miles Tu, Alyona Bondarenko and Dinara Safina before losing in the final against Anna Chakvetadze 6:7 ( 2), 6:3 and 3:6. At Wimbledon, Janković reached the knockout stages, but it lost to Marion Bartoli in three sets. However, they won at the side of the British Jamie Murray the title in the mixed competition.

At the tournament in Los Angeles Janković reached the semifinals, but it lost to the eventual tournament champion Ana Ivanović. In Toronto, she reached the final, where she defeated Justine Henin, however, once more, this time with 6:7 and 5:7.

2008 - No. 1 in the world rankings

At the Australian Open in January, she came to the semifinals, but lost against Russian Maria Sharapova. At the Dubai Tennis Championships in March, she lost in the semi-final against Svetlana Kuznetsova. In mid-March, she lost in the semifinals of Indian Wells against Ana Ivanović. In the WTA tournament in Miami before she came to the finals, but lost to Serena Williams in three sets 6:1, 5:7, 3:6. Her first title win this year was to defend the title in Rome. She won the final against Alizé Cornet 6-2, 6-2. In addition, she left at 4:6, 6:3, 4:6 in the semi-finals of the French Open against Ana Ivanović.

On 11 August 2008 Jelena Janković was for a week to number one in the WTA world rankings. It replaced Ana Ivanović at the top off, but Ivanović returned already on 18 August 2008 back to the top spot. At the U.S. Open Jelena Janković reached for the first time a Grand Slam final, which they lost to Serena Williams, however, with 4:6 and 5:7.

The end of September she won the WTA tournament in Beijing against Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2. In early October, she won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart against Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-3, thus it is again the number one world ranking. Your third title in a row they could win with 6:2 and 6:4 at the Moscow Kremlin Cup against Wera Swonarjowa. At the last tournament of the year, the WTA Tour Championships, which deliver the best eight players of the year, Janković was able to reach the semi-finals, but lost to Venus Williams. Williams won the first set 6-2, but had to give up on Janković the second set 2:6. The third set went 6-3 at Williams. Despite the defeat, Janković was able to finish the year as world number one ranking.


At the Australian Open, the world number one reached the second round, where she lost to Marion Bartoli 1:6 and 4:6. In the semifinals of the Paris Open she lost to Amélie Mauresmo with 2:6, 6:0 and 1:6. In Dubai they do not even make it to the Round of 16 Her performance in Indian Wells was disastrous, where they equal their first game against the 42nd in the world rankings, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, lost with 4:6 and 4:6. Also next tournament in Miami she was disqualified in the second round. Her first victory this year was followed in Marbella, where she defeated Carla Suárez Navarro. At the French Open, she was defeated in the second round of the Romanian Sorana Cîrstea 6:3, 0:6 and 7:9. Also at Wimbledon, it was not going well, where she lost in the third round against the 17 -year-old Melanie Oudin. In Stanford she made ​​the quarter- finals, where they defeated despite having two match points Marion Bartoli. The WTA tournament in Cincinnati was their second tournament, which they won this year. She beat Dinara Safina in the final 6-4, 6-2. In the WTA tournament in Tokyo, she lost in the final against Maria Sharapova 5-2 because they had to give up due to injury.

For the final WTA Tour Championships Janković be qualified as an eight- Place in the world rankings with a lead of 5 points on Wera Swonarjowa. In the semifinals, however, she failed to Venus Williams. She ended the year in eighth place in the world rankings.


In their first match of 2010 in Sydney she lost in the first round against Ágnes Szávay. At the Australian Open she was disqualified in the third round against Alyona Bondarenko. The first tournament which they won this year, was the Indian Wells Masters, where she defeated in the finals Caroline Wozniacki.

In Rome, she defeated Venus Williams in the quarter-final first and then in the semifinals sister Serena Williams. They lost the final María José Martínez Sánchez then with 6:7 (5) and 5:7. At the French Open, she reached the semifinals, where she was beaten 6-1, 6-2 Samantha Stosur. At Wimbledon, she reached the second round, where she gave up an injury in the second set against Vera Swonarjowa. At the U.S. Open Series and it was not running in single date as desired: Your best result so far was the first knockout round participation in Cincinnati, where she drew the short straw against the Uzbek Akgul Amanmuradova in straight sets.


Until April 2011, she was still TOP10 player then it could only penetrate again in September 2013 in TOP10. Janković won in February 2013 and her next WTA tournament in Bogotá.

Tournament Win




Performance in Grand Slam tournaments and the WTA Tour Championships