No.1 Spotlight: Jelena Jankovic
Published June 28, 2013 12:00
Born in Belgrade, Jelena Jankovic's brilliant baseline skills first emerged at the Red Star sporting club, before being polished to perfection across the Atlantic at the famous Bollettieri Academy in Florida.
After a stellar junior career, Jankovic first rose to prominence in the seniors with a shock win over Elena Dementieva at the 2004 Australian Open. Her star continued to rise over the following years before her big breakthrough in 2007 when she picked up four titles en route to gate crashing the Top 3.
The next year she climbed further, reaching the top of the rankings as well as finishing runner-up to Serena Williams at the US Open. While the Serb's fortunes have fluctuated since then, she continues to be a factor at the big events and one of the most colorful characters on tour.
• Among her 13 WTA titles were titles in Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow in 2008, making her first player to win three WTA titles in three weeks since Nicole Vaidisova in 2005
• 2008 US Open runner-up
• First ascended to World No.1 in August 2008 and ended up finishing year there
• Won mixed doubles Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2007 with Jamie Murray
• Won WTA's Most Improved Player Award in 2006
• Won WTA's Diamond Aces Award in 2007
• Member of Serbian Fed Cup Team from 2001-05, 2007-12 and Serbian Olympic Team in 2004, 2008 and 2012
• Was named UNICEF National Ambassador to Serbia in 2007