Plagued by injuries this season, Jankovic has been granted a wildcard entry into the DFS Classic tournament commencing today. It was on those courts in 2007 where she was able to beat women’s top seed Maria Sharapova in great style in the finals, and the 27-year-old Serb has high hopes that once there she will rediscover her tournament-winning form.
Starting the season with a troublesome back injury, whilst playing in the Fed Cup in February, the unfortunate player, currently ranked 21 in the world, also tore her thigh muscle. Determined to keep pursuing her goals and get her career back on track, Jankovic revealed to she is “changing the little bit the way I am playing, and I am working on some things in my game. I want to go to another level and be a better player.”
Although the draws for the tournament are yet to be released, it’s possible that if she gets through the opening rounds Jankovic will face some very tough opposition in the form of top-seed Francesca Shiavone and defending Edgbaston champion Sabine Lisicki. The 2010 French Open champion Shaivone has never won a grass court title, and will certainly be gunning to do so this year. Also injury-prone, Lisicki will likely be defending her title with the same fierce determination that enabled her to seize it last year despite spending seven weeks on crutches prior to the event.
Jankovic may have had the talent, determination and good health to rise to the top spot and defeat the best women’s’ player in the world five years ago, but whether she can reclaim that this year we will just have to wait and see.