Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic has been gifted with three Japanese opponents since the start of the Australian Open, leading her to humorously assume that she may actually be taking part in the “Japanese Open” instead. The current world No. 8 defeated 89th ranked Misaki Doi in the opening round and world no. 61 Ayumi Morita, before arriving at her third round opponent: Kurumi Nara, whom she defeated 6-4, 7-5 to arrive at the fourth round in Melbourne.
“It’s like “I’m playing the Japanese Open. It’s not the Aussie Open for me,” Jankovic laughed, when the subject was discussed during her on-court interview following her third round victory.
The Serbian native continued her humorous remarks, stating that she doubts she will manage to get a visa into Japan after defeating three of their competitors at the Grand Slam event. She concluded by apologizing to the nation’s population for her actions, albeit with a smile on her face.
“Of course, I’m not going to get a visa for Japan next time I have to play there,” Jankovic said, drawing laughs from the crowd. I beat three Japanese in three rounds. I’m sorry Japan.
I look forward to playing some other player from somewhere else next.”
Jankovic is scheduled to meet Simona Halep of Romania in the fourth round on Monday.