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LONDON---About an hour after
flopping on her back and kicking
her feet overhead to celebrate a
stunning comeback against defend-
ing Wimbledon champion Petra
Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic still was
"I cannot stop smiling. ... I was
very brave at the end. You know,
here I am," she said through a giggle.
Jankovic kept using that word---
"unbelievable"---as if trying to con-
vince herself it were true that, despite
never having much success on grass
courts, she had put together a 3-6,
7-5, 6-4 victory yesterday over the
No 2-seeded Kvitova, who claimed
the 2011 and 2014 titles at the All
"I was a little bit better at the
end," the 28th-seeded Jankovic said.
"I was a little bit lucky, as well."
The 30-year-old Serbian didn t
come out of nowhere: She was the
runner-up at the 2008 US Open and
finished that season ranked No 1.
But she has never been past the
fourth round at Wimbledon, hadn t
even made it that far since 2010,
and won only one of five matches
at the grass-court major over the
last four years.
Kvitova, who led 4-2 in the second
set, had a difficult time processing
the match, too.
"I m not really sure what hap-
pened out there," she said. "Sud-
denly, I was just missing (shots). So
it was really unusual, probably, or
weird. I can t really explain."
After the traditional middle Sun-
day off, play resumes tomorrow. The
top half of the women s draw
includes the most noteworthy
matchup: Serena Williams vs Venus
Williams, meeting at a major for the
first time since 2009. Those two,
Maria Sharapova and Victoria
Azarenka give that side of the bracket
34 Grand Slam titles.
And the eight women on the other
half? They own zero major cham-
pionships. That includes Jankovic,
who meets No 13 Agnieszka Rad-
wanska next. Also tomorrow: No 5
Caroline Wozniacki vs No 20 Garbine
Muguruza, No 15 Timea Bacsinszky
vs Monica Niculescu, and No 21
Madison Keys vs Olga Govortsova.
The men s bottom-half matchups,
which were determined Saturday:
seven-time champion Roger Federer
against No 20 Roberto Bautista Agut,
2013 champion Andy Murray against
No 23 Ivo Karlovic, No 22 Viktor
Troicki against Vasek Pospisil, and
2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych
against No 12 Gilles Simon, who beat
fellow Frenchman No 18 Gael Mon-
fils in a match that was moved under
the roof at Centre Court as darkness
Troicki ended the run of Dustin
Brown, the qualifier from Germany
who stunned Rafael Nadal in the
second round. It marks the fourth
year in a row that a man ranked No
100 or worse beat Nadal at Wim-
bledon, then failed to advance fur-
ther. To the locals delight, Murray
beat No 25 Andreas Seppi of Italy
6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. Early in the third
set, Seppi got a visit from a trainer
for his lower right leg, and ended
up taking six games in a row. Murray
treatment for a stiff right shoulder
after falling behind 1-0 in the fourth
set, and then took the last six games.
Kvitova lost three games through
two matches, even apologizing to
her parents for winning her opener
in 35 minutes after they traveled
from the Czech Republic to watch.
But Kvitova ran out of steam against
Jankovic, collecting only four winners
in the final set after accumulating
20 before it.
"Not to be in the second week of
(my) favorite tournament ... is really
sad," Kvitova said. "I don t really
know what I can say."
Jankovic, a real character, is rarely
at a loss for words.
"I m not old. I m still young at
heart," she said at her news confer-
ence. "I look pretty good, so why
not?" Jankovic also delighted in dis-
cussing her suddenly, and surpris-
ingly, effective serve.
"Maybe my serve is not as fast as
some of those big girls. But if I m
hitting my spots, it s quite effective,"
Jankovic said. "It was ... hard for
Petra to attack and get some returns
Jankovic won 71 percent of her
service points, matched Kvitova s
top speed of 109 mph (176 kph), and
even wound up with 27 unreturned
serves, including three aces.
That brought Jankovic s ace total
for the week to 28, tied with Serena
Williams and others for second-
most in the tournament, behind only
When that statistic was pointed
out, Jankovic responded: "Is that for
real?" And with that, she chuckled
as she leaned forward, covering her
face with her left hand. (AP)
Jankovic tops two-time
Wimbledon champ Kvitova
Venus Williams of the United States returns a ball to
Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia during their singles
match at the All England Lawn Tennis
Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday.
Williams won and advanced to meet her sister
Serena in the fourth round tomorrow. AP PHOTO
LONDON---Just like old times.
Used to be that a match involving Miss
Williams vs Miss Williams, as they like to
say at the All England Club, was a regular
occurrence at the latter stages of the most
prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.
During a span of eight majors from the
US Open in 2001 to Wimbledon in 2003,
Serena and Venus Williams participated in
six all-in-the-family Grand Slam finals.
Think about it this way: Before that stretch,
the only previous major title match between
sisters came when Maud Watson beat her
younger sibling, Lillian, in the very first
Wimbledon women s final in 1884.
There would be two more all-Williams
Grand Slam finals, both at Wimbledon, in
2008 and 2009. But since then, they have
not met in any round at any Slam. Until
now. No 1-seeded Serena and No 16-seeded
Venus will reprise their unique rivalry tomor-
row in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
"We just don t know what can happen
there. We ve all seen, a million times, them
play. And we ve seen different results, espe-
cially at Wimbledon. You just have no clue,"
said Venus coach, David Witt. "We ve seen
good matches. We ve seen bad matches."
This will be their 26th showdown on tour
(Serena leads 14-11), their 13th at a major
(Serena leads 7-5), and their sixth at Wim-
bledon (Serena leads 3-2).
It comes 17 years after their first profes-
sional matchup, in the second round of the
1998 Australian Open.
And it comes 15 years after their first
encounter at the All England Club, in the
"I think we re both more mature. Still as
tenacious," said Venus, who won that one
en route to the first of her seven career
Grand Slam titles, five at Wimbledon. "I
mean, back then, we were definitely fun to
watch. I think we still are."
Serena also has won five trophies at the
grass-court tournament, part of her col-
lection of 20 major singles championships.
Her narrow escape in the third round
Friday against Britain s Heather Watson---
after trailing by two breaks at 3-0 in the
third set, then twice standing two points
from defeat at 5-4---extended Serena s Grand
Slam winning streak to 24 matches. She is
aiming for a fourth consecutive major title,
a self-styled "Serena Slam," and trying to
get the third leg of a calendar-year Grand
Slam. Given that Venus is 35 and dealing
with the day-to-day difficulties of an ener-
gy-sapping autoimmune disease, and Serena
turns 34 in September, it seems fair to ask:
How many more times will the world get
to see this?
Remember, they were taught to play tennis
by their father in Compton, California, and
went on to spend time at No 1 in the rank-
ings, collect a total of 27 Grand Slam singles
titles and another 13 as a team in doubles.
When they re across the net from each
other, it can be awkward for everyone
involved --- the sisters themselves, of course,
but also their parents, their sisters and even
"It s fun, in the regard of seeing two of
the best athletes in tennis play....But it s
tough. It s tough watching. It s tough for
them playing," Witt said. "When they do
play each other, I just say, She s going to
be your sister after the match. You ve got
to go out there and just play the ball. Forget
about who s on the other side. "
Said Serena s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou:
"It s always super-special and difficult to
play her sister, first because she s a super
player---and even better on grass. And sec-
ond, because it s her sister."
Asked which Williams fans will be pulling
for, Venus said: "I ll probably be cheering
Serena, meanwhile, predicted: "I expect
more people to be rooting for Venus."
"I would be rooting for Venus," she said.
"I mean, she s been through so much.
She s had a wonderful story. She s been so
inspiring to me. You know, she s just an
incredible individual. She s just so amazing,"
Serena added. "She s been so inspiring to
a lot of people with the same things that
she goes through, too." (AP)
Just like old times, it's Williams vs Williams
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia celebrates
defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech
Republic during their singles match at
the All England Lawn Tennis
Championships in Wimbledon, London,
yesterday. Jankovic won the match 3-6,
7-5, 6-4. AP PHOTO
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