BEIJING: Jelena Jankovic (pic) of Serbia yesterday became the World No 1 in women’s tennis despite having never won a grand slam and claiming only one title this season.
Jelena, who is playing in the Olympics tennis tournament nursing a calf injury, is the third player to ascend to the top of the women’s professional tennis rankings after Justine Henin’s shock retirement in May.
She takes over top spot from fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic, who was forced to pull out of the Olympics on Sunday with a thumb injury.
The Serbian, who has won six tournaments in her career, reached the top of the rankings after a 12-month display of consistently successful results.
Over the course of the past year, Jelena has won the Tier I title in Rome, reached finals in Toronto (2007), Beijing (2007) and Miami (2008) and six semi-finals, including two of the three grand slams so far this year (Australian Open, Roland Garros).
The 23-year-old, who becomes the 18th top-ranked player in women’s tennis history, on Saturday admitted she was in doubt for the Beijing Olympics after picking up a calf strain. — AFP
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