Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Court 18 Isn't Good Enough for Angry Jankovic; Wimbledon 2008

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Court 18 Isn't Good Enough for Angry Jankovic; Wimbledon 2008

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Byline: BEN RUMSBY

JELENA Jankovic crashed out of Wimbledon today with a parting shot at tournament organisers, writes BEN RUMSBY.

Hampered by a knee injury, the number two seed from Serbia slumped to a 6-3 6-2 defeat to Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn on the first match on Court 18.

And it was both the timing and the location of her fourth-round contest that left Jankovic fuming. The world number three spent Sunday undergoing intensive treatment on the injury she suffered in Saturday's third-round victory over Caroline Wozniacki.

She had pleaded for a late start today in order to improve her chances of recovering so was upset to discover she had been handed a midday match. "I was really not happy with the scheduling," Jankovic said. "I asked to play a little bit later on in the day, which would give me a few more hours to recover and do another therapy (session) in the morning."

Jankovic was also frustrated at being forced to play away from the two main courts, arguing her seeding demanded centre-stage. "I'm asking why is the number two seed playing on Court 18?" she said, pointing out defending champion Venus Williams had been similarly snubbed today.

"It's also not normal that Venus plays on number two, and then (Anna) Chakvetadze and (Nicole) Vaidisova - who are 18 seed and I don't know which seed - are on Court Number One. I think it makes really no sense."

Jankovic said she would not waste her energy making an official complaint to tournament organisers. Regardless of how it happened, the 23-year-old's demise created Wimbledon history. Since seedings began 81 years ago, never have all the top three women's seeds all failed to reach the quarter-finals.

But the early exits of Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and now Jankovic has in theory set up one of the most open championships in history. …

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