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Two Top 15 Players Enter Bausch & Lomb Championships

February 14, 2007 01:50 PM

Amelia Island, Fla., (February 14, 2007) – Tournament officials announced the commitment of compatriots Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic to play the 28th annual Bausch & Lomb Championships.  The tournament is scheduled to take place April 2 - 8 at the oceanfront resort of Amelia Island Plantation.

The Serbian stars will join two-time Grand Slam champion and No. 3 in the world, Amelie Mauresmo, in battle for the coveted Bausch & Lomb Championships crown.“  Jelena and Ana are two of the most talented young players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour,” stated John Arrix, tournament director.  “They have both made huge strides in the last two seasons and looking at the future, both players will certainly carry a consistent position in the top 10 if not in the top 5 world rankings.”

Jelena Jankovic has stormed the 2007 season by winning her first tournament of the season at Auckland where she defeated Vera Zvonareva in a three-set final. She then went on to Sydney where she captured incredible defeats over the fifth seed, Martina Hingis and the No. 1 seed, Amelia Mauresmo.  This was Jankovic’s first meeting with Hingis and her first win after four losses to Mauresmo.  At the Australian Open, Jankovic made her way to the round of 16 without dropping a set before a disappointing loss to Serena Williams. 

Following the Australian Open, Jelena debuted as No. 10 in the world and as the first Serbian woman ever to rank in the Top 10.  The next week at Tokyo, she lost to compatriot, Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinal round.  Jelena Jankovic, played an inspiring turnaround 2006 season.  She began the season with a 1-10 start and finished it with a 45-27 record by reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open, a runner-up spot at Los Angeles and three additional semifinal berths at Strasbourg, Beijing and Guangzhou.  She also captured six 2006 quarterfinal positions.

Like her compatriot, Ana Ivanovic began her 2007 season on an impressive note.  In her first two tournaments of the season at Gold Coast and Sydney, Ivanovic reached the quarterfinals and at the Australian Open, she fought her way to the round of 32.  At  Tokyo, Ivanovic beat-out countrywoman, Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals, confirming Ivanovic’s 3-1 lead over Jankovic and, as a semifinalist, Ivanovic captured a win over Sharapova after beating her in the first set 6-1, only to have Sharapova retire after the first game of the second set due to a left hamstring strain. 

In the finals, Ivanovic’s third Tour singles title was denied as Martina Hingis gained revenge for her 2006 Montreal final loss to Ivanovic.  In 2006, Ivanovic’s season was highlighted by capturing her second and biggest Tour singles title at the Tier 1 Montreal. She placed in seven quarterfinals; at Sydney where she won her second career defeat over Mauresmo, Indian Wells, Warsaw where she defeated Schnyder, s-Hertogenbosch, Los Angeles, Linz and Hasselt.







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