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It was dubbed "mission impossible" by one of their own mothers, but Serbia's women tennis players are now looking forward to the country's historic first Fed Cup final appearance.

Latest Stories Bruce Jenkins: Jelena Jankovic impresses at Serbia-Slovakia Fed Cup; U.S. Fed Cup team strugglesupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 11:34:00

There isn't a more beautiful scene in sports than the Monte Carlo tournament, a panorama of orange clay set against the sparkling Mediterranean and handsomely appointed hillsides. And there's nothing more discouraging than the plight of America's Fed Cup team, now floundering among the relegated for the first time.

Jankovic and Ivanovic set up all-Serbian clash at Indian Wellsupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 10:56:00

Defending champion Jelena Jankovic will face fellow Serbian player Ana Ivanovic in the last 16 at Indian Wells, after both eased through the third round.

Jankovic falls to China's Peng in Australiaupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 05:25:00

China's Shuai Peng caused an upset in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday by knocking out seventh seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in straight sets.

Serena survives epic in Madrid openerupdated: Wed May 12 2010 13:13:00

World No. 1 Serena Williams survived the longest match of her career to bounce back from her Rome disappointment and reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday. Bruce Jenkins: Imaginative Martínez Sánchez headlines strange week in Romeupdated: Wed May 12 2010 08:50:00

I just cleared some space in my tennis video library for a Spanish woman named Maria Jose Martínez Sánchez. She has enough names for two people, and more imagination than anyone. She deserves a worldwide toast for winning the Italian Open on the storied clay courts of Foro Italico, and not merely because it's the first significant singles title of her career. Her performance sent a message to every young girl trying to learn the game.

Martinez Sanchez beats Jankovic to Rome titleupdated: Sat May 08 2010 16:42:00

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain sealed her third singles title with a 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 victory over Serbia's Jelena Jankovic in the final of the Italian Open in Rome on Saturday.

Jankovic stuns Serena to set up final with Ivanovic's Rome conquerorupdated: Fri May 07 2010 15:43:00

Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic overcame current top-ranked player Serena Williams in an epic clash to reach the final of the Italian Open on Friday. Bruce Jenkins: Dysfunctional Fed Cup deserves betterupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 09:35:00

Join us now for a weekend recap of the Fed Cup, a well-meaning event that has no sense of time. Grab some Tang, or perhaps that bottle of Rheingold you've been saving. Bring tools: a calculator, maybe an abacus, and above all, some common sense. It's really in short supply around here.

Jankovic rediscovers past glories with Indian Wells titleupdated: Sun Mar 21 2010 18:40:00

Former world number one Jelena Jankovic won her first tournament since last August with a straight sets 6-2 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the WTA tournament at Indian Wells.

Jankovic crashes out in Moscow's Kremlin Cupupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 10:55:00

Jelena Jankovic was unable to claim consecutive Kremlin Cup titles after she was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Russian Alisa Kleybanova in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Jankovic struggles through in Kremlin Cupupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 12:22:00

Defending champion Jelena Jankovic overcame a determined challenge from Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan before taking her place in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Jankovic cruises through to Tokyo semifinalsupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 11:43:00

Jelena Jankovic, the highest-ranked player left in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, advanced to the semifinals on Thursday with a 6-4 6-3 win over Marion Bartoli.

Dementieva and Jankovic suffer U.S. Open defeatupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 09:16:00

Fourth seed Elena Dementieva of Russia became the first big-name casualty of the 2009 U.S. Open when American teenager Melanie Oudin claimed another grand slam scalp at Flushing Meadows.

Federer, twins take on Openupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 09:16:00

CNN's Richard Roth talks to Roger Federer as he prepares to play his 6th U.S. Open, his first as a dad to twins.

Jankovic defeats Safina in Cincinnati finalupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 09:09:00

Jelena Jankovic clinched her second WTA Tour title of the season after beating world number one Dinara Safina in straight sets in the final of the Cincinnati Open on Sunday.

Rome champion Jankovic beaten by Kuznetsovaupdated: Thu May 07 2009 16:14:00

Two-time defending champion Jelena Jankovic has crashed out of the Rome Masters at the quarterfinal stage, beaten in straight sets by in-form Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Jankovic through after Serena late night exitupdated: Wed May 06 2009 09:00:00

Defending champion Jelena Jankovic raced into the quarterfinals of the Italian Open in Rome on Wednesday as her opponent, Kateryna Bondarenko, retired through illness.

Defending champion Jankovic scrapes throughupdated: Tue May 05 2009 15:47:00

Two-time defending champion Jelena Jankovic is through to the third round of the clay-court Rome Masters, but she was made to battle before defeating Argentine Gisela Dulko in straight sets.

Jankovic and Dementieva crash in Californiaupdated: Sun Mar 15 2009 11:03:00

The women's draw at the Indian Wells Masters event has been thrown wide open after second seed Jelena Jankovic and third-seeded Elena Dementieva were both beaten on Saturday.

Top three seeds through to Paris semifinalsupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 15:36:00

Top three seeds Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva are through to the last four of the Paris Indoor tournament after getting past French oppenents in their quarterfinals on Friday.

Jankovic and Serena move into last eightupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 13:22:00

Top seed Serena Williams and second seed Jelena Jankovic are both through to the last eight of the WTA Paris Open, although they enjoyed contrasting fortunes on Thursday.

Jelena Jankovic: On top of the tennis worldupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 19:26:00

Jelena Jankovic is making a reputation for herself as one of the hardest working women in tennis.

Top of the worldupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 19:26:00

From a childhood in Serbia to being the best in the world, Jelena Jankovic discusses what it took to get where she is today.

Serena, Kuznetsova head to quarterfinalsupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 03:47:00

World No. 2 Serena Williams headed to the quarterfinals Monday after No. 13 seed Victoria Azarenka pulled out due to illness.

Jankovic downed in Australian Open stunnerupdated: Sun Jan 25 2009 08:01:00

World number one Jelena Jankovic slumped out of the Australian Open on Sunday with a shock 6-1 6-4 fourth round loss to Marion Bartoli of France, dashing her bid to win her first Grand Slam tournament.

Serbian pair march on at Melbourne Parkupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 14:52:00

Serbian stars Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic scored straight sets wins as they stepped up their Australian Open challenge in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Top seed Jankovic scorches to Open winupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 13:26:00

Jelena Jankovic 'hot-footed' to a 6-1 6-3 victory against Yvonne Meusburger of Austria in the Australian Open first round as temperatures soared on Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

Injured Serena pulls out of Doha tournamentupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 12:13:00

Serena Williams' hopes of ending the year on a high note are over after she was forced to withdraw from the season-ending Sony Ericsson tournament in Doha with a stomach muscle problem. Jon Wertheim: Comparing Jelena and Ana, the best to not win a major and moreupdated: Fri Oct 24 2008 13:23:00

I used to think this notion was controversial and didn't want to submit it for fear of being ridiculed, but I think the time has finally come: Jelena Jankovic is a better No. 1 than Ana Ivanovic. Here's a few reasons why.

Jankovic, Dementieva to clash in Moscowupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 13:01:00

World number one Jelena Jankovic will face defending champion Elena Dementieva in the Kremlin Cup semifinals after both players had to fight hard to overcome their unseeded opponents on Friday.

Jankovic fights back to reach quartersupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 14:21:00

Top seed Jelena Jankovic recovered from the loss of the opening set to secure a place in the last eight of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow with a three-set victory over Vera Dushevina.

Jankovic sees off Venus in Stuttgart semisupdated: Sun Oct 05 2008 13:29:00

Jelena Jankovic celebrated her elevation to world number one with a hard earned victory over Wimbledon champion Venus Williams 6-7 7-5 6-2 in Stuttgart on Saturday to reach the final of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Venus and Jankovic to clash in semifinalupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 16:21:00

Jelena Jankovic, set to regain the world number one slot next week, defeated Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals of Stuttgart's Porshce Grand Prix to book a semifinal with Venus Williams.

Jankovic through to Beijing quarterfinalsupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 12:28:00

World number two Jelena Jankovic continued her bid for the top women's ranking with an opening win in the China Open as Zheng Jie restored wounded local pride.

Jankovic to topple Ivanovic from WTA summitupdated: Sun Aug 03 2008 10:25:00

Jelena Jankovic will climb to the top of the world women's tennis rankings for the first time when the next list is released on August 11, the WTA Tour announced on Saturday.

Cibulkova continues fine run in Montrealupdated: Sun Aug 03 2008 08:55:00

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova continued her remarkable run at the WTA Tier One tournament in Montreal with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over 10th-seeded Marion Bartoli in the semifinals.

Win edges Jankovic closer to No.1 rankingupdated: Sat Jul 26 2008 05:03:00

Jelena Jankovic booked her semifinal berth at the East West Bank Classic to continue her progress toward the world No.1 ranking.

Jankovic on course to top tennis rankingsupdated: Thu Jul 24 2008 11:43:00

Jelena Jankovic is still on course to claim top spot in the women's world rankings after a 7-5 6-2 victory over American Vania King in the WTA tournament in Carson City, California. Jon Wertheim: Fifty parting shots from Wimbledonupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 16:22:00

Cleaning out the Wimbledon notebook while still in awe of that final.

Second seed Jankovic falls to Tanasugarnupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 12:41:00

Second seed Jelena Jankovic crashed out of Wimbledon when she was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Tamarine Tanasugarn in the fourth round on Monday.

Jankovic through after Dementieva quitsupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 03:20:00

Fourth seed Jelena Jankovic booked a semifinal place at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne after Russian Elena Dementieva retired while trailing in the second set of their quarterfinal clash.

Davenport injury helps Jankovic progressupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 10:56:00

Third seed Jelena Jankovic will play fellow Serbian Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open following two-time winner Lindsay Davenport's departure from the tournament due to injury.

Ivanovic and Jankovic reach fourth roundupdated: Tue Mar 18 2008 11:21:00

Serbian stars Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic enjoyed straight sets victories as they reached the fourth round of the WTA tournament at Indian Wells.

Jankovic sent crashing out by Yan Ziupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 12:55:00

Yan Zi of China upset world number four Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in three sets to storm into the semifinals of the £600,000 WTA Bangalore Open.

Jankovic and Venus through in Bangaloreupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 13:20:00

Top seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia sailed into the quarterfinals of the Bangalore Open, but second seed Venus Williams needed three sets to secure her last eight place.

Jankovic made to work hard by Mirzaupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 14:59:00

World number four Jelena Jankovic trailed Sania Mirza for most of their two hours 14 minutes contest before emerging victorious 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the second round of the Dubai Open. Jon Wertheim: Williams-beaters Ivanovic, Jankovic fit to be joinedupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 12:00:00

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Yesterday you were asked whether Jelena Jankovic was underrated or overrated. Today I want to ask you about the other Serb, Ana Ivanovic. Your thoughts? -- Clark, Stockholm, Sweden

Jankovic injury mars Serbian winupdated: Wed Jan 02 2008 11:41:00

Jelena Jankovic suffered an injury scare ahead of the Australian Open but returned to help Serbia in their Hopman Cup bid with a 2-1 victory over France in Perth.

Henin overcomes Jankovic yet againupdated: Sat Oct 06 2007 13:25:00

World number one Justine Henin maintained her mastery of Serbian Jelena Jankovic with a marathon 7-6 7-5 win to reach the final of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Saturday.

Davenport faces Jankovic rematchupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 16:08:00

Comeback queen Lindsay Davenport will face a rematch with Jelena Jankovic on Saturday as she seeks to reach a second successive WTA Tour final.

Venus beats Jankovic to semifinalsupdated: Thu Sep 06 2007 00:09:00

So expressionless and serious-minded all night, Venus Williams waited to crack a smile until her victory was complete. Game, Serbs and Matchupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 20:00:00

Growing up amid war, a new generation of Serbian stars has taken to the tennis courts and surprised the world

Henin and Jankovic both go throughupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 05:57:00

Top seed Justine Henin cruised into the second round of the U.S. Open on Monday with a 6-0 6-3 victory over German qualifier Julia Goerges.

Jankovic sets up final against Heninupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 03:58:00

World number one Justine Henin brought Yan Zi's Cinderella run to an end with a 6-3 6-0 win at the Toronto Cup on Saturday to set up a dream final with second seed Jelena Jankovic.

Henin, Jankovic advance in Torontoupdated: Sat Aug 18 2007 01:35:00

World number one Justine Henin and second seed Jelena Jankovic refused to be blown off course by recording quarterfinal wins on a wild and windy day at the Toronto Cup on Friday. Jon Wertheim: Players like Jankovic, Davydenko load up on eventsupdated: Tue Jun 19 2007 23:24:00

A quick Mailbag before the Big Show. Check back on Friday for our Wimbledon seed reports.

The top women power into the semisupdated: Tue Jun 05 2007 12:37:00

On day 10 the quarterfinals began, the big names came out in force and the quality of tennis stepped up a notch.

Jankovic and Ivanovic in last fourupdated: Tue Jun 05 2007 07:45:00

Serbians Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic moved smoothly into the semifinals of the French Open in Paris on Tuesday.

Top names face off in round threeupdated: Fri Jun 01 2007 13:51:00

The competition is hotting up on day six, as the seeds start to come up against each other and the quality of the big names is put to the test. Jon Wertheim: French Open women's seed reportupdated: Fri May 25 2007 01:37:00's senior writer Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the French Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses to keep an eye on and his predicted winners.

Jankovic beats Venus in marathonupdated: Sat Apr 14 2007 17:10:00

Serbian Jelena Jankovic reached the final of the Family Circle Cup, winning a marathon match against Venus Williams on Saturday for her second straight win against the American.

Clijsters battles to Sydney titleupdated: Fri Jan 12 2007 06:52:00

Belgium's Kim Clijsters saved a match point before beating Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 4-6 7-6 6-4 to win a thrilling women's final at the Sydney International on Friday.

Mauresmo falls to in-form Jankovicupdated: Wed Jan 10 2007 04:01:00

Top-seed Amelie Mauresmo was swept aside by Serbia's in-form Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals of the Sydney International on Wednesday.

Hingis suffers early Sydney defeatupdated: Mon Jan 08 2007 04:26:00

Former world number one Martina Hingis' Australian Open preparations have been dealt an early blow after she was knocked out in the first round of the Sydney International by Jelena Jankovic.

Top seed Jankovic forced to quitupdated: Sat Nov 04 2006 05:19:00

Top-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic retired from her quarterfinal in the WTA tournament in Quebec City, enabling Olga Poutchkova to move into the last four.

Kuznetsova reaches Stuttgart semisupdated: Fri Oct 06 2006 09:23:00

Svetlana Kuznetsova stepped closer to claiming her third title in four weeks after thrashing Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 6-4 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Grand Prix on Friday.

Henin fights back to sink Jankovicupdated: Fri Sep 08 2006 15:56:00

Second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne recovered from a set and 4-2 down to beat 19th seed Jelena Jankovic 4-6 6-4 6-0 and reach the U.S. Open final.

Jankovic in first grand slam semiupdated: Tue Sep 05 2006 13:07:00

Jelena Jankovic exploited Elena Dementieva's weak serve to upset the fourth seed 6-2 6-1 and advance to her first grand slam semifinals at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

Jankovic dumps out champion Venusupdated: Sat Jul 01 2006 12:51:00

Defending champion Venus Williams became a victim of the Court Two curse on Saturday when she was bundled out of Wimbledon in the third round, beaten 7-6 4-6 6-4 by Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.

Craybas through as Jankovic quitsupdated: Tue Apr 04 2006 03:08:00

Unseeded Jill Craybas of the United States eliminated 12th seed Jelena Jankovic in the first round of the Amelia Island Tennis Tournament in Florida, when the Serb retired with leg cramps.

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