(July 4, 2015) Former No. 1, 28th seed Jelena Jankovic pulled off the biggest upset of the Wimbledon fortnight on the Ladies’ side when she defeated No. 2 and defending champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
The Czech looked to be confidently cruising past the Serbian, with a 6-3, 4-2 lead, but Jankovic turned the match around from that point onward.
“Playing on grass is very difficult for me. It does not come natural,” Jankovic said. “I just tried to stay one point at a time, just hang in there, stay positive and fight, and I made it. But playing on Centre Court against the defending champion was just unbelievable. I’m really really happy to win this match!”
“I’m overwhelmed. I’m so excited. My heart is still pumping,” Jankovic said after the match.
“It didn’t matter how badly I was playing or what was happening out there, I really just tried to stay one point at a time and fight, and when I won that second set I knew I just had to keep going out there.
“When I won, I couldn’t believe what just happened. I lost to Petra the last time we played in Rome, and I know she plays amazing here. But that’s what this sport is all about. It’s such a great excitement for me – I’m so glad I was able to win and this gives me a lot of confidence the rest of the tournament.”
For Kvitova who also won Wimbledon in 2011, this was her earliest exit from the All-England Club since 2009.
“I’m not really sure what happened out there,” Kvitova said in press. “Suddenly I felt like she’s coming back, playing a little bit aggressive.
“Suddenly from my side, I didn’t have answer for it. My serve didn’t help me at all this time, as well. I was really struggling with each shot which I played.”
“But I don’t think that I lost today because I was defending champion from last year,” Kvitova said. “I don’t think is really the thing why.
“I think that she really played a good match. Looked a little bit on the other side when I played Venus last year, when I was the worst player in the first two sets, then I won. This time just turn the other side for her.”
“Here I am in the fourth round, in the second week of Wimbledon,” Jankovic said. “I just beat a defending champion. I mean, it’s unbelievable. You know, I don’t think I can ask for more. I hope to keep going.”
“I think I always believe in myself, no matter what. Like I said, if I’m healthy, if I can put that work in on a daily basis and work hard, improve.
“You know, to be honest, right now I’m not at the level I want to be at. First of all, physically I have to get a lot stronger a lot faster. As I said before, getting injured, not being able to go to the gym, to spend some time on the practice court. I will need some time to get to the form, to the level I want to be at, and where I can be. That’s what will satisfy my, you know, needs and wishes.
“So we’ll see. I always think I can do it. I’m not old. I’m still young at heart. I look pretty good, so why not (laughter)? I mean, give me a break, guys. What’s old?”
“I’m very determined. Like I said, I want to get, you know, to where I think I belong. I’ve done it in the past. I’ve been many years in the top 10, I’ve been No. 1 in the world, I’ve played against all these players.
“Like I said, just if I’m able to work hard and believe in myself, hopefully my time will come again.”
Other winners on the Ladies’ side included fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki over Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2, No. 20 Garbine Muguruza dismissed 2012 semifinalist Angelique Kerber 7-6 (12), 1-6, 6-2, No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky, No. 21 Madison Keys, Olga Govortsova and Monica Niculescu also advanced.
Seven-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer dropped a set to advance to the round of 16 beating hard-hitting Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
Groth hit the second fastest serve in Wimbledon history – 147 mph.
No. 3 Andy Murray beat No. 25 Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. Seppi received a visit from a trainer to work on his lower right leg, and won the next six game. Murray also received a medical time out for a stiff right shoulder after trailing 1-0 in the fourth set, and then took next six game to win the match.
Dustin Brown, the qualifier who upset Rafael Nadal, lost his very next match to 22nd seed Viktor Troicki 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.
“Obviously having the pleasure and being able to play on Centre Court and then to play a match like that (on Thursday), doesn’t make a difference if I lost today or not, no one will ever be able to take that away from me,” said Brown.
“I think I played well and I wouldn’t compare it to any other matches. That’s what I said after winning against (Rendy) Lu, and Rafa (Nadal), it’s always a totally different match. I’m happy with my tournament. When I came to quallies, someone would have said sign here for beating Rafa, making second round and qualifying, I would have signed that paper.”
Completing a match held over from Friday at 10-10 in the fifth due to darkness, Marin Cilic bested John Isner 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 12-10
Also Saturday, Wimbledon’s marathon man fell short this time. John Isner, the American who won the longest tennis match in history in 2010, lost 12-10 in the fifth set to U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic. The Croat beat Isner 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 12-10 in a match that resumed Saturday at 10-10.
“Marathon man” Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010, the longest match in tennis history.
No. 12 seed Gilles Simon defeated French countryman No. 18 seed Gael Monfils in five sets, in a match which had to be moved from
Court 1 when darkness came early in the fourth set, and completed under the roof of Centre Court.
Other men moving in to the fourth round: Vasek Pospisil, No. 23 Ivo Karlovic and No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut.
Ladies Singles – Third Round
(28) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 36 75 64
(5) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (31) Camila Giorgi (ITA) 62 62
(20) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. (10) Angelique Kerber (GER) 76(12) 16 62
(13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
(15) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (18) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 62
(21) Madison Keys (USA) d. Tatjana Maria (GER) 64 64
(Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 76(4) 63
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Krystina Pliskova (CZE) 63 75
Third Round – Third Round
 Roger Federer (SUI) d. Sam Groth (AUS) 64 64 67(5) 62
 Andy Murray (GBR) d.  Andreas Seppi (ITA) 62 62 16 61
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Pablo Andujar (ESP) 46 60 63 76(3)
 Marin Cilic (CRO) d.  John Isner (USA) 76(4) 67(6) 64 67(4) 12-10
 Gilles Simon (FRA) vs.  Gael Monfils (FRA)
 Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 76(3) 46 76(2) 76(9)
 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 76(4) 61 60
 Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Dustin Brown (GER) 64 76(3) 46 63
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 36 26 63 86