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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 03:41 GMT
Jankovic v Serena as it happened
Australian Open, Melbourne

Women's quarter-final result:


6-3 6-4


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By Chris Bevan

0337: Phew, what a match. Maybe not a classic for rallies or fightbacks but full of drama nonetheless, especially when both players were getting treatment in the second set. The end result is that Serena has lost her title and can concentrate on playing doubles with Venus, while third seed Jelena Jankovic will play Justine Henin or Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals.

You can keep up with that Henin-Sharapova showdown with my colleague Tom, watch it via the red button or on this website. And listen to it on BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra too. You could even do all four...

Jankovic 6-3 6-4 Serena
It is all over. Quite amazing. Some great serving by Williams seems to have put her in control but a double-fault hands Janko a first set-point and a wayward backhand by Serena means that is the the end of the road for the champion.

Jankovic 6-3 5-4 Serena
This one ain't over yet though. Serena may be playing on one foot but she does not want to hand over her title without a fight. A dogged display sees her outhit the Serb and break again - that's the 10th service break of a fairly incredible match folks.

Jankovic 6-3 5-3 Serena
Just when you thought Serena was back in this one, she is back to square one. A punishing backhand by Janko sets her up for a smash that puts her on the brink of victory. She will serve for a place in the semi-finals.

Jankovic 6-3 4-3 Serena
Another pulsating game which is going to take a lot out of both players - I half expect to see a couple of limbs come flying off next. More power from Serena, and she has Janko doing the splits on a couple of points, but the Serb is giving as good as she gets and a couple of loose shots by Serena means Jelena holds, just, and gives us some fist-pumping for good measure.

And well done to Chris by the way, for spotting Serena's blister, through her shoe and all the way from Hampstead!

Jankovic 6-3 3-3 Serena
That little time-out seems to have rejuvenated both players and they resume with some gusto in what could turn out to be a crucial game. Janko is still covering the most ground despite her injury, although I've got my eye on her thigh (for medical reasons only of course), but Serena is a more sprightly too and digs deep to save four break points before holding out. Phew - that game took almost 15 minutes on its own - I think I need a trainer now!

"That was an absolute vital game. You feel that now she has held, maybe there's a way back into the match for Serena."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend in Melbourne

Oh, and I am not sure why the Five Live website is saying you can listen to this game live - as far as I'm aware that commentary is only for the Tsonga-Youzhny and Henin-Sharapova matches later this morning.

0257: The players are back on court. Maybe Serena does need those crutches after all?

0256: "Jelena's name is an anagram of my fave album ever! 'Jean an Jock live' - amazing! Serena's makes 'a new era i'll miss', very true..."
Craig, in Yatton on text 81111

The players are still receiving treatment but Serena's blister is back under wraps.

0253: This game has suddenly turned into an episode of Casualty. Both players are having treatment now - looks like Janko's thigh injury has flared up, while Serena has her trainer on too and is staring forlornly at an enormous blister on her toe - that would explain a lot!

Jankovic 6-3 3-2 Serena
Another tight one - Janko sees a lob fly long when a winner would have put her 4-1 up. Instead, Serena plants a forehand in the corner to move to break point and Jelena's wild backhand gives her another break back.

"Alright then. I'll talk tennis: knowing that Williams is a fighter, nothing's lost yet, especially given that the longer the game drags on, the more Jelena will feel her injuries. Might Serena be injured?"
Chris, in Hampstead on text 81111

She hasn't called for a trainer Chris, so I have to say I'm a bit puzzled as to why she was playing so poorly.

Jankovic 6-3 3-1 Serena
Janko has realised that the longer a point goes on, the more chance she has of winning it. She is moving Serena around too, which is the last thing she wants at the moment. The champion is fighting on but a volley into the net at deuce and then a fine backhand down the line gives Janko her third break. Serena's reaction? One smashed racquet.

Jankovic 6-3 2-1 Serena
A wild forehand by Jelena and a decent backhand by Serena give her hope and she makes short work of the Serb's second serve to break back. She still doesn't look herself though.

"Serena is a one-shot player at the moment, if she doesn't win the point with her first shot she is in trouble."
BBC Sport's Jeff Tarango in Melbourne

Jankovic 6-3 2-0 Serena
Serena is still hitting the ball hard enough, and she has upped the volume too - but she is making far too many mistakes. Janko plants a forehand in the corner to break the champion again and that is eight out of the last nine games to the Serb.

"Serena looks subdued, seems distracted and is clearly not in top form."
BBC Sport's Jeff Tarango in Melbourne

"Knowing that this will hardly go on the website, I solemnly shout out to thee: go Bevan! Your nightshifts are the best!"
Chris, in Hampstead on text 81111

Chris, and anyone else out there, if you want your comments published then remember a little praise goes a long way. I'd obviously much prefer you to talk tennis though!

Jankovic 6-3 1-0 Serena
Janko's early problems look a long way away now. An ace means she holds with ease to love.

Jankovic 6-3 Serena
Wow. Fair to say I didn't see that coming. Serena's serve has slowed right down and Janko does not hang about in breaking (again) to take the first set. It is meant to be Jelena who is carrying the injuries but, at the moment, Serena would move quicker if she was on crutches.

Jankovic 5-3 Serena
Janko scurries to put away an over-hit Serena drop-volley but Williams seems to be moving a bit better herself and is putting away anything dropping half-court with some gusto. Janko digs in though and saves three more break points to hold and edge closer to taking this first set. A long way to go yet though.

Jankovic 4-3 Serena
Oh dear. Serena has to hold back from smashing her racquet after more some more sloppy shots put her in further trouble - she makes do with havijng 'words' with herself instead. They do the trick too and her serve gets her out of a hole to stop Janko from running away with this set.

Jankovic 4-2 Serena
Janko is opening up a bit now now, powering a couple of glorious backhand winners out of Serena's reach, but this game is another tight one and the Serb has to save three break points before holding with an ace.

Before I forget, here is a quick fashion update for you - Janko is looking pretty in pink, while Serena is, um, pristine in purple. The court, needless to say, is still bright blue. Blimey!

"Janko is looking a bit nervous but I think this match might go all the way!"
Tatti Chaudhry on text 81111

This time I am agreeing with you Tatti - and no need to ask Janko either.

Jankovic 3-2 Serena
More unforced errors by Serena who is going for the corners but missing by a mile. She slices a forehand into the net too, giving Janko two break points, and yet another Williams mistake gives the Serb another break.

"Hi, I've heard that apparently the first player to break serve normally wins the match."
Tatti Chaudhry on text 81111

Not sure about that 'fact' Tatti. Shall we ask Jelena what she thinks?

Jankovic 2-2 Serena
Janko's still not getting much power with her serve but her groundstrokes have settled down and she seems to have woken up and holds comfortably to level.

I should own up really - so far I have been a bit of a jinx for the Brits at this tournament - whenever I'm on shift, they tend to lose...I've already had to apologise to the Murray brothers and I haven't helped Jade Curtis tonight either unfortunately - the 13th seed has just tumbled out 6-3 6-1 to Lesley Kerkhove of Holland. My fault again I guess!

Jankovic 1-2 Serena
Hello hello, this is better from Janko. Serena's turn to look a bit bewildered as her serve misfires and a couple of forehands fly out by a good four feet. Another break to love, and that should settle Jelena down.

Jankovic 0-2 Serena
Jelena's injuries mean there are big doubts over her serve and let's just say she does not make a good start. Serena is straight in on the offensive and some pensive - not to mention wayward shots - from Janko mean we have a break to love in double-quick time.

Jankovic 0-1 Serena
Solid start from the champ. Janko has a swing at all of Serena's serves but can't do much with them and it is a comfortable hold.

0151: Here we go then. Serena to serve first.

0150:Oh, and don't forget I need some company to keep me going through the small hours. Text me now on 81111 with the word TENNIS before your comment.

0148: Hmmm. Jelena's picked up even more injuries since arriving in Melbourne - not just a thigh now, but back and shoulder problems too. It doesn't bode well for her does it?

0145: Nothing between these two head-to-head - two wins apiece, but Serena beat Janko 6-3 6-2 in the fourth round here 12 months ago on her way to the title.

They should have met in the Hopman Cup final at the start of 2008 but Jelena had to pull out because of an injured thigh. The United States went on to win that by the way.

0135: Can't sleep? Don't worry, I've got just the thing to make the night go quickly - a top-notch women's quarter-final from the Australian Open between defending champion Serena Williams and third seed Jelena Jankovic.

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