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Jankovic misses top spot chance

Jelena Jankovic
Jankovic said she has struggled to regain fitness since Wimbledon

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic failed to take her chance of becoming world number one after losing to Dominika Cibulkova in the last eight of the Rogers Cup.

Ana Ivanovic currently tops the world rankings and her defeat on Thursday meant Jankovic would have overtaken her had she made it to Sunday's final.

But Jankovic threw away a 5-1 lead in the first set to lose 7-5 6-2.

"At the moment I don't deserve the top spot. I am not in the best shape, I am not at my highest level," she said.

"So it will take time for me to get better. The number one spot doesn't matter. I want to be healthy, I want to improve, I want to play tennis. I don't really think about number one or whatever happens. If it's going to happen, it will happen."

She added of her loss to Cibulkova: "I was hitting the ball well but then I just got exhausted, completely lost my concentration.

"The longer the play went, I felt worse and worse," the second seed added.

Cibulkova, 19, from Slovakia has been in fine form in Canada having also beaten Russians Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova.

If I was playing three sets, they would probably take me in an ambulance

Jelena Jankovic

She will now face France's Marion Bartoli, who defeated Japan's Ai Sugiyama 6-2, 6-3.

World number two Jankovic said she has not regained her top form after being sidelined by a knee injury suffered at Wimbledon.

"I'm still not in the best physical shape," she said.

"I'm suffering in that department. It will take time for me to get that better because at the moment I'm struggling to play in a high level for two sets.

"If I was playing three sets, I don't know, they would probably take me in an ambulance."

Seventh-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia also reached the semi-finals with a 2-6 6-3 6-2 win over fourth-seeded countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Safina will next face Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who defeated Austria's Tamira Paszec 6-4 7-5.


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