Jelena Jankovic can breathe a Serbian sigh of relief. The Rome champion pushed through an injury scare in the second set to defeat New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-2, 7-6. She'll face the talented Dominika Cibulkova in the next round.
Following sister Serb Ana Ivanovic's lead from the Aussie Open, JJ will be talking tennis with USA Today and giving progress reports throughout the fortnight. She discussed the scare with the paper saying,
I didn't play my best (Thursday) and as you can see I've already got a few injuries. My knee is scraped, and I hurt my forearm from just hitting the ball because the balls are heavier than usual from all the rain the last few days and the courts are wet. I received on-court treatment because I was shaking and couldn't hit my forehand. With my knee and my arm (now taped), I look like a soldier who came from some battle! But I'm a big fighter and of course in a Grand Slam, it's normal.Hmmm - let's hope these injuries aren't serious. Jelena still has a long road ahead, and her half of the draw is heavy with Ana and the Williams sisters looming. Consider yourself warned JJ.
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