Injured Jankovic advances

SUN WIRE SERVICES

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

WIMBLEDON, England -- Jelena Jankovic hobbled into the second week of Wimbledon after injuring her knee. Whether she actually plays is another matter.

Jankovic, seeded second, faced break point in the second set yesterday after losing the opening set. It seemed Wimbledon was about to become the first Grand Slam of the Open era with the top three seeded women failing to make the fourth round.

But Jankovic held off 17-year-old Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 despite slipping and hyperextending her left knee in the first set.

SWOLLEN KNEE

The 23-year-old Serbian said her knee is swollen and sore and she was to have a scan later in the day to determine if she can play tomorrow against Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn.

"I don't think it's that bad," she said. "I didn't break anything. I have pain on it but, you know, I don't play (today), and hopefully now I can get some treatment and feel better for my next match."

Top-ranked Ana Ivanovic was ousted in the third round by China's Zheng Jie. No. 3 Maria Sharapova was upset in the second round.

"I was thinking maybe I'm the next one," Jankovic said, laughing.

The Williams sisters, meanwhile, have been dominant in their matches. Four-time champion Venus and two-time champion Serena won three matches each this weekwithout dropping a set.

Yesterday, Venus Williams defeated qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain 6-1, 7-5. Williams' final serve was measued at 127 m.p.h., the fastest serve by a female player to be recorded at Wimbledon.

Prospects look good for an all-Williams final next weekend.

"The chances were wonderful from the beginning, from round one," Venus said. "That's how we see it. The more we progress, obviously the closer it gets."

It would be their first meeting in a Grand Slam final since Serena beat Venus for the 2003 Wimbledon title.

Unable to overcome injury was French Open runner-up Dinara Safina, who finished in tears as she lost to Shahar Peer 7-5, 6-7 (4), 8-6. Safina, who required treatment for her injured thighs during at least two changeovers, cried between points and hit half-speed serves in the final game, then double-faulted on match point.

Toronto's Daniel Nestor and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic advanced to the third round of men's doubles. The second seeds dispatched Americans Rajeev Ram and Bobby Reynolds 6-1, 7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-6 (1).

But Vancouver's Rebecca Marino lost her first-round girls singles match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Lesley Kerkhove of the Netherlands.


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