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August 30, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Ana Ivanovic, who was ranked No. 1 in the world four years ago, the year she won her only Grand Slam-level tournament (the French Open), moved into the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. Ivanovic, seeded 12th, had a thoroughly dominating 6-2, 6-2 win over Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson. Ivanovic spent only 64 minutes on the court and hit 35 forehand winners in the match but no backhand winners, a statistic future opponents might take note of. Jelena Jankovic, like Ivanovic from Serbia, and like Ivanovic also a formerly No. 1-ranked player, also won her second-round match Thursday.
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March 12, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska made it to the semifinals Wednesday in the women's draw of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at Indian Wells. Halep's journey was much shorter. The 22-year-old Romanian, already winner of $711,430 this season with a title in Doha, Qatar, went past Casey Dellacqua of Australia, 6-2, 6-2. Dellacqua had advanced to the quarterfinals when her opponent, American Lauren Davis, had to withdraw because of a stomach ailment. "I was moving very well today," said Halep, who said her biggest goal was to win the French Open.
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March 21, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
With a little stretch, Jelena Jankovic's victory Sunday in the women's singles final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells could be turned into a California angle. Headline: Local Woman Makes Good. Jankovic, of course, is about as local as Antarctica. She has spent the bulk of her 25 years as far away from California as you can get. Not by choice, by coincidence of birth. She is Serbian and proud of it, although she lists her residence as Dubai, which is one of those tax havens to which rich tennis players gravitate.
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October 23, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
The 2-3-2 NBA Finals format is following David Stern out of the league. NBA owners unanimously voted Wednesday to return to the 2-2-1-1-1 format, believing the travel inconveniences that teams faced when Stern became commissioner nearly 30 years ago no longer exist. Beginning with the 2014 Finals, the higher-seeded team will host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The lower seed gets Games 3, 4 and 6, following the same format the NBA uses in all other rounds. The current format was instituted in 1985, Stern's first full year in charge, in part to ease the amount of cross-country travel with the Lakers and Boston Celtics frequently meeting for the championship.
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August 4, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Carlsbad — Melanie Oudin's bravado comes through when she shouts, "Come on," after a forehand winner and a fist pump in the direction of her opponent after an unexpected backhand volley. But then she has trouble hitting a first serve over the net and there is an unhappy yelp and a slap to the forehead. Oudin, 18, and a U.S. Open quarterfinalist a year ago, lost to second-seeded Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 6-4, Wednesday in the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open and once again Oudin is finding out that it's a tough world in pro tennis.
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May 8, 2010
ROME (AP) — Jelena Jankovic lost the Italian Open final to unseeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez on Saturday, falling 7-6 (5), 7-5 to the Spaniard's array of touch volleys and drop shots. The seventh-ranked Serb beat hard-hitting Venus and Serena Williams in her previous two matches, but struggled against Martinez Sanchez's clay-court shotmaking in this warmup for the French Open in two weeks. It's the first Tier I title — and third title overall — for the 26th-ranked Martinez Sanchez, a left-hander who beat second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the third round and knocked out former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals.
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March 15, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Were it not for Caroline Wozniacki, No. 1 player in the world, the women's tennis draw of the BNP Paribas Open would pretty much be a worthless piece of paper. Nor was Wozniacki a shoo-in, on a Tuesday when the Nos. 2-, 5- and 6-seeded players joined Nos. 3, 4 and 7 in the category of shocking early departures. Wozniacki, the Dane who would have lost her top ranking with a loss and a victory by No. 2 Kim Clijsters, emerged from the rubble with ranking in place and a reduced obstacle path to this prestigious women's title.
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August 2, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Big-time tennis has returned to Southern California this week, and Jelena Jankovic is the biggest name here. She is seeded No. 1 for what is now known as the Mercury Insurance Open. The once popular tour stop in Carlsbad went away for two years while the WTA reshuffled its schedule deck. But it is back, at the same La Costa Resort spot, and with the same air of semi-competitive leisure it always had amidst a season of tennis grinding. Ticket buyers seeking celebrity will plunk down cash to see the star of Serbia because, along with a nice forehand and backhand, she carries herself like one. Monday at La Costa was mostly a time for Jankovic, who won't play until Wednesday or maybe even Thursday, to meet the media and get ready for her various close-ups.
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August 4, 2010
At La Costa Resort Stadium Court Beginning 11 a.m. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, vs. Shahar Peer (7), Israel; Agnieszka Radwanska (4) Poland, vs. Dinara Safina, Russia; Melanie Oudin vs. Samantha Stosur (2), Australia. Beginning 7 p.m. Jelena Jankovic (1), Serbia, vs. Alisa Kleybanova, Russia; Jill Craybas and Shenay Perry vs. Lindsay Davenport and Liezel Huber.
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April 6, 2013 | Wire reports
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Serena Williams routed Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-2, in the semifinals of the Family Circle Cup on Saturday at Charleston, S.C. It was the most one-sided match in the sisters' rivalry and the 14th straight match that the younger sister has won in the tournament. The top-ranked woman will play for her second straight title in this tournament Sunday against Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic, the 2007 champion, defeated Stefanie Voegele, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2, in the other semifinal.
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April 7, 2013 | By Dan Loumena, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
This should all sound familiar: Serena Williams rallied from a one-set deficit to win another tennis tournament, this time for another Family Circle Cup title in Charleston, S.C. The top-ranked Williams, who dominated and dispatched sister Venus in the semifinals Saturday by dropping only three games, bounced back Sunday to defeat Jelena Jankovic, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, and repeat as champion. Last weekend at the Sony Ericsson Open, Williams defeated second-ranked Maria Sharapova in the championship match after dropping the first set. Jankovic, who was ranked as high as No. 1 in 2008 but has fallen recently to No. 18, aided Williams' comeback by admittedly losing her focus at the start of the second set when the players exchanged some words.
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April 6, 2013 | Wire reports
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Serena Williams routed Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-2, in the semifinals of the Family Circle Cup on Saturday at Charleston, S.C. It was the most one-sided match in the sisters' rivalry and the 14th straight match that the younger sister has won in the tournament. The top-ranked woman will play for her second straight title in this tournament Sunday against Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic, the 2007 champion, defeated Stefanie Voegele, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2, in the other semifinal.
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April 6, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Serena Williams continued her domination of big sister Venus on Saturday with a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C. Serena's whipping of Venus in the semifinals was her fifth victory in a row in the sibling rivalry and her 14th straight match win at the Family Cup. Little sister has only dropped two sets in the winning streak, which gives her a 14-10 career record against Venus. Of course, the two hadn't played since meeting twice in 2009 during the Sony Ericsson Championships, which feature the top players in the world in round-robin play before single-elimination matches.
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March 27, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Shaka Smart and Virginia Commonwealth have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the basketball coach at the school. Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin said the details were still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve "program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches. " McLaughlin said it also extends a contract already scheduled to run through 2020. Smart's record is 111-37 in four years, the sixth-most wins in the country over that stretch. Since he guided VCU to the Final Four in 2011, Smart's name has been among the first mentioned whenever a high-profile job comes open.
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August 30, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Ana Ivanovic, who was ranked No. 1 in the world four years ago, the year she won her only Grand Slam-level tournament (the French Open), moved into the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. Ivanovic, seeded 12th, had a thoroughly dominating 6-2, 6-2 win over Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson. Ivanovic spent only 64 minutes on the court and hit 35 forehand winners in the match but no backhand winners, a statistic future opponents might take note of. Jelena Jankovic, like Ivanovic from Serbia, and like Ivanovic also a formerly No. 1-ranked player, also won her second-round match Thursday.
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July 29, 2012 | By John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Serena Williams, in her first competitive return to these grass courts since winning Wimbledon two weeks ago, easily beat Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the first round of women's tennis competition, 6-3, 6-1. Williams' teammate, first-time Olympian Christina McHale, wasn't as fortunate, losing to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 6-4, 7-5. John Isner advanced on the men's side, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, over Belgium's Olivier Rochus, though fellow American Donald Young was eliminated by Andreas Seppi of Italy, 6-4, 6-4. Ryan Harrison of the U.S. also lost, to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, 7-5, 6-3. Andy Roddick did not play on the first day of competition.
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September 4, 2009 | Diane Pucin
It was a day of great joy for 17-year-old American Melanie Oudin. Despite a cramping strain in her left thigh, Oudin upset fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, on Thursday in a second-round U.S. Open match. But it was also a day of great sadness for fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic, a finalist here last year but who became a second-round loser to Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6). Jankovic played despite learning that her grandmother had died in Serbia on Wednesday.
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November 1, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
The Williams sisters will end their season with another title matchup. Venus Williams defeated Jelena Jankovic , 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, on Saturday in one semifinal at the Sony Ericsson Championships at Doha, Qatar. Serena Williams won the other when Caroline Wozniacki quit because of an abdominal injury while trailing, 6-4, 0-1. Serena, who secured the year-end No. 1 ranking last week, is returning to the final of the WTA Tour's season-ending championships for the first time since 2004.
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July 28, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON---It was an ideal match for an American tennis fan. Decent weather. The setting was Wimbledon.  And Serena Williams won in convincing fashion, beating Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, 6-3, 6-1, in the first round on Saturday afternoon. Michelle Obama, welcome to the Olympic Games. All in all, the first lady's visit to Wimbledon appeared to be a successful one. She sat in Williams' box, along with Dominique Dawes, the gymnast who competed in two Olympics in the '90s, winning gold in 1996.
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March 8, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
BNP Paribas Open featured matches Stadium 1 Beginning 11 a.m. (seedings in parentheses) Jelena Jankovic (12) vs. Jamie Hampton; Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki vs. Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez; Victoria Azarenka (1) vs. Mona Barthel; Florian Mayer and Jarkko Nieminen vs. Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick. Beginning at 7 p.m. Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic vs. Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal; Petra Kvitova (3) vs. Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova
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