Both were injured. One showed up looking like her old self, despite days of heavy scrapping; the other showed up not looking like herself at all. It was all Jelena Jankovic in the first set of her Australian Open quarterfinal against defending champion Serena Williams. Williams was sluggish, out of sorts, and unable to find her killer serve. Jankovic, on the other hand, looked surprisingly fresh.
In the second set, Williams seemed to find her spirit, lifting her serve and forcing a lot more issues. But she continued to make more errors than Jankovic, and Jankovic continued to play the kind of relentless defense that is the hallmark of her game. She also did a very good job of returning the Williams serve. Williams broke Jankovic the first time she served for the match, held, and then brought the tenth game of the second set to deuce, only to double-fault on her serve. Jankovic then won the match on her first match point when Williams hit a return wide.
Jankovic has played the entire tournament with a bad hip. Williams was treated earlier in the day for a thigh issue, and both players received treatment (Williams for a foot blister) during the second set. Those who watched Williams practice said she was feeling out of sorts then, also.
Final score: Jankovic def. Williams, 6-3, 6-4