Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jankovic provides details about Charleston withdrawal

Photo by Daniel Ward
6th seed Jelena Jankovic, who withdrew from the Family Circle Cup earlier today, met with the media this evening to talk about her right foot injury. Jankovic said that she felt pain in her foot when she was on the court for her opening round, but was focused on what she was doing and didn't think much about it. However, the pain increased, and by the morning, her foot was swollen and she could not put any weight on it.

Jankovic was treated by the physio, but the pain and swelling persisted. The problem, which is located in the ball of her foot, will be diagnosed tomorrow when she gets an MRI. She has never before experienced any pain in the ball of either foot.

Obviously disappointed, Jankovic, a crowd favorite in Charleston, said that she had been looking forward to playing her young protege, Danka Kovinic, on Billie Jean King Stadium Court tonight.

Jankovic won the Family Circle Cup in 2007 (in post-tornado winds, naturally) and was the runner-up in 2012. This year, she was on course to meet friend and defending champion Andrea Petkovic in the quarterfinals.

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