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Jankovic could miss Sydney event

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:10

Having previously indicated she would start her Australian Open preparation in Sydney, the Serbian star will now not be on the official acceptance list for the event as she is still finalising her playing schedule for the start of 2009.

Jankovic could, however, request a wildcard to the tournament which begins on January 11.

“We had some good signs from Jelena early on and she indicated to me in New York that she was looking forward to returning to Sydney,” said tournament director Craig Watson.

“Players often end up re-arranging their schedules a number of times and in this instance, Jelena has not finalised her plans for 2009 yet.

“She is always welcome in Sydney having played some outstanding tennis here in the past; her 2007 final against Kim Clijsters is particularly memorable.

“If Jelena does decide that she would like to play in Sydney, then we would certainly consider her for a wildcard.”

Jankovic has played four times in Sydney, including the past two years, with her best result coming in 2007 when she was runner-up to Clijsters.

The official acceptance list for the event will be announced by the end of the week.

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