Jankovic has shot at world No. 1 after Ivanovic gets knocked out at Rogers Cup

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MONTREAL - If Ana Ivanovic winds up losing her world No. 1 ranking, she would have liked to have been able to defend it properly.
Ivanovic was knocked out of the US$1.34 million Rogers Cup on Thursday night by Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, opening the door for the world's second-ranked player Jelena Jankovic to take over the top spot in women's tennis by week's end.
Ivanovic says she was hampered in her match by a mystery injury to her right thumb suffered about two weeks ago that prevented her from gripping her racket properly.
"You know what, it's definitely very, very disappointing," Ivanovic said of Jankovic possibly passing her in the world rankings. "Not really so much the fact that I might lose it; just the fact that I couldn't perform the best I could here without the pain. And then if you lose it, hey, the other girl was better. But just the fact that I couldn't perform as well as I wanted, that's even more frustrating."
Paszek, a 17-year-old ranked number 94 in the world coming into this event, took control of both the first and third sets early by rolling out to a 3-0 lead in the first and a 4-0 lead in the decisive third set.
Paszek had triple match point with Ivanovic serving at 5-2 in the third, and on the second one Ivanovic put her shot into the net. Paszek dropped her racket and held her head in her hands as the Uniprix Stadium crowd rose to its feet for an ovation.
It was Paszek's first career victory over a top-10 player, and came on the heels of her first match victory in four months last week in Los Angeles.
"The first thing I was thinking about was, `Well, girl, you made it, it's over now,"' Paszek said. "Now it's time to forget the match today. It was a great feeling out there. I had an unbelievable time, the public was great. But now it's time to focus on tomorrow's match."
After exchanging a kiss with Ivanovic at the net, Paszek ran into the arms of her coach Larri Passos sitting in the front row, who she credits with turning her career around after they began working together again seven weeks ago.
"I was almost crying in his arms," said Paszek, whose father Ariff Mohamed lived in Toronto for about 15 years, holds a Canadian passport and still has family living in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary.
Ivanovic first revealed her thumb injury after her second round match Wednesday, yet she refused to use it as an excuse for a lacklustre performance in a three set second round win over Petra Kvitova.
Ivanovic had an MRI on the thumb that revealed nothing, which she says was originally relieving, but now has the opposite effect because the pain is persisting.
"Now obviously I'm a little bit scared, because the MRI shows nothing, but I still have pain," she said. "They say it's going to go away, but it's already (been) there for 10 days. So I'm going to try and see the doctor now and try to get it out."
Ivanovic's original plan was to leave for the Olympics in Beijing straight from Montreal, but she will now go back to Europe to visit with doctors, though it is too early to tell if the injury will put her Olympic participation in jeopardy.
"I really want to be fit to play Beijing," she said. "That's why I'm thinking (about) going back to see the doctor because I don't want to go through what I went through here, just waking up each day and thinking, `Am I going to be able to play today?"'
Serbia's Jankovic took out the lone Canadian remaining in the singles draw Thursday with an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que.
It marked the second straight day that Jankovic knocked out a local fan favourite after she made quick work of Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., 6-0, 6-4 in Wednesday evening's final match.
"It's not so nice for me to beat two Canadians," Jankovic said. "What can I do? The crowd will hate me, but that's just the luck of the draw. But I think they're both really great players. They have done quite well, so I think they have good potential, a good future in front of them."
Jankovic could take over the world's top ranking if she were to make the final here, and the only seeded player potentially standing in her way is the 10th seed Marion Bartoli of France.
Jankovic will next face 19-year-old Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, the world's 31st ranked player who eliminated the 12th seed Nadia Petrova 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Cibulkova beat Petrova for the second time in two weeks to continue her climb up the world rankings. Her win Thursday was her ninth against a top-25 opponent, including her straight set victory over fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva in the second round here and the last two against Petrova.
If Jankovic is able to get past Cibulkova, she would face the winner of Friday's match between Bartoli and world number 33 Ai Sugiyama of Japan.
Though Jankovic's victory Thursday was not quite as dominant as a night earlier, it was close.
Dubois looked early on as though she may be able to hang in with the long, powerful Jankovic, earning a break point opportunity in the opening game and winning her first service game at love.
But a 47-minute rain delay effectively eliminated what little momentum Dubois may have gained from the start, and ultimately Jankovic broke her serve to go up 4-2 and finished off the set 6-3.
With the second set tied at 2-2, Jankovic gave up only a point in breaking serve to go up 3-2 and didn't lose a game the rest of the way.
Dubois gave the Uniprix Stadium crowd something to cheer about when she earned three break points at 5-2, but Jankovic took the next five points to win the match and eliminate the final piece of local flavour in the singles draw.
"I can say I'm happy (with) the way I played," said Dubois. "But you have to be at your best to play against the No. 2 in the world. I felt the pressure of her hits. They were really hard."
Dubois did win her second round doubles match with partner Sabine Lisicki of Germany, upsetting the eighth-seeded Czech pairing of Eva Hrdinova and Vladimira Uhlirova. Dubois and Lisicki will face top seeds Cara Black of Zimbabwe and American Liezel Huber on Friday afternoon.

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