Wimbledon: No. 4 Jelena Jankovic Injured, Retires Against No. 21 Vera Zvonareva

Having lost nine of the match’s ten games, No. 4 Jelena Jankovic has retired from her fourth round match against No. 21 Vera Zvonareva trailing 6-1, 3-0.

Jankovic appeared to hurt herself in the first set, losing her footing on the chewed up back of the court and falling awkwardly to the ground. The fall appeared to have affected her back primarily, tightening it up and severely hampering her serve.

Jankovic then double faulted three times on break points, and eventually after a lengthy visit from the trainer, decided she could not continue.

The retirement puts Zvonareva (who has had more than her fair share of injuries as well) into the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time, where she will face the winner of the upcoming Kim Clijsters-Justine Henin blockbuster.

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