Serbia Risk Falling at Fed Cup first Hurdle
Serbia’s Fed Cup team are in danger of crashing out in the opening round of the tournament to Slovakia this weekend after their two star players pulled out with injury.
Both Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic will miss the tournament’s first round this Saturday through respective injuries, leaving Serbia alarmingly light in quality as they try to emulate last season’s success, which saw them reach the Fed Cup final for the first time in their history.
writers expected Jankovic to pull out after suffering from an injury earlier this month and will be replaced by young Aeksandra Krunic for the tie. Unfortunately, the shock revelation that Ivanovic also won’t be fit after failing to recover from a shoulder injury sustained at the Australian Open means Serbia have just three players for the clash.
“I hurt my shoulder in Melbourne and it’s not yet fully recovered,” Ivanovic revealed on her Facebook page. “I really hoped my physiotherapy was going to solve the problem sooner.”
The pair’s withdrawal casts Serbia’s progression in the World Group this year into serious doubt and could have a greater detrimental effect if they are forced to play relegation playoff games at the end of the year without their stars.
Both Jankovic and Ivanovic are former world number ones and provide major experience in this young Serbian side, which must now cope alone against a Slovakian side with a 2-1 head-to-head record in previous Fed Cup tennis events
In front of a home crowd in the city of Nis, the number two seeds must not only deal with a weight of fresh expectation but also that lack of experience, a factor that saw them overcome Belgium and Russia last year.
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