Jankovic lost poise, match in second set

Jelena Jankovic appeared headed toward her first Grand Slam Final Friday at the U.S. Open. Greg Garber writes how the 21-year-old Serbian lost control of her nerves, and, ultimately, the match.

Updated: September 8, 2006, 7:39 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Jelena Jankovic had never been to the Grand Slam inner circle.

And on Friday, as the biggest match of her life unfolded, the 21-year-old Serb reveled in the experience. Jankovic smiled when a volley found its way into the net. She laughed when she fell on her bottom. She watched intently when replays of her finer moments were shown on the big electronic screen in Arthur Ashe Stadium. There were times early on when Jankovic seemed completely oblivious to the staggering stakes ...

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