Ivanovic, Jankovic have propelled each other to the top

The odds a city like Belgrade could germinate two dominating players seem remote. But Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic are on the precipice of a world No. 1 ranking -- because of each other.

Updated: June 3, 2008, 4:46 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- The first tennis match they ever played, Ana Ivanovic remembers, was in a carpeted swimming pool in Belgrade, Serbia. In a 10-under tournament, 9-year-old Jelena Jankovic hammered the 7-year-old Ivanovic, 7-1.

Jankovic swears she can't recall any such match.

Thirteen years later, on Thursday, Ivanovic and Jankovic will meet on the red clay of Court Philippe Chatrier with an opportunity to become the No. 1-ranked player in the world.


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