Kvitova is 25 and is seeded second behind
Jankovic is 30 and is seeded No. 28. The impression is her best tennis is behind her.
So when they playedSaturday on Centre Court, and Kvitova won the first set, 6-3, spectators yawned and focused on their strawberries and cream. Even more so when Kvitova went up a service break in the second set.
But then, inexplicably, the match turned and Jankovic was back, raising her level and lunging back a return from Kvitova on match point, then dropping flat on her back when the ball didn't come back.
Jankovic immediately started celebrating her 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory, and she probably still is.
"I cannot stop smiling," Jankovic said. "I'm really, really happy. I don't know how to explain."
Kvitova was obviously less happy, but similarly baffled.
"If I know what happened," she said, "I'm going to tell you."
Jankovic said she was able to rally because, after years of doing little at Wimbledon, she came better prepared this time.
"One of the reasons," she said, "is because I never played a warmup tournament. I would just come from the
She hadn't been past the second round here in the last four years, but she wasn't willing to chalk that up to age.
"I'm not old," she said, giggling. "I'm still young at heart. I look pretty good, so why not? I mean, give me a break, guys."
She lists her residence as Dubai, likely for tax purposes, but built a home in Rancho Sante Fe several years ago and always jokes with writers about the need to do well because the home was so expensive.
Men's results were predictable. No. 2
The British hope, third-seeded
Viktor Troicki of Serbia beat Brown, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.