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Jankovic unlikely to repeat as champion at Indian Wells.

Jelena Jankovic faces a challenging road to the title match at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, seeded to face No. 2 seed and two-time winner Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals. Jankovic has a 1-7 record against the 27-year-old Belgian, who has reached the final in all three of her main draw appearances this season and won her fourth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The sixth-seeded Jankovic, a finalist last week in Monterrey, could first come up against 2008 winner and fellow Serbian Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round. Ivanovic leads the head-to-head series 6-3, but has lost their two most recent meetings.

The winner of that quarter could go on to meet No. 3 seed Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals. Zvonareva, the 2009 champion, won her first WTA title in more than a year when she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in last month’s Doha final. Wozniacki, the 2010 runner-up, returns to Indian Wells as the top seed and WTA’s No. 1 player, reclaiming the top spot from Clijsters after winning the Dubai title a couple weeks ago. The 20-year-old Dane is seeded to meet No. 8 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the quarter-finals, with other potential opponents including No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 24 Maria Kirilenko.

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