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Serbia captain Dejan Vranes’ decision not to play Jelena Jankovic in the singles will cost them a place in the semi-final!

Serbia has chosen Bojana Jovanovski to get proceedings under way against Slovak Republic’s No. 1 Dominka Cibulkova ahead of this highly anticipated World Group play-off in Bratislava. Serbia captain Dejan Vranes’ decision not to play Jelena Jankovic in the singles may come as a surprise to many, but Jovanovski was the star for her country in its thrilling victory over Canada in the World Group II clash February. The 19-year-old fought so valiantly that she was chosen as the year’s first winner of the BNP Paribas Heart Award and she will be looking to replicate her form against superior opposition this weekend. Unless Jankovic is injured and requested not to play singles, then this may be the dumbest decision ever made by a Fed Cup captain. Jovanovski certainly played well against Canada, but Canada is not the Slovak Republic! Not only is Jankovic the highest ranked Serbian player, she is also the heart and soul of their Fed Cup team, and is the reason that Serbia is in the World Cup Group play-offs. Ivanovic, who has a habit of choking under pressure and declined to represent her country previously, will be asked to carry the load in two singles matches!!

Daniela Hantuchova and Ana Ivanovic face off in the second match on court on Saturday. The Serbian leads 3-1 in previous match-ups between these two former Top 10 players. Hantuchova has also been chosen to play in the doubles rubber partnering Magdalena Rybarikova. The Slovak pair will face Jankovic and Aleksandra Krunic in what could prove to be the decisive rubber of this close contest.

Saturday

R1: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

R2: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

Sunday

R3: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

R4: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

R5: Daniela Hantuchova / Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Jelena Jankovic / Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

 

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