Jelena Jankovic will meet Yanina Wickmayer on Sunday for a crucial Fed Cup tie
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The scoreline in the Belgium versus Serbia Fed Cup World Group match is tantalisingly poised at 1-1, following wins for Jelena Jankovic and Yanina Wickmayer. Jankovic emerged from a tough opening rubber against Kirsten Flipkens with a 7-5, 7-5 victory, whilst Wickmayer overcame Serbian youngster Bojana Jovanovski in the second singles rubber.
The next matchup will be an exciting clash between Jankovic and Wickmayer, which could prove to be of huge importance. Jankovic will be the favourite, though the icy cold conditions in Charleroi might prove to be a leveller.
“The conditions were quite tough out there. It was really, really cold and the ball wasn’t bouncing much,” said Jankovic after her match on Saturday. “But I tried to stay focused and am happy that I was able to get a win.”
Even in favourable conditions, a meeting with Wickmayer will be a tough proposition. The Belgian has the potential to get back in the top twenty, and she’s been in reasonably good form in 2012.
The result of this match will be vital, with Flipkens and Jovanovski preparing to take part in a potential decider immediately afterwards.