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Jankovic continues run at WTA top spot while Chakvetadze falls

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic moved closer to grabbing the world number one ranking from compatriot com·pa·tri·ot  
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1. A person from one's own country.

2. A colleague.



[French compatriote, from Late Latin compatri
 Ana Ivanovic on Thursday by beating Hungary's Melinda Czink Melinda Czink (born October 22, 1982 in Budapest) is a Hungarian professional female tennis player. On March 1, 2004 Czink reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 64.

She has reached 1 WTA Tour singles final: 2005 Canberra (lost to Ana Ivanović).
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WTA Women's Tennis Association
WTA World Transhumanist Association
WTA Willingness to Accept
WTA Winner-Take-All
WTA Winner Takes All
WTA World Toilet Association (Singapore) 
 tournament.

Jankovic reached the Friday quarter-finals of the hardcourt event, where she will face Russia's Nadia Petrova Nadia Petrova (pee-TROH-vuh; Russian:Надежда Петрова , Nadézhda Petróva , who eliminated fifth-seeded compatriot Vera Zvonareva Vera Zvonareva (pronunciation: VEH-ruh zvon-a-RYOH-vuh, Russian: Вера Звонарёва (listen   6-4, 7-5 in another third-round match Thursday.

Should Jankovic win Sunday's final and grab the 95,500-dollar top prize, she will overtake idle Ivanovic, last year's winner here, and reach the world number one ranking for the first time in her career.

But Jankovic, a 23-year-old who has yet to reach a Grand Slam grand slam
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1. The winning of all the tricks during the play of one hand in bridge and other whist-derived card games.

2. Sports The winning of all the major or specified events, especially on a professional circuit.
 final, is still recovering from a left knee injury suffered at Wimbledon.

"There's a lot to go, but I will try my best," Jankovic said. "A win is a win and hopefully I will keep getting better during the week."

The biggest upset of the tournament came when Austrian Sybille Bammer Sybille Bammer (born April 27, 1980 in Linz, Austria) is a professional female tennis player from Austria and one of only three mothers on the WTA tour (the other two being Lindsay Davenport, who announced her return to tennis after she gave birth, and Paraguaian Rossana De Los  outlasted Russian third seed Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Bammer will next face Italy's Flavia Pennetta, who defeated Japan's Ai Sugiyama 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.

Chakvetadze won 12 matches in a row after Wimbledon last year, including titles at Cincinnati and Stanford and was the top seed in her half of the draw after second seed Serena Williams withdrew with a knee injury.

Russian fourth seed Dinara Safina saved a match point in the 10th game of the final set with her seventh ace of the match and ousted compatriot Alla Kudryavtseva 7-6 (7/1), 0-6, 7-6 (7/3).

Safina will next face eighth seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who defeated Australian Samantha Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

China's Yuan Meng advanced to the final eight by defeating British lucky loser Melanie South 6-2, 6-3.

Yuan will face US wild card Bethanie Mattek, who defeated Olga Govortsova of Belarus 7-5, 6-2, for a spot in a semi-final opposite Bammer or Pennetta.
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