Bojana Jovanovski is the new Serb on the block, one of the new breed of teenage tennis players who dominated the 2011 Australian Open.
They may not win it this year but they are sending out a strong message that they will be around for a long time and they plan to take over the tennis world.
19-year-old Jovanovski gave World Number 2 Vera Zvonareva a hard time in their second-round match, pushing her to three sets before she finally succumbed to the more experienced player.
The Serbian player’s idol is Maria Sharapova because she is an aggressive player with a strong personality. Jovanovski prefers to play aggressive tennis but she knows she has to improve her movement and mental side.
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As of January 17th, 2011 she is ranked 58 in the World, and she is the youngest player in the Top 100 but she knows there is a big difference between players in the Top 50 and those in the Top 100 saying it is a different style and different way of thinking.
She was born in Belgrade on 31st December 1991 and she started playing tennis at 7-years-old at the Red Star Tennis Club. At the age of 12, she was a Serbian 14 and under Champion and a Finalist in the 16 and under competition.
She is coached by her father Zoran a former footballer and they train at the Partizan Club in Belgrade. As well as her on-court work and normal fitness training Jovanski also does Pilates.
She turned professional in 2006 and played her first professional junior event at a tournament in Pancevo, Serbia losing to Ana Vesekovic in three sets.
She played numerous junior Grand Slam tournaments and reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. In 2008 she decided to play on the ITF Women’s Circuit but she continued to play junior Grand Slam tournaments and she reached the quarter-finals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon losing to the eventual champions both times.
She won her first ITF title in 2008 at the age of 17 at Prokuplje, Serbia beating Karin Morgosova in the final and went on to reach three more finals winning two of them.
She made her WTA Tour debut in 2010 at the Malaysian Open and lost to Elena Dementieva in the second round. Her first Grand Slam was Wimbledon 2010 and she reached the second round.
She opened 2011 in Brisbane losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second and she qualified for the Medibank International at Sydney. She beat Kaia Kanepi. Aravane Rezai and Flavia Pennetta en route to her first WTA semi-final but lost to Na Li who went on to win the tournament.