Jelena Jankovic officially took over the world No. 1 ranking in women's tennis after several missed chances. She takes over top spot from fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic, who had led the rankings since June 9, after her victory at the French Open, where she defeated Jankovic in the semifinals.
"Since I was a young girl, it has been my dream to become No.1 in the world,"
"When you get older, at least one day you can say you were No.1 and no one can take that away from you."
Jelena, who has won six tournaments in her career, reached the top of the rankings after a 12-month display of consistently successful results.
Over the course of the past year, Jankovic has won the Tier I title in Rome, reached finals at Toronto (2007), Beijing (2007) and Miami (2008) and six semifinals, including two of the three Grand Slams so far this year (Australian Open, Roland Garros).
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia meanwhile maintained her third position reached last week after exchanging places with compatriot Maria Sharapova, who slips another place to fifth, replaced as fourth by Serena Williams.
And Dinara Safina moved to No. 6 after great season so far.
WTA top 10 as of August 11 (previous ranking in parenthesis):
1. (2) Jelena Jankovic, Serbia, 3,725 points;
2. (1) Ana Ivanovic, Serbia, 3,613;
3. (3) Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, 3,505;
4. (5) Serena Williams, United States, 3,251;
5. (4) Maria Sharapova, Russia, 3,131;
6. (7) Dinara Safina, Russia, 2,892;
7. (6) Elena Dementieva, Russia, 2,842;
8. (8) Venus Williams, United States, 2,496;
9. (9) Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland, 2,076;
10.(10)Anna Chakvetadze, Russia, 2,041.
(source The Canadian Press, photo/Chris Carlson/AP Photo)