Jelena Jankovic, former WTA world no.1, became mother: the Serbian gave birth to a girl. The former tennis player did not release the news on social media, maintaining her privacy, but the news has been confirmed by Serbian media outlets.
The girl's father is a Belgrade doctor named Branko Barac according to Serbian media. In 2020, the former world number one was considering the possibility of a comeback to the WTA Tour, from which she has been absent for almost four years, but then the news of her pregnancy arrived.
We have to recall that the last tournament played by Jelena was the US Open 2017, when she lost in the first round. In her career Jankovic have won 15 WTA titles, playing and losing even a Grand Slam final). Last summer she played the exhibition match organized by Novak Djokovic, the Adria Tour, which generated controversy and disasters, after the infections of COVID-19 due to the lack of compliance with health regulations.
Jelena, on that occasion, said: "A return to the Tour? We'll see. It's difficult to plan at this time. I can say that I feel good. I have never officially retired and the door is open."
Jelena Jankovic's career
A finalist at the US Open in 2008, Jeena was number 1 in the world from 11 to 17 August of the same year and again from 6 October to 1 February 2009.
In her career she has won 15 WTA tournaments and 1 WTA 125s tournament in singles (between including the Premier Mandatory of Indian Wells) and two in doubles, also winning the Wimbledon tournament in the mixed doubles with the British Jamie Murray.
In the Slams he also boasts four semi-finals: one at the Australian Open 2008 and three at the French Open in 2007, 2008 and 2010. At Wimbledon, however, he reached the quarter-finals five times: in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2015.
In addition, he reached the semi-finals three times at the WTA Finals: in 2008, 2009 and 2013. He participated once in the Olympics, in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, reaching the quarter-finals.