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Jankovic to take time off from tennis
January 24, 2008 15:50 IST
A battered and bruised Jelena Jankovic is taking time off tennis to heal after injury scuppered her Australian Open hopes in the semi-finals on Thursday.
The Serb was beaten 6-3, 6-1 by Russian Maria Sharapova [Images] and struggled with back pain throughout.
"I will try to recover and get my body back in shape, because I don't like having injuries," the third seed told reporters.
"When you get one injury, it's kind of like a chain. You get so many others because your body is trying to compensate. So I will just try to do my best and see my physios at home and try to recover."
Jankovic said she felt back pain when trailing 5-3 in the first set.
"I felt really some strange pain in my back where I felt like I was so stuck. I couldn't ... keep going anymore.
"I wanted to withdraw, but it was not fair for the crowd. It's a semi-final, so I played how much I could to finish the match."
The Serb left court to receive treatment but it was of little help.
"I took so many painkillers," she said. "I did the best that I could. I took so many painkillers, I put the creams to relieve my pain, but it was not a muscle that was the problem.
"When it's a muscle you can kind of camouflage it, but when it's a bone or whatever it is in there, I couldn't do it. Unfortunate."