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Ivanovic leads Jankovic in Serbian rivalry

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Ivanovic leads Jankovic in Serbian rivalry

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Ana Ivanovic describes her relationship with Jelena Jankovic as a healthy rivalry.

Jankovic says they have moved on from the past - particularly an unfortunate video clip in which she was mocking Ivanovic - and they get along fine.

Both are from Serbia and in their 20s. Both once held the No. 1 ranking and seemed headed for future tennis stardom, a destiny both are still striving to fulfill.

Ivanovic, who already owns one Grand Slam title, took a step toward her dream of winning the Australian Open by beating Jankovic 7-5, 6-3 Friday in a third-round match. Throughout the match the 25-year-old Ivanovic punctuated winning points with her trademark fist pumps.

``It was intense from the first moment to the last,'' said Ivanovic, who will face Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.

The 2008 French Open champion has always seemed to receive more attention than Jankovic, partly because of her tennis and partly because of her looks and high-profile boyfriends. She's dating Australian pro golfer Adam Scott, which gives her hometown credentials and made her the crowd favorite on Friday.

The No. 13-seeded Ivanovic took an early lead, surging to 5-2. She lost the next three games as Jankovic tried to wear down Ivanovic by sending her sprinting around the court on long baseline rallies. Ivanovic broke serve to pull ahead 6-5 and in the last game won a hard-fought point on a 26-shot rally.

She won the set with an ace, after challenging a line call that had initially ruled the serve out.

Ivanovic had an easier time in the second set, wrapping it up on her second match point.

Both players hugged each other across the net and kissed on either cheek - and faced reporters' questions about the state of their rivalry these days.

``It's fine. It's really good,'' said Ivanovic, who has won eight of their 11 career matches. ``Of course there is going to be rivalry, but I think there is a healthy rivalry, too, because you kind of push each other.''

Now Fed Cup teammates, they helped Serbia to its first Fed Cup final in 2012.

``We had a good week in Prague for the final of the Fed Cup. We were hanging out a lot, you know, joking,'' Ivanovic said. ``It's nice, we've known each other for a while.''

Asked if there was tension on the court on Friday, Ivanovic replied: ``I think it's competitiveness. You have that with everyone you play, and especially someone coming from your country.''

Both players had a standout year in 2008. They played each other in the 2008 French Open semifinals, which Ivanovic went on to win and then captured the No. 1 ranking. She held the top spot for a total of 12 weeks that year.

Jankovic was a runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Open, where she lost to Serena Williams. She, too, claimed the No. 1 ranking that year, holding the spot for a total of 18 weeks. She has yet to win a Grand Slam title.

Their competitiveness became public in 2010 after Jankovic beat Ivanovic in Madrid and mocked her. As Jankovic packed up her rackets on the court, she imitated Ivanovic's fist pump - twice.

The gesture was caught on video and made its way back to Ivanovic, who was asked about the episode and took a subtle shot at Jankovic, saying at the time: ``Sport doesn't build character. It shows it.''

On Friday, the No. 22-seeded Jankovic said the situation has been blown out of proportion by the media.

``There's no problems,'' the 27-year-old said. ``We get along, and we come from the same country. We speak the same language and we were in the same Fed Cup team.''

As for that video: ``It's the past,'' she said. ``There's nothing really personal. That's for sure.''

She complimented Ivanovic on a match well played and said her only regret was that it came so early at the Australian Open.

``It's just a shame to play each other so soon in the draw,'' she said. ``It's always better if we play each other in the finals or semifinals.''

Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about the schools in his final 5

Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about the schools in his final 5

Caleb Williams, the 5-star quarterback out of Gonzaga College High School, dropped his final five of college options last Monday: Maryland, Penn State, Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma.

According to Caleb’s father Carl Williams, they plan to make a final decision before school starts in the fall. They want Caleb to be able to enjoy his senior season and to be able to focus on recruiting other student athletes to come with him wherever he chooses to attend.

I had a conversation with Caleb to find out what stood out to him about each of these programs and why they made the cut.

When I think of Penn State, I think, “We Are.” Happy Valley has an amazing football community steeped in tradition. Why are you potentially interested in playing for Coach [James] Franklin?

Other than the 110K fans they have each week -- I’ve known Coach Franklin since freshman year, and I’ve known a few of the other coaches on staff since before then, so it’s all about relationship building.

Beyond that, their fans are great. I went to the Blue/White game, and they were just as loud as if it were a real game and they were playing Michigan or Ohio State.

In considering the [Clemson] Tigers, not only do they offer the “ALL IN” championship culture, but also the potential of playing for a coach like Dabo Swinney, who dances and goes out of his way to connect with student athletes. What attracts you to Clemson?

Like you said, Coach Dabo… he’s a mature kid. He’s awesome [laughs]. He’s awesome and he’s really genuine. He’s a Christian man, and you can’t really beat that.

He doesn’t consider what he’s doing “work.” He loves going in and doing what he’s supposed to do in life. 

LSU is the defending National Champion -- so they have that in their favor -- and Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow starred at quarterback with the Tigers. Last season’s offensive coordinator Joe Brady has left for the NFL, though. Why are you still considering LSU?

Coach O [Ed Orgeron]. He kind of makes you want to run through a brick wall at times. On game day, when you have that juice running through you, there’s not much anybody else can do to you. When you have love for the game [individually] and are willing to run through a brick wall, you should be unstoppable. 

And their fans… if you haven’t been to an LSU game, you need to go. They say some things I can’t say on social media, but it’s an awesome experience. You’ll laugh and have a great time.

What coach [Lincoln] Riley has been able to do with quarterbacks at Oklahoma is unheard of. Every year they have a Heisman candidate at QB putting up huge numbers. How do you see yourself fitting into that Boomer Sooner system?

If you look at the last four years or so, I believe I can do just about anything Kyler [Murray], Baker [Mayfield] or [Jalen] Hurts have done either physically or mentally. And if you look at the history of Oklahoma football -- they’ve produced hall of famers both at the NFL and college level. Also, with Coach Riley being who he is; an awesome family man and awesome coach, you can’t really beat that.

The University of Maryland makes your top five, and the DMV community is going nuts over that. Coach [Mike] Locksley is building something special. [Wide receiver] Rakim Jarret is attempting to lead the next “Stay Home Movement.” If you choose the Terps, it’ll blow the roof off this thing.

I’ve known coach Locksley and coach Scottie Montgomery for years now. I’ve known coach Scottie since he was at Duke with coach [David] Cutcliffe, Peyton Manning’s coach, and I’ve known coach Locksley since he was at Alabama when they were recruiting me.

Over time, they’ve continued to recruit me and now that coach Locksley is back home, Maryland is on the list.

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