Ivanovic upset at Rogers Cup

July 31, 2008 10:23 PM

MONTREAL (AP) -- Top-ranked Ana Ivanovic was knocked out of the Rogers Cup on Thursday night by Tamira Paszek, giving second-ranked Jelena Jankovic a chance to take over the top spot in women's tennis if she can reach the final of the tournament.

Ana Ivanovic is in danger of losing her No. 1 ranking after her loss in Montreal (Getty Images)
Paszek, a 17-year-old Austrian ranked 94th in the world, won 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 over Ivanovic, who was playing with a sore right thumb she injured two weeks ago while practicing. The thumb was taped for the match against Paszek.

"You know what, it's definitely very, very disappointing," Ivanovic said of Jankovic possibly passing her in the world rankings. "Not really so much the fact that I might lose it; just the fact that I couldn't perform the best I could here without the pain."

Ivanovic had an MRI on the thumb, which did not show any damage.

"Now obviously I'm a little bit scared, because the MRI shows nothing, but I still have pain," she said. "They say it's going to go away, but it's already there for 10 days. So I'm going to try and see the doctor now and try to get it out."

Ivanovic's original plan was to leave for the Beijing Olympics from Montreal, but she will now go back to Europe to visit with doctors.

Jankovic, a Serbian compatriot of Ivanovic, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Stephanie Dubois, the last Canadian left in the tournament.

Jankovic next will face 19-year-old Dominika Cibulkova, who upset 12th-seeded Nadia Petrova 7-6 (2), 6-2. The 31st-ranked Cibulkova has steadily climbed the rankings. Last week, she defeated Petrova at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.

Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated 15-year-old Michelle Larcher de Brito 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Larcher de Brito, a qualifier from Portugal, was ahead 5-4 in the first set before Kuznetsova rallied to win three straight games. Larcher de Brito took a 4-1 lead and cruised in the second set. But the fourth-ranked Kuznetsova broke her serve three times in the third.

"It was a really tough match," said the 169th-ranked Larcher de Brito. "It was a fun match, actually. I enjoyed myself. It was a good fight."