French Open: Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic renew childhood rivalry

Whether they are on friendly terms is another matter with the pair enduring an uneasy relationship since those childhood days, although both camps play down talk of a feud.

updated: June 05, 2013 09:09 IST
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Paris: Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic, who fine-tuned their fierce rivalry as youngsters uprooted from Europe to Nick Bollettieri's Florida production line, duel for a spot in the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday.

Defending champion Sharapova has an imposing 7-1 career lead over Jankovic but this will be their first meeting on clay -- and it should be a feisty affair.

Both women were juniors at Bollettieri's with Sharapova arriving from Russia as a nine-year-old while Jankovic was 12 when she pitched up from Belgrade to work with the renowned US coach.

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