London: Petra Kvitova`s reign as Wimbledon champion came to a shock end on Saturday as Jelena Jankovic staged a superb fightback to claim a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 third round victory.
Kvitova`s exit marks the first time since 2009 that the two-time Wimbledon winner has failed to make at least the quarter-finals at the All England Club.
Jankovic looked down and out when she trailed by a set and was 4-2 down in the second against the Czech world number two.
But the Serbian 28th seed mounted a gutsy recovery and will play former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the quarter-finals.
“I`m overwhelmed. I`m so excited. My heart is still pumping,” Jankovic said.
“I cannot believe this just happened but this is what this sport is all about.
“After I won that second set I knew I had it, I just had to keep going.
“In the last couple of years I played so poorly.
“But beating her gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the tournament. Now anything can happen.”
With second seeded Kvitova out, only four of the top 10 seeds are left in the women`s draw, providing a major boost to Serena Williams` bid for a sixth Wimbledon title.