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Lights will only shine brighter for Serbia's Ivanovic, Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic should get used to fame and its peculiarities. There's no escaping the kind that they'll continue to earn in the years to come, as they travel the world putting a new face on their tiny homeland.

Updated: October 2, 2007, 3:08 PM ET
By Peter Bodo | TENNIS Magazine

(Editor's note: This story first ran in the October issue of TENNIS Magazine.)

Nobody can adequately explain how it happens. It appears to be inadvertent rather than calculated, a manifestation of synchronicity rather than the fruit of government initiative or the globalization of tennis. Whatever the reason, it works roughly like this: One day you wake up and discover that your off-the-tennis-radar nation -- say, Sweden in the mid-1970s or Belgium in late 1990s -- has emerged as a superpower.

Suddenly, ...

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