The British youngster’s match was scheduled second on Centre Court on the opening day and followed a five-set thriller between Roger Federer and Alejandro Falla.
16-year-old Robson, who won the Wimbledon Girls’ singles title in 2008, displayed glimpses of just why she is so widely-tipped to become Britain’s next female tennis star, serving 13 aces and battling hard in the second set.
The Serbian former world No.1 proved too much for her however, triumphing 6-3 7-6.
“Overall I think it was a pretty good match,” Robson told a press conference afterwards. “She could have won the second set 6-3 because I was 5-3 down, but I fought back.”
“I thought I could have done more in the rallies, especially in the tie-break I could have tried to be more aggressive, but she (Jankovic) is number four in the world for a reason.”
Speaking about playing in Centre Court, Robson said: “I thought it was going to be a lot more overwhelming, the court is not as big as it seems on TV.
“But it was really good to play on Centre and great that there were a lot of people cheering me on.”
Robson’s family home is five minutes walk from the Wimbledon grounds and when asked whether grass was her favourite surface, she added: “I like hard courts and I’m getting better on clay.
“I wouldn’t like to pin everything on grass courts because there aren’t that many tournaments every year.
“But it is a favourite surface of mine because it helps being a left-handed player.”
Her 25-year-old opponent was impressed with the Brit’s serving, saying she had never seen a serve as good in a player of Robson’s age.
“It’s really amazing,” said Jankovic. “She’s very young and she has a really great serve, especially her first serve which is really difficult to return on grass where the ball skids.”
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