After her third win over a Japanese opponent in three rounds, Jelena Jankovic felt like rattling off a few jokes about Japan.
It's like ''I'm playing the Japanese Open. It's not the Aussie Open for me,'' Jankovic laughed, when the issue first came up during her on-court interview.
The former No. 1-ranked Jankovic beat Kurumi Nara 6-4, 7-5 in the third round Saturday. It followed her wins over Misaki Doi and Ayumi Morita.
''Of course, I'm not going to get a visa for Japan next time I have to play there,'' Jankovic said, drawing laughs from the crowd.
''I beat three Japanese in three rounds. I'm sorry Japan,'' said Jankovic, who faces Simona Halep of Romania in the next round. ''I look forward to playing some other player from somewhere else next.''
Jankovic praised 74th-ranked Nara, who was making her singles debut at the Australian Open.
''Sometimes I think a point is over and the ball is coming back,'' said Jankovic. ''She's just so fast. It's amazing how fast she is.''