Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Belgium's highest-ranked player Yanina Wickmayer earned straight-sets victories on Saturday to send their Fed Cup first-round tie level into the concluding day.
Both players had to overcome second-set dips but Jankovic first beat Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 7-5 to give Serbia a 1-0 lead before Wickmayer hit back with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Bojana Jovanovski.
Jankovic showed her experience late in the opening set to force a first break of serve against the 176th-ranked Flipkens, and kept the momentum going through the early part of the second to lead 4-2.
However, she let Flipkens back in the match and even had to save two set points before pushing through for the straight-sets win and Serbia's first point.
It put the pressure on Wickmayer to lead Belgium back into the match.
Wickmayer became the country's top-ranked player after Kim Clijsters failed to defend her Australian Open title last week, and at 29 in the WTA rankings, she prov...