Re: Jankovic is a poor woman's Kim Clijsters
Morrissey, I think it's a bit unfair to compare Clijsters to Jelena Jankovic. They play two different styles (more mentality than style of play).
Jelena Jankovic is by definition - a counterpuncher. She doesn't make the plays often or look to dictate the points on a consistent basis, she's more reactive than pro active. Clijsters went for her shots all the time, whether they went in or out - she was pro active, she won or lost matches by going for it, she could look herself in the mirror afterwards and say I tried my best, even if it didn't work.
Today, you saw clearly Jelena had many opportunities to attack short mid court balls and put the pressure on Justine by attacking the net, instead she retreated on many of these exchanges and guess what? Henin attacked Jelena at the net instead. Sureley jelena must acknowledge this and do something about it. And having lost, how satisfied is she with herself knowing she backed off instead of going for it?
As I mentioned in another thread, counterpunchers do not usually win grand slam titles or even one grand slam title. In the last 20 years it's been mainly aggressive players who win slam titles. Graf, Seles, Pierce, Henin, Venus, Serena, etc etc. And players like Kuznetsova, Clijsters, Novotna who have won one slam are players who go for their shots and not back off. For those who say Sanchez Vicario - she had very good volleys and wasn't afraid to go to net to finish points, which is why she won a few slams.
I know Jelena wants to win a grand slam title. She must address the issue that when the situation gets tight, she must go for her shots and attack short balls and not back off, because in slam semifinals she will always meet players like Venus, Serena and Justine and they are not going to back off short balls and not be agressive when it's all on the line - that's why they are champions.