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Davenport rides out Jankovic meltdown to reach semis.

Davenport rides out Jankovic meltdown to reach semis.



NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AFP) - Lindsay Davenport held her nerve for victory as Jelena Jankovic launched an emotion-charged attack on the umpire to crash out 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 at the Bali International on Friday.



Davenport, considering a full-time return to tennis three months after having a baby son, stayed quiet in the seventh game of the final set as world number three Jankovic imploded with anger in their quarter-final.

The top-seeded Serb's verbal volley came after a Davenport return called out by the linesman was over-ruled as good by the umpire.

That perceived error sent Jankovic ballistic and paved the way for two consecutive double-faults, a racket crack and the loss of the game to trail 2-5.

A game later and on the way out, the seething Jankovic gave Davenport an ace after that shot was apparently called wrong.

"I gave her the ace even though it was called out," said the popular Jankovic, a huge crowd favourite. "I don't want anyone to cheat for me.

"The umpiring was just terrible, you need every chance you get against these top players," she said of three-time Grand Slam winner Davenport who has been out of the game for nearly a year and ranks 234.

"It was a nightmare being out there. I'm coming from the US Open and we are used to challenges (Hawk-eye line-calling) at the big matches.

"When the ball was in, he called it out, when it was out, he called it in.

"I didn't train much and it's tough to get motivated here. But it's OK, now I can finally go to the beach," she said.

Davenport said she was surprised to have gone this far, as she juggles tennis and her new baby.

"When your opponent self-destructs, that's good from your perspective. I just worried about my own game," she said.

"In professional tennis you have to deal with line calls. When she blew up I knew I had a great shot at winning."

Jankovic let go of a 4-1 first-set lead, with the momentum shifting to her 31-year-old American opponent as Davenport won seven games in a row.
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yeah jelena go to the beach and enjoy yourself.

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Wow, sounds like Serena-Capriati all over again
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"I didn't train much and it's tough to get motivated here. But it's OK, now I can finally go to the beach," she said.
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good to see jelena was really committed to the tourny
im guessing she wont be playing in bali again
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I thought that the reason that she played so much was because she didn't like to train. What the problem is?
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"It was a nightmare being out there. I'm coming from the US Open and we are used to challenges (Hawk-eye line-calling) at the big matches

Well ex-cuuuuuuuuuuuussssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeee me your majesty.

I'm a fan of Jelena but it seems she needs to chill on the beach before her next event.
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good to see jelena was really committed to the tourny
im guessing she wont be playing in bali again
I would never bet on Jelena not playing a tourney.
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She complains a lot about nothing,and the fact that she considers lindsay a player ranked 200 something below her a top player speaks a lot about her confidence as if she is saying she is in transition not legitimately a top player.
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nice to know that Davenport was not really the better player out there. but it's a nice confidence-boost for her.
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nice to know that Davenport was not really the better player out there. but it's a nice confidence-boost for her.
Of course she was,she won the match

Jankovic has to stop with the mental letdowns or she won't be able to go to the slam winning level. The game (except the serve) is all there but the mental toughness is not.
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Aww, Jelena!!!! I'm gutted. She needs to chill. So many times she's lost matches to big stars because she's got herself worked up. *sigh*

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"It was a nightmare being out there. I'm coming from the US Open and we are used to challenges (Hawk-eye line-calling) at the big matches

Well ex-cuuuuuuuuuuuussssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeee me your majesty.

I'm a fan of Jelena but it seems she needs to chill on the beach before her next event.
The challenge system being used only at certain events on certain courts is really spoiling the top players who get to use them. Not that JJ hasn't had these kinds of meltdowns before anyway.

I'd like to think she may have learned a lesson here about overplaying causing exhaustion & crankiness, but...that's just a fantasy of mine.

Goodbye WTA and Jelena. It was nice being your fan once.
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Jelena = bitch.
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