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Serbia to Gamble on Winning Men’s and Doubles
4/01/2008

DUE to her leg injury, Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic will not play the women’s singles match against the USA’s Serena Williams meaning Novak Djokovic must win his match with Mardy Fish and Serbia the doubles to claim their first Hyundai Hopman Cup.

Jankovic first suffered the injury on Wednesday against France’s Tatiana Golovin, where she retired in the second game and then on Thursday night won the first set against Argentina’s Gisela Dulko before retiring.

However, on both occasions Djokovic won his singles and the pair of world No. 3s won the mixed doubles over France and Argentina, so they are certainly within a chance of beating Williams and Fish.

As an added bonus for the packed Burswood Dome crowd, Tournament Director Paul McNamee and legend Martina Navratilova will play a mixed doubles match after the trophy presentation.

McNamee and Navratilova won the Wimbledon mixed doubles together in 1985.

Serbia qualified for the final on the back of Djokovic being undefeated in the singles and the pair not losing a doubles encounter.

Jankovic is desperate to win the Hyundai Hopman Cup for Serbia and that is her driving motivation for playing through the injury.

“If I was playing for myself in a regular tournament, I would pull out and not bother going on court. This is a different situation, though. I am representing my country, not Jelena, so I want to fight until the end and not disappoint Novak,” Jankovic said.

“I shouldn’t be on the court with my injury, but with our motivation and drive, we really want to win. He is pushing me and as a team we are glad to get through to the final for the first time Serbia, we are making history.”

With the prospect of being blown off the court against Williams, Jankovic is not capable of playing both singles and doubles.

“I know it will be very difficult because when you are healthy it’s tough to play Serena and it’s even more so when you’re injured. I’m worried because in the singles I couldn’t do it and it was a torture being on court suffering with every move,” she said.

“The more time I spend on court the worse the injury gets. It’s the same in the doubles, but it’s not as much because I can protect myself and let Novak run down all the balls.”

That driving passion Jankovic and Djokovic have to win for their country looks certain to ensure the USA will not have an easy ride to winning its fifth Hyundai Hopman Cup.

“We are warriors. We are Serbia, we are strong and we have a winning mentality,” she said.

“We want to win, there’s no doubt about that. I don’t care that I’m injured, we have three legs they have four, so we are at a little disadvantage, but you never know what can happen.”

The final will begin at 6pm with Djokovic playing Fish, before a potentially deciding mixed doubles.


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Please, she's playing it up more than it is. With the Australian Open coming up in less than two weeks, she wouldn't put her chance in jeporady over Hopman Cup. She is most likely slightly injured and doesn't want Serena to destroy her. She also, if it happens, wants the glory of capturing Hopman Cup with this "career threatening injury". The spotlight she would be in.

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that's really selfish...she shoud have pulled out and given another team a chance to play

this is the final...and she basically ruined it..
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Well , Nole is going to win his 2 matches

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While I have supported Serbia all week this is the last thing the Hopman Cup needed. Basically they are robbing the crowd of seeing Serena in all her glory and as one of the major draw cards it will hurt the tournament in the long run. While I can't wait to see Novak once again live and then the mix I somewhat feel robbed heading to the dome tonight.
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While I have supported Serbia all week this is the last thing the Hopman Cup needed. Basically they are robbing the crowd of seeing Serena in all her glory and as one of the major draw cards it will hurt the tournament in the long run. While I can't wait to see Novak once again live and then the mix I somewhat feel robbed heading to the dome tonight.
My words exactly. Sucks for Serena, i'm sure she would have loved to play in the final..

"I want to do things on my own terms, I can't have anything take me out.
I have never given up and it's important for me to prove to myself that I can do this, and to prove to me that i'm a champion.
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it's only the hopman cup. she's acting like it's the frickin olympics. she should think about representing serbia for the olympics not at this rinkydink mishmash of a tournament.
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While I have supported Serbia all week this is the last thing the Hopman Cup needed. Basically they are robbing the crowd of seeing Serena in all her glory and as one of the major draw cards it will hurt the tournament in the long run. While I can't wait to see Novak once again live and then the mix I somewhat feel robbed heading to the dome tonight.
i'm sorry for you. maybe you can get a cheap flight to melbourne.
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good idea for Jelena to rest and not risk further injuring herself this early on in the season.
And now I'm excited that the final will come down to the mixed doubles. I love that.
GO USA!! if they lose to Djokovic and Jelena then cuz really its just novak with Jelena severely hampered.

Will Serena play an exhibition match like Mardy did?
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She should have let France play. That was selfish oh well. USA should win mixed. Are Martina and Paul going to play against the winner?

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Well, stuff like that happens. Serena herself couldnt play the first tie either and people didn't get to see her "in all her glory -_-".


Ajde Srbija, win it !!!

And btw, selfish? She worked so hard this week and all that just to not play the final? Thats even crazier. Tsk.

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...“We are warriors. We are Serbia, we are strong and we have a winning mentality,” she said....
Clearly being melodramatic here. And not all that smart. She really needs to learn how to stop and rest.

Someone is quietly turning back the clock...to them bulldozer dayz...

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that's really selfish...she shoud have pulled out and given another team a chance to play

this is the final...and she basically ruined it..
I completely agree...I like Jankovic a lot but this is just ridiculous. If I were in the crowd I'd be pissed...I'd have much rather paid to see Golovin vs. Serena than see crotchety old Nav Rat playing a damn doubles match. I think Jankovic definitely should have made room, and I can't believe anyone didn't put a stop to this absurdity.
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