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Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic,...why aren't they playing doubles in Beijing?

Ok, this question might've been asked and answered before,...

I knew that Serbia wouldn't have a doubles team in Beijing, but does anyone know the reason why?

Ana and Jelena, our no 1 and 2 players, why aren't teaming up for Beijing?
Is it egos? I know they're both capable of playing doubles,...

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Re: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic,...why aren't they playing doubles in Beijing?

You must have a special chemistry with your partner and apparently they don't like each other THAT much.
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Re: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic,...why aren't they playing doubles in Beijing?

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Ok, this question might've been asked and answered before,...
I knew that Serbia wouldn't have a doubles team in Beijing, but does anyone know the reason why Ana and Jelena, our no 1 and 2 players, aren't teaming up for Beijing?
Is it egos? I know they're both capable of playing doubles,...
Well in Ana's case that is debatable. I don't think a reason was ever given. They have both been asked about it before and they didn't know if they were going to. I wish they would have.
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Re: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic,...why aren't they playing doubles in Beijing?

they came separately and obviously dislike each other.I think JJ feels inadequate next to Ana...she is overshadowed by Ana s beauty
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Re: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic,...why aren't they playing doubles in Beijing?

Ana didn't want to 'cos she wanted to give herself the best chance to win singles medal/gold.

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they came separately and obviously dislike each other.I think JJ feels inadequate next to Ana...she is overshadowed by Ana s beauty


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Re: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic,...why aren't they playing doubles in Beijing?

Well.. right now Ana is probably barely going to be able to play singles, with the thumb injury still bothering her.. imagine if she still had to play doubles.

But I think the original reason is that both wanted to foucus on the singles, where they have realistic chances. They both consider themselves poor doubles players. Ana hasn't played a doubles match for over a year (except for 1 match at Fed Cup against Romania that they strugled to win), and Jelena hasn't played much doubles either.
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Re: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic,...why aren't they playing doubles in Beijing?

There games dont match up well together... (I dont think Ana's game would match up well with anyone though..)

Its like Maria...they just shouldnt play doubles.....
Don't they hate each other BTW...

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You must have a special chemistry with your partner and apparently they don't like each other THAT much.
yeah, i see that...
but isn't bad chemistry better than no chemistry? i think you'd want to at least give your country a shot at medaling?

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Well.. right now Ana is probably barely going to be able to play singles, with the thumb injury still bothering her.. imagine if she still had to play doubles.

But I think the original reason is that both wanted to foucus on the singles, where they have realistic chances. They both consider themselves poor doubles players. Ana hasn't played a doubles match for over a year (except for 1 match at Fed Cup against Romania that they strugled to win), and Jelena hasn't played much doubles either.
Didnt Jelena win mix doubles at Wimbledon last year? or at least was a finalist?

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Re: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic,...why aren't they playing doubles in Beijing?

JJ wanted to play, but Ana refused and well... JJ then realized maybe for now its better like this, cause they arent that good at doubles. And frankly, JJ needs a doubles specialist on court to do really well and complement her. Cause what I saw from Ana...She's just a singles player on the doubles court. Smacks away at the ball etc. So, well. Maybe in four years, I guess.

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Didnt Jelena win mix doubles at Wimbledon last year? or at least was a finalist?
Yep. She won Wimbledon mixed doubles with Jamie Murray last year. But I just read an interview where the reporter pointed it out and she still said she thinks she is not a good doubles player.
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JJ wanted to play, but Ana refused and well... JJ then realized maybe for now its better like this, cause they arent that good at doubles. And frankly, JJ needs a doubles specialist on court to do really well and complement her. Cause what I saw from Ana...She's just a singles player on the doubles court. Smacks away at the ball etc. So, well. Maybe in four years, I guess.
Ana really does not know how to play doubles. And this comes from a fan.
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JJ wanted to play, but Ana refused and well... JJ then realized maybe for now its better like this, cause they arent that good at doubles. And frankly, JJ needs a doubles specialist on court to do really well and complement her. Cause what I saw from Ana...She's just a singles player on the doubles court. Smacks away at the ball etc. So, well. Maybe in four years, I guess.
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