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Venus the diva, JJ the liar, Ana the hopeful

Venus is getting intense luvs it JJ with the "flu" on court two days later




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MARIA Sharapova has already announced that she won't be seen, Venus Williams doesn't want to be seen, and Jelena Jankovic sees the world as her stage. Ana Ivanovic, meanwhile, remains the contender everyone wants to see.

So was the scene at Melbourne Park yesterday, where three leading hopes for the Australian Open women's crown got their eyes in ahead of next Monday's start to the first grand slam of the year.

With Sharapova unable to shake a shoulder injury in time to defend her title, organisers praying for a withdrawal-scare-free week would have blanched at the news that world No. 1 Jankovic had shortened last week's Hong Kong hit-out citing a virus. Her presence on court two yesterday morning, sweating and scowling her way through a vigorous workout, was welcomed. A teensy hint of melodrama tends to follow Jankovic, the self-styled Serbian princess who rose to the top ranking by year's end despite not winning a major and reaching only one slam final, at the US Open. There were heavy sighs aplenty in yesterday's session, often directed at her Spanish coach, Ricardo Sanchez.

"Move, move," Sanchez implored his charge. There were hints that her health might not be as rude as she would like, with Jankovic panting heavily and sinking hands to knees several times during her 15-minute window in front of the cameras. A distressed Jankovic is hardly a novel sight; her last Melbourne outing, a semi-final loss to Sharapova last January, included a medical break and a bizarre post-match rant about the painkillers she was popping and how she didn't want to end up like Heath Ledger.

Yesterday's unease may have simply been down to working hard while throwing off an annoying bug, and Sanchez seemed unconcerned about anything beyond the fitness of her backhand and forehand.

"This important — many ball, many ball," he told an onlooker, before turning on Jankovic again and providing a theatrical demonstration of how she should be hitting through the ball, not up and over it. If Jankovic was taking notice, she hid it well.

Perhaps she was miffed at not getting first run on the main stage, where compatriot Ivanovic slugged it out alongside her Australian trainer Scott Byrnes.

The 2008 runner-up was all smiles, perhaps still thinking about the teenage ball boy who proposed to her in Queensland recently, although more likely happy to be back in a city she loves and over the dizziness and lethargy that forced her withdrawal from the Brisbane International.

Last season was a breakthrough for Ivanovic, who rose to No. 1 in the world after winning the French Open, but then had a spate of injuries that limited her preparation for the last two majors of the year and kept her out of the Beijing Olympics.

She is fit now and she appeared to relish hitting a ball over a net, over and over.

It's easy to smile when your life as a tennis pro is only five years old. Add another decade on the merry-go-round, and you might be moved to break off from your warm-up, call your nearest lackey, and order the removal of those pesky cameras that have come to watch you hit a ball.

When you've been playing as long as Venus Williams, it must be hard to see tennis as a game.
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ok, so i've made jokes about Jelena's dramatic ways, but when it comes down to it, I've never been harsh to her like other people have, but I've had enough with this bitch. So her immune system shuts down, couple days later she goes out on court and starts practicing. On top of that, she's pretending to struggle in front of the camera during a practic session. Somebody give her an Oscar already.
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Venus the real champion, JJ the petty pretender, and Ana the better Serbian
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ok, so i've made jokes about Jelena's dramatic ways, but when it comes down to it, I've never been harsh to her like other people have, but I've had enough with this bitch. So her immune system shuts down, couple days later she goes out on court and starts practicing. On top of that, she's pretending to struggle in front of the camera during a practic session. Somebody give her an Oscar already.
I must reluctantly concur. I have gone from kind of liking JJ--she has a playing style that's not unlike Myskina, whom I adored and a ready wit--to being lukewarm to actively disliking her in the course of the last year.

Some of her fans will doubtless attack me on the grounds that she has pretty much turned my fave into her bitch (the only Top 10 player this alleged #1 can claim any sort of dominance over) but I was able to live with that with Nastya for years and years, so I'm not convinced that's ALL of it, though it may be more than I want to admit.

But the constant manufactured melodrama, the attempts at humor that just fall flat, what seems to me the need for attention--they just grate on me at this point.

I'm not going to stoop to being a hater and go into all the JJ threads and gloat when she loses or take cheap shots at her accomplishments--I've been a staunch defender of her #1 ranking ever since she took it over. But I'm certainly not a fan.

There. I've said my piece and I'm done with it. I will now get back to supporting the players I like.

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Why does she do this?

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I am glad more and more people are starting to see through JJ and her desperate acts for attention.
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Go Ana

and Venus Of all the players I'm neither a fan or hater of, I'm rooting for Vee the most at this AO.
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gO v

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Go Vee!! Its yours for the taking. Kick some backside!!

And for the others, don't really care, Venus is all that matters for now and for eternity .
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Can´t wait for the slam to begin and see what JJ will bring to the court... Ana and Venus, the ones I want to win the tournament, along with Serena
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But the constant manufactured melodrama, the attempts at humor that just fall flat, what seems to me the need for attention--they just grate on me at this point.
This is my beef with her.
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I think jj is funny
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Venus looks like she is doing the Single ladies dance 'Up in the club, just rolled up'
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So Venus is already practicing in Melbourne?

She looks and sounds very motivated this year. I feel the best for her in 2009!

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