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Jelena on Tennis Channel: "I didn't buy that ranking.. did not fall from the sky."

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In an interview with Tennis Channel at the French Open, Jelena said the same thing when she was interviewed by ESPN a while back ago:



"To be honest, you know I finished No.1 in the world and I earned that spot. Because I didn't buy that ranking, and the ranking did not fall from the sky. I played as much as the other girls played, and I'm the one who finished with the most points at the end of the year. And I thought I began to dominate women's tennis at the end of last year. I played in the finals at the US Open, won three tournaments in a row where the best players were playing , so I took that chance and finished No.1, and not many people can say they are No.1 in the world in anything. And I'm the only the ninth player in women's history to do that, so with or without the grand slam I've been the best player in the world."

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Chris Fowler asked JJ on ESPN what she thought of her position as No.1 and without a Slam. Then she replied, "you know I worked hard to get it. I didn't buy the ranking, it didn't fall from the sky.. Some people have won a Grand Slam and they didn't reach No.1. And if I win 4 Grand Slams people are going to ask me why I am not winning 10, 25. "

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The Jelena Jankovic bashing is a bit ridiculous. I just can't believe that the commentators on ESPN - virtually all of them - are saying JJ doesn't deserve, look or act like a No.1. Why can't they instill the fact that it doesn't take someone to win a Grand Slam to be the top player?

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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

bc they are all over the william's sisters. they say if venus/serena played as much they would be 1 and 2.
they also tried to church it up by saying they arent critics but they are skeptics. lol.
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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

Maybe because Jankovic doesnt garner respect running around talking about anyone can have a lucky two weeks and pretending to be injured before every tournament but never showing it on court. Maybe if Jankovic started acting like a number 1/top player instead of a junior, shed get some respect.

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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

They continue to refer to her ranking as "the computer says so". It's great!

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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

Anyone with common sense would agree
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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

Fact is she is number one and clearly they are struggling to deal with that. It's ok though, winning says more then words ever could.
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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

Funny that none of you JJ fans see it but every analyst on espn and many other telecasts say the exact same thing...

Not saying she is a bad tennis player, just not deserving of the #1 ranking!
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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

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Funny that none of you JJ fans see it but every analyst on espn and many other telecasts say the exact same thing...

Not saying she is a bad tennis player, just not deserving of the #1 ranking!
Their not directly saying it, but they might aswell. She played, and won enough times to gain the necessary points to be the best player in the world. She's got to be doing something right. Also, because these so called analyst and so blinded by their love for the Williams sisters, they can't digest the idea of someone esle being better then Venus and Serena are. I do agree, if they were 100% commited to the game (seeming less and less likely) they would be number one and two in the world.

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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

B/c they know what they are talking about. It's not bashing.. just accept the reality. Carillo and others gave her enough praise.

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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

Blame the freaking ranking system not Jelena. She can't help it she is THE most consistent non-Slam winner out there.
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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

Because she is not the number 1 player in the world. Number 1 means you are the best player in the world. It's not even about winning a grand slam, its about the fact that she is clearly weaker than both Williams sisters. Not just that, but even if she went up against Ivanovic, I'd favor Ivanovic even if she is in a poor slump.

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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

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Funny that none of you JJ fans see it but every analyst on espn and many other telecasts say the exact same thing...

Not saying she is a bad tennis player, just not deserving of the #1 ranking!
Yes, but analysts in USA On Euro Sport and RTS they discussed about it as well and they said that is how ranking system works, and people should deal with it.
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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

I kind of feel a tad bit bad for her. I know it's not her fault, the computer never lies about the points. But if she wasn't so overdramatic and faking illnesses, and actually won atleast on the big tournaments (i.e. Miami, IW) maybe people wouldn't be on her back so much.

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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

And you have to admit those ESPN comms know their info, but Brad's pick for who wins the slam is making me wonder about him.

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Re: Jelena Jankovic bashing...

Just accept it the fact is she play's 112343234243243 tourny's a year, and she havent won a slam. So people dont consider her "THE" number 1 player in world.
All she needs to do is win a slam then everyone would shut up.

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