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Am I the only here who still doesn't give a damn about tennis at the olympics?
IMO, Olympics are THE most prestigious sport competition. Winning gold (any medal) would maybe not put you in the tennis hall of fame but you'd become one of all time sport greats and part of history books as well. Not to mention thut your own country celebrates you as a god almost (like in ancient Greece ).

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I am, but I was thinking more of Philipp Kohlschreiber. Whom I actually like, but really, over Nadal, Djokovic and Murray they went with... Kohlschreiber?
I know! He's allright on HC but sure they could have put someone else. I love how there's 2 Americans on their top list .

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I think it's potentially truer if she's not fit.
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WTA stars exultant about opportunity to play for gold
By Paul Grant

Updated: August 5, 2008, 11:41 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The Olympics were a hot topic among the players at the Rogers Cup WTA tournament last week. Here's what some of the top players had to say to reporters about participating in the Beijing Games:

Question: Jelena Jankovic announced that it's unfortunate [Maria] Sharapova will not play in the Olympics. Can you comment on this?

Answer from Ana Ivanovic, Serbia: She won't play Olympics? I didn't know that. It must be very disappointing because for many players I think they put Olympics even higher than a Grand Slam. So I guess that's a very, very disappointing fact.

Soon to be the world No. 1, Jelena Jankovic has her sights set on Olympic gold and the U.S. Open.

Q: Do you put the Olympics higher than the Grand Slam tournament?

A: It's definitely [a] very important event, especially [because] you get chance to play once in four years. You play this year, and who knows in four years if you would be, you know, able to play it? So, it's definitely very high on my list.

Question: How big are the Olympics for you?

Answer from Jelena Jankovic, Serbia: Olympics, it's a very special event. We get [an] opportunity to play Olympics every four years. Just to be surrounded by the best athletes in the world -- being in the village with them, experiencing the whole event -- is special. So … I really look forward to giving my best there and hopefully being [in] a little bit better form than I was here. We will see. I don't know. Anything can happen.

Q: What do you prefer, an Olympic medal or to win the U.S. Open?

A: Actually, to be honest, a win in the U.S. Open. I don't know why. I want to win a Grand Slam. It's just, you know, individual. But if I could choose, I would choose both. Very humble, huh?

Question: Are the Olympics just as important to you as a Grand Slam?

Answer from Dinara Safina, Russia: Doesn't matter, Grand Slam or Olympics. … If I could pick one, it's only it's once in four years, yeah, maybe it's more like kind of special. But I don't know, I don't mind to have one of them.

Question: What do you think of going to the Olympics?


Answer from Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia: I'm really looking forward to [going] there. I'm so excited about my first Olympic Games. It will be just something different, Olympic Games. I will be playing not just for myself; I will be playing for Slovakia. I hope to play well. Now, I have enough confidence to believe in myself, and we will see there.

Paul Grant is a deputy editor at ESPN.com.
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Kohli is not the kind of guy who would die playing for Germany. Yes, he has played Davis Cup a lot, but he has proven to be really greedy and found himself struggling to get on with all of the teammates (part of this is not his fault as Waske is a jerk).

But I do see a lot of potential in him, apart from lack of experience and mental thingies he has to obtain over the next few years, he has everything to make it to the top. There's practically no weakness in his game. (And I dont even like him that much... but his game is so "flowey" :P)

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DID ANYONE SAY ANYTHING ABOUT GREECE? WHAT ? HUH ?

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Just A Number: Jankovic begins as weakest No. 1
By Kamakshi Tandon and Robert Waltz

AUGUST 5—Is it better to be the weakest No. 1 in history or the strongest No. 2 in history? The two will be juxtaposed next week – Jelena Jankovic will ascend to No. 1 in the WTA rankings and Rafael Nadal will mark his last few days as the current No. 2 in the ATP rankings.

When Nadal does get to No.1 in two weeks' time, he will do so by virtue of eight titles – two Grand Slams, four Masters Series and two others. He also has a Masters final and Grand Slam semifinal on his record.

That’s what it’s taken to get on top Roger Federer, and after 160 straight weeks of waiting, Nadal will finally have done it.

When Jankovic becomes No. 1 next week, she’ll do it on the back of just one title – the Tier I (Masters level) event in Rome. Her next best results are two Grand Slam semifinals and two other Tier I finals.

To make matters worse, Jankovic has backpedaled her way to the summit, not even capturing a tournament while No. 1 was on the line. A win in Los Angeles two weeks ago would have given her the top spot, but she lost in the semifinals. It was the same scenario in Montreal last week, but she lost in the quarterfinals. Jankovic managed to secure the position only because Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova also lost early.

So quietly did she slip in the back door that it took till the next day for the news to become official. After her loss on Friday, Jankovic was seemingly unaware that she still had a chance to shortly become No. 1. “The No. 1 spot doesn't matter,” she said, “If it's going to happen, it will happen. At the moment I don't deserve that spot. I am not in the best shape, I am not at my highest level. So it will take time for me to get better."

By Friday evening, all three of the top contenders were out of the event, and Jankovic’s imminent ascension was announced late the following afternoon. Her earlier assessment not withstanding, she voiced herself happy to be becoming the 18th woman to be No. 1 in the Sony Ericsson WTA rankings. “Since I was a young girl it's been my dream to become No.1 in the world,” she said. “When you get older, at least one day you can say you were No.1 and no one can take that away from you.”

Who could blame her? As a strong No. 2, Nadal may have achieved many times what Jankovic has during her career so far, but the Serb still will see her name in gold a week before the Spaniard.

History doesn’t rank the ranking, it simply records who’s No. 1

A LESS LOFTY PEAK

Those who watch the sport, however, often do debate the quality of the No. 1 player – and recently we’ve had more reason to do so. Much like the men’s succession of short-lived No. 1s in the late 1990s, the women have been churning out a growing number of half-established No. 1s – all fine players, but without the pedigree of their uber-dominant predecessors. Being No. 1 doesn’t quite carry the same weight during such periods.

As her words Friday afternoon indicate, this isn’t the route Jankovic would have chosen to get to the summit, but for better or for worse, it’s what she’s received. Some are born to be No. 1, some achieve it, and others have it thrust upon them.

Jankovic is the most striking example ever of the latter group – the only player to achieve the top ranking without even having been to a Grand Slam final.

It’s a new low all right, but the bar has been steadily sinking for some time.

Kim Clijsters made history in 2003 when she became the first player to rank No. 1 without a Grand Slam title to her name, and Amelie Mauresmo soon followed suit in 2004.

By the objective measure of ranking points held when becoming No. 1, it’s clear that the past four players to reach No. 1 have been the least dominant of the decade – and in reality, the least dominant since rankings began in 1973 (see graph on right).

But public perception of the top player’s legitimacy is often determined by the more subjective criteria of career achievement and the ability to defeat other top players.

Venus Williams may have had fewer points than Kim Clijsters when becoming No. 1, but were seen as a far more worthy holder of the crown because of her four Grand Slam titles and past victories over all her rivals. Clijsters, by contrast, was dominating in other tournaments but constantly struggled against compatriot Justine Henin in Grand Slam finals and had yet to win her lone major at the 2005 US Open.

Astonishingly, four of the past six new No. 1s have not been holding a Grand Slam title when they reached the top ranking – Jankovic, Mauresmo, Clisters, and Maria Sharapova, who became No. 1 just over a year after winning Wimbledon as a 17-year-old.

Even when Ana Ivanovic clinched the top spot this June, she did so by winning her French Open semifinal – had she lost the final, she would still have moved up and become yet another Slamless No. 1.

It used to be that you won Slams and then got to No. 1. these days, players have been getting to get to No. 1 and then – if all goes well – winning a Slam or two.

REASONS BEHIND THE TREND

Clearly, it’s taking less and less to outpace the field on the women’s tour these days. Why?

1. Justine Henin’s retirement

It’s a short-term aberration, but the sudden retirement of the world’s top player in April has had a very real and direct impact on the rankings. Even if Henin hadn’t played between her shock announcement in April and now, she would have stayed No. 1 till the week after next.

Ironically, that's also when Jankovic is likely to drop back down to No. 2 or 3. So it's unequivocally true that all else being equal, the Serb would not be No. 1 next week had Henin not retired. Ana Ivanovic would also still be waiting for a chance at the top spot.

2. Increased depth (yes, it’s real)

Ten years ago, a player who could hit solidly off both wings from the baseline could be assured of a reasonable future on the tour. Now, there are scores of young Eastern Europeans and a smattering of canny veterans all capable of doing that and more, and top players are no longer blowing others off the court in match after match. As the Williams sisters demonstrated at the French Open and Ivanovic and Sharapova at Wimbledon, even the early rounds of Grand Slams now bring players capable of knocking off a rusty top seed.

As a result, it’s hard for a single competitor to dominate the way the likes of Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and even Martina Hingis did. Now, someone like Jankovic, who keeps piling up semifinals and quarterfinals, can keep pace with the scattered up-and-down results of the big-time winners.
3. Injuries and retirements

Injuries have prevented most of the top players from playing a full schedule over the last few years, giving someone like the tireless Jankovic an even bigger edge in piling up ranking points. And a spate of retirements – Clijsters, Hingis, Henin, Myskina – have helped clear the way for younger players to move up.

4. The ranking system itself

In an effort to encourage players to play more, the WTA ranking system has increasingly rewarded quantity over quality (see sidebar).

Points are now are calculated not by averaging a player’s total results but adding together her best results. As a result, there’s no cost to playing extra events – losing in the first round would bring down your average under the old system, but under the new system and you can simply drop your lowest score as long as you play more than 18 events. Jankovic, who has played 23 events over the past year compared to 14 for Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, has much more padding in her points total than either of the two past Australian Open champions.

The benchmark for an average schedule has also increased from 12 events in 1995 to 14 in 1996 to 17 today. It is scheduled to drop back to 16 under next year’s Roadmap changes. Finally, the decision two years ago to stop awarding extra points for defeating top players has shifted the emphasis away from quality and towards the sheer ability to notch wins (against anyone). The Roadmap will next year severely restrict where top players can play and should result in more match-ups between them, but it doesn’t offer any extra boost for rising youngsters or the tour’s giant-killers.

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Like Clijsters and Mauresmo, who eventually backed up their No. 1 spots with Grand Slam titles, Jankovic still has time to build a resume that will retroactively make her a fully-fledged member of the club. But when her reign begins next week, she'll have the dubious distinction of being the least accomplished No. 1 in WTA history.

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To make matters worse, Jankovic has backpedaled her way to the summit,

Some are born to be No. 1, some achieve it, and others have it thrust upon them.
Jankovic is the most striking example ever of the latter

It’s a new low all right, but the bar has been steadily sinking for some time.

when her reign begins next week, she'll have the dubious distinction of being the least accomplished No. 1 in WTA history.
No-one's going to give her a break, are they
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doesn't sound like it.
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JJ should be in Beijing already according to Press. She was supposed to arrive early this morning. Novak is arriving today or tomorrow.

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Jelena arrives in Beijing http://www.mtsmondo.com/peking2008/text.php?vest=105518
She looks happy and relaxed
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Jelena arrives in Beijing http://www.mtsmondo.com/peking2008/text.php?vest=105518
She looks happy and relaxed
She looks cute! Hopefully she'll be relaxed and be able to play her best.

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Jelena looks lovely. You gooooo Girl!!!
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She was traveling with USA baseball team. Said they were nice and interesting and that they've asked for autographs and pictures.
That must have been an interesting flight!

She also said that being #1 at the Olympics will give her motivation to work even harder in the future. She was injured and she's gradually improving her form and now she has few more days to get ready for the Games.
She will give her all to win a medal.

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She said that she was in the same plane with American baseball team and that gays were very nice to her!!! Jelena you
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LMAO at the thought of a thirteen hour jelena flirt-fest!!!


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