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Wow, thank god for hawk-eye.
Maybe she didn't have pain because she was on painkillers?

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She can take over No. 1 at Carson, where most stars didn't bother to show up.
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Somehow, in the midst of all the debris of injuries and pullouts, tennis managed to find a story line for this week's women's pro tournament in Carson.

Jelena Jankovic can become No. 1 if she wins the title Sunday.

There was a time when No. 1 was a huge deal. Several years ago, as Martina Hingis started to get outmuscled and outgunned by bigger, stronger players, she clung to it as her badge of honor.

"I am still No. 1 in the world," she would chirp, defensively, after a loss.

These days, it seems more an inheritance of circumstance. Lots of players pull out of an event, some with sore legs, others with acute apathy, and suddenly, ta-da, , you too can be No. 1.

Jankovic showed up for the East West Bank Classic at the Home Depot Center with a No. 2 ranking, behind No. 1 and fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic, who won here last year but did not return to defend.

Jankovic also showed up with a muscle tear in her knee but decided to play, unlike a group of big-name challengers with even bigger limps. Lindsay Davenport pulled out, as did Venus and Serena Williams, then Svetlana Kuznetsova. That's 19 Grand Slam titles, gone, followed by ticket sales and general fan interest.

Hard to be certain whether Jankovic was being heroic or stupid. Certainly, the people who run the event, AEG, were grateful to her.

They are the people who built and own Staples Center, own most of the Kings, a big chunk of the Lakers and built and own the Home Depot Center. You need something to hang your hat on when selling tickets and schmoozing sponsors, and that's tough when the only advance notice of this event is a series of stories about who wasn't coming.

At least they had Jankovic.

"I can't comment on other people [pulling out]," Jankovic said. "I want to play, but I'm not 100%."

An occasional dud event is not serious for a big operation like AEG. Remember, they own the Kings. They probably consider tennis to be little more than a loss leader in a complex that is a hotbed for soccer and occasionally fills the tennis stadium -- for boxing.

This is also an Olympic year, meaning the players have to tromp off to five majors and have much less incentive to spend a week at a Tier II event such as this, even if it is the bright lights of Los Angeles . . . er, Carson.

Tennis is a strange, traveling road show. Its ups can be off-the-chart high, as in the recent Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final. Its downs can be Wednesday-night-in-Carson low, when empty seats are the dominant wallpaper.

They started the evening session at 5, and sent two veterans out -- Vera Zvonareva and Jill Craybas. Zvonareva has won three Grand Slam doubles titles, has gotten to the quarterfinals of the French Open, has been as high as No. 9 in the world and has won more than $3.25 million in her career.

Craybas, at 34, is 10 years older than her Russian opponent. She has played regularly on the tour for 10 years and was ranked as high as No. 177 as far back as 1992. She lives just down the road in Huntington Beach.

When the two got into it quite competitively late in the second set, the quality of tennis rose remarkably. Zvonareva hung on to win a tiebreaker and the match. In the stands were no more than 400 people.

Craybas was asked whether a lot of her friends had been in the stadium.

"Yes, there were some," she said. "Actually, most of them had to work."

Jankovic took the court at 7 to play Long Beach's Vania King. The crowd had swelled to maybe 800.

The personable Jankovic looked slow and injured in the first set, giving tournament organizers further heartburn when she faced two set points. But she worked her way out of that, won in straight sets and told the media afterward that it was difficult playing in an empty-house atmosphere.

"It's unfortunate they don't have many people," she said.

Once again, she did more than her share for the tournament.

In her on-court interview, she took the microphone and encouraged more people to come out and watch.

Jankovic wasn't the only big name playing Wednesday night.

For the late match, they sent out Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia to play Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. That's 33 letters for both names. Also 14 syllables.

You should have seen the crowd for that one.
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These days, it seems more an inheritance of circumstance. Lots of players pull out of an event, some with sore legs, others with acute apathy, and suddenly, ta-da, you too can be No. 1.


Crowds will get bigger, it's only the first round. In other tourneys they have smaller stands so that gives you impression a lot more people are watching.

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JJ: ''My doctor has recetly moved to the Hague, so it'll be easier for me to pay him a visit during the RG next year, should I have to''.
"Yes, my treatment is complicated because my doctor is only allowed to receive one visitor every six weeks, except of course for his attorneys. It is for this reason that I have decided to pursue my law degree."
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By TennisWorld Guest Contributor, James LaRosa --

Greetings from Carson, California. I’m talking to you, Venus and Lindsay. And to you Svetlana, Na and Tatiana. At least Serena was able to make it here on that seemingly doomed US Open Series bus, even if she never set foot on the court. It’s a tournament rife with injuries. Or bad timing, coming just weeks before the Olympics. Pick your poison.

Either way, it’s shaping up to be a Stanford-esque carnival of upstarts making it deep. Who’s going to be the last gimp standing?

Sadly, not Stanford champ Aleksandra Wozniak, who in her words was just exhausted after playing 9 matches in 11 days. (Hey, someone had to pick up the slack.) She was positively beaming in her presse after losing to Flavia Penetta, leading one (me) to think she was just grateful to hop out of her sneakers.

It also won’t be a whole heap of Americans, some themselves attempting to come back from injury – Jamea Jackson, Ashley Harkleroad. . . If you were American, it increased your chances of making it to the second round dramatically if you faced another American in the first. (Not you Jill! You’re the rule breaker…)

Incidentally, if you think watching a host of locals exit en masse from a tournament doesn’t affect a crowd, think again. I’ve been giving out hugs like nobody’s business. Okay that’s a lie, I don’t want to touch these people. It’s so hot and sunny here that we’re all fighting over palm tree shade. We're sweaty and we stink.

So who do we have left to make a grab for the title? Some dark horses without a scratch on ‘em (yet) are making noise. Victoria Azarenka looked scary good against otherwise tough opponent Yung-Jan Chan. She’ll likely clear Sam Stosur, who, banished to a back court that would take TWO helicopters to reach, looked a little shakier against Regina Kulikova than she did in her earlier, breadsticks beatdown of Shahar Peer. That puts Azarenka on track for a quarterfinal clash with an equally sharp Dinara Safina.

Looking even scarier is (gasp - American!) Bethanie Mattek, who dispatched Nicole Vaidisova to set up a QF clash with. . .okay all the other seeds have run screaming from her quarter (but thanks for hoppin’ on the bus!). I’d put Mattek in the semis against Anna Chakvetadze (if she can keep it together) or a suddenly lethal Ai Sugiyama, who’s been playing with the eye of the tiger. Someone get this woman a deal with Red Bull. Chick’s got wings.

Okay, confession time. Davenport and the sisters William weren’t the only ones who limped off to greener pastures. Without the stars of the show, the supporting cast, talented as it may be, just isn't filling the seats. Which is a shame, because the venue itself pretty much rocks. Inspired by the new WTA campaign, I’m holding out for a hero. . .

But wait, who’s that star hobbling in the distance? Why it’s top seed and international cut-up Jelena Jankovic. Jelena has more reason than any of the other withdrawers (is that a word?) to try to work through her own bum knee. With a victory here, she becomes the #1 player in the world (Is it just me, or are they’re giving that honor out like candy lately, right?). So Olympics be darned.

And Vania King be darned. Despite serving for the first set against Jankovic, the last American not named Mattek in the draw went down in what I can only describe as a humorless match. Vania was (justifiably) humorless, the starved-thin crowd was humorless. Even Jelena was subdued when she met with the press afterwards - at least until she was informed that Federer lost to Simon in Toronto (Hours ago, JJ! Where have you been?).

Suddenly, her eyes gleamed: “Then maybe we’ll have two new #1’s this week.”

Not quite, Jelena. But it’s nice to see someone who’s committed.
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CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Jelena Jankovic opened her bid to gain the No. 1 ranking with a 7-5, 6-2 victory against American Vania King in the East West Bank Classic on Wednesday night.

The top-seeded Serbian could knock countrywoman Ana Ivanovic from the top spot by winning the tournament, her first since injuring her right knee at Wimbledon.

King pressed Jankovic throughout the first set before the Serb took control in the second.

"My leg felt fine, I didn't have any pain," Jankovic said. "I felt a little bit slow when I was moving around, not so explosive like I'm used to. It's just a matter of feeling more comfortable."

The injury withdrawals of Serena and Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Svetlana Kuznetsova have taken much of the luster off this year's tournament, and Jankovic noticed.

"It's really unfortunate this tournament doesn't have many people," she said. "The stadium is quite empty which is unusual because most of our tournaments are a full house."

The lack of fans made Jankovic's cheering section -- local Serbs sporting "JJ's Crew" T-shirts -- stand out.

"I'm obviously not 100 percent and I'm not playing my best tennis, but little by little, I will try to do it, especially for the big tournaments," said Jankovic, who is scheduled to play in the Beijing Olympics. "Hopefully, I will keep getting better."
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Man, I would have loved a Beth/Chaky Semi But a Beth/Whoever semi would do me fine

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Suddenly, her eyes gleamed: “Then maybe we’ll have two new #1’s this week.”
She really thinks she can hobble all the way to the #1 ranking?! Bless!

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Alex I still can't get over the fact that she hobbled her way to the SF at the AO.

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CARSON, Calif.: Jelena Jankovic rode her improved serve to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Melinda Czink of Hungary in the East West Bank Classic on Thursday, keeping the top-seeded Serb on course to take over the No. 1 ranking.

Jankovic served seven aces in knocking out "lucky loser" Czink, who lost in the second round of qualifying but got into the main draw when Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrew with an injured right knee.

Czink's tournament run included a 6-3, 6-3 upset of 13th-seeded Virginie Razzano. The 25-year-old Hungarian reached the third round of a WTA event for just the second time this year.

Jankovic can dislodge countrywoman Ana Ivanovic from the top ranking by winning the tournament, her first since injuring her right knee at Wimbledon.

"There's no pain and I'm really happy about that," she said. "My legs are a little bit hurting. I'm not used to playing matches every day and playing after not doing anything for two weeks. Now it's time to get in shape."

Jankovic is wearing tape on her knee for protection."Without the tape, it would be a risk because the knee is still fragile," she said.

Jankovic served seven aces — never her strong suit — with her serve bailing her out at love-40, 2-all to win that game. She connected on just 28 percent of her first serves Wednesday, but improved to 63 percent Thursday, when she won 81 percent of her first-serve points.

"If I could hit this serve every day like that, my life would be so much easier," she said, laughing. "You don't have to break a sweat and you're winning games."

Jankovic wore a hot pink dress(), which was late arriving. She wore a white top and skirt, which didn't fit well, a day earlier.

"The pink dress played better today," she said.

Third-seeded Anna Chakvetadze of Russia couldn't say the same. She was upset by 14th-seeded Sybille Bammer, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Also dismissed was No. 5 Vera Zvonareva, who lost 6-4, 7-5 to Nadia Petrova, last year's runner-up.

Other winners were No. 8 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, No. 10 Flavia Pennetta of Italy, and Yuan Meng of China.

While Czink's run ended, Bethanie Mattek kept rolling.

The 23-year-old player from Miami defeated Olga Govortsova of Bulgaria, 7-5, 6-2, to continue a solid showing that began in April. She trailed 5-2 in the first set.

"I was just making a couple mistakes and she was playing well," Mattek said. "I got a little more intense and rattled off seven games in a row."

Mattek has boosted her ranking nearly 100 places since then and can expect to rise higher, helped by her upset of 11th-seeded Nicole Vaidisova earlier this week.

"I've been playing really well. It just keeps building every match I play," she said. "If I do play up to my potential, I'm expecting myself to win. I'm really confident in my game right now. Two years ago, I couldn't say that."

Kuznetsova and 10 other players, including Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport, withdrew from the $650,000 tournament.

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