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Her serve's improved. Now she has to figure out how to use her improved serve on every point

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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.
I see her win was all down to the pink dress she was wearing..............


edit: The dress is more red than pink. A much better and stronger colour.

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@ Sonja & Jeopardy joke...

Seriously, that headline...I guess she's going for her serves more because she's not fully recovered yet. Hopefully some of that serving will stay with her after she gets fit!

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http://www.dailybreeze.com/sports/ci_9991189

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Carson tournament facing net deficit
By Jim Thomas, Staff Writer

Thanks to the withdrawal of No. 2 seed Serena Williams and the third-set breakdown of No. 3 Anna Chakvetadze on Thursday at Home Depot Center, today's quarterfinals of the East West Bank Classic are decidedly out of balance.

On one side, No. 1 seed Jelena Jankovic and No. 4 Dinara Safina are on a collision course for the semifinals, with No. 9 Nadia Petrova and No. 8 Victoria Azarenka standing in the way of that intriguing showdown.

On the other side? Well, No. 10 Flavia Pennetta and No. 14 Sybille Bammer are the only seeds left and unheralded but hard-charging American Bethanie Mattek looks as capable as anyone of making it to her first WTA final.

To her credit, the emotional Chakvetadze didn't hide what her 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 loss to Bammer meant.

"I am disappointed," said the 21-year-old Russian, who is ranked No. 8 in the world. "I had an open draw (to the final) and I didn't take advantage of the opportunity."

Jankovic clearly was feeling better about her game after Thursday's victory.

"I want to play," she said when asked about the wisdom of playing on a sore knee when four other big names dropped out. "I want to get sharper ... keep going, maybe from No. 2 (in the world) to No. 1."

Jankovic, by contrast, faces a much tougher road to Sunday's title match. But the 23-year-old Serb looked fully capable of getting there during a sharp victory over Hungary's Melinda Czink, 6-3, 6-3, less than 24 hours after she struggled to get past Long Beach's Vania King in her first match since Wimbledon.

"I was much, much better today," said Jankovic, who is ranked No. 2 in the world and is closing in on No. 1. "I was pleased with my serve, and overall I played better tennis.

"I am happy there is no pain (in her sore knee). I am getting in better shape after not doing much the past few weeks."

Then again, Petrova looked capable of giving Jankovic all she can handle when they meet tonight at 8 on stadium court. The 26-year-old Russian, once ranked as high as No. 3 in the world but now 17th, defeated fifth-seeded Vera Zvonareva, 6-4, 7-5, and seems to be finding her once-formidable game this week in Carson.

Safina got a big scare, surviving one match point before defeating fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, 7-6 (1), 0-6, 7-6 (3), and will face Belarus' Azarenka, who disposed of Australia's Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The winner will face the Jankovic-Petrova winner in Saturday's semifinals.

On the other side of the bracket, Mattek defeated Bulgaria's Olga Govortsova, 7-5, 6-2, and will face 122nd-ranked Yuan Meng, who defeated lucky loser Melanie South, 6-2, 6-3. And boy is she raring to go.

"It just keeps building," she said, referring to the momentum she's building this season. "I believe now that if I play to my potential, I'm confident I can beat anyone.

"I have thought about what's there in this tournament, but I know I still have to go out and do it. I'm playing a top girl tomorrow and I have to play well."

Her confidence paid off against Govortzova, who earlier eliminated sixth-seeded Gabriela Hantuchova. She trailed, 5-2, before rallying to win the first set and win the match going away.

"I just got mad," she said. "I thought I was playing well but just making some mistakes. I got a little more intense and took control."

If Mattek prevails today, she will face the winner of Pennetta-Bammer on Saturday.
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Where are the fans?

Attendance has been sparse, to put it mildly, during the first four days of the WTA event in Carson. There have been few fans on stadium court during the afternoon sessions and not a dramatic increase for the night shifts.

Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic certainly noticed after her match Wednesday, which was watched by less than 1,000 people in stadium court. After she defeated Vania King in straight sets, she took the microphone and pleaded with local fans to come out.

"It's too bad. The stadium is quite empty," she told reporters later. "Hopefully, more people will come out."

With so few people in the stands, a small contingent of Serbs rooting for their star stood out like a sore thumb.

"I really appreciate them," Jankovic said, chuckling. "They are my crew. I saw they had T-shirts that read `JJ Crew.' It was funny."

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Sixteen players battled for berths in the quarterfinals. Only one was an American, Bethanie Mattek. Five were Russians, followed by two from Belarus. No other nation had more than one. China's Yuan Meng made a WTA quarterfinal for the first time when she defeated lucky loser Melanie South of Great Britain. The 22-year-old Yuan is one of two Chinese players entered in the tournament. . . .

Jankovic's serve was much sharper Thursday than it was Wednesday and she was very happy about that. "Wasn't that great," she said, smiling. "My life would be so much easier if I could serve like that all the time." Jankovic attributed part of her improvement Thursday to playing in a pink dress that didn't arrive until late Wednesday. "I play better in dresses," she said. "What I wore Wednesday was a little too big. The crowd liked me in pink." .
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Jankovic attributed part of her improvement Thursday to playing in a pink dress that didn't arrive until late Wednesday. "I play better in dresses," she said. "What I wore Wednesday was a little too big. The crowd liked me in pink."

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Her confidence paid off against Govortzova, who earlier eliminated sixth-seeded Gabriela Hantuchova. She trailed, 5-2, before rallying to win the first set and win the match going away.
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Ah, well, Daniella, Gabriella, umbrella, ..ela, ela, ela, ela...
hilarious :P

actually toronto rogers cup atp played this song during changeovers and after a lil' while it started to rain they conjured it.

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Typical Jankovic soap opera practice session. There was laughter, shouting, arguing, accosting Snezana with a spray can of sunscreen...everything you could basically ask for. I saw a very heated argument (but it may jut have been a conversation, you can never tell with her) about her serve. She looked good enough in practice to probably get far at this event, but I was not wholly impressed with what I saw.
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(I'm overusing this smily, but what can I do when (mostly) everything about JJ is so damn funny)
Yep, JJ likes soap-operatic moments so much, that I fully expect her identical twin-sister to pop out of somewhere any time now.

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After Jankovic won her match, during the on court interview, the most pressing question was, "How many of you (fans) liked the white tennis outfit she was wearing yesterday, compared with the pink one today?" Of course the fans cheered for the "hot" pink.
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CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic took another step toward a possible No. 1 ranking on the WTA Tour by beating ninth-seeded Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-4 on Friday night to advance to the semifinals of the East West Bank Classic.
Jankovic, 23, of Serbia, can take the top spot in the rankings from countrywoman Ana Ivanovic if she wins this $600,000 hardcourt event.

Next up is No. 4 Dinara Safina in Saturday night's semifinal. Safina, of Russia, was a 6-3, 6-1 winner over No. 8 Victoria Azarenk, of Belarus.

In the other quarterfinals, Italy's Flavia Pennetta was a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-1 winner over No. 14 Sybille Bammer, of Austria, and Bethanie Mattek rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the second set to beat Meng Yuan, of China, 6-2, 7-5, in a matchup of unseeded players.

Jankovic overcame an early service break in both sets against Petrova.

"I did play the big points well. At the important times I was really able to hang in there and hit my spots," Jankovic said, adding she wasn't bothered by the torn meniscus in her left knee, any injury that happened at Wimbledon.

"There were no problems whatsoever, no pain," she said.

Petrova, who missed several makeable volleys, said Jankovic was much improved since their last meeting in 2007.

"Her serve is better and she's playing faster. Before she was just running on the baseline," said Petrova, who trails 5-2 in their rivalry. "Now she's being more aggressive and stepping in and taking the ball early. That's why she's No. 2."

Petrova, of Russia, said she felt she played "quite well" aside from mechanical problems on her second serves and attributed the missed volleys to trying to be "too fine."

Safina, the younger sister of former U.S. Open champion and top-ranked Marat Safin, said her easy win over Azarenka was "just a perfect match for me. My coach (Zeljko Krajan) said it was the best match I ever played. Everything worked."

Indeed, the only flaw in the second set came in the fourth game, which Safina lost after Azarenka had left the court briefly with an abdominal muscle injury.

"That wasn't me on the court for about five seconds. Then I was back," she said with a smile.

The dominating performance was surprising in that until arriving here Safina hadn't played since losing in the third round at Wimbledon, and that was her only outing since reaching the French Open final.

"I've been working really hard," she said. "Maybe it's because I'm rested and fresh in my mind."

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