Press Conference: Jelana Jankovic (SRB)
Press Conference: Jelana Jankovic (SRB)
Date: Oct. 6th 2009 Time: 19：00
Scores: Jelana Jankovic lost to Shuai Peng (6-4/ 5-7/ 2-6) in the second round.
Q: Did you expect that this match was going to be such a tough one because before the match you had a smile on your face, and the first half of this match was not that tough for you, but the second part of the match was.
A: It was all about me because I have a knee injury and my arm was getting better and better, but I wanted to do my best on the court today. It was very difficult, and I couldnít play my best tennis. Even though in both circumstances I still had a chance to claim both sets, unfortunately, I got into a turn, and it was very difficult for me, so she took advantage of that.
Q: Is it all the more disappointing because youíre the defending champion to go from the tournament?
A: Yeah, itís very disappointing. For me, itís really not the right time to get injured, especially now because itís the end of the year with a few more tournaments to play, especially I plan to get in the championships. For me thereís one more tournament to play, and this one was really important for me, especially I was the champion. I love to play here in China. I have a lot of fans here, but unfortunately my arm couldnít hold up. I couldnít really hit the ball as hard as I can hit. I played half the pace. I tried the best that I could, but unfortunately it wasnít enough.
Q: Your mom didnít come to Beijing this time with you. Is that quite influential?
A: I love having my mom around, but unfortunately there were some other things that were more important in this moment, so she was staying at home because my grandmother died just during the U.S. Open, so I donít think itís the right time for her to travel. Iím here with my dad, and I like having my dad as well here. None of this affected me on the court. The most important thing in this moment is to get healthy and so I can enjoy my games very much.
Q: Why didnít you ask your coach to coach in the court?
A: Because I didnít think I needed the coaching. It was all about me and how I couldnít hit the ball enough. It was about the strength in my arm.
Q: You said youíre going to play one more tournament after this. What is it? Youíre borderline now for Doha. If you donít manage to qualify for Doha, would you consider playing in the other championships in Bali?
A: No, I donít think so. For me, the good thing is I have one week in between because I lost early here, I still have 10 days or 12 days to recover. Then Iím playing in Moscow, and then weíll see. Right now Iím No. 8 in the race, so it all depends on how the other girls behind me do. I donít think Iíll be going to Bali if I donít make it to Doha. My goal is to go there. I feel like I belong there, and my goal is to compete with the best players in the world, so that is what I would like to try, but unfortunately, you cannot control injuries. You know somethingís happening at a bad time, you cannot give your best. You try really hard to be out there and to hit the ball as hard as you can, but you think youíll be all right, but your arm is giving up, and itís giving you a hard time. You could probably all see that during the match.
Q: Could you comment on your opponent today? Which part of the match did she do her best?
A: You can ask her about that. I wasnít really concentrating on her, how she was playing. She hit the ball flat, but if I could stay in the rally and hit two shots, I was all right. Then I had 5-3 in the second, so I had everything under control, so she was doing what she does usually. I donít know how she usually plays. Her two-handed shots are flatter, but nothing really I can say.
Q: Are you coming back to China Open next year?
A: Yeah for sure. I really love to be here in China. I love Chinaís people. My sponsor is from China. I always have a good time here. I have great memories from playing the Olympics, from winning the tournament last year. So I would love to travel back and hope I will be here next year.
Q: There are not so many tournaments left in this season. In the winter break last season, you chose strength to be your training goal instead of speed. Are you going to be changing anything about your training this year?
A: Yes, I will be changing differently from what I did last year, so I do not know yet what Iíll do because at this moment Iím focused on finishing the year in the best possible way, and of course getting healthy. My arm will recover. Then I will have some vacation, some time off. Then I will start to think about my training and start preparing for next season.