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Strong Spain provide stern test for Serbia

By Zoran Milosavljevic

KRALJEVO, SERBIA: Serbia and Spain will lock horns in a Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie worthy of a top-tier contest, given that some of the game’s top names will take centre stage in the Kraljevo Sports Hall the upcoming weekend.

It will be the second meeting between these two sides, with Serbia coming out on top 4-0 in their previous clash in Lleida in 2009, when former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic led her team’s charge.

Jankovic, who will turn 31 later this month and is ranked 19th on the WTA tour, is once again Serbia’s best hope of prevailing against strong favourites Spain, who will bank on having a pair of versatile Top 10 singles players in their ranks.

Garbine Muguruza, the world No. 5, will take on Serbia’s second-ranked player Bojana Jovanovski (world No. 87) in Saturday’s opening singles rubber, followed by an intriguing clash between Jankovic and Carla Suarez-Navarro, currently No. 8 on the WTA Tour.

“I am delighted to be back as there is no better feeling than competing for your country’s colours,” Jankovic, who last played for Serbia in a 3-1 defeat by the Czech Republic in the 2012 final, told the ITF.

“We are up against very tough opposition, one of the best teams in the competition quality-wise. It’s going to be a big challenge for all of us but although they are the favourites on paper, anything can happen.”

“Our advantage is playing on home soil and having the crowd behind us, so we are really looking forward to it.”

With 48 Fed Cup appearances after making her debut in 2001, Jankovic will draw on her vast experience as she also takes on Muguruza in Sunday’s opening reverse singles before Jovanovski meets Suarez-Navarro.

Spain’s team captain Conchita Martinez nominated Lara Arruabarrena and Lourdes Dominguez Lino for the tie-ending doubles but conceded she may opt for her two top singles players if the contest goes down to the wire.

“It all depends how the tie goes. Obviously, Carla and Garbine are also very good doubles players, they have played together and if it comes to that and they are fit, they probably will play,” she said.

“I think it’s going to be a good tie because Serbia have a very strong team but we are also a force to be reckoned with. They are at home while we have two Top-10 players who are in very good form at the moment.”

“It’s good that Garbine is out first as she is expected to win against Jovanovski, although you never know in the Fed Cup. But obviously, Serbia’s stronger player is Jelena and she is the one to beat.”

Despite boasting three strong doubles players in the current roster, this particular segment has been Spain’s undoing in several crucial ties recently, notably in a 3-2 defeat by Romania last April and the 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic in the 2014 World Group I first round.

Serbia’s teenage prospect Ivana Jorovic, who shone in their impressive run through the Europe/Africa zone in 2015 before they climbed back into World Group II with a home win over Paraguay, was upbeat about her team’s chances of staging an upset.

“I am so excited about the tie and I believe we have a good chance of beating Spain,” she said with a big smile.

“I think it’s a 50-50 tie because being a Top-10 player doesn’t always mean that much in this competition, especially in the women’s game. It’s not for certain that Nina Stojanovic and I will play Sunday’s doubles although we have been nominated, but I am confident we can beat anyone and will relish the prospect if selected.”

Muguruza, in turn, acknowledged the home court advantage could be a factor playing into Serbia’s hands.

“That’s the first and most important thing, making it difficult for us,” she said. “But we are trying hard to go up to the top tier and in order to achieve that, we must keep in mind that rankings don’t matter in the Fed Cup as it all comes down to doing your work.”

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R1 Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
R2 Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

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R4 Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
R5 Ivana Jorovic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) v Lara Arruabarrena/Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)

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Spain takes commanding lead over Serbia in Kraljevo

By Zoran Milosavljevic

KRALJEVO, SERBIA: Strong favourites Spain lived up to expectations as Garbine Muguruza brushed aside Ivana Jorovic 63 61 and Carla Suarez-Navarro overpowered Jelena Jankovic 64 62 to give them a 2-0 lead against hosts Serbia on Saturday.

The outcome of the opening singles rubbers put Spain in the driving seat to clinch the World Group II first round tie after Sunday’s reverse singles, when Muguruza plays Jankovic and Navarro takes on either Ivana Jorovic or Bojana Jovanovski.

Serbia best hope of staying on level terms was Jankovic’s clash with Suarez-Navarro, but the home crowd favourite was unable to contain the Spaniard after making a promising start.

Jankovic broke her rival’s serve in the fifth game of the opening set but Suarez-Navarro broke straight back and took the opening set after breaking Jankovic’s serve again in the final game, unleashing a searing backhand winner down the line.

Her one-handed backhand kept tormenting Jankovic as she was able to dictate the pace in most of the points, also using her forehand to devastating effect.

The pair traded breaks in the opening two games of the second set before Suarez-Navarro put her foot on the gas pedal and claimed the next four with a barrage of tough shots, forcing Jankovic to commit a flurry of errors.

The Spaniard was light on her feet and floated up and down the baseline almost effortlessly, retrieving anything the disjointed Jankovic was able to throw at her.

The resilient Jankovic refused to lie down and broke Suarez-Navarro’s serve when 5-1 down in the second set to stay in the match, bur her valiant effort only delayed the inevitable as the Spaniard sealed the contest in the next game, after Jankovic double-faulted on her final serve.

“The opening set was crucial, especially when she was 5-4 up. I lost my focus after a foot-fault call in the final game but credit to Suarez-Navarro, she outplayed me in the second set,” Jankovic told Serbian television (RTS) in a courtside interview.

“It will be very tough tomorrow because we are 2-0 down and need to win all three matches to prevail. I am very disappointed not to have done better today. I missed too many chances to stay on an even keel with my rival.”

In the day’s opening match, Muguruza was made to work harder than the scoreline suggests for her win over 18-year old Jorovic, who was given a standing ovation by home Serbian fans in Kraljevo after showing flashes of brilliance against her stronger and more experienced opponent.

With stage-fright stifling the young Serbian in the opening exchanges, world No. 5 Muguruza raced into a 4-0 lead in just 14 minutes as the gulf in class was everywhere to be seen.

But Jorovic, ranked 174th, then sprung back to life and roared on by a partisan home crowd, she took the next three games and came agonisingly close to leveling the score in the opening set.

Muguruza found another gear, however, and again pegged her rival well behind the baseline, unleashing stinging shots with laser-beam accuracy.

Jorovic fought hard and her perseverance made the last game of the match its longest, as Muguruza needed eight match points to break down her rival.

“It was definitely more difficult than the score may tell because I was up against an aggressive opponent I had never played before,” Muguruza told the ITF.

“I am really looking forward to playing against Jankovic on Sunday, we have met many times on the WTA tour and it will surely be an entertaining contest.”

Jorovic, who named as a late replacement for better-ranked Bojana Jovanovski by Serbia’s team captain Tatjana Jecmenica, acknowledged the defeat was part of a learning curve.

“It is a tremendous experience to slug it out with a Top-10 player and although I am not entirely satisfied with my performance, I will take a lot of positives from this match,” she said.
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Serb and Return: Jelena Jankovic on the Comeback Trail
by René Denfeld in On The Grounds

Another clay season, another injury struggle for Jelena Jankovic. In 2015, the former World No. 1 was on her way back up the rankings after she made the final in Indian Wells, but a little while later, she found herself rehabbing her foot rather than sliding across the red dirt. The year 2016 sees the Serb once again dealing with health issues coming into one of her most favorite parts of the year, as a shoulder injury kept her out of competition during the past six weeks — while a thyroid cyst in caused a far bigger scare. René Denfeld caught up with the Serb at the Mutua Madrid Open after her first match since Miami.

Jelena Jankovic’s first match back after a month and a half away from competition did not go the way the Serb hoped — but she also didn’t have a lot of a expectations.

A shoulder injury forced Jankovic to retire from her opening match at Miami Open against Magda Linette after just one game — barely able to serve — back in March. Although she had been rehabbing diligently, the 31-year-old isn’t back to her former shape yet, and it certainly showed during her 6-4, 6-3 defeat against Sorana Cirstea in Madrid on Sunday.

“I had a bad injury with my back muscle which the muscle [that] helps you lift the arm, so I had a hard time,” Jankovic said in a one-on-one exclusive, post-match in Madrid. “I was doing a lot of therapy and rehab to come back, but it’s still very fresh and I’m still doing therapies and I’m still trying to — because I lost the power and the muscle and as you could probably see, I’m not serving as I normally would.

“It will take me some time to get the strength back — when I will be 100 percent, when my muscle is ready to commit to my serve at its fullest, I will do it. It’s still quite weak in order to go at it fully. With all that said, it’s not so easy, you know, playing matches and playing at this level, but I still tried my best and I fought hard. A lot of times, I had the break but I had a tough time holding my serve, which was a big handicap for me, [and] was very frustrating. Like I said, it will take me some time just to get back to normal again!”

Although Jankovic’s sole Grand Slam final came on a hard court at the US Open back in 2008, the clay holds a special place in her heart as she made two semifinals at Roland Garros and has historically enjoyed the wear, tear and battle on the surface. However, much like in 2015 when she struggled with foot and thigh injuries, her clay season got off to a bleak start when she was forced to pull out of some of her favorite events, including Charleston.

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“It’s frustrating because I really love playing on clay, and in the past, I had so many good results on clay,” she said. “Every year, I look forward to playing on clay and unfortunately last year, I missed almost the whole season on clay and this year [is] pretty much the same. I hope to be a little bit better for the French Open — that I can be serving better and kind of complete my game a lot better — but for right now it’s still early. I cannot expect myself to play unbelievable and feel unbelievable when I haven’t done anything for a month.”

For Jankovic — as well as many other players — the question of when to return to tour after an injury layoff remains a difficult one. The balancing act between health, competitive spirit and returning to the tour as soon as possible remains a walk on the tightrope that can go awry easily.

“I think for me, I shouldn’t have even played this tournament because every day works in my favor, [when it comes to] recovering and getting stronger and getting a better range of motion. It’s unfortunate [that] for some things we need more time, and us tennis players, many times we’re very impatient. We just want to compete and we just really miss the courts and doing what I love to do — it’s not easy just doing therapy all day. It’s tough mentally, knowing that we have to start basically from zero again, and it’s tough on the physical side because you’ve lost quite a lot of muscles.

“I wasn’t able to run — for two weeks, I wasn’t able to move because I had pain breathing under my ribs. I make two steps forward and I start to feel like I’m choking and it’s really uncomfortable; I had trouble sleeping, too. I could not turn and it was a really big discomfort, so with all that I wasn’t able to train properly [and] not able to use my arm — and not able to wash my hair with the right arm!”


During her match against Cirstea, Jankovic broke the Romanian’s serve in the second set to lead 3-2, but admitted afterwards that she feels she’s trying to improvise due to her restricted serving and lack of matchplay — adding that she found herself overthinking her shot selection too much.

“It’s expected and normal for someone that’s coming back from injury — to get into that rhythm again, to get match tough again,” she said. “When everything comes automatic, you know what you’re doing, but [now it’s] ‘Oh, I have so many thoughts in my head and I don’t know where to begin or where to end, how to end.’ You have doubts, ‘Will I be able to serve for an hour and a half?’ ‘Will my arm sustain all the efforts, all the hitting, all the pounding?’ It’s a lot of thoughts going on, but like I said, it’s quite normal and quite common and I just need to go through this process in order to come back.”




While Jankovic’s shoulder issue certainly put a dent into her season, it paled compared to the other health scare she received when doctors found an enlarged thyroid cyst as a byproduct of checking the injury that forced her to retire at the Miami Open.

“When they did a scan in Miami, an MRI to check my strain, they caught the lower part of my thyroid gland and they found some cyst which was quite a big size, bigger than it should be and what’s normal,”said the World No. 23, with her voice quickly lowering as the subjected arose. “That was another concern, [and] it was quite a stressful situation for about a week until I have undergone through all the analysis and tests and blood work. In the end, they did a biopsy and they removed the cyst with a needle and luckily, it was benign.

“It was a very traumatic week for me because, at some point, the doctor said that I might have cancer and it was a scary thought — I don’t think anyone likes to hear that. We always worry about the tennis, about the lifestyle, [but] we keep going, keep traveling, keep working hard — we forget sometimes to listen to our body and it’s also maybe hard to feel some symptoms.


Luckily for Jankovic, it didn’t turn out to be threatening. Irrespective of that, it was a stressful week for the Serb, who wasn’t just dealing with an injury any more — but something that felt far more dangerous than a shoulder issue.

“Most of the common symptoms like fatigue and with all the traveling and the hitting, the competing, it’s normal to be exhausted and fatigued,” she said. “They ask, ‘Are you sleeping well?’ and with all the timezones and the jet lag, different hotels, it’s also tough to sleep well. Many times, you don’t know what time it is in the place you’ve been and going to the next — it’s a shock for your biological clock, too. You’re constantly changing and trying to adapt — so with all that said, it’s tough to pick out things that give you an alarm that something is going wrong with you.

“I’m still recovering from [the shoulder injury], and then having that thing removed and checked and having that scary thought in my head for a little over a week until all the tests came — it felt like months. I was praying to God that it will be okay, because it felt like the end of the world for me at the moment. I was only thinking of recovering and getting back to playing tennis and then I was like, ‘Oh my God — it’s not anymore tennis, it’s now I’m fighting for something else.’ It’s another battle, but luckily everything turned out good.”



Despite the early loss in Madrid, the Serb was in good spirits as she looked ahead to the coming weeks when the tour will move on to Rome, one of Jankovic’s favorite places — even though she knows that it’s going to take a while for her to regain her form.

“I’m just happy to be back,” Jankovic said, with the experiences of the past six weeks behind her. “It will take some time — I cannot improve and get back to shape, get back to playing and hitting well and competing at a high level in a couple of days or a week. It takes some time and a lot of grinding day after day in order to feel comfortable [and] in order to get your rhythm back, get your shots in order, complete your game, feel comfortable, [and] feel confident. Then, I will be where I want to be.”

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Jankovic : "I still love competing"

Jelena Jankovic went through a nightmare this year where injuries wouldn't go away. Still, she loves being out there. After playing reaching the final in Guangzhou and beating Garbine Muguruza in Wuhan, the Serbian is finding her way again. Not enough to get through on thursday against Barbora Strycova (1-6, 6-4,7-5), despite nearly coming back from 1-5 in the second set and being up a break twice in the third set. Lacking matches and confidence, "JJ" knows the road will be long. But at least the smile is back on her face.

Does it feel like this is the kind of match that was in your racquet and slipped away ?

I had so many opportunities, I started so well. I had everything under control and somehow... I had a few bad games in the second set, lost the momentum and the rythm so brought my opponent back into the match. But again I could have come back, but served a few double fauts, and then in the third I was up a break twice... In important moments I wasn't courageous enough, wasn't believing enough, was a little bit too tentative. I wasn't going for my shots and believing in my game. I was waiting for her to miss and it wasn't coming but it wasn't something I wanted to do, it was just that it was tough for me to control my emotions. I didn't go for it enough when it mattered and that made a difference. If I had been braver, if I had played the way I can play, then I would have closed it out a long time ago. But unfortunately I didn't play a lot of matches this year and I think that shows. I'm a little bit rusty, a little bit overthinking sometimes and not making the right choices at the right time.

It's been a tough year : what are your thoughts on what happened and your situation right now ?

It's been a tough year because I had two ruptures in my shoulder, and it wasn't easy for me to come back and to feel comfortable on a court, because I've lost my strength and muscles everywhere. I couldn't do anything cause you use that muscle for everything. I'm still far away from my best shape but in this moment I'm just happy to be on the court and competing. I missed a lot of tournaments, and the ones that I played I came back too early because I just wanted to be out there, just wanted to play even if not ready. I didn't want to miss the French Open so I came there at really 20% of my abilities without high expectations. But I missed the Olympic Games, the hardcourt tournaments and came to the US Open but being still quite fragile, quite scared to be out there, doubtful and tentative. I was afraid to get injured again. I'm just not playing freely. And it feels like the last two weeks are the most I've been competing this year ! It's nice to be out there, to be part of the event and to be competing, fighting. There are a lot of things I should have done better but it's also a question of confidence. When you compete week in, week out and are always in that position to win the matches then you're a little bit more relax. But when you haven't done it for a while... That's what happened to me today, that's unfortunately the reality.

Are you surprised to still love the game that much after all those years ? Were you imagining that when you started playing ?

It's a little bit different now. When I was younger, I enjoyed every bit of it, was really happy to be on the court and just enjoy the game; I didn't really took it as a job, it was more a fun game to play. I loved running around, getting those balls back. Now after playing for so long it's different : I still love the game, I love competing, but this year has been tough... I didn't enjoy being at the doctor's office, doing the rehab and all the therapies. That was the tough part. And then coming back from zero, losing everything... It was tough for me to accept the fact that a lot of the things that I used to do with ease, I couldn't anymore and that it would take a lot of time to get back to the level I was or to be even better. I'm on the court, being all "how can't I hit that ball ?!" I'm not physically ready and also I haven't practiced nor done the work that needs to be done. So that part I didn't enjoy. But I still love competing, I still love being in front of crowds, winning matches, thriving for that perfect hit. For that perfect shot that will never happen, but when you go on the court you always try to do it better and better. I'm never satisfied, always think that I can make it better. So that's what pushes me to play. But I just need to be healthy, then I have a smile on my face. Even if I lose, I'm healthy so I'm happy (laughs). You're kind of depressed when you're in pain, can't bring the arm up, can't do normal things like washing your hair : it's really frustrating, you just want to do normal things ! So even if I lost today, I'm happy to be in one piece (laughs).

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Dubai: A season-ending No. 55 is not exactly what former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic would have expected. But, after a couple of weeks of warm Dubai weather and a strong resolve, the Serbian is targeting a top-10 finish in 2017.
Jankovic has been in Dubai enjoying the sun and slowly getting back into shape after two ruptures in her shoulder muscles temporarily derailed her season this year. The injury is now behind her, and she is gradually looking to gain ground on her opponents and make her way back, just like before, into the elite of women’s tennis.
“I will have no points to defend in 2017, so making my way to the top is going to be easier,” Jankovic told Gulf News at Skydive Dubai, where she was attending the Dubai Women’s Run last week.
“It’s easy to say this, but I know from past experiences how tough it is to actually put in the hard work and stay healthy to achieve goals that have been set,” she added
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After being laid down by the shoulder injury, Jankovic showed vintage form with a straight-set victory over top-10 player Garbine Muguruza to reach the third round of the Wuhan Open in China at the end of September. In the middle of October, she made it to the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow where she went down in straight sets to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

“Perhaps, a major part of the season was unfortunate for me. But it has also given me a lot of time to think and reflect on how things are working out in my life,” Jankovic said.
“I have the game to play against the best players, and that gives me a lot of confidence as I set out my preparation programme for 2017. This is women’s tennis and things can be quite unpredictable. Look at how things have gone this year. We have a new world No. 1 and a new year-end champion in Singapore. That’s the beauty of our sport,” she added.
Now 31, the Serbian was at the top of the women’s game following her maiden appearance at the US Open final in 2008. She remained at the summit for 17 consecutive weeks until she was overtaken by American Serena Williams in February 2009. Jankovic has the distinction of being the year-end world No. 1 in 2008 — the second player in the history of the WTA to do this without winning a Grand Slam title, after Kim Clijsters.
“The plan right now is to slowly start preparing with getting my fitness back. Once the body is back into shape, then it will be time for workouts and start actual preparations on court in time for the starting tournaments of the new season,” she said.
“I don’t have points to defend in 2017, and if I play well and consistent, then I don’t see any reason why I cannot be back in the top-10 of women’s tennis,” Jankovic added.

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Jelena Jankovic will be awarded the Order of Karađorđe's Star in Serbia today.
The award will be presented by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic at a ceremony marking the National Day of Serbia on 15 February.

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The Order of Karađorđe's Star (Serbian: Orden Karađorđeve zvezde, Cyrillic: Орден Карађорђеве звезде) is Serbia's highest civilian and military decoration. It originated in the Kingdom of Serbia, and was initially awarded exclusively to Serbian citizens in return for services rendered to the Serbian monarchy, the Serb people and the Serbian state, though it is now bestowed upon Serbs and non-Serbs alike. During the Balkan Wars and World War I, the Order was mostly awarded for acts of bravery on the battlefield. The post-war Kingdom of Yugoslavia retained the Order, and it was awarded by the Yugoslav government-in-exile until the end of World War II, in some cases to individuals who collaborated with the Axis powers. Following the war, the monarchy was outlawed and a communist government came to power. Along with other monarchist symbols, the Order was suppressed during the administration of Josip Broz Tito, and replaced with communist decorations such as the Order of the People's Hero.

Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia ceased using many of the awards and decorations established during the communist period, though it was not until 2010 that the Serbian Government officially reinstated the Order of Karađorđe's Star as Serbia's highest decoration. During the Cold War, it had been awarded by the Karađorđević family in exile. The first person to receive it following its reinstatement as a state order was the tennis player Novak Djokovic, in February 2012.
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Re: Jelena Jankovic News and Articles Thread, vol 3

5 minutes with Jelena Jankovic | BNP Paribas Open

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Q: How do you feel about the retirement of your countrywoman Ana Ivanovic? Were you surprised?

JJ: It's a personal decision. Everyone does what makes them happy. That's what made her happy, to not play anymore, to not compete, to have a family and be with her husband, to start a new chapter in her life. It’s a lot of pressure. It's a different lifestyle. It’s not easy to do for so many years. Some of us started at a really young age. I started playing professionally when I was 15, 16 years old. It's a long career, a lot of time spent in hotels, on the road, competing, playing under pressure. She had a great career, great results, lots of achievements, so why not?
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Q: You have one of the bigger personalities on the WTA Tour, if I may say so...

JJ: Don't let anyone hear that!

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