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blablabla
Feb 24th, 2005, 01:57 PM
Jelena Jankovic: Motivation For Success
As long as I'm fit everything will be fine... a saying JJ repeats often.
However good fortune didn't smile on our number one player at the beginning of the new season. A virus has completely drained Jelena for the first tournaments of 2005 and because of exhaustion Jelena had to withdraw from Antwerpen and Doha.
- When I got back to Belgrade people couldn't believe how much weight I lost and how badly I was playing. I didn't even have the strength to hit the ball properly - explains Jelena
The young player was left with no option other than to come home, rest and prepare for the rest of the season.
- I've recovered from the virus but have come down with another cold since but compared to what I've been through recently this minor cough is nothing more than a hindrance - says a smiling Jelena
The current 27 in the world doesn't hide her disappoitment at the series of bad results especially after perfect preperations.
- Luckily I didn't have many points to defend so I've retained my ranking but I'm still disappointed that i became ill and that I didn't start the season like I expected and won more WTA points... To reach 23rd I need only another 50 points. Recently Jelena got a boost to her confidence from the WTA. Together with Tatjana Golovin and Nikola Vaidisova our player was nominated for 2004's rookie of the year
- I don't know if I'll win it but I'm grateful for the recognition. The buzz is that Golovin and myself are favorites.
Despite the poor start to the season Jelena hasn't changed this year's goals of climbing further in the rankings and bringing success to the "Blues".
-Next Friday I'm off to Dubai where I won my first big tournament. I hope that this city will bring a turnaroand in my career for the second time. I'd also like Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Dokic and I to make an accord with regard to Fed Cup matches and I hope we can reach the World Group. I don't know if we will achieve that I still haven't spoken with the new selector Tatjana Jacmenica but I've been in the Serbian team since I was a junior and everyone knows how much playing for the "Blues" means to me.
My "club" is Serbia-Montenegro !
Jelena's eventual transfer from Red star to Partizan kicked up a lot of dust in the local media. After more than a month of silence, the rival supporters are interested in the final outcome
- I'd rather not discuss this at this time because nothing is definite yet. My "club" before everything else is Serbia-Montenegro - explains Jelena who is currently training with Red Star experts in Belgrade.

Van Harpen in the wings
Jelena has approached the top of the WTA list. To reach the top-ten however a top coach is essential. Jelena has made an agreement in principal with one of Europe's most well-known coaches, Erik Van Harpen who until recently worked with Ana Ivanovic.
- Erik is having an op on his arm so a potential partnership wouldn't begin until Indian Wells. I am also getting offers from other coaches.

Some other news

Filip Zepter becomes the general sponsor of the Serbia national team. He also becomes the head of the Serbian Olympic Committe which is great news for all sport in the country.
http://www.sportskacentrala.com/okscg/zept-kica-okscg-izbori.jpg
Also Gemaks Tennis Club are planning to build a permanent 4000 seat venue in Belgrade http://www.gemaxtennisclub.com/ and increase the status of their one and only event the, the ATP Samsung Open Challenger. Read nothing yet about a WTA event or even a challenger.

Jelena Dokic
A slovene newspaper has apparently reported that iva majli asked jelena to play for the croat fed cup team on the basis of her birthplace and her current location. Since her place of birth is Yugoslavia like everyone before the break up I'm not quite sure what she's talking about. Also, wouldn't it take 3 years for her to that ?
Also some papers saying she's back in Belgrade. Again. If that's the case, good move.

rada
Feb 25th, 2005, 12:20 AM
good luck to her and the other girls i really think they can make the worlrd group for fed cup:)

©@®eLess
Feb 25th, 2005, 12:30 AM
Dokic :lol: :lol: she hits the records :lol:

blablabla
Feb 25th, 2005, 10:51 AM
Dubai:
Zurnal says that Jankovic might play
Ana asked for a wildcard
indications that Dokic might play too

Leopold Stotch
Feb 25th, 2005, 04:15 PM
Dubai:
Zurnal says that Jankovic might play
Ana asked for a wildcard
indications that Dokic might play too

Ana was refused a WC.
Morons.

Libertango
Feb 25th, 2005, 04:30 PM
Good luck for 2005 Jelena, I hope she returns to 100% health soon! :kiss:

blablabla
Feb 26th, 2005, 03:23 PM
Krajicek gets the WC instead of Ana and Dokic doesn't get a WC either.

jekaq
Feb 26th, 2005, 06:06 PM
how come that Ana didn't get wild card?
she is supposed to play against Heidi El Tabakh (457 number in WTA ranking)

blablabla
Feb 26th, 2005, 07:36 PM
Mirza and Krajicek got the nod over Ana. Don't know why.

vutt
Feb 26th, 2005, 07:39 PM
Hi blablabla!

You look cool in your red outfit ;)

blablabla
Feb 27th, 2005, 09:41 AM
Ana got through the first round of qualies against Heidi el Tabakh from Egypt 6/1 6/2
This evening she plays the second round against Kirilenko and if she wins that it will set up a match against Vera Douchevina in the 3rd round so by the time the tournament proper starts she'll be knackered again ! Character building neverthless. She should have been given a wild card.

Jelena Jankovic has a new coach. Not Van Harpen.

Recent remarks about Jelena Dokic were media fabrications admits Majoli.

blablabla
Feb 27th, 2005, 01:06 PM
Ana pobedila Kirilineko 7-5 6-1.

saab95
Feb 27th, 2005, 01:47 PM
Ana pobedila Kirilineko 7-5 6-1.

really ? :confused: is it official? any links? :kiss:

blumaroo
Feb 27th, 2005, 02:28 PM
Misha isn't playing in dubai

blablabla
Feb 27th, 2005, 02:41 PM
The Tennis Supreme blog site where you can get the latest news. New site. Gr8 site.

http://www.tenis-supreme-serbia.blogspot.com/

blu, that's where i read that Misha and Mirza got the WCs over Ana and Vera D.

blablabla
Mar 9th, 2005, 01:30 PM
Sportska Centrala: Translation of their Exclusive Interview with Jelena Dokic

Jelena how difficult and unusual a situation is it for you to have to play qualification rounds at WTA tournaments ?

I haven't been playing tennis for the last six months so i expected a serious fall in the rankings. My current ranking still gives me the chance to compete in the qualifying rounds of the major tournaments and that's how, luckily, i got into the qualifying stages for this tournament at Indian Wells. I've won the first match and am definitely playing better than this time last year. I'm not anywhere near the level earlier in my career but that's expected since I'm starting from scratch which is not easy. Nevertheless many players have managed to pull off a comeback, Jennifer Capriati for example. I'm aware that a return to the top won't be easy and requires a lot of hard work and training. For now I'm satisfied taking into account that i won a few matches this year. One major disappointment was the left thigh-muscle injury which I picked up in Thailand. This delayed my progress by 2-3 weeks. Still that's to be expected after a long lay-off and my sole focus is my next match or the match in 2-3 days nothing else. In this case that will be the 2nd and final qualifying round here at Indian Wells and I'm hoping to qualify for the main draw.

Taking into consideration that you've been through a lot in the last six months both mentally and physically (you had two operations) where did you find the motivation to return to top flight tennis ?
I've already achieved a lot in my career but maybe not as much i wanted or objectively could have. I don't have THAT much tennis behind me... I'm still only 21. I feel that I will have all the necessary qualities in around 2-3 years when i grow and mature further. I admit, however, that I went through a period last year where I had no motivation for the game. Felt like desire to play tennis went out of me. I needed a break... unfortunately i didn't rest as much as i ideally wanted because of the operation and i was pretty ill with a viral infection which meant that i could hardly breath through my nose and meant that i had to have a second operation. Both ops were done in Monte Carlo and they went very well. Now i have regained the desire to play and return to where i once was. I relish playing the game and fighting on the court again. It was tough languishing at home not knowing what to do with myself.

Physical readiness and preparation can return with rigorous training but how can you regain the confidence and self-belief which is so important for your success on the tennis court ?

Like I said, I'm starting from zero so that even if i am nowhere in the rankings that won't have a negative influence on my confidence. I know that's not the greatest starting point but i take each match as it comes and and so will the (ranking) points. If my comeback is successful then it will be all the sweeter because a lot of people in Serbia and abroad have already written me off which doesn't go down well with me...

Our Fed Cup team could be really strong. How do you view your role in our national team ?

It could be but... last year there were a lot of problems with the Fed Cup, our selector, relations with our federation. As far as I know Ana has decided not play this year and I think Jelena (Jankovic) might pull out also but I don't know, maybe... If all three of us played we would have a great team however if one of the two doesn't play we're in trouble. I maintain that the real root of the problem lies with our federation. They should have organized a sit down with all of us at the start of the season to outline what our goals and strategies are for the Fed Cup. I get the impression that no one in Tennis Serbia cares about us. What's so difficult about all of us sitting around a table to agree on the team so that we can all play for our country as ONE. I know we're not the only country that has difficulties getting the top players to commit for the Fed Cup but that's not an excuse. We had plenty of time to solve this but haven't. I've hardly ever had a meeting with anyone from our federation. My decision to play Fed Cup last year was my own. No one else's. I wasn't persuaded by anyone and never received an official request from the federation. It cannot continue like this. There has to be communication. I don't think the right people are at the helm and I don't fully know all the names of the people that are running our federation.

(When Sportska Centrala reveals that Tatjana Jecmenica was recently elected as the selector of the womens team, Jelena rolls her eyes like we didn't even mention the name of the new selector)

Nevertheless when you play in future Fed Cup ties it will be for Serbia ?

Definitely, yes! I played Fed Cup last year for us and I play with our flag. There are no dilemmas with regard to this. But participating in the Fed Cup is not going to happen this year so that will have to wait. Next year if the federation makes the right moves then we'll have a real team that will be one of the best in the world.

Our sporting agency doesn't fall into the category of "Red Top" media which are plaguing Serbia at the moment. Nevertheless, and taking into account that all the things that have been written about you and your family have an influence on your career, can you tell us why you left your family home in Fruska Gora again ?

What's happening with me, my parents and my family... i feel that no one in the media has a right to write about these things. It's really not fair that practically every day something about us is written in our papers. They've written about everything except what happens when I go to the loo ! All this stays between me and my family for better or for worse... I hardly read the papers but i've heard a few things and i'm deeply disappointed with the things that the media has been saying. People don't know the real truth and the things in the media are not even close to the truth. A lot of people, acquaintances as well as journalists, have been refused an interview precisely for this reason. I can't change this but our country can lose a lot of top sportsmen and women if this continues. We already have.

Could you tell us what the real story with regard to your family ?

I don't know what they've been writing and so I don't know what they've interpreted as "the truth". I don't want to discuss my family because that is my own business. I will only talk about matches ...winning, losing everything else is off limits.

Without going into family matters, how did you manage to find that inner peace that you mentioned to our Reuters colleague ?

I'm not fully ready... my tennis isn't there, physically not ready, mentaly not ready... I'll still need a bit more time but I'm a lot happier than i was 6 months ago. I've succeeded in blocking matters outside of tennis much more than i did before because right now tennis is more important than anything else. Put simply it's impossible to play at a high level if i don't stabilize things off the court.

So have you stabilized matters off the court that influence your game ?

Not yet but i've sorted out my priorities and tennis is on top of the list. I'll continues working at eliminating all negative influences on my career. After a while these negative influences can't be controlled and they become apparent with any professional sportsperson. But when you get rid off them you become even stronger.

To conclude, where are you currently residing when you aren't on the tour ?

Monaco

Because you don't have to pay taxes in this principality ?

no, no, no... i've paid plenty of taxes in my time... (laughs) I like life in Monte Carlo and that's why i live there.

When it's suitable will you also be in Florida ?

Frankly I'm trying to work Florida into my schedule because it has the best facilities for training but i haven't mamaged to do that since my return.

says Jelena, finishing her exclusive interview for Sportska Centrala.

RenaSlam.
Mar 9th, 2005, 01:33 PM
Come back to your original level, Jelena!!!

MilanDokic
Mar 10th, 2005, 06:14 PM
Sportska Centrala: Translation of their Exclusive Interview with Jelena Dokic

Jelena how difficult and unusual a situation is it for you to have to play qualification rounds at WTA tournaments ?

I haven't been playing tennis for the last six months so i expected a serious fall in the rankings. My current ranking still gives me the chance to compete in the qualifying rounds of the major tournaments and that's how, luckily, i got into the qualifying stages for this tournament at Indian Wells. I've won the first match and am definitely playing better than this time last year. I'm not anywhere near the level earlier in my career but that's expected since I'm starting from scratch which is not easy. Nevertheless many players have managed to pull off a comeback, Jennifer Capriati for example. I'm aware that a return to the top won't be easy and requires a lot of hard work and training. For now I'm satisfied taking into account that i won a few matches this year. One major disappointment was the left thigh-muscle injury which I picked up in Thailand. This delayed my progress by 2-3 weeks. Still that's to be expected after a long lay-off and my sole focus is my next match or the match in 2-3 days nothing else. In this case that will be the 2nd and final qualifying round here at Indian Wells and I'm hoping to qualify for the main draw.

Taking into consideration that you've been through a lot in the last six months both mentally and physically (you had two operations) where did you find the motivation to return to top flight tennis ?
I've already achieved a lot in my career but maybe not as much i wanted or objectively could have. I don't have THAT much tennis behind me... I'm still only 21. I feel that I will have all the necessary qualities in around 2-3 years when i grow and mature further. I admit, however, that I went through a period last year where I had no motivation for the game. Felt like desire to play tennis went out of me. I needed a break... unfortunately i didn't rest as much as i ideally wanted because of the operation and i was pretty ill with a viral infection which meant that i could hardly breath through my nose and meant that i had to have a second operation. Both ops were done in Monte Carlo and they went very well. Now i have regained the desire to play and return to where i once was. I relish playing the game and fighting on the court again. It was tough languishing at home not knowing what to do with myself.

Physical readiness and preparation can return with rigorous training but how can you regain the confidence and self-belief which is so important for your success on the tennis court ?

Like I said, I'm starting from zero so that even if i am nowhere in the rankings that won't have a negative influence on my confidence. I know that's not the greatest starting point but i take each match as it comes and and so will the (ranking) points. If my comeback is successful then it will be all the sweeter because a lot of people in Serbia and abroad have already written me off which doesn't go down well with me...

Our Fed Cup team could be really strong. How do you view your role in our national team ?

It could be but... last year there were a lot of problems with the Fed Cup, our selector, relations with our federation. As far as I know Ana has decided not play this year and I think Jelena (Jankovic) might pull out also but I don't know, maybe... If all three of us played we would have a great team however if one of the two doesn't play we're in trouble. I maintain that the real root of the problem lies with our federation. They should have organized a sit down with all of us at the start of the season to outline what our goals and strategies are for the Fed Cup. I get the impression that no one in Tennis Serbia cares about us. What's so difficult about all of us sitting around a table to agree on the team so that we can all play for our country as ONE. I know we're not the only country that has difficulties getting the top players to commit for the Fed Cup but that's not an excuse. We had plenty of time to solve this but haven't. I've hardly ever had a meeting with anyone from our federation. My decision to play Fed Cup last year was my own. No one else's. I wasn't persuaded by anyone and never received an official request from the federation. It cannot continue like this. There has to be communication. I don't think the right people are at the helm and I don't fully know all the names of the people that are running our federation.

(When Sportska Centrala reveals that Tatjana Jecmenica was recently elected as the selector of the womens team, Jelena rolls her eyes like we didn't even mention the name of the new selector)

Nevertheless when you play in future Fed Cup ties it will be for Serbia ?

Definitely, yes! I played Fed Cup last year for us and I play with our flag. There are no dilemmas with regard to this. But participating in the Fed Cup is not going to happen this year so that will have to wait. Next year if the federation makes the right moves then we'll have a real team that will be one of the best in the world.

Our sporting agency doesn't fall into the category of "Red Top" media which are plaguing Serbia at the moment. Nevertheless, and taking into account that all the things that have been written about you and your family have an influence on your career, can you tell us why you left your family home in Fruska Gora again ?

What's happening with me, my parents and my family... i feel that no one in the media has a right to write about these things. It's really not fair that practically every day something about us is written in our papers. They've written about everything except what happens when I go to the loo ! All this stays between me and my family for better or for worse... I hardly read the papers but i've heard a few things and i'm deeply disappointed with the things that the media has been saying. People don't know the real truth and the things in the media are not even close to the truth. A lot of people, acquaintances as well as journalists, have been refused an interview precisely for this reason. I can't change this but our country can lose a lot of top sportsmen and women if this continues. We already have.

Could you tell us what the real story with regard to your family ?

I don't know what they've been writing and so I don't know what they've interpreted as "the truth". I don't want to discuss my family because that is my own business. I will only talk about matches ...winning, losing everything else is off limits.

Without going into family matters, how did you manage to find that inner peace that you mentioned to our Reuters colleague ?

I'm not fully ready... my tennis isn't there, physically not ready, mentaly not ready... I'll still need a bit more time but I'm a lot happier than i was 6 months ago. I've succeeded in blocking matters outside of tennis much more than i did before because right now tennis is more important than anything else. Put simply it's impossible to play at a high level if i don't stabilize things off the court.

So have you stabilized matters off the court that influence your game ?

Not yet but i've sorted out my priorities and tennis is on top of the list. I'll continues working at eliminating all negative influences on my career. After a while these negative influences can't be controlled and they become apparent with any professional sportsperson. But when you get rid off them you become even stronger.

To conclude, where are you currently residing when you aren't on the tour ?

Monaco

Because you don't have to pay taxes in this principality ?

no, no, no... i've paid plenty of taxes in my time... (laughs) I like life in Monte Carlo and that's why i live there.

When it's suitable will you also be in Florida ?

Frankly I'm trying to work Florida into my schedule because it has the best facilities for training but i haven't mamaged to do that since my return.

says Jelena, finishing her exclusive interview for Sportska Centrala.

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alibaby
Mar 10th, 2005, 06:24 PM
i think one point,why i like her so much,is something,i dit not experience so often since i followed tennis,and that is over 110,12 years,so..!that one point is her wonderfully,sympathetic,and honest smile,that she shows again and again in match!!this is really heartwarming!!and,of course,the way she plays!!jelibaby,you can do it!!i will follow you!! :hearts: :kiss:

WorldWar24
Mar 10th, 2005, 09:37 PM
i think one point,why i like her so much,is something,i dit not experience so often since i followed tennis,and that is over 110,12 years,so..!that one point is her wonderfully,sympathetic,and honest smile,that she shows again and again in match!!this is really heartwarming!!and,of course,the way she plays!!jelibaby,you can do it!!i will follow you!! :hearts: :kiss:

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