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spiceboy
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:12 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/02/sports/tennis/02notes.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

From Tired of Tennis to Tired of Losing
By LIZ ROBBINS (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/r/liz_robbins/index.html?inline=nyt-per)
Published: September 2, 2006

The year began for Jelena Jankovic with a loss. And another. And then another. From January to mid-May, it seemed as if the losing would never end.

Now Jankovic hopes it will not start again.
After 10 consecutive WTA Tour defeats early in the year, Jankovic, the big-hitting, gregarious 21-year-old from Serbia and Montenegro, has found her groove. Yesterday, she knocked off ninth-seeded Nicole Vaidisova, the 17-year-old from the Czech Republic, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Jankovic, seeded 19th, will meet sixth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 United States Open champion, in the third round.

Wearing a black baseball cap bearing her last name — a gift from a fan in Montreal two weeks ago — Jankovic said that players were calling her J. J. Express.

She did not want to think about what people were calling her four months ago.

“Who knows,” she said, rolling her eyes and laughing. “I just want to go and think positive. That’s how I actually made it through those bad times.”

With the right mind-set, she added, “you can go through something that seems impossible.”

Jankovic does not have a coach. She travels with her mother, Snezana. Her father, Veselin, who once coached her, is in Belgrade.

With the support of her family and her friends, Jankovic said she was able to pull herself out of her rut.

“Everybody was always talking: I was so talented, had so much potential,” she said. “Nobody knew what was wrong.”

But Jankovic knew.

“For me, I didn’t enjoy playing tennis,” she said. “I just didn’t want to practice. When I would get on the court, I lost the motivation. I didn’t have the hunger. I didn’t want to work hard. I was a totally different player.”

One victory suddenly gave Jankovic confidence. She could not believe she was in position to win her first-round match against Elena Likhovtseva on the clay courts of Rome in May.

“I was up, 6-3, 5-2, and then I couldn’t believe I had match point,” Jankovic said. “I thought the scoreboard was broken. And then I won. And for one second, I thought, ‘My God, is this real or what?’ I forgot how the feeling was, it was just so strange.”

Jankovic went on to the quarterfinals before losing to Venus Williams (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/w/venus_williams/index.html?inline=nyt-per). Two months later, she upset Williams in the third round at Wimbledon. A month after that, she defeated Serena Williams (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/w/serena_williams/index.html?inline=nyt-per) in the semifinals of Los Angeles.

As the 20th-ranked Jankovic has climbed the rankings, her university studies have become secondary. Last year, she was offered a role in a film, which she turned down.

“I have my priorities,” she said. “Right now, it’s tennis.”

Jankovic is a natural entertainer who talks to herself and to fans during her matches.

“I love when I play in a full stadium,” she said. “I have some kind of connection with the crowd.”

Jankovic had a different connection on court yesterday when she mistook a linesman for a ball boy and handed him a towel. “They were all dressed in blue,” she said.

jacksonGuy
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:18 PM
i really dont like this chick. myskina was so right, i saw a match by her and she was acting like she was gorgeous :lol:

Freakan
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:21 PM
Jankovic had a different connection on court yesterday when she mistook a linesman for a ball boy and handed him a towel. “They were all dressed in blue,” she said.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

JackFrost
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:23 PM
i really dont like this chick. myskina was so right, i saw a match by her and she was acting like she was gorgeous :lol:

:yawn:
At least she is winning. Something you can´t say about Myskina.
So get a life.

tennnisfannn
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:27 PM
i really dont like this chick. myskina was so right, i saw a match by her and she was acting like she was gorgeous :lol:
didn't realise anyone needed your permission to think themselves gorgrous. I love this girl, she's got spank!:lol:

CooCooCachoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:28 PM
:lol: @ the linesman

Jeca :rocker:

-sugi-
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:38 PM
:awww: Jeca :hug:

Nice article, thanks :)

Uranus
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:55 PM
Go Jeka :)

~Kiera~
Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:10 PM
Nice article, thanks for posting it.

Jelena :worship:

Dani12
Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:10 PM
Jelena is soo cool. Hopefully she'll break through soon.

Spunky83
Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:12 PM
i really dont like this chick. myskina was so right, i saw a match by her and she was acting like she was gorgeous :lol:

...which is weird though cause Jankovic is exactly the type of player a Myskina fan would like. They are both head cases, ´mysterious´ characters and just overly weird. The tour needs these crazy people, Schiavone is another positive ´freak´.

Leopold Stotch
Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:23 PM
I think when she hires a new coach (before the end of the year hopefully) the first thing that they will work on is improving her strength particularly the serve and the forehand.

She's developing into a very good player. No doubt about it.

So Disrespectful
Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:23 PM
It's official- I love Jelena!

Duramont
Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:32 PM
...which is weird though cause Jankovic is exactly the type of player a Myskina fan would like. They are both head cases, ´mysterious´ characters and just overly weird. The tour needs these crazy people, Schiavone is another positive ´freak´.

Nearly all my faves are headcases or rollercoaster players! :lol:


The "new" Jelena can cause some trouble to top players. :lick:

Dexter
Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:38 PM
:rolls: she's awesome... Ajde Jelo! :rocker2:

chuCKnorris
Sep 2nd, 2006, 02:19 PM
“I was up, 6-3, 5-2, and then I couldn’t believe I had match point,” Jankovic said. “I thought the scoreboard was broken.

:haha: hilarious!

hingis-seles
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:00 PM
Great article. I really like Jelena J. :)

morningglory
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:02 PM
I love her Asian eyes ;) they're really pretty...

Andrew..
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:06 PM
Jelena :cool:

!<blocparty>!
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:11 PM
She's awesome. I hope she won't go into another slump. :unsure:

chuCKnorris
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:11 PM
...which is weird though cause Jankovic is exactly the type of player a Myskina fan would like. They are both head cases, ´mysterious´ characters and just overly weird. The tour needs these crazy people, Schiavone is another positive ´freak´.
so true... I like all of the above :worship:

Martian KC
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:21 PM
Haha. Great read. Keep going, Jelena!

Bероника
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:28 PM
:lol: Jeca.She's such a cool girl :hearts:

Just Do It
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:30 PM
Jelena :hug: :)

Darop.
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:37 PM
Jelena :D

fufuqifuqishahah
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:43 PM
choo choo!!!!!!!

she's steam rolling over kuznetsova tomorrow! ;)

Ceze
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:53 PM
let's go Jelena! :hearts:

--Zazou--
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:59 PM
She's awesome :D Ajde Jelena!

~Kiera~
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:11 PM
Another article. Many of the quotes are the same, so I guess they're probably from her press conference after the match.

http://www.tennis.com/tournaments/2006/usopen/usopen.aspx?id=42778

People’s Choice: Jankovic vs. Vaidisova

By Kamakshi Tandon

Jelena Jankovic may have defeated Nicole Vaidisova at the US Open on Friday, but that doesn’t mean she managed to figure her out.

Though she would eventually win their third-round match 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, Jankovic lost a 5-1 lead in the first set when Vaidisova ran off six straight games with a flurry of winners. “She would hit the ball and it would jump on the line,” said Jankovic. “I was thinking, sometimes she hits it and she doesn’t know where the ball is going.”

Vaidisova scoffed at the suggestion. “That’s very much not true,” she said. “When I play, I’m aiming somewhere and trying to get the ball somewhere.”

Vaidisova’s big-hitting game and tall blonde stature has led to frequent comparisons with Maria Sharapova, but this match was yet another indication that Sharapova’s steely will is conspicuously absent. The 17-year-old Czech was again mentally suspect, getting frustrated when Jankovic raised her game in the second set by serving more effectively and taking charge with her signature two-handed backhand

A bathroom break at the end of the second set didn’t help Vaidisova, who melted down to hand Jankovic a 5-0 lead before making a brief recovery towards the end.

“I was trying to change it up but then it was too late,” said Vaidisova. “I think in the first set when I was coming back was the only part where I was playing well, feeling the ball well.”

Jankovic advances to the fourth round, the best Grand Slam result of the 21-year-old’s career. It’s a far cry from her 1-10 record at the beginning of the season, which included ten straight losses. She finally broke the duck against Elena Likhovtseva in Rome. “I was up 6-3, 5-2 and I had a match point. I was looking at the scoreboard and I couldn’t believe I had a match point,” she said. “I thought the scoreboard was broken.”

She credits the turnaround to an attitude change. “For me, it was just that I didn’t enjoy playing tennis. I lost the motivation. I didn’t want to go out on the court, practice, work hard. Then the results are not going to come and you’re going to lose your confidence. Everything breaks down,” she said.

Now it’s quite different. “I’m just having fun on the court,” she said. “Even though sometimes I get down [in a match] and I’m losing, I never give up.”

She’s also taking courses at a Belgrade university and plans to choose a major in her third year. The opportunity to appear in a film last year was turned down. “I can’t play tennis and do some filming and study. I have my priorities. Right now, it’s tennis, and I try to follow school as much as I can.”

Jankovic, who left the court carrying a racquet-bag with her name sewn on the side, arrived at her post-match press conference wearing a baseball cap with “Jankovic” embroidered across it – a recent gift from a fan. On her feet, she wore ATP-branded flip-flops that had been given to WTA players in gift-bags at a US Open player’s party. “All the guys were asking, ‘why are you wearing ATP sandals?’” said Jankovic.

“I think she should have WTA sandals for the guys to wear – with a pink logo,” she added with a laugh.

She next faces Svetlana Kuznetsova, who she’s never played. A win there could mean a semifinal against Elena Dementieva, who defeated her in the Los Angeles final three weeks ago. “I think I [had] a chance to win that match,” said Jankovic. “I would love to play her again and get revenge… But I don’t want to look too far ahead.”

There’s one player Jankovic can be sure she won’t face – Kim Clijsters, who withdrew from the US Open with a wrist problem. For Jankovic, that’s cause for optimism – Clijsters defeated her in three sets at both Standford and San Diego this summer.

“Wherever I played, she was in my draw. I couldn’t lose her,” said Jankovic. “And then I go to L.A. – she didn’t play and I got the final.”

There was a pause. The possible parallel at this event clearly hasn’t escaped her mind.

x Chu x
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:13 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/02/sports/tennis/02notes.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

From Tired of Tennis to Tired of Losing
By LIZ ROBBINS (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/r/liz_robbins/index.html?inline=nyt-per)
Published: September 2, 2006

gregarious 21-year-old from Serbia and Montenegro,


gregarious...yeah right

fufuqifuqishahah
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:18 PM
Now it’s quite different. “I’m just having fun on the court,” she said. “Even though sometimes I get down and I’m losing, I never give up.”

....

She next faces Svetlana Kuznetsova, who she’s never played. A win there could mean a [I]semifinal against Elena Dementieva, who defeated her in the Los Angeles final three weeks ago. ...should say quarterfinal not semifinal....




nice article btw. thank u =)

xcrtbckhnd
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:22 PM
I love JJ. She's such an amazing player and person!!! Good luck next round. I would love to see her make the semis or even final here!!!

lilimi
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:27 PM
i like this girl and thank you myskina for your worsd at wimbly! seems that they woke up jelena!

TS
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:15 PM
I love her more and more every week :D

mishar
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:21 PM
What did Myskina say about Jelena?

mauresmofan
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:24 PM
She's just such a fantasic character - I loved it yesterday when she was waving to the fans and saw a stray tennis ball beside her, she picked it up and started jesticulating to the crowd 'who wants it' and then she hit it to them. Apart from that she has a great game and she can definately get into the top 10. I think she'll beat Kuz because of how solid she is on her ground strokes and is good in attack and defense. Good Luck Jelena!!!

~Kiera~
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:37 PM
What did Myskina say about Jelena?

Something about how she cares more about how she looks than how she plays.

*JR*
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:39 PM
JJ played dubs in the '01 US Open juniors with Croatia's Matea Mezak, @ a time when that was sure to "annoy" some politicians, etc. in both their countries. I'll always admire her for that.