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Dec 26th, 2006, 08:03 PM
Jelena's first tournament of 2007! The NZ Herald says she will arrive this weekend!

top seed and world No 12 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia is not expected until the weekend.


The draw should be out this weekend! I hope Jelena can start her year off by winning the title! :bounce:

Just Do It
Dec 26th, 2006, 08:09 PM
Good luck Jelo :aparty:

Dec 27th, 2006, 04:33 AM
Good luck, Jelena!

Tenis Srbija
Dec 27th, 2006, 10:39 PM
JJ will be there just few hours before New Year's Eve! :)
Oh yes...and she will win the title :banana: :banana:

Dec 28th, 2006, 11:51 AM
Go Jelena! And win it! Hope there'll be Jankovic-Myskina final and Jeca will finally beat her! :rolleyes: Can't believe Wimbledone match last year!:fiery:

Just Do It
Dec 29th, 2006, 07:16 PM
Gold Coast MD is out ! Still nothing for Auckland :shrug:

Tenis Srbija
Dec 29th, 2006, 07:54 PM
Still nothing... We will have to wait some more time ;)

Dec 29th, 2006, 07:54 PM
Hopefully, it won't be too long. They've published their qualifying schedule today.

Dec 29th, 2006, 11:29 PM
I read in the Saturday OOP thread in the ASB forum that the MD has been announced, so hopefully it will be online soon!

Dec 30th, 2006, 12:18 AM
Jelena will play Julia Schruff in 1R.

Tenis Srbija
Dec 30th, 2006, 12:27 AM

Julia Schruff is going dooooown :ras:
I'm little bit sorry that JJ didn't get some Q or WC...but JS is OK as well :bounce:

Dec 30th, 2006, 03:32 AM
(1)Jelena Jankovic v. Julia Schruff(GER)
Qualifier v. Emma Laine(FIN)
(WC)Marina Erakovic(NZL) v. Qualifier
Jelena Kostanic(CRO) v. (7)Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)

(4)Marion Bartoli(FRA) v. Ayumi Morita(JPN)
Eva Birnerova(CZE) v. Emilie Loit(FRA)
Nathalie Dechy(FRA) v. Ekaterina Bychkova(RUS)
Camille Pin(FRA) v. (8)Shenay Perry(USA)

Dec 30th, 2006, 03:55 AM
Thanks, Vaidisova :)

Dec 30th, 2006, 07:45 AM
I like Jelena's draw. She should do well.

Dec 30th, 2006, 10:35 AM
good luck to jelena i hope she can at least make the final and get a few good wins under her belt before the aussie open

Dec 30th, 2006, 02:14 PM
GO Jelena GO!!!! It's so great to see her back in action. Julia is a bit inconsistent and can be a dangerous shot maker, but usually not. I think Jelena's consistency will be way too much for her.

Just Do It
Dec 30th, 2006, 03:46 PM
Last year Julia def. Dokic at the same tournament in the same round...Revenge :armed:


(1)Jelena Jankovic v. Julia Schruff(GER)
Qualifier v. Emma Laine(FIN)
(WC)Marina Erakovic(NZL) v. Qualifier
Jelena Kostanic(CRO) v. (7)Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)

(4)Marion Bartoli(FRA) v. Ayumi Morita(JPN)
Eva Birnerova(CZE) v. Emilie Loit(FRA)
Nathalie Dechy(FRA) v. Ekaterina Bychkova(RUS)
Camille Pin(FRA) v. (8)Shenay Perry(USA)

(5)Vera Zvonareva(RUS) v. Qualifier
Romina Oprandi(ITA) v. Laura Granville(USA)
Qualifier v. Kaia Kanepi(EST)
Dominika Cibulkova(SVK) v. (3)Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)

(6)Martina Muller(GER) v. Paola Suarez(ARG)
(WC)Leanne Baker(NZL) v. Tiantian Sun(CHN)
Jill Craybas(USA) v. Aiko Nakamura(JPN)
Gisela Dulko(ARG) v. (2)Anastasia Myskina(RUS)

Tenis Srbija
Dec 30th, 2006, 04:31 PM
Revenge? Why would JJ revenge her :p :D

Just Do It
Dec 30th, 2006, 06:34 PM
well they are friends... they used to play doubles 2-3 years ago together, and in one interview ages ago Dokic said they are friends.

Yeah, and i want to see Julia down this time by Jelena ... Dokic or Jankovic i dont care ;)

Tenis Srbija
Dec 30th, 2006, 06:51 PM
Dokić and Janković friends? :haha: :haha:
They know each other. They are not friends. Trust me :)
They have played one doubles match, Bejing 2003. or 2004. I think. Played good, but I think that they have done that just cause of the Fed Cup :)

Still...Janky will "revenge" her ;) 6-0 6-1! Will that score satisfy you? :D

Just Do It
Dec 30th, 2006, 08:43 PM
6-0 6-0 would be better :devil:

Tenis Srbija
Dec 30th, 2006, 09:16 PM
That's the spirit!!!

By the way JJ is going to spend New Year's Eve in plane :( Her flight from Belgrade was late because of the fog (stupid airport in BElgrade :o ) so she will get in Auckland 12 hours later... :rolleyes:

Tenis Srbija
Dec 30th, 2006, 09:19 PM
Gisela Dulko(ARG) v. (2)Anastasia Myskina(RUS)

WOW! This will be quite some match :D

Tenis Srbija
Dec 30th, 2006, 09:19 PM
Gisela Dulko(ARG) v. (2)Anastasia Myskina(RUS)

WOW! This will be quite some match :D

Dec 30th, 2006, 09:43 PM
That's the spirit!!!

By the way JJ is going to spend New Year's Eve in plane :( Her flight from Belgrade was late because of the fog (stupid airport in BElgrade :o ) so she will get in Auckland 12 hours later... :rolleyes:

That's unlucky :(

She's probably fortunate though that it wasn't worse. Some people were stranded at the airport for three whole days in the run up to Christmas due to fog.

Just Do It
Dec 30th, 2006, 10:07 PM
I always wanted to celebrate NY in the plane :lol:

Tenis Srbija
Dec 30th, 2006, 10:47 PM
Guess where was she for the last NYE???
In the plane as well :lol:

I wrote that in text about that fashion show ;)

P.S. She gave me some new pic's, while she was somewhere in the world (on some airport waiting for plane for Sydney)... I will post one in text...soon ;)

Dec 30th, 2006, 10:55 PM
Guess where was she for the last NYE???
In the plane as well :lol:

That's actually pretty funny :lol:


Jelena Jankovic - speaking of moody and sometimes temperamental, Auckland welcomes back Ms. Jankovic for her second trip to New Zealand.

Top seed this year, Jankovic finally made good on all that promise with an unexpected, but well deserved run to the US Open semi-finals. She took out three top 10 seeds along the way (Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva) before coming unstuck against Justine Henin-Hardenne.

2005 was her one appearance in Auckland, where she went down in three sets to Bartoli in the quarter-finals at the MoreFM Tennis Park in Albany (played there due to terrible weather).

Tenis Srbija
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:13 AM
That's actually pretty funny :lol:


She told me that she was a bit sad :sad:
Pilot just said "Happy New Year" and than they all got something to drink... Then she went back to sleep :lol: :lol:
And now when she found out that she will not get to the party that her and hers mom organised, she was :fiery:

Poor Janky :awww: :hug:

Just Do It
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:22 AM
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :hug:

Dec 31st, 2006, 01:18 AM

(1)Husarova(SVK)/Suarez(ARG) vs (WC)Erakovic(NZL)/Errani (ITA)
Loit (FRA)/Szavay (HUN) vs Ji (CHN)/Li (CHN)
Birnerova (CZE)/Craybas (USA) vs Jankovic (SRB)/Krizan (SLO)
Chan (TPE)/Uhlirova (CZE) vs (3)Daniilidou (GRE)/Woehr (GER)

(4)Domachowska (POL)/Kostanic (CRO) vs Baker (NZL)/Kriz (AUS)
Sun (CHN)/Sun (CHN) vs Oprandi (ITA)/Schruff (GER)
Granville (USA)/Gullickson (USA) vs Bychkova (RUS)/Muller (GER)
Hsieh (TPE)/Uberoi (IND) vs (2)Dulko (ARG)/Tu (USA)

Tenis Srbija
Dec 31st, 2006, 01:20 AM
:confused: What a fuck??? JJ said that Tina has retired from tennis last year? And they are playing togheter again... What is going on JJ :D

Dec 31st, 2006, 12:31 PM

Jankovic cuts it fine

Top seed Jelena Jankovic is leaving her arrival in New Zealand late for the ASB Tennis Classic starting in Auckland tomorrow.

Jankovic was originally due to land in Auckland at midnight tonight. But the world number 12 missed her flight out of Belgrade and will not be here until 11 tomorrow morning.

Tournament director Richard Palmer says despite the delay, Jankovic's arrival is definitely not in any doubt and she will certainly play in the tournament.

Just Do It
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:53 PM
Jankovic (SRB)/Krizan (SLO) good luck :wavey:

Dec 31st, 2006, 03:17 PM
vamos janky :dance:

Dec 31st, 2006, 04:35 PM
Jelena - bad girl missing your flight!!! I hope she's not too jetlagged!!!

My predictions anyways - ;)

Jelena d. Scruff 7-5 6-2
Jelena d. Laine 6-2 6-3
Jelena d. Erakovic 7-5 4-6 6-2
Jelena d. Bartoli 7-5 6-4
Jelena d. Myskina 6-4 6-2

Tenis Srbija
Dec 31st, 2006, 05:51 PM
Hey man! JJ lost a set... No fucking way... Beating Marina 6-4 6-4 :)
And please let's see some 6-0 6-1, or 6-0 6-0 :D

P.S. JJ alredy won a tittle at Auckland :p


Dec 31st, 2006, 06:14 PM
go jelena. not the best quality field, but you can do it

Jan 1st, 2007, 01:55 AM
Myskina is out...

Jan 1st, 2007, 10:41 AM
just wanna say good luck to jelena tomorrow against shruff! u can do it

Jan 1st, 2007, 01:02 PM
Jelena's 3rd on court tomorrow.

Centre court - Start 11am

(WC)Marina Erakovic(NZL) v (Q)Meilen Tu(USA)
Dominika Cibulkova(SVK) v (3)Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)
(1)Jelena Jankovic(SRB) v Julia Schruff(GER)
(5)Vera Zvonareva(RUS) v (Q)Lilia Osterloh(USA)
Not before 7pm (second round singles)
Jill Craybas(USA) v Gisela Dulko(ARG)
Leanne Baker(NZL)/Nicole Kriz(AUS) v (4)Marta Domachowksa(POL)/Jelena Kostanic(CRO)

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 1st, 2007, 01:08 PM

So unprofessional. :rolleyes: She had to be in NZ five days ago, but it seems fashion is more important... Anyway, good luck against Schruff who lost last match 6:1, 6:1 0r something like that in Dubai challenger against girl out of top 200, but we`ll see how Jeca will play...

Tenis Srbija
Jan 1st, 2007, 01:33 PM
Myskina is out...

:haha: :haha: :haha:

I knew that Gisi would beat her :p :)
And everyone was like...hmmm Myskina, JJ will have tought job with winning the title. :rolleyes:

C'mon Janky!!!

Just Do It
Jan 1st, 2007, 06:11 PM
Nastya :eek: i guess this is good for Jelena :shrug:

Just Do It
Jan 1st, 2007, 06:12 PM
wait,wait Jelena is playng tonight ... CET ?

Tenis Srbija
Jan 1st, 2007, 06:34 PM
You have all those infos on www.tenissrbija.co.nr ;)

Just Do It
Jan 1st, 2007, 06:44 PM
yeah yeah i aways forget to go there for the infos :)

Jan 1st, 2007, 06:55 PM
Top Seed Turns Up
January 1, 2007 9:34 pm

She left it late to get here but top seed and world No12 Jelena Jankovic finally arrived in town at midday yesterday a little tired but ready to begin her 2007 WTA tour campaign. The No1 seed faces Germany’s Julia Schruff in the first round and will have to be on her game as she was upset by the German in their last meeting in Doha last year. Tennis fans wll also remember Schruff was the player who upset Jelena Dokic at last year’s tournament. The last time Jankovic was in town she lost a rain-delayed quarterfinal to Marion Bartoli over at Albany but she is coming off a career best year and is primed to leap into the world’s top-10. The 21-year-old really announced herself to the tennis world at the US Open last year when she led Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4 4-2 in the semifinals before falling in three sets. Jankovic says she learnt a lot from that match: “I was up a set and 4-2 and I was thinking I was already in the final and that was my mistake,” she said.

I love how they wrote "Top Seed Turns Up" :lol:

Just Do It
Jan 1st, 2007, 07:21 PM
Tennis fans wll also remember Schruff was the player who upset Jelena Dokic at last year’s tournament.

hehe i was talking about this :)

Tenis Srbija
Jan 1st, 2007, 10:19 PM
yeah yeah i aways forget to go there for the infos :)

You forgot :fiery: :fiery:

:D :p

Tenis Srbija
Jan 1st, 2007, 10:20 PM
I love how they wrote "Top Seed Turns Up" :lol:

:lol: :lol:
It's really hilarious :D :p

Just Do It
Jan 1st, 2007, 10:28 PM
:lol: :lol:
It's really hilarious :D :p

yes it is :lol:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 1st, 2007, 10:37 PM
yes it is :lol:

Rosario and Karen!!! :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Jan 2nd, 2007, 04:41 AM
Jelena won 6-3 6-4.

First win of 2007:yeah: Got a bit tricky at the end though.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 2nd, 2007, 05:20 AM
Good job...it could be better, actually it should be, but this is OK ;)

Jan 2nd, 2007, 05:29 AM
solid win jelly :cool:

Jan 2nd, 2007, 12:04 PM

In the days other feature encounter, tournament top seed Jelena Jankovic defeated jetlag and her opponent, Julia Schruff, 6-3 6-4. The world No12 has only been in the country for little more than a day after missing a connecting flight, but demonstrated her extreme firepower from the back of the court. Even when stretched or forced into a somewhat defensive position, the 21-year-old Serbian still showed the ability to hurt her opponent.


AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia shrugged off jet lag to defeat Julia Schruff of Germany 6-3, 6-4 Tuesday at the ASB Women's Tennis Classic.

Jankovic, who arrived Monday after missing a flight connection, used a strong first serve in the first set to keep Schruff at bay. In the second set, Jankovic clinched the match by hitting four aces on vital points.


Top seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and third-ranked Slovak Daniela Hantuchova enjoyed contrasting opening-round victories in the Auckland Classic.

World number 12 Jankovic encountered little difficulty in disposing of German Julia Schruff 6-3 6-4, while Hantuchova was made to struggle all the way by 17-year-old compatriot Dominika Cibulkova before winning 6-1 3-6 6-2.


Tennis: US Open steels Jankovic for assault on top 10 ranking

Jelena Jankovic reckons she has toughened up her mental game since her last visit to Auckland.

The 21-year-old Florida-based Serbian will need to be resilient if she is to justify her top seeding for the ASB Classic after belatedly arriving at lunchtime yesterday, shortly after the tournament had kicked off.

World No 12 Jankovic missed a connecting flight from Vienna and admitted her body was pleading for sleep as she headed for the practice court yesterday afternoon.

The late arrival was due to spending some time with family and friends, along with fulfilling sponsor obligations. She is expecting a tough time in Auckland, although her first minutes upon arrival at the ASB Tennis Centre yesterday were spent watching the downfall of second seeded Russian Anastasia Myskina which won't hurt her prospects of a second WTA singles title.

On her last trip here in 2005 Jankovic reached the quarter-finals, but got ill, was miserable and fell apart against Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, whom she is seeded to meet in the semifinals later this week.

Jankovic's big learning experience came in the US Open last September.

In New York she bumped out three top 10 players - the Czech Republic's Nicole Vaidisova, and Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva - and then found herself 6-4, 4-2 up against the formidable Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne.

"It was so close. I was already thinking of the final because I was so excited. That was my mistake.

"I didn't concentrate."

The result? Henin-Hardenne ripped off 10 straight games to proceed to the final, which she lost to Russian Maria Sharapova.

But Jankovic, who clearly backs her ability, reckons she is better for that lesson. "It was a good experience, so next time I won't make those mistakes. I am young so hopefully I have more chances."

She isn't setting a specific target for 2007, but likes the idea of being inside the top 10 by December.

Her opponent today is German Julia Schruff. She knows little about her, but Jankovic gives the impression it could be anybody across the net.

"I try to focus on my game and the way I want to play. I am more confident, more experienced and mentally a lot tougher than before.

"When I go on court I know what I can do. If I play my game I think I have a good chance to beat any player."

Jan 2nd, 2007, 12:13 PM
Wednesday 3 January

Centre Court

Sovereign Singles second round

(4)Marion Bartoli(FRA) v Emilie Loit(FRA)

Followed by

Marina Erakovic(NZL) v (7)Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)

Followed by

(1)Jelena Jankovic(SRB) v Emma Laine(FIN)

Followed by

Virginie Razzano(FRA) v (3)Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)

Followed by

(5)Vera Zvonareva(RUS) v Laura Granville(USA)

Court Six

At 1pm

Su-Wei Hsieh(TPE)/Shikha Uberoi(IND) v (2)Gisela Dulko(ARG)/Meilen Tu(USA)

Not before 4pm

Eva Birnerova(CZE)Jill Craybas(USA) v Jelena Jankovic(SRB)/Tina Krizan(SLO)

Jan 2nd, 2007, 01:07 PM
Podcast with Jelena...


Tenis Srbija
Jan 2nd, 2007, 01:45 PM
Oh NO, she is playing late (by CET) again :crying2: :rolleyes:

Jan 2nd, 2007, 02:18 PM
Good luck Jelena!

Jan 2nd, 2007, 03:05 PM
Nice start of the year Jelena :yeah: :bigclap: :D Emma Laine shouldn't be a problem either :p Ajde,best of luck tonight :bigclap: :rocker: but as tenis srbija said,too bad it's too late to follow :sad:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 2nd, 2007, 03:13 PM
Well it is too late to follow it, but I will follow it no matter :)
I have to...

It's just that I'm gona be exausted :rolleyes:

Jan 2nd, 2007, 05:17 PM
jelly maybe you can actually win a title here. or maybe you'll choke in the final. :sad:

Jan 2nd, 2007, 05:59 PM
Win it all JELENA

Jan 2nd, 2007, 06:05 PM
I missed the tour :drool:
Now start the year with a 2nd title, Jelena :D

Tenis Srbija
Jan 2nd, 2007, 06:11 PM
jelly maybe you can actually win a title here. or maybe you'll choke in the final. :sad:

Noooooooooooooo!!!!! :fiery: :fiery: Don't jinx her :rolleyes:

Just Do It
Jan 2nd, 2007, 06:47 PM
Good luck :yippee: Yesterday i followed her, but tonight i cant :tape: its late, again :sad:

Jan 2nd, 2007, 07:11 PM
They just had a good little interview with Jelena on radiosport here, can be heard by going to their site then on to audio bank,then week on demand, then Wed. 7.45 to 8.00. I can post it direct(I think): http://www.radiosport.co.nz/AudioBank/WeekOnDemand/

It is just before 8.00am so might have to fast forward

Jan 2nd, 2007, 07:59 PM
Thanks, pav :)

Jan 2nd, 2007, 09:02 PM
Nice interview, thanks Pav. Sounds like Jelena is still tired and needs some rest!!! Hopefully she'll get some sound sleep and come out firing away against Emma later. She really shouldn't have a problem with this match as Emma doesn't have any big weapons to hurt her with. I predict a fairly straight forward 2 set affair.

Jan 3rd, 2007, 02:06 AM
Another seed is out of the tournament - Bartoli... Hope Jelena will keep going!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 3rd, 2007, 02:34 AM
JJ is now HOT favourite :p :)

Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:07 AM
Jelena won 6-2 6-1:yeah:

Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:19 AM
Good job, Jelena!

Jan 3rd, 2007, 05:52 AM
Another seed out - Daniela... So the draw has really opened up.

Just take it match by match Jelena! Good luck in next rd.

Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:19 AM
I can't imagine Jelena losing a set in Auckland, let alone not winning the title... ;)

Jan 3rd, 2007, 10:17 AM
Well done, Jeca! :yeah: It really is high time for the 2nd title, this is a very good chance.
And again her match is 3rd on Centre Court and I won't be able to follow the scores. :fiery:

Jan 3rd, 2007, 11:01 AM
good luck in the next round jelena ! =)

Jan 3rd, 2007, 12:01 PM

Centre Court

Sovereign Singles

11am start

Thursday 4 January

Centre Court

Singles Quarter Finals

Emilie Loit(FRA) v Camille Pin(FRA)

Followed by

Paola Suarez(ARG) v Jill Craybas(USA)

Followed by

(1)Jelena Jankovic(SRB) v (7)Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)

Court Four

Sovereign Doubles

Midday start

(3)Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)/Jasmin Woehr(GER) v Jelena Jankovic(SRB)/Tina Krizan(SLO)

Jan 3rd, 2007, 12:13 PM

There’s not much to say about her other than she is turbo charged. The ASB Classic No1 seed and 2006 US Open semifinalist Jelena Jankovic came out on court and wasted no time in dispatching Finland’s Emma Laine 6-2 6-1 to make her second quarterfinal at the Auckland event and set up a contest against former-two-time champ Eleni Daniilidou.

Following this, No3 seed Daniela Hantuchova came out with weights in her shoes and was simply outgunned in the first set and a half by French qualifier Virginie Razzano. If you didn’t know who was who then you would have sworn that on this particular afternoon, Razzano was the one ranked 17 in the world and not Hantuchova as Razzano built a 6-1 5-2 lead.

Hantuchova battled back and levelled at 5-5 before falling 6-1 7-5.

Razzano faces fifth seed Vera Zvonareva in the quarters.


Jankovic continues hot streak

Top seed Jelena Jankovic has continued her impressive lead-up to the Australian Open with a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 victory over Emma Laine at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

The world No.12 coped better than her Finnish opponent with the windy conditions as she cruised through to the quarter finals in just over one hour.

In the final eight, Jankovic will face Greek No.7 seed Eleni Daniilidou, who had a hard fought 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory over New Zealander Marina Erakovic.

While Jankovic and Daniilidou moved through to the next round, the news wasn't so great for fellow seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Marion Bartoli who were bundled out of the tournament in straight sets.

Hantuchova was defeated 6-1 7-5 by Virginie Razzano, while No.4 seed Bartoli was beaten 7-5 6-4 in just under 100 minutes.

In other matches, No.5 seed Vera Zvonareva eased past American Laura Granville 6-4 6-1, Paola Suarez defeated Sun Tiantian 7-5 6-4 and Camille Pin needed three sets to dispose of Austrian Yvonne Meusburger 2-6 6-3 6-3.


Jankovic cruises through

The jetlag has finally caught up with ASB Classic top seed Jelena Jankovic, but you wouldn't know it from the way she despatched poor Emma Laine with ease.

In just a little over an hour, Jankovic walked off court with a 6-2 6-1 victory behind her and a place in the quarter-finals.

As the seeds continue to tumble the Serb is looking more and more like a good bet for the title.

Even though the score-line looked convincing against her Finnish opponent, Jankovic admitted she was struggling on court.

"I was more tired than yesterday, I don't know why. I was sluggish and I didn't feel good on the court. I was a little bit sleepy before the game; I hope I am alright tomorrow. I think it is the jetlag," said the world number 12.

"Yesterday after the game I wanted to go to bed at 6pm and I was trying to stay awake.

"I didn't play great tennis today and it's tough in these windy conditions. I played good enough to win and that's the most important thing."

Next up is a match against former champion Eleni Daniilidou, who knocked out New Zealand's Marina Erakovic on Wednesday, and Jankovic admitted she faced a tough match.

"She is a tricky player, she has all these shots and good hands but I will to try and play better than today and I am looking forward to the game."

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 3rd, 2007, 02:03 PM
Thanks kiera123 :worship:

Well done Jeca, I hope she can reach final against Bepa 3.

Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:26 PM
Jelena :worship: :worship: Solid win in spite of the windy conditions:yeah: :D Eleni is unconsistant,she can be very dangerous in a good day but I still think Jelena should win this match :D Ajde Jelena!!! :rocker: :rocker2:
I also hope she 'll make the final against Vera Zvonareva :bounce: :bounce:

Just Do It
Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:32 PM
Good luck :aparty:

Jan 3rd, 2007, 05:39 PM
It's a day old now, but does have some nice quotes from Jelena:

Jankovic, Hantuchova Win Auckland Openers

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - It was a good day for the Top 20 contingent in Auckland on Tuesday, as Jelena Jankovic and Daniela Hantuchova both earned second round berths at the $145,000, Tier IV ASB Classic.

Jankovic, ranked No.12 and the top seed, held off big-hitting German Julia Schruff, 63 64, in her first match of the year. Schruff had defeated Jankovic in their last encounter, at Doha last February, but this time the Serb was on top of her game.

"I've been doing a lot of fitness and I was trying to get stronger," said Jankovic of her off-season efforts. "Some things will not happen overnight. I still have to keep going and keep working hard; I hope to get better, physically and mentally."

Jankovic will next take on Finland's Emma Laine, who also clinched her first round win on Tuesday, 76(4) 61, over France's Mathilde Johansson. They've never played.

"I don't know what to expect," Jankovic said of the upcoming duel. "I just want to play the way I've been playing, but better than today. I hope it won't be so windy. It's always difficult as the ball is always going all over the place."

Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:08 PM
There's a tiny clip of Jelena's match at the end of the "Erakovic goes down fighting (2:30)" video here:


Just Do It
Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:24 PM
Cant belive seeded 2,3 and 4 are out :lol:

Just Do It
Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:25 PM
By the way where to find Jelenas pics from Auckland ? What is she wearing ?

Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:32 PM
She's still wearing her purple Reebok dress. I think I saw some photos on gettyimages.

She'll probably be wearing that until the Aussie Open I think, when she'll have a dress described by Jelena as being "white and bright yellow with some kind of stripes."

Just Do It
Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:36 PM
She's still wearing her purple Reebok dress

i dont like it !!!

Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:39 PM
I like the colour. I'm not so keen on the cut and size.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:02 PM
She's still wearing her purple Reebok dress

i dont like it !!!

She has to wear it, she has no other.

Her father (was bringing new dresses) didn't make it in time to give new outfit to JJ... She doesn't like the purple dress either. She feels like shes gona boil in it...

New one is made just for her, and it's white with yellow lines... She said to me that it's :hearts:

Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:09 PM
yeah that purple thing is awful. hopefully her father gets there soon. if jelena likes the new outfit, it will be amazing.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:17 PM
I'm not sure that he will go to Auckland... It is 20 hours flight :rolleyes:
He will probably send it there. Stupid me, didn't ask her about that :fiery:

Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:33 PM

Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia moved easily into the final eight, beating Emma Laine of Finland 6-2, 6-1.

Jankovic, still suffering from jet lag after arriving in New Zealand on Monday, had too much power for Laine and set up a quarterfinals meeting with Daniilidou.

"I'm in the quarterfinals and I'm really happy, especially in the first tournament of the year," Jankovic said. "It's a good start for me."

They'll be talking to Jelena (or, as they like to call her, "Weird Al Jelena Jankovic") again tomorrow on the ASB podcast. They seemed to like her, saying she was great and a natural performer.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 3rd, 2007, 08:12 PM

They'll be talking to Jelena (or, as they like to call her, "Weird Al Jelena Jankovic") again tomorrow on the ASB podcast. They seemed to like her, saying she was great and a natural performer.

That's Janky :D :worship:

Just Do It
Jan 3rd, 2007, 09:03 PM
She has to wear it, she has no other.

Her father (was bringing new dresses) didn't make it in time to give new outfit to JJ... She doesn't like the purple dress either. She feels like shes gona boil in it...

New one is made just for her, and it's white with yellow lines... She said to me that it's :hearts:

cant wait :bounce:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 3rd, 2007, 11:59 PM

Jan 4th, 2007, 03:08 AM
Jelena won 6-3 6-4 :)

Tenis Srbija
Jan 4th, 2007, 03:56 AM
Jelo!!!!!!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

I :worship: you!!! Just keep it going ;)

Jan 4th, 2007, 04:13 AM
The title is on a silver plate ;) Just take it Jelena! ;)

Jan 4th, 2007, 04:55 AM
The title is on a silver plate ;) Just take it Jelena! ;)

Yep, I have to agree. The final is virtually guaranteed, not to put down Pin, but really, I don't think she's going to get that many games from Jelena.
Vera is the only player that I think might give Jelena a run for her money, but Vera still has to win against Razzano and Craybas.
Vera beat Jelena in Cinci last year 6-1 6-1, so it will be a tough test, but hopefully Jelena can pull through. If it's anyone other than Vera in the final, Jelena will win it easily.

Jan 4th, 2007, 05:24 AM
vera vs jelena final :drool:

jelly will destroy her :devil:

Jan 4th, 2007, 05:24 AM
Jelena lost in doubles. Oh well, now she can concentrate on winning the singles title. ;)

Jan 4th, 2007, 05:42 AM
Jelena lost in doubles. Oh well, now she can concentrate on winning the singles title. ;)

That's funny - I always feel relieved when Jelena loses her doubles match too! I always worry that she's going to get too tired or get injured playing some stupid match with Tina! She should have plenty of energy left now for the final!!!

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 4th, 2007, 08:16 AM
That's funny - I always feel relieved when Jelena loses her doubles match too! I always worry that she's going to get too tired or get injured playing some stupid match with Tina! She should have plenty of energy left now for the final!!!

Couldn`t agree more. :wavey:

Good luck against French girl in SF, please win in 2 and reach final!

Jan 4th, 2007, 09:16 AM
That's funny - I always feel relieved when Jelena loses her doubles match too! I always worry that she's going to get too tired or get injured playing some stupid match with Tina! She should have plenty of energy left now for the final!!!

Same here. Of course, it's nice for them to win and I wish them good luck but I always get worried she's tiring herself out unnecessarily.

Jan 4th, 2007, 09:30 AM

Jankovic keeps rolling

In just two years Jelena Jankovic has gone from moody teenager to fan favourite as she continues her easy passage through the ASB Classic with the elimination of Eleni Daniilidou 6-3 6-4.

The Serb top seed looked in awesome form under the sunny skies in Auckland against the seventh seed and is yet to drop a set in her three games at the ASB Tennis Centre.

The world number 12 now faces unheralded Frenchwoman Camille Pin, ranked 76, and the smart money would be on Jankovic claiming a place in final and a possible second career title.

The last time she was here in 2005 she spat the dummy while losing to Marion Bartoli in the quarter-finals, losing 6-1 in the final set when the game was moved indoors due to poor weather, but what a difference a couple of years makes.

The 21-year-old is full of smiles, pulling crowd-favourite splits and is charming and polite when speaking to the media.

"It was a great match, Eleni played very well. It was tough one because of the windy conditions, I had to really concentrate and focus on my game," said the top seed.

"In the previous round I didn't play as well as today, I went a level up. As the days go by I am feeling better and better as I am getting used to the time difference."

At one stage at 1-2 down in the second set she called the trainer for a foot problem but she said it was down to some poor footwear.

"There was something wrong with my foot, I don't what it was. I called the trainer out and she helped me by putting some cushioning on it. Hopefully I won't have any problems. They are making me a new shoe for the Australian Open, but for now I have to play in these shoes which don't fit me very well."

A couple of times she caused the crowd to gasp when she went for clay court-style splits but she said thats just a habit she has.

"I always do the splits and everyone gets scared when I do that because sometimes I can't get up. Normally in the last year when I was doing the splits I would go all the way down on the ground, but now as soon as I go I stop, I don't want to risk anything but that's my habit."


Top-seeded Jankovic reaches ASB Classic semifinals

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic beat two-time champion Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-2, 6-4 Thursday to reach the semifinals of the ASB Women's Tennis Classic.

Serbia's Jankovic, ranked 12th in the world, stuck to the baseline but had too much power for Daniilidou, who suffered from a series of controversial line calls.

"Today was a great match, so many great points and Eleni played so good," Jankovic said.

"There were some close calls which could have gone either way and I'm happy today that they went my way."

Jankovic posted her third successive straight sets win to remain a firm favorite to win the Auckland title for the first time.


Jelena marches on

Top seed Jelena Jankovic has put two-time ASB Classic winner Eleni Daniilidou to the sword with a splintering straight sets victory in the quarter-finals of the Auckland-based tournament.

Backing up Wednesday's comfortable win over Finland's Emma Laine in two sets, the Serbian world No.12 made light work of her Greek opponent before a packed house in the afternoon sun.

Serving first, Jankovic, though, got off to a mediocre start and was forced to defend against two break points from her opening service game.

Finally finding her rhythm, however, it was not long before the tournament favourite regathered her composure on the way to a simple 6-3 first set win.

Looking well-poised to cash in on some wayward shot-making from Daniilidou, Jankovic started the second set confidently but suffered an early setback when her first service game was broken.

Trailing 1-2 despite a demolishing opening set, Jankovic then took an injury break after slipping awkwardly.

Finally, when returning to the court, the short rest appeared to rejuvenate the Serbian and she quickly established a 3-2 lead with another break of Daniilidou's serve.

Then, with the score on 5-4 and serving for the match, Jankovic needed just one match point to overcome her foe and advance through to the semi-finals.

Speaking after her victory, Jankovic said she was pleased with how she had played.

"I think in the previous rounds I didn't play as well as today," she said.

"I am very happy with the win."

Tenis Srbija
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:08 AM
I don't think that JJ had problems cause of playing doubles ever. I don't think that she would have problem with singles+doubles on this tournament. Title is there to reach it, only Pin and one more "silly" player is in beetween :rolleyes:
Take it Janky :banana:

Jan 4th, 2007, 11:56 AM
I was a bit worried when I heard she took a med time out. Thank God it's nothing serious :)
Sorry for Pin's fans, but Camille is IMO one of the worst players in the top 100. :o I remember seeing her twice and I was like OMG :help: . If Jelena loses more than 2 games in each set...

Tenis Srbija
Jan 4th, 2007, 12:46 PM
Well Camille is a moonballer...or at least folks say like that...
So I don't think that Janky is gonna beat her like 6-0 6-0 :rolleyes: but 6-2 6-1 is acepting :lol: :D

I think that Camille is a good player. She is always on WTA tournaments, and she is giving her best. She is not a good players, but she is in top 100 - that's says a lot about her. Still, she is going down, down under :p :D

Just Do It
Jan 4th, 2007, 02:23 PM
Great win :eek: Take the title now !!!

Jan 4th, 2007, 10:13 PM

Highlights from Jelena's match against Eleni, click "Jankovic breezes through (2:00)"

Jan 4th, 2007, 11:42 PM
Jelena through by winning 3-0 ret. lol

Jan 4th, 2007, 11:44 PM
Nice rest for Jelena, then :)

Hope it isn't bad for Camille.


Jankovic into final

Jan 5, 2007
By Alan Granville at the ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland

It took just 15 minutes for top seed Jelena Jankovic to progress to the final of the ASB Classic after opponent Camille Pin was forced to call it quits due to a leg injury.

The unseeded Frenchwoman had come onto court with a heavily strapped left thigh and was 0-3 down when she called on the trainer.

Pin, who was in just her third career semi-final, could not continue and handed Jankovic an easy passage into the final.

The Serb world number 12 offered support to her opponent after the match.

"I am sorry for Camille that she got injured, I hope that she gets better," said Jankovic, who is now into her fifth WTA final with just one title to her name in Budapest in 2004.

She will now face the winner of fifth seed Vera Zvonarea and Jill Craybas.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:44 AM
Jeco :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Jan 5th, 2007, 01:32 AM
Jelena will play Vera for the title.

Jan 5th, 2007, 01:38 AM
Vera leads the H2H 2-1 and won their last match 6-1 6-1.

Come on Jelena please win the title! :worship:

Jan 5th, 2007, 04:17 AM
The final is at 1pm local time.


Podcast with Jelena (her section starts at 01:50)

Jan 5th, 2007, 05:12 AM
hmm... someone retired in the match. there must have been overwhelming odds that it would have been jelena.

that title is yours. :toothy:

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:25 AM
Sorry for Pin, but congrats Jeca. :bounce: Good luck in the final. It wont be easy but I hope Jeca will give her best.

Jan 5th, 2007, 01:32 PM
Take the title Jelena! :D

Just Do It
Jan 5th, 2007, 01:51 PM
Vera :scared:

Jan 5th, 2007, 02:28 PM
Kiera - Thanks for the video link and podcast. Jelena looks to be playing well and seems to be having fun as well. Her first helicopter ride!!! That was a funny interview with the guys seemingly focused on her bikini!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 5th, 2007, 02:53 PM
JustDoIt no "Vera :scared: " but Vera :smash: by JJ :lol:

Jan 5th, 2007, 06:30 PM
Good luck Jelena :bounce: :rocker: :rocker2:
I love both Jelena and Vera so I'll be happy whoever wins :bounce: (but I have to admit that I cheer a bit more for Jelena coz it's high time she takes her second title :bounce: ) Ajmo!!!! :bigclap: :rocker:

Jan 5th, 2007, 07:01 PM

ASB Classic final preview

Its Russia v Serbia as Vera Zvonareva takes on Jelena Jankovic in a fascinating battle for the ASB Classic crown.

World number 24 takes on world number 12 between two of the big hitters on the women's circuit.

Whilst there has been off court drama over whether the ASB Classic will survive when the WTA restructures the tour in the coming years, the quality on the court has been high all week and Auckland tennis fans with tickets for finals day should be in for a treat.

In one corner we have Zvonareva - at just 22 she is a seasoned campaigner who has been in the top 10 and is making her second consecutive appearance in the ASB Classic final and is hoping to add to her five career titles.

In the other corner there is Jankovic - 21 years old at a career high of 12 in the world, made her breakthrough in reaching the US Open semi-finals in 2006, and is looking for just her second WTA title.

Both women have made fairly easy progress through the main draw, especially Jankovic who has dropped just 20 games in four matches.

Her devastating forehand, big serve and ball placement has shone under the sunny skies that have blessed Auckland all week.

Julia Schruff was the first to feel her wrath as last year's quarter-finalist bit the dust with a 6-3 6-4 loss in round one. Finland's Emma Laine was sent back to Scandinavia meekly after a 6-2 6-1 defeat while seventh seed Eleni Daniilidou put up a bit more of a fight before going down 6-3 6-4.

The unfortunate Camille Pin, who had battled hard to reach the last four, only lasted three games before having to call it quits due to a leg injury, gifting Jankovic a place in only her fifth final.

Zvonareva has had to battle a bit harder, especially in round one when she lost the first set 5-7 to American qualifier Lilia Osterloh before taking the next two 6-2 6-3. American journeywoman Laura Granville went down 6-4 6-1 before it was the turn of the Russian to benefit from a retirement.

Tricky qualifier Virginie Razzano had to quit with a reoccurrence of a back injury while 5-7 0-2 down. In the semis Zvonareva battled through a see-saw tie against seasoned pro Jill Craybas 6-3 7-5.

The players know each others games well having played three times. The Russian has taken the last two encounters, winning in 2005 on the clay at Rome and last year on the Cincinnati hard-courts.

If both players bring their A-game to Centre Court, then the duo will provide Auckland fans a final to remember.

Just Do It
Jan 5th, 2007, 07:51 PM
JustDoIt no "Vera :scared: " but Vera :smash: by JJ :lol:

Guys, u can call me Danilo :wavey:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:11 PM

I will call you Dan'lo :p

Just Do It
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:32 PM
no,noooooooo I'am not from Montenegro :mad: I'm Daniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilo from Vojvodina ( LALA) :lol:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:19 AM
I call every Danilo, Dan'lo (acutally that every Danilo is just one Dan'lo :lol: )
So...what's up Dan'lo :p

Jan 6th, 2007, 01:24 AM
Only a set away from the title *fingers crossed*

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:23 AM
I can't believe she's done this. She had so many chances in the 2nd set.

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:56 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

She won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:57 AM
omg im so happy for jelena!!!!

what a battle!

a much better start to this yr than last! hopefully the first of MANy titles this year!

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:06 AM
Great match and great result!!! Keep it going in Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo now!!!

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:07 AM
:banana: :banana: :banana:
Honestly I didn't expect her to win against Vera. Thanks for proving me wrong JJ :worship:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:09 AM
Omg Jelena :woohoo: :bigclap: :bigclap: :rocker: :worship: :aparty: :rocker: I'm soooo happy and proud of her :hug: :rocker:! She almost choked but she eventually managed to win! Huge congrats :worship: :worship: I'm sure it will bring her a lot of confidence for the AO and that she will manage to close more easily her next final :p She couldn't have had a better start of the year :yippee: :bounce:! Jelena,you rock,thanks for the joy you gave to your fans :p!! :rocker:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:15 AM
I'm ridiculously happy for Jelena. It's been such a long time coming but she's finally got that second title. It was a hard slog, but she did it.

What a fantastic start to the year :D

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:27 AM
I'm so happy for her (not to mention tired and in desperate need of sleep) :awww:
Well done, Jeca, hopefully this is just one of many more titles to follow!

BTW, I wish she'd skipped Sydney but as long as she's there she might as well kick some ass. ;)

Tenis Srbija
Jan 6th, 2007, 03:28 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

I have nothing else to say :kiss:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 6th, 2007, 03:54 AM
Oh just congrat her you bitter man :p :D

Tenis Srbija
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:08 AM
P.S. I was joking... Just to prevent some outfalls here ;)

Jan 6th, 2007, 04:31 AM
Champ praises practice
by: Aaron Lawton in Auckland

Newly crowned ASB Classic champion Jelena Jankovic has attributed her success in Auckland to lengthy practice sessions in the off-season.

Heading into her first tournament of the year as the top seed, the world No.12 dropped just one set all week on her way to hoisting the trophy.

However, despite her scintillating form throughout the tournament, the 21-year-old Serbian said she had no idea how she would go against such a strong field.

"I'm so happy," she said after winning her second career title.

"I didn't really know what to expect."

With a tournament looming in Sydney next week as her last hit-out ahead of the Australian Open, Jankovic also believes she can now compete with the best in the world.

"I think I can beat anybody and I think I showed I can play with the best," she said.

"I worked really hard in my off-season and I think the work has paid off."

But although Jankovic dominated throughout most of her matches at the ASB Classic, her final clash against Russian Vera Zvonareva proved a tough one to conquer.

After winning the first set 11-9 in a tiebreaker, the Serbian lost the second set before powering home to take the third 6-3.

"I was expecting a tough match but it was really, really tough," she added.

"I am so happy I am playing well."

As for whether she will return to New Zealand early in 2008 to defend her title, Jankovic is confident she will get the chance.

"I hope so," she said when asked if she would return.

"If everything is alright, I would love to be back here."

Jan 6th, 2007, 06:25 AM

"I came, I saw, I conquered" - those were the words of victorious ASB Classic champion Jelena Jankovic.

The top seed waltzed through the tournament before facing a fierce battle in the final against Vera Zvonareva, winning 7-6 (11-9) 5-7 6-3 in an epic match.

It was a see-saw final, with both women not giving an inch, as the duo unleashed their baseline game on Centre Court.

For Jankovic the victory was particularly sweet - she has only picked up one title before, back in 2004 in Budapest, and arrived late in New Zealand due to problems with plane connections.

But despite the jetlag the world number 12 looked a class act all week and an emotional Jankovic said she was delighted to take the title.

"I am so happy. I worked really hard in my off season in my preparation. I gave my maximum and I think it's paid off. I was expecting a tough match, and it was really tough," said the Serb.

"We were out there hitting the ball as hard as we can for three hours, believe me it was not easy. Vera played really well and it was an unbelievable match and I think the crowd really enjoyed it."

Jankovic was roared on by a small, yet vocal, support of Serbians in the Yock Stand. She admitted she was surprised by how many of her compatriots were in Auckland.

"It was the first time that I had seen them and I really appreciate their support. It's always nice to see people from my country supporting me."

Next up for the 21-year-old is a trip to Sydney, before the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.

"(The win) will give me more confidence for the rest of the tournaments. It is nice to start the year with a title. Next week is Sydney which is a bigger tournament and I think I can beat anybody."

On the form that she showed this week, you wouldn't bet against it.

Final podcast - http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/category/Podcast/

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 6th, 2007, 06:54 AM
Congrats Jeca. Great job!!! :bounce:

Jan 6th, 2007, 07:39 AM
AMAZING JELENA!!! :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Jan 6th, 2007, 07:43 AM
Congrats Jelenka! :D

Just Do It
Jan 6th, 2007, 10:16 AM
Yeeeeeeees Jelena !!! Finally she wins something :lol:

Jan 6th, 2007, 10:27 AM
Well done, Girl. Now go and celebrate this title...but not too long. Martina is waiting in Sydney. ;)

Jan 6th, 2007, 01:56 PM

Jankovic Begins New Year With ASB Classic Title

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Jelena Jankovic had one of the biggest turnaround seasons in 2006, shrugging off a 10-match losing streak and ending up one of the hottest players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in the second half of the year. The Serb picked up where she left off this past week, claiming her second career title at the ASB Classic with a championship victory over Vera Zvonareva.

Jankovic, seeded No.1 at the $145,000, Tier IV event, did not drop a set en route to the final but was pushed to the limit by the No.5-seeded Zvonareva, clinching a 76(9) 57 63 victory in two hours, 43 minutes.

The two battled most fiercely in the first set, trading breaks twice before ending up in a tense tie-break. Jankovic squandered two set points at 6-5 and 7-6 before Zvonareva had two of her own, 8-7 and 9-8. It was third time lucky for Jankovic, who won the extremely even opener in which both women earned 48 points.

The second set was just as even in terms of points won (44-44), but Zvonareva was the one who came through in the end, breaking for 6-5 then serving it out.

After Jankovic surged ahead 4-1 in the third, it seemed Zvonareva was on her way to evening things up, closing to 4-3 and holding points to make it 4-4; but that opportunity was snatched away by the Serb, who broke for 5-3 and had no problems serving it out. It was her second win in four matches with the Russian.

"I came, I saw, I conquered," said Jankovic, who added the Auckland title to her lone prior title, at Budapest in 2004. "I was expecting a tough match but it was really, really tough. We were out there hitting the ball as hard as we could for almost three hours; believe me, it was not easy. Vera played really well, and it was an unbelievable match and I think the crowd really enjoyed it."

In 2006, Jankovic rebounded from a 1-10 start to finish 45-27, reaching one final and an abundance of semifinals (including the US Open) and quarterfinals. At one point in the spring she nearly dipped outside the Top 40 but worked her way up to No.12 by year's end. After some heavy off-court work and virtually no ranking points to defend until the clay court season, she feels ready to go even higher.

"I worked really hard in my off-season, and I think the work has paid off. I think I can beat anybody and I showed I can play with the best. The win will give me more confidence for the rest of the season. It is nice to start the year with a title."

Jankovic was one of four Top 20 players who started at the ASB Classic, a record for the tournament. Three fell prior to the quarterfinals - Anastasia Myskina was a first round upset victim, while Daniela Hantuchova and defending champion Marion Bartoli were ousted in the second round.

Zvonareva was the fifth-highest ranked player in the draw and also performed impressively all week. It was her 10th career final, and she is now 5-5 in those.

It was a good week for top seeds, as the No.1 doubles team in the draw, Janette Husarova and Paola Suárez, captured the doubles title, with a 60 62 drubbing of surprise unseeded finalists Hsieh Su-Wei and Shikha Uberoi. It was Husarova's 22nd career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles title, and Suárez's 43rd.

Video highlights: Jankovic takes Classic crown (1:52) (http://tvnz.co.nz/view/sport_sub_cat_skin/sport_tennis_index_group)

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:10 PM
Great result for jela! She is very impressive with a little belief in herself ;)

Just Do It
Jan 6th, 2007, 02:15 PM
Great video :yeah:

Jan 6th, 2007, 08:37 PM
I've just cut out the bits relevant to Jelena.


ASB Classic awards

The 2007 ASB Classic has been hailed as one of the most successful ever, despite some off court speculation about its future.

Top seed Jelena Jankovic won arguably the most exciting final ever seen at the ASB Tennis Centre in front of a packed Centre Court crowd on Saturday.

tvnz.co.nz was there throughout the tournament, so here's the list of winners in our first ASB Classic awards.

Best match - for pure quality between two of the world's top players, it is hard to look beyond the final between Jankovic and Vera Zvonareva. Both women brought their A-game and thrilled the crowd and everyone watching on TV and on tvnz.co.nz. Honourable mention must go to the raw emotion and pure adrenaline rush during the brave bid of Kiwi Marina Erakovic to reach the last eight against Eleni Daniilidou.

Best dressed - Jankovic's purple ensemble was eye-catching with nice use of frills. Honourable mention for Jill Craybas' lime green figure-hugging semi-final outfit, although she did absorb into the court on several occasions.

Foot phobic award - stay away from Jankovic's plates of meat. Broken toe nails and ill-fitting shoes mean her feet are, in her own words, a "disaster".

Tenis Srbija
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:01 PM
They liked JJ's dress :lol:

JusDoIt did you here this :p

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:46 PM
Thanks for the highlights video!

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:52 PM
Jelena's speech captured from the radio:


To stream it, wait for the page to load and then press the "play this file" button.

Just Do It
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:56 PM
Foot phobic award - stay away from Jankovic's plates of meat. Broken toe nails and ill-fitting shoes mean her feet are, in her own words, a "disaster".

I dont get it :shrug:

Jan 6th, 2007, 10:16 PM
Basically, it's saying if you have a foot phobia stay away from Jelena's feet as they are in a bit of a state at the moment. She had to have the trainer on again in the final as they were hurting her.

She should be getting new, specially fitted, shoes soon though thankfully.

Just Do It
Jan 6th, 2007, 10:28 PM
Basically, it's saying if you have a foot phobia stay away from Jelena's feet

Jan 6th, 2007, 11:46 PM

Marathon final ramps up Classic tension

This final took so long, they had a chauffeured car not only waiting, but with the engine running and facing the right way to get losing finalist Vera Zvonareva to the airport on time for her flight to Australia.

After a 185-minute marathon, Zvonareva was a real chance of missing her 6.30pm departure to Sydney while the eventual winner, Jelena Jankovic, was giggling with exhaustion and complaining of dizziness.

It was, reckoned the tournament director Richard Palmer, the best final he had seen in his 11-year tenure, matched only by another three-set decider back in 1998 between champion Dominique Van Roost and Silvia Farina.

While Zvonareva was rushing off early, Jankovic had arrived here late, not landing in Auckland until Monday.

"I didn't know what to expect," she admitted.

What the world No. 12 got was an untroubled route to the final without a set dropped, even time for a helicopter flight across Auckland yesterday with her mother a terrified passenger, and then her first tour title since winning an event in Budapest as a teenager.

She borrowed a bit of Julius Caesar to explain: "I came, I saw, I conquered."

While her semifinal had lasted only 15 minutes when Camille Pin retired, victory wasn't easy enough to justify the quote yesterday after a match between two big-hitters that still had plenty of subtlety and a neat sideshow with their infantile complaints about the line judges, the chair umpire and even the ball boys.

Jankovic had looked unsettled early on, using her thumping backhand to save herself a few times but pausing for a lengthy dispute with the umpire and to gesture at the TV replay as Zvonareva went 6-5 ahead in the first set with a questionable passing shot.

The top-seeded Serb did level at 6-6 with a beautiful lob to set up a remarkable tie-break that went, eventually, 11-9 in favour of Jankovic, to indicate to the crowd that they would not be going home quickly.

Zvonareva said she had her chances to take that set, and certainly did in the second, squealing like a baby when she spurned one of three set points before eventually prevailing 7-5.

But as the game went into its third hour, Jankovic rediscovered her focus and won the third set with a degree of comfort. "I was expecting a tough match, but this was really tough," she said. "Believe me, it was not easy."

While Russia's Zvonareva may have been stroppy on court, she was cheerful enough off it, as she raced through her press conference with wrists encased in ice packs (with just enough time for a quip about locker-room fights). She dismissed any suggestion of disappointment at being beaten finalist two years running, saying: "I see it differently: to come back here and defend the final is great. There are not many players who can come back another year and be in the final."

A stout defender of this tournament in a week of mooted upheaval, Zvonareva restated her desire to return again next year, good news for Palmer as he rushed her from the press conference, out of a side entrance, and into (what was hopefully) a fast car to the airport.

The veteran Argentinian Paolo Suarez farewelled the Auckland tournament with a straight-sets victory in the doubles final. The top-seeded Suarez, beginning her final year on tour before retirement, and her partner Janette Husarova, beat the unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei and Shikha Uberoi 6-0 6-2.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 7th, 2007, 01:05 AM
Basically, it's saying if you have a foot phobia stay away from Jelena's feet

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