PDA

View Full Version : Medibank International 2007


~Kiera~
Jan 6th, 2007, 05:17 AM
Incredibly tough draw :eek:

Mauresmo vs. Bye
Golovin vs. Q
Zvonareva vs. Stosur
Jankovic vs. Hingis

Petrova vs. Bye
Dellacqua vs. Ivanovic
Q vs. Bartoli
Hantuchova vs. Vaidisova

Schnyder vs. Q
Groenefeld vs. Peer
Safina vs. Pratt
Clijsters vs. Bye

Dementieva vs. Q
Schiavone vs. Li
Srebotnik vs. Bovina
Kuznetsova vs. Bye

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 6th, 2007, 05:58 AM
:eek: :help:

But Jeca loves challenges and she is not afraid of anyone... :devil:

Dexter
Jan 6th, 2007, 06:20 AM
Tough draw but she can beat them all, ajde Jelo!

Vaidisova
Jan 6th, 2007, 06:20 AM
It is tough for sure. But it would be great if Jelena could upset Martina.

If she loses though it may be for the better, so she isn't tired for AO. We'll just have to wait and see!

She's playing doubles too

(1)RAYMOND,Lisa/STOSUR, Samantha vs LOIT,Emilie/PRATT,Nicole
DANIILIDOU,Eleni/WOEHR, Jasmin vs MORARIU,Corina/STUBBS,Rennae

(4)GROENEFELD,Anna-Lena/SHAUGHNESSY,Meghann vs CRAYBAS,Jill/LI,Ting
BOVINA,Elena/SCHIAVONE,Francesca vs DUSHEVINA,Vera/FEDAK,Yuliana

HUSAROVA,Janette/OSKOBOEVA,Galina vs BARTOLI,Marion/TU,Meilen
(WC)JANKOVIC,Jelena/LI,Na vs (3)HANTUCHOVA,Daniela/SUGIYAMA,Ai

DECHY,Nathalie/ZVONAREVA,Vera vs KING,Vania/Sun,Tiantian
(WC)ADAMCZAK,Monique/DELLACQUA,Casey vs (2)BLACK,Cara/HUBER,Liezel

martirogi
Jan 6th, 2007, 06:40 AM
don't go too far jelena. but beat hingis :devil:

Just Do It
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:21 AM
Oh she shouldn't play doubles, AGAIN :smash:

I hope she will beat Hingis :devil:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:57 PM
Singles draw :help: :help: :help:
Still...Martina is going down, down under :banana: :banana:

Oh JJ and Na :bounce: I just adore that double!!! Play togheter at AO pleaseee :)

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 6th, 2007, 02:08 PM
This 1st round match will be very interesting!!! I hope Jelena can pull off the upset against Martina!!!

Kiera - It looks like all of your favs are in the 1st quarter!!!

Just Do It
Jan 6th, 2007, 05:58 PM
Martina is seeded 8 ??

martirogi
Jan 6th, 2007, 06:40 PM
Martina is seeded 8 ??

martina is 5

vaidisova is 8

Just Do It
Jan 6th, 2007, 06:46 PM
Okay :)

~Kiera~
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:21 PM
Kiera - It looks like all of your favs are in the 1st quarter!!!

I know! I can't believe they're all there. It's bad enough that Jelena and Martina have to play each other in the 1R.

Vaidisova
Jan 7th, 2007, 08:08 AM
Jelena's match is 3rd on centre court Monday.

daniela86
Jan 7th, 2007, 01:05 PM
I know! I can't believe they're all there. It's bad enough that Jelena and Martina have to play each other in the 1R.

:awww: poor you :awww: but at least you are almost sure to have at least one fave in QF :p! Martina used to be my favourite player and I began to watch tennis because of her,I also don't like this match :p but I will still cheer for Jelena :p!
Ajde Jelena! Please do well and reach the top 10 soon :rocker: :bigclap:

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 7th, 2007, 01:55 PM
Jelena is the 3rd match on center court!!! GL vs Martina!!! Please win!!!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:19 PM
What a match will this be... But it won't be on TV :awww: :sobbing:

Just Do It
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:06 PM
ES :smash:

Just Do It
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:07 PM
So, Jelena will play third match at centre court ! If in Sydney 11:00 what time is in Belgrade (cet) ? I hate time zones :fiery:

~Kiera~
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:15 PM
11am local time translates into 12am (midnight) for me, so that should mean 1am CET for you.

In any event, it's going to be a long night :lol:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:45 PM
It will be about 05 am in Belgrade when Janky will enter central court :help:

Just Do It
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:52 PM
lol Prepare for the AO :lol:

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Win this Jelena!!! Nothing is impossible for her at the moment!!! I totally believe that she can beat Martina, Vera (again), and Amelie to reach the semis, and from there, I think she could still keep going!!! You never know with Jeca!

MagicMilan
Jan 7th, 2007, 07:26 PM
It will be about 05 am in Belgrade when Janky will enter central court :help:
:zzz:
ES :fiery:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 7th, 2007, 08:58 PM
:lol:

It's a bit late... :rolleyes:

~Kiera~
Jan 8th, 2007, 02:16 AM
Jelena's up next :)

Langers
Jan 8th, 2007, 03:09 AM
Jelena's up next :)
Playing really well. Attacking at all times and just won the first set.

Vaidisova
Jan 8th, 2007, 04:38 AM
JELENA WON!!!

6-4 4-6 6-3

wow what a match, she should have won in it 2. :help:

top10 win for her!:bounce:

~Kiera~
Jan 8th, 2007, 04:43 AM
Great win, Jelena! Probably should have taken the match earlier, but a win is a win and this is a very nice one :)

martirogi
Jan 8th, 2007, 04:45 AM
nice win :kiss:

Dexter
Jan 8th, 2007, 04:46 AM
lovli :hearts: :drool: :devil:

~Kiera~
Jan 8th, 2007, 04:51 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y39/Kiera123/stats/statshingis.jpg

I hope someone uploads this :)

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 8th, 2007, 05:01 AM
Yeah, I know Vera lost already, but I like JJ's chances against Sam even better!!!

Vaidisova
Jan 8th, 2007, 06:10 AM
Hingis loses first-round match in Sydney

January 8, 2007 - 1:19PM

Former world No.1 Martina Hingis has been eliminated from the Sydney International after a dramatic three-set loss to Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.

The world No.12 prevailed 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a match of thrilling shot-making at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

In a strange twist, Jankovic had her blood pressure taken by tournament medical staff after losing the second set, while Hingis literally put her feet up during the break in play.

Looking distressed, the 2006 US Open semi-finalist returned for the third set and bravely set about securing a break in the third game.

She broke again in the seventh game to go up 5-2 and it seemed the champion at Auckland last week only had to avoid fainting to spring an upset.

But Hingis saved two match points and broke back for 5-3, only to lose the match in her next service game.

"I just came from Auckland so I didn't have much time to recover, I was quite proud of how I managed to pull through," Jankovic said.

She will next play Australia's Samantha Stosur, who beat Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-1 6-4.

"The whole crowd will be against me," Jankovic said.

World No.7 Hingis, who finished runner-up on the Gold Coast after little match-time last week, began sluggishly, losing her first service game of the match and falling behind 2-0.

But a clearly inconvenienced Jankovic - who several times clutched or stretched her back - started making unforced errors which allowed Hingis to break back in the sixth game.

Despite her injury, and Hingis upping her attacking game, Jankovic broke again in the ninth to serve for the set at 5-4, converting her second set point.

In the second set, a thrilling fourth game saw a break point to Hingis replayed after a contentious line call, and the rally of the match, before Jankovic held serve.

The Serb grabbed a break in the next game before Hingis reeled off four straight games to take the set after being down 4-2.

© 2007 AAP

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 8th, 2007, 07:18 AM
Jeca rocks. :worship: Great match, great win. Good luck in 2nd round.

Almalyk
Jan 8th, 2007, 07:36 AM
well done today jelena - i was so excited by your game in auckland! great win over marti (who i also love)... good luck vs sam!

gillibean
Jan 8th, 2007, 08:43 AM
Yay hope she does well against Sam. She played so well today - awesome backhand winners.

~Kiera~
Jan 8th, 2007, 12:47 PM
COURT 2
11:00 STOSUR vs JANKOVIC

11:00 HUSAROVA/VOSKOBOEVA vs BARTOLI/TU
12:30 DEMENTIEVA vs LI
MELZER vs SANTORO
JONES/SMEETS vs FISHER/PHILLIPS
JANKOVIC/LI vs HANTUCHOVA/SUGIYAMA

Just Do It
Jan 8th, 2007, 01:19 PM
So JJ will start 01:00 CET ! ES wont show it :mad: They r showing Golovin vs Mauresmo :mad: and then Clijsters vs Pratt :help:

daniela86
Jan 8th, 2007, 01:35 PM
Awesome win Jelena :bounce: :bounce: :worship: I'm really happy she fought to win after wasting a BP for 5/2 in the second set and eventually losing it :)
She seems to be more mentally strong now :bounce: :bounce: Good luck against Sam now :D :rocker: I believe she can win again provided that she isn't too tired.
Ajde Jelena :bounce: :bounce:!

~Kiera~
Jan 8th, 2007, 03:47 PM
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21029784-2722,00.html

Loss won't put Hingis behind baseline
Margie McDonald
January 09, 2007

FOR someone who just lost their opening-round match the week before the Australian Open, Martina Hingis was surprisingly upbeat yesterday.

"Always take the positive from a loss, you know," the 26-year-old said after bowing out of her 10th Sydney International, to Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 6-4 4-6 6-3. The pair battled for almost two hours on a sultry afternoon.

They chased down everything, hit every angle and all four corners until Jankovic prevailed. But only just.

"I'm so tired, to be honest," said Jankovic, who barely 48 hours earlier had won her second WTA career title with a victory in Auckland.

Jankovic had to take a five-minute medical time-out at the end of the second set because she was feeling dizzy.

She also thought she had strained her back in the first set, and between points grabbed and stretched her hip.

To cap things off, Jankovic was bothered by blisters. Hingis had no such problems.

"Endurance-wise it was definitely good to play three (sets) going into Melbourne," she said. "I have a few days off now, just as last year, so probably there I'll be fresh instead of playing another match like this against (Sam) Stosur and then (Amelie) Mauresmo, when you look at that draw."

The Swiss champion has won the Sydney title three times.

However, she also lost here in the first round last year, to eventual champion Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Yesterday marked her second defeat in three days. She was toppled by the towering figure of Russia's Dinara Safina in the Australian Women's Hardcourt final on the Gold Coast last Saturday.

Hingis conceded she needed to learn from yesterday's setback.

"You know, sometimes you just can't think of putting the ball in, you have to take the risk," Hingis said. "And this is not my type of game to do that.

"I've always been more of the building up points. But today, even if you miss sometimes, you have to go for it, which is where I have to change the mentality."

She doesn't need to change much else. Hingis was out-played on some points and had a poor break-point conversion rate - just four from 15 - but she again showed a steely disposition.

In the sixth game of the third set, Hingis was down 0-40 on her serve but got back to deuce. She lost that game and Jankovic went ahead 5-2.

Hingis saved two match points and took the eighth game but in the ninth hit a forehand wide on the third match point.

She said Jankovic's time with the trainer had not disrupted her concentration, indeed Hingis won the first game of the third set.

"I had the momentum but yes, she recovered faster. What is she, 20? So she's six years younger than me," Hingis said with a laugh.

Hingis was gracious in defeat against the 21-year-old.

"She's a great player," she said "She's had some great wins, a great second half of the year last year making the semis at the US Open. Yeah, we'll probably see her soon in the top 10."

Hingis had no rankings points to defend here. That starts next week at Melbourne Park, where she made the quarter-finals last year in her comeback year to the tour.

Ferosh
Jan 8th, 2007, 09:09 PM
C'mon Jelena, show no mercy to Stosur!

~Kiera~
Jan 8th, 2007, 09:30 PM
http://media.putfile.com/Hingis-vs-Jankovic

Great point :)

Vaidisova
Jan 8th, 2007, 09:44 PM
Thanks! That's a great clip. Jelena:hearts:

Do you have any more of any long rallies (that Jelena won)?

~Kiera~
Jan 8th, 2007, 11:36 PM
Thanks! That's a great clip. Jelena:hearts:

Do you have any more of any long rallies (that Jelena won)?

I have the first set, so far. I'm trying to download the rest but it's going at such a slow pace. I haven't watched it yet, but if you can remember any good rallies from that set (I recalled this one from the OOP and scores thread) I'll upload it.

There's a possibility I'll be able to upload the whole thing, I'll have to see how long that'll take.

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:16 AM
Great point - thanks for sharing it!!!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:25 AM
That's really great point! Both playing :eek:

Jeca just got freaked up on the net, and didn't execute :lol: She should attack when she is on "No man's land"...not to go back :D

Dexter
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:44 AM
62 76(2) :bounce:

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:45 AM
Nice win against Sam!!!! Keep on going Jelena!!!! Amazing run she's having at the beginning of the year!!! She's going to be a force to contend with at the AO!!!

Vaidisova
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:46 AM
Nice one Jelena.

~Kiera~
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:48 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y39/Kiera123/stats/samstats.jpg

Good job, Jelena!

MagicMilan
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:48 AM
Well done JJ :drool:

Joana
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:54 AM
:woohoo:
If she wasn't (almost certainly) playing against Mauresmo next I'd be almost cheering against her because she needs some rest. But now she has to win the next match too! :devil:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 9th, 2007, 01:48 AM
:banana: :banana:

~Kiera~
Jan 9th, 2007, 03:54 AM
Kabkab has uploaded the Jelena v Martina match if anyone wants to download it.

http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9768056&postcount=7985

Vaidisova
Jan 9th, 2007, 04:55 AM
Thanks. I'm downloading now.

Good luck Jelena against Amelie, I won't be disappointed if she loses (unless she ends up blowing a big lead or something...) because she has done well this week and already got a big win... So if she wins great, if not no worries. :D

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 9th, 2007, 05:57 AM
Well done Jeca...

Amelie in RG:
2005 - lost against youngster
2006 - lost against youngster

Amelie in Sydney:
2006 - lost against Serbian girl
2007 - :devil: :bounce:

Just Do It
Jan 9th, 2007, 06:41 AM
Now go and get Amelie :mad:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 9th, 2007, 07:47 AM
Get her JJ :banana: :yeah:

daniela86
Jan 9th, 2007, 11:56 AM
Jelena :worship: :D Another very nice tournament :worship: :worship: Big congrats and good luck against Mauresmo :bigclap: :bigclap:
I have to admit that I'm a bit worried for Jelena :unsure: I really don't want her to arrive in Melbourne exausted :o :scared: but so far,she proved that she was one of the fittiest players besides Dementieva.:bounce:

~Kiera~
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:39 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1052

Hingis, who was the No.5 seed here, was ousted on Monday by Jelena Jankovic; Jankovic kept her win streak alive with a 62 76(2) victory over Samantha Stosur.

"I think she has one of the best serves in women's tennis," said Jankovic of the Australian. "It was so tough for me to break her but sometimes I was lucky and I framed the ball. It was a tough match for me, but I gave it my best."

"I think she'll be Top 10 probably by the end of the week," commented Stosur on world No.12 Jankovic. "At the moment she's playing with so much confidence. She had a great last six months of last year, and she won last week in Auckland, and she just feels like she can't lose, which is hard to play against, as well."

Thankfully, she's out of the doubles so she can at least use all her energy for the match against Amelie. Amelie struggled for quite a while against Tati, so Jelena's got a good chance here if she can stay well.

CENTRE COURT
Matches Start At: 11:00am
ATP: Jan HERNYCH (CZE) vs Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)
Shahar PEER (ISR) vs Kim CLIJSTERS (BEL)
ATP: James BLAKE (USA) vs Nathan HEALEY (AUS)
Amelie MAURESMO (FRA) vs Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB)

~Kiera~
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:56 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/stosur-startled-by-inform-jankovic/2007/01/09/1168104983486.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Stosur startled by in-form Jankovic

JELENA Jankovic's and Samantha Stosur's eagerly awaited clash at the Sydney International yesterday answered one of the little tennis mysteries: is a killer serve more of a matchwinner than all-round confidence?

Jankovic, she of the seven-match winning streak who hardly misses a ball in her extensive court coverage, played with such determination and class that the Australian, she of the blinding serve that bamboozles most, was bedazzled.

Jankovic, 21, won 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) and showed that she was playing way above her current world No. 12 ranking. She won the Auckland tournament last week and at the end of the last season had starred in several majors and nearly toppled Justine Henin-Hardenne at the US Open.

Now the Serb will confront defending Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo, who had a gruelling three-set match yesterday against fellow Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin before winning 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-1.

Mauresmo said she was expecting a tough battle against Jankovic — and for good reason — but said she felt "completely relaxed" in the lead-up to her Australian Open title defence, saying it is better to be the titleholder than the challenger.

"It wouldn't have been a disaster to lose because obviously that's what I did last year," Mauresmo said.

"I prefer to have another match to play tomorrow and I think that's better for me because obviously I have a few things really to work on — rhythm, I think quickness around the court and also tactically, to adapt, adjust."

Jankovic certainly has found her rhythm already, and for the first set of yesterday's second-round match in the Sydney International, Stosur was a rabbit in the headlights.

"At the start, she was just playing too well, hardly missed a ball and was just going for her shots — before I knew it, I was three-love down and that set was kind of hard to get back into," Stosur said.

After fighting back to a tie-breaker in the second set, Stosur made a few bad shot decisions. She was still shaking her head at going for a backhand down the line that missed and put her down four match points.

"It is just little things like that where you feel like you know you can make that shot, but is it the right shot to go for at this particular time?" Stosur said.

Stosur, 22, still managed to fire in her trademark aces. She hit nine of them, and Jankovic, who has had the experience of returning serves from the Williams sisters, was later moved to claim that the Queenslander was one of the best servers in the game.

"The second serve is really good," Jankovic said. "She has a really good kick on the back of it, which is really difficult for the girls because most girls have a slice, and she has a really strong kick, almost like the men."

Stosur was also complimentary of her opponent, who earlier had claimed the prized scalp of Martina Hingis. She wasn't too perturbed that her warm-up for the Australian Open had been curtailed abruptly, saying she would welcome a day off before heading to Melbourne.

Said Stosur of Jankovic: "She gets to everything and somehow she hits unbelievable shots, especially off the backhand side, and unfortunately that is kind of hard to play against when you don't expect that ball to be coming back down the line.

"At the moment, she is playing with so much confidence; she had a great six months last year and she won last week in Auckland and she is just playing like she feels she can't lose, which is kind of hard to play against as well."

Jankovic, who had spent the short off-season training in 35-degree heat and high humidity in Colombia with her Spanish coach, said she had been trying to develop greater stamina to survive three sets in top shape.

Australian veteran Nicole Pratt was bundled out of the tournament 6-1, 6-2 by crowd favourite Kim Clijsters.

It was a chance for Sydneysiders to see the veterans of the circuit one last time, with both planning retirement this season.with AAP

~Kiera~
Jan 9th, 2007, 05:19 PM
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21035460-2722,00.html

Jankovic shaping as an Open threat
Nicole Jeffery
January 10, 2007

RISING star Jelena Jankovic is quickly emerging as a genuine contender at the coming Australian Open after producing a powerful win against Samantha Stosur yesterday.
It was no disgrace for Stosur, Australia's highest-ranked female player, in losing 6-2 7-6 (7-2) to Jankovic, of Serbia, at the Sydney International.
Jankovic, with her deadly ground strokes and fluid movement around the court, is in marvellous form at the beginning of the year and she is not daunted by rank or reputations.

Her next match, against top seed and defending Melbourne Park champion Amelie Mauresmo in the quarter-finals, should reveal more.

The athletic 21-year-old from Belgrade has reached No.12 in the world on the back of an excellent six months, crowned by her semi-final appearance at the US Open, where she eventually lost to world No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne.

She is undefeated this year, having won the Auckland title last Saturday and upsetting Martina Hingis in the first round here on Monday, despite needing a medical timeout mid-match after complaining of dizziness.

However, she spent her end-of-season break pounding the sand on the beach in Colombia in 35-degree heat and high humidity to boost her stamina. The benefits of that showed yesterday.

Jankovic charged out of the gate and Stosur, ranked No.27, never recovered. She was down 3-0 before she knew it and the first set was gone soon after, 6-2.

"At the start she was just playing too well," Stosur said. "She hardly missed a ball and was just going for her shots.

"I think she moves exceptionally well. She gets to everything and somehow, when she is at full stretch, she hits unbelievable shots, especially off the backhand side. The backhand down the line is one of her best strokes."

~Kiera~
Jan 9th, 2007, 05:26 PM
Jelena's post match interview (v Martina)

Jelena Jankovic Interview - Sydney (Jan 8)

Q. Is it exhaustion or elation?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I'm so tired to be honest because especially from coming from Auckland, I didn't have much time to recover after winning the title there, and obviously I had a tough match today. I think it was a great match. Martina played really well. She was so solid. She's really an experienced player and she doesn't give me any free points, so I have to earn them all. It was a very tough match, and I'm just happy that I won today.

Q. Where does that rank in your tennis career? How high is that match for you? Is that one of your best wins, or where does that rank for you?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I think I've had better wins than this, but obviously it's a great win for me. It gives me more confidence. Martina, it's also good to win against Martina because she's won so many Grand Slams and she's a well-known player.

Q. You've had a lot of very, very long matches and you've actually won most of them. You must feel you can wear most people down?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I was feeling really tired today. After the second set, I thought maybe I cannot keep up, but I managed to do it. I was telling to myself, I can do it, I have to fight, and even though I'm really tired and sometimes I felt quite dizzy on the court, but I managed to win the match.

Q. Was that the problem you had with the blood pressure, dizziness?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I think I was really tired. I was drinking, I had some sugar and everything, and I was trying not to think how I feel, I was just trying to fight out there and be strong, and I did it.

Q. How does it place you now for the Australian Open with your preparation?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, my main goal was to have as many matches as possible under my belt, and I think I'm doing well. I won the tournament in Auckland, I won here one match, and I'm looking forward to my next one. It's good to have as many matches as possible to feel confident before the Australian Open.

Q. Do you feel like you've picked up from the second half of '06 to this?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I think like I'm one of the top players because I've been doing really well. In five months I became No. 12 in the world. Until May I don't have almost anything to defend. So if I keep going like this, I can really improve in the rankings, and I showed that I can beat any player and just enjoy my tennis and keep going.

Q. Did you also have a back injury or something in the first set?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I was getting quite stiff, and I thought, oh, not again, because I had something like that in the US Open just before my semifinals, and I know the back injury is one of the worst. If something happens there, if I get stuck or -- you can't do anything, and I was really scared. But it was not -- it was just getting a little bit tight, but then after I got warm and playing, it was not so bad.

Q. Is there a fear that you're maybe having too much work, too many niggles and injuries now before the Open?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I just hope that I will stay healthy. You know, I don't have anything right now that's going to be -- I have blisters and these kind of things, but nothing serious, and I hope it will stay like that.

Q. You play Sam Stosur next round. You had your own supporters, though, today?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, I'm really glad that I have a lot of fans supporting me. It always means a lot to me. But I think tomorrow will be tough. My fans are not going to be as loud as the whole stadium full of Australians.

Q. Have you played her before?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I'm not sure. I think I played here in Juniors in the Australian Open when I won the Junior Australian, but that was like five, six, seven years ago, I don't remember, but not lately. Only in the doubles we've played against each other.

Just Do It
Jan 9th, 2007, 05:31 PM
Jelena will be live on ES :yeah:

Just Do It
Jan 9th, 2007, 06:38 PM
Jelena will be LIVE on TV AVALA !!! 05:30 CET :woohoo: Finally Serbian TV will show our players, LIVE !!!

xXSarajevoXx
Jan 9th, 2007, 06:41 PM
ajde jelena, now kick amelie´s ass :D

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:54 AM
Jelena will be LIVE on TV AVALA !!! 05:30 CET :woohoo: Finally Serbian TV will show our players, LIVE !!!

I think it may well start later than 5:30 CET. The Baghdatis game has just gone to the third set and we've still got the Peer/Clijsters and Blake/Healey matches.

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:58 AM
Thanks for the interview Kiera!!!! I love to hear Jelena's comments after a match. Did you have any luck in downloading the Martina match? I would love to see it!!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:09 AM
I think it may well start later than 5:30 CET. The Baghdatis game has just gone to the third set and we've still got the Peer/Clijsters and Blake/Healey matches.

It looks like it's gonna start much later than 05:30

I'm gonna die this month!!! I haven't went to sleep all this year before 06 :rolleyes: and it looks like I'm not gonna sleep before it few day ahead as well... :sobbing:

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:16 AM
Did you have any luck in downloading the Martina match? I would love to see it!!

Yes, thankfully. The picture quality is excellent. It's definitely worth watching.

Kabkab actually posted links to it last night (before I'd even finished downloading it) You can find those here:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9768056&postcount=7985

It looks like it's gonna start much later than 05:30

I'm gonna die this month!!! I haven't went to sleep all this year before 06 :rolleyes: and it looks like I'm not gonna sleep before it few day ahead as well... :sobbing:

It'd be nice to have more than 5 hours sleep sometime this week :lol:

MagicMilan
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:27 AM
Jelena will be LIVE on TV AVALA !!! 05:30 CET :woohoo: Finally Serbian TV will show our players, LIVE !!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

MagicMilan
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:28 AM
And Kiera thanks for the interview ;)

Mr.Kardashian
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:32 AM
another jelena match against one of my fav players... i dont know who i want to win i just hope amelie and jelena both play a great game... i think the winner of this match will make the final... probably against kim... good luck jelena!

Ferosh
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:25 AM
Amelie and Jelena are two of my favorite players. Although I want Jelena to win this matchup, I can't help but to feel worried about fatigue. This girl is overworking her body too hard, too often. If she does lose, I will not feel disappointed, but rather relieved that she'll have a few days to rest.

Best of luck, Jelena!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:47 AM
I can't wait... C'mon Kim and James... Make it quick so JJ can enter the court :)

Vaidisova
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:34 AM
oh my god !

she won 7-5 6-0

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:35 AM
Fantastic :worship:

Jelena was on fire in that second set!

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:37 AM
WOWOWOWOOWOWOWO!!!! I'm so happy!!!!!!! GO JELENA!!!!!

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:39 AM
Win this Jelena!!! Nothing is impossible for her at the moment!!! I totally believe that she can beat Martina, Vera (again), and Amelie to reach the semis, and from there, I think she could still keep going!!! You never know with Jeca!

Quoting myself... Like I said,, she can do anything!!!! Win it all Jelena!!!

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:42 AM
Quoting myself... Like I said,, she can do anything!!!! Win it all Jelena!!!

On today's performance, absolutely. She must have all the confidence in the world coming off such a win.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y39/Kiera123/stats/amestats.jpg

Vaidisova
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:45 AM
yes she must really be on a high right now!

MagicMilan
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:50 AM
Wow :eek: :eek: :eek:
What a performance :worship:
I'll be rooting for Jelena in the sf whoever she plays :bounce:

Just Do It
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:04 AM
:eek: Jelena :eek: !!!

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:46 AM
Jelena :eek: :worship: Good luck in SF.

Mr.Kardashian
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:50 AM
jelena is in HOT form! australian open here she comes.... top ten by end of the month i think

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:18 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

Believe it or not I'm speachless!!! :rolleyes:

martirogi
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:43 PM
amazing jelena :worship:


but lose the semi and rest up for ao :sad:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:04 PM
Nooooo!!!! She will win Sydney playing final on Saturday, and then will play easy first round at AO in thursday! ok :D ?

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:26 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/jankovic-adds-mauresmo-to-list-of-victims/2007/01/10/1168105052970.html#

Jankovic adds Mauresmo to list of victims

She thumped Martina Hingis off the court, then Samantha Stosur, and yesterday it was world No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo who became Jelena Jankovic's latest victim.

The world No. 12 is proving a dark horse for the Australian Open next week after her strong win over Mauresmo 7-5, 6-0.

Jankovic was, naturally, ecstatic about her victory and her winning streak. The Serbian won her way through a tournament in Auckland last week and the 2001 junior Australian Open winner is now eyeing the Melbourne grand slam.

"Eight wins in a row," Jankovic said. "I am so happy that I'm doing really well. I couldn't have asked for a better start to the year. I'm so happy that I won over No. 3 in the world. It's just great."

When told she had been touted as a possibility for the Australian Open title, Jankovic was surprised.

"Really?" she said. "I'm playing really well, I have the confidence, and I just hope to keep going like this, especially in Melbourne, which is the most important."

Jankovic ended 2006 ranked 12th in the world but is poised to break into the top 10.

But the 2006 US Open semi-finalist admitted she picked up a leg injury during her win over Mauresmo, and could yet pull out of this week's tournament.

"I maybe strained it a little bit," she said. "But this is what I'm worried about because it's not so good. I have to be ready for Melbourne."

Mauresmo, the current Australian Open champion, was disappointed she could not stay in the Sydney International tournament for longer. "I feel there is a lot of work to do in my game and physically," the Frenchwoman said. "And so that's more this part that I'm concerned about than really the fact that I'm out of the tournament.

"I would have loved, of course, to play one or two more matches, but, you know, still some work to do."

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:30 PM
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-6335533,00.html

Jankovic looming as Australian Open contender

By Julian Linden

SYDNEY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Serbia's Jelena Jankovic confirmed her growing reputation as a real contender to win the Australian Open with a convincing 7-5 6-0 win over defending champion Amelie Mauresmo on Wednesday.

Jankovic overcame a slow start to overpower Mauresmo in the quarter-finals of the Sydney International and stretch her unbeaten record this year to eight matches.

Jankovic also won last week's Auckland Classic in New Zealand and says she is the best form of her life heading into the first grand slam of 2007.

"Eight wins in a row, it's unbelievable. I am so happy that I'm doing really well," she told a news conference.

"I couldn't have asked for a better start to the year. I'm so happy that I won over the number three player in the world."

Jankovic ended 2006 ranked 12th in the world after reaching the semi-finals at the U.S. Open but is poised to break into the top 10 after a great start to the new season.

She has mixed memories of the Australian Open. She won the junior title in 2001 but is yet to go beyond the second round in the senior event at Melbourne Park, though she expects to go a lot further this year after a gruelling off-season.

After spending the last two years training in the European winter, the 21-year-old Jankovic decided to head to Colombia to train in the searing heat of South America and the hard work is already paying off.

"I worked really hard and I feel really prepared and I have the confidence," she said. "I'm really enjoying my game. I have no fear. I feel I can beat anybody, and that's the most important thing."

Despite her tough preparation, Jankovic said she was surprised by her brilliant start to the season but hoped she had not peaked too early.

"My goal was just to have as many matches as possible under my belt, but I didn't expect that I would win so many," she said.

"The most important thing for me is to be ready for Melbourne ...but I have already strained my leg a little bit and I have blisters all over my feet.

"I felt like I went to war, not on the tennis court."

Just Do It
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:38 PM
I maybe strained it a little bit," she said. "But this is what I'm worried about because it's not so good. I have to be ready for Melbourne."

She is faking ;)

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:42 PM
Thursday, January 11, 2007

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)

1. ATP: Blake vs. Korolev
2. Clijsters vs. N.Li
3. Jankovic vs. Vaidisova

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:44 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1054

Jankovic Upsets Mauresmo; Clijsters Still Rolling

SYDNEY, Australia - Jelena Jankovic has continued to assert herself as one of the most dangerous players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Wednesday, notching her eighth and most impressive Top 10 win against Amélie Mauresmo to reach the Sydney semifinals.

The Serb's 75 60 win over the No.3-ranked Frenchwoman was her first win over a Top 3 player; it was even more lopsided than the score suggests, as she trailed 3-0 in the first set only to reel off 12 of the last 14 games for the runaway victory. It was her eighth straight match victory, having gone 5-0 in her Auckland title run and now 3-0 here.

"In a few minutes, I was already down 3-0; I made so many mistakes," Jankovic said. "But in the second set I found my rhythm and was just going for my shots and everything was going in. I felt like I could close my eyes and just hit the lines, especially my backhand. It worked really well."

Jankovic's first Top 10 victory came in 2004 against Elena Dementieva, and she followed that effort with a win over Serena Williams in 2005. She had four more in 2006 over Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dementieva and Nadia Petrova. Already this week she has notched two more, over Martina Hingis in the first round and the win over Mauresmo. Sooner or later the world No.12 will crack the Top 10.

"I'm so happy that I'm doing really well. I couldn't have asked for a better start to the year. I'm so happy that I won over the No.3 in the world. It's just great."

Mauresmo, who will defend her Australian Open title in Melbourne next week, talked about how her game is shaping up as her first major title defense nears.

"There's a lot of work to do in my game and physically; that's more this part that I'm concerned about than the fact I'm out of the tournament," Mauresmo said. "I'd have loved to play one or two more matches, but still some work to do."

Next up for Jankovic will be Vaidisova, the No.8 seed here, who powered past Ana Ivanovic, 64 62, in one hour, eight minutes.

"Ana's a great player, she's very dangerous; I knew I'd have to be playing my best today," Vaidisova said. "She had chances to get back into it, at the start of the second set, but I managed to step up. I'm happy with my performance."

Vaidisova is 4-1 against Jankovic, but the Serb had the aforementioned win in 2006 and also pushed the Czech to 57 76(5) 64 in the Linz quarters in the fall.

Just Do It
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:53 PM
When will Jelena play, CET, please ? :)

Just Do It
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:54 PM
oh now i can see 3rd match at cc ;)

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:56 PM
I maybe strained it a little bit," she said. "But this is what I'm worried about because it's not so good. I have to be ready for Melbourne."

She is faking ;)

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes she is :p

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:58 PM
oh now i can see 3rd match at cc ;)

Hopefully the other two matches will be over with quickly. I'd like to go to bed before the sunrises :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes she is :p

She's lulling her opponents into a false sense of security ;)

Just Do It
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:38 PM
Guys, these days I'm not sleeping at all :lol: Thank God I'm on holiday ! School will start next week and i couldnt be able to watch AO :scared:

martirogi
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:55 PM
Nooooo!!!! She will win Sydney playing final on Saturday, and then will play easy first round at AO in thursday! ok :D ?

she would play her 1st round tuesday at the latest. :confused:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:01 PM
:haha:

Tuesday sorry :D Not Thursday :p

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:13 PM
http://www.casinotimes.co.uk/casino-news/2007-01/william-hill-tennis-100107.htm

Jankovic All The Rage For Australian Open Victory

William Hill have slashed the price of Jelena Jankovic winning the Australian open from 25/1 to 14/1 as punters pile on the Serbian to win the first Grand Slam of the year.

Former Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova is the 9/4 favourite.

"You cannot fault punters logic, Jelena must been a real contender in Sydney as she is unbeaten in 2007, thrashed Mauresmo and now Venus Williams has pulled out," said William Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.

Roger Federer is the 2/5 favourite to win the Men's title with Nadal offered at 6/1 and Andy Roddick a 10/1 shot. British number one Andy Murray is a 40/1 outsider for the crown.

Women's Australian Open Betting Odds: 9/4 M Sharapova, 7/2 A Mauresmo, 5//1 K Clijsters, 14/1 N Petrova, 14/1 J Jankovic, 16/1 Serena Williams, 16/1 N Vaidisova, 16/1 M Hingis, 20/1 S Kuznetsova, 50/1 E Dementieva, 50/1 D Safina, 50/1 A Ivanovic, 66/1 S Peer, 66/1 P Schnyder, 66/1 A Chakvetadze

daniela86
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:30 PM
Jelena :worship: :worship: Amazing scoreline :D :rocker: and amazing win :rocker: :worship: :cool:!!! I have no words to express how much I'm happy she finally beat Mauresmo. :D :banana:!
Good luck against Vaidisova now if she plays :p
I also think she isn't really injured:p Imo,she will play and kick ass in the AO :cool:!!

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:31 AM
Yes, thankfully. The picture quality is excellent. It's definitely worth watching.

Kabkab actually posted links to it last night (before I'd even finished downloading it) You can find those here:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9768056&postcount=7985



It'd be nice to have more than 5 hours sleep sometime this week :lol:

Thanks so much for the link! I am downloading it now! Anyone got the Mauresmo match?

Vaidisova
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:49 AM
Jelena won 6-4 4-6 6-4. Bittersweet for me as I love both.

Congrats Jelena... Just wondering how much she has left in her. :eek:

~Kiera~
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:50 AM
Woo hoo! Jelena won. Great fighting spirit from her once again :worship:

Thanks so much for the link! I am downloading it now! Anyone got the Mauresmo match?

I haven't come across a download yet, but if I find one I'll let you know :)

Just Do It
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:57 AM
Jelena :eek: Guys, final point was amazing !!!

martirogi
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:01 AM
jelena :worship: :hearts:


i've been rooting against you all week in favor of rest, but now i must hope you get the title. :worship: :worship:

Just Do It
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:13 AM
She will play Final tomorrow ?

Vaidisova
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:14 AM
yes the final is tomorrow!

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:22 AM
Amazing match. Congrats to both. Jeca is my hero!!!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:08 PM
:woohoo:

I don't know what to say :lol:

~Kiera~
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:34 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1056

Joining the No.3-seeded Belgian in the final will be Jankovic, a 64 46 64 upset winner over No.8 seed Nicole Vaidisova in the second semifinal. The Serb, who ousted No.5 seed Martina Hingis and top seed Amélie Mauresmo en route to the semis, was treated for a back strain during the second but regrouped, clinching the third on the strength of a break in the ninth game.

"I was really struggling, especially with the heat and everything," Jankovic said. "I was just telling to myself I have to hang in there and fight until the end, and that's what I did. Especially the fans, when it was the most difficult, when I really thought that I had no energy left, they kind of motivated me and pushed me."

Jankovic could grab her third Top 10 win of the week on Friday against the No.5-ranked Clijsters, but she hasn't beaten the Belgian in any of their five previous encounters. Their first three duels ended in two set decisions, once in 2002 and twice in 2005. It was during last year's summer hardcourts that the Serb really began pressing, taking Clijsters to three sets at both Stanford and San Diego.

"I'd never beaten Mauresmo before, but I gave her revenge," said Jankovic on how their head-to-head might not be too relevant. "The last couple of matches that we had were really tough. It was a few points here and there, then I made a mistake. I think I have a good chance, and if I play like I've been playing, I can do it. I won the tournament last week and maybe I can go for the second one."

"Jankovic is a girl who has improved a lot," Clijsters said. "I played her a few times and every match she's become better. She looks more confident out there; she could get really uptight, like really angry at herself, and lose a few games - give them away by getting down. She's a lot more positive out there."

http://www.smh.com.au/news/tennis/never-mind-the-blisters-jankovic-is-not-about-to-let-clijsters-burst-her-bubble/2007/01/11/1168105115753.html

Never mind the blisters, Jankovic is not about to let Clijsters burst her bubble

THE blisters weep on her feet but Jelena Jankovic's confidence keeps rising on the tennis court. Yesterday it was world No.11 Nicole Vaidisova who was the latest player Jankovic knocked over, and tonight she plans to bring down world No.5 Kim Clijsters in the Sydney International women's final.

There have been no easybeats on Jankovic's way to the final, having defeated world No.3 Amelie Mauresmo, No.27 Samantha Stosur and No.7 Martina Hingis to get here.

But tonight will be tougher, with the odds against Jankovic. In their five encounters, Clijsters has come away with the spoils. Clijsters has 33 titles to Jankovic's two. This will be the 21-year-old Serb's hardest match yet, but she implores you to look at her recent victories. Jankovic's self-belief is bubbling.

"You've never beaten Clijsters before," pointed out a journalist at a media conference yesterday.

Jankovic quickly added: "And I've never beaten Mauresmo before, but I gave her the revenge. I feel more confident."

As she trumps the big names, her ranking is rising. If she wins today in Sydney Jankovic will move up to No.10.

On the negative side she has a few niggling injuries, such as her back and red raw feet. The blisters have started to heal after the physios lanced them on Wednesday. She laughs, saying they had fun puncturing the flaps of skin. "I felt like I was having surgery in the training room," Jankovic said giggling.

Clijsters, 23, will be making a bid for her second Sydney International crown. She last won the title in 2003 and also secured victory in the doubles that year. While in the past Clijsters has had the upper hand, she can see that Jankovic is playing with a new-found conviction.

"She is a girl who has improved a lot," Clijsters said. "I've played her a few times, and I feel like every match that I've played against her she's become better. She looks more confident out there, and she could get really like uptight, like really angry with herself and lose a few games, give them away by just getting down on herself.

"I think she's a great mover, plays the tennis I think that a lot of the top girls play. She goes for her shots, she likes to take risks, and she defends very well. I think that's a very good combination that she's shown over the last few weeks where she's done well."

Clijsters felt tested in the thick heat against China's Ni La yesterday. The Belgian won the match 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, and said it was important for her to make the final.

"It means a lot," she said. "Especially if you can win them like today. I think it's always a bonus. I think any match, any extra match, that I can have here is great.

"My first two matches were pretty easy, and then winning this one in three sets, a close one, I really got tested. So it's a good thing to get through matches like this. It was fun. It's nice to be out on the court like this and be challenged, not just by your opponent but by the heat and everything, so that makes it a lot more challenging, I think, for you out there."

In her final year on the tour, Clijsters said she was savouring every moment and thankful she didn't have any injuries.

"Just a couple of blisters on my toes but that's fine," she said. "That's nothing to worry about … I feel pretty good."

~Kiera~
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:36 PM
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21046370-11088,00.html

Jankovic isn't planning happy ending for Clijsters

SERBIAN hotshot Jelena Jankovic stands between Belgian Kim Clijsters and a Cinderella send-off from Sydney.

Clijsters has won all five matches against Jankovic, including two last year, and the pair meet in the final of the Sydney International tonight.

"She is definitely a girl who has improved a lot," said Clijsters, who will retire at the end of the year.

"(Before) She could get really uptight, really angry at herself and lose a few games, give them away by just getting down on herself. Now she is a lot more positive out there."

Clijsters yesterday encountered the first genuine test of her campaign in her 6-1 1-6 7-5 semi-final win against Na Li, while Jankovic overcame back and foot injuries, searing heat and a monumental challenge from Czech Nicole Vaidisova to win 6-4 4-6 6-4.

Jankovic, who received physiotherapy last night, has seemingly had to weigh the merits of a potential title win, and the confidence that generates, against the soundness of her body leading into the Australian Open.
However she said the thought of withdrawing to preserve her body had not entered her mind.

"I am this kind of player, I don't like to give up," Jankovic said. "It doesn't matter what tournament you are at. I try to always give my best and to fight until the end."

If Jankovic beats Clijsters, she will break into the top 10 for the first time in her career.

Jankovic, whose previous best at the tournament was a second-round finish in 2005, was unconcerned by her record against Clijsters.

"No, I've never beaten Kim . . . but I had never beaten Mauresmo, either," Jankovic said of her quarter-final upset against the Australian Open champion.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Sport/HeninHardenne-will-be-back-Clijsters/2007/01/11/1168105112137.html

On a scorcher at Sydney Olympic Park during which the 40-degrees-on-court mark allowed several heat breaks, the world No.5 survived a stern test from China's Na Li to post a 6-1 1-6 7-5 win in the first semi-final of the Sydney International.

But it's Serb Jelena Jankovic who continues to win fans with her sheer guts.

Bucking the trend of eight tournament withdrawals, and with her left thigh already bandaged at the start of play, Jankovic survived two courtside treatment sessions for an injured back to take the other spot in Friday's final over Czech eighth seed Nicole Vaidisova 6-4 4-6 6-4.

Asked why she didn't follow suit and throw in the towel, the world No.12 said: "Because I'm this kind of player. I don't like to give up.

"It doesn't matter which tournament we are at.

"I try always to give my best and to fight until the end."

The 21-year-old said she hoped her body would hold up for Friday's final - in which she will try to win her second straight title and third overall.

"I will have so many treatments, with my feet, with my back with my groin.

"I have so many things that are really hurting me at the moment."

Her victory set up a clash between the two tournament stand-outs but the Belgian holds a 5-0 advantage in the pair's previous meetings.

Jankovic said that statistic didn't concern her.

"I've never beaten Mauresmo before, but I gave her revenge (yesterday)," she laughed.

Jankovic is likely to jump to a No.10 ranking if she wins the title - something she was more than mindful of on Thursday.

"What is my ranking now?" she asked journalists at her press conference.

"If I win the whole tournament, and now?

"Who is 11 because Vaidisova is defending points here, but she didn't get any points.

"But Safina, how many has she?"

Clijsters said Jankovic should be feeling confident after her ninth straight win.

"I feel like every match that I've played against her she's become better," Clijsters said.

"She looks more confident out there."

Belco
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:07 PM
thats so positive from Jankovic... wow i was ready to put $$ on Clijsters 2 sets to 1 but maybe ill add Jankovic 2-1 just incase :lol:

~Kiera~
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:31 PM
Friday, January 12, 2007

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Fyrstenberg/Matkowski vs. Hanley/Ullyett
2. ATP: Damm/Paes vs. Knowles/Nestor
3. ATP: Melzer vs. Blake (NB 13.00hrs)
4. ATP: Moya or Baghdatis vs. Gasquet or Mathieu (NB 15.00hrs)
5. Singles Final: Jankovic vs. Clijsters (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Doubles Final: Groenefeld/Shaughnessy vs. Bartoli/Tu

~Kiera~
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:39 PM
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21045647-2722,00.html

Jankovic's courage equates to power of 10
Margie McDonald
January 12, 2007

JELENA JANKOVIC is enjoying her highest ranking but she can break into the world's top 10 if her body holds out and she is successful in tonight's singles final at the Sydney International.

Two medical time-outs in her semi-final against Nicole Vaidisova yesterday for a lower-back problem, strapping around her right groin and treatment for blisters on Wednesday night that required a scalpel, suggest the 21-year-old is in need of rest.

But the Serbian is into tonight's final and if she beats Kim Clijsters, Jankovic, who is No.12 but will displace Vaidisova from No.11 after beating her in the semi-final, will oust Dinara Safina from 10.

However, it won't be easy. It will be Jankovic's 10th match in less than a week and Clijsters holds a 5-0 record, including two wins on hardcourts last year in the United States.

"I had never beaten (Amelie) Mauresmo before but I gave her revenge," Jankovic said before breaking into a big smile, when asked if Clijsters' dominance over her was unnerving.

Clijsters will not take her lightly. "I've played her a few times, and I feel like every match I've played against her she's become better," Clijsters said.

"She looks more confident out there, before she could get really uptight, like really angry at herself and lose a few games, give them away by just getting down on herself, and I think she notices that now and she's a lot more positive out there.

"She goes for her shots, she likes to take risks and she defends very well."

Jankovic won a hard-fought match over Vaidisova in the heat yesterday and she will hope her body holds together one more time tonight.

She will then get at least two days' full rest before the Australian Open starts on Monday.

"I am going straight to the physio room to have many treatments with my feet, my back, my groin. I have so many things that are really hurting me at the moment, and I will have a massage," Jankovic said.

On match point, Vaidisova, 17, hit two overheads to try to finish off her opponent but a determined Jankovic scrambled and returned both. On a third high ball, which was begging to be put away, Vaidisova hit it wide.

Despite the medical time-outs, Jankovic said she had not thought of retiring in a bid to preserve her body for Melbourne, like many others have this week.

"I was really struggling, especially with the heat and all but I was just telling myself I have to hang in there and fight to the end - and that's what I did."

The daughter of two economists, Jankovic is fast proving she is as clinical in beating an opponent as she is classy.

"I like to dictate the play and especially with my backhand down the line which is working well. I like to have an all-court game, kind of every shot to have in my repertoire."

Vaidisova, the youngest player in the main draw at Sydney, kept herself in the fight despite not being able to convert four set points in the second.

She finally did on the fifth to force the match into a third set, but could not find a way to finish off a wounded Jankovic, who was supported by several rows of Serbian fans in the stands.

"I have to thank especially the fans," she said. "You know when it was the most difficult, when I really thought that I have no energy left, they kind of motivated me and pushed me to my limits."

xcrtbckhnd, nouf has upload the Jankovic vs Mauresmo match here:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280203

Just Do It
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:38 PM
so Jelena will start her match at 09:30 CET ?

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:49 PM
Yes Dan'lo :p

Just Do It
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:56 PM
Yes Dan'lo :p

:smash:

Bероника
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:59 PM
I admit yesterday I was sad because Amélie is my main favourite player of all,but if I think about it I prefer her to lose to Jelena who I like a lot too than to any other girl.

I just watched her match today on tv and I have to say Jelena never ceazes to amaze and impress me.This girl is such a special character!! :hearts: And I love the way she doesn't give up and aplauds when her opponents score a good point :worship:

The final will be very difficult,but I really hope Jelena can make it :D AJMO!!!!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:19 PM
:smash:

:haha: :haha:

What's up?.........Dan'lo :D

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:21 AM
http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=16016

Medibank International: Jelena Jankovic, Jan 10, 2007
MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL

January 10, 2007

Jelena Jankovic

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Q. Now it's eight, eight games in a row.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Eight wins in a row. It's unbelievable. I am so happy that I'm doing really well. I couldn't have asked for a better start to the year. I'm so happy that I won over No. 3 in the world. It's just great. I was playing really well today, not so well in the first set. I was struggling a bit with the wind and didn't adjust my feet and I didn't have good timing. But in the second set I thought that I really was going for my shots and I really dominated.

Q. People are starting to talk about you as a possibility for the Australian Open.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Really? I did really well in the US Open. I was in the semifinals and had a big chance to go in the final, but missed that chance. I'm playing really well, I have the confidence, and I just hope to keep going like this, especially in Melbourne, which is the most important.

Q. Do you think Rebound Ace suits your game, that surface?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know, but the last few years I didn't play so well here on the Rebound Ace. It was one of the worst surfaces for me. I couldn't adjust. Then all of a sudden this year I adjusted so well and I love the Rebound Ace now.

Q. You won the Australian Open Junior?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I won the Australian Open Junior, and since then, the professional, it's my worst result, the Australian Open. I just didn't play well at all there.

Q. Can you explain why that was?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know, maybe I didn't prepare well, maybe I didn't have good preparation, maybe I came from cold weather and then coming to Australia, which is so hot. Then this year I practised in the hot weather, so I really prepared for all the heat and everything.

Q. Can you already see the difference that's made as far as going into the Australian Open?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I worked really hard and I feel really prepared and I have the confidence, and I'm really enjoying my game. I have no fear. I feel I can beat anybody, and that's the most important thing.

Q. Do you feel it's a positive or a negative having so many matches going into a Grand Slam?

JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, my goal was just to have as many matches as possible under my belt, but I didn't expect that I would win so many like this, eight in a row. But I hope that I will be -- when does this tournament finish?

Q. For you it would be Friday night.

JELENA JANKOVIC: If I'm playing tomorrow it will be a tough match, and I injured my leg a little bit. I maybe strained it a little bit. But this is what I'm worried about because it's not so good. I have to be ready for Melbourne. I just want to play, and if I'm okay -- the most important thing for me is to be ready for Melbourne.

Q. How important do you consider these tournaments? Nikolay Davydenko was just saying they're so small that no one cared about them.

JELENA JANKOVIC: This one? But this one for women is bigger than the men because our prize money here is bigger than the men's prize money. So here the draw was so tough, there were so many great players from the top, so it's good preparation before the Australian Open, and of course if I can get wins like this, it gives me even more confidence, even more motivation to do better.

Q. You both traded a number of service breaks and there were a lot of close games. Did you feel like you could maintain your rhythm even though sometimes Amélie was expressing how frustrated she was in her own game?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I think in the beginning we were both struggling, I think with the wind or something. I didn't feel the ball. In a few minutes I was already down 3-Love. I just made so many mistakes. I didn't feel my serve, my ground strokes, everything was off. And I think she also, especially in the first set, she was also not playing so well. But then in the second set, I just found my rhythm and I just was really going for my shots, and everything was going in. I felt like I could close my eyes and just go on the line, especially my backhand. It worked really well.

Q. You said you had a little leg problem. Where is it in your leg?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it was in the first set I made some movement, and also I made that split, which was, oh, not again.

Q. You did that against Stosur, as well?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know why. I want to stop doing that. It's not a good habit. It's not good. I don't want to be a gymnast on the court.

Q. Did you feel a strain in your thigh?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, it was not when I made the split, it was somewhere before. I don't remember exactly which point, but it was in the groin or quad, I don't know exactly. I will go to the trainer, to see the trainers, and after I can know more what is the problem. But I hope it will not be so bad. But now I have a little bit of pain in there because I'm cold. Now I've cooled off.

Q. So you'll have some treatment and see how you are tomorrow?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, I will have some treatment, and also I have blisters all over my feet. I felt like I went to war, not on the tennis court.

End of FastScripts

Medibank International: Jelena Jankovic, Jan 11, 2007
MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL

January 11, 2007

Jelena Jankovic

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Q. I suppose the biggest question is will the body hold together for the final?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I hope so. After I finish this press conference I will go to the physio room and I will have so many treatments, with my feet, with my back, with my groin. I have so many things that are really hurting me at the moment, and I will have a massage, so I hope that I can recover for tomorrow's match.

Q. What did you do immediately after the match? Did you have an ice bath to get your temperature down?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I went for a little jog. I was running for 10 or 15 minutes just to cool off a little bit, even though it was very, very difficult. I was struggling to run, but my trainer made me do that, and then I had a cold shower and I stretched, and after this I will have a massage and all these treatments to recover well.

Q. A lot of players this week who have felt small injuries have retired during the tournament. Why are you keeping going at this point?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Because I'm this kind of a player. I don't like to give up. It doesn't matter which tournament we are at. I try always to give my best and to fight until the end, and today I had a problem with my back, but the trainer came out and she really helped me a lot. She loosened me up, and I was able to finish the match and actually win, which I didn't believe at some moments.

Q. After that second set when you had the trainer come out twice, did you think you wouldn't be able to push through for the third set?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I was really struggling, especially with the heat and everything, but it's my ninth match today and I didn't have any rest, so it's really, really difficult for me, but I was just telling to myself I have to hang in there and fight until the end, and that's what I did. Especially the fans, you know, when it was the most difficult, when I really thought that I have no energy left, they kind of motivated me and pushed me to my limits.

Q. You've never beaten Kim Clijsters.

JELENA JANKOVIC: And I've never beaten Mauresmo before, but I gave her revenge (laughter).

Q. She was saying that you look more confident out on the court.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, I feel more confident. The last couple of matches that we had were really, really tough. I lost in three sets. It was a few points here and there, then I made a mistake. I think I have a good chance, and if I play like I've been playing, I think I can do it. I won the tournament last week, I won one title, so I'm really confident, and maybe I can go for the second one. It would be nice.

Q. What's been the most pleasing thing; is it your fitness, your stroke play? What's the most satisfying thing coming through Auckland and now Sydney?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know, I think I'm just fighting. When I can set up, I can play my game, I can play really aggressively and I can -- I don't know, I like to dictate the play, and that's what -- especially my backhand is working really well, especially down the line. I like to have an all-court game, kind of every shot I want to have in my repertoire, or how you say it.

Q. How are the blisters on your feet?

JELENA JANKOVIC: They're getting better. I'm getting treatments every day. Yesterday I thought I was having surgery in the training room. They were all with the scalpel, the knife, and they were having a lot of fun. And me, I'm there, I'm sweating, I'm so scared, but I survived (laughter).

Q. Do you think that continuing to play matches -- you've played obviously perhaps much more than you expected to play in these two weeks; as preparation for the Australian Open, is this better preparation, or would resting at this point be a little bit better for you?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I will have two days off rest. Tomorrow is the final and then Saturday I will not practise, I will just rest. Maybe depending on if I play on Monday or Tuesday, I will see what I have to do on Sunday.
I think it was good for me to have this -- so many matches, especially against the top players. It gave me a lot of confidence, and I feel really prepared for Melbourne because I think it wouldn't be so nice if I just went to Melbourne with just one match or no matches at all. You lose first round and you don't feel so confident when you're going for the Grand Slam.

Q. Would you request a late start on Tuesday, later start?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't think I can request a late start at the Grand Slam. It's depending on which half you are, bottom or top, so they put you -- if I have luck, I would like to play on Tuesday to have as many days of rest as possible. What is my ranking now?

Q. 12, I think. You'll go a little higher. They say you will be world No. 10 if you win.

JELENA JANKOVIC: If I win the whole tournament. And now?

Q. I think it's 11 if you get into the final.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Well, who is 11 because Vaidisova is defending points here, but she didn't get any points.

Q. So you will go ahead of her.

JELENA JANKOVIC: But Safina, how many she has?

Q. It's like chess, isn't it?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I'm asking you so I can write it down for my newspaper (laughter).

End of FastScripts

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:13 AM
Kim CLIJSTERS def. Jelena JANKOVIC 4/6, 7/6, 6/4 :sad:

Jelena :hug:

She should have won that match, but it's still early days yet. I'm sure that mental strength will come. She just lost belief in herself for a while there and it showed (I had to stop watching for a few minutes as it was horrible to see her like that) When she had that belief, she was on fire.

Well done on a fantastic tournament, though :yeah:

Just Do It
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:42 AM
She had one match point :mad: She should won that match, she deserved it !!!

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:26 AM
Great match, great fight, Jeca had chances, but no matter, she had 2 great weeks. I`m proud with her. :worship:

Vaidisova
Jan 12th, 2007, 12:23 PM
Great match, great fight, Jeca had chances, but no matter, she had 2 great weeks. I`m proud with her. :worship:

Same. :)

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 01:20 PM
:sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

I won't get over this in months...unless JJ wins AO :awww:
Oh Janky!!! Why did you do this to meeee :crying2: :crying2: :crying2:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 01:27 PM
:sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

I won't get over this in months...unless JJ wins AO :awww:
Oh Janky!!! Why did you do this to meeee :crying2: :crying2: :crying2:

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 01:45 PM
:sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

I won't get over this in months...unless JJ wins AO :awww:
Oh Janky!!! Why did you do this to meeee :crying2: :crying2: :crying2:

God knows what she must feel like. I'm gutted for her. To come so close to winning just to have it slip away like it.

Jelena :hug:

Bероника
Jan 12th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Maybe she was a little tired to challenge a fresher Clijsters until the very end.But she must be proud of what she's done in the last 2 weeks.Now relax a little and get ready for Aussie Open :D

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 02:50 PM
She feels bad Kiera...but I'm feeling wooorsee :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

DAMNIT :fiery: Bloody three set matches against Kim :(

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 03:03 PM
It's tough, but on the plus side look at that run! Nine matches unbeaten and she took out Hingis, Mauresmo and Vaidisova along the way. The big occasion got to her this time, but she'll know better for next time. And that won't be too far down the line :D

She's every reason to feel proud of herself.

Vaidisova
Jan 12th, 2007, 03:09 PM
Yeah her start to 2007 has been great.. A title and a final in the first two weeks. :)

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 03:34 PM
You know Jelena really is making a name for herself when there's articles complaining about her being "the madam" :lol:

I do totally disagree with her assessment that Jelena is very close to being unsportsmanlike, though. Admittedly, she needs to control herself a bit more when calls do not go her way (for her own sake more than anything) and not take it out on the ball kids so much, but there's not too many players who would react the way she did upon losing today. That was classy of her.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/tennis/clijsters-beats-jankovic--and-crowd/2007/01/12/1168105183727.html

Clijsters beats Jankovic - and crowd

SYDNEY'S tennis favourite, Kim Clijsters, was sensationally booed and jeered at and then given a rapturous cheer as she staged a remarkable comeback to counter the powerful game of rising Serbian star Jelena Jankovic in the final of the Sydney International last night.

World No.5 Clijsters, appearing in her last match in Sydney having foreshadowed her retirement this year, won the controversial match 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 after Jankovic lost her composure in the last set amid a mass of disputed line calls. Both women were in tears after the two hour, 27 minute match: Clijsters just thrilled with her amazing win that adds to her 2003 Sydney victory, and Jankovic pondering what might have been.

Jankovic seemingly had control late in the second set, up 5-4 and serving for the championship, but she couldn't counter Clijsters's experience, and quickly slumped as close decisions went against her.

While there was so much drama on the court, the rowdy battle in the stands was also theatrical and tension-packed. Umpire Lynn Welch had to repeatedly call for quiet in the stands and reprimand the crowd about their unsporting antics, which had tennis observers upset on behalf of Clijsters.

A small section of the capacity crowd, dressed in Serbian football attire, was pro-Jankovic, and jeering Clijsters no matter whether the point was being won or lost.

Commentator Kerryn Pratt said: "The vocal minority don't understand the tennis etiquette."

But Jankovic, too, was at times pushing the barrier of sportsmanship. The Serb has the lip-glossed pout, and boy did she use it last night as her remarkable nine-match winning streak this year, which included victory at the Auckland tournament last week, came to a hasty finish.

There was a sense of "the madame" about the 21-year-old, and it seems only a matter of time before she accumulates a string of trophies and becomes one of the most controversial figures in the game.

Jankovic questioned several calls, had a small spat with a ball boy, and glared fiercely at a lineswoman who had recanted a call. And on a couple of calls she disagreed with she ran her hand in front of her face as if to say "you can't see".

The non-Serbian element of the crowd, many of whom had started with a neutral view, quickly switched to support Clijsters, whose calm demeanour and classy play has attracted strong support from Australians ever since she started dating former boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt.

Jankovic began to lose her cool during the tie-breaker in the second set. She double faulted three times, and then with five break points to save, she inexplicably failed to respond to Clijsters's return of serve, thinking she had again served a fault.

Clijsters had come back from 5-4 down and was so thrilled at winning the set she clenched her fist and screamed "c'mon". Clijsters then shot ahead 4-0 in the third set, eventually wrapping it up 6-4.

Just Do It
Jan 12th, 2007, 03:35 PM
Jelena deserved this title ! She defeated Hingis, Stosur,Mauresmo and Vaidisova and plus she had match point against Clijsters ! And Kim's road to the final was bye, Pratt, Peer and Na :rolleyes:

Just Do It
Jan 12th, 2007, 03:37 PM
A small section of the capacity crowd, dressed in Serbian football attire, was pro-Jankovic, and jeering Clijsters no matter whether the point was being won or lost.

Commentator Kerryn Pratt said: "The vocal minority don't understand the tennis etiquette."

Everybody is attacking Serbian fans !? :shrug:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 03:40 PM
Yes...cuz we don't know how to behaive on tennis matches :rolleyes:

Well...not all, but majoriti :(

Just Do It
Jan 12th, 2007, 03:46 PM
Yes...cuz we don't know how to behaive on tennis matches

Well...not all, but majoriti

But that is our spirit :angel:
We are for football and basketball :lol:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 04:05 PM
Yes we bloody are :bounce: :bounce:

C'mon Jankyyyyyyy!!!! :D

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 04:27 PM
I had to post this rather odd piece before I started on the post-match stuff:

http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?rep=2&aid=347432&ssid=92&sid=SPO

Blake brings glamour to Sydney Zoo with Jankovic

Sydney, Jan 12: Tennis world number five James Blake and WTA Tour player Jelena Jankovic were treated to a hands-on experience of Australian wildlife at the Sydney Zoo on Thursday.

Blake possibly did not want to be this close to one of the snakes.

And Jankovic was maybe a little too close to one of the koalas.

"Can I touch his butt?": Jelena Jankovic.

:lol:

up!
Jan 12th, 2007, 04:35 PM
Thank you JELENA for these two amazing weeks. The best hasn't come yet! Well done!

Joana
Jan 12th, 2007, 04:59 PM
The non-Serbian element of the crowd, many of whom had started with a neutral view, quickly switched to support Clijsters, whose calm demeanour and classy play has attracted strong support from Australians ever since she started dating former boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt.


Oh the dear, sweet, charming, angelic Kimmie. Please don't wait till the end of the season and retire immediately instead.

If Jelena ever starts acting like her I'll stop being a fan.

daniela86
Jan 12th, 2007, 05:20 PM
Oh the dear, sweet, charming, angelic Kimmie. Please don't wait till the end of the season and retire immediately instead.

If Jelena ever starts acting like her I'll stop being a fan.

:haha:

Although I kinda like Kim,I have to admit that I prefer Jelena's personnality too.I like players with strong characters :cool:

Poor Jelena :bigcry: I'm soo sad for her :sad: but she was soo right to tell that she can beat anyone.If she becomes a lil bit more mentally tough and stops playing so much,I think she could become the number 1 :bounce:
Yet,I'm sure Jelena is a professional and that she will try to forget this loss and be 100% focused on the Australian Open :hug:
Go Jelena !!! :rocker: Thanks for those 2 amazing weeks,we're proud of you:kiss:

eXtreme
Jan 12th, 2007, 05:22 PM
Oh the dear, sweet, charming, angelic Kimmie. Please don't wait till the end of the season and retire immediately instead.

If Jelena ever starts acting like her I'll stop being a fan.:lol:

eXtreme
Jan 12th, 2007, 05:25 PM
A small section of the capacity crowd, dressed in Serbian football attire, was pro-Jankovic, and jeering Clijsters no matter whether the point was being won or lost.

Commentator Kerryn Pratt said: "The vocal minority don't understand the tennis etiquette."

Everybody is attacking Serbian fans !? :shrug:
Who cares what he or everybody thinks?They were great...:rocker2:

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 05:28 PM
Oh the dear, sweet, charming, angelic Kimmie. Please don't wait till the end of the season and retire immediately instead.

If Jelena ever starts acting like her I'll stop being a fan.

:lol:

I don't think the journalist has watched Kim all that much. Off court, she's lovely. But on court, she's just like everyone else. She can get pretty annoyed, too.

eXtreme
Jan 12th, 2007, 05:31 PM
J lost some nerves allright...But,Jeki,you were GREAT so far this year...:bowdown::rocker2:Keep it on...

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 05:52 PM
http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=international_feed/07/01/12/TENNIS_Aus-Sydney_Women.html

CLIJSTERS MADE TO FIGHT FOR TITLE WIN

Kim Clijsters threw down the gauntlet to her fellow Australian Open competitors on Friday with victory in the final of the Medibank International.

The third seed rallied past unseeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic 4-6 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 - saving a match point in the second set - to mark the perfect end to her preparations for next week's grand slam in Melbourne.

Jankovic twice served for the title but couldn't close out and the Belgian made a flying start to the deciding set which proved decisive.

Clijsters has already announced plans to retire at the end of the season, and admits it was the ideal send-off in Sydney.

"It's very special," said Clijsters, who also won the event in 2003.

"I never expected to win here and to play in a match like this and to have the last match here in these kinds of circumstances. I couldn't wish for a better goodbye than this one.

"It's very special. It's a day I will remember for a very long time."

Jankovic, who won her second career title in Auckland last week, was also pleased with her performance at the event.

"Even though I lost, it was a really great match," Jankovic said.

"I played my best, and it was just a few points here and there that made the difference. Next time I hope it will go my way.

"I thought she was going to be nice because she is going to retire, but she was fighting. She left her heart out there."

Jankovic is seeded 11th at the Australian Open and will begin her campaign against Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, while Clijsters, the fourth seed, is set to face Russia's Vasilisa Bardina in the opening round.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6255031.stm

Clijsters battles to Sydney title

Kim Clijsters took her first WTA title of 2007 with a 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win over Jelena Jankovic in the final of the Sydney International on Friday.

Jankovic looked set to win her second event of the year, following victory in Auckland last week, when she twice served for the match in the second set.

But the 21-year-old Serb missed a match point as she failed to close out.

And Clijsters took advantage, storming through the tie-break before seeing off a Jankovic rally in the deciding set.

It was a second impressive week for the Belgian, who beat Maria Sharapova to win the Champions Challenge exhibition event in Hong Kong last Saturday.

"It's been an incredible night for me, that was great," said Clijsters.

"Jelena's improved so much and I think she's a great player and has a great future ahead of her."

And talking of the match point she faced, Clijsters added: "That's tennis, it's never over.

"I was down match point, so it's easy to think it's over but you should never think like that.

"You should always try to find a way to make the next point better.

"Even if you make a mistake, don't think about it any more, just refocus and forget about it and just start all over."

Jankovic said: "I felt like I was the better player. I had it, I should have won it in two sets. In two points I made mistakes.

"I would feel better if she really beat me - if she was dominating and she beat me 6-2 6-2, OK, then she was a better player.

"But when I lose like this, when I had everything, it hurts to lose more. But, anyway, it shows I can compete with the best.

"I've shown I can beat the best players in the world and hopefully I'll join them soon."

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-6340617,00.html

Clijsters beats Jankovic to win Sydney final

By Julian Linden

SYDNEY, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Belgium's Kim Clijsters saved a match point before beating Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 4-6 7-6 6-4 on Friday to win the Sydney International for the second time in four years.

Clijsters survived the match point at 4-5 in the second set as Jankovic twice failed to serve out the match. The Belgian clinched victory in the deciding third set after two-and-a-half hours.

"That's tennis, it's never over," Clijsters told a news conference. "I was down match point, so it's easy to think it's over but you should never think like that.

"You should always try to find a way to make the next point better. Even if you make a mistake, don't think about it any more, just refocus and forget about it and just start all over."

Clijsters, one of the favourites for the Australian Open beginning next week, won the Sydney title in 2003 and started her farewell year on the professional tour by winning an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong.

Jankovic, the champion at last week's Auckland Classic, had won nine matches in a row before her loss to Clijsters.

The 21-year-old let the match slip by failing to take her chances and committing errors at vital stages, including a missed backhand volley that would have given her two match points in the second set.

"I was just so excited, I wanted to make a winner but I pushed it too long. That was a key point for me," she said. "When I lose like this, when I had everything, it hurts a little bit more.

"Anyway, it shows that I can compete against the best. I showed that I can beat the best players in the world and hopefully I'll join them soon."

Jankovic had looked to be cruising to victory when she broke Clijsters's serve three times to take the opening set then grabbed an early break in the second.

She failed to close out the match at her first attempt when Clijsters saved a match point with a deep forehand winner but got a second chance when she broke the Belgian in the next game.

"When you're down like that, I think the only thing you can do is just fight really hard," Clijsters said.

A sloppy service game from Jankovic allowed the 23-year-old Clijsters to force the tie-break which she won, helped in part by three double faults from the Serbian.

"I should have won in two sets. I had everything under control in my hands but I let it slip," Jankovic said.

"I should have been in the locker room, preparing my stuff, packing my trophy and going to the hotel but I was still there playing and fighting like an animal."

Clijsters raced to a 4-0 lead in the third set and although a momentary lapse in concentration allowed Jankovic to pull back one of the breaks she held her last two service games to wrap up her 34th WTA career title.

"It's very special. I never expected to win here and to play in a match like this and to have that last match here in these kind of circumstances," she said.

"It's a day I will remember for a very long time."

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 05:54 PM
Janky want's to touch Koalas butt... :lol: Well, we all have ours fetishes :p :D

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 05:55 PM
Janky want's to touch Koalas butt... :lol: Well, we all have ours fetishes :p :D

:lol:

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:24 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1062

Clijsters Outrallies Jankovic, Captures Sydney Title

SYDNEY, Australia - The odds definitely weren't stacked in Kim Clijsters' favor in Sydney on Friday night. Facing a match point against one of the hottest players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, someone who had been ruthless against the Top 10 all week long, it seemed unlikely she'd recover. But the Belgian did just that, rallying back for a 46 76(1) 64 victory over Jelena Jankovic and the Medibank International title.

Clijsters, seeded No.3 at the Tier II event, found herself on the receiving end of some ferocious hitting early on in the match, going down 64 42 and even facing one match point trailing 5-4 in that second set; but she turned things around with her own brand of power tennis, edging her unseeded opponent in a tie-break and reeling off the first four games of the third set en route to the two-hour, 28-minute win.

"When you're down like that, the only thing you can do is just fight really hard," Clijsters said afterwards. "It doesn't matter what the score is. I had the feeling we were both playing really good tennis, and it could go either way. It was just a few points that could change things over. Those are all little details that make a difference. It was definitely a match that I'll remember for a very long time."

"It was an unbelievable match," Jankovic said. "After I lost the second set, I was frustrated with myself; I was thinking, 'Why am I even here? I should have been in the locker room already preparing my stuff, packing my trophy and going to the hotel and I'm still here fighting really like an animal.' But this is the game.

"I thought maybe she was going to be nice because she's going to retire, but she was fighting. She left her heart out there."

This was Clijsters' last visit to the Medibank International, as she has chosen to retire from tennis at the end of this season. But it was nothing less than a happy ending; she leaves with her 34th career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title and lofty expectations for the coming fortnight's Australian Open in Melbourne.

"I never expected to win here and play in a match like this," Clijsters stated. "I wouldn't wish for a better goodbye than this one. It was very special. Like I said it's a day I'll remember for a long time. The most important thing now is to not think too far ahead, just focus on things I have to do to make me 100% again."

Despite ultimately coming up with a loss, Jankovic still heads to Melbourne with a confidence level that continues to rise. Earlier in the tournament she notched her seventh and eighth Top 10 wins over Martina Hingis and Amélie Mauresmo, and in reaching the final she extended her 2007 win streak to nine matches. But Friday she was not so lucky, falling to 0-6 lifetime against the former No.1 Clijsters.

"This was a good lesson for me, and I'm ready to go to Melbourne and play there as well as I'm playing now," Jankovic added. "I'll be ready; I'm really motivated to do well in Melbourne. I'm really enjoying my game and having fun out there. But no pressure; I just want to go out on court and give my best. This week I showed I can beat the best players and hopefully I'll join them soon."

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:18 PM
There is no "fear" list :bounce: Not anymore :banana:

Mr.Kardashian
Jan 13th, 2007, 06:03 AM
shame about the loss especially with championship point and although she did have a mental lapse she must have been physically and mentally exhausted. with more experience she will be able to close out big matches like that but what a great start to the season for jelena... beating hingis, mauresmo, australias number one player and vaidisova... i wouldnt like to play her in the australian open thats for sure

~Kiera~
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:20 PM
http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=16068

MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL

January 12, 2007

Jelena Jankovic

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Q. Can you just talk us through that third set? You seemed to be neck and neck for two sets and then she raised it to a four-nil. What was going through your mind?

JELENA JANKOVIC: It was unbelievable. First of all, it was an unbelievable match. I think both of us really fought really well, and it was really unbelievable final. Even though I lost, it was a good battle out there.
I am a little bit disappointed that I should have won in two sets. It's my fault. I had everything under control in my hands, and I let it slip. It was crucial that when I was up a set and 5-4, 30-15, and I had the offense and I had it made because I was so excited and I wanted to make a winner and just pushed it a little bit too long. It went out, but it was a good direction, and it should have been 40-15, and it's a big chance that I can win the whole match. But that was the key point for me.

After that I was fighting. After I lost the second set I was a little bit frustrated with myself because I was thinking, why am I even here? I should have been in the locker room already and preparing my stuff, packing my trophy and going to the hotel, and I'm still here playing and fighting really like an animal.

But this is the game. I was down Love-4 and I started fighting, tried to come back. I didn't give up, and unfortunately I couldn't do it at the end.

Q. Do you learn a lot from a match like that? Do you learn much more than you would --

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, of course. Even though I lost, it was really a great match. I played my best, and it was just a few points here and there that made the difference.

Next time I hope that they will go my way. And also, I had a lot of bad calls that really were against me, and I thought that maybe the referees were wrong, but that's just my opinion. But I was unlucky tonight. That's the main point. I wanted to be the winner really bad, and I wanted to hold the trophy, but it didn't happen.

I thought maybe she was going to be nice, as well, because she's going to retire, but she was fighting. She left her heart out there.

Q. What happened in the tiebreak? You had three double faults in the tiebreak.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I was really exhausted and a little bit angry with myself, but I just couldn't do it. She was just solid like a rock. She just didn't miss any balls. The whole match she doesn't give me any free points. I have to earn them all. I either have to hit a winner or really force her to make an error because she's not going to give me anything. She's just the kind of a player who's really solid and runs well and defends well, just really tough to play against her. But I was doing really well until the end, and then I just let it go.

It's okay, it's a good lesson for me, and I'm ready to go to Melbourne and play there as well as I'm playing now.

Q. How hard is it to -- I know it's a Grand Slam, but how hard is it to motivate yourself after you won in Auckland, you just got to the final here. You must just want a rest.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, tomorrow morning I'm already flying to Melbourne and I will have a day off just to really rest because I had so many matches. I played 10 matches in 11 days, had no rest, and I will try to have a massage tomorrow, have some treatments and try to recover my body.

Depending on when I play, if I play Monday or Tuesday, I will see what my schedule will be for the next days. But I think I will be ready, and I'm really motivated to do well in Melbourne. I'm really enjoying my game and having fun out there, and I think that I can do really well. But no pressure for me; I just want to go out on court and try to give my best.

Q. Do you expect as much support in Melbourne as what you've received here in Sydney?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know, but the fans here were really great. I think it's one of the best fans I've ever had in a tournament. There were so many of them. It was such a great atmosphere to play in. I think the fans motivated both of us to show our best tennis. It's a lot of fun. I felt like I was in a soccer match, it was so loud (laughing). It was just unbelievable.
But it's exciting. I prefer to play in a stadium full of people than to have two people watching. This is what the game is all about. It was a good show.

Q. Do you have any relatives in Australia?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, not at all, I'm just here with my mom and my sparring partner. These are all of my fans from Serbia or all over the world, and I'm glad they're on my side and supporting me. I appreciate their support.

Q. You said the other day that your confidence was very high and you didn't fear any of the top players anymore?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, not at all.

Q. Does a loss like that, when you said you felt you should have won the match, does that shake your confidence at all?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I don't think so, because really I felt like I was the better player. I had it, I should have won in two sets. It's just two points I just made the mistake -- I would feel better if she really beat me, if she was really dominating and she beats me 6-2, 6-2, okay, she was the better player, I couldn't do anything. But when I lose like this, when I had everything, it hurts a little bit more.

Anyway, it shows that I can compete with the best. I showed that I can beat the best players in the world, and hopefully I'll join them soon.

Q. My feeling is a new star in born.

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know if a new star is born. Maybe I'm coming up, hopefully I'll get into top ten, maybe I'm already in the top ten. I'm playing well, and I worked really hard in my off season, and this is what it's all about. I just want to do my best and really dedicate myself to the sport and try to achieve great results and see how far I can go.
I'm young and I have so many things to improve; there is a long way to go, as well.

Q. One day No. 1?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know, maybe I can be, but it's just so tough to say. I need to work really hard and improve so many things in order to be that, but maybe there is a chance. I don't want to go too far ahead. My goal first is to go into top ten and my goal is just to keep improving, to play better and better, and the results will come.

Q. You don't need to improve that backhand, fantastic.

JELENA JANKOVIC: My backhand is what let me down today. Okay on my forehand or my serve, but my backhand? My left hand, I've got to cut it off (laughter). Bye.

End of FastScripts

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 13th, 2007, 02:43 PM
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21045647-2722,00.html



xcrtbckhnd, nouf has upload the Jankovic vs Mauresmo match here:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280203

Thank you thank you thank you!!!!