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rubeno
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:41 PM
the journalist is none too impressed with Jankovic's on court dramatics


Clijsters beats Jankovic and crowd in Sydney
By JACQUELIN MAGNAY - SMH | Saturday, 13 January 2007
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FIRE AND FOCUS: Kim Clijsters will go into the Australian Open in winning form after taking out the Sydney International tournament.
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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 on Friday 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 jeered 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.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:47 PM
It's sad to see that journalist are that bitter cuz there is new girl, that is playing amazing tennis. He should look at the tennis she provided today more, than in anything else. This report is just sad!!!

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.

This line tells more about him, then about her. "Lip-glossed"? Oh man!!! He should sooooo get some tretman... Disgusting! And at "hasty finish" you can just see how happy he is for her losing. Get over yourself man! You are journalist. I'm shocked his papers put this text in public...

Such :o :o :o for that little bitter man!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:48 PM
There was a sense of "the madame"

Why do I have the feeling, that she kinda asked her out, and she said NO WAY JOSE... :lol:

Joana
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:51 PM
You're a little late with that article, honey.

Ben.
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:57 PM
well you can't blame jelena for being a bit upset with some line calls & with some of her supporters booing & jeering kim. she was upset with the calls cause she wanted to win this badly & can you blame her? i'm sure this experience will teach jelena something that will help her become one of the best players in the future & know how to handle precious situations in a match.

jelena is a lovely person off the court & on the court doesn't even describe what she's like in general. she's just trying to give it her all & enjoy playing the sport she likes.

Philip
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:58 PM
I also think there is a sense of a "madame" about Jelena.

But thats one for the reasons exactly why i like her! :hearts:

Hingie
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:08 PM
There was a sense of "the madame"

Why do I have the feeling, that she kinda asked her out, and she said NO WAY JOSE... :lol:

Jacquelin Magnay is a man now?

You may want to look more closely at articles before you start criticising. :wavey:

GQGuy1
Jan 13th, 2007, 01:25 AM
There was a sense of "the madame"

Why do I have the feeling, that she kinda asked her out, and she said NO WAY JOSE... :lol:

Jelena is about as ugly in the face as her fans are to other players.:lol:

Martian Stacey
Jan 13th, 2007, 01:34 AM
The journalist does make some good points, Jelena went off at two seperate lines people over some close calls, and another time got frustrated with a ball kid (not sure why that was though). To me that was unsportsmanlike behaviour, and at the time I was almost expecting the umpire to give her a code violation. She lost her focus after this and thats why she went down 4-0 in the third set. I understand it was a high pressure situation and she was just desperate to win, but she should definately work on controlling herself a bit more, when things don't go her way she just needs to accept it and play the next point. Once the umpire makes their decision there isn't anything she can do.

aussie_fan
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:00 AM
I think some people tend to get a bit uptight with this sort of thing. I don't think jelena did anything wrong, to be honest the way she lost i'm surprised at how well she acted. I think she did get a bit desperate with some of the line calls but there were actually some she was hard done by, so i don't blame jelena at all. She's allowed to speak her mind.

Ben.
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:03 AM
I understand it was a high pressure situation and she was just desperate to win, but she should definately work on controlling herself a bit more, when things don't go her way she just needs to accept it and play the next point. Once the umpire makes their decision there isn't anything she can do.

Exactly, once the umpire has made a decision it is final.

tonybotz
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:03 AM
jankovic was a whiner at the us open and lost, and she was a whiner in australia and lost. she needs to learn how to shut up and play and stop blaming the lines people for losing. no class.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:05 AM
Jelena is about as ugly in the face as her fans are to other players.:lol:

I've told you once - get over yourself :wavey:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:07 AM
Jacquelin Magnay is a man now?

You may want to look more closely at articles before you start criticising. :wavey:

Then she is jelaous :)

It's obvius she has some issues with JJ, when she wrote this text with such amount of bitternes... JJ is great person! She is one special girl. I know her, and there is nothing bad about her, like that persone is trying to make her look... Just sad!

PatrickRyan
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:09 AM
why did she get mad at a ball boy???

PatrickRyan
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:12 AM
I've told you once - get over yourself :wavey:

take a look in the mirror when you say that :wavey:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:12 AM
She asked for towel and he wasn't giving it to her... And she explanied him "When I do like this, I want towel" (she placed hers fand in front of hers head :D )... That's how I got it... :shrug:
But she didn't get mad...!!! That's BS! She was playing a match, final, against KC, and she don't have the time to be mad on ball kid :rolleyes:

plantman
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:17 AM
why did she get mad at a ball boy???

I'm not sure but at one point one of the announcers said that JJ got the ball boy and a linesman mixed up when asking for her towel. She got mad but later apologized to the linesman.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:26 AM
take a look in the mirror when you say that :wavey:

I have no prob looking at mirror whenever :)
Unlike some ;)

The point is - I don't hate anyone here, unlike the persone that I said "get over yourself". I think that it's sad to hate someone that you don't even know! There is no player in the world that I hate...I migh dislike her, but never hate (untill I meet). But he...he hates JJ so much, that that is over every good taste...

:wavey: to you to ;)

tenn_ace
Jan 13th, 2007, 04:50 AM
how many lessons does Jankovic need before she learns to keep her nerves in check? US Open wasn't enough?

Veritas
Jan 13th, 2007, 05:01 AM
well you can't blame jelena for being a bit upset with some line calls & with some of her supporters booing & jeering kim. she was upset with the calls cause she wanted to win this badly & can you blame her? i'm sure this experience will teach jelena something that will help her become one of the best players in the future & know how to handle precious situations in a match.

But that doesn't change the fact Jelena could've behaved better during some points.

Yes she was under enormous pressure, but so was Kim and she didn't snap at a ball boy.

It's another experience for Jelena to take in. Whether she learns from it is entirely up to her.

Jem
Jan 13th, 2007, 05:23 AM
The crowd certainly seemed unsporting to Clijsters. I was kind of amazed to hear so many boos for someone who was doing nothing wrong but playing tennis. It reminded me -- although not nearly as dramatic -- as the Indian Wells crowd that booed Serena Williams a few years back.

Regardless, it was a fun match to watch. Credit to Clijsters for hanging in there. And you could see Jankovic kind of heating up to a boiling point. It will be interesting to see how she reacts to the role of favorite, now that she's reached climbed up the rankings. She'll go from being the hunter to the hunted, and that's a whole different ball game!

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Jan 13th, 2007, 05:51 AM
She is a fiery player whether its good or bad i like it

Frode
Jan 13th, 2007, 06:39 AM
I Like JJ and was cheering for her in this match. She was playing some fantastic tennis in this at times. However it is sad to her fans cheering when Kim faulted her FIRST serve. That's unsporting and off course it could brake the servers consentration for the second serve.

Ben.
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:15 AM
But that doesn't change the fact Jelena could've behaved better during some points.

Yes she was under enormous pressure, but so was Kim and she didn't snap at a ball boy.

It's another experience for Jelena to take in. Whether she learns from it is entirely up to her.

oh yes i agree that jelena should of behaved better & shouldn't have gotten up that linesperson or ballperson or whatever. but as you said it's another experience for her to learn from.

Mileen
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:41 PM
why did she get mad at a ball boy???

She wanted to get the balls thrown from a different direction. She did get mad. Several times.

Fantastic
Jan 13th, 2007, 01:58 PM
Jelena had a whole slew of histrionics during the match but that didn't matter so much because all players are like that nowadays. Gone are the days of the cool and icy Chris Evert-types. Now, almost all the players have decided that Jimmy Connors is their new role model.

The main problem was the Serbian fans. The NON-TENNIS Serbian fans, I should point out. They were there out of patriotism. That's great. There's nothing wrong with that and being excited for their player but they should at least learn how matches operate before going. I don't want to use the word "etiquette" because it makes tennis sound boring but maybe they should contemplate the "ethics" of tennis before stomping all over it like it's the soccer.

butch
Jan 13th, 2007, 03:02 PM
as someone said already - no class. Well done Kim.