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Mar 13th, 2008, 10:35 PM
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hello again everyone, and welcome to my third blog! This one's going to be especially meaningful for me because it was right here in Indian Wells where I played my first pro tournament as a wildcard after I turned 16. And it's a great tournament - beautiful surroundings, friendly people and great climate. It also has a really relaxed, easy-going atmosphere, which is unique for such a big tournament.

My trip here was anything but easy, however. I played in Bangalore last week and my first flight went to Dubai, then Frankfurt, then here to the States, and I eventually made my way here to Palm Springs. It felt like I went to Australia and back! I changed flights so many times I didn't know where I was half the time. And I was on most of the trip alone, because my brother - who was with me in Bangalore - went back to Serbia. I'm used to him or someone from my team carrying all the heavy stuff through the airports but this time it was me, and it felt like my shoulders and back were going to fall off, especially since in a lot of the airports it seems like the gates are miles and miles away. The funniest stop was Los Angeles - I landed there around 10 or 11 at night and I was one of the only people in the airport, and there was this strange music playing, and I just looked like a wounded soldier! My eyes were blood red. I actually looked at myself in the mirror and got scared. But I was almost at the end of my journey so I was just looking forward to getting to Palm Springs and going to sleep...

Sadly, my luggage didn't come here with me. It got lost in Dubai, and I still don't know when it's going to get here. My mom was meeting me here, so before she left Miami (where I have a house) I asked her if she could bring me some of my clothes and other necessities, and she packed them - but her luggage also got lost! What are the chances of both of us having our luggage lost by the airlines? I think I'd have a better chance at winning the lottery. Luckily, my mom's bags have since arrived, and so I at least have some of my clothes to wear. It can be tough to lose luggage, especially for certain items - like my tennis shoes - that are custom-made. It takes time for the exact fits to be replaced. But now I have some things so it's okay, and hopefully my luggage will leave Dubai soon!

I woke up really early today, around 430am - I'm still recovering from the jet lag and I did go to bed pretty early last night, so that's why I got up so early. And I woke up starving. I was the first one at breakfast, just reading the newspaper and having a nice meal, and then had an early practice session at 8am. It was a good hit, too. Then I had All-Access Hour, where the players talk to journalists and the media, and a lot of TV interviews too - more than usual. And then I went to do a Sony Ericsson video card interview, where they give you picture-word associations, so you look at a picture and then just comment on it, and they showed me things like a picture of Belgrade, family, fans and also a few random things like a hamburger - it was really fun. Anyway, they make it into a 60-second clip and you'll be able to download it to your phone and other things, so it's pretty cool. Then I did some filming for a US Open Series commercial, which you'll see on TV in the summer - the whole crew was really fun and I had a pretty good laugh while I was on the set. But all of this stuff was pretty exhausting. I remember being asked a few questions in the interviews and not being able to answer them clearly - they asked me what my nickname was and I had to think twice about it, even - but after I was all done and off-duty I had a workout then just had dinner with my mom and my team and came back here to the hotel. As soon as I finish this I'll probably fall asleep. I have another early morning coming up and have lots more work tomorrow, as my physical trainer has arrived now.

And now it's time for bed... I'll talk to you all tomorrow night!

Jelena ♥

ahahhah so funny she's really a drama queen:help::tape::lol:

Judging Amy
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:42 PM
Uh Oh we know what happens when a player blogs at a tournament :scared:

She is funny though :lol:

Mar 13th, 2008, 10:45 PM
Uh Oh we know what happens when a player blogs at a tournament :scared:

She is funny though :lol:

Lindsay- winner
Ana- finalist
Pennetta- winner
Peer- semifinalist


Mar 13th, 2008, 10:55 PM
:haha: I love her so much

Mar 13th, 2008, 10:56 PM
:haha: absolute disaster :p

The Daviator
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:57 PM
Lindsay- winner
Ana- finalist
Pennetta- winner
Peer- semifinalist


Clijsters also won when she blogged, the 'curse' is completely overrated.

Mar 13th, 2008, 11:13 PM
She is not winning....the jinx of blogging.I saw her picture on some tennis site she is looking a lot like Ms Fleiss these days.:o

Mar 13th, 2008, 11:36 PM
Nice! I guess it won't be a "training, match, sleep" blog.:lol:

Mar 13th, 2008, 11:38 PM
blog or not- she is not gonna win IW.

Mar 14th, 2008, 01:02 AM
I didn´t know Jelena had Jet Lag, since she´s travelled so much until now, I thought she was really used to planes and flights!

Judging Amy
Mar 14th, 2008, 02:04 AM
I didn´t know Jelena had Jet Lag, since she´s travelled so much until now, I thought she was really used to planes and flights!

:spit: LOLZZZZ

:haha: :haha: This is the funniest post I've read in a long time

What the hell has travelling so much got to do with not having jet lag? :cuckoo: :help::help:

It's the time difference that give you jet lag :tape:

Mar 14th, 2008, 02:07 AM
:spit: LOLZZZZ

:haha: :haha: This is the funniest post I've read in a long time

What the hell has travelling so much got to do with not having jet lag? :cuckoo: :help::help:

It's the time difference that give you jet lag :tape:

Because she played a lot of tournaments last year and this year, each one in different countries, so her body should have got used to it... anyway it was just a joke

Judging Amy
Mar 14th, 2008, 02:30 AM
Because she played a lot of tournaments last year and this year, each one in different countries, so her body should have got used to it... anyway it was just a joke

:haha: :haha: Stop it please!!! I can't believe you don't know what jet lag is and what the effects are :lol::lol:

For sure it was a joke :tape:

Where was the joke? :confused:

Mar 14th, 2008, 04:27 AM
Nice! I guess it won't be a "training, match, sleep" blog.:lol:

yeah, gotta love jj :D

Mar 14th, 2008, 04:36 AM
:haha: :haha: Stop it please!!! I can't believe you don't know what jet lag is and what the effects are :lol::lol:

For sure it was a joke :tape:

Where was the joke? :confused:
Oh my god you are so smart:rolleyes:.Of course he knows what jet lag is, he was just making fun of Jelena for playing gazillion tournaments every year, people do that often here.I found his post very funny :wavey:.

Mar 14th, 2008, 04:46 AM
awww poor JJ... hope she gets her luggage... (and hopefully her rackets were in her carry-on) :lol:
A little dramatic about things but hey, it's her style! It's funny in a way!

wounded soldier :spit: Well Jelena I suggest your shoulders get stronger if they want to hang in there against the big-hitting girls of today

Mar 16th, 2008, 02:48 AM
Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hey dudes!

It was another early morning today. I woke up at 6, had some breakfast and at 7 was already doing some fitness with my physical trainer, who arrived last night. I had a practice session at 8 and then had a a smoothie, a sandwich and a coffee at Starbucks with my mom. After that I had a manicure and pedicure; as tennis players, our feet are always getting beat up, and a lot of times I have pain and blisters. It's very important to take care of your feet, and so I have regular pedicures. For women in general this is very important! And as for the manicures, I think you can all see that my nails are always painted. I usually have bright colors but I kept it neutral this time, just keeping it a bit quieter. I like to change it up now and then.

In the afternoon I had another hitting session and a workout in the gym. And then came the most interesting thing of the day, a gymnastics photo shoot for the Olympics book. For the shoot I had to choose a sport other than my own, and I chose gymnastics because I did that as a seven-year-old. And it was so much fun! I wore black sparkly leotards and after some help from the national team instructor I was doing gymnastics poses for the photos. The funniest part was when I was on the balance beam and kept losing my balance and falling off; I even ended up cramping on there a few times, which is not really surprising after training hard today. You've seen me do the splits on the court but it was so hard to do it on the balance beam! But at the end we took some really nice pictures. And after the photo shoot, I had the pleasure to take a nice group photo with the young gymnasts. They're very talented. We all struck a pose with the splits and I'm posting it for you all.

It's definitely one of the more different things I've ever done. It took a lot of hard work to get the right pose but we did it and I had a great time, and now you can see I have other talents too! Haha... Now I'm going to go back and get a nice massage, have dinner and just relax after another long day, and then go to bed.


JJ ♥

JJ confesses: what she loves most is photoshoots :lol:

Mar 16th, 2008, 02:49 AM
Friday, March 14, 2008

What's up!

Today was a pretty standard day for me at Indian Wells. I woke up early as usual, hit for about two hours, did some fitness work and then had my yearly physical examination. We players have these once a year and it's like a check-up. They just make sure we're all healthy and look for any potential problems we may be having, so they can help us with them. It's very important to take care of your health, no matter what your profession. And mine went fine - they said, "You're a healthy kid!" Haha... The exam took a few hours but when it was done, I was done all of my tennis obligations for the day, which is great because I have my first match tomorrow and wanted to have some time to relax a little bit.

I think the most interesting part of the day actually came when my mom was interviewed for TV! My mom really doesn't feel comfortable giving interviews. She tries to stay behind the scenes but the media looks at her as a good, positive example of a parent or a tennis parent, and they're always trying to talk to her, and so you'll see her giving interviews a lot, especially during my matches. She's usually very outgoing and outspoken, but when it comes to interviews she gets a little bit shy, especially because it's not in her native language. But she ends up doing a lot of them anyway! And she does very well :)

My mom plays a huge role in my career. Both of my parents have sacrificed so much and have always been supportive of me, and they're a really good inspiration in my life. I wouldn't be where I am without them. But it's my mom who travels everywhere with me, and not only is she really fun to be around but she's also a great parent. She has given me the right values and teaches me so much about life. She never put pressure on me and always taught me to stay positive and be who I am. It's for all of these reasons that she is the highest salaried person in my team - her payment is pure love! ♥♥♥

My room service just came. I'm too tired to go out for dinner so I'm just staying in and relaxing in my room. I'll probably just read a book before bed and that's basically it, other than preparing my stuff for tomorrow. I'm first on at 11am, which is fine, because as you know I've been getting up really early all week! I've never played Ahsha Rolle before, nor have I really seen her play much, but I'm just going to focus on my game and try to execute my shots as best I can. I've been working really hard the last couple of days on the practice court and I hope that will translate to the match court.

I hope you're all doing well and have a good night,

A big hug from JJ! ♥

Fan questions answered...

What is the hardest thing about playing a match? - Ashlee, New Zealand
For me, it's the conditions, especially the heat. When the temperature goes above 100 degrees, it can be very tough for human beings to function at their best. Even the spectators have a hard time watching in that heat! The wind can also give players problems. I think every player has something different that bothers them in a match; we're all individuals and all have different reactions to all the factors that play a role in a tennis match.

Which is more important for you, winning a Grand Slam or becoming No.1? - Carolyn, UK
They're both very important! But I think in order to get to No.1, you've got to win a Grand Slam, because those tournaments give you the most ranking points. For me, I definitely need to win one to get closer to No.1.

Did you get your luggage back? - Zarifa, Canada
I actually did, TODAY! They have arrived safe and sound, five days later. Thank you for asking and for reading my blog! It looks like the bags wanted a longer holiday in Dubai!

The latest:)

Mar 19th, 2008, 07:41 AM
The ones missed:)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

My lovely fans,

So I played my first match of the tournament today and I feel like I did a really good job in it. The conditions were quite tough because it was very windy and a lot cooler than the last few days, but that made me even more focused and I was able to overcome them. My opponent played some good tennis at the beginning of the second set and was the better player at that time, but I was able to regain my rhythm and finished the match really well.

I was first up at 11am but that wasn't a problem for me, because as you've all been reading, I've been waking up very early this week! When I was playing in the Middle East and India in the weeks before this tournament, I was waking up around 10am, 11am, even noon, because I was playing much later in the day there. But with the time difference I've been able to change that sleeping pattern here. And I like waking up early; I like doing my work and getting my job done while everyone is still sleeping! In the mornings it's not so crowded and much easier to do your work.

After my match I went and had another light hit, just to hit some more strokes. I also had a fitness session, my press conference and some other interviews. One of my interviews was for TV and I wished Monica good luck for Dancing With The Stars, which starts this week!

I just got back from participating in the Trina Turk fashion show. I'm putting a picture of it up so you can all see! One of my favorite parts was getting my hair done; just recently I was talking to Larry Scott's wife, Cybille, and I told her I like changing my hairdos (mainly off the court, because on court you always have to tie your hair back so it doesn't get in your eyes). And she was giving me some ideas of what to do, and she told me about these pink hair extensions, which are now popular in high fashion. Today she told me to try them out and see how they look, and I did it! I have two pieces of fuscia in my hair. It's hard to see when I'm playing but when I pull my hair back you'll be able to catch a glimpse of it. They are just temporary and if I want to take them off it'll only take the hairdresser a few minutes to take them off. I just like experimenting with things now and then. Because fashion is all about experimenting, mixing and matching, and seeing what styles suit you best, and that's the fun part :) I also have my own limited edition fashion line in Serbia; I know what I want and what I like, it's just a matter of wearing what you feel comfortable in, what suits your body type the best, what brings out your best attributes.

Anyway, for the fashion show I got to come out for two runway walks with a different dress each time. For the first one I wore a yellow dress that looked like it was from the '60s, and I also had this funky yellow eye shadow on. The second time I came out I had short shorts, a black top and a white jacket, and huge high heels! The high heels were coming off a little bit while I was posing, probably because they were a little small for me, but luckily I managed to pull it off. We all enjoyed the show, but the only bad part was that it was very cold.

Now I'm just going to go and have some dinner with my friends and my team. After I come back I'll probably have a hot bath to thaw from tonight; I'll probably have some nice aromatherapy oil and go to bed.

I'll catch you all tomorrow,

JJ ♥

Fan questions answered...

The picture on the homepage of your website is fun. How did you guys come up with that idea? - Sophie, Switzerland
I'm not sure exactly who came up with it; the person who does my website and some other people in my team thought it would be nice to have a picture that shows I'm a tennis player but also that I like doing other things, showing a different side. I really like it. We'll be changing it regularly though. We have a new picture coming soon that will show a different side of me, not as gentle as that one, more of a fierce pose... I like to change things up!

How your backhand down the line has developed into such a huge weapon? - Nat and Josh, Australia
Actually, it's natural! I've had that shot ever since I started playing, when I was nine and a half years old. Of course now I'm bigger and stronger, but the technique has always been the same.

If you had to choose, which of the Williams Sisters would you prefer to play? - Darius, USA
That's a tough question! I don't know which one I'd prefer. Both of them are great champions and both are very tough to beat. I really have to play my best in order to beat either of them. Their serves are some of the best in the game and they're both very powerful.

Will you still play professional tennis when you are 30? - Maya, Serbia
Another tough question. I'm still very young and still have a long way to go. It depends on my health situation and how well my body holds up, and also if I'm enjoying it. It's very tough to say now. You don't even know what will happen tomorrow, so it's difficult to say what'll happen in five or 10 years.

Mar 19th, 2008, 07:43 AM
Sunday, March 16, 2008

Hey everybody!

Today hasn't been so busy, especially compared to the last several days. I had a practice session, an autograph session, got a vaccine and had a short shopping trip with my mom. But I didn't buy anything on the trip except for a smoothie (it was one I hadn't had before, with peanut butter, banana, soy milk and I'm not sure what else... it was pretty good!)

I usually book my practice courts on one of the further courts on the site and my coach is always complaining about it and asking me, 'Why do you always book your practice courts in Serbia?' So this morning when they asked me which court I wanted to book I asked for one that was closer, and when I finished, I couldn't get out of the court because there were so many people! I always want to sign for and take pictures with everyone, especially the kids, because when I see their cute faces, I cannot say no. So I told him, 'That's why I go to Serbia to practice!' And now he understands why I book the further courts, so there won't be as many people because it's too far to walk!

The funniest thing was that people were asking for my mom's autograph today too. They tell her, 'You're my favorite tennis mom, can I have an autograph or a picture?' I've never seen a mom give out autographs like that. And now I crack up whenever I see it, I can't believe it! Like I said earlier this week, she's really shy and tries to stay in the background, but people just really like her!

I'm not sure what I'll do the rest of the day. I'm just saving energy, not doing much. After this I'll probably read a book my mom gave me, called 'Secret'. It teaches you about money, health, relationships, just every interaction you'll have in the world. You learn more about yourself and what you can achieve, and 'what true magnificence awaits you in your life'!

Tomorrow I'm up first on Stadium against Ai Sugiyama. She's a very solid and experienced player. I played her for the first time in Doha a few weeks ago. I played well and won in two sets; I know a lot of balls will be coming back so I'll just have to be aggressive and play my game.

To be continued!

Love, JJ ♥

Fan questions answered...

If you could pick a location to hold a tournament that doesn't already host one, which city would that be? - Dayna, USA
Serbia would be a very special place to play. I'd be playing in front of my home supporters in my home country. In December we played a charity exhibition in Serbia and the arena was a full house; I enjoyed the experience and the fans did as well. I would love if there would be any possibility to host a tournament there in the future.

How do you split your time between Belgrade and Miami? - Milena, Serbia
When tournaments are in America, I go back to Miami in between; when the tournaments are in Europe, I go back to Serbia. And in the off-season it depends, although I don't enjoy the cold weather in Serbia in the winters so I'm usually in Miami or somewhere else. But I love both places!

When you play in Miami do you have dozens of tennis players asking if they can stay at your house? - Simon, UK
Hahaha! I've never been asked, but they're more than welcome to, I guess!

If you were a male player, which player would you like to be? - Nikola
Very funny question. Federer, of course! Who wouldn't like to be No.1 and win almost every tournament he plays for so many years?!

Mar 19th, 2008, 07:45 AM
Monday, March 17, 2008

My match against Sugiyama went very well this morning. It was still pretty cold and also windy out there, but because of that I was really concentrated from the first point of the match. I tried to dictate the points, be really aggressive and put her under pressure, and it worked. I made a few double faults at the end of the second set but other than that I feel I played pretty well.

Until now we've had days off in between our matches but I don't have a day off tomorrow; the whole draw plays fourth round matches and I'm playing Medina Garrigues. It has been almost a year since I played her. She likes to play really long points, so again I'll have to be really aggressive and try to do the things I've been working on in my practice. I'm okay with not having a day off tomorrow, because this is what it's like in almost all of the tournaments during the season.

I'd like to thank the lady who gave me a really nice necklace today. While I was playing, she gave my mom a silver necklace with a crystal tennis ball on it, to give to me (when we leave the Stadium court, we go through a tunnel, and we don't get too close to the fans because of it). It was really beautiful. She's a big fan of mine and likes the way I play. I'm really thankful, it's a beautiful gesture!

After the match I went to practice my serve and some other shots for a little bit, then I did some exercises for my back. I've been doing a lot of exercises with my trainer to strengthen certain areas so that I can prevent any injuries. I had some injuries earlier in the year and they were really tough to deal with, so now we're working on stopping them before they even happen.

The funniest thing that happened today came during our trip to the supermarket. As you all probably know, it's sometimes very cold in supermarkets. Three or four days ago we went to one and my mom was wearing a sleeveless shirt, and then the next day her nose was runny and she got a cold. So when we went there today she told me to wear this winter jacket, and it even had fur on the back! So there I was, walking around the supermarket with a big winter jacket on. It has actually gotten a little cold here in Palm Springs (usually it's much warmer but this year it has been a bit cold... but not cold enough for this jacket!) I kept it on outside too, but of course I took the jacket off when we got to the hotel. It was embarrassing! Unfortunately, I think I may be catching a bit of a cold anyway. I have a small headache. I should be okay though; maybe tonight I'll have another bath and some aromatherapy too, I really enjoy that.

I'm not sure what we'll do the rest of the night. I'll probably just relax. Last night we went out for dinner to one of the best Italian restaurants here and ran into so many players! You're used to seeing everyone at the tournament but when you leave you don't expect to; but one by one they were all popping up! I've never seen so many of them in one restaurant before.

I'll talk to you all again tomorrow...


JJ ♥

A lot of players are focused on winning matches. Others claim the most important thing is to have fun. Which is it for you? - Kai, Netherlands
Both! Winning is important but you need to enjoy yourself on the court. Playing and practicing is so much easier if you make it fun.

I read somewhere that you have a very sweet tooth! What are your favorite desserts? - Jon, UK
I like any dessert with chocolate. I can be a fanatic. I can almost live on sweets, which is probably not good for an athlete, so I try to avoid them whenever I can. But as soon as I have some time off I love it. It's a bad habit. I admit, I have a sweet tooth. I'm a sweet girl, what can I say? Hahaha.

Which tournaments in the clay court season are you looking forward to the most? - Bali, India
Charleston, Rome and Roland Garros! I had a great clay court season last year. I won two Tier Is and got to the semis at the French, so of course, I'm looking forward to those three the most.


Mar 19th, 2008, 07:47 AM
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Today was the first day since I came here that I was able to sleep in. I woke up around 8:30, which I guess isn't that late, but compared to the other early mornings it probably is! Unfortunately, I woke up with a cold, the same cold my mom just got over. She says it's not her fault and that I got it because I wasn't wearing warm enough clothes, but it's probably her fault and she just doesn't want to admit it! Now she's feeling 100% fine... I couldn't even open my mouth this morning!

I got myself going in the morning with some exciting music (I also danced a bit in my room), so I was still able to pump myself up, and I still played well enough to win my fourth round match with Medina Garrigues in straight sets, 63 63. I was actually up 4-1 in the second set and she broke me back for 4-3, but then I was able to break her again and finish it off. It was pretty tough because my nose was runny and my eyes were watery, but I'm hoping my day off tomorrow will help me recover for my quarterfinal match on Thursday against Davenport or Bartoli. I've been playing better and better here and I don't want that momentum to stop.

After my match I did my press conference and asked them not to ask too many questions because my voice was pretty raspy, but then one of the media told me I sounded sexy this way. I was cracking up! It was a very funny comment. Of course, the press conference ended up being as long as it usually is!

So I've been waiting for my hairdresser to come and put some more of those fuscia extensions in my hair so it's more visible, but I can't seem to find her. She was supposed to meet me a little while ago. Maybe she's lost or something... I have no idea where she is. Hopefully she's okay! It's okay, hopefully tomorrow we can find time. I would like a good hairdo for my next match.

Other than that, I probably won't do too much tonight. I'll definitely be watching Monica on Dancing With The Stars. It's really great to see her on TV again. I'll be rooting for her! Maybe I'll even vote!

Until tomorrow,

JJ ♥

Do you drive, and if so what kind of car do you drive? - Pinky
I do drive. In Serbia I'm a promoter of Hyundai, so I drive a Hyundai Santa Fe jeep there; in Miami, I drive a 2008 Porsche 911. I really like driving in the USA because the roads here are really big so there's more room when I'm trying to park. I'm not as comfortable driving in Serbia so usually I get driven around there. They drive faster there and the roads are smaller, so I'm a little bit scared. I just don't want to scratch any cars!

Do you plan on playing any doubles this year? - Ben, Germany
Singles is still my priority, so I'm not playing much doubles. Especially at the moment I'm not in the greatest shape, so playing both is very tiring for me. Maybe I'll play doubles again in the future but not much for now.

You've been wearing pink tennis dresses a lot. Do you just really like the dress or is it from superstition? - Magda, Netherlands
I have a white and a pink tennis dress and I can rotate between them: that's how it works with Reebok. I'm not sure when I'll get the new ones but for now I'm happy with these, and I especially like the pink one, so that's why you see me wearing it a lot! I'm a person who prefers brighter colors. I'd love to wear more bright colors in the future, like red, yellow, bright blue, bright pink; I think those colors suit me best. I hope there will be more that suits my taste in the future!

Do you like animals? If so, which is your favorite?
I do like animals! I have a pet dog, a Maltese. He's so adorable, but he never stops barking! He goes on and on and on. When he's in the house he's fine, but when he sees someone he doesn't know he barks. He acts like he's going to eat you and tries to look very strong but really he's harmless. It's just his way of expressing himself! And he's really small, like a snowball. He's a really smart dog, the only problem is his barking. I'd take him to one of those professional training schools but I couldn't take seeing him get zapped when he barks too much... so for now I'll put up with it! His name is Napoleon and he lives at my Miami home. My dad is looking after him. He's probably barking right now!


Mar 19th, 2008, 12:14 PM
I love reading Jelena's comments. They're very entertaining. :D

Mar 19th, 2008, 12:23 PM
:spit: Jelena :lol:

Her mother's salary :lol: :haha:

Napoleon :lol:

Mar 22nd, 2008, 09:55 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2008


I'm happy to report I won my match against Lindsay Davenport today, although unfortunately after one set she had to retire because she injured her back. For that first set I felt I was playing quite well though. I came in hoping to have the first strike, because if I let her play her game she's one of the best out there. I didn't know anything was wrong until she called for the trainer, and then it was over. I hope Lindsay recovers as fast as possible.

When I came to Indian Wells I wasn't so happy with my game; I wasn't feeling physically fit and I felt sluggish on the court. I feel like I'm improving with each match though, taking these little baby steps forward. The smile is coming back when I'm playing and I think the fans can see it. My attitude is better and I'm finding my groove again. I hope I can continue like this, because tomorrow will be another tough match. I'm playing Ana Ivanovic and I'll have to be aggressive just like today. I hope to produce some more good tennis.

After today's match I went and played a few more points with my hitting partner, then of course did my press and everything else. A lot of the different off-court activities come earlier on in the tournament, and once you get deeper into the draw you just focus on your matches. You just want to save as much energy as possible because the opponents keep getting tougher and tougher, and you want to play your best as you approach the finish line. I feel like my cold has gotten much better and I'm getting stronger out there.

Actually another thing I did after the match was get some dry needles in my leg. I've had some tightness in my quad and the physios were working on it, and I was making some loud noises out there! I'm a big chicken when it comes to needles. I don't like them and can't bare to watch. The needles help loosen me up though, so I have to use this method!

I'll probably have a nice dinner at the restaurant in the hotel tonight and hopefully just have a good time with some friends. We like to laugh a lot, and that's really my best medicine!

I'll talk to you all tomorrow night!


JJ ♥

Fan questions answered...

Your mom is becoming famous. Do you ever get jealous? Milan, Serbia
What a question! Of course not. I'm really happy for her! My mom is always so supportive of me and although she likes to stay in the background, it seems as though people are really starting to like her. It's good for her and I would never feel jealous about it.

If you went to an island and could take only one thing, what would it be? Maryam, Egypt
A nice looking guy! Haha :) I know it's not an item but that's who I'll bring.

What is you favorite drink in the USA? Jurica and Petra, Germany
I'm really into the smoothies. I like them mostly with fruits but lately I've been having the peanut butter one, which is really different, and i like it!


Mar 22nd, 2008, 09:57 AM
Friday, March 21, 2008

Unfortunately, I didn't win my match tonight. It was a really close one. I felt like I let the first set slip away at the end; I was really erratic in the tie-break and let my opportunities go. In the second set I felt fine whenever I got into a rally but I wasn't serving or returning well, and that was the key to the match. Of course I'm disappointed, but I'm really happy how I'm progressing and moving forward. I have to continue to work hard on my serve and other segments of my game, but things will come for me. I have to stay positive.

I had a lot of support tonight and during the whole tournament, and it was very nice. I really appreciate all of my fans. I really want to thank everyone who has supported me on TV, through messages on my website, in person and all around the world. A big thank you to everyone who likes watching me and supporting me! I'd also like to thank all of you for reading my blog :) I'll be writing once a week on my website and hopefully I'll be writing another daily blog for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's website soon!

As soon as I can get a flight, I'll be going back to Miami. It might be hard to get one, because with Easter coming up a lot of flights are fully booked, but hopefully they'll squeeze us in somewhere! Since I won't be writing my blog on Sunday now, I want to wish everyone a happy Easter ahead of time. I'm really looking forward to going back home to Miami and seeing my dad and younger brother, as well as my dog. My older brother is in Belgrade, but I'm hoping to spend some time with the rest of my family this weekend, and then get ready for the Sony Ericsson Open there next week.

I'm posting a really nice picture one of my fans made for me.

Thank you all again for your support and I'll write to you all again soon!


JJ ♥


Mar 22nd, 2008, 09:58 AM
jj :)

Mar 22nd, 2008, 10:02 AM
Don't worry you'll kill that other Serbian Beautiful Bitch later. :hearts: :fiery: