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StZox
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:35 AM
Not a very convincing performance at times by Jankovic.
On the other hand, her backhand was on fire and some well constructed points.
Winners/UEs 21-15

Flipkens played great.

Optima
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:36 AM
My god, that was probably one of the most painful matches I've seen Jelena play. Forehand was SHIT. She needs new shoes ASAP. She was agitated and wasn't focused at all.

RenaSlam.
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:36 AM
Flipkens dictated and "dicked" Jankovic around the court for most of the match.

Jankovic was moonballing like a 100 ranked player :tape:

I expect her to beat Sugiyama but Zvonareva is looming in the latter rounds.

@danieln1
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:37 AM
Terrible match from the world number 1, she was lucky she was playing Kirsten, if it were any top 10 player she would be out of this tournament, that was a mediocre performance

V-MAC
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:37 AM
Scary moments towards the end but congrats Jelena :bounce:

MagicMilan
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:38 AM
Yeah :D Goat tennis by world no.1 :worship:
forehand slicing her way into 3rd round :D


:weirdo:

Valanga
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:38 AM
She walked slow today...don't know why, but still some amazing shots.
Good luck next round :D

saul1333
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:38 AM
jj's serve and fh were terrible.
nice match from flipkens.

G1Player2
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:38 AM
Zvonareva should take care of Jankovic. If not, Safina surely will.

kittyking
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:38 AM
I think Flipper played pretty well, she knew she had nothing to lose and really dominated some of those ralleys!

Mikey.
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:38 AM
:o Jelena played crap. Her forehand hardly even made it past the service line most of the time. I'm glad she finally won it. She better get it together for the later rounds :sobbing:

Sassy-Na
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:38 AM
jj :clap2:

Billabong
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:39 AM
LOLL maybe it was far from Jankovic's best, but come on guys, it wasn't THAT bad, she hit more winners than UFES and lost her focus a few times, but I didn't think she looked like shit out there, Flipkens was on fire I thought... It makes me remember a bit the French Open and the US Open of last year, in which she struggled in both in early rounds...

kwilliams
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:39 AM
Flipkens was close to being 4-1 up in that second set! She kinda blew it/JJ kinda stepped it up. It was a bit of both at that stage of the game. I had no doubt JJ would still prevail in straight sets though.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:40 AM
wow that was really bad

StZox
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:40 AM
I agree that her second serve was off
and her movement was not at her best.
However, some great shots she had. And she hit more winners than UEs (21-15)

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:40 AM
Outplayed on most of the points.
Bad bp conversion by kirsten, she had a bp in almost every game of the first set.

Valanga
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:42 AM
My god, that was probably one of the most painful matches I've seen Jelena play. Forehand was SHIT. She needs new shoes ASAP. She was agitated and wasn't focused at all.

well, the worst I have ever seen her play is the HK Expo.
C'mon JJ, sugiyama is not an easy opponent, don't lose.

Optima
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:43 AM
I honestly believe her shoes had something to do with her shitty play.

Lulu.
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:43 AM
Nice try Kirsten. You almost had that second set. :D

Ellery
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:43 AM
Ai now has a chance against JJ :eek: :bounce:

Congrats for limping through Jelena :o

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:44 AM
LOLL maybe it was far from Jankovic's best, but come on guys, it wasn't THAT bad, she hit more winners than UFES and lost her focus a few times, but I didn't think she looked like shit out there, Flipkens was on fire I thought... It makes me remember a bit the French Open and the US Open of last year, in which she struggled in both in early rounds...

i dont believe those stats anymore...i saw jj hit out some shots that werent counted towards the errors...flikens hit a couple winners that werent counted

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:45 AM
Flipper :bigcry: :sad:
should have won that 2nd set

PatrickRyan
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:47 AM
Flipkens was really impressive :eek:

RenaSlam.
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:47 AM
I honestly believe her shoes had something to do with her shitty play.

And I honestly believe you are delusional. :lol:

StZox
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:48 AM
Flipkens's backhand is:help:

JJ, I am sure you will play your best against the best opponents.

Optima
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:48 AM
And I honestly believe you are delusional. :lol:

Good excuse as any for JJ, right?

She was playing with them the whole match.

Roookie
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:49 AM
C'mon Jelena, you can do better than this!!!.

homogenius
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:50 AM
Flipkens played really well, especially at the net.She should be proud of herself.
JJ was struggling, still I never get the impression that Flipkens could beat her.She step it up each time she had to, broke back in each set and finished well.She looked unfocus at times but it's only her second match of he year so she needs to get in the rythm of things.

I see that like an improvement cause one year ago, JJ would have win that 12-10 in the third.She has a lot of pressure here, her opponent was playing probably her best match ever, and still she won in straights and never panicked.It's also these kind of matches that you have to win to stay n°1.She did it.

Billabong
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:50 AM
Indeed she didn't look at her 100% speed today, probably not perfectly confident with her new shoes yet... Her second serve was definitely very attackable also, but Jelena usually improves with every match she plays:)

MagicMilan
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:51 AM
She always steps it up against better players, but I just hate it when she plays passive tennis like this. totally underestimates her opponent, no weight on her shots, atrocious choice of shots... :help:

LindsayRulz
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:52 AM
I don't think Flipkens played great at all, she couldn't keep two flat backhands in a row in the court. She had some good moments tough and nice volleys.

Renalicious
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:54 AM
Weird match. Good on Jelena for getting through. :)

Drake1980
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:55 AM
Ajde!!!!!:bounce:

дalex
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:56 AM
When did you see her 2nd serve, she had 81% 1st serve (91% in the first set). I thought JJ served very well apart from that one game late in the 2nd set, she was just pushing the ball then.

JJ looked completely distracted today and her fh was shit. Kirsten played well, I guess.

Get it together, babe! :kiss:

The Daviator
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:57 AM
JJ still a dead cert for the final, well done.

DragonFlame
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:57 AM
That was hard on the eyes. :o And here i´m saying i want to see quality and toplevel play from all of them 2 weeks ago... well... Pretty much all of them are failing my expectations. 0_o I dunno who´s playing worse, ana or her. Both are playing so bad right now. :help: Pick it up girls!

homogenius
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:58 AM
She always steps it up against better players, but I just hate it when she plays passive tennis like this. totally underestimates her opponent, no weight on her shots, atrocious choice of shots... :help:

Well Flipkens went for her shots the whole match.She was quite agressive and coming to the net often.She probably wanted to escape the long rallies.It was smart tactically and she applied it well.Sure JJ played that like a pratice match at times but Flipkens should get credit where it's due cause she did quite well imo (especially if I compare this with the other matches I saw since the first round started).

pj5
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:59 AM
Flipkens played really well, especially at the net.She should be proud of herself.
JJ was struggling, still I never get the impression that Flipkens could beat her.She step it up each time she had to, broke back in each set and finished well.She looked unfocus at times but it's only her second match of he year so she needs to get in the rythm of things.

I see that like an improvement cause one year ago, JJ would have win that 12-10 in the third.She has a lot of pressure here, her opponent was playing probably her best match ever, and still she won in straights and never panicked.It's also these kind of matches that you have to win to stay n°1.She did it.

I agree.

here's a bit of info about Flipkens, which shows that we'll hear more of her ...
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a11055_why-jelena-jankovic-finally-ready-slam-injuries-selfdoubt

"Examples of unfulfilled potential include the anonymous senior career of the supremely gifted Maria-Emilia Salerni, who reached junior world No.1 in both singles and doubles the year before Jankovic, but who currently languishes at number 242 in the senior rankings. Kirsten Flipkens is another whose name would hardly be recognised on a court, let alone in the street.
She was the world junior No.1 in 2004 - and was supposed to ride the ephemeral Belgian conveyor belt of talent to the summit of the senior game, joining her compatriots, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, in creating the tennis dynasty that ‘never was."

In other words the girl is good.

@danieln1
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:03 AM
She always steps it up against better players, but I just hate it when she plays passive tennis like this. totally underestimates her opponent, no weight on her shots, atrocious choice of shots... :help:

:worship:

TennisPlayingFox
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:04 AM
JJ did not play that well but Flipkens was impressive. Good luck in round 3 JJ!

*Jean*
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:06 AM
Not her best match, but good win anyway. Ajde Janka!

Seyz
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:10 AM
Not up to the caliber of when she was playing Serena at the US OPEN, but she, like the William sisters tends to be a little distracted against lower ranked players that come out of no where. this is just the warmup hopefully.

louisa.
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:12 AM
:) A wins a win. Good to see it done in straight sets. Step it up next round Jeca :armed:

Tennis Ball
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:21 AM
Not a very convincing performance at times by Jankovic.
On the other hand, her backhand was on fire and some well constructed points.
Winners/UEs 21-15

Flipkens played great.

I thought Jankovic had 19 winners.

Flipper Winners/UEs: 30/38

Cakeisgood
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:52 AM
It wasn't that bad! FH needs work. If its gonna be loopy JJ, put it past the service box for the topspin to do anything.

Ans serve, well. It's better than before?

Vaidisova
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:05 AM
Jelena:yeah:

G1Player2
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:08 AM
OMG, her interview was nauseating with Chris Fowler. :rolleyes:

Marionated
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:11 AM
A win is a win.

V's a star
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:11 AM
JJ is so beatable. She jus needs to face an opponent who doesnt make 2 winners to 24 errors like the 1st R or a person who actually believes theyll win unlike the 2nd. Hope Vera can do it, played great today.:bounce: Jankovic is lucky she got a shit draw

Optima
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:11 AM
OMG, her interview was nauseating with Chris Fowler. :rolleyes:

:D

V's a star
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:15 AM
OMG, her interview was nauseating with Chris Fowler. :rolleyes:

haha i jus saw that to. it made me like her somewhat :scared: Probably cuz she actually said "no" she doesnt think shes the best player. aslong as she lays off that shit im happy

Laurens
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:33 AM
WOOOW !!

Kirsten! Great performane, girl! You almost had that third set, girl! Good done

It's funny to ready all those comments of the JJ-fans :) Flipper was actually in a difficult period last year
Does this match will appear at YouTube? Please? :)
If she's back in Belgium, i will greet her personally

rada
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:42 AM
OMG she needs new shoes CRAP

Just Do It
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:35 AM
I did not watch it, a win is a win though :unsure:

In The Zone
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:46 AM
OMG, her interview was nauseating with Chris Fowler. :rolleyes:

Funny that you say something like this yet you accuse drake of being a jealous, hateful person. Hmmm.

If you don't like someone, you're entitled to your opinion but at least practice what you preach.

Brena
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:47 AM
Jelena :cuckoo:

<Sven>
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:53 AM
I agree.

here's a bit of info about Flipkens, which shows that we'll hear more of her ...
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a11055_why-jelena-jankovic-finally-ready-slam-injuries-selfdoubt

"Examples of unfulfilled potential include the anonymous senior career of the supremely gifted Maria-Emilia Salerni, who reached junior world No.1 in both singles and doubles the year before Jankovic, but who currently languishes at number 242 in the senior rankings. Kirsten Flipkens is another whose name would hardly be recognised on a court, let alone in the street.
She was the world junior No.1 in 2004 - and was supposed to ride the ephemeral Belgian conveyor belt of talent to the summit of the senior game, joining her compatriots, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, in creating the tennis dynasty that ‘never was."

In other words the girl is good.
Euhm... I wouldn't hype her too much...
Judging by the score and the reviews, Kirsten played a very good match, and I'm really happy about that!
But she was number 1 in the juniors, ok, but she was 18 at the moment. Compared to Clijsters and Henin, she is not good... They never got to number one because they already turned pro long before they were 18...
Kirsten isn't bad, but not THAT good.
I hope she can finally be injury free and become a consistent top 100 player (hoping for top 75).

Agata.
Jan 21st, 2009, 08:35 AM
:/ Not very convincing, but a win is a win :)

Kirsten :hug:

olivero
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:07 AM
a win is a win :yeah:
good luck in the next round

Lennval
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:13 AM
just go on Jelena :)

ce
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:37 AM
:help:

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:02 AM
Allez JJ.

2 down, 5 to go. :worship:

youizahoe
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:09 AM
Well done Kirsten, I thought you'd lose in less than 1 hour. I hope you can stay on top of your injuries and finally can play for a year straight.

The Dawntreader
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:49 AM
Flipkens played a great match, but she was given far too many oppurtunities by Jelena. Jankovic's length of the forehand was woefully poor and it enabled Flipkens to dictate readily with the forehand and move in tight at the net. Jelena just looked really flat, and ironically her serve looked the more stable element today.

Her backhand was consistent as it always is, but she wasnt using it with much purpose. Very centralised shots from Jankovic, and it gives the opponent a lot of time to create winners from miid-court balls. Tactically, wasnt very astute today. Would weave in and out of being aggressive to just pushing the ball back in play.

Will have to improve, which i'm sure she's well aware of.

vwfan
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:19 PM
not particularly convincing, but she did what she needed to win and close out the match in two sets.

QF against Vera should be interesting.

AnnaK_4ever
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:29 PM
The worst match from Jankovic since I don't remember when :o

She's heavy, she's slow, she's unbelievably passive, her backhand is weak and I have no words to describe how awful her forehand is... :help: :help: :help:

ivanban
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:40 PM
JJ :cuckoo: that was horrid to watch :o total disinterest in playing any agressive shot :o I can't believe I woke up to watch this crap :mad: She better geT it toGETher, or else.... :fiery:

On a serious note.....ANTA better make her propper shoes, one could really see her movement was restricted cause of them :( or she should get back to her old RBK shoes :tape:

P.S. I still don't see why did she bulk up, cause she's neither hitting the ball harder, nor having more stamina, nor being faster :confused: Though, maybe she thought she would look more intimidating to opponents if she's larger :scratch:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:52 PM
JJ :yeah:

Laurens
Jan 22nd, 2009, 07:09 PM
kirsten :) :)

i'm so happy whit this result :)

and some of you guys forget kirsten hit 30 winner, Jelena only 19