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laurie
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:40 PM
Article I've written on Bleacher Report yesterday - read on....

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/370615-jelena-jankovic-ready-to-win-a-grand-slam-title

As we know, Jelena Jankovic pulled off a great win at Indian Wells two weeks ago. She looked impressiveve in the quarterfinals, semi finals, and final against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who is the No. 2 player in the world at the moment.

It got me thinking whether Jelena has gotten over her troubles of last season and is now in contention to win a Grand Slam title this year. Let’s assess where Jelena is at right now.

Jelena Jankovic was a world junior No. 1, but took some time to find her feet in the senior tour. Her breakthrough year was 2006 when she got to the semifinal of the US Open, and posted other good results in the hard court season that year. Big things were predicted for her, as Jelena has a game that’s quite pleasing on the eye.

Jelena’s strengths are her movement and backhand (particularly her backhand down the line), her on-court smarts, and her ability to play a strategic game of tennis. Jelena also has a very good transition game coming forward to net.

Jelena’s weaknesses? Her serve—particularly her second serve, which is extremely attackable—has prevented her so far from winning a Major title, because in the really important matches against the best players you need to have a reliable second serve.

Due to Jelena’s counter-punching style, at times she can be too passive, or at least she has been in the past, and it has cost her.

Her coach last year, Ricardo Sanchez, tried to get Jelena to play more aggressively and to get stronger by working out more in the gym. That strategy didn’t seem to work, and her game suffered. She posted poor results at both Wimbledon and the US Open, and she didn’t look happy.

This year, Jelena has been working with a new coach—a chap named Chip Brooks, who has been at the Nick Bollittieri academy for a number of years.

Chip has been impressing on Jelena to play much further up the court and not concede too much territory behind the baseline. Chip has also been helping Jelena to go for more on her first and second serves; after all, Jelena is quite tall so should be able to deliver a strong serve more often than she has been doing.

Chip has also been advising Jelena how to approach different opponent’s games. Chip has an impressiveve resume...I understand he has worked with Courier, Agassi, and Sampras when they were youths at the Bollittieri academy.

The results were there for everyone to see. I thought that was the smartest and best I’ve seen Jelena play for a number of years. What really impressed me was how often Jelena held her serve in those matches—she was hardly broken at all. Jelena usually has a harder time holding serve consistently.

In conclusion, I was beginning to think that Jelena’s career might be starting to stagnate after her poor 2009 (by her standards, considering she was No. 1 in the world for 18 weeks in 2008 and reached the final of the US Open, losing to Serena Williams).

However, the coaching change and the win in Indian Wells might just make Jelena Jankovic a contender for the remaining three slams this year.

Jelena has always had the ability and game to win a Major title. Hopefully she has found the self belief, physical discipline, and mental discipline to take on the challenge of really having a go at the slams, and at least be able to join those talented players who were able to win a Major title at least once in their careers...let's hope so.

ZODIAC
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:43 PM
its good to dream ...she is how old 26yrs still seaching for her first slam...

Jajaloo
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:50 PM
JJ was born ready to win a slam.

She's 24, not 26. And she really missed her chance at last year's French Open. It was a freebie slam. But now Justine is back...

ZODIAC
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:55 PM
JJ was born ready to win a slam.

She's 24, not 26. And she really missed her chance at last year's French Open. It was a freebie slam. But now Justine is back...she turned 25yrs sometime in February,she celebrated birthday in Mexico at some event:p

So Disrespectful
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:57 PM
Mauresmo was older when she won her first slam. I think Jelena can do it, but I don't know how good her chances are.

darkchild
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:07 PM
Never.

Roookie
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:14 PM
she's a contender again!

Safe-From-Harm
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:26 PM
I Believe.
And Believers Always Win!

goldenlox
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:29 PM
She had a great chance at the 2008 FO.
If a draw breaks right and she is in form, I think her best tennis is as good as Sveta's best, and at least as good as Ana's best.
Sometimes luck is involved, you have to take the chance at the right moment

There is reason to think that over the next 5 years some majors will be very winnable. Unless there is a 15 year old out there who becomes great in 3,4 years

Mistress of Evil
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Not really.

AnnaK_4ever
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:15 PM
JJ was born ready to win a slam.

She's 24, not 26.

She's 25.

Illusionist
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:22 PM
Tbh, I'm not convinced. She has to put on some more consistent performances in order to win a GS.
I think most of us can agree her biggest chance will be at Roland Garros, this year, next year, year after that, whatever.

ElusiveChanteuse
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:32 PM
I think she has just passed her peak and won't be as consistent as before since she has burnt out a little due to those crazy packed schedule a couple of years back.:shrug: She might make some wins here and there but the performances that Jelena gave during 2008 won't be duplicated again.:(

ZODIAC
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:34 PM
she is streaky so its hard to tell but for the most part she hasnt been a force at Grand slam events,she lost when she was expected to win like when she lost to Bartoli at Wimbledon and in Australia,or her loss to Bondarenko this year...at least Momo was in a number of slam Finals before she finally won plus Momo had a unique game that frustrated a lot of players and she beat Justine regularly something Jelena has never done.

Jaffas85
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:38 PM
If she continues to play as well as she did in Indian Wells then she will, at least for the next two or three years, be a contender to win either the Australian, French or US Open (she's at least reached the semis of those 3 majors).

I don't think she'll ever be a serious contender to win Wimbledon because she's never even reached the quarters there and her game doesn't really translate well on grass (especially if she comes up against big hitters who can just hit through her).

So I'd like to think she'll at least win one or two majors.

Volcana
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:57 PM
She might get lucky, but if you really look, slam wins don't come that way. Even in the world of one-slam wonders, when they win, it's usually at a time when they are the first or second best player on that surface. Iva Majoli was playing tremendous clay court tennis in 1997. Jana Novotna had been a Wimbledon win waiting to happen for years. Ivanovic was easily one of the two best performers on clay before she won RG.

There are at least four players, at EVERY slam, who are flat out better than JJ. I can see her winning one match vs superior opposition. Not three.

SAEKeithSerena
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:58 PM
not going to happen.

Optima
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:01 PM
Never say never. The end. Stranger things have happened.

Mlle Bruni
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:35 PM
I don't care. She's a former world no.1 and you can never take that away from her. :silly:

ms_nut
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:41 PM
she is streaky so its hard to tell but for the most part she hasnt been a force at Grand slam events,she lost when she was expected to win like when she lost to Bartoli at Wimbledon and in Australia,or her loss to Bondarenko this year...at least Momo was in a number of slam Finals before she finally won plus Momo had a unique game that frustrated a lot of players and she beat Justine regularly something Jelena has never done.

:confused: ,she made 1 Final and 4 other SF before winning the AO in 2006, the same number of SF/F that JJ has.

Noctis
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:47 PM
She can but doesn't mean she will it's all about mental strenghth

JohnBoy
Mar 31st, 2010, 09:48 AM
Good god if she wins a slam then you know the women's game is in deep shit!

stino
Mar 31st, 2010, 10:21 AM
Uhm, I don't think she'll ever win a major. I mean, Justine & Kim are back, The WS are still around, ... Never say never, but I need more 'prove' that she's really back on track.

Yilongru
Mar 31st, 2010, 10:53 AM
I hope she can do it,but if she couldn't,it should be all right.

Setsuna.
Mar 31st, 2010, 11:39 AM
I don't think so!

doni1212
Jun 3rd, 2010, 03:06 PM
Nope!

mdterp01
Jun 3rd, 2010, 04:06 PM
:tape: just wrong

ZODIAC
Jun 3rd, 2010, 05:47 PM
this year RG was her best chance to WIN,I think she was nervous and let the occasion got to her.for all the noise of 09 when there was debate about no.1 ranking JJ and Safina getting to no.1 without winning slams.Its amazing that there will be a slam winner that nobody expected in a final and win before JJ Dementieva and Safina....I hope its Schiavone

Wiggly
Jun 3rd, 2010, 05:50 PM
this year RG was her best chance to WIN,I think she was nervous and let the occasion got to her.for all the noise of 09 when there was debate about no.1 ranking JJ and Safina getting to no.1 without winning slams.Its amazing that there will be a slam winner that nobody expected in a final and win before JJ Dementieva and Safina....I hope its Schiavone

Yeah, you have Dementieva and Jankovic who are desesperate for a Slam and you end up with Stosur vs Schiavone as the final. Ramdom.

Jelena still has a chance, she has a good ranking and can get good draws again. As for Safina, her window is 90% closed.

ZODIAC
Jun 3rd, 2010, 06:58 PM
JJ had a good draw until the semis,sometimes a hard draw is good...you will be alert early.