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Aug 17th, 2007, 09:18 AM

30 Seconds
With Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic, a semifinalist at the United States Open in 2006, is the third-ranked player on the WTA Tour three weeks before the tournament begins this year. A 22-year-old native of Serbia, she also reached the semifinals of the French Open in June. MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

FAVORITE MOVIE “Something’s Gotta Give”

FAVORITE MUSIC Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls and a few local Serbian groups.

FAVORITE TV SHOW “The Tyra Banks Show”

WHAT IS THE STRONGEST PART OF YOUR GAME? My backhand down the line and the fact that I don’t fear losing.

WEAKEST PART OF YOUR GAME? I am working on improving my serve.

WHO IS THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR CELLPHONE? You mean apart from my mom? I also have Emir Kusturica. He is a Serbian film producer who has won several Palmes d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/c/cannes_international_film_festival/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier).

IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? To be able to turn invisible. Wouldn’t that be cool? Just think of all the places I could go unnoticed.

FUNNIEST OR MOST EMBARRASSING THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU ON THE COURT Some of the angles that photographers get on court are not always flattering.

FUNNIEST THING A FAN HAS SCREAMED AT YOU I have had a few marriage proposals screamed at me before.

WHAT ARE YOU READING? My textbooks. I am approaching my end-of-year exams for my second year of university.

FAVORITE FOOD Steak, prepared medium well. The desserts at Nobu are pretty good, too.

WHO IS THE HARDEST HITTER ON TOUR? There are so many hard hitters, but one that comes to mind is Serena Williams (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/w/serena_williams/index.html?inline=nyt-per).

FAVORITE PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES I have three. Los Angeles, my hometown in Florida, and New York.