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Hashim.
Jan 20th, 2008, 10:59 AM
Q. How did you feel tonight on court? You looked incredible.

JELENA JANKOVIC: You think so (laughter)?


Q. You hadn't been feeling all that well, have you, in previous games?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No. But I was trying to be very focused. I know that playing an Aussie, it's always difficult. The whole crowd will be against me. It's very loud out there.

So I just tried to ‑‑ I didn't really play my game. It was humid out there and the balls were very heavy, and I couldn't even hit my backhand shot. I mean, I was just trying to make her play. I didn't really know too much about her game. I just tried to put as many balls in the court as possible and just stay focused throughout the match.

And I thought that she was playing very, very well. Maybe she was trying to go for too much because maybe I was getting a lot more balls back than she's normally used to.

But overall she had a great tournament and she beat so many good players. It's a great run for her at the Australian Open, for sure. And I'm happy to win, to get through this match, and be in the quarterfinals.


Q. You said prematch and you just said again you felt the crowd would be against you. You still had a fair bit of support. Crowd seemed generous to you.

JELENA JANKOVIC: There's no reason not to be for them. I mean, I think the Australian crowd is quite fair. Even though I'm playing an Aussie, they still applaud for good points, and I think it's quite fair. It's a great crowd. It's a great atmosphere to be playing on Rod Laver, especially a night match. I had so much fun out there and really happy with the win.


Q. You played Casey in Bali last September. Do you see improvement? What do you make of her game generally?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I completely forgot that I played her over there because I just came ‑‑ when I played in Bali, I came from US Open, where I played quarterfinals. I didn't really think about that match.

But I think she improved quite a lot. And she's become a lot better player. She did quite well. I had a difficult time on court, especially with the big balls. It was humid out there, and the balls didn't really go. So I would prefer if it was faster surface, I could execute my shots.

But I did the best that I could and finished the match in two sets, which I'm really happy about because I played the last couple matches three sets. And especially not being in the best form, having all these injuries, it's good for me to get through like this in this way.


Q. Second point of the match, she stopped playing, right? There was a question whether they would replay it? What happened there?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, that ball was actually ‑‑ somebody from the crowd called it out, and we both stopped because I thought that was a lines person who called it out. And then the umpire told us that it was somebody from the crowd, so we have to repeat the point. And she obviously didn't challenge it, so the ball I guess was in.


Q. It was your choice to replay the point? He said he couldn't.

JELENA JANKOVIC: I didn't understand what he was saying actually because I didn't know if my ball was out or what happened. And somebody from the crowd called it out, so I stopped. And then she agreed to replay. I agreed to replay the point. So that's how it ended.


Q. You said Casey went for probably a few too many big shots. Did you think she might be quite brave in that way? Did you predict that?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I think she had to do that. How else she is going to beat me? She has to come up with great shots, with flat shots, and really be brave and go for it. Otherwise I'm not going to give her anything.

Even though I'm not in the best form, I'm still ‑‑ I have my legs that kind of keep me going through. And then I fight, even though I don't feel my shots that great, even though I'm not that accurate as I maybe used to. But I'm still fighting out there. I'm very strong. I don't give up at any point.


Q. Some stages during the game, your face seemed to have a look of pain. Everything okay? Not too many problems there?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, no, no, I'm still carrying on. Like I said before my match, I've been through soreness and, you know, tough times and pains all over my body. I guess it's normal, after having surgery, after having injuries, all of a sudden starting to play intense matches and getting into competition, which is a lot of tough matches for me. And my body's not that ready. So, of course, it's going to happen.

But I have to go through this in order to get stronger and get better.


Q. Feeling the way you do, does that lower your expectations against Serena?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Not really. I know that I can lift up my game. Each match is different and special, and you prepare in a different way.

So I know that against her I have to come up with a lot better level of tennis, and I have to go for my shots and try to be very accurate, and also serve well, it's very important, it will be the key. So we will see. You know, I've beaten her a few times. I know how I have to play. But I know that I have to play really, really great tennis if I want to win because she's a strong girl. She's stronger than me twice ‑ twice my size. So I have to be ‑‑ it's not so easy (laughter).

Sometimes I feel like she's going to blow me off the court. But I have to stay there and play my game and go for the win.


Q. Last year when you played her here, she was not in great form. You almost came in as the favorite. You didn't play your top level. Maybe it's a special motivation to go out against her and show you can play at your best?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, last year she was not the favorite. This year I'm not the favorite. So who knows what can happen. We will see. I mean, it will be a tough match, for sure. And I will just go out there and try to play my best tennis.

She's a great champion, of course. And you have to really play your best if you want to win against her. So we will see. I will just try to have a good time. Who knows what God gives me.


Q. You were saying your body is sore. You've been saying that for the last nine or ten days. Are you going to be able to run as well as you need to against her if it's a long match?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Hopefully I can make her run so she can get sore a bit (smiling). I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding.

I mean, of course, like I said so many times, of course I'm going to be sore if I played ‑‑ out of like three or four matches, I played three sets. The first one especially was three hours. I was on the edge of losing. Not just playing for a long time, but just those intense moments, when you are so tight and fighting out there, it takes a lot out of you ‑ even mentally and physically. You need time to recover and get back.

Ask Federer how he feels, you know, after his match yesterday, or Hewitt. He finished at 4:30 in the morning. Who knows what time he went to bed. Who knows what time he woke up today. It's not easy (smiling).


Q. What do you think about that? Should you be playing Grand Slam tennis at 3:30 or 4:00 in the morning?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know how I would react. Probably I would have to have coffee on the court (laughter). I don't know. I was really amazed. I woke up in the middle of the night and I turned on the TV and there was Hewitt still playing. I was like, My goodness. I don't even know. And those guys were really fighting. It was an unbelievable match. It was unfortunate that one of them had to lose because they were both great, playing unbelievable tennis. And I was really ‑‑ I felt sorry for Marcos because he played such a match. He's a great guy, a great character.

When I saw him cry at the end, I felt sorry for him. I know how it feels. But playing at that time, you know, of the day, at 4:30 in the morning, I don't know how they done it. I mean, your body at that time almost all the time sleeps, except the few times you go to party till 4:30 or 5 in the morning. But that doesn't happen that often, especially not in Grand Slams (laughter).


Q. Where do you rank Serena's serve in the women's game?

JELENA JANKOVIC: In the ATP Tour, you mean (smiling)?

She goes more than 200 kilometers per hour, so she's up there with the guys. I mean, she has one of the best serves in women's tennis, no doubt about that. Her and her sister.

I cannot say anything about that. I can only give her compliments. If I start giving her compliments, I can keep going all day, so I have to stop (laughter).

:lol:

Keadz
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:06 AM
She always makes man jokes about Serena, I like it :p

Always a good character, except when she is yelling at the ball boys to keep the balls on one side of the court.

Tennisation
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:11 AM
:haha:she says Serena is twice her size

Declan
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:16 AM
It always surprises me when tennis players totally forget previous encounters with other players, like the Bali match mentioned here.

Lovesunair
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:37 AM
Luv her, she is funny

Filippo-Nastya
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:39 AM
I can't believe that she woke up in the middle of the night and started to watch Hewitt vs Baghdatis. :lol:

Serenidad.
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:41 AM
Serena is going to blow her off the court and she will feel it in full force.

keirana332
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:42 AM
:lol: Always funny JJ

Chance
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:47 AM
how the hell is Serena twice her size??? Insults her and then tries to cover it up at the end.
Can't wait for the match!!!

frontier
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:56 AM
She is really making bitchy comments about Serena,she is not as nice as you people say.She is so nasty I hope Serena blows her away and wipe that silly smile off her face.I hope we see another beatdown of last year proportions.She keeps on saying she knows how to beat lets see what she has to do come tuesday. :devil:

ivanban
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:57 AM
how the hell is Serena twice her size??? Insults her and then tries to cover it up at the end.
Can't wait for the match!!!

Well....
Serena has twice more masculine legs than JJ
Twice as more masculine arms than JJ
Twice as big boobs than JJ
Twice as big ass than JJ

I think that pretty much covers sentence "Serena is twice the size of me" :confused: :devil:

Kampi
Jan 20th, 2008, 02:21 PM
She is really making bitchy comments about Serena,she is not as nice as you people say.She is so nasty I hope Serena blows her away and wipe that silly smile off her face.I hope we see another beatdown of last year proportions.She keeps on saying she knows how to beat lets see what she has to do come tuesday. :devil:

Everyone who knows Jelena can say, that she didn't mean that in a bitchy way. She has a lot of respect for Serena, that's it.;)

Just Do It
Jan 20th, 2008, 02:29 PM
Twice? I guess she wanted to say 3 times bigger :spit:

Bruno71
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:14 PM
Everyone who knows Jelena can say, that she didn't mean that in a bitchy way. She has a lot of respect for Serena, that's it.;)

Forget it Kampi, you're barking up the wrong troll.

Direwolf
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:30 PM
that gave me a headacke

Buitenzorg
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:39 PM
she was so cute :kiss:

RVD
Jan 20th, 2008, 11:39 PM
that gave me a headackeAgreed. (headache)

I'm kicking myself for taking the time to read the whole thing.

Julian
Jan 21st, 2008, 12:30 AM
I for one love the interview and thought it was one of the best i have read this AO. She is definitely truthful, not to mention funny.

We need more personalities like her on the WTA tour.
As for bitchy comments torwards Serena..I dont see it?? :confused: She mentions Serena being twice her size but that to me shows the major respect she has for Serena's strength, I actually think the comment was more like comparing herself to be more weak compared to Serena.

Seyz
Jan 21st, 2008, 12:43 AM
You know the best players are the ones that give heh.. good interviews.
Serena, Venus, JJ, Justine, Martina, Maria they all have no filter! :P

supergrunt
Jan 21st, 2008, 01:51 AM
:rolleyes: I really hope Serena beats the stuffing out of her. :D

Huntress555
Jan 21st, 2008, 12:18 PM
Haha, nice interview JJ :D

Cat123
Jan 21st, 2008, 12:23 PM
:hug: Fabulous interview. She's said many a time that she gets on well with Serena because they have a similar sense of humour. She wasn't being bitchy, I don't think she ever is.

Although her and Ana's mini Media war is highly entertaining :lol:

frontier
Jan 21st, 2008, 12:44 PM
This broad is not a fan of Serena and she seems kinda jealous about the 'bling'a la Hopman cup and I remember last year at this event she said something negative with her buddy Petrova and at another event in 2006 where she hit Serena with a ball and she was just being nasty.I like Ana because there is nothing sly or bitchy about her.Ana is so open an overally nice girl thats why she is more liked and respected than this jj'.Ifyou read her interview she is dissing Serena subtly and between the lines she is referring to Serena as a man.She is so unprofessional big difference between pova,Venus,Nikki and Ana.

supergrunt
Jan 21st, 2008, 01:04 PM
she just doesn't have any respect for Serena. or atleast not the same as she does for Henin. "oh I beat her a few times before :weirdo: " Twice JJ- and one was a retirement. I'm just disgusted by the fact that she gives herself a chance. I guess Serena will just have to start kicking her butt on a regular basis.

bandabou
Jan 21st, 2008, 01:07 PM
:lol: Nice.. tongue in cheek humor I guess.

rhz
Jan 21st, 2008, 01:15 PM
This made my day...

JELENA JANKOVIC: "Hopefully I can make her run so she can get sore a bit (smiling). I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding."

supergrunt
Jan 21st, 2008, 01:21 PM
I don't get it.

MagicMilan
Jan 21st, 2008, 01:59 PM
I don't get it.
I wouldn't brag about it :help:

fifiricci
Jan 21st, 2008, 02:26 PM
I don't get it.

I fear that might be because you have no sense of humour, lol!

Just Do It
Jan 21st, 2008, 02:43 PM
This broad is not a fan of Serena and she seems kinda jealous about the 'bling'a la Hopman cup and I remember last year at this event she said something negative with her buddy Petrova and at another event in 2006 where she hit Serena with a ball and she was just being nasty.I like Ana because there is nothing sly or bitchy about her.Ana is so open an overally nice girl thats why she is more liked and respected than this jj'.Ifyou read her interview she is dissing Serena subtly and between the lines she is referring to Serena as a man.She is so unprofessional big difference between pova,Venus,Nikki and Ana.

Why do you have a need to compare Jelena to Ana or any other player ?

Your posts were bitchy, and I found them funny, but this is too much, and you are starting to be extremelly rude.

Wayn77
Jan 21st, 2008, 02:47 PM
This broad is not a fan of Serena and she seems kinda jealous about the 'bling'a la Hopman cup and I remember last year at this event she said something negative with her buddy Petrova and at another event in 2006 where she hit Serena with a ball and she was just being nasty.I like Ana because there is nothing sly or bitchy about her.Ana is so open an overally nice girl thats why she is more liked and respected than this jj'.Ifyou read her interview she is dissing Serena subtly and between the lines she is referring to Serena as a man.She is so unprofessional big difference between pova,Venus,Nikki and Ana.

:lol: :lol:

Another entertaining JJ interview.

Obviously a well-rounded, articulate young woman who has had an excellent upbringing. Able to express herself freely, naturally with a mischievious sense of humour. No wonder Jelena Jankovic is so popular amongst "the people" and adored by millions. Good luck against the Mighty Rena, JJ.

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 21st, 2008, 05:08 PM
She is really making bitchy comments about Serena,she is not as nice as you people say.She is so nasty I hope Serena blows her away and wipe that silly smile off her face.I hope we see another beatdown of last year proportions.She keeps on saying she knows how to beat lets see what she has to do come tuesday. :devil:

reread the last part of the interview

Ryan
Jan 21st, 2008, 05:16 PM
Frontier and supergrunt are always trolls and morons, just ignore them. :wavey: I think Griff should put that in the tips before posting in GM, actually. Funny interview and I think her humor is great, I'd much rather have candid players than someone giving typical answers.

plantman
Jan 21st, 2008, 05:35 PM
This made my day...

JELENA JANKOVIC: "Hopefully I can make her run so she can get sore a bit (smiling). I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding."

I think JJ knows this is what she needs to do!

plantman
Jan 21st, 2008, 05:36 PM
:lol: :lol:

Another entertaining JJ interview.

Obviously a well-rounded, articulate young woman who has had an excellent upbringing. Able to express herself freely, naturally with a mischievious sense of humour. No wonder Jelena Jankovic is so popular amongst "the people" and adored by millions. Good luck against the Mighty Rena, JJ.

:yeah:

Helaena
Jan 21st, 2008, 06:30 PM
:lol: JJ always manages to make funny comments :yeah:

VishaalMaria
Jan 21st, 2008, 07:15 PM
This broad is not a fan of Serena and she seems kinda jealous about the 'bling'a la Hopman cup and I remember last year at this event she said something negative with her buddy Petrova and at another event in 2006 where she hit Serena with a ball and she was just being nasty.I like Ana because there is nothing sly or bitchy about her.Ana is so open an overally nice girl thats why she is more liked and respected than this jj'.Ifyou read her interview she is dissing Serena subtly and between the lines she is referring to Serena as a man.She is so unprofessional big difference between pova,Venus,Nikki and Ana.

What the hell:help:?

Being a Williams fan myself, I see nothing wrong with the interview and Jelenas on court/off court behaviour in general. To be honest, the interview gave me a few laughs and Jelena has a refreshing personality for sure. We need more people like her on tour; the type of individuals who have class and who, in general, just know how to have fun. It's not a question of being professional....it's just Jelena's personality. If she wants to laugh let her laugh. If she wants to joke let her joke; it's not immaturity and therefore a lack of professionalism.

I feel that you've made so many generalisations. Reading between the lines? Jelena said "Serena is twice my size" and all she meant by that that is.....Serena is twice her size. And it's the truth. Stop picking for negative comments. :rolleyes:

At Charleston this year Jelena said "Venus was a beast". And Venus was a beast in that match...tennis wise. She doesn't mean any harm by saying a comment like that.

In 2007 at the AO, most people questioned Serena's fitness and at how far she'd go in the tournament. Maybe Jelena was one of them, so shoot her?!? :rolleyes: God forbid, she wasn't the only one.

As for what happened in 2006.......it was such a minor issue. Jelena threw a ball to the other side of the court and it clipped Serena's foot. If you watch the video, which should be on Youtube, Jelena wasn't looking where she was throwing the ball. It's not like it actually hit Serena that badly.

So just chill out. If you look at the end of the interview, Jelena gave Serena such a massive compliment. Focus on that.....the positive...not the negative.

frontier
Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:55 AM
What the hell:help:?

Being a Williams fan myself, I see nothing wrong with the interview and Jelenas on court/off court behaviour in general. To be honest, the interview gave me a few laughs and Jelena has a refreshing personality for sure. We need more people like her on tour; the type of individuals who have class and who, in general, just know how to have fun. It's not a question of being professional....it's just Jelena's personality. If she wants to laugh let her laugh. If she wants to joke let her joke; it's not immaturity and therefore a lack of professionalism.

I feel that you've made so many generalisations. Reading between the lines? Jelena said "Serena is twice my size" and all she meant by that that is.....Serena is twice her size. And it's the truth. Stop picking for negative comments. :rolleyes:

At Charleston this year Jelena said "Venus was a beast". And Venus was a beast in that match...tennis wise. She doesn't mean any harm by saying a comment like that.

In 2007 at the AO, most people questioned Serena's fitness and at how far she'd go in the tournament. Maybe Jelena was one of them, so shoot her?!? :rolleyes: God forbid, she wasn't the only one.

As for what happened in 2006.......it was such a minor issue. Jelena threw a ball to the other side of the court and it clipped Serena's foot. If you watch the video, which should be on Youtube, Jelena wasn't looking where she was throwing the ball. It's not like it actually hit Serena that badly.

So just chill out. If you look at the end of the interview, Jelena gave Serena such a massive compliment. Focus on that.....the positive...not the negative.I have never heard her use that kind of language on other players the way she uses this so called humour on Venus and Serena.I will never warm up to her and Djoko there is something about them I dont like.I like Ana because she is the epitome of class and is not trashy.

coolconchi
Jan 22nd, 2008, 01:10 AM
Class interview from Jelena! She takes the piss out of herself at the start for Gods sake - why do people take everything so seriously!