View Full Version : Jankovic trying to reach her first GS final against Sharapova, WWW ?

Just Do It
Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:29 AM
Jelena or Maria ?

Just Do It
Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:31 AM
I think it is time for Jelena to win her first Grand Slam title, even that wont be easy :scared:

Jelena in 3 :yeah:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:39 AM
Based on today's performances, Maria will win 6-1; 6-0. I'm not even kidding. If Maria serves decently, she won't lose serve, and she'll break Jelena over half the time. If Justine, Lindsay and Elena couldn't even win 5 games off Sharapova, why should Jelena be able to win 12?

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:41 AM
^^ true. Sharapova will win easily;)

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:42 AM
Sorry to say that, but if Jelena Jankovic would be able to make GS final, that means everyone is able. Maria in 2- 6/2 6/0 if she'll be on, 6/4 6/3 if she'll be off

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:46 AM
if maria plays ANYWHERE near what she did tonight, god help jelena :tape:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:51 AM
If Justine, Lindsay and Elena couldn't even win 5 games off Sharapova, why should Jelena be able to win 12?

Wow, I never thought I'd see that sentence, lol.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:57 AM
EVERYTHING worked well for Maria today including the netcords.... No doubt she will get to the final.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:02 AM
Maria will win it. Jelena's court play although very well but Maria's serve far superior than Jelena and she will be right on her backfoot when Maria's 1st serves goes in.

Dawn Marie
Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:03 AM
Hmm I'm not so sure Maria will win in two easy sets. Jelena is like Vicario. She gets many balls back. After she beat Serena tonight, I'm going for Maria in 3 sets. LMAO.
Maria is good, but I don't see this in two easy sets.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:04 AM
No doubt Sharapova, quick and easy

Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:21 AM
She obviously had all things her way today, but will it be enough if jelena keeps her off balance and keeps returning to many ball as she did with serena. If jelena gets inspired, she might just prevail. Its a good thing she will be the underdog, no pressure. Ajde jelena!

Just Do It
Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:22 AM
Oh, Maria played amazing today, true, but does not mean everything will work in her game in 2 days as well. People were saying Jelena wont win more than 2 games against Serena ...

Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:24 AM
I think Maria will win, but Jelena will put up a good fight. If only Jelena had a serve...

Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:25 AM
Sharapova 6-3 6-2

She crushed Davenport, Dementieva and Henin so far. Jelena is next.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:25 AM
I think Jelena will win more games than Justine. :lol:

Maria 6-4 6-2 :drool:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:17 PM
masha in two straight sets. she will take revenge for her last three set defeat on grass. Masha is definitely on fire. Great serve, good movement and she played well on the net. I think that she will win 6-2 6-0. Davai Masha.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:20 PM
Jelena in straight sets. Something just tells me that it's Jelena's time to shine.

In other words, head says Maria, heart says Jankobitch. But I don't think Jelena will be intimidated by Maria at all, despite the form. If you're not scared of laughing at a struggling Serena, you're not scared of anything.

A Magicman
Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:24 PM
From all I have seen from Pova during these days, I think that this will be really ugly unless she completely loses her confidence and play.

Pova - the most enchanting Jelena 6-2, 6-1

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:24 PM
Masha ..i have faith in her :worship:

Il Primo!
Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:27 PM
Jeca has nothing to hurt Maria. Maria in two.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:38 PM
Jelena :rocker2:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:51 PM
I hope Jelena could reach the final although the chance seems slim.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:53 PM
I hope Maria :worship:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:55 PM
Jelena will try to do everything she always does. Move Maria around and force her into errors and outplay her. If Maria is in the same form as her match against Justine that won't be a problem. She will crush Jelena's serve with her returns and serve her off the court. The few rallies that will occur will be won by Maria as well. In other words Maria will win in straight easy sets. Jelena only has a chance against these players when they make to many mistakes and Maria seems to be in form again.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:55 PM
Jelena 6-0 6-0

please Jelena kill her with a volley :o

Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:55 PM
as much as I like both players, Masha should win this one, its in her hands really.

The Daviator
Jan 22nd, 2008, 12:57 PM
Oh Jelena :lol: :hug: This is a gonna be a massacre :help:

Shimizu Amon
Jan 22nd, 2008, 01:00 PM
Masha will be up and about in this SF, knowing she has a great shot this year winning the AO. So she will give it her all, again.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 01:07 PM
Sharapova 6-1 7-6(7)

Concentration lapse combined with good play from Jelena. Wouldn't be surprised to see Jelena sneak the 2nd set though.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 01:09 PM
Maria, easily.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 01:48 PM

Jan 22nd, 2008, 01:52 PM
This was the unlikely match-up (especially with Sharapova beating Henin), but it should be an interesting match. I think Sharapova has played the best tournament of her career and it doesn't look like it will stop in the semis. Having said that it is impossible to overlook Jankovic. She is once again the higher ranked player and she certainly has a chance. She played crap from the start of the tournament yet still beat Serena in the QF.

I think Sharapova will in in straights, but would not be surprised at all if it is a Jankovic win.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 02:06 PM
I was shocked when I read the news this morning about both Jankovic and Sharapova's wins. I saw that Jankovic had won the first set against Serena yesterday, so I had an inkling that she might win, but I more surprised about Sharapova's win against Henin. WOW :eek: I agree with what Tennisbear said in his/her other thread about Sharapova not being out of trouble yet. I think Jankovic can beat anyone not named Henin and now she doesn't even have to face her. It would be nice to see Jankovic be able to win her first Slam. She sure would have an accomplishment more than Ivanovic. :D

Jan 22nd, 2008, 02:08 PM
Ajde Jelena! :awww:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 02:11 PM
I hope to god, for Jelena's sake, that she didn't watch Masha's match tonight. ;)

Maria's last 4 matches:

def. Lindsay 6-1 6-3
def. Vesnina 6-3 6-0
def. LenaD 6-2 6-0
def. Justine 6-4 6-0

That's a total of 13 dropped games, over four matches. With three bagels tossed in for good measure. I mean, COME ON! Unless Masha breaks her ankle, this isn't even going to be close.

I predict something along the lines of 6-2 6-0 for Maria.

Quite honestly, the way Masha played tonight, I can't see anyone beating her.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 03:56 PM

Jan 22nd, 2008, 03:58 PM
i hope JJ.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:00 PM
If Justine, Lindsay and Elena couldn't even win 5 games off Sharapova, why should Jelena be able to win 12?

:lol: Great, I would love it. :p

I don't think, that's an easy game for Maria after we see so many surprise at the AO.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:02 PM
maybe 6-0 6-0 for maria :)

Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:06 PM
People shouldn't underestimate Jelena :p but I think Masha will win 6/4 6/3 :p Jelena beat Masha last year in Birmingham (coming back from 1/3 in the last set), I think Masha would love to take her revenge and that she is extremely determined to win the AO :bounce: :bounce:! I like both but goooo Masha :bounce: :bounce:!

Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:10 PM
I think Jelena will win it, it's just the conditions that make me say that. She saved MPs against Tamira, nobody expected her to be alive in 2nd week ... but she is there. Maria on the other side delivered a flawless performance to beat the number 1, pressure is on her ... I don't think she can play as well as she did today and JJ is suprisingly more aggressive than Justine ...

So I say Jelena in three, 36 64 62.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:13 PM
Going by the performances of both, I say Maria in 2.

Martian KC
Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:14 PM
Jelena :banana:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:37 PM
Lindsay's defeat is not looking quite so bad now, lol. I voted for Jelena...I don't know why. All the evidence points to the contrary, but she beat Masha the last time they played and that was on grass, so I give her a shot on hard, no matter how well Maria's playing.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:40 PM
Start drafting Jelena's obituary... :tape:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:43 PM
Jelena will need Maria to have a bad day. But she's beaten her, and knows Maria's game very well.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:56 PM
Sharapova wins 6-2, 6-3

Jan 22nd, 2008, 05:41 PM
Maria..anyone who can bagel Henin deserves the title!!!!

Jan 22nd, 2008, 05:49 PM
there is the chance that maria will have a let down, but i don't see it. jelena will have to play amazing to stay with her all the way

Jan 22nd, 2008, 05:52 PM
Sharapova 62 61 ( I wouldn't be surprised if it was 60 60 but for the sake of women's tennis I hope not)

The only way Jankovic wins is if Sharapova has the serving yips gain and starts hitting DF like crazy and missing on her forehand a lot. Which could happen.......we'll see but I highly doubt it.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 05:55 PM
maria will win, but it won't be a beatdown. the bagel streak ends. :lol:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 05:56 PM
Jelena is going to get smoked. 6-1, 6-0

Jan 22nd, 2008, 05:58 PM
Maria in 2

Jan 22nd, 2008, 06:38 PM
Jelena in 3 sets, if not 2. She'll handle Maria's serve and exhaust her in rallies, for she will return nearly all of Maria's groundstrokes.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 06:53 PM
everyone kept talking about Jelena's court coverage, but look at what happened last night with Justine, she's one of the best defense player in the world and made Maria hit lots of extra shots that would have been winners against anyone else, what makes u think Jelena's defense is gonna be better than Justine? Besides, Jelena has no weapons to hurt Maria....Maria in straight sets, case close!

Jan 22nd, 2008, 06:57 PM
May the best biatch win :hearts:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:00 PM
JELENA...i hope cos Jelena is like a soldier! bloody injured yet she fights thru it and shes in the SF of a GS...i wish her all the luck in the world cos its time she gets recognition as a worthy slam contender!...GO JELENA but cut da ballboys/girls sum slack yea?

@Sweet Cleopatra
Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:01 PM
Jelena is not easy at all , she reaches a lot of balls , God bless you Masha

Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:01 PM
Maria, something like 6-4/6-2.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:10 PM
Maria is gonna wipe the floor with her. Jelena's not gonna get the inconsistency from Maria that she got from Serena.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 08:13 PM
Sharapova will play that way that Serena was supposed to.

6-3 6-0 Maria

another bagel.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 08:28 PM
Sharapova serves very good so far, but JJ is a good returner for the most part. If she goes for her shots like today against Serena, she could create some window for herself.
I'm much more worried about JJ's service games, it's nerve wrecking. She gets a tough fought break, then ends up losing her serve in a second.
Also, I think JJ is a headcase and cannot keep focus long enough. If she could overcome that, it would be a lot different.
So I regretfully have to say I feel Sharapova is sealing this one.
Prove me wrong Jelena!!

Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:14 PM
People have brought up how people usually don't back up wins over Serena. I decided to test how true this is.

I will ignore the YEC & Zurich '07 and Dubai '05 SF because she didn't finish the matches and YEC 04 F because of the span of a season.

If you REALLY care that much, Chakvetadze solidified her win over Serena with a win over Jankovic, Schnyder lost to Schiavone after she beat Serena, Jankovic lost to Davenport in the Dubai F, and Maria probably won her first match of 2005 after the YEC 04 F.

Melbourne QF - Jankovic def. Williams 63 64
Melbourne SF - Jankovic v. Sharapova

Moscow F - Dementieva def. Williams 57 61 61
Zurich 1R - Schiavone def. Dementieva 46 62 41 ret.
Stuttgart QF - Kuznetsova def. Williams 63 63
Stuttgart SF - Golovin def. Kuznetsova 62 64
Flushing Meadows QF - Henin def. Williams 76 61
Flushing Meadows SF - Henin def. Williams 76 64
Wimbledon QF - Henin def. Williams 64 36 63
Wimbledon SF - Bartoli def. Henin 16 75 61
Paris QF - Henin def. Williams 64 63
Paris SF - Henin def. Jankovic 62 62
Rome QF - Schnyder def. Williams 63 36 76(5)
Rome SF - Jankovic def. Schnyder 60 63
Hobart QF - Bammer def. Williams 36 75 63
Hobart SF - Bardina def. Bammer 63 61

Flushing Meadows 4R - Mauresmo def. Williams 64 06 62
Flushing Meadows QF - Mauresmo def. Safina 63 62
Los Angeles SF - Jankovic def. Williams 64 63
Los Angeles F - Dementieva def. Jankovic 63 46 64
Cincinnati SF - Zvonareva def. Williams 62 63
Cincinnati F - Zvonareva def. Srebotnik 62 64
Melbourne 3R - Hantuchova def. Williams 61 76(5)
Melbourne 4R - Sharapova def. Hantuchova 64 64

Beijing 2R - Sun def. Williams 62 76(7)
Beijing QF - Kirilenko def. Sun 61 63
Flushing Meadows 4R - Williams def. Williams 76(5) 62
Flushing Meadows QF - Clijsters def. Williams 46 75 61
Wimbledon 3R - Craybas def. Williams 63 76(4)
Wimbledon 4R - Williams def. Craybas 60 62
Rome 2R - Schiavone def. Williams 76(2) 61
Rome 3R - Schiavone def. Sugiyama 63 75
Miami QF - Williams def. Williams 61 76(8)
Miami SF - Sharapova def. Williams 63 64

Linz 2R - Jidkova def. Williams 76(5) 62
Linz QF - Bovina def. Jidkova 67(3) 62 30 ret.
Flushing Meadows QF - Capriati def. Williams 26 64 64
Flushing Meadows SF - Dementieva def. Capriati 60 26 76(5)
Los Angeles F - Davenport def. Williams 61 63
San Diego 2R - Davenport def. Sprem 64 60
Wimbledon F - Sharapova def. Williams 61 64
San Diego 2R - Sharapova def. Osterloh 63 63
Paris QF - Capriati def. Williams 63 36 63
Paris SF - Myskina def. Capriati 62 62
Rome SF - Capriati def. Williams 64 64
Rome F - Mauresmo def. Capriati 36 63 76(6)
Amelia Island QF - Petrova def. Wiliams 62 63
Amelia Island SF - Davenport def. Petrova 36 64 61

I'm counting seven times. Three at majors (Heninx2, Mauresmo). Four times if you include slam finals being a win. Both previous times Jankovic beat Serena she lost in the next round and only top names like Henin, Mauresmo, and Sharapova have solidified slam victories over Serena.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:16 PM
Maria Sharapova, hopefully! :D

Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:17 PM
Both can beat anyone on their days.

Providing they can play a decent level of play, it should be a great match with many winners.

I hope Jelena can pull through but I think Maria will 63 46 62

Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:39 PM
Allez Jelen@!! :armed::armed:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:46 PM
Masha 6-3 6-1

Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:48 PM
Im really hope Maria win this match. :)

Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:49 PM
jj wins . better movement.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:51 PM
Everything points towards Maria winning... but there's been a strange magic working about Jelena this AO... Who knows?

Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:52 PM
The "Beautiful" Game will triumph - 6-3 6-4

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:08 PM
Everyone was so sure Serena would demolish Jelena. I think the same result is happening tomorrow.

Jelena in three. :help:

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:33 PM
yes, jj will. like maria last year, who almost lost in R1... it meant "williams" will crush whoever in the final :p

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:36 PM
The "Beautiful" Game will triumph - 6-3 6-4

that can only mean Maria

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:47 PM
Jankovic in 3

Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:48 PM
Sharapova will win.

Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:08 PM
Masha 6-4 6-1

Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:09 PM
that can only mean Maria


Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:13 PM
I think Jelena will win it, it's just the conditions that make me say that. She saved MPs against Tamira, nobody expected her to be alive in 2nd week ... but she is there. Maria on the other side delivered a flawless performance to beat the number 1, pressure is on her ... I don't think she can play as well as she did today and JJ is suprisingly more aggressive than Justine ...

So I say Jelena in three, 36 64 62.

Basically, Maria hasn't been tested, which can sometimes be a detriment. But who knows. I really want Jankovic to pull this one out.

@Sweet Cleopatra
Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:16 PM
Basically, Maria hasn't been tested, which can sometimes be a detriment. But who knows. I really want Jankovic to pull this one out.

WHAT ??!!

Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:54 PM
I really want Jankovic to pull this one out.

I want a pony.

Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:10 AM
I want a pony.

Better make sure you have a lot of grass for that pony. Like the court on which JJ dismissed Maria for the Birmingham title the last time they played.

(Yes, I know Maria is playing much better now and is the favorite to win, but I feel every good bit of smack talk deserves one in turn ;) )

Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:34 AM
WWW? Tennis will be the winner and me :drool: :)

Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:39 AM
Maria 63 64

Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:39 AM
I think Jelena can pull this one out. She is not intimidated by big hitters and if you look at the H2H between Venus, Davenport and Sharapova who have similar playing styles as big aggressive hitters with strong serves, she has always competed very well.

Expect a 3set match IMO. Hopefully, Jankovic saw the match and won't be stupid enough to just hit balls to the middle of the court.

Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:42 AM
I think that Maria will win a match up between her and JJ, (watching MS take JHH 6 - 0 in the second set, I was just stunned at how well Maria played yesterday).

Now I'm wondering whether she might have played herself out, I hope not, I want her to win at the end :)

Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:45 AM
Sharapova will beat Jelena into the ground! 6-2 6-0

Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:52 AM
Jelena is too passive. She let Paczek control the points. Sharapova has a much better ground game than Tamira. And a much much better serve.