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spiritedenergy
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:02 AM
Jelena Jankovic: 'We were treated like a couple. It was as though we were two lovebirds...'

Jelena Jankovic thoroughly enjoyed her mixed doubles success with Jamie Murray at the All England Club last year even if, as she told Paul Newman, it gave a rather misleading impression about her love life

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

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Jelena Jankovic will miss the fun she had in winning Wimbledon's mixed doubles title with Jamie Murray last year, but her decision to concentrate on singles when the championships begin next week will have one major bonus. There will be no more tricky conversations with her boyfriend back home in Belgrade.

Ask many casual tennis fans in Britain for their favourite memory of 2007 and they will recall the pure joy of Jankovic and Murray's partnership rather than Roger Federer's thrilling win over Rafael Nadal or Marion Bartoli's extraordinary run to the final. Their victory made Murray the first Briton to win a Wimbledon title for 20 years, but more importantly it showed that sport at the highest level can still be fun.

Jankovic's laughter and Murray's cheeky grin were evidence of a clear chemistry between the two, even if their relationship, despite the nudge-nudge, wink-wink tone of some of the media coverage, never went further than a friendship between two kindred spirits.

When Jankovic was reunited with her long-term boyfriend back in Serbia she had some reassuring to do. "It wasn't very pleasant for him to read about me and Jamie," the 23-year-old world No 2 recalled. "It was a strange situation. But I explained everything to him. He knows that I'm like that. It's my personality.

"I said to him: 'The media have made it all up.' In the past they've paired me up with other guys I've never met before. There was a story about me dating some basketball player. On that occasion I just said: 'Who is this guy? I don't know him. I've never met him'. I suppose that's what the tabloids do. They just thrive on rumours.

"My boyfriend and I have been together for two and a half years. I'm really happy. I like having that support and when you've finished your tennis obligations it's important to be a regular, normal girl and enjoy your life. I have some fun.

"He sometimes comes to tournaments, but he has his own life. He can't just leave his work and come and travel with me whenever he wants. He's just finished university and is just starting to get involved in business. He can travel with me sometimes but not all the time."

As for Murray, Jankovic was not even aware that Andy, the world No 11, had a brother until last year. "I first met him at a party in Miami," she said. "That was the first time I'd seen him in my life. I didn't even know that he played tennis. I only knew about Andy."

Murray's agent subsequently asked her if she would like to play mixed doubles with him at Wimbledon. She had made no decision until they arrived at the All England Club at the same time the day before the tournament started and Murray asked again.

"I didn't intend to play the mixed at Wimbledon," she said. "He's a proper doubles player, but I'm not. I said to him: 'Why are you choosing me? I'm just a typical singles player. You're making a bad choice.' But he insisted he wanted to play with me and so I agreed. We just got together and started playing. If somebody had told me before that we were going to win the title I would never have believed them. We just took one match at a time. We had so much fun."

As they progressed Jankovic started promising Murray kisses as a means of motivating him. "I'd tell him: 'This return, hit a good one because you're going to get many kisses'," she said. "Jamie's similar to me. He's a very nice guy who likes to have fun. He was always making me laugh. That's why we were very relaxed on the court and I think that's why we played good tennis together. I don't think we felt any pressure.

"I had some problems with my leg during the tournament and when I got to the fourth round I was starting to think that I might have to pull out of the mixed because it was bothering me. But then I got knocked out of the singles, Jamie and I kept winning and before I knew it we were in the final and ended up holding the trophy. It was an unbelievable experience.

"At the same time there were all these rumours going round I had a soft spot for him. But how could I have a soft spot for someone I hardly knew? I enjoyed the Champions' Dinner at the end of the tournament, but it was all rather strange. When we arrived we were treated like a couple. It was as though we were two lovebirds. I thought: 'Oh God. This whole story has developed around us and it isn't true'. Maybe the British fans didn't know me that well, because I didn't behave any differently with Jamie to how I am all the time. That's my personality. Even when I play singles I have fun."

It probably helps that Jankovic has a wider view of the world than some of her fellow professionals. Despite all her commitments on the Sony Ericsson tour she has also found time to take an external degree course at a Belgrade university.

"In the first two years I've studied a lot of different subjects and now I have to decide what I want to major in," she said. "It's not that I'm looking for a job after I've finished my tennis career. It's mostly for my own education. Despite being a professional athlete and despite being very successful in my job, I still want to be a complete person. I want to be educated. I want to be ready for my life after tennis."

Education always came first as a child. Jankovic did not pick up a racket until she was nearly 10, although her talent was quickly evident. At 12 she went to Nick Bollettieri's academy in Florida, where she was a contemporary of Maria Sharapova. "I was a bit different to Maria or Tatiana Golovin and the other girls who went on to the tour," she said. "I went to school from eight in the morning until two in the afternoon and then played tennis. The other kids were playing tennis all day, so I think I had a different perspective. My education was very important to me. That was my No 1 priority. Sport came second. I never thought that I would become a professional tennis player."

With a smile never far from her face, Jankovic's pleasure is evident whenever she plays. "It's always nice to be positive on the court, no matter what the situation is," she said. "If you're positive on the court and have a good attitude I believe it will help you to play better.

"If you get negative, miserable and frustrated on the court I don't think it does you any good. It's not good for the fans either. People don't want to see miserable faces. They want to see high-quality tennis, but they also want to see players enjoy themselves.

"I don't see a problem with smiling when my opponent wins a point. I smile when everything is going my way, but when my opponent plays a great point or hits an unbelievable shot I also smile. It's better than waving my fist like some of the other players and shouting 'C'mon!' in my opponent's face. I think that's a very bad thing to do. That's really annoying and it's bad sportsmanship.

"I'm just a very outgoing personality, though I'm also very competitive. As soon as I step on the court I have fun, but I'm also a good competitor. I'm a big fighter and I fight until the end. I smile, but I never give up. I'm not a soft touch. I want to win every match. Every match is a battle."

For the moment those battles will be singles matches. Despite rising this week to her highest ever world ranking (No 2), Jankovic has yet to make the final breakthrough on the game's biggest stages and needs to lose the "nearly woman" reputation she is building.

She has reached the semi-finals of four of the last seven Grand Slam tournaments but lost on each occasion to the eventual winner. Over the same period Ana Ivanovic, her 20-year-old compatriot, has made three finals, claiming the world No 1 spot with her victory at the French Open earlier this month.

Jankovic lost to Bartoli at Wimbledon last year and has never been beyond the fourth round there but loves the tournament. "It's my favourite Grand Slam," she said. "Every Grand Slam is special, but there's something different about Wimbledon. You're aware of the history of the tournament and its traditions. It's a great atmosphere to play in and the British fans really know their tennis."

She is not one to dwell on the past – "I'm the sort who doesn't even remember what they ate yesterday, let alone a match from a few years ago" – but treasures a victory over Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2006. "It was on No 2, the graveyard court," she said. "She was the defending champion and for years she'd hardly lost to anyone at Wimbledon other than her sister. To beat the defending champion at a Grand Slam event, on a surface where she plays her best tennis, was really special."

After she has struggled with injuries this year, which began with a lengthy recovery from sinus surgery, Jankovic's decision to give the mixed doubles a miss at the All England Club was no surprise. However, she does not rule out a reunion with Murray in the future. "I'd love to play again and have another good experience," she said. "I love playing with Jamie. It's a lot of fun, especially in England in front of his home crowd."

:eek::kiss::rolleyes::hearts:

RenaSlam.
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:03 AM
Well she's not winning Wimbledon, she might as well play mixed doubs.

Craig.
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:05 AM
You can start whining about players fist pumping excessively when you win a Slam, hon. As much as I love you :lol:

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:06 AM
She wasn't smiling in the RG semifinal this year :shrug:

kittyking
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:07 AM
I can't believe she has a boyfriend :crying2:

Apoleb
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:12 AM
I'm a big fighter and I fight until the end.

Yes, while almost always losing.

She seriously needs to get over herself. She's not the ultimate personality in the world. I think I will start disliking her again.

spiritedenergy
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:14 AM
I can't believe she has a boyfriend :crying2:

are you a male? I always thought you were a girl...

kittyking
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:16 AM
Yes, while almost always losing.

She seriously needs to get over herself. She's not the ultimate personality in the world. I think I will start disliking her again.

:cuckoo:

Jelena Jankovic is awesome, enough said.

Il Primo!
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:16 AM
Yes, while almost always losing.

She seriously needs to get over herself. She's not the ultimate personality in the world. I think I will start disliking her again.

:lol:

That chick is growing in me. But her tendency to lose tight fights gets discouraging:o

Optima
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:17 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/kanariya23/117.jpg

:inlove:

kittyking
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:17 AM
are you a male? I always thought you were a girl...

Last time I checked I was male :confused:

spiritedenergy
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:19 AM
Last time I checked I was male :confused:

:lol: sorry reading your posts I thought you were a girl.

Nice avatar by the way:wavey:

Emina.
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:20 AM
awesome :cool:

btw, nice pics :)

RenaSlam.
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:23 AM
Yes, while almost always losing.

She seriously needs to get over herself. She's not the ultimate personality in the world. I think I will start disliking her again.

My sentiments exactly.

She has a big mouth, and unlike some other big mouths on tour, she hasn't really backed up her "all talk" attitude yet.

Time will tell. :wavey:

Wimbledon should be fun for Jelena...:drool::bounce::drool:

Slutati
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:24 AM
:lol: sorry reading your posts I thought you were a girl.

Nice avatar by the way:wavey:
:lol::lol: Well kittyKING:p

I like JJ, she's very funny:hatoff:

okayawesome21
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:25 AM
It's better than waving my fist like some of the other players and shouting 'C'mon!' in my opponent's face. I think that's a very bad thing to do. That's really annoying and it's bad sportsmanship.

yes, because taking as many injury time outs you can and mocking the fist pumps during the match is so much better...but its okay, thats why i love jelena...such a drama queen.
and good for her for having the same boyfriend for 2 1/2 years...thats impressive with all the traveling she does and the rumors that are said.

spiritedenergy
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:26 AM
:tape: :lol: :lol:

:o. Oh my I didn't intend any offense I like kittyking's posts:)

Shvedbarilescu
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:27 AM
Great article. Jelena is very classy. I would love to see her win a slam and honestly I don't see why it can't be this one. :)

spiritedenergy
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:27 AM
yes, because taking as many injury time outs you can and mocking the fist pumps during the match is so much better...but its okay, thats why i love jelena...such a drama queen.
and good for her for having the same boyfriend for 2 1/2 years...thats impressive with all the traveling she does and the rumors that are said.

Which rumors?:confused:

okayawesome21
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:31 AM
Which rumors?:confused:

just the rumors about her and jamie...rumors like that sometimes ruin relationships, which is why i hate gossip. (im such a hypocrite when it comes to gossip though...i hate it, but i reading the gossip websites because theyre just so damn addicting)

wtatourfan
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:34 AM
I love jankovic!!

harloo
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:41 AM
Jelena should stop worrying about other players pumping their fist when she's more annoying herself. Everyone doesn't like to see her giving the camera fake smiles all the time or all those mysterious injury breaks. :tape:

VeeJJ
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:47 AM
:cuckoo:

Jelena Jankovic is awesome, enough said.


agreed!!!

hankqq
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:53 AM
All the players do some annoying things during matches, and Jankovic is no different. She's not as loud or as fist pumpy as some others, but she's got her own little habits that can be irritating.

Sometimes I like Jelena a lot, sometimes I don't. I guess it probably depends on who she's playing at the time.:lol:

That said, I was happy to see her win a mixed doubles last year. Unfortuntely, I can't stand the Murray clan. Jamie Murray is such a lucky SOB-his brother is a top 10 singles player so Jamie gets special treatment, then Jankovic carried his ass to the mixed doubles title and suddenly top doubles players want to be his partner? I hate how everyone is acting like Jamie Murray is some spectacular player-now he's partners with one of the best-Mirnyi and they haven't done anything of note all year. How the heck did he get Lizel Huber to play mixed with him? From the hair to dumping his original doubles partner (with whom he was pretty successful), Jamie Murray just pisses me off.

Jelena, if you play mixed again, please choose anyone except Jamie for a partner!!!

Marshmallow
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:16 AM
Wasn't she promising Jaime Murray kisses (never specifying where) and all kinds of forbidden passion if they won their matches at wimbledon! And all the while she had a boyfriend... I always knew she was that type of girl but I'm still appauled to read this.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:21 AM
jj talking about other players' actions as sportsmanship and uncalled for :haha:

Marshmallow
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:28 AM
^ and what would you know about girls ... child? :tape:

:spit: :lol:

Tres Bon! :D

Junex
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:28 AM
^ and what would you know about girls ... child? :tape:

Child?
MArshy... a child?
NO!
He is an OLD Bitter man who probably have not experience any sexual connection his entire life!

DA FOREHAND
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:32 AM
quite a few fist pumpers have slams. how's that smiling thing working out for you Jelena?

Anabelcroft
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:42 AM
I just love JJ!!!So strange in a positive way!

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:25 AM
Oh Good Lord "laughing boy" has arrived.

Has a "fist-pumping/scissor-kicking" combo routine ever won a Slam?

Oh Yeah: Mauresmo was doing it at Wimbledon 2006.

i don't get it....you were trying to prove what point??? :confused:

Craig.
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:26 AM
Yeah, I didn't get that either :lol:

RenaSlam.
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:46 AM
Oh Good Lord "laughing boy" has arrived.
Has a "fist-pumping/scissor-kicking" combo routine ever won a Slam?

Oh Yeah: Mauresmo was doing it at Wimbledon 2006.

Your name calling is getting quite bad :tape:

jbeacinu
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:47 AM
:kiss: yes jj did anas fist pumping get on your nerves in RG? :rolleyes:

Equipped
Jun 18th, 2008, 03:01 AM
I love Jelena. She is a class act. :angel::angel::angel:

Danči Dementia
Jun 18th, 2008, 03:08 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/kanariya23/117.jpg

:inlove:

Her eyes are blue???? :eek::eek::eek:

Mikey.
Jun 18th, 2008, 03:12 AM
:hearts: JJ :hearts: Tell 'em girl :kiss:

sky20748
Jun 18th, 2008, 04:04 AM
it seems like she only relishes the win over venus williams.how sad.thats the highlight of her life.it amazes me that people say oh my win over a williams is a highlight.give me a freaking break.your out there to play tennis.your win over any opponent should give you joy.stupid stupid stupid.she truly is.

Julian
Jun 18th, 2008, 04:13 AM
lol some people need to just accept JJ the way she is because not everyone on the whole tour has the same personality as her. Im glad to see she's not that typical sugar-coating interviewed player who only says what the public wants to hear.
Her boyfriend of 2 and a half years also thinks so which is why they have been together so long. Anyway although i dont agree that fist pumping and come on's shouldnt be allowed but they can be severely irritating if it is OVERDONE. But while you have to do whatever it takes to win, JJ just isnt that type of person. As for the nagging injuries, funny how people think that its all fake when a year ago everyone said that she will be having all these injuries because of how much tennis she is playing. Maybe its finally catching up to her guys??
Keep going and keep talking Jelena!

Optima
Jun 18th, 2008, 04:21 AM
it seems like she only relishes the win over venus williams.how sad.thats the highlight of her life.it amazes me that people say oh my win over a williams is a highlight.give me a freaking break.your out there to play tennis.your win over any opponent should give you joy.stupid stupid stupid.she truly is.

:tape:

drake3781
Jun 18th, 2008, 05:50 AM
"I don't see a problem with smiling when my opponent wins a point. I smile when everything is going my way, but when my opponent plays a great point or hits an unbelievable shot I also smile. It's better than waving my fist like some of the other players and shouting 'C'mon!' in my opponent's face. I think that's a very bad thing to do. That's really annoying and it's bad sportsmanship.



ITA, annoying and bad sportsmanship.

ViennaCalling
Jun 18th, 2008, 05:56 AM
Jelena :yeah:

Adal
Jun 18th, 2008, 06:04 AM
Yeah and fake injury breaks aren't bad sportsmanship at all :o

*Jean*
Jun 18th, 2008, 06:10 AM
Janka Janka :hearts:

She's an amazing girl!

DimaDinosaur
Jun 18th, 2008, 06:25 AM
wow, Jelena jankovic is cool!

brent-o
Jun 18th, 2008, 06:32 AM
Man, you all are harsh on Jelena. I didn't find anything particularly offensive in the interview. The fist-pumping comment is her opinion, and a valid point since it does aggravate other players. Some of your comments are just so petty I almost thought I was on MTF for a moment.

Elwin.
Jun 18th, 2008, 06:37 AM
:hearts:

JAMESYBABY!
Jun 18th, 2008, 06:41 AM
jj bf is hot :eek:

!Gio!
Jun 18th, 2008, 06:59 AM
Well personally I prefer Jelena to Ana. Jelena does her fair share of annoying things but she is always herself, she is being real and I respect that. Ana on the other hand, all nice and sweet and veryyy fake!!!!!!!!!

justine schnyder
Jun 18th, 2008, 07:37 AM
Jelena :hearts:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jun 18th, 2008, 07:51 AM
she is growing on me

Max565
Jun 18th, 2008, 08:01 AM
I quite like Jelena... but I don't like how both Serbs speak. Ana speaks too fast like a giddy schoolgirl and Jelena has a weird, thick voice. Maybe it's just the way they speak English? I dunno.. :p

Tennis90
Jun 18th, 2008, 08:05 AM
I always liked JJ,I mean she comes from my country,but this attitude 'I have a great personality and I`m always smiling' really is a bit annoying.I won`t stop supporting her,I`m just saying,it`s nice to smile girl(even it`s a bit strange while losing) but you don`t have to point it out sooo much......we already heard it

Nikkiri
Jun 18th, 2008, 08:11 AM
Yeah and fake injury breaks aren't bad sportsmanship at all :o

:)

Uranus
Jun 18th, 2008, 08:22 AM
I love Jelena. :inlove:

You guys are being SO MEAN. :ras:

Adal
Jun 18th, 2008, 08:24 AM
:)
:hug:

Adal
Jun 18th, 2008, 08:26 AM
Man, you all are harsh on Jelena. I didn't find anything particularly offensive in the interview. The fist-pumping comment is her opinion, and a valid point since it does aggravate other players. Some of your comments are just so petty I almost thought I was on MTF for a moment.
I don't see anyone being harsh on her.
Person, who has never played a match with no "injuries", talking about gamesmanship? It's like Maria Sharapova talking about how bad grunting is.:help:

Rach33
Jun 18th, 2008, 08:53 AM
:)

I love how shes willing to say exactly what she thinks and doesn't just say what the media and people want her 2 :cool:

Keep it up JJ!

Mikey.
Jun 18th, 2008, 08:57 AM
I don't see anyone being harsh on her.
Person, who has never played a match with no "injuries", talking about gamesmanship? It's like Maria Sharapova talking about how bad grunting is.:help:

Go JJ!!!!111!11!!11!!!!! :worship::worship::worship:

дalex
Jun 18th, 2008, 09:30 AM
JJ :hearts: :inlove: :drool:

I don't think she's going after all fistpumpers here. She just doesn't like those who she keeps losing to. :rolls:
Seriously, it's one thing to fistpump after a great point or a winner and completely different is when you do it after opponent's UE or when umpire checks the mark and confirms that the ball was long. Whether that's a bad sportsmanship - I'm not sure, but it definitely is annoying.

ZeroSOFInfinity
Jun 18th, 2008, 09:39 AM
Jelena has a boyfriend... and it isn't Murray? :eek:

Dexter
Jun 18th, 2008, 09:48 AM
Janković accusing players of bad sportsmanship... :spit: Pot calling the kettle black. :tape:

Davodus
Jun 18th, 2008, 09:49 AM
I don't see anyone being harsh on her.
Person, who has never played a match with no "injuries", talking about gamesmanship? It's like Maria Sharapova talking about how bad grunting is.:help:

:lol::haha: agreed!
she is so annoying

Renalicious
Jun 18th, 2008, 10:01 AM
:lol: sorry reading your posts I thought you were a girl.

Nice avatar by the way:wavey:

He's gay :p

Emina.
Jun 18th, 2008, 10:03 AM
JJ :hearts: ignore the kids baby :kiss:

Just Do It
Jun 18th, 2008, 10:11 AM
Nice interview :yeah:

I cant believe haters even came here saying she is not allowed to talk before she wins a slam :spit:

I will never understand why do some posters on this board find winning slams so important ? She is world number 2, won many titles in her career, she is having F U N and she can say whatever she wants even though she is " slamless " :rolleyes:

RayB
Jun 18th, 2008, 10:12 AM
Her eyes are blue???? :eek::eek::eek:

FAKE...just like her nose.

Noctis
Jun 18th, 2008, 10:56 AM
the bit about the fist pump is hurendous LOL ily JJ but first you need to win a grand slam to shut them up

DOUBLEFIST
Jun 18th, 2008, 11:01 AM
Seems to me, the "fist pumpers" win the slams. :shrug:


So, maybe she ought to give it a try.

fifiricci
Jun 18th, 2008, 11:18 AM
Nice interview :yeah:

I cant believe haters even came here saying she is not allowed to talk before she wins a slam :spit:

I will never understand why do some posters on this board find winning slams so important ? She is world number 2, won many titles in her career, she is having F U N and she can say whatever she wants even though she is " slamless " :rolleyes:

Couldn't agree more. If winning a slam will turn Jankovich into a self obsessed potty mouth like Serena or Maria, I hope she never wins one! :rolleyes:

homogenius
Jun 18th, 2008, 11:20 AM
The girl is one of the few who speak their mind.Her not being PC is refreshing and I hope she stays like that.

Nikkiri
Jun 18th, 2008, 11:22 AM
I don't see anyone being harsh on her.
Person, who has never played a match with no "injuries", talking about gamesmanship? It's like Maria Sharapova talking about how bad grunting is.:help:

:worship: :hug:

Costanza
Jun 18th, 2008, 11:32 AM
Miss Kleenex have a big mouth:devil:

sharapovarulz1
Jun 18th, 2008, 11:40 AM
Nice interview! You are a class act Jelena :D

VishaalMaria
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:14 PM
Child?
MArshy... a child?
NO!
He is an OLD Bitter man who probably have not experience any sexual connection his entire life!


That's just way out of line to be honest; all I've seen from Marsh is that he supports Venus 100% yet giving every other player respect. At least try and be civil, you should never be rude to anyone.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:54 PM
Couldn't agree more. If winning a slam will turn Jankovich into a self obsessed potty mouth like Serena or Maria, I hope she never wins one! :rolleyes:

LOL @ you thinking jj isn't already self obsessed :rolls:

schorsch
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:28 PM
That's just way out of line to be honest; all I've seen from Marsh is that he supports Venus 100% yet giving every other player respect. At least try and be civil, you should never be rude to anyone.

:tape: u havent read any posts of him about masha then :tape:

Marshmallow
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:52 PM
That's just way out of line to be honest; all I've seen from Marsh is that he supports Venus 100% yet giving every other player respect. At least try and be civil, you should never be rude to anyone.

:hearts: A true gentleman as always! :hug:

As upsetting as it is, Junex and some other sadists are ALWAYS just so monstrous towards me. They just seem to get some unknown pleasure out lurking for days on end sometimes just waiting for an opportunity to hurl abuse at me, no matter how ridiculous and out of this world as exemplified by Junex's post. :sobbing: I have a feeling its because of the flag next to my name :speakles:. It's the only reason I can think of, because it's all just so random. But I take no notice, some people are just raised not to know any better, anything about class.

But I appreciate your comments Zadent. I'll sleep easier at night knowing you have my back. :hug:

Haven't seen you in Vee's forums for EVER, how did exams go? :wavey:

Marshmallow
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:54 PM
:tape: u havent read any posts of him about masha then :tape:

I'm respectful and honest :). It's not my fault you misinterpret my posts because of your Maria Bias. :awww:

V-MAC
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:56 PM
Jelena :worship:

schorsch
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:09 PM
I'm disrespectful to Masha.S and only want to see what I want, so I see myself as honst, too :).

:wavey::wavey::wavey:

VishaalMaria
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:24 PM
As for Jelena Jankovic, the way I see it is, it's her opinions and any sort of opinion can't be right or wrong. I do feel that her interview did not warrant some of the comments posted, such as comments ridiculing her for not winning a slam; there is alot more to winning a slam than just fist pumping, the fact Jelena doesnt like it and never does it does not mean it's the reason she has not won a slam yet.

Furthermore, as for her being false, personally I don't see it and whenever I've read her interviews or seen her talk, I've seen her to be genuine.

Branimir
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:29 PM
I liked the interview except fist pumping part. When I played basketball I fist pumped after every point I scored.
Obviously I wasn't so good, and I didn't score so often, so I celebrated my points, like football players celebrate their goals. :)
That just gives you extra confidence, extra motivation, extra push, it energizes you both mentally and physically. I know tennis is little different than bball, good bball players get 10-15 field goals per game, and tennis players win around 80-100 points respectively, so seeing 5-10 fist pumps can't be as annoying as seeing around 30-40 fist pumps. Anyway I agree completely that fist pumps should be for yourself, not direct toward your opponents.
Btw, I dislike: vamoses, c'mons, ajdes, allez, whatever. Sorry if I forgot your language. If I was playing tennis, and if I am already seeing that I have no chance to get that ball, I don't want to hear someone from other side of the net screaming something, it would make me angry, and anger is negative emotion which affects performance.

mure
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:29 PM
Well personally I prefer Jelena to Ana. Jelena does her fair share of annoying things but she is always herself, she is being real and I respect that. Ana on the other hand, all nice and sweet and veryyy fake!!!!!!!!!

u know judging from this particular interview it seems to me that JJ is the fake one.it's obvious that she doesn't like miss ivanovic at all and finds her fistpumps annoying,right?then why the hell did she kiss her after the end of the semi?it's not like they are bff or anything.that was an hypocritical move .unless she was trying to pass ana one of her thousand viruses..:p thank god her plan didn't work

ivanban
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:57 PM
u know judging from this particular interview it seems to me that JJ is the fake one.it's obvious that she doesn't like miss ivanovic at all and finds her fistpumps annoying,right?then why the hell did she kiss her after the end of the semi?it's not like they are bff or anything.that was an hypocritical move .unless she was trying to pass ana one of her thousand viruses..:p thank god her plan didn't work

well, Ana never played afterwards :devil:

Bitmap
Jun 18th, 2008, 03:29 PM
:zzz:

davidmario
Jun 18th, 2008, 04:08 PM
And SHE dares to talk about bad sportsmanship:rolleyes:

lynxy
Jun 18th, 2008, 09:46 PM
It's simple. Is there anybody here who thinks we all like bitter and whiney over happy and lively, then? We'll all take our choice according to preference...

DA FOREHAND
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:29 PM
My advice to JJ , beat them girls down esp. where it matters most Slam semis and finals, and they won't have a reason to fist pump.

tonythetiger
Jun 19th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Her boyfriend looks better than her. LOL. I do like her a little more after reading the interview, but she still slightly annoys me with that giddy smile.

friendsita
Jun 19th, 2008, 04:39 PM
Good article. Love her but don't like her bf.

DA FOREHAND
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:21 PM
Good article. Love her but don't like her bf.

you know her bf? whoa! What'd he do to you? YOu can tell us we won't tell anyone else.:angel: Did he touch you in your naughty place?

SAEKeithSerena
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:36 PM
bad sportsmanship? i'd say recieving a medical time-out EVERY match is a bit more on that side, dear.

terjw
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:44 PM
Always love JJ articles and what she says. As stated by other posters here - she says what she believes. And I hope she never changes in that respect. She's not like the others who just come up with banal lines and try to be all PC. I can't understand the haters who don't want her to give her opinion when she's asked a question. She's the most interesting player on the tour.

That doesn't mean I don't take some of what she says with a grain of salt. For example - most of her matches in which things are going badly - she most definitely is NOT all smiles and having fun. In fact she can get very irritated and grumpy and often gets in a row with the umpire. But that's how it is with Jelena. I wouldn't want her any other way even when I don't think she's right. She shows her emotions and says it how she personally sees it.

You know I think Mr or Mrs Perfect who never says anything interesting is probably a very boring person.

calex
Jun 20th, 2008, 07:32 AM
bad sportsmanship? i'd say recieving a medical time-out EVERY match is a bit more on that side, dear.

so true so true!

BTW, is it just me, or does Jakovic look so tranny in those dolled-up pics taken at parties and functions that I see?