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schorsch
Apr 22nd, 2009, 11:58 PM
22 de Abril del 2009
ESPAÑA Y SERBIA YA ENTRENAN CON TODO SU POTENCIAL

Con la llegada de Jelena Jankovic a las 3 de esta tarde a LLeida el equipo Serbio que se enfrentará a España en el play off de la Fed Cup ya está al 100% de su potencial y han podido comenzar a entrenar juntas a las 5 de la tarde.
Con el tiempo justo la número uno serbia se ha enfundado el uniforme de su equipo y ha asistido junto a sus compañeras a la rueda de prensa que ha tenido lugar en las instalaciones del Club Tennis LLeida. Jankovic y el resto del equipo se declaraba muy ilusionado con el reto de subir a su país al primer Grupo Mundial de la Fed Cup y reconocía estar muy impresionado con las instalaciones que albergarán la eliminatoria.
El capitán serbio declaró tener presión por la victoria porque a pesar de la motivación del equipo y la teórica superioridad del ránking “España juega en su casa, el público las apoyará y es su superfície favorita” comentó Dejan Vranes.
Tras el entreno de las 5 de la tarde fue la Selección Española Femenina Mapfre la que se sentó ante los focos de la sala de prensa para responder ante los medios desplazados.
El Seleccionador Español Miguel Margets volvió a hacer gala de su prudencia optimista en sus declaraciones a los periodistas. “Lucharemos cada uno de los puntos desde el primer juego. Hemos venido con el objetivo de mantenernos. Sabiendo que es un equipo muy difícil de ganar también sabemos que no llegan en su mejor momento. A pesar de que Jankovic viene de ganar el torneo de Marbella le costó mucho superar a Anabel Medina y a Carla Suárez”, declaró Margets.
Las jugadoras también se mostraron optimistas y con ganas de darlos todo. “Nos hemos enfrentado a otros equipos superiores que también pensaron que nos iban a ganar. Las respetamos pero no pensamos que la victoria sea una misión imposible” comentó Medina. Nuria LLagostera y Lourdes Domínguez hicieron de portavoz del grupo declarando: ”Aquí hemos venido a darlo todo y da igual quien salte a la pista y a quien tenga al otro lado de la red”. LLagostera hizo referencia a la ventaja teórica de la pista que ofrece un bote rápido y alto de la bola, “cosa que nos beneficia y sin embargo no les gusta a las serbias” dijo la jugadora mallorquina. Mª José Martínez aportó a la rueda de prensa el espíritu combativo del equipo explicando la frase que había colgado en el vestuario: “ Si sales a la pista a luchar puede que pierdas pero si no luchas estás perdido”.
Mañana los dos equipos se entrenarán en sesiones de mañana y tarde.
España lo hará de 9.30 a 11.30h y de 15 a 17h.mientras que
Serbia entrenará de 11.30 a 13h y de 17 a 19 h.

Snex
Apr 23rd, 2009, 07:23 AM
Dinner with rivals
Source: Blic

Serbian tennis team was the guest last night on the official selection of the Spanish Fed Cup night. Girls are well spent, but not until late because they have already waited in the Friday and how the new duties.

Spain
Carla Suarez Garagez (20) :rolls:
Maria Martinez Sančez (51)
Lurdes Domingez Lino (87)
Nurija Ljaogostera Vives (89)
Serbia
Jelena Jankovic (4)
Ana Ivanovic (7)
Ana Jovanovic (234)
Aleksandra Krunić (-)

Additional meetings

Serbian team yesterday in the tennis center, "Lleida", held the first practice before the duel with Spain on Saturday, a selector Dejan Vraneš worked with full team. Morning training had are Ana Jovanovic and Aleksandar Krunić, while in the afternoon with them and practiced Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Players are satisfied with base, and in particular praised the friendly hosts and staff of the resort "Finci Prats" in which our team is located. Otherwise, the hosts are completing work on the stadium that will play matches, and mounted the additional seats in order to receive all interested parties.

They wrote the same again. :lol: Sorry Anabel.

Google translation. :o Girls are well spent :lol: :o

ChriS.
Apr 23rd, 2009, 11:14 AM
Dinner with rivals
Source: Blic

Serbian tennis team was the guest last night on the official selection of the Spanish Fed Cup night. Girls are well spent, but not until late because they have already waited in the Friday and how the new duties.

Spain
Carla Suarez Garagez (20) :rolls:
Maria Martinez Sančez (51)
Lurdes Domingez Lino (87)
Nurija Ljaogostera Vives (89)
Serbia
Jelena Jankovic (4)
Ana Ivanovic (7)
Ana Jovanovic (234)
Aleksandra Krunić (-)

Additional meetings

Serbian team yesterday in the tennis center, "Lleida", held the first practice before the duel with Spain on Saturday, a selector Dejan Vraneš worked with full team. Morning training had are Ana Jovanovic and Aleksandar Krunić, while in the afternoon with them and practiced Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Players are satisfied with base, and in particular praised the friendly hosts and staff of the resort "Finci Prats" in which our team is located. Otherwise, the hosts are completing work on the stadium that will play matches, and mounted the additional seats in order to receive all interested parties.

They wrote the same again. :lol: Sorry Anabel.

Google translation. :o Girls are well spent :lol: :oI hope the girls are not well spent! What a nice sounding place Finci Prats.

MaBaker
Apr 23rd, 2009, 01:11 PM
Thank you guys for those spanish articles :)

pica_pica
Apr 23rd, 2009, 05:01 PM
:haha: :lol:
Yes revenge for Novak & Co. against Spain, nice idea!
Serbia into Fed Cup world group please!!! Go Go GO JJ & Ana!!!

дalex
Apr 24th, 2009, 06:06 PM
Nice audio interview at the bottom of this article:

http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=12398

schorsch
Apr 24th, 2009, 06:24 PM
24 de Abril del 2009
EL ESPAÑA SERBIA DE FED CUP COMENZARÁ CON EL DUELO ENTRE MºJOSE MARTINEZ Y JELENA JANKOVIC

Tras el sorteo realizado esta tarde en el Castillo de la Seu Vella de LLeida ha quedado definido el orden de juego para el play off de la Fed Cup que se disputará este fin de semana en las instalaciones del Club Tennis LLeida.

A partir de las 13h comenzará la eliminatoria con el enfrentamiento entre la número 2 española, MªJosé Martínez, y la nº 1 serbia, Jelena Jankovic seguido del partido entre Anabel Medina, 1 española y Ana Ivanovic,la tenista nº 2 del equipo balcánico.

El domingo a partir de las 12 del mediodía se invertirán los enfrentamientos individuales teniendo lugar primero el partido entre Medina y Jankovic seguido del enfrentamiento entre Martínez e Ivanovic.

El doble español lo formarán Nuria LLagostera y Lourdes Domínguez y sus rivales serán Ana Ivanovic y Jelena Jankovic.

El acto ha tenido lugar dentro de uno de los salones recientemente restaurados de la Seu Vella de LLeida y han asistido, junto al juez árbitro del play off, Stefan Fransson, el representante de la ITF, Jan Meneken, el alcalde de LLeida, Angel Ros, el presidente de la Federación Serbia Slobodan Zivojinovic y el de la Real Federación Española de Tenis, José Luis Escañuela.

En la rueda de prensa posterior al sorteo el capitán de Serbia, Dejan Vranes, ha explicado que su equipo se encuentra muy tranquilo y que está viendo a sus jugadoras trabajar muy bien adaptándose a la tierra de la pista central. Vranes también ha querido hacer público su agradecimiento por el trato estupendo que están recibiendo en su estancia en España y que tanto la pista como las instalaciones del club Tennis LLeida son magníficas.

Por su parte el Seleccionador español, Miguel Margets, dio su opinión sobre ambos equipos y explicó que evidentemente el serbio era un equipo de un enorme potencial pero que el español estaba más compensado. “Nosotros tenemos buenos individuales y buen doble mientras que ellas sólo tienen individuales y por eso en el sorteo el capitán ha formado la pareja con sus mejores jugadoras por ránking. El sorteo es un aspecto secundario. Todos los puntos son vitales y aquí hay que ganar 3, sean cuales sean. ¿Si me gustaría jugarnos el play off en el doble? Lo firmaría ahora mismo” declaró Margets.

La Selección Española Mapfre entrenó esta mañana temprano mientras que el equipo serbio lo hizo tras el sorteo.
Como es habitual la última tarde antes de torneo el Seleccionador Nacional Español ha dado descanso a sus jugadoras y no volverán a pisar la pista hasta mañana.
:p

schorsch
Apr 24th, 2009, 06:26 PM
http://www.marca.com/2009/04/24/tenis/1240569059.html
España se juega la permanencia ante la Serbia de Jankovic e Ivanovic

* Las pupilas de Miguel Margets son las actuales subcampeonas del torneo · España ha ganado la Fed Cup en cinco ocasiones · Serbia nunca ha estado con tal denominación en el Grupo Mundial

DAVID MENAYO 24/04/09 - 12:30.

Anabel Medina, Nuria Llagostera, María José Martínez y Lourdes Domínguez son las elegidas por Miguel Margets para intentar lograr la machada y doblegar a la Serbia de Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Ana Jovanovic y Aleksandra Krumic. En juego, una plaza en el Grupo Mundial de la Fed Cup 2010.

La tierra batida del Club de Tenis de Lleida será el escenario que este fin de semana albergue el duelo entre España y Serbia de Copa Federación. El favoritismo está repartido. Las nuestras, juegan con el factor local a su favor, si bien las balcánicas vienen con todo su potencial para dar el salto al Grupo Mundial de la mayor competición por países del ámbito tenístico femenino.

Por parte de la 'Armada' en su versión femenina, el capitán y seleccionador, Miguel Margets, ha contado para la ocasión, con la tenista española mejor rankeada, Anabel Medina (18), que será de la partida junto a María José Martínez (46), Nuria Llagostera (86) y Lourdes Domínguez (97). En un principio, Anabel y Nuria serán las encargadas de jugar los individuales, Nuria y María José formarán la dupla de dobles y Lourdes estará a la zaga por si fuera necesaria su participación.

En cuanto al combinado serbio, el capitán Dejan Vranes llega con todo a España. Jelena Jankovic (4) y Ana Ivanovic (7) jugarán los individuales y formarán pareja en el dobles, quedando las otras dos seleccionadas, Ana Jovanovic (234) y Aleksandra Krumic (junior), en la retaguardia esperando su ocasión.

España y Serbia nunca se han medido como tal, si bien las nuestras sí que se midieron en una ocasión a la antigua Yugoslavia. Fue en 1979, sobre la arcilla del Club de Campo de Madrid, y por aquel entonces la victoria fue para las balcánicas por un tanteo de 2-1. El sábado se abrirá fuego con los dos primeros partidos individuales, que medirán a las números uno de cada país con las números dos del rival (a partir de las 13:00). El domingo, duelos de números uno y números dos y el quinto partido que será el de dobles (a partir de las 12:00).

:p

-Valérie-
Apr 25th, 2009, 02:31 AM
Thanks god i speak and read spanish! Nice articles, i hope some matches will be broacast online.

Jelena defeated Anabal 2 weeks ago, and i am not too worry of her victory against her other oponnent, Maria, even thought, both are very good clay court player, JJ is bettter and Ana should do a great job to. Go Serbia!!!

lana105
Apr 25th, 2009, 11:13 AM
Watch Spain vs Serbia live streaming online for free

http://greattennisphotos.blogspot.com/2009/04/watch-fed-cup-spain-vs-serbia-live.html

:wavey:

дalex
Apr 25th, 2009, 03:45 PM
Mondo article with JJ's quotes after today's match (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mtsmondo.com%2Fsport%2Fvesti%2F text.php%3Fvest%3D132443&sl=sr&tl=en&history_state0=)

Google translation.

дalex
Apr 25th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Audio clip at the bottom of the article here:

http://www.fedcup.com/news/matchreport.asp?articleid=12426

:spit: @ her not knowing whether her cold is getting worse or better.

terjw
Apr 25th, 2009, 04:21 PM
Audio clip at the bottom of the article here:

http://www.fedcup.com/news/matchreport.asp?articleid=12426

:spit: @ her not knowing whether her cold is getting worse or better.

Well Jelena just gave an honest answer. Don't really know what's strange or unusual about not knowing whether a cold or illness you have is getting worse or better.

The one thing though in that interview that is typical Jelena and she never does anything about. She never finds out about a player she has never played. She always says like in this interview - I haven't played her and didn't know her game. And she tries to figure her out in the match. :rolleyes:

I dunno if she likes the challenge of having to work it out and learn in the match. But wouldn't it be simpler to have someone do a bit of scouting for her.

дalex
Apr 25th, 2009, 05:31 PM
Audio clip at the bottom of the article here:

http://www.fedcup.com/news/matchreport.asp?articleid=12426


Ana's interview's been added. God, that girl talks FAST! :bowdown:

Well Jelena just gave an honest answer. Don't really know what's strange or unusual about not knowing whether a cold or illness you have is getting worse or better.

It's not unusual, but she's smiling and laughing and then she talks about her cold as if she's dying for her country again. To me it's funny and even though I know it's hard for her to play with runny nose and all, it's not like that hadn't happen to her before. She knows how to win when she has cold or on one leg, with one arm... After all, she is the goat. :hearts:

дalex
Apr 26th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Day 2 interviews at the bottom of the page:

http://www.fedcup.com/news/matchreport.asp?articleid=12460

~Kiera~
Apr 27th, 2009, 06:45 PM
http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2009-04-27/1229.php

Serbia Behind Ivanovic and Jankovic Joins Fed Cup World Group, Plans Domination

by Staff

Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic have both taken advantage of the recent shake-ups in women’s tennis. The sudden retirement of Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova’s shoulder surgery and the on-again, off-again injuries to the Williams sisters have left a gap at the top of women’s tennis, one the Serbians helped fill when both briefly attained the No. 1 ranking last year.

But it wasn’t until this past weekend when the two Top 10 players caught their country up with the rest of the world, defeating Spain in qualifying play to put Serbia in the Fed Cup World Group for the first time ever.

“It’s been our dream to get in the World Group,” said Ivanovic after leading Serbia over Spain, last year’s surprise Fed Cup runner-up, but now a country tumbling out of the World Group and struggling to establish top players on the WTA Tour Rankings. “After a couple of years of hard work and going through lower groups, it finally happened. We are all very excited about it and I think we have a team that can win the Fed Cup one day.”

Indeed, the high-powered Serb team would be a favorite in virtually any situation, and would be favorites to humble even last weekend’s World Group semifinalists, the underpowered U.S. and Czech Republic teams, and the scrappy Italians and the injury-ravaged Russian squad. Last weekend the U.S., without the Williams sisters, and Italy advanced to the Fed Cup final.

The Williams sisters have shown little interest in playing for the U.S., leaving Russia as the only country in the coming years that would be able to field two high-caliber singles players to challenge the Serbs.

“We are at the top of our games now,” Ivanovic said of herself and Jankovic. “Obviously there are so many good teams who if they are at their (best) have dangerous opponents, but Jelena and I have won against most of these players. Obviously Fed Cup is different but I still think we have to go in with this confidence to any match we play.”

Jankovic battled through two singles wins against Spain, despite suffering through a cold and breathing problems.

“She was unbelievable,” said Serb captain Dejan Vranes. “She is such a big fighter. She couldn’t breathe but she won two matches. And for Ana it was her first match on clay for almost one year and that was a little bit of pressure for her. But I would like to congratulate all my players because they fight like I expected and they fulfilled our goal. We finally reached the World Group.”

Also joining the World group for 2010 were France (behind Alize Cornet, Amelie Mauresmo and Nathalie Dechy), Germany (Charleston winner Sabine Lisicki) and the Ukraine (the Bondarenko sisters), while falling out along with Spain were the Slovak Republic, China and Argentina.

MaBaker
Apr 27th, 2009, 07:50 PM
“She was unbelievable,” said Serb captain Dejan Vranes. “She is such a big fighter. She couldn’t breathe but she won two matches.
Absolutely never in doubt.

Ana said that she is very proud of JJ.

Snex
Apr 27th, 2009, 08:19 PM
Absolutely never in doubt.

Ana said that she is very proud of JJ.

Hell yeah! :lol:

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/2487/fistpump2pe3.jpg

-NAJ-
Apr 28th, 2009, 06:43 AM
Dinara Safina
The rankings system was questioned last week by Williams, who in the past 12 months has won the Australian Open and the US Open and was beaten finalist at Wimbledon.

"It all started with (former number one) Jelena Jankovic and me. Maybe it is because we are younger or because these people are jealous," said the 23-year-old, who celebrated her birthday on Monday with a big cake.
:drool:

дalex
Apr 28th, 2009, 07:45 AM
^ Oh.My.God! :rolls:

Brena
Apr 28th, 2009, 07:51 AM
:lol::lol:
That's the spirit, Dinara! :worship: I was sick of hers and JJ's apologising for being #1 only because the WS and their fans didn't like it!

дalex
Apr 28th, 2009, 08:04 AM
Should I start a GM thread?

Just kidding. Or not?

Brena
Apr 28th, 2009, 08:24 AM
Should I start a GM thread?

Just kidding. Or not?

Nooo, it'll trigger Dinara-bashing.

дalex
Apr 28th, 2009, 08:30 AM
I know. :devil:

No, I won't start it, but I am surprised that Dinara at #1 generated so "little" bashing compared to what we went through with Jelena. Bodo is right - must be bad karma or something. :lol: And Jelena never said someone was jealous. :bowdown:

Brena
Apr 28th, 2009, 09:02 AM
I know. :devil:

No, I won't start it, but I am surprised that Dinara at #1 generated so "little" bashing compared to what we went through with Jelena. Bodo is right - must be bad karma or something. :lol:

I think it's just that JJ's form scared the WS fans more. They were afraid she might continue with good results and keep the #1 position for quite some time. (Or at least, that's what I believed) :sobbing:

And Jelena never said someone was jealous. :bowdown:

That's because JJ has no idea what jealousy is - she's always seen herself as completely fabulous, so she had no reasons for jealousy. :shrug::lol:

дalex
Apr 28th, 2009, 09:17 AM
I think it's just that JJ's form scared the WS fans more.


That's because JJ has no idea what jealousy is.

Jelena is The Most Important Princess of tennis! http://i4.tinypic.com/6ugrdiq.gif

Brena
Apr 28th, 2009, 09:44 AM
Jelena is The Most Important Princess of tennis! http://i4.tinypic.com/6ugrdiq.gif

That, she is! http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0011.gif

JadeFox
Apr 28th, 2009, 10:03 AM
I know. :devil:

No, I won't start it, but I am surprised that Dinara at #1 generated so "little" bashing compared to what we went through with Jelena. Bodo is right - must be bad karma or something. :lol: And Jelena never said someone was jealous. :bowdown:

I think it's just that JJ's form scared the WS fans more. They were afraid she might continue with good results and keep the #1 position for quite some time. (Or at least, that's what I believed) :sobbing:



That's because JJ has no idea what jealousy is - she's always seen herself as completely fabulous, so she had no reasons for jealousy. :shrug::lol:

I think Lepa is right. Jelena can and has beaten the WS a number of times over the past two years. And in Slams nonetheless. Williams fans, like any other fan group are threatened by anyone who has shown that they can beat their fave. Nothing more, nothing less.


Jelena is The Most Important Princess of tennis! http://i4.tinypic.com/6ugrdiq.gif


Princess?! *Snorts*

JJ is the QUEEN of tennis! Show some respect! :rolleyes: ;)

дalex
Apr 28th, 2009, 10:12 AM
Princess?! *Snorts*

JJ is the QUEEN of tennis! Show some respect! :rolleyes: ;)

I was channeling the fabulous poster Pink Princess. :angel:

~Kiera~
Apr 28th, 2009, 10:29 AM
That's the spirit, Dina :yeah: :lol:

Why should she feel the need to keep apologising just because certain individuals do not like that fact she's #1? She earned that spot fair and square.

~Kiera~
Apr 28th, 2009, 03:34 PM
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=933284&lang=eng_news&cate_img=145.jpg&cate_rss=news_Sports

Jankovic getting game back
By NESHA STARCEVIC

Jelena Jankovic feels her game is coming back in time for the French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Jankovic finished 2008 as No. 1 in the world but went into a slump in 2009 and has dropped to No. 4.

"I've now played a few matches on clay and I feel I am coming back to form," Jankovic said Tuesday at the Porsche Grand Prix.

Jankovic last week helped Serbia qualify for the Fed Cup World Group by winning on clay in Spain, and won a tournament in Marbella, Spain, on the same surface before that.

Jankovic is the defending champion in Stuttgart, but last year's tournament was played on an indoor hard surface and in October. Now, it's the only indoor clay tournament on the WTA schedule after having been moved to April.

The organizers installed the same red-clay surface that is used at the French Open, which starts next month.

"When I step on the court, I don't think of being the defending champion," Jankovic said. "It's not important what I did last year but what I do this year and the points I get this year."

Last year, Stuttgart was the middle of the three straight tournaments she'd won.

The 24-year-old Jankovic said she was not concerned about regaining the No. 1 ranking, which is now held by Dinara Safina of Russia.

"Once you achieve that goal, you get that monkey off your back. My goal is to find my game again and improve, to get better. That's what I've set out for myself, to go out and enjoy the tennis, with a smile on my face," she said.

"My season has not been spectacular. I was struggling, not playing well. Everything was off, the changes in my training didn't work."

Jankovic put on more muscle mass in offseason training and that was a mistake, she said.

"Everything felt different. I took two steps backward. My body didn't accept it. I used to be one of the fastest players on the circuit, I had great movement and now I felt like one of the slowest players on court," Jankovic said. "I didn't have a feel for my shots. I was not on the ball. My confidence went down.

"But now on clay I got a couple of wins, I am getting back. I am happy with the way things are going. No more experiments. My game is getting back together."

Before Marbella, Jankovic's best result this year had been a semifinal place in Paris in February. At the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, Jankovic lost to Marion Bartoli in the fourth round.

дalex
Apr 28th, 2009, 04:08 PM
"Once you achieve that goal, you get that monkey off your back. My goal is to find my game again and improve, to get better. That's what I've set out for myself, to go out and enjoy the tennis, with a smile on my face," she said.

"...and go undefeated the entire clay season" :angel:

That's the spirit! We need that smile back full time. :inlove:

"My game is getting back together."

I really think this is true after Marbella and FC! Some of those shots were timed beautifully, some of those fhs crosscourt were truly amazing and the movement is not too shabby either.

All we need now is to get that consistency back, though with all those picnics, I'm not sure we ever had it. :lol:

redsonja
Apr 28th, 2009, 04:42 PM
Can Dina and JJ have a reality show? :lol: It can be called, "Suck It, Bitches!"

-Valérie-
Apr 28th, 2009, 04:48 PM
You all knew i am new around here, but i am certainly not new to Jelena's game, i've been following her for quite a while, so i am sorry if i say things you may have already said. When i saw her in the beginning of 2009, i really hope that her training would worked out, but it didn't!

She is working really hard now to be at the level she was at the end of 2008, which i think was enough to get her hand on her GS trophy. She was incredible! Most of player smile only when they have a great match, for Jelena, it is the contrary, she must smile and be happy to win.

She is not there yet, but she is getting closer and things are getting back together. You said it too well, she still has some moments of inconsistency, but the more matches she will play, the more consistent she will become. With her confidence back, the help of the red clay, we can hope for the best!

"But now on clay I got a couple of wins, I am getting back. I am happy with the way things are going. No more experiments. My game is getting back together."

Her 2 first matchs in Marbella were very consistent, even her service had a little something more bitting, if i may say so. Then, things started to be a little complicated but she hang on and at the end, it all worked out.

Yes, at the fed, she had some moments were her concentration wasn't at its best. In the second match, she was sick, obviously, and she wanted it to end, quickly. BUt after the winning the first set, she pushed her shots and that's where she lack a bit of timing (she hit several ball on the heel instead of moving forward), but that, will come back this week.

Have you seen her draw in Stuttgart? That is one hell of a draw. I am confident that she will do a very good tournament despite of that. GO GO JJ !! :worship:

Sorry for that long reply, i got carried away! :crazy:

This article was great, i always enjoy her comments.

-NAJ-
Apr 28th, 2009, 05:15 PM
http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-tournament_pressreleases_T09_0122_en?OpenDocument&cont=news_topnews#pagetop
Stuttgart. Jelena Jankovic, the world No. 4, sat down with the journalists to answer a variety of questions at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix’s All Access Hour on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Serbian’s thoughts on...

...her current form:
“My year hasn’t been good so far. It started slowly and I struggled for a few months but things got better when the clay court season started. Winning in Marbella was important and then I played well in the Fed Cup over the weekend. I’ve got the feeling that I’m back on track. Things are fine now.”

...her game:
“I changed a few things at the end last season. On the advice of my team, I did a lot of work on my fitness and I became more muscular. I thought it would bring results but it didn’t work out as my whole feel was different and I couldn’t find my game. Even though I was very fit, I took two steps back. It had a negative effect as my body didn’t accept the changes. I ended the year as the fastest player and when I started 2009 I was the slowest. Something was obviously wrong but I changed back and my game is getting back together ever since.”

…being the world No. 1:
“Becoming the world’s best player was a dream come true. I got the monkey off my back and it was a great feeling knowing that I’d done it. Whilst the players behind you want to come back at you, I felt under more pressure when I was trying to get to the top. Once you’re there you can always say you were the world’s best player no matter what happens later in your career.”

…defending her title in the Porsche Arena:
“I’m not really thinking much about defending my title. I’ll definitely have some great memories of last year when I go out back onto Centre Court again but I’ll be only trying to play my best tennis.”

…the white Porsche Boxster S:
“It would be hard to squeeze the car in my garage as there’s the red Porsche I won last year plus blue and black ones. On the other hand winning the white one wouldn’t be a bad idea. I’d have a different coloured car for every day of the week! Winning the Porsche last year was something special. I had worked really hard and there I was sitting in it. It was an unbelievable feeling.”

28/04/2009

MaBaker
Apr 28th, 2009, 05:16 PM
"It all started with (former number one) Jelena Jankovic and me. Maybe it is because we are younger or because these people are jealous," said the 23-year-old, who celebrated her birthday on Monday with a big cake.
:spit:

Jelena is The Most Important Princess of tennis! http://i4.tinypic.com/6ugrdiq.gif
Warrior ?

"My goal is to find my game again and improve, to get better. That's what I've set out for myself, to go out and enjoy the tennis, with a smile on my face," she said.
:)

дalex
Apr 28th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Warrior ?

No.

It would be hard to squeeze the car in my garage as there’s the red Porsche I won last year plus blue and black ones. On the other hand winning the white one wouldn’t be a bad idea. I’d have a different coloured car for every day of the week!

:spit:

But Jelena, think of all the matching colour shoes you'll have to buy! :lol:

Josh.
Apr 29th, 2009, 11:46 PM
Any news on JJ's racquet situtation?

~Kiera~
Apr 30th, 2009, 09:04 PM
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/europe/news/article_1474311.php/Jankovic_outlasts_Lisicki_Safina_cruises_past_Hant uchova__2nd_Lead__

Jankovic outlasts Lisicki, Safina cruises past Hantuchova
By John Bagratuni
Apr 30, 2009, 20:46 GMT

Stuttgart - Defending champion Jelena Jankovic outlasted fighting German teenager Sabine Lisicki, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3, on Thursday to book a place in the Porsche Grand Prix quarter-finals.

The third-seeded Serb Jankovic squandered a 4-2 lead in the second set and escaped a third-set scare to beat the 42nd-ranked Lisicki in 2 hours 13 minutes on her second match point.

'Oh my God. To be honest, my opponent played really great. She gave me a hard time,' said the former number one Jankovic.

Lisicki, 19, upset American star Venus Williams en route to her first career title two weeks ago in Charleston and despite the defeat on Thursday showed her class again.

World number one Dinara Safina, meanwhile, defeated Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-2 as she led a trio of Russian seeds into the final eight, the others being second seed Elena Dementieva and fifth-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Eighth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland also advanced while seventh-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki crashed out.

Jankovic took the top spot when she won the Stuttgart title last October, then on a hard court. The tournament is now the first ever on the WTA Tour on indoor clay.

It comes at the right time as Jankovic is finding her form again in the clay season, with her winning in Marbella, Spain, and hoping for more success in Stuttgart.

Jankovic took the first set from an early break down, but then wasted a 4-2 lead as the hard-hitting Lisicki bounced back to 4-4, broke again for 6-5 and squared the sets with a winner.

Jankovic finally seemed on course to victory when she served at 4-2, 40-0, but Lisicki still refused to bow, winning the next five points for 4-3. But the joy was shortlived as Jankovic broke at love and then served out the match, winning when Lisicki netted a return.

'I was happy to get through the match. She was serving very hard, at speeds of 180-190 kilometres. Not many girls can do that,' said Jankovic.

Lisicki said: 'I wanted to play at my best. And I think I showed at times how good I can play and that I can fight. (But) In the end she made the important points and I was tired.'

Safina broke Hatuchova in the opening game and never looked back en route to victory in 69 minutes as she tied their series at 3-3 after Hantuchova had won their last three matches.

'We have had close matches in the past, but I think I played a good match,' said Safina.

The Olympic champion Dementieva struggled in the beginning and the end before defeating Hungary's Agnes Szavay 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, coming back from 4-1 down and then needing five match points in 1:37 hours.

'I really had a slow start, it was tough to come back from 4-1 down. I won the tiebreak and she was very disappointed about that. She didn't fight so hard in the second set. (But) I couldn't finish it,' said Dementieva.

Dementieva now runs into former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli, who upset Wozniacki 7-6 (8-6), 6-4. Safina meets Radwanska, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova.

Kuznetsova spent 2:20 hours on court before disposing of China's Li Na, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 for a meeting with Argentine Gisela Dulko.

дalex
May 1st, 2009, 08:41 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ggE2JPKE0zw7ZB97SKbvoW0Ft8Dw

Unseeded Pennetta shocks champion Jankovic

3 hours ago

STUTTGART, Germany (AFP) — Defending champion Jelena Jankovic suffered a quarter-final upset at Stuttgart's WTA tournament Friday as unseeded Italian Flavia Pennetta ignored a lack of sleep to snatch a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Having only nodded off at 3am on Friday morning after her second-round game against Nadia Petrova finished just before midnight, Pennetta rallied from losing the first set to dump out Jankovic and take her semi-final place.

"The level of my game dropped in the second set and I started to allow my opponent to play her own game," said beaten Jankovic.

"It was a different story when I was hitting my shots and being aggressive.

"But I have had a cold in the last week and I get tired a lot quicker than normal, the longer the game went on the more tired I became.

"This defeat won't effect me, I want to win a third tournament in Rome next and that is still my aim."

Third-seed Jankovic took the first set 6-2 with ease, but Pennetta started using her forehand to devastating effect to take the second 6-4.

The third set was a battle royal which see-sawed as Pannetta first stormed into a 2-0 lead only for Jankovic to fight back in style to go 3-2 ahead, before the Italian made her baseline game count to take the third and the match.

"I am really happy to win this match today," said the exhausted Italian after nearly two hours of often breath-taking tennis.

"I was nervous at the start, but from the beginning of the second set I pushed a bit more and used my forehand.

"The atmosphere was important and the crowd pulled me through.

"I finally got to sleep about 3am, but only after I had called most of my family to relax first."

Pennetta will play either world number one Dinara Safina or Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in Saturday's semi-final while Russia's Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova will face each other in the other last four game.

:yeah:

louisa.
May 2nd, 2009, 02:40 AM
Thats the spirit :D
Win Rome JJ :drool:

дalex
May 2nd, 2009, 09:05 AM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/01052009/58/reed-top-ladies-track.html

Reed: Top ladies back on track

Eurosport's Simon Reed believes that the world's best women are finally getting back on track after a rocky start to the season.

It's already been a terrific week for women's tennis in Stuttgart, because for the first time in what seems like an age the best women players are starting to play at their best.

It is still just the early signs of resurgence we are seeing after what has been a difficult start to 2009 for many of the top players - but the signs are encouraging nonetheless.

And top of the list is Jelena Jankovic, despite her exit from the event on Friday at the hands of Flavia Pennetta.

That's what I mean by early signs: Jankovic has been in outstanding form in this tournament so far, but you don't turn around six disappointing months overnight, and that's what we saw against Pennetta.

The fact remains that the hopes for Jankovic this year have been transformed. Her match against Sabine Lisicki was the best clay match I've seen so far this year, and while Lisicki didn't disappoint - far from it - it was Jankovic's superb tennis which really shone through.

It's something which I have to admit took me by surprise. The Serbian has looked a shadow of her 2008 self this year, but seems to be getting her confidence back match by match. She's made a few technical tweaks, and her serve in particular looks much more solid now.

In my mind Lisicki confirmed that she will push on into the very top tier of the game - and if she and Jankovic avoid each other in the draw at Roland Garros, I wouldn't be surprised to see them contesting the final.

But Jankovic isn't the only one who's looking in impressive form. Elena Dementieva has been producing tennis that's as good as I've ever seen from her, Dinara Safina seems to be getting over the mental block which was holding her back, and Svetlana Kuznetsova is starting to play the proper tennis that we all know she's capable of.

Simon Reed is one of Britain's top tennis commentators - his exclusive blog appears here every Tuesday and Friday.
Simon Reed / Eurosport

:sobbing:

MaBaker
May 2nd, 2009, 03:57 PM
"This defeat won't effect me, I want to win a third tournament in Rome next and that is still my aim."
Rome is a very special place for her and I just hope she's not gonna be too upset if she doesn't defend her title. That could really ruin RG for her this year.

~Kiera~
May 3rd, 2009, 04:08 PM
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/267140,mothers-health-could-determine-jankovic-hat-trick-chances-in-rome.html

Mother's health could determine Jankovic hat-trick chances in Rome

Rome - Jelena Jankovic said Sunday that with the psychological burden of her mother's recent illness now lifting, she's feeling in fighting form heading into a second-round match with home heroine Francesca Schiavone at the Rome International. The third-seeded Serb, who has won the last two editions at the Foro Italico, will line up against Schiavone after the veteran put out compatriot Alberta Brianti 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.

Jankovic, slimmed down after a disastrous fitness experiment with building muscle mass over the winter left her slow on the court, insists she's ready to make it a hat-trick with her family worries easing.

"Things are going much better," said the one-time number one. "My mother was not feeling well, and it was very hard for me to compete for the last few months because I'm very emotional and very sensitive person.

"The most important thing is the health, of myself and the closest ones in my family.

"In bad moments I don't really think about tennis, I don't think about the game. I just hope and pray everything will be okay with my mother and she will be healthy."

The senior Jankovic, an economist, is accompanying her daughter in Rome. "She's feeling much, much better. I'm very happy about that. Now when I go on the court I can go with a smile on your face."

The tournament got down to business with a Sunday start as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic played the ATP men's final on the centre court.

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, a surprise French Open quarter- finalist, advanced over Briton Anne Keothavong 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 while Austrian mother Sybille Bammer beat Li Na of China, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3

Jankovic won the Marbella event on clay nearly a month ago and says her buildup for Roland Garros is progressing nicely.

"I have won here two years in a row. Rome is my favourite city, so I'm happy to be here. I'll try my best to win it for three years in a row. It would be a great result, a great achievement for me.

"I won the tournament in Marbella, and then I won nine matches in a row and then lost just two days ago against (Italian Flavia) Pennetta (Stuttgart) in a tough match. "I'm doing much, much better and I'm improving each day and playing better tennis, and that is something that I'm really happy about."

World number one Dinara Safina takes the top seeding ahead of Serena Williams and Jankovic.

ms_nut
May 3rd, 2009, 05:03 PM
^ :scratch: isn't Schiavone playing Ana and not JJ.. doesn't JJ have Dulko in her Rd 2..:confused:

So now, they've started confusing JJ & Ana..:silly: With all their Ajdes & what not,was it getting hard to tell the difference between the two..

-NAJ-
May 4th, 2009, 12:30 PM
http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/

New photo

oneandonly
May 4th, 2009, 12:36 PM
:hearts::inlove: This looks really good!

schorsch
May 4th, 2009, 04:21 PM
http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=56105
May 3, 2009

Jelena Jankovic

ROME, ITALY

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you have a problem with your hotel?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No. No problem with the hotel. I'm just happy to be here. I've been staying in the same hotel for the last few years. It's good to be back.

Q. (Through translation.) Could you mention three players that you like in the draw for this tournament?
JELENA JANKOVIC: In the men's?

Q. In the women's.
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know, maybe Williams.

Q. Which one?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Both. Just depends which one is in form and which one is playing well in the moment. On clay especially, they haven't been playing much.
Then, I don't know. I mean, it's hard to say. When the tournaments starts, you begin to play and you see how players -- which players are in form and which players are playing well. But anything can happen.

Q. Which is your favorite player in the man draw?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Of woman?

Q. No, no. On man draw, your favorite player.
JELENA JANKOVIC: On clay, I mean, for me the favorite is always Nadal. You cannot go wrong with that. He wins ever tournament on clay, so he's the best one out there and a guy who's great to watch for me.

Q. He won for three times here. You can make the same?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I will try to do that. I won it two years in a row, and I really love this place a lot. Rome is my favorite city, so I'm happy to be here.
I will try my best to win it for three years in a row. It would be a great result, a great achievement for me.

Q. Safina is now No. 1. But a lot of people don't consider her the real No. 1 because she never won a Grand Slam title. What do you think about the critics before of you and now of Safina?
JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, the ranking didn't fall from the sky. She earned that ranking. She really deserves to be there, because she was playing well and had great results. The rankings don't lie.
She played the same as the other girls played and competed, and she is now in the moment No. 1. Nobody can take that away from here. It will always say in her biography that she -- even for a day you become No. 1 in the world, you can say, I was the No. 1 player in the world. Not many people can say that.
So I think it's a great achievement and a dream come true for any player. She achieve that, so big congratulations to her. With a Grand Slam or without, it's huge.
I think the other people, because there is always things that people are gonna talk about, You didn't win a Grand Slam, or you won. There are players who have won a Grand Slam and never came even close to being No. 1.
So always things about every player that you can find something bad to say. You just have to be strong and believe in yourself. At the end of the day the day, you play tennis because you like to play and have your own goals. You don't have to prove anything to anybody except yourself.

Q. Your things with your family and mother everything is better now?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, things are going much better. My mother was not feeling well, and it was very hard for me to compete, you know, the last few months because I'm very emotional and very sensitive person. At the end of the day, the most important thing is health: health of myself and health of the closest ones in my family is the most important thing in life.
Then I don't really think about tennis. I don't think about the game. I don't think about winning and everything that goes around. I just hope and pray everything will be okay with my mother and she will be healthy.
Now she's here with me and she's feeling much, much better. I'm very happy about that. Then when you go on the court you can go with a smile on your face. Before that I as not the same player. I wasn't really even practicing and I don't have the motivation and my game was not the same. I was not playing good tennis. It was very difficult period for me.
But now everything is okay and I'm coming back. I won the tournament in Marbella, and then I won nine matches in a row and then lost just two days ago against Pennetta 6-4 in the third with a tough match.
So I think I'm doing much, much better and I'm improving each day and playing better tennis, and that is something that I'm really happy about.

Q. You have played against Flavia. What do you think of the final of Fed Cup? The Italian team will play here in Italy against the U.S. against the Williams sisters.
JELENA JANKOVIC: The Williams sisters will play?

Q. It's possible for Italy to win?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Think in the Fed Cup anything can happen, because it's a very specific competition. It's different type of pressure and everything that goes around. Some people play very, very well in the Fed Cup competition. Some people cannot cope with the pressure and bring their best game out there when they play for their country.
So I think Italy has been doing really great, and it shows that they're in the finals. So I think anything can happen, and the best one will win.

Nina.
May 4th, 2009, 04:28 PM
Q. (Through translation.) Could you mention three players that you like in the draw for this tournament?
JELENA JANKOVIC: In the men's?


Q. Which is your favorite player in the man draw?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Of woman?

:worship:

Brena
May 4th, 2009, 05:08 PM
^:haha: :haha: *death*

JJGoat :bowdown::bowdown:
She might not be the best number 1 ever, but she'll always be the :silly:est player in the history of WTA.

MaBaker
May 4th, 2009, 08:45 PM
Q. Which is your favorite player in the man draw?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Of woman?
Oh.My.God :crying2:

-NAJ-
May 4th, 2009, 08:46 PM
She spend too much time on sun that day

freeyourstyle
May 4th, 2009, 08:47 PM
:lol::lol::lol:

wish there could be a video or audio for that sentence :D hahahaha so great

дalex
May 4th, 2009, 09:48 PM
El Mundo has a huge article on Jelena. At the beginning, in the abstract, the journalist interprets Jelena's words about Federer as "She can't stand Federer (No aguanta a Federer)".

Here's the article in Spanish:
http://www.elmundo.es/suplementos/magazine/2009/501/1241004014.html

And Serbian (shorter) version on Mondo:
http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/vesti/text.php?vest=133393

:speakles:

louisa.
May 4th, 2009, 09:59 PM
:haha: :haha:
Of woman :sobbing:

schorsch
May 4th, 2009, 10:54 PM
Ella, que asegura preferir a Nadal, no tiene empacho en defenderse de los ataques del suizo saltándose el papel de niña políticamente correcta. «La gente debería ocuparse más de sus asuntos. ¿Le he dicho yo algo porque lleve cinco finales seguidas perdidas con Nadal? ¿O porque no haya ganado nunca Roland Garros?».

JJ - who stresses that she prefers Nadull - doesn't care about defending herself when it comes to the Swiss's' attacks giving herself the role of the politically correct girl. "People should mind their own business. Have I said anything about why he has lost his five last finals against Nadull? Or why he has never won RG?"

:devil: :devil: :devil:

дalex
May 5th, 2009, 08:35 AM
:devil: :devil: :devil:

She's so naughty. http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/kink.gif

~Kiera~
May 5th, 2009, 10:54 AM
Q. Safina is now No. 1. But a lot of people don't consider her the real No. 1 because she never won a Grand Slam title. What do you think about the critics before of you and now of Safina?

JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, the ranking didn't fall from the sky. She earned that ranking. She really deserves to be there, because she was playing well and had great results. The rankings don't lie.
She played the same as the other girls played and competed, and she is now in the moment No. 1. Nobody can take that away from here. It will always say in her biography that she -- even for a day you become No. 1 in the world, you can say, I was the No. 1 player in the world. Not many people can say that.

So I think it's a great achievement and a dream come true for any player. She achieve that, so big congratulations to her. With a Grand Slam or without, it's huge.

I think the other people, because there is always things that people are gonna talk about, You didn't win a Grand Slam, or you won. There are players who have won a Grand Slam and never came even close to being No. 1.

So always things about every player that you can find something bad to say. You just have to be strong and believe in yourself. At the end of the day the day, you play tennis because you like to play and have your own goals. You don't have to prove anything to anybody except yourself.

:worship:

Brena
May 5th, 2009, 03:41 PM
:kiss: JJSmartyGoat

-NAJ-
May 5th, 2009, 07:01 PM
http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=499
JANKOVIC: 'YOU NEED TO BE STRONG MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY'
Two-time Rome champion Jelena Jankovic survived a rain break and a raft of set points to defeat Gisela Dulko 6-4, 7-6 to set up a third round tie with Kateryna Bondarenko.

“It's difficult when it rains and then you have to stop and focus again, especially when you stop at 5 5,” said Jankovic of the four-hour hiatus. “It was very important for me to start well from the first point, because I needed to win that second set - if you go into the third anything can happen. I would be very tired as well and I complicate my life out there, so I came out and I tried to do my best after that, and I'm happy that I was able to win.”

“I had two breakpoints to go up 5 2 and I don't know, I just let her come back into the match. I was angry at myself because I was thinking that I should have already finished this match,” the No3 seed continued. “Now I'm losing 5 4, she had after I think four or five set points. It was very difficult for me, because I let her come back and she almost won that second set because I made mistakes and I stopped playing. I had everything under control, and all of a sudden she's on top of me and she has points to win the second set. It was difficult, but I managed to somehow stay positive and stay strong and win that second set and win this match.”

“I always love coming back here. Rome is my favorite city, I have done very well here in the past,” said the 2007 and 2008 champion. “A lot of great things happened here in this place. Coming from Stuttgart, the court here is a little bit slower and the balls are a little bit heavier, so you need to hit a lot more balls. Some of the points are longer, so maybe you can do a lot with the ball but then it comes back. I need to adjust a little bit to those kind of conditions, and especially on these kind of rainy days. It gets quite slow out there, so you need to run and move very well and be very strong mentally and physically to survive in these kind of matches.”

-Valérie-
May 5th, 2009, 07:10 PM
I was about to post it when i saw you did it. I always like after match comments. Thanks for reporting it!

Marilyn Monheaux
May 5th, 2009, 07:19 PM
JJ's post match pressers are legendary:worship:

-Valérie-
May 6th, 2009, 02:11 PM
Article from the official tournament website. Enjoy!!!



JANKOVIC: "THE MORE I PLAY, THE BETTER I GET"


Jelena Jankovic was cruising when her opponent Kateryna Bondarenko retired from their third round match due to illness. Despite the lack of time spent on court however, the two-time Rome champion felt happy with the way she was playing.

“I would have loved to finish the match, because I was playing pretty well in that first set,” said the No3 seed. “I felt the ball really well and I had good timing. It was a good set. I would have loved to finish that match because I felt in control. I was hitting the ball very well and would have loved to finish in two sets if I could.”

“During the tournament you're going to have difficult matches and some easy matches depending on how you play,” the top-ranked Serb continued. “It all depends on you. If you are putting up your game and you are focused from the first point on, then you can try to finish the job easier. As you get deeper in the tournament, the opponents get tougher and tougher. And those girls who are playing against you, they're in good form as well and they're playing good tennis, so the matches get more and more difficult. I just try to play my tennis the best that I can. Some days hard; some days easier. I cannot control the way the other girls play – I can control how I play.”

“The first match is always the most difficult, at least for me, during the tournaments,” the former world No1 said. “I came from Stuttgart where we played indoors and the court was much faster. I got here and you're playing outdoors and the court is much slower than where I played last week, so it takes some time for me to adjust on that court. The balls are different, so every little thing can make a difference on your performance. Today I did much better. I improved on my game and I was much more focused from the first point, and I tried not to have ups and downs. I tried to keep going the whole time no matter what the score is during the match, so I'm really satisfied with the way I played my tennis.”

When the subject of fitness came up, Jankovic revealed that she had been working hard on her conditioning prior to the tournament. “Before the clay season I wasn't doing very well so I had a lot of time to practice and do a lot of physical work. I was trying to come back into form, trying to find my movement and my strength again on court. When I got sick in Fed Cup in Spain, your body gets broken down a little and you are not able to practise so your body gets a bit out of shape. But it's getting are better and better. Now I'm playing a lot of matches. For me, the best practice is playing matches. The more I play, the better I get and the fitter I get, because you do everything out there. In the match, you're moving, in some of the long matches you get good endurance, power, everything. That's happening on court. It's not the same when you're practising all day. It's a completely different story when you get out there and you play your matches.

schorsch
May 6th, 2009, 05:55 PM
INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA (WOMEN)

May 5, 2009

Jelena Jankovic

ROME, ITALY

J. JANKOVIC/G. Dulko
6-3, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. The rain was problem for you, or not?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it's difficult when it rains and then you have to stop and, you know, focus again and start.
Especially when you stop at 5-5, it's very -- it was very important for me to start well from the first point. Because I needed to win that second set because if you go into the third anything can happen. I will be very tired as well, and I complicate my life out there.
So I came out and I tried to do my best after that, and I'm happy that I was able to win.

Q. You were up 6-3, 4-2. What happened at that point? Did something distract you?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I had two breakpoints to go up 5-2, and I don't know. I just let her come back into the match. I was angry at myself because I was thinking that I should have already been -- I should have already finished this match. Now I'm losing 5-4. She had after I think four or five set points.
It was very difficult for me, because I let her come back and she almost won that second set because I did mistakes and I stop kind of to play. I had everything under control, and all of a sudden, she's on top of me and she has set points to win the second set.
It was difficult, but I managed to somehow stay positive and stay strong and win that second set and win this match. It was very important.

Q. Rome brought you quite a lot of luck in the past years. You started again with your new career after few defeats a few years ago, and then two wins. To be here now, you feel fine? You feel confident also? Or some defeats you had and the problems you had because of your mother left you a little uncertain, unsure?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I always love coming back here. Rome is my favorite city, so I have done very well here in the past. A lot of great things happened here in this place for me.
In this moment I'm happy. My mother is doing great and she's here with me, so I think I cannot ask for anything more. When we are all healthy and when we are happy as well, then you can go out there and play your tennis and then you can enjoy.
The most important thing is to be healthy. And if you're not healthy and if the closest one in your life, if they have some problem, I think you're not thinking about the game and you don't care about tennis. Tennis is just a game.

Q. What are the things in your game that you will work on looking ahead for the next match? Was there anything specific aspects that you were unhappy with?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Coming from Stuttgart, the court here is a little bit slower and the balls are a little bit heavier, so you need to, you know, hit a lot more balls.
Some of the points are longer, so some of the shots, maybe you can do a lot with the ball and hit a winner, then it's coming back or whatever.
So I need to adjust a little bit to those kind of conditions, and especially on these kind of rainy days. It gets quite slow out there, so you need to run and move very well and be very strong mentally and physically to survive in these kind of matches.

Q. Djokovic has his own tournament in Belgrade. Are you hoping to do the same one day for the women's?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Maybe one day, but it's very difficult process. I don't know how this works, but it's very difficult because there are already tournaments that are organized and on the calendar, and you need to buy it.
So I don't know how to get the tournament to go. It's not as easy as it looks. But it would be nice, because we never had a big tournament in Serbia. Serbian tennis is becoming very, very popular, so it would be really great to play one professional tournament over there and having the crowd behind us.
Because we have the first time to play when we played Fed Cup in Serbia against Japan. It was like almost 20,000 people who came to watch me and Ana play over there. We had great support. It was unbelievable feeling to be out there and play in those kind of conditions and atmosphere. So it would be really great to play over there one day again.

Q. Did you have a sports complex with 20,000 seats?
JELENA JANKOVIC: We have an arena, yeah. It arena where they have concerts, where they have basketball games and many events out there.
So they made a tennis court, and it was really unbelievable. They broke the record in the Fed Cup crowd attendance.

Q. Playing Japan, so can you imagine...
JELENA JANKOVIC: If we play against USA or somebody, I don't think there will be -- the people cannot fit. They need to make even bigger stadium.

Q. Maybe you should create a company with Ana and create a tournament there.
JELENA JANKOVIC: It would on nice to have a Grand Slam over there. Then it's even better. No, but I don't think that is possible. It's always nice to play at home. I enjoy that.

End of FastScripts
:p

Billabong
May 7th, 2009, 03:16 PM
Kuznetsova ends Jankovic’s reign in Italy
10 minutes ago
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* Kuznetsova beats Italian Open champion Jankovic

* Russian to meet Azarenka in the semi-finals (Adds quotes, later match, byline)

By Paul Virgo

ROME, May 7 (Reuters) - Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova ended Jelena Jankovic’s two-year reign as Italian Open champion when she beat the Serbian 6-1 7-6 Thursday to go through to the semi-finals.

Former U.S. Open champion Kuznetsova will now be up against sixth seeded Belarussian Victoria Azarenka, who won a scrappy affair against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 7-6 6-3.

Jankovic, who defeated Kuznetsova in the 2007 final for the first of her two Rome titles, could find no answer to the venom in her seventh seeded opponent’s forehands in the first set.

She fared better in the second set, twice pulling back dropped serves and forcing two break-and-set points in the 12th game.

But Kuznetsova, in fine fettle after ending a title drought stretching back to 2007 at last week’s Stuttgart Grand Prix, saved them both before sealing victory in the tiebreak with a backhand winner.

“She was hitting the ball very, very well, deep and with a lot of power,” Jankovic told a news conference.

“She didn’t allow me to play my game, especially in the first set. She deserved to win. I wanted to win here three times in a row. Unfortunately it didn’t happen. But it’s not the end of world,” added Jankovic, who has slipped to number four in the rankings after ending 2008 top.

World number one Dinara Safina will meet Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and American fourth seed Venus Williams will battle with Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska for the other places in the last four later on Thursday.

-Valérie-
May 7th, 2009, 03:39 PM
Title-holder Jelena Jankovic was gracious after her 6-1, 7-6 defeat at the hands of Svetlana Kuznetsova, who hailed improved consistency as the reason for her straight-sets win.

“She was playing very good tennis out there,” said 2007 and 2008 winner Jankovic. “She was hitting the ball very, very well with a lot of power and deep. She didn't allow me to play my game, and especially that was the case in the first set. Then I started to a little bit change the way I was playing and my tactics, in the second set, but it was a little bit too late. I had some chances – I had two set points in the second and didn't take them, and then everything went her way. But I didn't play from the beginning tactically well. I played what she liked, and of course she has more power than me. Today was her day - she was the better player, she deserved to win.”

“I wanted to win here for three times in a row and unfortunately didn't happen for me, but it's not the end of world. All I care is to enjoy my tennis and be happy. Somebody has to lose, and today it was me,” the magnanimous Serb concluded.



I would have like to know more about that conference, but, i guess it tells us a lot about how she feels. Sounds a lot different from the Drama she was serving on the court.

дalex
May 7th, 2009, 03:59 PM
She and Ana are getting philosophical while their fans are collectively losing their minds in their respective forums. Way to go, gurls! :yeah:

Can't wait to hear them say sth like this: "It doesn't matter who wins a tennis match, all I care about is world peace..."

I'm glad she's happy, though... :D

-Valérie-
May 7th, 2009, 04:12 PM
Can't wait to hear them say sth like this: "It doesn't matter who wins a tennis match, all I care about is world peace..."



:haha:

I hope it won't come to that..

дalex
May 7th, 2009, 04:38 PM
Oh and she clearly couldn't enjoy her tennis today, so she should cut the crap. :D

Honestly, I can't care less about Madrid, but if she fails at RG too, then :help:!

oneandonly
May 7th, 2009, 04:56 PM
Yeah f*ck Madrid and win them all in Paris :hearts:.

-Valérie-
May 7th, 2009, 05:11 PM
Yeah f*ck Madrid and win them all in Paris :hearts:.

I know where she is going to explode, but i am not going to say it, i am keeping it for myself till it happen. But i am writing it here, so i can say: see, i told you.

RFS
May 7th, 2009, 05:25 PM
She and Ana are getting philosophical while their fans are collectively losing their minds in their respective forums. Way to go, gurls! :yeah:

Can't wait to hear them say sth like this: "It doesn't matter who wins a tennis match, all I care about is world peace..."

I'm glad she's happy, though... :D

oh that wouold be so awesome... oh PLEASE let it be JJ that says something like that first!!!

дalex
May 7th, 2009, 05:28 PM
She's going to explode? :speakles:

Valerie, how will we know that you really knew she would explode then & there if you don't say when is then and where is there? ;)

I must say that a while ago, and I think I wrote about it, my mom bought a horoscope magazine and they had analysis of JJ's natal chart and they said JJ's biggest success will come in 2010. I'm writing it here so you all know that if it happens that means it's all written in the stars.

Optima
May 7th, 2009, 05:32 PM
JJ is winning Wimbledon this year, I already told you guys that...beating Venus in an epic final.

Believe it.

ms_nut
May 7th, 2009, 05:36 PM
JJ is winning Wimbledon this year, I already told you guys that...beating Venus in an epic final.

Believe it.

You also said Radwanska was going to win Wimbledon..:help::lol:... I guess grass now favors the players who don't know how to serve..

oh well, i guess if she's going to win Wimbly, i'll grudgingly take it.. though i'd rather she won Marbella 6 times in a row until she turns 30..:angel:

Optima
May 7th, 2009, 05:38 PM
I really do believe Aga will win Wimbledon one day, though, she plays so well on grass and she's said before it's also her favorite surface.

дalex
May 7th, 2009, 05:38 PM
JJ is winning Wimbledon this year, I already told you guys that...beating Venus in an epic final.

Believe it.


oh well, i guess if she's going to win Wimbly, i'll grudgingly take it.. though i'd rather she won Marbella 6 times in a row until she turns 30..:angel:

:haha:

edit. Can't rep neither of you. :hug:

~Kiera~
May 7th, 2009, 08:01 PM
http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=28185

What a scramble at the top of the WTA Tour
By Charles Bricker

It is now more than 13 months since Justine Henin retired, leaving a small posse of No. 1 wannabes to scrap over the top of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings.

And it has indeed been a scrap.

I know there are those who would argue the close competition is good for women's tennis, but I come at this from another direction.

Yes, competitive is good, but only if you've got what the ATP is displaying right now -- three or four players who are at or close to the top of their form competing hard against each other at every tournament and with one player, Rafa Nadal, clearly at the top with everyone shooting at him.

The women do not have that right now. There is no clear No. 1 and that lack of focus is showing up at the turnstiles. Thursday afternoon in Rome, after a very sluggish first set and a half, current No. 1 Dinara Safina finally pulled her game together (for the second time at this Italian Open) to defeat Maria Jose' Martinez Sanchez -- 6-0 in the third.

The stadium wasn't even half-filled. There were empty seats everywhere, and especially in the expensive front rows. This was the No. 1 player in the world on court and where was everyone? Home? Watching the latest soap opera news about Silvio Berlusconi?

Safina's ascent to No. 1 three weeks ago marked the eighth change at the top since Henin called it quits.

Maria Sharapova took over the top spot for three weeks, followed by Ana Ivanovic (9 weeks), Jelena Jankovic (1), Ivanovic (3), Serena Williams (4), Jankovic (17), Serena (11) and Safina (3). Oh, and before you get too excited about Jankovic's 17-week hold, remember that she was No. 1 at the end of 2008 and counted most of those weeks during the off-season.

There simply isn't anyone out there right now capable of seizing No. 1 and holding it, giving the WTA a focus player -- someone that everyone shoots for. It was ludicrous listening to these various players who had finally reached No. 1 talk about it as if they'd just come into the golden fleece.

Safina is now 21-6 after her come-from-behind win in Rome, but she's only 1-3 this year against top-10 players with a victory over Vera Zvonareva and losses to Elena Dementieva, Serena and Svetlana Kuznetsova. This is your No. 1 player?

Serena: 21-5 with a 5-3 record over top-10s -- losses to Dementieva, Venus and Victoria Azarenka. And now she appears to be hurting once again, putting into jeopardy her ability to stay close enough to challenge for No. 1. She would be a great No. 1, a great player on which to focus the tour. But she can't stay healthy enough to provide the consistency.

Dementieva: 29-7 and, with her service threatening to catch up with the rest of her game, she's a solid No. 3. But is she No. 1 material with a 2-3 record against top 10s, with losses to Serena, Venus and Kuznetsova?

Ivanovic: Another injury problem and her record of only 21 matches (15-6) reflects her physical difficulties. She's 0-2 vs. top 10s -- losses to Serena and Zvonareva.

Jankovic: You'd love to see her at No. 1. She has personality, a sense of humor and a certain amount of charisma. But, like Safina and Dementieva, she'd be a hollow No. 1 with no Grand Slam titles. She's 20-7 this season and had only one match against a top-10, losing to Kuznetsova.

Venus: Fingers are crossed. She was rolling to a 19-3 record with a win over Agnieszka Radwanska when I sat down to write this piece. She's 2-1 against top 10s with a loss to her sister, but a win also over Serena, as well as Dementieva. Her problem, however, is injuries and a No. 5 ranking, which puts her well back in points. Plus, she's not expected to do much at the French Open, where she's not been past the quarters since 2003.

At the start of 2008, the women were by far the more interesting of the two tours with Henin returning after her strongest year in 2007, the Williamses back on court with more consistency, Sharapova being Sharapova and Ivanovic splashing her talents not only across drawsheets but various fashion magazines also.

How much things have changed. Today, the men are by far the more compelling story, week after week, and the women continue to search for one player -- just one -- who can grab this tour by the throat and show at least a degree of domination. The WTA needs a focus player. Badly.

Charles Bricker can be reached at bricker@tennisnews.com

~Kiera~
May 7th, 2009, 08:03 PM
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/267835,safina-storms-back-while-jankovic-reign-ends--update.html

Safina storms back while Jankovic reign ends

Rome - Top seed Dinara Safina showed her class with a storming final-set whitewash to blow into the semi-finals of the Rome International Thursday over potential Spanish spoiler Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. The 2006 finalist and current world number one who lost the Foro Italico final three years ago to Martina Hingis, will face the winner from 1999 champion Venus Williams and Polish tenth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

Safina needed to recover in a second consecutive match to go through, saving 11 of 15 break points she faced and breaking her opponent seven times in two and a quarter hours of struggle.

The Russian won her 12th match and Rome and improved to 21-6 this season as she seeks her first 2009 trophy after four in 2008.

The reign of Jelena Jankovic ended as the Serb was cut off in her bid to lift a third straight title at the Foro Italico.

"The third seed crashed out to Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 7- 6 (7-3) in their quarter-final.

The Russian will Friday face Miami champion Victoria Azarenka, the Belarus sixth seed who put out Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Smiling Serb Jankovic was not overly dismayed as she packed her bags for the weekend start in Spain of the new Madrid Masters on clay.

"It's great, because I got to play some matches on clay," she said after her Foro Italico win streak ended at a dozen victories dating to 2007.

"I won the tournament in Marbella and won two matches in Spain for Fed Cup and then played some matches as well in Stuttgart and here.

"I think I'm doing well for the preparation for the French Open, which is my main goal."

But last season's year-end number one admitted that something is missing.

"I wanted to win here for three times in a row, and unfortunately didn't happen for me. But it's not the end of world. All I care is to enjoy my tennis and to be happy. This is the way it goes. Somebody has to lose, and today it was me," she said.

Kuznetsova won through in 1 hour, 38 minutes, breaking Jankovic four times.

"She was playing very good tennis out there, hitting the ball very, very well with a lot of power and depth," said Jankovic. "She didn't allow me to play my game.

"I changed tactics in the second set, but it was too late. I missed on two set points in the second. Today was her day. She was the better player and deserved to win."

Snex
May 7th, 2009, 08:26 PM
"I think I'm doing well for the preparation for the French Open, which is my main goal."


Who knows, maybe she's just getting prepared for the RG. She probably feels that she can win it. Of course, without sleeping on the court, like today. She's already been #1 and that's not her main goal. Her main goal is to win a GS, and RG provides her the best opportunities to finally win that damn GS title.

"I changed tactics in the second set, but it was too late. I missed on two set points in the second. Today was her day. She was the better player and deserved to win."

Yes, honey. :worship: She was better today and deserved to win. You've got just one more lesson. Now you know what not to do at the RG. :shrug:

дalex
May 7th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Jelena's w/l record isn't that bad compared to others, but she lost badly in ALL the tournaments that mattered the most.

"I think I'm doing well for the preparation for the French Open, which is my main goal."

And just last week she was saying how winning Rome is her main priority and how that hasn't changed after her loss to Flavia. :lol:

At the beginning of the year she was also talking how AO is her big goal and we know how that ended. :tears:

Thanks for the articles, Sarah.

Snex
May 7th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Jelena's w/l record isn't that bad compared to others, but she lost badly in ALL the tournaments that mattered the most.



And just last week she was saying how winning Rome is her main priority and how that hasn't changed after her loss to Flavia. :lol:

At the beginning of the year she was also talking how AO is her big goal and we know how that ended. :tears:

Thanks for the articles, Sarah.

Do you wanna jinx her? :( What you want her to say, that her main goal is to lose in the R1 of each tournament she enters? :confused: Her main goal this year is to win a GS title. It is understood no matter what she's saying. We all know how her brain works :silly: and what she's able to say. :shrug:

ms_nut
May 7th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Jelena's w/l record isn't that bad compared to others, but she lost badly in ALL the tournaments that mattered the most.



And just last week she was saying how winning Rome is her main priority and how that hasn't changed after her loss to Flavia. :lol:

At the beginning of the year she was also talking how AO is her big goal and we know how that ended. :tears:

Thanks for the articles, Sarah.

:lol::lol: Finicky JJ....

At least she's still saying BIG tournaments like Rome & RG are her big goals.................. i'll rue the day she says that her main priority is Bali or Pattaya City..:bigcry:

-Valérie-
May 7th, 2009, 08:39 PM
Jelena's w/l record isn't that bad compared to others, but she lost badly in ALL the tournaments that mattered the most.



And just last week she was saying how winning Rome is her main priority and how that hasn't changed after her loss to Flavia. :lol:

At the beginning of the year she was also talking how AO is her big goal and we know how that ended. :tears:

Thanks for the articles, Sarah.

She has to move on, no choice! That wouldn't give any good to be so devasted about it (somehow, i am sure she won't sleep well to night no matter what she said). And we can see she improved, but well, she is not there yet, let see Madrid and how her draw turned out to be in RG. And since since she won't pressure herself with Madrid, maybe...

Snex
May 7th, 2009, 08:47 PM
This was a very good learning experience for her. She's probably not exciting yet but it was definitely very amazing. The most important is that she did not beat herself today, but she admitted that her opponent was better and deserved to win. :lol:

People, i'm desperate. :sad: I'm not sure that she's able to win a GS title in her career at all. :bigcry:

Poor JJ :hug:

oneandonly
May 7th, 2009, 08:50 PM
^ Oh Sneki I see you are already in Madrid. I should leave bella Italia and move my ass there right? :yawn:
:awww::hug: But your daughter will forever and always be our favorite goat :D.

ms_nut
May 7th, 2009, 09:59 PM
This was a very good learning experience for her. She's probably not exciting yet but it was definitely very amazing. The most important is that she did not beat herself today, but she admitted that her opponent was better and deserved to win. :lol:

People, i'm desperate. :sad: I'm not sure that she's able to win a GS title in her career at all. :bigcry:

Poor JJ :hug:

:kiss: Sneki.. don't worry, things will start looking up...

JJ had some bad losses last year too .. on clay to Demented/Vera.. and had a 8-2 record coming into RG... now she has a 11-2 record, so it's not all bad.Today, she was off.She made a ton of UE and only 1 winner in set 1..:tape: . To make matters worse, Kuzzie hit 30+ winners, inspite of playing not so well, she was close to taking the second set.

Maybe i'm over this loss already, but she's not losing 1st Rd anymore.. that's a positive.She's still trying to work on her serve.Even though it's not so good, if you notice, when she's down, she really goes for her 1st serve & 2nd serves. That's a good sign.
I'd rather she lose now in the smaller tournaments than in the slams... JJ needs motivation.. these losses should motivate her to work on her game. As long as she keeps working on her game & improving, i don't see why she can't win a slam..:shrug:

:wavey: I'm looking forward to Madrid already.... In the words of JJ's :silly: fan " Win them all, JJ"

-Valérie-
May 7th, 2009, 10:40 PM
:kiss: Sneki.. don't worry, things will start looking up...

JJ had some bad losses last year too .. on clay to Demented/Vera.. and had a 8-2 record coming into RG... now she has a 11-2 record, so it's not all bad.Today, she was off.She made a ton of UE and only 1 winner in set 1..:tape: . To make matters worse, Kuzzie hit 30+ winners, inspite of playing not so well, she was close to taking the second set.

Maybe i'm over this loss already, but she's not losing 1st Rd anymore.. that's a positive.She's still trying to work on her serve.Even though it's not so good, if you notice, when she's down, she really goes for her 1st serve & 2nd serves. That's a good sign.
I'd rather she lose now in the smaller tournaments than in the slams... JJ needs motivation.. these losses should motivate her to work on her game. As long as she keeps working on her game & improving, i don't see why she can't win a slam..:shrug:

:wavey: I'm looking forward to Madrid already.... In the words of JJ's :silly: fan " Win them all, JJ"


I agree with that. She is improving and do better tournament after tournament. She can't be be her old self again only after a few food tournament.

And your note about her record from 2008 to 2009 is a nice addition. We never know, let's be positive! She will win a grand slam for sure, probably 2, maybe 3, but she is not giving up.

ayliya
May 8th, 2009, 01:41 AM
But it's not the end of world. All I care is to enjoy my tennis and to be happy. This is the way it goes. Somebody has to lose, and today it was me," she said.

This statement got me annoyed. I know, I know, no use crying over spilled milk, but I wanted her to be feel some sort of anger towards the way she played and not this complacent, resigned blah she's been saying. I wanted to see/hear that this loss meant something to her.

-Valérie-
May 8th, 2009, 02:16 AM
This statement got me annoyed. I know, I know, no use crying over spilled milk, but I wanted her to be feel some sort of anger towards the way she played and not this complacent, resigned blah she's been saying. I wanted to see/hear that this loss meant something to her.

Oh believe me, i am sure she does care about thatlost. The way she acted on the court prouves it. I think she is just putting some sort of act like an "avant roland garros" strategy. It is almost certain that she is tossing and turning into her bed right now.

schorsch
May 9th, 2009, 12:05 AM
S. KUZNETSOVA/J. Jankovic
6-1, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. In your words, what happened out there? Was she just playing too well?
JELENA JANKOVIC: What was the question?

Q. In your words, in your mind, what happened out there? Was she just playing too well?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, she was playing very good tennis out there. She was hitting the ball very, very well with a lot of power and deep. She, you know, didn't allow me to play my game, and especially that was the case in the first set.
And then I started to a little bit change the way, you know, I was playing and my tactics a little bit in the second set, but it was a little bit too late. I had some chances. I had two set points in the second and didn't take them, and then everything went her way.
But I didn't play from the beginning tactically well. I played what she liked, and, of course, she has more power than me. Today was her day. She was the better player. She deserved to win.

Q. In terms of build-up for the French Open, how has this week gone for you, and what do you still need to do to be ready?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I think it's great, because I got play some matches on clay. I won the tournament in Marbella and won two matches in Spain for Fed Cup and then played some matches as well in Stuttgart and here. I think I'm doing well for the preparation for the French Open, which is my main goal.
But really, I wanted to win here for three times in a row , and unfortunately didn't happen for me. But it's not the end of world. All I care is to enjoy my tennis and to be happy. This is the way it goes. Somebody has to lose, and today it was me.

Q. Where do you go from here now before the French?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Madrid, then a week in between for training and preparation, and then Roland Garros.

Q. What did you buy yesterday?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I bought things, you know, and I don't -- now if I start telling you the things -- I bought quite a few things, and I think I will go again today.
Because when you lose a match, you're not, you know, so, so happy. Nobody likes to lose. It's better to do something else and try to forget about it and make yourself happy, buy some more things.
The only problem is that I will maybe not be able to close my bags before I travel. It will be difficult, but I will try my best.

*sigh*

-Valérie-
May 9th, 2009, 01:03 AM
I hadn't saw the last part of that interview. I would say in my native language: Sacrée Jelena!

My god, she is one of a kind, ONE OF A KIND! :lol:

But i forgive her, it's not like she has a perfect elaborated english, and the girl like to shop and can allow herself to spend money and she look to try her best at that to.

But don't get me wrong, i think she is just delicious! And i admire her a lot!

дalex
May 9th, 2009, 07:46 AM
The only problem is that I will maybe not be able to close my bags before I travel. It will be difficult, but I will try my best.

LOL

Jelena :hug:

-NAJ-
May 9th, 2009, 09:06 AM
http://es.eurosport.yahoo.com/09052009/47/madrid-masters-1000-santana-ve-nadal-tres-mas.html
http://d.yimg.com/i//ng/sp/eurosport/20090509/25/5865064c59d19e11dfea0fd7729a5596.jpg


Manolo Santana has clear: Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Murray are the candidates to rise to victory in the 1000 Madrid Masters, although the former British tennis is the most direct rival of the Mallorcan. Girls in doubt. Jelena Jankovic and Serena Williams are his favorites.

MaBaker
May 9th, 2009, 09:06 AM
Q. In your words, what happened out there? Was she just playing too well?
JELENA JANKOVIC: What was the question?
:crying2:

Are we really expecting her to win a slam ? I mean, really ?

oneandonly
May 9th, 2009, 01:06 PM
:hearts::inlove: You gotta love her interviews...





:weirdo::spit::rolls:

Nina.
May 9th, 2009, 01:51 PM
:crying2:

Are we really expecting her to win a slam ? I mean, really ?

She just needs somebody to remind her WHY she's in Paris :shrug:

oneandonly
May 9th, 2009, 02:04 PM
She just needs somebody to remind her WHY she's in Paris :shrug:
Shopping? :awww:

Nina.
May 9th, 2009, 02:46 PM
Shopping? :awww:

:sobbing:

-Valérie-
May 9th, 2009, 03:01 PM
Come on girl, she is not in Paris now, she is probably in Madrid! Well, and i am telling you, been there many time, there are a lot of shopping alley there to!

:haha:

oneandonly
May 9th, 2009, 03:11 PM
^ I know, I've been in Madrid as well and that's why Madrid frightens me as much as Pah-ree :help::rolls:. God forbid she enters all those designer shops :haha:.

-Valérie-
May 9th, 2009, 03:15 PM
^ I know, I've been in Madrid as well and that's why Madrid frightens me as much as Pah-ree :help::rolls:. God forbid she enters all those designer shops :haha:.


I've been in Madrid for the past 5 years. And it's magic, i hope it will work its magic on JJ's tennis!

Nina.
May 9th, 2009, 03:37 PM
Come on girl, she is not in Paris now, she is probably in Madrid! Well, and i am telling you, been there many time, there are a lot of shopping alley there to!

:haha:

I know but she should win the slam in Paris...maybe...one day...

Brena
May 9th, 2009, 04:58 PM
I've been in Madrid for the past 5 years. And it's magic, i hope it will work its magic on JJ's tennis!

Madrid! :inlove: Lucky you, Valerie. But that means you're not that far away, we have to organise a gathering when Martin comes to Europe (and when Naima forgets she wanted to kill me and Moni :angel:)

Princeza
May 9th, 2009, 05:00 PM
She just needs somebody to remind her WHY she's in Paris :shrug:

I'll try :awww:
http://yelims5.free.fr/Violence/Violence15.gif

Princeza
May 9th, 2009, 05:02 PM
Madrid! :inlove: Lucky you, Valerie. But that means you're not that far away, we have to organise a gathering when Martin comes to Europe (and when Naima forgets she wanted to kill me and Moni :angel:)

That's not happening.

Brena
May 9th, 2009, 05:10 PM
That's not happening.

:awww: Then, we'll be forced to make you listen to Seka until you promise you'll forgive us.

Princeza
May 9th, 2009, 05:20 PM
:awww: Then, we'll be forced to make you listen to Seka until you promise you'll forgive us.

:unsure: How can you force me?

Brena
May 9th, 2009, 05:22 PM
:unsure: How can you force me?

Martin will ask Seka to sit on you so that you can't escape.

Princeza
May 9th, 2009, 05:29 PM
Martin will ask Seka to sit on you so that you can't escape.

Au revoir la Serbie :bigwave:

Brena
May 9th, 2009, 05:41 PM
Au revoir la Serbie :bigwave:

What? You'd miss an opportunity to meet your long lost twin sister Ma???

Princeza
May 9th, 2009, 06:00 PM
What? You'd miss an opportunity to meet your long lost twin sister Ma???

Stop being obsessed with us :sobbing:
As long as you and Martin have fun while talking about Seka, I'm very happy.

~Kiera~
May 9th, 2009, 09:26 PM
http://uk.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUKTRE5481DY20090509

Jankovic targets French Open after slow start to season

MADRID (Reuters) - Former world number one Jelena Jankovic believes she can win her first grand slam at this year's French Open after putting poor early season form and personal problems behind her.

After rising to the top of the rankings in August, the 24-year-old Serb has slipped back to number four and struggled with her fitness and the distraction of her mother's ill health.

At a news conference Saturday ahead of this week's Madrid Open, Jankovic said her game was improving all the time.

"I'm starting to get back into form which is very important to me," she said.

"I was the best player in the world at the end of 2008 but I couldn't keep that up in 2009. The fitness work I did in my off-season didn't work out.

"In the past my movement was one of my biggest weapons and I was always one of the fastest players for my size. But I put on some muscle during the off-season and I wasn't used to it." Jankovic said she was ready to concentrate fully on tennis again after her mother's recovery from illness and was aiming to better her performance at the French Open, where she has reached the last four in the past two years.

"I'm not thinking about Roland Garros at the moment but if I have good form and I'm physically fit then I think I have a good chance," she said. "That is my goal and I think I can achieve that."

Fourth seed Jankovic plays Spaniard Nuria Llagostera Vives in the first round of the Madrid clay tournament.

ms_nut
May 9th, 2009, 09:46 PM
^ I saw this article on yahoo tennis and wanted to post it...:o but i was like " Kiera has probably beaten me to it"..:mad::p.. how wrong i was..

Snex
May 9th, 2009, 09:57 PM
I was the best player in the world at the end of 2008 :lol: Oh, not again... :o

Keep your mouth shut and man it up ffs! :mad: WE WANT A GRAND SLAM TITLE!!! UNDERSTAND? :(

oneandonly
May 9th, 2009, 10:02 PM
She just needs somebody to remind her WHY she's in Paris :shrug:
Snezana should :p.

Snex
May 9th, 2009, 10:10 PM
Snezana should :p.

For shopping dammit! :( Besides, she's not in Paris yet. But wherever she is (Paris, Rome or Madrid) she's there for shopping.

дalex
May 9th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Sneki, you're not that innocent either. I've seen you shopping with Jecalina on numerous occasions. ;)

Thanks for the article. Hope she's not delusional again when she says she thinks she can regain form in time for RG.

oneandonly
May 10th, 2009, 07:19 AM
^ She's always delusional :shrug:.

Optima
May 10th, 2009, 07:33 AM
Dreaming of the day she'll finally win a slam.

That will be heaven.

Just Do It
May 10th, 2009, 11:48 AM
I have a feeling that slam title for Jelena will come out of nowhere ...

Snex
May 10th, 2009, 12:16 PM
I have a feeling that slam title for Jelena will come out of nowhere ...

I share your opinion. If she ever wins a GS title it will be totally unexpected. I didn't expect her to reach the final at the USO last year, but she surprised me. Then, after her bad performance in Tokyo i couldn't even dare to dream that she'll win next three consecutive titles. :shrug:

JJ is :silly: :weirdo: :silly: :weirdo: :silly: :weirdo: :silly: :weirdo:

MaBaker
May 10th, 2009, 12:21 PM
I have a feeling that slam title for Jelena will come out of nowhere ...
Of course. She'll probably trip on it while surfing with insane baby kangaroos in some lake in the middle of the jungle.

JadeFox
May 10th, 2009, 12:37 PM
I have a feeling that slam title for Jelena will come out of nowhere ...

Yeah, she'll probably win Wimbledon or something. :lol:

~Kiera~
May 10th, 2009, 01:02 PM
http://www.tennis.com/news/ticker.aspx

Speaking to reporters in Madrid, Jelena Jankovic calls for the new system of byes at the tournament to be changed.

With the end of the previous week's event in Rome and the start of Madrid overlapping by a day, the four Rome semifinalists are being given byes in Madrid starting this year. Byes are normally awarded to the (top 8) players based on seeding.

"I think it should be a different rule," said Jankovic. "The semifinalists from Rome have byes [but] Serena is No. 2 and I'm No. 3 or 4 -- we don't have byes.

"I think it's very hard on the body because it is very close to each other, the tournament is beginning on Saturday with no eight byes like in the past. But what can we do -- this is how it is at the moment and I hope they change it because I don't think a lot of players agree with this rule."

~Kiera~
May 10th, 2009, 01:06 PM
http://www.madrid-open.com/site/news/36/781

Jankovic finds focus

World No.4 Jelena Jankovic says she’s beginning to recapture the form that took her to the top of the women’s game at the end of 2009.

“My game is getting better and better,” the 24-year-old Serb told a pre-tournament press conference at the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open. “I’m starting to get back into form which is very important to me.”

Jankovic, who ended 2009 ranked No.1 in the world, has struggled to find form this season and has won just one tournament for the year at Marbella in April.

“The fitness work I did in my off-season didn’t work out for me,” said Jankovic, explaining the lackluster start to her year. “I was the best player in the world at the end of 2008 but I couldn’t keep that up in 2009.

“I didn’t move well and my game started to break down. In the past my movement was one of my biggest weapons and I was always one of the fastest players for my size. But I put on some muscle during the off- season and I wasn’t used to it.

I also had some personal problems. My mum was sick and not doing well. I had other priorities in life. When it comes to the health of the important people in your life it can be hard to focus on the court.”

Her mother Snezana’s health restored, Jankovic said she was ready to concentrate on winning some matches and rebuilding her form and, perhaps, capturing her first, elusive Grand Slam title.

“I have changed my approach to fitness. I did a lot of fitness work around Miami and now I have cut back. I want to save my energy for my matches because if I want to go far in this tournament, which is my aim, I need to be fresh.

“I’m not thinking about Roland Garros at the moment but if I have good form and I’m physically fit then I think I have a good chance at the French Open. That is my goal and I think I can achieve that.”


The Belgrade-born player, who arrived in Madrid on Friday, faces local hope Nuria Llagostera Vives in the first round of the tournament.

She has already practiced on the outside courts in preparation for her opening match and said was impressed by the scale of the Magic Box although she’s yet to practice on the main courts.

“I’ve only been here a couple of hours, but from what I’ve seen of the tournament it’s really nice,” she said.

oneandonly
May 10th, 2009, 01:30 PM
Of course. She'll probably trip on it while surfing with insane baby kangaroos in some lake in the middle of the jungle.
:rolls::haha::haha:


*death*

ms_nut
May 10th, 2009, 02:27 PM
Of course. She'll probably trip on it while surfing with insane baby kangaroos in some lake in the middle of the jungle.

:lol::lol::lol::tape::tape:

:rolleyes: Not everyone can win GS by actually playing and winning 7 matches you know..:(

Maybe she'll have Mauresmo's luck and have her opponents retire in the 3rd Rd,SF,Final..:hearts::hearts:

oneandonly
May 10th, 2009, 03:03 PM
:lol::lol::lol::tape::tape:

:rolleyes: Not everyone can win GS by actually playing and winning 7 matches you know..:(

Maybe she'll have Mauresmo's luck and have her opponents retire in the 3rd Rd,SF,Final..:hearts::hearts:
When did that happen? AO 06? :o

terjw
May 10th, 2009, 03:55 PM
:lol::lol::lol::tape::tape:

:rolleyes: Not everyone can win GS by actually playing and winning 7 matches you know..:(

Maybe she'll have Mauresmo's luck and have her opponents retire in the 3rd Rd,SF,Final..:hearts::hearts:

You do realise if that ever happened she " would not be a worthy GS winner", "had a cakewalk draw" and would not be a "real GS winner" whatever that means on GM.

Optima
May 10th, 2009, 03:58 PM
ajde :armed:

ms_nut
May 10th, 2009, 04:39 PM
You do realise if that ever happened she " would not be a worthy GS winner", "had a cakewalk draw" and would not be a "real GS winner" whatever that means on GM.

Yes Moni, it was at AO '06..

Right now i'm desperate.. i'm clutching at straws.. i'll take a GS win anyway.. :sad::help: The GM haters can F**k off for all i care..:)

-Valérie-
May 11th, 2009, 12:54 AM
Unfaithful! :p

I believe in JJ, even if i think something she shouldn't say anything about what her goals are, but i do believe that she is going to win, at least, one grand slam tournament, and that she will be totally worthy of it.

Nina.
May 11th, 2009, 08:35 AM
You do realise if that ever happened she " would not be a worthy GS winner", "had a cakewalk draw" and would not be a "real GS winner" whatever that means on GM.

So what? A slam is a slam :shrug: and I think that GM would come up with complaints like how it was too easy or that her opponents were injured/ slumping/ choking, etc. anyways no matter who JJ beats on her way.

Snex
May 11th, 2009, 08:55 AM
I know that those in GM would write anything in order to underestimate her achievement. I still believe that Serena did not deserve the AO 2009 title, and i'll never forget how she reached semifinals and the final. Beating :weirdo: Dinara in the final was not a difficult task at all. Azarenka's bitchslap in Miami just proved that i'm right. Rena's current slump is just bad karma for AO. I hope that Fran will confirm my words today.

Oth, i admit that she absolutely deserved the USO 2008 title. She played well, beat all her opponents in straights including :weirdo: JJ in the final. That's all JJ's fault. She should have won that second set. Serena was half dead. :shrug:

Just Do It
May 11th, 2009, 10:53 AM
Of course. She'll probably trip on it while surfing with insane baby kangaroos in some lake in the middle of the jungle.

I actually wouldn't be surprised at all.

~Kiera~
May 11th, 2009, 03:49 PM
http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/articles/2009/05/11/reportage-01

Ana Ivanovic: back on track in 2009

11/05/2009

French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is on the rebound after a thumb injury last season derailed her Olympic hopes. She talks to SETimes about her successes so far and what she hopes to achieve in the future.

Last season, Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic had some of the best moments so far in her professional career. She won the French Open and spent 12 weeks as No. 1 on the World Tennis Association (WTA) list. Only 21 years old, she is one of the most popular female athletes in the world.

Near the end of the season, however, an inflammation in her right thumb forced her out of the Beijing Olympics -- a setback she described as "the most disappointing moment in my career". A string of defeats eroded her WTA ranking, and she slipped to eighth place. Now, following a coaching change, she is putting all that behind her, having already climbed a notch to No 7.

In an interview with Southeast European Times, Ivanovic talks about her goals for this season, her relationship with fellow Serbian tennis star Jelena Jankovic, and the prospects for next year's Fed Cup.

Southeast European Times: You were at the top of the WTA list for three months last year. What caused your decline on the list and the weaker results near the end of the season?

Ana Ivanovic: I think I was quite unlucky to become injured just as I was getting used to being No 1. It was a very frustrating time in my career, especially having to withdraw from the Olympics, which I had dreamed about playing in for many years.

Looking back, I probably should have taken a break from tennis and just waited until the thumb injury healed, instead of struggling and stressing about it for a couple of months.

But now I am healthy and looking forward to getting back to my best form. It will take a lot of hard work but it's a challenge I will enjoy.

SETimes: What have you set as your main goal this season? To return to No.1, to be among the top three female players in the world, win a Grand Slam tournament?

Ivanovic: I have a few goals. Most importantly, I want to qualify for the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha. I also want to win another Grand Slam. But I am focusing more on improving all areas of my game. If you improve your game then the results and rankings take care of themselves.

SETimes: You hired a new coach, Craig Kardon, who was Martina Navratilova's coach. How is your co-operation with him, and what do you plan to work on the most in order to perfect your playing skill?

Ivanovic: Craig and I are working very well together. We share the same ideas about my game: that I am at my best when I am attacking. He is very positive and encourages me to come to the net more, which I enjoy and believe can be a great strength for me in the future. We also want to improve my serve, so that it is more consistent.

SETimes: Thanks to your participation, and the participation of Jelena Jankovic in the Serbian national tennis team, that team is now one of the strongest in the world. How far do you think you can go in the Fed Cup (the annual international team tennis competition for women) next year?

Ivanovic: I think we can win it. It will be extremely tough, especially if we have some difficult away matches, but for sure Jelena and I have the ability to win this competition, and we definitely have great support too. It will be very interesting to see how it goes.

SETimes: Certain media have reported you do not have a very good relationship with Jelena Jankovic. What is that relationship like now and what is the atmosphere like in the national team?

Ivanovic: No, that's not true. We get on fine. We have a very good team spirit and I have really enjoyed our Fed Cup matches this year. It's always fun to see Dejan (Vranes), who was my childhood coach and is now the captain of the team.

SETimes: Which male and female tennis players do you think will mark this season?

Ivanovic: There are so many good players in women's tennis at the moment. You can see the young girls coming up and even winning big titles, for example Azarenka and Wozniacki. Pavlyuchenkova did very well in Indian Wells too and she will be a dangerous player in the future.

I actually prefer watching men's tennis because I can learn more from it, and it's fascinating to see the battle at the top of the game. I can say that I am friendly with all of the top three, especially Novak of course, and it's going to be very interesting to follow men's tennis at the Grand Slams this summer.

SETimes: Serbian tennis has boomed thanks to you, Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic. Do you think talented young players are following in your footsteps? Which young Serbian player is the one to watch?

Ivanovic: I don't know much about the junior players, but whenever I visit Belgrade I always smile when I see kids carrying rackets around the city. It's great to see and it's clear that tennis has become very popular. I am sure there are some very talented kids and hopefully the facilities will improve for them.

In the Fed Cup team I have spent some time with Aleksandra Krunic. She's 15 and she's fun to hang out with. She's also going to be a very good player.

SETimes: Do you ever think about what you will do after you stop playing tennis?

Ivanovic: I only think about it when I am asked! I am still very young and feel like I have a lot to achieve in tennis before I can think about another career. Tennis is obviously extremely important to me, so it's difficult to think that I won't be involved in some way when I stop playing. But I also think I might enjoy trying something in the world of business. I would also like to use languages in future, because I enjoy that a lot.

Snex
May 11th, 2009, 06:21 PM
http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/articles/2009/05/11/reportage-01

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/4699/fivet.jpg

:rocker2:

-Valérie-
May 11th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Ivanovic back on track in 2009

I know it isn't Ivanovic forum but, shouldn't it be followed by a ?

Did i miss something, or since when her results allows to say she is back on track? As far as i know, our Jelena was blamed for that miserable start in 2009, but, since we counted the time those 2 girls are kinda synchronized in their win/lost situations, i'd say, if Ana is back on track, so is Jelena, because her result are slightly superiors.

If you asked me (i know you haven't but i am going to tell it anyway), Jelena stands a lot more chances to go farther at Roland Garros this year then her compatriote. I don't even think that Ivanovic stands a chance to defend her title.

Of course, the draw will either help one of the other, but, i'd say, Madrid will be a good indication for Jelena, and i am mostly certain that she should do the semi's here. I hope for a lot more, but let's start with that, which is an improvement anyway.

cakiteror
May 12th, 2009, 12:02 PM
will there be live streaming for jelena`s match against daniela???

дalex
May 12th, 2009, 12:08 PM
^ Most probably there won't be a stream.

Snex
May 12th, 2009, 09:07 PM
From Madrid :tape: website...

Jankovic back after "disaster" of Miami

Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic survived a tough first set challenge from Daniela Hantuchova to win her second round match at the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open 7-5 6-2.

Hantuchova broke twice in the first set of the match, serving for it at 5-3 and narrowly missing a backhand at 30-15, which would have given her two points to claim the opener.

But Jankovic, looking increasingly like the player who topped the world rankings at the end of 2008, worked her way back to claim the set, and ultimately the match.

“I think I played a solid match today,” said the world No.4. “Daniela gave me a lot of trouble, especially in the first set where she returned well.

“I tried to move her around and to put pressure on her from the first ball and I think my tactics worked well.”

Jankovic said she was happy with the way her movement, an area of her game that has been of concern to her in recent months, was improving.

“She hits the ball very flat so I tried to react to her balls and read her shots. I was on the ball all the time,” said Jankovic.

Hantuchova was disappointed to have let her first set opportunity slip away. “There were a couple of close calls in the first set so I definitely had my chances,” said the world No.39. “Things like that make a difference, I think I lost the first set by one point in the end.”

The tournament No.4 seed served consistently throughout the one-hour, 42-minute contest nailing 73 percent of her opening deliveries, and winning 60 per cent of points on her first serve.

Jankovic broke the Hantuchova serve five times through the course of the match. With the Slovakian’s forehand working with its customary precision, Jankovic directed heavy fire to her opponent’s weaker backhand side. The tactic paid dividends drawing error after error, three alone in the final game.

Afterwards the Belgrade-born star said she felt she’d recovered from the dip in form that saw her lose in the first round at Miami.

“In Miami I played awful tennis and the tournament was a disaster for me. It was awful to watch me playing out there.

“I think I’m over that now. I’m feeling strong and I’m coming back to my tennis and finding my game again,” said the 24-year-old. “I’m improving every time I step out on court and I’m regaining my confidence with every match.”

Jankovic, who shares her quarter of the draw with No.8 seed Nadia Petrova, will face Russian qualifier Elena Vesnina in the next round.

~Kiera~, you're late! :confused: Eurovision song contest? :o :lol:

~Kiera~
May 12th, 2009, 09:28 PM
~Kiera~, you're late! :confused: Eurovision song contest? :o :lol:

No, just fed up with scrolling sideways on that stupid website :o

дalex
May 12th, 2009, 09:33 PM
No, just fed up with scrolling sideways on that stupid website :o

:haha:

God, that's the worst website ever! I'm glad you all hate it as much as I do.

Snex
May 12th, 2009, 10:02 PM
I've never seen such a stupid website :o

ms_nut
May 12th, 2009, 10:23 PM
:) I want to join the website hating fun... :o:mad: What a pathetic excuse for a Premier Mandatory event.. Why can't the copy the GS.. those websites are nice...:hearts:

-NAJ-
May 12th, 2009, 10:27 PM
Me too. I hate that web site. They have 4 500 000 prize money just for girls and that site is big shit.

-Valérie-
May 13th, 2009, 01:53 AM
Yes, this website is not very fun to toy with! Not very conventional and convivial, i wonder where they had that idea of doing it this way. +, half of the time, it doesn't work.

It sucks because it doesn't fit with this great city. Madrid is such a wonderful place.

RFS
May 13th, 2009, 08:27 AM
:haha:

God, that's the worst website ever! I'm glad you all hate it as much as I do.

You know - we should have a "website Quality" thread... that website knocks the Dubai "Fisher Price, My First website" into touch!!!!

redsonja
May 13th, 2009, 01:20 PM
Ugh, the Madrid website is so awful. Dubai's sucked, too, but at least it was navigable. With Madrid, I never know if I'm supposed to be scrolling up, down, right, left... :weirdo:

~Kiera~
May 13th, 2009, 10:47 PM
http://www.etonline.com/news/2009/05/74126/

The 62nd annual Cannes International Film Festival is here, opening for the first time in history with an animated feature -- Disney/Pixar's 'Up' -- and the stars are descending upon the Croisette to promote their latest projects, screen their new films in competition and rub elbows with their glamorous peers.

One of the most highly anticipated events at Cannes is the annual amFAR Gala, The Foundation for AIDS Research, chaired by such celebrities as Sharon Stone, Michelle Yeoh, Donatella Versace and producer Harvey Weinstein. This year, President Bill Clinton will be the honored guest at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS on May 21.

The formal dinner evening at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, presented by Bold Films, the Weinstein Company, and Palisades Tartan, will spotlight President Clinton's work against HIV/AIDS around the world and feature its world-renowned live auction conducted by Stone and Weinstein, all to benefit amfAR.

Items up for auction include President Clinton's Personal Saxophone, to be personally autographed by Clinton for the winning bidder at the event; a private screening for 50 of Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Company's highly-anticipated 'Inglourious Basterds,' followed by an exclusive after-party and three-course dinner at Cipriani Wall Street; a one-of-a-kind Fiat 500 car, custom-designed by Renzo Rosso of Diesel; a pair of private tennis lessons, one with tennis legend Monica Seles and one with Jelena Jankovic, currently ranked fourth in the world; and a Milan Fashion Week package, including access to the most coveted shows: Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci, D Squared, and more, along with two tickets to amfAR's inaugural Milan event.

Last year's live auction raised $7 million, bringing the evening's fundraising total to more than $10 million, the most a single event has raised in amfAR history. Annie Lennox is also scheduled to sing a number of her hits in a special performance.

~Kiera~
May 13th, 2009, 10:48 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_wertheim/05/13/gasquet.mailbag/index.html

Regarding your answer last week to the e-mailer's question about Serena Williams, I really don't understand why she gets a pass from the media when it comes to her lack of sportsmanship. Other players, male and female, get called out over this kind of stuff, but when it comes to Serena, the media collectively shrug and say she's right. While that may be the case, there is a No. 1-ranked player in the world, and it is not her. Given her sense of entitlement, I'm glad that it is so.
-- Alex, Mission Viejo, Calif.

• Compare, for instance, her remarks with Rafael Nadal's when he was second behind Roger Federer. In the 2008 French Open final, Nadal tuned Federer, including the bagel in the third set. After the match I asked Nadal whether, deep down, he felt like he was No. 1. "No, no, no. I feel like No. 2 now," he said, oblivious, of course, to the double entendre. "I am No. 2 and closer to No. 3 than the No. 1."

But here's my point: So many of you were outraged over her "lack of class" and "gracelessness," and that's fine. But where's the outrage over players who are afraid of the moment, who buckle under pressure, who fail upward, who can't summon their best when it matters most, the real test of an athlete? Ana Ivanovic wins the French and has scarcely been heard from since. An almost unwatchably nervous Dinara Safina wins three games in the last Grand Slam final. Time and again Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova fail to deliver in the big matches. Jelena Jankovic has regressed in 2008. OK, the two aren't mutually exclusive, but I'd rather have an impolitic athlete with Serena's track record than a pleasant one who can't win.

I'm guessing he means 2009...

~Kiera~
May 13th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Better late than never, I suppose.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2009/05/musing-on-madrid.html

The Women

First Quarter

After a spell of the routine and the random, there were suddenly a few sparks of drama floating around the WTA tour as this tournament got underway. They began when Serena Williams proclaimed herself, rather than the top-ranked Dinara Safina, the “real No. 1.” Safina countered by beating Serena’s sister on her way to a title in Rome. I was about to say that now we just need to cement the moment with a showdown between the two new rivals in Madrid, except, naturally, Serena retired in the first round.

Safina begins with a potentially tough first-rounder in Na Li. In the quarterfinals she might need to repeat her win in the Rome final over Svetlana Kuznetsova. Is Safina just another part-time No. 1, like Jankovic and Ivanovic, or is she ready to make it part of her identity? Last week it seemed to be the latter. We’ll learn more soon.

Semifinalist: Safina

Second Quarter

Jelena Jankovic has bottomed out and is slowly finding her way back to the surface. It hasn’t been a straight line upward, but she’s certainly in better spirits than she was in the U.S. in March. Hantuchova, Dulko, Petrova, Wozniak, Bartoli: Jankovic doesn’t have any insurmountable obstacles on her way to the semis. Let’s see if JJ is ready to take advantage of the opening and put herself back in the running for Roland Garros.

Semifinalist: Jankovic

Third Quarter

The new face of 2009, Victoria Azarenka, has kept up the good work through the spring, and there’s no obvious reason to think it won’t continue in Madrid—which, in WTA terms, means she’ll probably crash and burn in the first round. She’s scheduled to face Elena Dementieva in the quarters.

Semifinalist: Azarenka

Fourth Quarter
Serena and Venus were somehow been thrown into the same quarter—this is the problem with not caring about where you’re ranked, and, therefore, seeded. While Serena is out, Venus had a solid run to the semis in Rome.

Semifinalist: V. Williams

Semifinals: Azarenka d V. Williams; Safina d. Jankovic
Final: Safina d. Azarenka

ms_nut
May 13th, 2009, 10:53 PM
Items up for auction include President Clinton's Personal Saxophone, to be personally autographed by Clinton for the winning bidder at the event; a private screening for 50 of Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Company's highly-anticipated 'Inglourious Basterds,' followed by an exclusive after-party and three-course dinner at Cipriani Wall Street; a one-of-a-kind Fiat 500 car, custom-designed by Renzo Rosso of Diesel; a pair of private tennis lessons, one with tennis legend Monica Seles and one with Jelena Jankovic, currently ranked fourth in the world; and a Milan Fashion Week package, including access to the most coveted shows: Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci, D Squared, and more, along with two tickets to amfAR's inaugural Milan event.

So does the winner get the lesson or get to teach JJ how to play..:p

~Kiera~
May 13th, 2009, 10:55 PM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2009/05/role-m.html

Rolier Than Thou
Posted 05/13/2009 @ 5 :09 PM

by Pete Bodo

Afternoon, everyone. Cruising through the comments on my last post (Blow-ing It, below) I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized that the term "role model," while sounding nice and relevant in a Sociology 101 kind of way, is freely used to describe a relationship and a degree of influence that don't really exist. It's hard to question any aspect of an idea as splendid and seemingly, well, necessary as that of the "role model," right?

Mantle And that's just where the problem lies. We want for role models to exist, and we're under a measure of social pressure to embrace idea of role models. Who doesn't want his kid - or everyone's kids - to follow a good example, or emulate the "right" people? But the problem is that kids (and adults) have no real desire, to borrow a familiar phrase, to "be like Mike (Jordan, the NBA superstar)" Nice as such jingles sound, people only want to be like Mike in the most superficial sense (who wouldn't want to be rich and famous as a basketball player rather than, say, the guy who invented a better rectal thermometer)? The sports marketing folks would certainly like for us to think that they're performing a valuable societal service by creating role models for our youth, but are they really?

Maybe the pro sports establishment is just using this appealing idea that sports can provide this valuable social service to boost its own status in society's eyes - to justify what sports is all about, and how the sports entities do business. After all, there are still benighted folks out there who think that A-Rod (the New York Yankee) is grossly overpaid, compared to a dedicated elementary school teacher in a failed neighborhood, or an enlisted man or woman clinging to a rifle and cowering in a ditch in Afghanistan. That is, there's a certain amount of pressure to make A-Rod (and any other athlete) seem more significant than his job description may suggest.

So the question is: Are star athletes role models in any meaningful way? I decided to get the answer to this question not by trying to interpret what kids today are thinking and doing, but by going back to my own formative years and asking myself, How much influence did Michael Jordan (or Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Monica Seles, or Willie Mays) really have on me, and to what degree can he or she be said to have served as a "model" for me?

The more I thought about this, the more convinced I became that while I was as besotted with sports and as "normal" as anyone, I never wanted to be, or be like, Mike - or, in my case, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, Jim Brown, or Del Shofner. Those guys were my "heroes," sure. But it was in a very limited if powerful way. Like any kid, I wondered if I could possibly be the next Mickey Mantle, or imagined that one day I would be, but it was a fantasy - even then I knew and at some level understood that I couldn't possibly be the next anyone, because there was only one of everyone. That didn't deter me from fantasizing that I was Mickey Mantle, but that's very different from embracing Mantle as a role model. I also fantasized about dating this or that movie star. Did that make Donna Reed my "role model?"

In fact, as much as I watched and admired those gridiron or basketball heroes (Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, anyone?), as much as I might have imitated the way they swung a bat or shot a jumper, their influence never overflowed the niche in which they were important to me. I'm not sure what I thought when I was offered my first clandestine beer or cigarette, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't, Gee, what would Moose Skowron do if he were in my shoes? Furthermore,Yogi Berra might have put it into my mind to drink my first Yoo-Hoo, but I'm pretty sure that was about the extent of his influence on my life.

So let's try to think of Richard Gasquet in those terms. X-number of kids out there admire or even idolize Gasquet - that's a given. What do they do when he gets suspended for testing positive for cocaine? I'm not sure, but I'm pretty certain they don't rush out to try to get some cocaine. Hail, maybe being busted for using cocaine (if in fact he's guilty) makes Gasquet a cautionary tale who sends a more powerful and valuable message than anything he could as a role model who. . . doesn't do drugs. He doesn't do drugs - so what? He doesn't write backwards, worship the devil, bite dogs, jump-kick old ladies or eat worms, either.

I imagine that any youngsters who looked to Gasquet as a paragon did so because of his game and because of the image he projected. If and when he ceases to be out there on the tour, he ceases to be a role model, hero, paragon, example - you name it. Youngsters, if that's who we're really worried about, move on. They don't go astray because a guy they most liked on a tennis court was suspended for using cocaine. Kids are pretty good about that kind of thing, and besides - the world is choc-a-bloc with stars to whom any kid can hitch his wagon.

At the time I was most impressionable, and most prone to idolize sports stars, I also hadn't the foggiest notion about the real dangers posed by drugs, booze or anything else. When someone died of a drug overdose (Baltimore Colts defensive end Big Daddy Lipscomb), it was just something weird that I didn't quite understand but recognized as something to be sad about simply because dying is a bad thing. Maybe kid are different today; can they really be that different?

You want to know the truth, I think it's the adults who get most upset by failed role models, because it's the adults who imbue those people with far more powers of influence than they really have. And it's the adults who want to shelter their kids from some grim realities that they'll learn about soon enough, and who fear that a fallen idol will take others down with him. I think that fear is misplaced. Bad decisions are not a communicable disease, they're dormant in everyone to greater or lesser degrees.

I would be surprised if Gasquet influenced anyone in an even remotely meaningful way (beyond adopting a one-handed backhand). Everyone leads a unique life, and everyone is enough of an individualist - sometimes in the most perverse sense of the word - to follow his or her own path, picking and choosing influences and attitudes in a way that, if it isn't exactly random, is at least surprisingly and often delightfully unpredictable. We often choose idols who couldn't be more different from us, or what we're destined to become. Opposites attract, and how is that supposed to translate to any kind of real influence for those who buy into the "role model" meme?

So that's what I got to thinking about, but let's make one of the most awkward transitions of all time and say that if you were looking for a role model today, and you were a girl, Dinara Safina wouldn't be a bad place to start. Seriously, let's stop for a moment to acknowledge that Safina has pulled off something that may represent more of an accomplishment than actually winning a Grand Slam event: she lifted her game right around this time last year, and she's kept it at that high level long enough to make it seem a quirk of fate that she hasn't won a major.

This is an especially relevant fact to ponder on a day when three of Safina's countrywomen (Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, and Elena Dementieva) lost in Madrid, while Safina once again advanced, She beat Li Na, who went into the match with 13 wins over Top 10 players and a 2-1 edge in matches with Safina. In other words, with all kinds of excuses in place for Safina if she felt like mailing one in, or if she was feeling the pressure of her station.

I'll be the first to admit that I've been as critical as anyone of Safina emerging as the official no. 1 on the WTA Tour, and I still have a problem embracing a no. 1 who hasn't won a Grand Slam event. It doesn't help that I don't much like Safina's game. But let's face it: Safina has taken that mantle of no. 1 and worn it like she deserves it, like she's earned it. And here's something else: given a choice of ways to earn the no. 1 ranking, Safina herself might not have wanted to get it quite the way she did, because of the skepticism it would engender in people like me. But that's how it worked out.

So there's been significant, distracting pressure on Safina these past few weeks to prove that she's a worthy no. 1, and she might have crumbled under it in any number of ways (including just plain trying too hard). But Safina's responded to the call with great character and maturity. Her attitude has really made Jelena Jankovic's defense of her year-end no. 1 ranking look that much more feeble, although I'm open to the idea that Jelena's biggest sin as the new no.1 was training too hard - that is, wanting too much to be fit to defend her place in the new year. Can you say, "irony?"

Whatever the case, it's pretty clear that the level of play Safina first hit last year in Berlin has become her default level. Meanwhile, Jankovic must rebuild her game, one split and one insane running get at a time. But this spring probably belongs to Safina. Her standard of play over the past few months is such that she'll have every reason going into a Grand Slam even with all the confidence that consistently winning tournaments can give you. And in the end, even a Grand Slam is just a tournament.

Optima
May 14th, 2009, 05:18 AM
:rolleyes:

дalex
May 14th, 2009, 06:28 AM
But Safina's responded to the call with great character and maturity. Her attitude has really made Jelena Jankovic's defense of her year-end no. 1 ranking look that much more feeble, although I'm open to the idea that Jelena's biggest sin as the new no.1 was training too hard - that is, wanting too much to be fit to defend her place in the new year. Can you say, "irony?"

Karma, irony... What's next? This is so exciting!

Sometimes I wonder if he actually follows women's tennis. Did he read any of their interviews lately? And I don't think there's anything "feeble" in "Jelena's defense of the YE#1". She's made her case pretty clear and logical and has continued to make it when Dinara became #1. I guess you have to be a bozo not to see it.

Did I say bozo? I meant Bodo, of course.

RFS
May 14th, 2009, 06:47 AM
^^ :haha: well said Alex

~Kiera~
May 14th, 2009, 10:43 AM
Karma, irony... What's next? This is so exciting!

http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/

He changes his tune more times than I've had hot dinners.

MaBaker
May 14th, 2009, 10:47 AM
Her attitude has really made Jelena Jankovic's defense of her year-end no. 1 ranking look that much more feeble, although I'm open to the idea that Jelena's biggest sin as the new no.1 was training too hard - that is, wanting too much to be fit to defend her place in the new year. Can you say, "irony?"
fo already :rolleyes:

Brena
May 14th, 2009, 11:07 AM
This Bodo guy will just wake up in Ripanj one night not knowing how on earth he got there...

MaBaker
May 14th, 2009, 12:04 PM
^We're not gonna know either :)

Brena
May 14th, 2009, 12:29 PM
^We're not gonna know either :)

We'll be like http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/innocent/innocent0009.gif

~Kiera~
May 14th, 2009, 03:45 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=ford_bonnie_d&id=4164701

Aftermath of Henin's retirement still felt
By Bonnie D. Ford
ESPN.com

It's been a year since Justine Henin sat down before a room full of reporters outside Brussels, managed a wan smile, picked up a cordless microphone, tilted her chin resolutely and delivered the shocking news that she was retiring from professional tennis at age 25.

That cannon shot left a hole through the heart of the women's game that's still smoking today. Henin took with her the kind of exacta that sports leagues thrive on -- a champion's résumé intertwined with a great personal story that was still evolving. The gap may fill in eventually, but it hasn't yet.

ESPN analyst Mary Carillo said Henin's absence will be felt especially keenly at the upcoming French Open, where her all-court talent was best showcased.

"I miss her excellence," Carillo said. "She was such a ferocious fighter, so well coached, and so technically and tactically adept on that surface. She was so little, and clay brought every other bigger player back to her. The look of women's tennis right now can be so predictable with so much banging away from the baseline. She was a good foil.

"When she showed up at tournaments, she was fit and there to win. You felt like you were in good hands watching her. Obviously she never did win Wimbledon, but she was probably going to figure out how to do that."

Since Henin's retirement after 61 straight weeks on top, the No. 1 ranking has been passed around like a burning-hot relay baton, exchanging hands eight times among five women: Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic (who finished 2008 in the top slot), Serena Williams and the current occupant, Dinara Safina. That wouldn't necessarily be a negative, except that the race for the summit hasn't been terribly suspenseful or engaging one.

Ivanovic and Sharapova have spent a significant amount of that time sidelined with injuries. Two more players in the quintet, Jankovic and Safina, have yet to win a Grand Slam. Jankovic put up some resistance in her first Slam final, last year's U.S. Open, against Williams, but Safina was unable to rise to the occasion in Paris (against Ivanovic) or Melbourne (where Williams drubbed her), losing both in straight sets.

More to the point, there's no compelling rivalry in this bunch. By that, we mean a matchup with continuity, contrasting personalities, and players who want to step on each other's throats when it counts. Henin was party to a few of those. Her duels with fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters, France's Amelie Mauresmo and Williams had history, context, tension and texture.

The two Serbians have the potential to weave that kind of tapestry, but of their nine matches so far, only one -- last year's French Open semifinal -- has come in a high-stakes Slam situation. Sharapova and Williams have always looked like interesting combatants on paper, but these heavy hitters have met only seven times total because of their respective hiatuses, and Williams has won the last four dating back to 2004. (Henin and Clijsters, who faced off 22 times, clashed eight times during the 2003 season alone.)

If Sharapova's shoulder heals -- and fans should fervently hope it does -- it would be exciting to see her try to make up some ground.

The best and most dynamic matches in the women's game over the past year, hands down, have been the ones between Serena and her sister Venus. And as breathtaking as that action can be, it's not a rivalry in the true sense, because it feels somehow uncomfortable to choose up sides. The sisters have overcome their initial inability to crank up and slug it out with each other, but have we gotten used to it? Their brilliant, riveting U.S. Open quarterfinal last year was played before a appreciative but subdued crowd unsure of its loyalties.

Still, together the Williamses represent the charisma, chops and clutch hitting in big situations that the women's game so desperately needs. In a recent interview with ESPN.com, Monica Seles said they are one of the reasons she continues to tune in -- at least four times a year.

"Serena and Venus definitely treat Grand Slams differently, you see that," Seles said. "When you see Serena play the Grand Slams, you know she's there with a mission. Same with Venus. My generation treated every tournament like that. It's just different.

"Seems like the girls are always battling an injury, or something's always coming up. Now when I watch tennis, I watch more the Grand Slams because I know so much is on the line there. I hope we'll have a year in women's tennis where you see all the girls playing, and they're all healthy."
Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina is the current No.1-ranked player, but how long will it last?

This is not to say that the women who would be queen, or the coterie of young challengers just behind them, aren't worthy of respect or are incapable of writing intriguing storylines in the years to come. But for now, the WTA's ship of state is rocking in the swells, waiting for someone to take the helm.

This weekend, almost a year to the day since Henin bowed out, her effervescent adversary Clijsters is ending her maternity leave and stepping back in for an exhibition match on the newly remodeled Wimbledon Centre Court. She will make a much-anticipated full-time return to the WTA circuit in August. The warm reception she's gotten since her announcement is a measure of how much the game currently craves proven warriors.

Henin's last few months on tour, her body and soul depleted by her extraordinary 2007 season, were something less than satisfying. Athletes' retirements seem to be written in pencil rather than carved in stone these days, and speculation commenced almost immediately about when she might come back, but she exhibits no signs of having second thoughts.

She certainly has earned the right to explore life beyond tennis. Perhaps the flowering of Henin's personality in her last full competitive season, which converted many fans from warily respectful to unreservedly admiring, brought along with it a new openness to the world that propelled her off the court. If only Henin had left instructions about how to make full use of the space inside those white rectangles.

"This French Open is going to present a tremendous opportunity for someone," Carillo said. "I'd like to see someone say, 'Why shouldn't it be me? This is my time.' I don't get the sense there's anyone like that right now."

~Kiera~
May 15th, 2009, 10:56 AM
http://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/4370549.Jankovic_excited_about_trip_to_Eastbourne/

Jankovic excited about trip to Eastbourne

Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic cannot wait to return to Eastbourne and admits she is a stickler for tradition.

Along with Elena Dementieva and Ana Ivanovic, Jankovic is one of three top ten players who have been named in the main draw and all three stand a good chance of triumphing both in the AEGON International next month and then Wimbledon.

The charismatic Serb won over British tennis fans two years ago when she and Jamie Murray giggled their way to the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon and since then she has enjoyed playing in front of fans who adopt her as a Brit for three weeks of the year.

But now, she wants singles glory and believes the AEGON International from June 13-20 is the key to her success.

While she has reached the final four of three of the Grand Slams, Jankovic has fallen one-round short of making the semis at Wimbledon.

“The tournament has a great tradition of seeing its winners end up victorious two weeks later at Wimbledon and I hope this year the AEGON International can provide a springboard for me as well,” said the 24-year-old.

“I have enjoyed many tough games against players like Elena and Ana and have no doubt that should we face each other again in this draw then the crowd can look forward to a great game.

“I know how much the British fans love their tennis, they were so supportive the year when Jamie and I won the doubles title at Wimbledon. I hope I can continue to make them smile as they keep on supporting me.”

Jankovic has only made one appearance on the South Coast, back in 2005 when she lost to Kim Clijsters, but since then has gone on to reach the No.1 spot in the world and the US Open final.

She said: “It has been a while since I was last in Eastbourne but I’m really looking forward to returning for this year’s AEGON International.

“I love the tradition of the grasscourt season in the UK, with all the players in white and courts perfectly green.

“So to have the backdrop of the coast as well will really add to my experience I’m sure.”

Tickets for the AEGON International, taking place at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park from June 13-20, are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 01323 412 000 or by visiting the box office at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne.

ms_nut
May 15th, 2009, 11:02 AM
“I have enjoyed many tough games against players like Elena and Ana and have no doubt that should we face each other again in this draw then the crowd can look forward to a great game.

:lol: I'm sure glad someone has.. i sure as hell have not...............

Ian Aberdon
May 15th, 2009, 02:17 PM
AWWWWWWW............she remembers Him...:)

~Kiera~
May 15th, 2009, 09:04 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/tennis/story/11750395

Safina just can't get any respect as women's No. 1

MADRID (AP) -Dinara Safina may just be the most underappreciated No. 1 in women's tennis.

Why is that?

"I guess they're jealous that I'm so young and No. 1.," Safina said at the Madrid Open on Friday. "I don't know. I really don't know."

Only Evonne Goolagong Cawley has spent less time atop the rankings than Safina, who will make it five weeks as the best women's player following the tournament in the Spanish capital.

But Goolagong Cawley won seven Grand Slam titles with four of those coming before the introduction of the rankings system in 1975.

Safina, who will be top seed at this month's French Open, doesn't believe the majors should be the only benchmark.

"To become No. 1 it's not just winning the Grand Slams, it's how you compete the whole year," the 23-year-old Russian said. "I won last year four tournaments ... I beat almost all the top-10 players so I think I deserve that spot."

Jelena Jankovic, another who rose to No. 1 without a Grand Slam win, endorsed that overall thinking.

"She's in this moment No. 1 and that's all that matters," Jankovic said. "What everybody else is saying it doesn't matter, everyone has their opinions and everyone can talk all they want but not everyone can say they're No. 1.

"I finished last year No. 1 and I didn't steal that, it didn't fall from the sky - I earned it."

Serena Williams, who beat Safina in the Australian Open final, said this month that she was the true No. 1.

"Yes, I didn't win a Grand Slam but I was in two finals and in one semifinal in one year. Many people can't achieve that in a career," Safina said. "Overall, I think I'm where I should be for the consistency of my whole year."

She has reached 11 finals in her last 19 tournaments, and won her 10th career title last weekend in Rome.

Only a handful of journalists bothered to attend Safina's press conference after a quarterfinals victory over Alona Bondarenko in front of half-empty bleachers in the "Magic Box" tennis center's main stadium.

Although the women's game has names like Venus and Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic, it has lost major stars like Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters to retirement, while Maria Sharapova has been out for over a year to a shoulder injury.

The women's tour hasn't big name rivalries like Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer and consistent performances from its top-five like the men, where third-ranked Andy Murray and No. 4 Novak Djokovic have lived for some time.

At Madrid, No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was the only other seeded player to reach the semifinals.

Since Henin's exit last year, five different players have been No. 1.

Goolagong Cawley had to contend with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova during her playing days.

"(When) Amelie Mauresmo became No. 1 she hadn't won a Grand Slam and nobody told her anything," Safina said. "I don't know why people tell me and Jankovic that we should have won a Grand Slam.

"It's overall how you compete. I still have time to win a Grand Slam. I think that will come."

Jankovic offered a more blunt reply.

"I don't have anything to prove to anybody," the Serbian player said.

Snex
May 15th, 2009, 09:29 PM
Poor Dinara. :hug: Some of US journalists are mad because the Williams sisters are out of date, and now they'll attack any girl that reaches #1 spot but is not called Williams. :shrug:

MaBaker
May 15th, 2009, 09:48 PM
Safina just can't get any respect as women's No. 1

MADRID (AP) -Dinara Safina may just be the most underappreciated No. 1 in women's tennis.

Why is that?

"I guess they're jealous that I'm so young and No. 1.," Safina said at the Madrid Open on Friday. "I don't know. I really don't know."

Only Evonne Goolagong Cawley has spent less time atop the rankings than Safina, who will make it five weeks as the best women's player following the tournament in the Spanish capital.

But Goolagong Cawley won seven Grand Slam titles with four of those coming before the introduction of the rankings system in 1975.

Safina, who will be top seed at this month's French Open, doesn't believe the majors should be the only benchmark.

"To become No. 1 it's not just winning the Grand Slams, it's how you compete the whole year," the 23-year-old Russian said. "I won last year four tournaments ... I beat almost all the top-10 players so I think I deserve that spot."

Jelena Jankovic, another who rose to No. 1 without a Grand Slam win, endorsed that overall thinking.

"She's in this moment No. 1 and that's all that matters," Jankovic said. "What everybody else is saying it doesn't matter, everyone has their opinions and everyone can talk all they want but not everyone can say they're No. 1.

"I finished last year No. 1 and I didn't steal that, it didn't fall from the sky - I earned it."

Serena Williams, who beat Safina in the Australian Open final, said this month that she was the true No. 1.

"Yes, I didn't win a Grand Slam but I was in two finals and in one semifinal in one year. Many people can't achieve that in a career," Safina said. "Overall, I think I'm where I should be for the consistency of my whole year."

She has reached 11 finals in her last 19 tournaments, and won her 10th career title last weekend in Rome.

Only a handful of journalists bothered to attend Safina's press conference after a quarterfinals victory over Alona Bondarenko in front of half-empty bleachers in the "Magic Box" tennis center's main stadium.

Although the women's game has names like Venus and Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic, it has lost major stars like Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters to retirement, while Maria Sharapova has been out for over a year to a shoulder injury.

The women's tour hasn't big name rivalries like Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer and consistent performances from its top-five like the men, where third-ranked Andy Murray and No. 4 Novak Djokovic have lived for some time.

At Madrid, No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was the only other seeded player to reach the semifinals.

Since Henin's exit last year, five different players have been No. 1.

Goolagong Cawley had to contend with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova during her playing days.

"(When) Amelie Mauresmo became No. 1 she hadn't won a Grand Slam and nobody told her anything," Safina said. "I don't know why people tell me and Jankovic that we should have won a Grand Slam.

"It's overall how you compete. I still have time to win a Grand Slam. I think that will come."

Jankovic offered a more blunt reply.

"I don't have anything to prove to anybody," the Serbian player said.
Russian Roulette forum, old JJ/new Dinara fan :rolleyes: :D

Brena
May 15th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Just keep thrashing the them all, Dinara.

~Kiera~
May 16th, 2009, 12:27 AM
Russian Roulette forum, old JJ/new Dinara fan :rolleyes: :D

http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=15650634&postcount=823

;)

Elisse
May 16th, 2009, 09:58 AM
Madrid Open 2009 - Press Conference 15th May

PLAYER: Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB)


Q: Did you have big expectations to win Madrid or was it just a transition between Rome; or is the objective is Paris?
A: Yeah, I had big expectations to de well here as well but unfortunately today didn’t go my way and it was difficult, I had a lot of trouble with these high balls and Patty played quite well. I had a lot of chance but unfortunately I didn’t close out in the net and come forward and do things and d a couple of mistakes from my side made that difference and I lost that first set so after that it went downhill. But things like this happen and I have to stay positive, I have to work on things because I have a great game in the bag but I have to come forward and finish those points at the net so I have to keep working and keep improving and get better as a player, I have to learn still.

Q: This year you played great for Paris covered court, do you think for Paris you can do it better?
A: I have one week of training before Paris so I will try my best to clean up something’s in my game and do the right things and hopefully I will be in good shape for Paris. I just want to forget this match and learn from it, first of all analyze what I have done wrong or what I have done well and then when I go on the practice courts I know what I need to work on so that I can be better at next time.

Q: Safina was in here saying that as number ones, herself and yourself, you underappreciated because you have never won a Grand Slam. Do you agree with that, do you think a grand slam is necessary to be validated as number one?
A: This question is really tiring, because if it was then they should have made the rankings just by 4 Grand Slams and then who would win these Grand Slams and be number one. The ranking goes all year around and it’s from January until November if you’re playing in the championships. It’s all this time that counts during the whole year and not just Grand Slams it everything. You need to play consist basis and make good results and the ranking shows. I finished last year, number one in 2008, and I didn’t steal that ranking, it didn’t fall from the sky, I earned it. This moment, Safina, without winning a Grand Slam or winning it, it doesn’t matter; she is at this moment number one. That s all that matters and whatever everyone else is saying, well, everyone has their opinions and they can talk about whatever they want but not many people can say they are number one at something, that’s all.

Q: So much criticism, there are so many questions about you two. Why is this happening?
A: But at the same time there are many players that have won a Grand slam but have never even come close to being number one and they have wish to be, to one day even touch that position but they haven’t. And plus Safina and I are young girls, we are not like 30 years old and at the end of our careers and people are talking like we are 30 and we don’t have any more chances and it’s the last year we play and that’s all. We have many years to play, many more grand slams to come and I think it’s just a matter of time. So I don’t think these things need to be said. Then when we win the Grand Slam its o.k. but they will say you didn’t win this and that, you didn’t break a record. There is always something that people are going to talk about. For me, I am not thinking about that, I don’t have anything that I have to prove to anybody except I play for myself and try to be the best that I can be, that’s all.

Q: I was wondering about the difficulty to play on clay and to have the choice between being really aggressive or being really different because you are a great mover, but you can attack really well with your backhand and forehand as well, I felt you had some trouble choosing the right tactic with Patty and the high balls.
A: Yeah, well it was difficult because Patty has an unusual game and she hits a lot those high balls and I had difficulty attacking and it was not on my hitting point and I had to wait for the chance and try to hit the balls that I could hit. It was not because they were coming in from really high so I had to be patient and wait for the balls so that I could come in and attack and put pressure on her but the points were also very long and I got quite tired. Especially in that first set, I was breathing and breathing and I was a bit unlucky in the tie break, she hit that line and it didn’t go my way but what can you do. After, I saw the statistics after we finished the first set and it was 46 points each. So those 2 points in the last tie break made the difference and she was luckier but what can I say, these things happen. Better to happen here than in the French Open, maybe I have better luck there.

Q: About your health, I remember at the Fed Cup you had a bad cold a few weeks ago and it looked like you were struggling with something today.
A: Yeah, I don’t know it’s just my nose keeps on running and I’m not weak anymore I don’t have a fever but it’s just my nose keeps on running and running and running and I don’t know how to stop it. It’s annoying because it’s difficult to breathe and you get tired much quicker than usual and it doesn’t help when you’re on the court but I have to solve this problem especially coming into the French, I need to have energy and recover in between points in a much faster way . Like this is tough because you cannot get enough oxygen and you are always with vapors and this kind of thing and to be honest I am sick of this. I’m taking medicine but for some reason it’s not working.

Q: Are you worried at all?
A: I’m going to see what I can do to stop it, I’ve tried a lot of things to stop it and for some reason it’s not working for me, I don’t know.

Q: Did you have an operation on your nose when you were a child?
A: But this doesn’t have anything to do with that. I got sick in Llerida and I got a cold or some virus and since then I am suffering from this. What can I do? Maybe it’s a lot of allergies; I don’t know what I have.

Q: I heard Djokovic and Novack, he was going to have an operation to breathe better when he was a little child, from his throat…?
A: No, but this is just my nose, it keeps running and running, it’s a sickness.

Q: Well, good luck with Paris.
A: Thank you.


MATCH RESULT
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 6(6)-7 | 3-6


:wavey:

Elisse
May 16th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Madrid Open 2009 - Press Conference 12th May

PLAYER: Jelena Jankovic


Q: Hello, I see it has been a very solid match today. From all the matches I have seen with you this year, I think it has been the most solid today.
A: Today was a solid match; I thought Jelena played quite well especially that 1st set. She was returning very well, broke me 2 times, she gave me a lot of trouble but I stayed I managed to stay positive and find the way to come back in that first set, especially since she was out 5- 3 serving for the set that what 5 – 4 and I managed to break back and I changed a little but the tactics and I tried to move her and put pressure on her from the beginning, from the first ball. I was happy to get through this first match.

Q: We are doing the same question in general; you have been playing in Marbella so you are used to clay but do you find Madrid is really high? Do you control the ball the same?
A: Here is a bit unusual because of the altitude, the ball flies a bit more than usual so you have to try control it as much as you can because sometimes you hit the ball and it goes one meter out. It’s the same for me and all of the players. It takes some time to adjust to that and you get used to it but we don’t have a choice. We try our best.

Q: And the difference between Rome and Madrid?
A: The difference between Rome and Madrid is the altitude; the ball bounces higher a lot more here.

Q: How would you rate your movement in the match today?
A: I moved quite well today, I was on the ball all the time, I tried to react as much as I could and read her balls because she sometimes goes for her shots and plays very flat so I needed to be aware because you never know what type of balls she is going to hit. But I did what I had to do to win this match and I’m happy to win this match. It was not easy and especially the first set.

Q: This week I have been questioning the playing ATP players about womens’ tennis and if they like to watch women’s tennis players and generally speaking they have said they like to watch just to look at them…
A: Who? Who said that?

Q: Well, a lot.
A: Who said they only like to watch women in skirts, yeah?

Q: I would like to have your reaction on this because even though there is huge part of glamour in women’s’ tennis; isn’t it serious to not talk about the sport abilities in women which is really important to promote game?
A: I do not think that is true, I think women attract a lot of fans and people like to watch women’s tennis and nice girls who look nice but also play good tennis and I think fans like to see that. But it’s always as well an individual opinion, some people like to watch men’s tennis, some people like to watch women’s tennis. I don’t think its right to say they like to watch because they look nice on the court. I think many girls out here work very hard to play their best tennis and improve each time, I think as well girls are getting much, much stronger than many years ago

Q: But the fact that they are insisting only about liking to watch this girl only because she is play; isn’t it something sexist?
A: Yeah, but what can you do, it’s their opinion, that is somebody’s opinion. If they like how the girl looks and not how she plays, what can you do? Its maybe one person’s opinion, I don’t know whose. I think I already answered the question. There are girls that try their best and fans like to see nice girls playing tennis as well and I don’t want to speak anymore about this because I already answered.

Q: Did you pass over the little down in your play that you get in the beginning of the season?
A: Yes, yes I think I am over that and I think I am starting to come back to my tennis, to my game and I feel much, much better each time when I’m on the court and I feel my game is getting back together and I am gaining my confidence with my match and that is positive for me and I’m happy for that. The Last bad tournament for me was Miami and I was playing awful tennis and it was a disaster for me and it was almost painful to watch me out there but now is a different story and I’m getting back in form and I’m doing well so far.

Q: Do you feel clay is the best surface over which you can play?
A: I have made good result son hard as well and every year I win one or two tournaments on clay and I have already won one and so my goal is to win at least one more so we will see if I can do it. But I like playing on clay and I think I have the game to play on clay but I also have a game for hard court because last year at the end of the year I won 3 tournaments in a row and finished number 1. It shows I can play on all surfaces.

Q: We are waiting for your Grand Slam of course; is Roland Garrós the one that is done for you?
A: I am waiting also! I don’t know I will try my best. This is my goal, this is my wish, something that I want to accomplish and I will work very hard to achieve that. We will see what happens I will try my best.

Q: You know that you next match will be with Elena Vesnina, what do you think about the Russian player and her style of playing based on your past games with her?
A: I think I played once with her but I don’t remember; it was maybe 1 or 2 years ago. I think it was in Warsaw, that’s all I remember so it was a really long time ago. I forgot how she plays because for a long time I haven’t played against her and for a long time I didn’t watch her matches but I will try to play my tennis and see how it goes and figure out a way to win.


MATCH RESULT
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 7 -5 | 6 - 2


:wavey:

-Valérie-
May 16th, 2009, 02:05 PM
Thanks for those after match interviews.

~Kiera~
May 16th, 2009, 11:08 PM
Jelena getting rid of Sanchez?

http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?view=story&id=65379&sectionId=44

http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pressonline.rs%2Fpage %2Fstories%2Fsr.html%3Fview%3Dstory%26id%3D65379%2 6sectionId%3D44&sl=sr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

JELENA tone, malfeasant coach

Jelena Jankovic, after the elimination of suffering in the Snider četvrtfinalu masters in Madrid, the fifth position on the WTA list. Disappointed new failure, the Serbian players decided to dismiss the coach Sančeza

Jelena Jankovic, doskorašnji first female racquet world, the defeat of Švajcarkinje suffering Snider in četvrtfinalu masters in Madrid paid a new fall in the WTA list. After failed to place in the finals, the fourth teniserka the world will be available from Monday to the fifth position, while it will take place Russia Elena Dementjeva. It is clear that the alarm for the alarm tone, and will most likely strike her coach Rikardu Sančezu.

Jankovic, together with Madrid, gather 6720 points, and the case that won the title, the next day to osvanula teniserka as the third world. It was after the defeat of Snider sent to the time for radical changes

- I need something to change, and urgently! Moram da nađem nekoga ko će mi pomoći da ponovo budem najbolja. I need to find someone who will help me to be the best again. However, this will not happen before Rolan Garos, because the risk is too great to make the change before grend ridge - it is Džej Džej, which Rikijem Sančezom works with 14 months.

To remind, a month ago the marina has been interrupted with famoznim fifth Ečeberijem, alleged physical magom for preparation, due to staleness in the preparation period past winter, which caused the sudden drop of form.

Before Jelena Jankovic and the rest of the white van the week before the holiday season, other grend slem, Rolan Garos. It is known that the slack basis favorite 24-year Belgrade, which in the past two season in Paris came to the semifinals.

- I expect from Madrid, but what there is. Na redu je Rolan Garos, za koji imam nedelju dana za pripremu. On the right is Rolan Garos, which have a week to prepare. Daću all of you for the time "clean" your little game is not like I was in the better form for Paris. I know what to do I have to do to improve your game like - said Jankovic.

Minulu since the season ended in the first position, our teniserka in tournaments around the world constantly proganjaju questions of journalists (mostly American) that I think that is guilty of this position is not yet finished because no grend slem.

- These questions worry me zamaraju! Plasman se odnosi na celokupnu sezonu, od januara do novembra, tako da moraš biti konstantno dobar ne bi li bio na vrhu. Placement refers to the entire season, from January to November, so you need to be consistently good in order to be at the top. Last year's first place I ukrali or who is not me palo from heaven. I deserve it, and it is only important. In a similar situation and Dinara Safina, but two young and we have a lot of time and grend helmet before him, and I think that is only a matter of time. At the same time, a handful of players who have a trophy with grend ridge in the glass case, and never were the first in the world - concluded Srpkinja.

Nos not stop running

Jelena Janković je iu Madridu muku mučila sa nosem, koji je neprestano curio. Jelena Jankovic is in Madrid tortured with nose mucus, which is constantly running. Problemi sa zdravljem su počeli još tokom Fed kup susreta u Ljeidi, krajem aprila. Health problems are started even in the Fed Cup meeting in Lleida, the end of April.

- My nose is still running, although many do not have temperature or feel weak. I tried all the living and nothing we do not help. The right to tell you, dojadilo me, and because I have problems breathing, so that they can zamaram during the long rally - the Serbian teniserka Jada.

-NAJ-
May 16th, 2009, 11:16 PM
It's Press magazin.OMG you have audio interviw on JJ forum from press conference in Madrid and she did not said that. "Press" made that part about Ricardo

terjw
May 16th, 2009, 11:21 PM
:eek: Getting rid of Sanchez?

I hope she knows what she's doing. And has she someone else lined up? I don't like the idea of her not having a coach for a while if she hasn't got someone else in mind.

ms_nut
May 16th, 2009, 11:28 PM
^^ Are we clear on when she is "firing" him? GM says after RG ??

NAJ, are you saying that these are just rumors and are not true at all... that she is not firing him after all:confused:

Marilyn Monheaux
May 16th, 2009, 11:30 PM
:eek: Didn't see that coming! I don't really like him (I think he's too rude), but he's done great things with/for her! Getting rid of him now that she's coming close to her old best form sound kinda odd!
I agree with you, that I don't like the thought of JJ being without a coach for too long!
But maybe - if it's true - changing coaches will be good for her:shrug: Some new ideas, new approaches to the game can be helpful for her developement as a player!

~Kiera~
May 16th, 2009, 11:31 PM
^^ Are we clear on when she is "firing" him? GM says after RG ??

Yes, it sounds like it's after RG...

I need to find someone who will help me to be the best again. However, this will not happen before Rolan Garos, because the risk is too great to make the change before grend ridge

ms_nut
May 16th, 2009, 11:37 PM
Yes, it sounds like it's after RG...

That's not too bad then, she has about a month to find a new one..

Isn't Sanchez a good clay coach? Didn't he help Moya win RG.. so maybe it's good to keep him for RG...

What she also needs is a Serving coach... maybe Richard Krajicek? I know Dementieva worked with him for a while.

terjw
May 17th, 2009, 12:09 AM
That's not too bad then, she has about a month to find a new one..

Isn't Sanchez a good clay coach? Didn't he help Moya win RG.. so maybe it's good to keep him for RG...

What she also needs is a Serving coach... maybe Richard Krajicek? I know Dementieva worked with him for a while.

You know I'm not happy about this - and I don't agree it's not so bad that it's after RG and she's supposedly got all this time to find a new one. It's 3 weeks to the end of RG and surely most of that time is devoted to RG not being sidetracked finding a new coach. And then Wimbledon is right upon us.

And getting the right coach for Jelena is not just about getting someone who's a good coach. He has to gel with Jelena and she has to inwardly be able to trust him. Remember that coach she had on a trial basis last year. He told her things which she just didn't believe - she felt it went against the whole of what she thought she did best and she just got confused.

So unless she does have someone in mind right now - I'm not happy. And why announce to all and sundry she's getting rid of Sanchez after RG now? That can only be a distraction for her preparation for RG as she's asked about this. And I wonder how Sanchez will be as a help to her right now after this has been announced.

Finally - as far as a serving coach goes. Well OK might not be a bad idea - but not as a replacement for a full time coach in every aspect of her game.

ms_nut
May 17th, 2009, 12:16 AM
You know I'm not happy about this - and I don't agree it's not so bad that it's after RG and she's supposedly got all this time to find a new one. It's 3 weeks to the end of RG and surely most of that time is devoted to RG not being sidetracked finding a new coach. And then Wimbledon is right upon us.

And getting the right coach for Jelena is not just about getting someone who's a good coach. He has to gel with Jelena and she has to inwardly be able to trust him. Remember that coach she had on a trial basis last year. He told her things which she just didn't believe - she felt it went against the whole of what she thought she did best and she just got confused.

So unless she does have someone in mind right now - I'm not happy. And why announce to all and sundry she's getting rid of Sanchez after RG now? That can only be a distraction for her preparation for RG as she's asked about this. And I wonder how Sanchez will be as a help to her right now after this has been announced.

Finally - as far as a serving coach goes. Well OK might not be a bad idea - but not as a replacement for a full time coach in every aspect of her game.

I understand.. It's going to be extremely hard without a coach during Wimbledon.:shrug: But if it's JJ's decision, then i'd rather he atleast be with her till RG than not.

I've always wondered how coaches would interact the last few weeks with their players before they were "fired"....

Well, a serving coach is just that.. he only works on your serve and is in addition to your regular coach..Quite a few players have multiple coaches, some to work on a specialized part of their game...

-Valérie-
May 17th, 2009, 12:24 AM
Well, i don't know if it's a good decision or not, since it was obvious that she needed changes, maybe this is it! After all, he certainly was among those who suggested that she should trained so hard this winter. She believed him and well, if it's a matter of trust between her and her coach, that certainly isn't the happy parade since they first realized that she took 2 steps back with that training.

One step is climbed now, and I think the situation is stable, with or without coach, as long as it is just for a little while. After that, it just can get better.

The timing might be not perfect but i don't think it would do any good either if he stays, especially after what we just read. If she find the right person, she might not only climb the step left to reach her 2008 level, but she might even get better than that.

Joana
May 17th, 2009, 01:18 AM
People usually blame Pat for Jelena's problems this season, but it's not like he kidnapped her, locked her inside a gym and made her pump iron 24/7. He was doing his job, Sanchez wasn't. Jelena had no business showing up in Australia looking like she hadn't hit a tennis ball in 3 months. They achieved great things last season, but it's obvious it's not working anymore.

-Valérie-
May 17th, 2009, 03:11 AM
You are right, Pat was doing his job. He did what he does with other players, but it didn't work out for Jelena (still think that 5 kilos in a month is a lot of muscles for a girl with a game based on aerodynamic tennis, but...) That is only a part of the actual situation... She still needs to find the person who will make her believe what her habilities show: that she can be the best player in the world.

Sometime it is just good to mix the cards, change the order of things.

pj5
May 17th, 2009, 04:58 AM
Where's the loyalty gone?!

in the "what's wrong with jj" I said:

Her interaction with her coach is more destructive then constructive now. She's asking basically for a soluton from him NOW, and we've seen it many times is dismissive and angry when after a short while these "solutions" don't work. Thus she is actually putting pressure and blame on the coach during the actual play. It's a flawed conclusion, that basically allows her to loose matches as she did yesterday. Because she IS NOT responsible for the loss, and thus does not take ownership of the situation. It's nice of her after the match to say "I didn't do this right" & "I didn't do that right", BUT when the match is actually played she is not at that instant taking ownership of the situation then and there.

The interaction with her coach when she's loosing is actually "destructive". She completely looses focus.
She basically needs to fall to a point where there's only herself that she can rely on to dig herself out.
I think that she's basically in that phase now.


You do get the vibes that she's not believing in Sanches anymore.
I don't think that any coach will fix anything with her. If you want to fix things you don't do it with a knee jerk reaction. You work a bit harder.

But we can only conjecture on what's really going on. No one really knows the truth.

You know, when she won Moscow, and confirmed that #1, the guy had tears in his eyes - he bloody cared!
Hope she does as well. Doubt it.
Anyway, wish her luck.

RFS
May 17th, 2009, 06:34 AM
IF it's true... (not confirmed as far as any of us know)... he's brought her game on, but she's still VERY weak in key areas.... her serve, her netplay, and introducing some agression into her game to complement/bolster her counterpunching go-to.

They say a change is as good as a rest... maybe they need a little parting of the waves for a while...

Let's see if we get any more word on this...

Oh - and the new coach could well do with understanding a little sports psychology too!

дalex
May 17th, 2009, 09:06 AM
Sanchez...Ricky...The man cried with her and for her, laughed with her, helped get get to #1. Maybe the things aren't going well right now, maybe he's gotten too emotionally involved to be her coach...but parting will be tough on Jelena. He's been like a second father to her for the last two years.

This princess will be having a tough time finding someone to suit her as coach. Get your shit together in your head Jelena.

Ricardo :hug:

MaBaker
May 17th, 2009, 09:21 AM
Do we trust Press ?

Anyway, might be a good change. They're both too emotional and Jelena needs someone with a cool head, especially now. But, if it's true, I'll really miss Ricardo.

дalex
May 17th, 2009, 09:32 AM
Anyway, might be a good change. They're both too emotional and Jelena needs someone with a cool head, especially now. But, if it's true, I'll really miss Ricardo.

I agree. I always felt like he was one of us - a true fan. But, maybe this partnership just isn't working for them anymore.

Maybe she needs a stalker to coach her now? :hehehe:

louisa.
May 17th, 2009, 09:44 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: Maybe it is time for a change, but I will really miss Ricardo if this is indeed true.

MaBaker
May 17th, 2009, 09:59 AM
Maybe she needs a stalker to coach her now? :hehehe:
Yeah, with all this crapy tennis and everything , she just needs a stalker-coach :haha: :sobbing:

Brena
May 17th, 2009, 10:04 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: Maybe it is time for a change, but I will really miss Ricardo if this is indeed true.

I hope it's not true.
I love Ricky... :sad::sad::sad:

terjw
May 17th, 2009, 10:34 AM
When I said I was not happy - obviously only Jelena knows whether she needs a new coach and that it's time for a change.

What I'm really fearful of though is if she hasn't got a new coach in mind that she'll go any length of time without a coach or with a coach who is not the right one for her - remember last year her coach on a trial basis that didn't work out.

And I cannot for the life of me understand why she is announcing this now to all and sundry when she's keeping Sanchez till after RG anyway. This has got to be a distraction to her doing well at RG - note I do not say to her winning RG cos she's no chance of that anyway. Why not a simple explanation to the world when it happens. Unless she's got a new coach already or she's actively looking and got coaches coming round right now and it's obvious to everyone and she wants to quash rumours.

Y'know against Patty - I thought Ricardo was uncharacteristcally very calm. Now I know why.

Snex
May 17th, 2009, 10:51 AM
Pressonline. :rolleyes: I support her, and i also think that she must change her coach.

Kampi
May 17th, 2009, 10:54 AM
Well, as you all know I would welcome it, because I was definitely one of the guys who said it would be time for her to find a new coach. Ricardo seems to be a nice guy, but hands down folks, this is a rockhard business and for me it is time for a new impulse in person of a new coach that can finally improve her game. For me it is vital to do so, because they never really made progress with her. Don't be fooled by her great results last fall. She must head into some other direction to finally make the decisive steps gamewise and mentally. For me this is the "lesson" from this years performances so far. Let me make some slight variation from what Obama said during his campain.

"Can you make a change for the better?"

"YES, YOU CAN Jelena!"

SO....

GO JJ:bounce:

~Kiera~
May 17th, 2009, 10:58 AM
http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/football/vesti_sub.php?catid=13

Jelena: I need to change coaches
Sunday, 17th May 2009

Gordon started the year as the first teniserka world, and five months later skliznula fifth position on the WTA list.

It is this season, played in nine tournaments, and won only one title, in Marbelji.

After the defeat in the tournament in Madrid četvrtfinalu of Švajcarkinje suffering Serbian teniserka Snider said that the need to change something.

It was a month ago decided to shift kondicionog coach Pata Ečeberiju, procenivši that is not well prepared during the winter break, and now is on the right and the expert, Spaniard Rikardo Sančez.

"I'll Have something to change, because I want to fight for titles, not to be average teniserka. I eliminated četvrtfinalu of players that is not my range. I am aware that I have great potential, but we should support the coach who will do that in the fully come to express. I know that there's more space for my progress and I reached the top," said Jankovic.

Serbian teniserka "major" steps will not predizimati before Rolan Garos, which follows, but will try to better prepare for another season slem Gren.
"Enough time for changes, and it would be too risky pull such moves. Now I will focus the maximum to recover to the tournament in Paris, and changes will occur after that," Jankovic added.

It is emphasized that until the beginning of Rolan Garos try to focus on your game, to analyze the errors that the rules in the last time, to recover pshički and positive thinking go to battle in Bulonjskoj forest.

"Travel to Paris on Monday and will prepare a maximum of one week. Try from the previous defeat to get the lessons, to fix all that has not valjalo in my game and think positive. I have to develop and to grab the new trophies, and to use all the disadvantages of their opponents, "added Džej Džej.

pj5
May 17th, 2009, 12:13 PM
I think it's a bullshit story.
I don't believe the news. Too much implied "she said ,, bla bla" .... , when she probably didn't exactly say that.
I don't think it's got credibility.
Sure, there's probably tension in the camp, but I think it'll blow away within days.

~Kiera~
May 19th, 2009, 02:10 PM
http://www.blic.rs/sport.php?id=93200

Horse race in honor of Helen and Novak
Autor: ZL | 19.05.2009

Jelena Jankovic last week came to the Quarter Masters in Madrid, while Novak Djokovic, after the lion's fight with the best tennis player Rafael Nadal in the world meču, which lasted four hours and two minutes and delighted many white sports fans around the world, was near collapse, "King slack.

Their game and were delighted at the famous Hippodrome "Daglfing" in Munich, where it was last weekend organized a mounted spectacle of nine kasačkih competition in honor of the best tennis today. Two races on the track of 2100 meters were worn Noleta name and Džej Džej. The first win is the throat Kosmik affairs, with a driver Christoph Schwarz, while the second clash passed trotter Provence, in which sulkama it's Mari Lidinger, which were given trophies.

~Kiera~
May 19th, 2009, 02:12 PM
http://www.kurir-info.rs/clanak/sport/kurir-19-05-2009/drugi-trener-druga-pesma

Another coach, another song

Selector Fed Cup team Serbia Dejan Vraneš expected better results for Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic after the move, which withdrew the

The best serbian teniserka Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic pamtiće the first part of the current season by the fall in the WTA list, health problems and changes in the professional tree. Jelena will terminate after Rolan Garos cooperation so far with coach, Spanish Rikardom Sančezom, while Ana withdrew before the move, beginning of cooperation with the Americans Kreg Kardonom and putting points on the work of the Dutchman Sven Grenefeldom.

Selector Fed Cup Team Janica Vraneš expected to bring changes to better our best teniserka and thought that the cause of bad form closely connected with their health.

- With my distance and on the basis of which we maintain contact via telephone, is difficult to say precisely whether Jelena and Ana achieve something worse results because of the coach. For this assessment would have to be in their environment, but what we see is that Jelena has a problem with colds, and Ana with injuries. However, nothing dramatic does not happen in their game. Downs are normal and typical for all tennis players, in the case of our teniserki fall will be stopped when fully healthy - Vraneš says.

Would you like our teniserka exaggerating the role of experts if it is known to have been leading the WTA list when Jelena was without a coach, while Ana only campaign worked with Grenefeldom?

- I agreed with this view and I hope that the examples of Ana and Jelena will soon see a significant change for the better. By injury is not allowed to show how the quality work with Kreg Kardonom, and believe in good assessment of Helen that she changed coaches make progress.

-Valérie-
May 19th, 2009, 02:41 PM
I don't think Sanchez is directly responsible for Jelena's on court problem, but he is a part of it. Although, this said, the woman definitively needs a change of pace and fresh air. Since a coach passes a good amount of time around their player, i guess yes, that will definitively bright a new pace and fresh air.

Let's hope she'll find the one with the pace she needs, and a positive wind washing away her doubt because let's face it, this woman has a lot of talent and she can rules over woman tennis so, the coach for her will be the one who will make her believe that.

Snex
May 19th, 2009, 02:51 PM
http://www.blic.rs/sport.php?id=93200

throat :rolls:

-Valérie-
May 19th, 2009, 04:04 PM
From an article called "Clay, fashion and court" of a montreal news paper today.





On the woman side, Jelena Jankovic, dressed by Anta, is the most elegant of them all. On clay, she exchanged yellow for white, which suits her great figure. Elena Dementieva and Victoria Azarenka also adopted white. Ana Ivanovic is pretty in her bleu dress. Flavia Pennetta and Maria Kirilenko load a stadium when they paired in double : the first one wears clothes from Sergio Tacchini et the second by Stella MaCartney. However, the tastes of the Williams sisters are more questionable.





M. Proux loves tennis but he obviously didn't know that Jelena had a green dress, then a white, then turned to orange, then to blue, and to this latest one, which looks like some sort of pale gray or light bleu (which look pretty close to white).

But all i care about is that he is not the only one to think that she is the most elegant of all...

~Kiera~
May 20th, 2009, 05:36 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=tandon_kamakshi&id=4184321

Molding French Open seeds for clay

'Tis the season for thinking about clay, not grass. But every year when the French Open seeding lists are released, the mind briefly wanders back to Wimbledon.

When seeding male players for the Wimbledon Championships, the All England Club uses a formula that gives players extra credit for their grass-court performances. It doesn't always yield perfect results, but does give the tournament a more customized seeding list than the year-round, all-surface world rankings.

So if Wimbledon can adjust its seeds for grass, why not the French Open for clay? The past couple of years have presented a strong argument for doing so, with Rafael Nadal entering the French Open as the No. 2 seed behind Roger Federer despite the Spaniard's clear superiority on clay.

Nadal will finally get to take his rightful place at the top of the Roland Garros draw this year, having ascended to the No. 1 ranking last summer. While that discrepancy has disappeared, others persist further down. We take a look at what happens when the equivalent of Wimbledon's seeding formula is applied to the French Open.

(There are two things to note. One, changes in seeding that would affect where players end up in the draw. Two, the proportional points increase each player gets from the formula, which awards extra ranking points for clay results. A high percentage indicates they've been posting above-average results on the surface and could be dark horses in Paris.)

Clay-court rankings

The Wimbledon seeding formula doubles a player's ranking points from grass during the current season and adds on an extra 75 percent of the player's best grass-court result from the year before.

The clay-adjusted French Open seedings above were calculated by doubling the players' ranking points earned at clay events this spring (after Miami), and adding on an extra 75 percent of their French Open result from last season. The slight modification was made to take into account the greater length of the clay season compared to the grass season.

Men

Upward Movers

He's already at the top of the list, but Nadal's lead against the rest of the field would increase significantly under a seeding formula -- evidence, if any were needed, that clay only magnifies his dominance.

The first seeds to actually change hands are No. 3 and No. 4 -- Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray swap places -- with Djokovic moving up thanks to his stronger results on clay this season and his semifinal run at the French Open last year. As a result, whoever draws Nadal for the semifinals would have drawn Federer and vice versa.

Overall, the biggest gainers are Spanish clay-court specialists Albert Montanes and Nicolas Almagro. Under the rankings, Montanes and Almagro will be among the last players seeded, and that only because players ranked ahead of them withdrew. Here, however, they go all the way up to No. 22 and No. 23, respectively. That means instead of meeting a top-eight seed like Nadal in the third round, they would meet someone seeded between Nos. 9 and 16 like Gael Monfils or Tommy Robredo.

In practical terms, Stanislas Wawrinka's move would be the most significant. He would go from No. 17 to inside the top 16, guaranteeing that he wouldn't face anyone ranked above him till the fourth round instead of the third round.

Other players who gain three or more spots are Robin Soderling, Jurgen Melzer and Paul-Henri Mathieu, but Fernando Gonzalez and David Ferrer have bigger percentage gains in ranking points.

Downward Movers

The players slated to drop down generally fall into two categories -- those who have generally struggled on clay, and those who have been struggling, period.

Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, James Blake, Mardy Fish, Ivo Karlovic and Feliciano Lopez are in the former category. Gilles Simon, Marat Safin, Igor Andreev and Rainer Schuettler belong more to the latter.

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Women

Upward Movers

Like Nadal, Dinara Safina's stellar clay results give her a significant points boost under the seeding formula, but it's Jelena Jankovic who posts a big seeding jump by going from No. 5 to No. 2. The reason for her rise is -- what else? -- consistency. The Serb reached the semifinals of last year's French Open and made the quarterfinals of Stuttgart, Rome and Madrid this spring after winning a small event in Marbella.

Caroline Wozniacki and Patty Schnyder would have the most meaningful rises, leaping two spots into the top eight and top 16, respectively. Being No. 8 instead of No. 9 or No. 10 means being scheduled to face another top-eight player only in the quarterfinals rather than the fourth round, providing a better chance of going further into the tournament.

Wozniacki and Schnyder also get a substantial percentage boost in points, as do a few other players, like clay specialist Carla Suarez Navarro, Svetlana Kuznetsova (a title in Stuttgart and final in Rome) and Ana Ivanovic (last year's French Open champion).

The biggest numerical jump goes to Agnes Szavay: a rise of four spots to No. 26. The Hungarian reached the quarterfinals of Madrid and has recently improved her results after struggling for the better part of a year.

Downward Movers

Under a seeding formula, Serena Williams would pay the price for going winless this spring, dropping from No. 2 to No. 3. Even if her injured leg is on the mend, she'll find it difficult to claim the title of "real No. 1" going into the tournament.

Venus Williams would drop down the list, as well, slipping out of the top four after a couple of tough losses this month.

Vera Zvonareva and Katarina Srebotnik have been injured, which would also end up costing them in the seeding standings. In practical terms, however, it doesn't matter much since neither is likely to play in Paris this year.

Amelie Mauresmo manages to hang on to a top-16 spot, but another homegrown hope, Alize Cornet, stands to take a hit for her inability to record back-to-back wins since February. Marion Bartoli is another Frenchwoman struggling to find her groove.

Missing from the seeding list altogether is Maria Sharapova, a former semifinalist who is making her comeback this week after being sidelined for nine months with a shoulder problem that eventually required surgery. Formula or no formula, she'll be a dangerous floater in the French Open draw.

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-Valérie-
May 20th, 2009, 05:56 PM
Are they going to do it or not?

ms_nut
May 20th, 2009, 06:06 PM
Are they going to do it or not?

Do you mean seeding based on past results as opposed to current rankings? No, i think not.

-Valérie-
May 20th, 2009, 06:10 PM
Do you mean seeding based on past results as opposed to current rankings? No, i think not.

Too bad, i always thought they should. It would obviously give an easier draw to our Goat, but well, she needs inspiring match, sooner the better.

Just Do It
May 21st, 2009, 10:23 AM
Sharon stone " selling " JJ :sobbing:

Jelena as invited by her good friend Sharon Stone to attend some kind of action in Cane where millionaires will compete on the auction who will offer more for JJ ( spend some time with her and Jelena will give them a tennis lesson ). Raised money will go to scientists who are trying to find AIDS cure :awww:
http://www.svet.rs/clanak/%C5%A0eron-stoun-prodaje-d%C5%BEej-d%C5%BEej

дalex
May 21st, 2009, 10:27 AM
Wish I had the money to buy JJ!

http://www.svet.rs/sites/default/files/2009/05/jankovic.jpg

Just Do It
May 21st, 2009, 10:28 AM
Wish I had the money to buy JJ!

http://www.svet.rs/sites/default/files/2009/05/jankovic.jpg

You can offer your avatar instead of money. I am sure JJ would love it :hug:

дalex
May 21st, 2009, 10:32 AM
Sharon Stone’s amFAR benefit gala at the 62nd annual Cannes International Film (http://www.examiner.com/x-2627-DC-International-Travel-Examiner~y2009m5d20-Sharon-Stones-amFAR-benefit-gala-at-the-62nd-annual-Cannes-International-Film)

Cannes is not all about films, celebrities, new talent discoveries, producers’ deals, paparazzi, shopping, and partying. It is also one of the most influential events in the world to promote the good and raise awareness for important worldwide issues, such as Darfur and AIDS. Yes, it’s all about business for some stars…and a bit of tan, champagne and caviar to celebrate success of raising a good sum of donations at the end.

Sharon Stone’s amfAR benefit Gala

This year on May 21, 2009 such celebrities and influencers as Stella McCartney, Sophie Coppola, Kenneth Cole, Michelle Yeoh, Annie Lennox, and Donatella Versace not only donated, but they partook in live auction, offering personal items of special value. President Bill Clinton was the honored guest at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS. His work against HIV/AIDS has helped millions of people around the world.

The gala included a formal dinner, along with a world-renowned live auction, all to benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Harvey Weinstein and Sharon Stone, tireless advocates for AIDS research and for amfAR, will help conduct the highly anticipated live auction with the assistance of several of the event chairs and other celebrities in attendance.

Quentin Tarantino’s much anticipated and wanted “Inglorious Basterds” has been one of the auction 'items' at the Sharon Stone’s and Harvey Weinstein's annual Cannes 'must-do' amFAR benefit Gala, The Foundation for AIDS Research yesterday. A private screening for 50 of Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Company's 'Inglourious Basterds' was followed by an exclusive after-party and three-course dinner at Cipriani Wall Street.

Other items that were up for auction this year included President Clinton's Personal Saxophone, personally autographed by Clinton for the winning bidder at the event; a one-of-a-kind Fiat 500 car, custom-designed by Renzo Rosso of Diesel; a pair of private tennis lessons, one with tennis legend Monica Seles and one with Jelena Jankovic, currently ranked fourth in the world; and a Milan Fashion Week package, including access to the most coveted shows: Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci, D Squared, and more, along with two tickets to amfAR's inaugural Milan event.

Last year's live auction raised $7 million, bringing the evening's fundraising total to more than $10 million, the most a single event has raised in amfAR history. At this point, we can forgive Sharon Stone for Casino, Sliver and Basic Instinct-2. She is my personal hero now.

To learn how you can contribute to amfAR, click here (http://www.amfar.org/).

This gala was organized and hosted with the help from Bold Films and Palisades Tartan.

In past years, the Cannes auction has seen legendary impromptu performances by Sir Elton John, Mary J Blige, Kylie Minogue, Robin Williams, Natalie Cole, Liza Minnelli, Sheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, Macy Gray, Milla Jovovich, and Lionel Ritchie. And who can forget every time the very brave Sharon Stone herself, who helps to energize the crowd – be it an impromptu dance or an act of a brave display of sexuality.

amfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS galas have been important and successful fund-raising events for the Foundation since 1993, generating nearly $44 million for essential AIDS research. Past events have been chaired by Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Sir Elton John, and Madonna.

Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no borders. amfAR’s programs have had a global reach since 1986, when the Foundation began awarding international grants. Today, amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and works to translate that research into effective treatment, prevention, and education programs around the globe.

About amfAR

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $290 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

About The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company (TWC) was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corporation in 1979. TWC is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that was founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, is also included under the TWC banner.

Upcoming films to be released in 2009 by The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films include: Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds starring Brad Pitt, Mike Meyers, and Diane Kruger; All Good Things starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella; H2, the sequel to Rob Zombie's 2007 reinvention of the horror classic Halloween; the highly anticipated musical Nine, directed by Rob Marshall and featuring an all-star cast including Daniel Day Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, and Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson.

Just Do It
May 21st, 2009, 10:35 AM
JJ and Monica hanging together in Cannes :yeah:

Snex
May 21st, 2009, 11:54 AM
Nice opportunity for JJ to learn serving from Seles. :lol:

And some more tricks and tips.

~Kiera~
May 21st, 2009, 01:06 PM
Nice interview from GQ magazine

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Cilla
May 21st, 2009, 02:16 PM
Thanks Sarah. I almost just :spit: when I read your sig :rolls:

Confused!JJ FTW :rocker2:

дalex
May 21st, 2009, 03:01 PM
Thanks Sarah, I enjoyed reading that...

On what she expects on a date:

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/308/4klkl.jpg

:spit:

No wonder she hooked up with Mladjan at McDonald's!

-NAJ-
May 21st, 2009, 05:06 PM
New edition of bottle "JJ aqua viva"
http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/6316/jelenajankovica.jpg

~Kiera~
May 21st, 2009, 09:36 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/french09/news/story?id=4180584

Women's field fraught with uncertainty
ESPN.com

With the advent of the French Open days away, predicting a winner on the women's side is pure conjecture.

Dinara Safina is the world's top-ranked player, but needless to say, her grip is tenuous despite favorable results the past few weeks.

The Williams sisters might wend their way through the draw, considering the dearth of legitimate Grand Slam threats, but on clay, there is no assurance. So who wins? Our experts debate.

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Brena
May 21st, 2009, 09:42 PM
Bonnie, Ravi and Matt are all raving mad. :weirdo:

дalex
May 21st, 2009, 09:48 PM
3-3 tie between Jelena and Dinara? Janka, The Favourite :bowdown:

Love the reasoning of Ravi Ubha:

Call this one, uh, man's intuition.

:spit:

Brena
May 21st, 2009, 09:49 PM
Ravi is my soulmate: doesn't like Ana (''no chance'' :lol:), loves JJ and Amelie.
Marry me, Ravi :inlove:

дalex
May 21st, 2009, 09:54 PM
And why did they choose that pic of JJ? Looks like a mugshot. JJ and her poses! :lol:

Nina.
May 21st, 2009, 09:54 PM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f250/Wyna123/Projekt5.jpg
:spit: only JJ!

дalex
May 22nd, 2009, 07:33 AM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/181055-the-french-open-for-dummies

WHY

So Nadal fans can froth at the mouth as their beloved Rafa hoists yet another French Open trophy? The tournament will serve to answer this and other questions (some more important than others):

* Can Nadal win his fifth straight French Open? Can Federer win his first?
* How much hair product will pretty boy Fernando Verdasco (aka ‘Hot Sauce’ or No. 8) use in Paris?
* Can Safina win her first Grand Slam and prove she deserves the No. 1 ranking?
* How many physical ailments will World No. 5 Jelena Jankovic complain about during her stay in Paris?
* Will there be chaos on the women’s side? Will the top four players make the semifinals on the men’s side?
* Can tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, who’s playing her first Grand Slam after a nine-month break from tennis to heal a shoulder injury, get past the early rounds?
* Which top players will have to skip the French Open because of injury?

:spit:

Snex
May 22nd, 2009, 07:38 AM
Verdasco pretty boy :rolls: OMG, in order to be called "pretty boy" all that you have to do is to flirt with the whole WTA.

Wrekin
May 22nd, 2009, 09:06 AM
* How much hair product will pretty boy Fernando Verdasco (aka ‘Hot Sauce’ or No. 8) use in Paris?
* Can Safina win her first Grand Slam and prove she deserves the No. 1 ranking?
* How many physical ailments will World No. 5 Jelena Jankovic complain about during her stay in Paris?
* Will there be chaos on the women’s side? Will the top four players make the semifinals on the men’s side

It never ends :rolleyes:

Brena
May 22nd, 2009, 09:31 AM
http://www.novosti.rs/code/navigate.php?Id=13&status=jedna&vest=146227&title_add=Janković:%20Titule%20me%20vode%20na%20pr vo%20mesto





Jankovic: titles lead me to the first place
Goran ČVOROVIĆ, 21.05.2009 20:31:03

Paris From the Permanent correspondent

Clay is crumbling under Jelena shoes. ""Rolan Garos" has not yet started, but our best tennis player is practicing with her sparring partner, exchanging strokes under the hot Paris sun, as if the tournament was already in full swing. She's getting upset about each bad shot, running from from one corner to the other, and then smiles at her every good move.
On Wednesday, she practiced twice, in the morning and in the evening, she spent three full hours on the court, and in the meantime, the gym! She's in a good mood, determined to return where she was until recently ...
- Yes, I'm in a good mood! I'm trying to get prepared as well as possible. There are a few more days till the start of the tournament, I practice as much as I can and try to fix some things. I'm practicing things I will apply in my matches - Jelena said in an exclusive interview for "Novosti" before the Paris GS.
* Could this "Rolan Garos" mark a big comeback of Jelena Jankovic?
- I hope so! But, we'll see. I need to skip the obstacles in each match. I want to be positive and, of course, believe in myself.
* You announced that you'll need to change something. Have you changed it?
- I'm changing things at this very moment. I made a lot of errors in Madrid and Rome, and I'm now trying to improve those things. Trying to approach the net a bit more often and finish the points well. I'm also practicing my serve and returns. It is important to move well here on the clay and cover the court well.
* Will you, besides your game, change the coach as well?
- For now, no, because I am playing a tournament, and I have to concentrate on my game as much as as possible. And after that, we will see.
* Is your current position on the list WTA a burden?
- Currently, I'm not interested in rankings! I'm trying to find my game and improve some segments of it, and to keep going. For, when I've found my game and gotten on full form, my place is at the top. It's just a question of time, and depends only on me.
* So, you're thinking about returning to the first place?
- I do not think about the first place, but about the GSs and big tournaments. Currently, I aim to create great results. I was at the first place and if I make good results at GSs, I will be back to the top. So think about my game and what I should do to make it better.
* You were at the film festival in Cannes?
- I got up at six in the morning, practices, and then traveled to Cannes for one day! I participated in a charity event of the AMFAR Foundation, to collect more money for the fight against the AIDS. I shared the stage with Sharon Stone and many actors and celebrities. Everything was very interesting. From Friday on, I'll be thinking only about tennis.

SHORT ON LOVE
* How's the love with Mlađan Janović?
- It's okay. Everything is normal - was Jelena's short answer.


some google plus some Zoja :lol:

-Valérie-
May 22nd, 2009, 11:25 AM
Interesting article. I just hope that when she will do a bad point, she will forget about it and focus on the next one turning it into positive boost. The key to a consistent game is not being mad at points that are missed and move on to the next.

If she has a kick ass attitude, i certainly won't complain. She can complain about aby food she wants, she can go to the bathroom at a specific moment in a game, she can do whatever seh want to do, as long as she enjoy herself and have fun, and smile!

~Kiera~
May 22nd, 2009, 12:43 PM
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/05/22/ap6456262.html

Clinton's sax sold at auction for AIDS research

Bill Clinton's saxophone and Robert Pattinson's lips have helped a star-studded charity event raise money to fight AIDS.

An alto sax signed and donated by the former U.S. president was one of the star lots at the Cinema Against AIDS benefit on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, selling for euro130,000 ($180,000). There was also keen bidding on two kisses from "Twilight" star Pattinson, which raised euro20,000 ($28,000) each.
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Sharon Stone hosted the 16th annual event late Thursday at the exclusive Hotel du Cap on the French Riviera. Annie Lennox entertained about 800 guests who included Paris Hilton, model Claudia Schiffer, director Terry Gilliam, rapper 50 Cent and scientist James Watson, one of the discoverers of DNA.

Stone urged people to give generously despite the global economic slump.

"Looking down at the price of my own shoes, we in this room cannot pretend that we have nothing to give," she said.

Proceeds from the event go to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), a nonprofit organization that supports HIV/AIDS research.

Like the Cannes Film Festival itself, the event was more muted than in recent years, with just a smattering of A-list stars. Last year's auction raised a record $10 million. There was no immediate total for Thursday's event.

Guests had to pass through police checkpoints to get to the event, where they drank champagne in the hotel grounds overlooking the Mediterranean before dining on smoked salmon and roasted sea bass.

"Everybody knows there is a global economic slowdown of epic proportions," said Clinton, who supports AIDS research and treatment through his William J. Clinton Foundation.

He noted that $30 trillion in wealth had disappeared around the world between September and March, "and a lot of it came out of some of your bank accounts."

"I'm here with people who tell stories for a living," Clinton said.

"You don't need to read many novels or make many movies to realize that everybody has a story. ... Every time a child dies of AIDS somewhere in the world, the light goes out of a story."

Items on the auction blocks included a Fiat ( FIATY.PK - news - people ) 500 car customized by Diesel, which sold for euro80,000 ($110,000); tennis lessons from pros Monica Seles and Jelena Jankovic, which raised euro30,000 ($42,000); and a handmade Karl Lagerfeld guitar case filled with Dom Perignon champagne, sold for euro50,000 ($70,000).

The offer of a special screening of Quentin Tarantino's World War II revenge caper "Inglourious Basterds" raised euro60,000 ($84,000).

Amid the auctioneering, Lennox entertained guests with songs including "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves." The singer dedicated "There Must be an Angel" to amfAR supporter Natasha Richardson, who died after a skiing accident in March.

Stone said amfAR was setting up a fund in Richardson's memory for research on a cure for AIDS and donated $50,000 to help it along.

"Natasha said that she would go on until a cure was found for AIDS," Stone said. "I believe that she will."

~Kiera~
May 22nd, 2009, 06:05 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_wertheim/05/22/frenchdraw.women/

French Open women's seed report

SI.com's Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the French Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses to watch and his predicted winners.

Top 16 seeds

1. Dinara Safina: The odds-on favorite. Comes in on a roll, having warmed to the No. 1 ranking. The only question: She's never won a major and when she's in the guts of a match against an experienced champion (see: Williams, Serena), will she be able to fight through?

2. Serena Williams: OK, she comes in hobbling, complaining and winless since Key Biscayne in early April. (Not tournament winless; match winless.) She lost in an undignified manner in Paris in 2008. Don't care. Logic and conventional barometers go out the window when she's playing in a Slam. Having been burned too many times in the past, how do you not pick her to win every Slam she enters?

3. Venus Williams: Like Serena, the track record and usual predictive factors are of little relevance. Still, Venus has never broken through at the French.

4. Elena Dementieva: Sadly, you get the feeling the window is closing fast here. First rule to winning a Slam: In your heart of hearts, you have to believe you're equal to the job. For all of the ability Dementieva possesses, you're just not convinced it's the case here. In spite of it all, she's another short-list contender.

5. Jelena Jankovic: Hammering Jank has regressed in 2009. And with the emergence of Safina, she's not even the "Best Player Never to Have Won a Slam." Same skinny holds: We're unapologetic fans of her character and disposition, but at some point she needs to take that proverbial next step.

6. Vera Zvonareva: Really blossomed over past year. Lacks the weapons to beat the big guns consistently and, like everyone it seems, enters a bit banged up. Still, a semifinal appearance (a la Australia) is certainly possible.

7. Svetlana Kuznetsova: Sadly, she's a top-shelf player who performs as though resigned to the reality she's won her one and only major. Maybe a new coach (Larisa Savchenko) can convince her that, yes, she has the raw material to win every event she enters. This is a real opportunity.

8. Ana Ivanovic: At this writing, the defending champ was still in the draw. But it would be a stretch to put her on the short list of contenders. Even before her knee injury, her game had stalled.

9. Viktoria Azarenka: Newest force has lost some of the mojo she gained in Key Biscayne; she hasn't looked entirely comfortable on the clay this spring. Will reach second week on talent and forceful ball-striking alone, but unlikely to break through here.

10. Carolina Wozniacki: Like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, it's easy to twin Azarenka and Wozniacki and chart them against each other. Wozniacki has turned in some fine clay results and moves well on any surface. Star this pony in your racing form.

11. Nadia Petrova: Deserves props for reentering the top 10. But she, too, is among the legion of players who suffers from excessive self-doubt.

12. Agnieszka Radwanska: Totally Rad, like Zvonareva, was born a few generations too late, having been forced to compensate for physical liabilities with guile and consistency. Slumping a bit of late. Might live up to her seeding but no more.

13. Marion Bartoli: Always an intriguing player, Bartoli is by her own admission "in her own world a bit," which can work to her advantage. Appears as though French crowd is never entirely sure what to make of her. Her wins this spring include a grind-it-out victory over Venus.

14. Flavia Pennetta: Flavia Flav starts off against Alexa Glatch. If she wins that, she ought to be fine until Serena lurks in the round of 16.

15. Zheng Jie: In a tough quarter but an intriguing player on clay, given her compact strokes and fine movement.

16. Amelie Mauresmo: Nice resurgence by a player who's easy to like -- stop the retirement watch! -- but even in the prime of her career, she had that French Open block.

Seeds 17-32

17. Patty Schnyder: Loopy lefty still out there, winning matches she's supposed to win (especially on clay) and invariably coming up a bit short in the end. Look for more of the same.

18. Anabel Medina Garrigues: If she's going to make noise at a Slam, this is the one.

19. Kaia Kanepi: Rolling Estonian was a surprise quarterfinalist in 2008.

21. Alize Cornet: Has had a rotten 2009 but we still like her game. Maybe the local support will bolster her performance.

22. Carla Suarez Navarro: Big breakthrough came a year ago. Bonus points for the one-handed backhand.

26. Anna Chakvetadze: Slowly working her way back after the mother of all sophomore slumps.

27. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Haven't heard much from her since Indian Wells in March, but she's a former French junior champ and she's destined for the top 10. Too bad she's slated to face Safina so early.

Dark-horse nation

Sabine Lisicki: Big-serving German has real game and has already beaten Venus on clay this spring. You just wish she were healthier.

Maria Kirilenko: Still finding her game, but always a fun player to watch.

Maria Sharapova: French is the one Slam she's never won. In full health, she would be a threat. But not so soon after her return from "shoulder hell." On the plus side, nice to have her back in the cast.

Yanina Wickmayer: Carrying on the rich tradition of Belgian tennis.

First-round matches to watch

Jelena Dokic vs. Karolina Sprem: Two former names trying to get back.

Alona Bondarenko vs. Dominka Cibulkova: Lots of talent for a first-round match.

Venus Williams vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands: Ensuring an American reaches Round 2.

Pennetta vs. Glatch: Big opportunity for young American.

Petrova vs. Sharapova: Actually, it's a likely second-rounder. Still, pretty good matchup for early Week 1!

Blue-plate upset special: Sara Errani over Ivanovic.

Doubles winners

Cara Black and Liezel Huber: The clear-cut best in the biz. If successful, they'll complete a career Grand Slam.

Semifinals

Serena Williams vs. Dementieva

Safina vs. Venus Williams

Final

Serena Williams vs. Safina

Champion

Serena Williams

Snex
May 22nd, 2009, 06:53 PM
:rolleyes:

It is so interesting how US journalists like to pick Serena or Venus to win all GS titles in a year. And they even divide tournaments: Venus will the most probably win Wimbledon or USO since she sucks at the AO and RG, but there is Serena who will win RG and AO to compensate what her sister screwed up. :o As soon as i see who wrote the article i have not to read it at all.

Of course, there are more normal and less partial people who stand firmly on the ground and pick for instance Dinara or somebody else to win which is more likely to happen. :hatoff:

Once again: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :o :o :o

~Kiera~
May 22nd, 2009, 07:24 PM
http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=174324

French Open Preview -- Women: Who's for Real?

By Steve Tignor

It took a little while for a central storyline to develop in women’s tennis this year, but it has finally happened, just in time for the heart of the Grand Slam season. Through the early part of 2009, there were wins, losses, a few surprises, a few meltdowns, a few tears, a few absences, a few winners, a few errors, a few shrieks. But the WTA Tour was missing two key ingredients needed for a full-fledged narrative: a conflict, and a compelling new career arc.

Leave it to Serena Williams to put both of those things in motion. As you undoubtedly heard, last month in Rome she stated that she was the “real No. 1,” not Dinara Safina, who had recently ascended to the top ranking for the first time. It was hard to argue with Serena: The most memorable of the aforementioned meltdowns had been provided by Safina in the final of the Australian Open, where she was given a thorough and at times casual thrashing by Serena herself. But if losing so badly to the American didn’t stir the competitive fires in the Russian, it seems that Serena’s words have. Safina beat Venus Williams on her way to winning in Rome and followed that up with a title at the Premier-level event in Madrid last week.

Which means that the French Open, where Safina was runner-up a year ago, will begin as a referendum on her, and on her status as the No. 1 player in the world. If all goes well, this storyline will continue for two long weeks and culminate with a showdown between Safina and Serena to decide who is the real-est No. 1. But two weeks is a long time in women’s tennis. Let’s see how likely it is that our wish comes true.

First Quarter

Before we can begin to speculate about final rounds, of course, we need to consider the first week’s activities. The possible negatives for Safina are: Did she peak a little too early? Will she react badly to the pressure that will come as she tries to win her first Slam and prove once and for all that she’s deserving of her ranking?

The draw hasn’t made it easy; if Safina goes all the way, she’ll have earned it. She begins against Britain’s Anne Keovathong, who has reached the semis this week in Warsaw. More ominously, lurking in this quarter are the defending champion, Ana Ivanovic, who beat Safina in last year’s final; the talented clay-courter Carla Suarez Navarro; the hard-hitting Jie Zheng; the young and also hard-hitting Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; and this season’s breakout player, Victoria Azarenka. But while I wouldn’t call Safina a natural clay-court player by any stretch—she’s too tall and gangly to be a ground-hugging dirt devil, a la Justine Henin—she has already proven beyond doubt that she feels at home on the surface. Couple that with her recently added motivation and seeming burst of confidence, and I think she’ll survive this difficult test.

Semifinalist: Safina

Second Quarter

This section is headlined by last year’s finalists at the WTA Championships, Venus Williams and Vera Zvonareva, neither of whom have had a high profile during the clay season—the Russian for good reason, as she turned an ankle in Charleston and hasn’t played since. Also, neither of these two has gone deep at Roland Garros recently: Williams lost in the third round each of the last two years while Zvonareva went down in the fourth in 2008 and has only reached the quarters once, back in ’03.

Which means that there’s an opportunity here for someone to sneak through to the semifinals. Who can seize it? Sabine Lisicki? She’s strong but not seasoned. Nadia Petrova? She was ill in her defeat to Patty Schnyder in Madrid last week, but has been to the semis in Paris before. Amelie Mauresmo? She just had a decent run in Madrid, and it would be a nice story if she finally made good in front of the home crowd. But it would require reversing the forces of history.

Wait, I just spotted one more name hidden deep within these brackets: Maria Sharapova. She begins against a French wild card, then might hit Petrova in the second round. All in all, not a bad place for her to be…

Semifinalist: Venus Williams

Third Quarter

Elena Dementieva is No. 4 in the world? That might seem hard to believe until you look at her week-to-week record this year. She’s been steady if not spectacular, and that steadiness has continued on clay. The same cannot be said for the second seed in this section, Jelena Jankovic, who began the year at No. 1 but comes to Roland Garros all the way down at No. 5—exactly the nosedive I predicted JJ would not make in 2009. While she showed a few signs of life early in the European swing, Jankovic has hit a mediocre plateau since, losing to Flavia Pennetta, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Schnyder in the quarters of the last three events.

Trying to threaten Dementieva and Jankovic will be Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, who seems to like the home-court pressure, but who remains underpowered; Caroline Wozniacki, a breakout performer of 2009 who reached the final in Madrid and Charleston; another Frenchwoman, the always unpredictable Marion Bartoli, owner of a 5-8 career record at Roland Garros; the perhaps dangerous up-and-comer Urszula Radwanska, little sister of Agneiszka; and the eternally present Daniela Hantuchova. I’m going to take a risk and go with one of the new faces.

Semifinalist: Wozniacki

Fourth Quarter

There are many reasons to doubt Serena Williams’ chances of winning her second French Open. She retired in Madrid with a leg injury. She’s been complaining about over-scheduling. She hasn’t gone past the quarters here since 2003. The problem for the humble forecaster is finding the woman who is going to beat her, or, failing that, finding the player who will take advantage of a loss by her to reach the semifinals.

The women with the best chances of doing the latter are Svetlana Kuznetsova, former finalist here and winner recently in Stuttgart over Safina; Patty Schnyder, who made the semis in Madrid and, like Hantuchova, is always hanging around; and Agnieszka Radwanska, who upset Ivanovic in Rome a couple of weeks ago. I’ll take Kuzzie, who has been better than she has been worse lately, which is about all you can hope for from her.

Semifinalist: Kuznetsova

Semifinals: Safina d. V. Williams; Kuznetsova d. Wozniacki

Final: If the draw does work out this way, which I’m absolutely certain it will, Safina may face her biggest test against Williams, whom she recently beat in Rome in three sets, but from whom she had never before taken a set. Here the Russian would have to do it on the major stage. I’m going to say she’s ready.

Champion: Dinara Safina

~Kiera~
May 22nd, 2009, 07:25 PM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6633059

Nick's Picks: French Open Draw By Nick Bollettieri

Women’s Draw

I’ve been saying this all week: The women’s field is wide open. The favorite has to be Safina with the way she has been playing recently, but there are certainly no guarantees in women’s tennis. Speaking of Safina, she opens with a tough opponent in Anne Keothavong. Assuming she gets past that, she could face a couple of Russians en route to the quarters — Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round and Alisa Kleybanova in the fourth round. Both are good young players who would present interesting matches for Safina. Waiting for Safina in the quarters could be Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic, or Carla Suarez Navarro. Azarenka has been one of the most consistent women on tour this year, but is 1-3 against Safina in her career. Ivanovic is who Safina lost to in the finals last year, but she hasn’t played well in 2009. Navarro was the surprise of 2008 at Roland Garros and she reached the quarters in Australia as well. That would be a fun match to watch.

In the bottom quarter of the top half of the women’s draw the top-seed is Venus Williams. She will get a familiar opponent in the opening round in American Bethanie Mattek. The second round could present a challenge for Venus as she would face either Lucie Safarova or Sabine Lisicki. If you remember, Lisicki, an NBTA student, beat Venus en route to the title in Charleston last month. Venus could also face a couple of Russian women who are coming back from injury in Maria Sharapova or Vera Zvonareva. Sharapova played in Poland this week (after a very, very long layoff) and Zvonareva hasn’t played since Charleston. Both have the stuff needed to beat Venus on clay. If the seeds hold, a Venus/Safina semi would make for good television!

On the bottom half of the draw Serena Williams is the clear favorite (if she is healthy). Her first round opponent is Klara Zakopalova who actually just beat Serena in Marbella on clay a couple of weeks ago. Her second round opponent could be tricky as well, as she could face veteran Virginia Ruano Pascual or Nicole Vaidisova. Serena is looking at another potential tough match in the fourth round against Flavia Pennetta. If Serena’s knee holds up and she gets to the quarters she is looking at Kuznetsova, Schnyder or Radwanska — all would be tough for her.

In the top quarters of the bottom half of the women’s draw, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, and Caroline Wozniacki are the top seeds. It wouldn’t surprise me to see any of those girls in the quarterfinals, but I think Dementieva probably has the best chance because of her history here. Look out for Medina Garrigues and Alize Cornet as well as both players are solid on clay.

It’s going to be a wild two weeks for the ladies, and I can’t wait for it to begin!

дalex
May 22nd, 2009, 07:52 PM
Final: If the draw does work out this way, which I’m absolutely certain it will...

Absolutely certain...:rolleyes:

Bless him! Could be that his prediction ends up being correct, but still... :shrug:

Snex
May 22nd, 2009, 08:15 PM
I would also say that Safina is going to win the title, but i'm not sure, knowing her... :shrug: I dare not to bet. :lol:

Brena
May 22nd, 2009, 10:04 PM
Semifinalist: Wozniacki

No way, Jose.

I love Dinara, but I don't want her to win this. Because she's not JJ. Why can Dinara win a GS and JJ cannot? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?



Sneki, still have those pills you mentioned?

-Valérie-
May 22nd, 2009, 10:14 PM
Reading all those predictions from people who are supposed to know tennis is interesting, but also, very different from one another. They can speculate as much as they want, i still think a game can be really different from a match to another.

And someone predicting Serena Williams to win, god, there is a big lack of objectivity. Not that i am saying that she doesn’t have any chance, she wouldn't have a very tough draw, IF, the surface would have been other then clay, but, hey, this isn’t her surface. Those are the big wins she needs!

I really think that if there is going to be some great upset, this is going to be in the earliest round, and that includes our Goat. And i really think if JJ pass, by beating and Chakvetadze and Wozniacki, my, i don’t think anyone can stop her from holding that trophy.

I really hope she believe it when she said she wants that trophy.

Snex
May 22nd, 2009, 10:26 PM
Sneki, still have those pills you mentioned?

Yes i have. :lol:

Almost nobody of these guys thinks that JJ can reach quarterfinal. That's very good sign for our girl. Crazy people. Do they remember that Caroline is Jelena's regular victim? :confused:

-Valérie-
May 22nd, 2009, 10:29 PM
Yes i have. :lol:

Almost nobody of these guys thinks that JJ can reach quarterfinal. That's very good sign for our girl. Crazy people. Do they remember that Caroline is Jelena's regular victim? :confused:

Jelena defeated her twice in grand slam tournament.

2008 WIMBLEDON GRASS (O) R32 J. JANKOVIC 2-6 6-4 6-2
2008 US OPEN HARD (O) R16 J. JANKOVIC 3-6 6-2 6-1

We can't really say regular victime, and this ought to be a tough match.

Brena
May 22nd, 2009, 10:53 PM
Jelena defeated her twice in grand slam tournament.

2008 WIMBLEDON GRASS (O) R32 J. JANKOVIC 2-6 6-4 6-2
2008 US OPEN HARD (O) R16 J. JANKOVIC 3-6 6-2 6-1

We can't really say regular victime, and this ought to be a tough match.

If I remeber correctly, it had more to do with JJ picnicking, rather then with Woz presenting her with some big challenge, but with this slumping JJ ... :scared:

-Valérie-
May 22nd, 2009, 10:57 PM
If I remeber correctly, it had more to do with JJ picnicking, rather then with Woz presenting her with some big challenge, but with this slumping JJ ... :scared:

Yes, with the score in the third set, you are right! I highly recommended that someone steat that picnic blanket, just the make sure! She might have left it in Madrid even. I got contact there and they were suppose to take it away! lol

Jelena seems determinated, and if she believe in herself, anything is possible.

ms_nut
May 23rd, 2009, 01:24 AM
If I remeber correctly, it had more to do with JJ picnicking, rather then with Woz presenting her with some big challenge, but with this slumping JJ ... :scared:

:secret: you know i think the world of you Ms. Brena, but i beg to differ..:p

Wozniaki was killing JJ out there... she was hitting FH winners too..:eek::eek: until that side broke down mid way in the second set. It was more of a case of Wozniaki folding like a cheap umbrella.. at least at Wimbledon.. JJ was hopping around on one leg like a Kangaroo... At the US Open, JJ stepped it up to win sets 2 &3 easily.

In your favor, i haven't seen Wozniaki play at that level this year on clay.. she's had a good season, but it's been more of a case of other players not being there and Wozzie taking full advantage of those draws..I'm not worried about Wozniaki... should JJ make it to Rd4 she'll walk all over Wozzie, i'm confident of her making it real deep.. it's the early rounds that worry me..:tape:

-NAJ-
May 23rd, 2009, 03:18 AM
In 2008 Wozniacki lost from Serbian girls on AO, RG, Wimbledon, US open.
In 2009 Dokic (also Serbian :) ) beat her on AO, so i hope that JJ will continue with that tradition on RG

~Kiera~
May 23rd, 2009, 10:19 PM
http://royalbox.tennisweek.com/?p=194

Royal Box has been away in Cannes for last few days, but we’re coming home soon now with all the French Open coverage you can handle. But while in the South of France, we’ve spotted a welcome face in a sea of movie stars: none other than Jelena Jankovic. The Sebian powerhouse was invited to attend amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala, widely to be considered the most prestigious annual charity event in Europe. Bill Clinton was an honorary chairman and the likes of Sharon Stone, Mike Myers, Marion Cotillard, Claudia Schiffer, and Donatalla Versace were all in attendance. Jelena stayed in Martinez and went to the huge bash with her mother, Snezana. “I literally flew in this morning, and this is my tiny one day treat before the French Open,” she told us last night in France. “I don’t think I’ve ever been so glamorized with all these diamonds and really high heels.” The Serb in fact selected a stunning 43-carat heart-shaped diamond necklace by Chopard to go along with her dress. “This is a huge event with so many celebrities and we were just honored to be invited,” she added. “I’m actually kind of nervous of what to expect when Clinton is in the room. But I know for sure that the diamonds will disappear tomorrow morning as I’ll be in Paris on a clay practice court!”

дalex
May 23rd, 2009, 11:03 PM
^ I found sth similar...
http://www.fashionweekdaily.com/news/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=6633064

But eventually, BlackBerries started buzzing and word got around that Christian Audigier's 51st Birthday party in the VIP Room had attracted the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz. The drivers were quickly summoned and the caravan moved back to Cannes. But not tennis star Jelena Jankovic, who attended an event of this magnitude for the first time. "I was just shocked to wear high heels for so long," she smiled. "But this was my Cinderella escape before the French Open. The heels and diamonds will all soon disappear in favor of sneakers and a tennis racquet."

:lol: @ shocked bit

Dawn123
May 26th, 2009, 08:04 AM
Interview: Jelena Jankovic

Paris I do not leave

Our teniserka does not promise to "Rolan Garos, but samouvereno says that very soon to reach top form at the end of last year. - "I want to coach that will help me to wins grain-ridge"

Cordiality that won the tennis world, Jelena Jankovic natural to Gordon as teniserka from najužeg top of the world to be elegant trophy to the winners, "Rolan Garos," but it is not among the main favorites. Tennis public feels that it is not assembled a mosaic of trijumfalni campaign.

To him its atomic tennis, better than ever, when potkraj last season in great style back to the first list of the world, overwhelmingly pobeđujući three consecutive weeks, there would be no doubt - in Paris to come as the biggest favorite for the title. Thus, because of its fraudulent game set in the same conundrum - what is really Jankovic to reach the Paris tournament for the "grain-slem.

What are your expectations of the "Rolan Garos?

- Spremnasam. Ićićukorakpokorak, bezopterećenjadamoramdatrijumfujem. I am sure that I will give all of yourself.

When you can not expect the game as when you are playing the best in his career, convincingly won three consecutive titles?

- Coming soon. Training value. Trying to popravimneke segmenete in the game and to fully back in good form. I was not playing like last year when I had a great series win and ended the year in the first place, but to be even better. I believe in myself, and most importantly to me, serve health.

After the victory in the Marbelji, in the first tournament of the šljaci this year, have expressed great satisfaction and encouragement. What are the causes of defeat in the last three tournaments on the šljaci, the mečevima in which you have favorites, and if you feel that you have otklonili disadvantages?

I was ill in Lleida, when I, immediately after the tournament in Marbelji, played for the team against Spain in the Federation Cup. I breathed hard. I played sick, exhausted, the temperature, but I wanted to help the team to be placed in the World group, where we dogodine be among the best eight teams. Immediately posledva match in Lleida, I traveled to Stuttgart, and continued to play without rest. Cold is odužila, and not because of the breathing faster otežanog I zamarala. All this is reflected in the game and my fitness and I gave the maximum. Learn the experience I realized how to play. I tried to improve it in the last time and hope that I will provide the Rolan Garos game that will make me win.

Last season you finished in the first place, but it prepustili other teniserka relatively quickly?

- The main reason is the change in ranking. To the other by the old, even I lost the first school in the International Cup in Melbourne Australia, like the rest of the first, because I am with more than 1500 points Serene Williams was reach for it. But, that's all changed. I've in a final, it is prestige and triumphed me but after the first grain-ridge of the year. Neobazirem to the. Placement is not important to me but to games. If you play well, pobeđivaću, and it is time to return to the first season mesto.Uoči you stated that you are ready than ever, and soon and that the preparation Kondicioni bad effect on your game?



Back flexibility: Jankovic in last year's "Rolan Garos, where domogla semifinals (Photo FoNet) - I thought that I was ready, but ever since I was physically stronger than ever. With adding muscle mass, however, came and kilograms to me slow down and to the weight I used to. As I felt that it was not my body. This reflected poorly on my game and so I started the season as I wanted. Now all changes. It is a few months to return their recognizable game that has been violated because of all these physical changes, the consequences of kondicionih preparation.

Whether cooperation with the new coach Kondicioni the results?

- Trying to be so as I was without a specific kondicionog training, because I am without any special preparation kondicionih was one of the najbržih teniserki. Maybe it is genetic and. While me is the former coach has slowed, new to me, trying to return to the old situation, and to be more or less accomplished work to fit on the field.

Do you really think about the termination of cooperation with the head coach Rikardom Sančezom?

- Yet I do not know the answer to that question. See ... In any case, I want to coach that will help me to reach the top in the game and try to wins grain-ridge.

Say that your game has a lot of room for progress. What, primarily, I think?

- Working to improve the service, the network approach, in that their stripes with a good base line faster finishing points, and so will I, and less to zamaram. My goal is to force the game and dictate the pace from the start of match, without oscillation.

What you have with the agency IMG and why you have chosen to carry a Chinese equipment manufacturer Anta?

- IMG is one of the largest management agencies in the world. Hence you choose me to be in it, from me, much is expected. They think that I athlete neverovatnog an unlimited talent and potential, to have results, frankness, cordiality and smile made huge popularity and we combined forces to set new standards in the marketing. For this to work and the results are only expected. For ANTU I decided because it is a new brand of tennis. Anta is one of the largest manufacturers of sports footwear in the world, but is the first time in tennis. This is a great challenge for me, especially as they choose me to be their international amabasador tennis.

Who are you teniserka to be in the next five years to fight for the top of the world and why?

Difficult question and it is difficult to respond to him. Time will show ...

What are your life ambitions besides tennis?

- All you do, do with great desire, and professionalism. And I study so that we will not be difficult to choose a job that will be dealt with by the end of his career.

Your favorite person in the world of tennis?

- There are many traits that are dear to me, but stands out Monica Seles. Her glory is not changed any. Remained firmly on the ground. Pleasant. Radiates warmth. Has all the characteristics of top athletes.

How to experience Paris and which is different from others in which you have been?

- Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the city of eternal love and romance, ekstravagnatne mode and valuable cultural and historical monuments ... It is not easy to describe Paris in a few sentences. In addition to my Belgrade, which is in the heart, Paris is a city of dreams for me. Somehow always remind me of the Van Gog, picasso, dahlia, and especially in the Koko Šanel, because I love fashion. Paris does not leave me indifferent.

What is the most rejoice at every return to Belgrade?

- After a long trip, which is exposed to every tennis player, hometown is always a different experience with a great thrill. I love the Belgrade streets, like people who proživljavaju all my mečeve, but, of course, meetings with family and dear friends always meet me strange joy. All this together is what I miss while I'm not in Belgrade.



Goran Andjelic

[Published: 26/05/2009]

google translate ;)

http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Sport/Tenis/Pariz-me-ne-ostavlja-ravnodushnom.lt.html

~Kiera~
May 26th, 2009, 03:36 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-05-26/200905261243349782765.html

J. JANKOVIC/P. Cetkovska

6‑2, 6‑3

An interview with:

JELENA JANKOVIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Are you happy with your game today?

JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, I thought that I started quite well today, especially in the first set. I was controlling points and, you know, was finishing a lot of the points at the net, as well. I thought that I did quite good.

Then I had to stop because of the rain. It's not really easy to come back. I felt a little bit slow after the rain delay when I came back on court again. But, you know, I managed to finish the job in two sets, so I'm happy, you know, to get through.

Q. These past months, you have been struggling a bit with your confidence. Do you think that now you're on the good way to your best?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I think I'm improving every match. I'm trying to improve my game, trying to get in my top form, and, you know, make these little baby steps forward. This is my goal for this moment, and especially for this tournament.

I just want to go one match at a time and try my best, give my maximum every match, every point. And I will see how everything will go for me.

Q. How would you rank your serve today? I know that you've been in a lot of trouble with your serve, first percentage, or maybe trying to find the good one. Do you think there are problems with your serve?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No. Today the serve was all right. I didn't go for too much. And especially the conditions were quite heavy, because especially due to the rain. The balls are much heavier on the court, as well.

So, you know, I just tried to have high percentage, begin my, you know, the points in a good way for me so that I can get, you know, the first try.

Q. You mentioned the rain delay. There might be a new stadium with a roof built in about five years time. Do you think that's a good idea?

JELENA JANKOVIC: It's always a good idea to have a roof so then we can continue the match so that we don't have to stop and wait around,you know, for an hour or more and then come back on court, because it's not so easy, you know, to stop the match and then ‑‑ especially being in the areas over there when you have to eat lunch.

It's so crowded. It's so many people. It's tough to focus and, you know, to have,you know, a relaxing time before you go on court again.

-Valérie-
May 26th, 2009, 04:33 PM
The few last interviews with her didn't have those usually YOU KNOW that we are so used to hear. SO, I think she is back, i stopped counting them before the end of this short report. lol