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Snex
Aug 22nd, 2009, 05:13 PM
Q. In the second set you were visibly upset with the umpire and you approached her. What did you say to her?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know.

:bowdown:

Bruno71
Aug 22nd, 2009, 05:26 PM
I think so too. You just can't go blaming the linesmen for those. In particular - the challenge that "saved" the 1st set in one of those SPs she saved. Jelena served a second serve in the 1st set TB that would probably have been called out by any linesman. Jelena challenged and it was on the line width wise and painted the outside of the line length wise. Yes it saved her the 1st set. But she was actually very very lucky.

She is an emotional person. And WYSIWYG if you are a Jelena fan. In her more reflective moments - she will say she wishes she wasn't like that and could control her emotions. Right now she's still furious. If she could only channel all that emotion and pent up frustration on her own game - she might not have needed to be in a situation she needed to make a desperate challenge to save her. Because the line calls were not the reason she lost last night.


Also, I just realized the irony of JJ blaming the linespeople for not seeing the balls properly while she herself complained about not being able to see the balls well :angel:

-Valérie-
Aug 24th, 2009, 01:20 PM
Something we must not forget, the is just not the physical tiredness being an issue here. The mental one is very important one to.

JJ had a very tough match not even 24 hours before, and it was a hard match, physically and mentally. When you came back from a 3-5, you used that mental toughness to do so.

JJ lost is certainly not just related to the person calling the line. You can always find another tank of fuel physically when you mental one is fresh, but when you've been using it over and over again, at some points, it affects her. It was hard to focus on her game, when everything else was bugging her. It is harder to concentrate when you have to worry about the calls.

I don't know if you saw it, but in the third set, a ball was call out, and since she didn't have any challenge remain, she has to forget about it. BUT, THE BALL WAS IN. And instead of being 0-30 on Klaybanova, it was 15-15. That could have change something.

But still, Kleybanova didn't give up, we have to give her credit for that: she kept being consistent. And she came so close to beat Sharapova, and she would have, if she wasn't not only physically tired, but mentally to.

Anyway, we are there talking, judging (i don't like that part because who are we to judge?) and that it's not a positive approach. Thank god tennis stars don't read into their forum, they certainly wouldn't find the solution in here.

JJ knows what when wrong, and she will work on that. But damn, she came so close to win it!!!

Snex
Aug 24th, 2009, 01:51 PM
Yes, you're right. Who we are to judge. She plays for herself and her glory, not for us. It is our problem that we cheer for her. :shrug: However, I like so much to bitch on her here when she loses. :lol:

RFS
Aug 24th, 2009, 04:03 PM
Yes, you're right. Who we are to judge. She plays for herself and her glory, not for us. It is our problem that we cheer for her. :shrug: However, I like so much to bitch on her here when she loses. :lol:

oh and amen to that!

Bruno71
Aug 24th, 2009, 07:30 PM
Something we must not forget, the is just not the physical tiredness being an issue here. The mental one is very important one to.

JJ had a very tough match not even 24 hours before, and it was a hard match, physically and mentally. When you came back from a 3-5, you used that mental toughness to do so.

JJ lost is certainly not just related to the person calling the line. You can always find another tank of fuel physically when you mental one is fresh, but when you've been using it over and over again, at some points, it affects her. It was hard to focus on her game, when everything else was bugging her. It is harder to concentrate when you have to worry about the calls.

I don't know if you saw it, but in the third set, a ball was call out, and since she didn't have any challenge remain, she has to forget about it. BUT, THE BALL WAS IN. And instead of being 0-30 on Klaybanova, it was 15-15. That could have change something.

But still, Kleybanova didn't give up, we have to give her credit for that: she kept being consistent. And she came so close to beat Sharapova, and she would have, if she wasn't not only physically tired, but mentally to.

Anyway, we are there talking, judging (i don't like that part because who are we to judge?) and that it's not a positive approach. Thank god tennis stars don't read into their forum, they certainly wouldn't find the solution in here.

JJ knows what when wrong, and she will work on that. But damn, she came so close to win it!!!

Good assessment. The main difference I'm finding between JJ '08 and JJ '09 is she's losing more of these types of matches. Even though she would often choke match points or break leads last year, she'd more times than not end up winning the match. It was heartening to see her pull out the close ones recently against Dementieva and Cljisters, but perhaps another one was asking too much. However, I do think if she had more respect for Alisa coming in, she would have won that match.

-Valérie-
Aug 24th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Good assessment. However, I do think if she had more respect for Alisa coming in, she would have won that match.

WEll, Jelena never really know the players when they met them for the first time, does she? Is that disrespect, or, not want to be stressed before a match? :shrug:

I won't say she disrespected her, at least, after the match, she even said that she played a good match and she has trouble with the kind of game she has... That is not like JJ to say those kind of thing, usually, losing a match is entiredly her fault, and her opponent doesn't have anything to do with that, which, wasn't exactly what she said here, right? :shrug:

She lost the match because she was too passive at the end of the second set, probably du to mental fatigue, Alisa said it herself to her coach after she won that set.

Bruno71
Aug 24th, 2009, 08:25 PM
WEll, Jelena never really know the players when they met them for the first time, does she? Is that disrespect, or, not want to be stressed before a match? :shrug:

I won't say she disrespected her, at least, after the match, she even said that she played a good match and she has trouble with the kind of game she has... That is not like JJ to say those kind of thing, usually, losing a match is entiredly her fault, and her opponent doesn't have anything to do with that, which, wasn't exactly what she said here, right? :shrug:

She lost the match because she was too passive at the end of the second set, probably du to mental fatigue, Alisa said it herself to her coach after she won that set.


Well, the thing is, JJ doesn't respect a) players ranked significantly below her and b) players she's never encountered before. Meaning, and this is based on past explanations and is only as far as we know, she doesn't do any significant research on these players or come in with any kind of gameplan. She also seems to think that the passive game will work against anyone who isn't as good as her. Then, if she does lose, she'll sort of block the whole thing out, like say, her rivalry with Bartoli. I thought her explanation of the match with Alisa was fair, but in it we yet again had the "I've never played her before" angle. JJ needs to step on court with someone like Alisa and pretend she's playing Dinara Safina in a final. There's just no real excuse not to in my opinion.

дalex
Aug 24th, 2009, 08:33 PM
There's just no real excuse not to in my opinion.

How about - she's fucking Jelena Jankovic? :lol:

Seriously, that wasn't such a bad loss. It was after her big win in Cincy, she's beaten 3 top 10 players and a former #1. She lived up to her seeding by reaching the QF. And she didn't play that badly. She was just a bit passive at times. No big deal considering she was tired and probably wasn't able to generate more pace on her shots.

downunderfan
Aug 24th, 2009, 09:51 PM
This is all true, but for goodness sake, she said something about Alisa's low and flat shots that gave her a lot of trouble. She didn't expect this as she didn't know anything about her opponent. One would think Ricardo and her REALLY should do a bit of homework in this department before the matches. I consider Jelena one of the smartest players on tour when it comes to tactics but could never understand why on Earth she doesn't at least (like her friend Beth) youtube her prospective opponents games.

-Valérie-
Aug 25th, 2009, 03:15 AM
This is all true, but for goodness sake, she said something about Alisa's low and flat shots that gave her a lot of trouble. She didn't expect this as she didn't know anything about her opponent. One would think Ricardo and her REALLY should do a bit of homework in this department before the matches. I consider Jelena one of the smartest players on tour when it comes to tactics but could never understand why on Earth she doesn't at least (like her friend Beth) youtube her prospective opponents games.

I always thought that it was a lie, that she didn't know her opponent. I have problem to really believe that Ricardo doesn't take note on other player and that JJ never heard from those players from the tour, unless, they are really low in the ranking, like this Ondin for instance. Well, there is also a degree of knowledgement about them, but still :shrug:

It some sort of excuse to use in case of a lose lose situation.

Bruno71
Aug 25th, 2009, 03:23 AM
How about - she's fucking Jelena Jankovic? :lol:

Seriously, that wasn't such a bad loss. It was after her big win in Cincy, she's beaten 3 top 10 players and a former #1. She lived up to her seeding by reaching the QF. And she didn't play that badly. She was just a bit passive at times. No big deal considering she was tired and probably wasn't able to generate more pace on her shots.

I guess I'm just a little over-used to her being tired. It seems like that's how she was mostly before I stopped following and that's how she still is. When is she not tired? Even if she looks just fine (Cincy final), she says she's tired. It just makes for bad tennis to watch and I find that highly frustrating from a player of her caliber :lol:

In the scheme of things, no, this isn't a horrible loss, but it's one that was so easily preventable, like most of the ones she's had this year. I'm just worried that she may step on the court this way in 3rd or 4th round at Flushing Meadows, and be ousted again, by just about anybody in the draw.

дalex
Aug 25th, 2009, 03:44 PM
New blog! :speakles:
http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/eng/blog.php

What's up!

I'm happy to say the old Jelena is back! Cincinnati was really great. I played some really good tennis and beat some very good players. It had been a while since I did that. I had been working very hard and stayed really positive, and I knew my time was coming. My match against Elena Dementieva in the semifinals was so tough and it finished so late. I was down 6-2 in the tie-breaker in the third set but won, which was unbelievable for me. I was exhausted for the final with Safina and it was such a hot day, but I stayed strong and calm and I executed my shots. I did everything right that day. Beating the No.1 player in the world in a final was very important for me. My dad and coach and boyfriend were all there with me, too. It was a great week.

From there I went to Toronto and had some more good wins. I won a tough one against Schnyder and played one of my best matches of the year with Clijsters. Kim played really, really well. Even though she hasn't played for a while, she played like the No.1 player in the world that night. Physically it took a lot out of me, though. We finished at 1am, and I didn't get to sleep until about 4am because our hotel was an hour away from the courts! The next day, my body was completely destroyed. I had no gas left in my tank. I felt really flat in my quarterfinal with Kleybanova. I was down in the first set tie-breaker but came back to win it, then I was down in the second set and came back too. I had a match point in the second set tie-breaker and she served really short, I was too far back and wasn't ready for it. It was like a drop shot! I didn't use my opportunity at all. I lost the second set and in the third I just couldn't go any more. It was my limit. There were also some really strange calls that night. I hit a serve that was so far out but nobody called it, and I had to challenge it. I challenged my own serve to be out! I've never seen that before. The umpire didn't see anything. It was unbelievable. It's not appropriate for a professional match on that level. It took a lot of energy out of me. I tried everything that night, but it just wasn't enough.

The most important thing about the last few weeks, though, is that I'm back. My level of tennis has really lifted up. I'm moving well, hitting the ball well and I'm confident about my game. I needed these matches and these wins. Now I can go into the US Open confident about my chances. I was a finalist last year and I just love playing there. The atmosphere, the crowd... Especially those night matches, they're just electric! No other tournament has that. It's unbelievable to be there and to perform. Hopefully it will be my stage.

I took yesterday off and today I will as well. I need to rest up and recharge my batteries, and then I will train all week. I'm feeling a bit of a cold right now. My immune system is down a bit from not sleeping much in the last few weeks. Hopefully I can get over this quickly!

I love New York. Other than my hometown of Belgrade, it's one of my two favorite cities, next to Rome. It's huge and there's so much to do. You have so many kinds of shopping, people and restaurants. It really is the city that never sleeps. It suits my personality: I'm hyperactive! I like doing a lot of things. Right now maybe not because I'm quite tired, but in a few days I'll be back to normal and I can enjoy it and have fun here :)

Last time I talked about giving up coke and junk food... I'm proud to tell you I've been keeping it up. I'm learning more and more that when you give these up, you stop craving them at all. I don't even want these things anymore, and I feel so much better. When I'm playing a match I feel like I have more energy and am more fit. I'm moving as well as I ever have. I'm moving like a gazelle :)

Thank you for all of your support and I'll talk to you again very soon!

JJ


Electric girl! :drool:

pica_pica
Aug 25th, 2009, 03:53 PM
Lovely blog entry :yeah:

Optima
Aug 25th, 2009, 03:58 PM
:hearts:

Hashim.
Aug 25th, 2009, 05:33 PM
great blog:inlove:

RFS
Aug 25th, 2009, 05:38 PM
Moves like a gazelle, heart of a tiger ... temper of a lion with toothache! A veritable safari park!

MaBaker
Aug 25th, 2009, 05:39 PM
I took yesterday off and today I will as well. I need to rest up and recharge my batteries, and then I will train all week. I'm feeling a bit of a cold right now. My immune system is down a bit from not sleeping much in the last few weeks. Hopefully I can get over this quickly!
I can see it already..

http://i25.tinypic.com/25jdrq0.gif

:inlove:

Snex
Aug 25th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Gazelle :rolls:

ChriS.
Aug 25th, 2009, 06:38 PM
Lovely blog entry :yeah:Yes, very positive. She is more determined than ever to win a slam. The only thing that may stop her is her strength and fitness.

Bruno71
Aug 25th, 2009, 06:43 PM
Any idea why she's not sleeping much? Simple insomnia? Sometimes we forget how stressful this job can be. Add to that JJ's tendencies with sinus and respiratory issues, and it can be a nightmare.

I found her explanation of match point against Alisa very interesting. The serve was like a drop shot :lol: Well now we know how Venus feels sometimes when playing JJ :lol: The blog does sort of make me feel like I was being too hard on her, but at the same time, I think she could use a little toughening up at times. But maybe a QF against Kleybanova isn't one of those times...let's see what happens at Flushing Meadows.

oneandonly
Aug 25th, 2009, 06:45 PM
Loved the new blog! :hearts:

~Kiera~
Aug 25th, 2009, 07:00 PM
Any idea why she's not sleeping much?

Mladjan? ;)

-Valérie-
Aug 25th, 2009, 07:19 PM
Any idea why she's not sleeping much?

I'd say that there are some matches that ended quite late because other then that, she should keep all her energy for herself, if you know what i mean ;).

allrounder
Aug 26th, 2009, 01:26 AM
It's great to hear that she seem's to have found her hunger for tennis again. I think we could all tell just watching the Kleybanova QF that she was shattered right from the beginning hence her passiveness and scrappy play after her really late finish the night before. It was amazing how competitive she still managed to make it and I'm still a bit annoyed about that god awful return of Alisa's 2nd serve on her match point. :mad:

There was probably also an element of JJ's caring side by doing a Serbian Sister's Sympathy Tank to make her BFF Ana feel better about her AO loss to Kleybanova :lol:

Optima
Aug 26th, 2009, 02:11 AM
I wouldn't sleep if Mladjan was my boyfriend either... :shrug:

downunderfan
Aug 26th, 2009, 02:30 AM
She sounds very positive and that's great. Although, when I think of her possible draw, it's more early rounds that worry me... :unsure:

Bruno71
Aug 26th, 2009, 04:02 AM
She sounds very positive and that's great. Although, when I think of her possible draw, it's more early rounds that worry me... :unsure:

If it's anything like the old JJ, expect some 3 set marathons for sure. Even against Bammer :rolleyes:

terjw
Aug 26th, 2009, 07:52 AM
If it's anything like the old JJ, expect some 3 set marathons for sure. Even against Bammer :rolleyes:

I think that's the thing that concerns me with her being tired in the Alisa match. I just don't see her not having long marathons. So somehow to progress - she's got to overcome being tired from her previous match. It's exhausting for her and her fans the way Jelena progresses. Once we choose to follow her - we also choose the path is never going to be the easy way.

Still - on the positive side - after her longgggg match against Elena at Cincy - she looked good against Dinara. She actually looked the fresher player contrary to everybody saying she would be too exhausted to compete.

But then on my pessimist side - I do feel with that Dinara was just awful compared to Alisa and never managed to apply any pressure on Jelena. And of course the match was over pretty quick so never tested Jelena stamina. Yes Dinara is #1 but she didn't play like a #1 that day.

Being positive again - in slams she will have the extra day to recover between matches.

louisa.
Aug 26th, 2009, 08:13 AM
a gazelle :rolls: :hearts:

Bruno71
Aug 26th, 2009, 07:01 PM
I think that's the thing that concerns me with her being tired in the Alisa match. I just don't see her not having long marathons. So somehow to progress - she's got to overcome being tired from her previous match. It's exhausting for her and her fans the way Jelena progresses. Once we choose to follow her - we also choose the path is never going to be the easy way.

Still - on the positive side - after her longgggg match against Elena at Cincy - she looked good against Dinara. She actually looked the fresher player contrary to everybody saying she would be too exhausted to compete.

But then on my pessimist side - I do feel with that Dinara was just awful compared to Alisa and never managed to apply any pressure on Jelena. And of course the match was over pretty quick so never tested Jelena stamina. Yes Dinara is #1 but she didn't play like a #1 that day.

Being positive again - in slams she will have the extra day to recover between matches.

It's always been standard fare from JJ at most tournaments, especially slams. I can't think of too many instances where JJ went through the early rounds of a slam without losing a set or having a tight one. This year's RG was pretty smooth until 4R, but that's not an example we want to look at I'm sure. :o

There's no way any of us can predict if JJ will win that long 3-setter against a Kleybanova or a Cirstea, but I at least hope she plays them with her utmost level at Flushing Meadows.

MaBaker
Aug 26th, 2009, 07:15 PM
I think that's the thing that concerns me with her being tired in the Alisa match. I just don't see her not having long marathons. So somehow to progress - she's got to overcome being tired from her previous match. It's exhausting for her and her fans the way Jelena progresses. Once we choose to follow her - we also choose the path is never going to be the easy way.

She played her match vs Kim until 1 am that day, and probably fell asleep around 4 am. Even in a great form , she would've been tired against Kleybanova.

-Valérie-
Aug 26th, 2009, 07:55 PM
She played her match vs Kim until 1 am that day, and probably fell asleep around 4 am. Even in a great form , she would've been tired against Kleybanova.

My point of view to!

ivanban
Aug 26th, 2009, 08:30 PM
Jelena Gazelle-kovic :spit: :haha: :cuckoo:

дalex
Aug 27th, 2009, 08:27 AM
Not really that interesting articles...but I was bored so decided to post them.

I really hope Jelena won't have to play Kim early. That would be too much!

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldOfSport/idINIndia-42008220090827?sp=true
Jankovic reignites her game, Ivanovic looking for spark
By Matthew Cronin

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - Serb Jelena Jankovic has rediscovered her form in time for the U.S. Open, while compatriot and fellow former world number one Ana Ivanovic is still looking to turn her season round.

Jankovic, who ended last year at the top of the rankings, struggled for the first half of this year but by winning the Cincinnati Open earlier this month the world number five feels her game is back on track.

"I'm recharged," the 24-year-old, who overcame world number one Dinara Safina in the final to claim her second title of the year after victory in Marbella in April, told Reuters.

"I know I can play and move well and compete with the top players as good as I was, if not better. The U.S. Open is my main goal."

Jankovic has blamed her sluggish start to the year on an off-season training programme where she put on an extra 15 pounds of muscle, which she said had slowed her down.

"Every year I was making improvement and last year finished strong and I was beating all the top players and I was starting to dominate women's tennis," she said.

"I could hit harder but I lost explosiveness and in tennis, that's the most important thing."

She consequently struggled at the grand slams, falling in the fourth round in Australia and France and being knocked out in the Wimbledon third round by qualifier Melanie Oudin.

"I was playing without enjoyment and I had no passion and if you aren't passionate and having fun it's not the same," she said.

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS

Fellow Serb Ivanovic has had a similarly lacklustre year but has not yet shown the same signs of recovery as Jankovic.

The 21-year-old has not won a tournament since October 2008 and she said she had not been happy with her play since she reached the final at Indian Wells in March.

Her French Open defence ended in the fourth round in May and she retired injured at the same stage at Wimbledon in June, while her U.S. Open preparations have been shaky as she suffered early exits at the Cincinnati Open and Toronto Cup.

"I maybe made a little mistake because when, all of the sudden, I wasn't doing as well, I started looking for answers in all the wrong places," the world number 11 told Reuters in an interview arranged by WTA Tour sponsors Sony Ericsson.

After hiring coach Craig Kardon for four months, Ivanovic parted ways with the American in June and is now working once again with Sven Groenefeld, who helped her during the 2008 season, as well as Andre Agassi's former coach Darren Cahill.

"I want everything to be perfect, but it can't happen," said Ivanovic, who has never gone beyond the U.S. Open fourth round.

"When I try to go toward perfection I think I can stop myself now."

An inconsistent serve and her inability to consistently impose herself on opponents with her big forehand have troubled Ivanovic.

Ivanovic would like to reach the second week of the U.S. Open, which starts on Aug. 31, but is focused on a road towards long-term success.

"I found the path that I want to take," she said. "There are lots of new things in my game that I found work well for me, and have full confidence in this."

http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE57P50G20090826
Clijsters the one they all want to avoid in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ask any of the top seeds at next week's U.S. Open who they would least like to play in the early rounds and there will only be one name uttered - Kim Clijsters.

Less than a month into her comeback after two years off and the birth of her first child the former world number one's sparkling return has been the talk of the tour.

The Belgian beat four top-20 players, including French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, in her first two events back - Cincinnati and Toronto - and even she will now be dreaming of grand-slam glory once more.

Such is the form she has already shown that the 26-year-old is sixth favorite with the bookmakers to win the final grand-slam event of the year.

The speed of her return as a grand-slam threat has surprised some, but not Clijsters, it seems.

"I am happy about the level again I showed in Toronto, beating another top-10 player and one of the new rising stars, Victoria Azarenka, before narrowly falling to world number four Jelena Jankovic," she said on her website.

"I could have won that match and while I was frustrated and disappointed afterwards, it showed me again that my best level is not far off.

"A bit more practice and I should be right there again."

Six of her seven matches have been against top 20 players and her only defeats came against Jankovic, who she led 5-3 in the final set, and world number one Dinara Safina.

Her groundstrokes are as penetrative as ever and her serve is improving with every match, which spells trouble for the other main title contenders.

Clijsters also has an added incentive to do well for it will be the first time she has been back to Flushing Meadows since she won to date her only grand-slam title in 2005.

"I never got a chance to go back there to defend my title in 2006 because I was injured with my left wrist and then pregnant in 2007," she said.

"So while this does feel like a new beginning, I am looking forward to how walking through those gates again for the first time in four years."


http://www.blic.rs/sports.php?id=5084
Serbia’s finest tennis women, four days before the US Open start
Serbs target fortnight in New York

Serbian tennis players Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic are awaiting the start of the US Open tennis event in contrasting moods. The results so far in the mini-tour on the American soil give Jankovic the right to hope for a fine result in New York (31 August through 13 September), while Ana arrives at the Flushing Meadows lacking a distinctive game, self-confidence and mental stability.

If she aims to return to the world’s top-flight tennis, Ivanovic – currently ranked 11th – will have to turn a new leaf at the US Open. It is high time her serve began to serve her well, the element of play that has been too unreliable for any major achievements. Experts agree the poor serve reflects the Serb’s mental instability. In her interview for the latest edition of Fitness Magazine, the former number one and Roland Garros winner gave a promising statement ahead of the last Grand Slam event of the season.
- “If you want to succeed, you have to have a very short memory. You have to forget all the bad practice and lost matches and believe in yourself and your abilities,” explains Ana.
Ivanovic said she was not giving up by any means, despite the crisis she has been hit by in the past 12 months.
- “My biggest asset is my fighting spirit. I may not win every match, but I will never surrender if I’m losing. Monika Seles was my role-model and I remember how she battled for every single point. While I was growing up, Monika was really playing top tennis. A very important aspect of success is to push through training sessions when you don’t feel like practicing, because what you do today makes you stronger tomorrow,” concluded Ivanovic.
Meanwhile, Jelena Jankovic has arrived to the venue of her best Grand Slam result wearing a smile. She is on the back of winning the Cincinnati tournament and a fine result in Toronto, and the great recent results are huge encouragement that Jelena will be able to repeat her last season’s feat, when she reached the final at the US Open. The world’s number five certainly wishes to take it one step further and try to claim a Grand Slam title for the first time ever.
- “I have great confidence. I love New York – after Belgrade and Rome it’s my favourite city that doesn’t sleep. No other tournaments have the magic of the US Open and I believe in victory,” says Jelena Jankovic.

Bruno71
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:17 AM
Not really that interesting articles...but I was bored so decided to post them.

I really hope Jelena won't have to play Kim early. That would be too much!

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldOfSport/idINIndia-42008220090827?sp=true


http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE57P50G20090826



http://www.blic.rs/sports.php?id=5084


Kim in round 1 and Maria in round 3 don't sound good to you? :bounce:

дalex
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:33 AM
Kim in round 1 and Maria in round 3 don't sound good to you? :bounce:

Maria in R3 would be ok. She really isn't playing that well YET. It's a high pressure match for sure, but I feel it's very winnable for Jelena.

Kim, OTOH, in R1 or R2 when she's still fresh and highly motivated to beat JJ after that loss in Toronto...now that would be scary.

And both of these matches would definitely be played at night which suits JJ. :drool:

Anyway, can't wait for the draw! :bounce:

Foon_JJ
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:38 AM
Watch the US Open Draw Show on ESPNews, the exclusive first look at the men’s and women’s singles draws, Thursday, August 27 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

Can't wait for it!!!

Bruno71
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:43 AM
Maria in R3 would be ok. She really isn't playing that well YET. It's a high pressure match for sure, but I feel it's very winnable for Jelena.

Kim, OTOH, in R1 or R2 when she's still fresh and highly motivated to beat JJ after that loss in Toronto...now that would be scary.

And both of these matches would definitely be played at night which suits JJ. :drool:

Anyway, can't wait for the draw! :bounce:

Even not playing that well, Maria is no one I'd like JJ to meet early in a slam. She did, after all, recently beat JJ-slayer Kleybanova, no? :lol:

JJ's game matches up better with Kim than Maria imo.

дalex
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:50 AM
Even not playing that well, Maria is no one I'd like JJ to meet early in a slam. She did, after all, recently beat JJ-slayer Kleybanova, no? :lol:

Yes, and Wickmayer also beat Kleybs in NH 6-4 in the third.

Obviously JJ is no match for all these goats.

Wickmayer = Sharapova > Kleybanova > Jankovic :lol:

Kim is in better form than Maria, IMO, but we'll see how she will deal with the pressure in a GS.

дalex
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:56 AM
Ahhhh but if you read the Gazelle's blog .....


:lol:

Jecalina and her animal metaphors... In her previous blog, but only in the Serbian version, she said she felt as light as a butterfly.

:hearts:

Brena
Aug 27th, 2009, 12:54 PM
I just don't want young East European qualifiers and Kim. Gimmie good old Sof any time, she's traumatised for life by our lovely JJ. :cool:

Snex
Aug 27th, 2009, 02:49 PM
I just don't want young East European qualifiers and Kim. Gimmie good old Sof any time, she's traumatised for life by our lovely JJ. :cool:

:worship:

Little Caro is also one of those that JJ always bitchslaps at GS tournaments, as well as CSN (and poor Anabel :awww:). I also won't complain if she plays Meusberger :).

~Kiera~
Aug 27th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Tennis reporters. net

US OPEN WOMEN’S DRAW ANALYSIS

Potential Early Blockbusters: Sharapova v. Dementieva, Jankovic v. Ivanovic, Serena v. Stosur, Venus v. Clijsters

By Matthew Cronin

Top Half, First Quarter

Top ranked Dinara Safina is going to struggle regardless of her draw, by maybe if she can get comfortable by the third round, she’ll have a chance to battle to the semis. But that task won’t be easy, as the feisty Urszula Radwanska looms in round two, and the revived and the capable Alisa Kleybanova could be her third round foe. Should she pass those tests, the fourth round should be hers, as only Virginie Razzano and Lucie Safarova lurk, two players she can stare down on a mediocre day.

But guess who floats as a potential quarterfinal foe: Jelena Jankovic, who beat her up in the Cincy final. That’s a tall ask for Safina at this point, but Jankovic has to get there first. While the Serbian should have no trouble in her first three rounds (Alona Bondarenko, whom she could face in round three, is a B-level version of her), she could face her sometimes fierce in country rival in the fourth round, the slumping Ana Ivanovic. But AI will have to get over on Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round and likely Aravane Rezai or Sabine Lisicki in round three, who is returning from injury. Without question, Ivanovic will be pumped up to face JJ, but winning three matches in a row has been beyond her this summer, so she’ll have to prove that she belongs there first.

TANTALIZING FIRST ROUND MATCH: Lefty Safarova v. lefty Patty Schnyder, who is really struggling this year, but is still more than capable of zoning in a match or two.

Top Half, Second Quarter

There’s only one place to go first: a potential clash between No. 4 Elena Dementieva and No. 29 Maria Sharapova in round three. Sharapova should cruise to the third round, but Dementieva will likely face the winner of the up and comer match between Melanie Oudin and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, both who will want a piece of her big scalp. Dementieva took down Sharapova in the Toronto final, only her third win in 11 tries against her fellow Russian. ED is more than capable of winning the event, but she won’t face an exhausted Sharapova this time around and the three-time Slam champ should be able to dictate much more.

The winner of that match will likely face either Jie Zheng or Nadia Petrova in round four, with the thought here that it will be Zheng, as she’s had a much better summer.

No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova is the next highest seed in this quarter and although she’s done very little since winning the French, she took some time off to relax and should be ready to go post New Haven. She should be able to out-steady Agnes Szavay in round three and then mentally exhaust Sorana Cirstea in the fourth round. Some might think that Caroline Wozniacki will turn the tables on the Romanian after two straight defeats in round three, but I don’t, because I like Cirstea's big match mentality more.

It’s pretty obvious to me that either Dementieva or Sharapova will reach the semis, and although I could see Dementieva taking out Sharapova in a grueling three setter, I can also see Sharapova hitting straight through her in two sets and doing the same to Svtea. My semifinal pick is Sharapova.

TANTALIZING FIRST ROUND MATCH: Melanie Oudin v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, which pits the US’ grittiest and accomplished teen against a chatty, powerful Russian 16-year-old with top 10 potential.

Bottom Half, First Quarter

No. 3 Venus Williams could have it worse, but her road to a potential semifinal meeting with her sister, Serena, is full of potholes. After she dusts Vera Dushevina, either Bethanie-Mattek-Sands or Iveta Benasova could be her second round foe, and should she survive that, the big-hitting No. 25 Kaia Kanepi, or the up and coming Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova lurk.

Then it’s really game time in round four, as Marion Bartoli, who just beat her at Stanford, or 2005 champ Kim Clijsters, could be waiting. Clijsters has a tough first round against youngster Viktoriya Kutuzova before she might have to take on Bartoli. Aussie Open quarterfinalist Jelena Dokic is also in this segment, but she hasn’t competed in a long time and won’t be much of a factor.

No. 8 Victoria Azarenka is the second highest seed in this quarter and should reach the final eight. It’s hard to see veterans Francesca Schiavone or Na Li taking her down, but one would have to give Agi Radwanska a serious shot if she’s in the right frame of mind. Azarenka has really been battling with her on court composure since her loss to Serena at Wimbledon, so in a sense, she’s ripe for an upset, but she’s just too darn competitive and tough off the ground to stay down for too long.

Although she has very little say, and therefore doesn’t add much spice to the tour off court, in my gut, I’m feeling Azarenka winning a classic over Radwanska and then taking down Venus, whom I believe will quickly clip Clijsters and then fade.

TANTALIZING FIRST ROUND MATCH: Clijsters v. Kutuzova. Its high time the 20-year-old Ukrainian showed that she’s capable of playing on the big stage and she’ll have a big test on a show court against the wildly popular comeback mom.

Bottom Half, Second Quarter

It’s all about defending champ Serena Williams and whether she can find the form that largely disappeared post Wimbledon. She believes that it will return at a Slams and who is to doubt her given how largely superb she’s been at the last five majors? She draws US wild card Alexa Glatch in the first round, an awful occurrence for the US Fed Cup heroine. But if Glatch wants to show that she deserves a spot on the US team that will face Italy in the final, she has to put up a respectable performance against Serena here. She migght, but she won’t pull off the upset.

Serena will likely have chance at some revenge against Sybille Bammer, who knocked her out of Cincinnati, in the third round. She won’t go down three times in a row to the lefty Austrian mom. However, if Samantha Stosur makes it to round four, (and that’s no guarantee given how Stosur has gone off the boil in some key matches this summer), the strong armed Aussie certainly has a chance to take her down like she did at Stanford. But Stosur hasn’t convinced me that she has nerves to hold the fort during a Slam yet, and Serena is an excellent revenge player. Make that two pounds of flesh for Serena.

The quarters could bring a host of players Serena’s way: Vera Zvonareva, Anna Chakvetadze, Flavia Pennetta or Amelie Mauresmo. I’ll take Pennetta to get through that very even pack, but can’t see her wearing down Serena in a final eight match. Maybe earlier, but not when Williams already has four matches under her belt and has worked the kinks out.

While I wouldn’t be surprised if the glorious Ms. Williams was upset at some stage, no one in her quarter has impressed me to the point during the USO Series that I believe she can be taken down prior to the semis. Serena is the pick to get through to the final four.

TANTALIZING FIRST ROUND MATCH: Stosur v Ai Sugiyama, not only because it will feature a big server vs. an expert returner, but because the 34-year-old Sugi will be contesting her record 62nd consecutive Slam main draw match. It will be her last one before she retires at year’s end. That’s some feat, so go out and give her a cheer.

~Kiera~
Aug 27th, 2009, 08:10 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_wertheim/08/27/usopen.women/index.html?eref=T1

U.S. Open women's seed report

SI.com's Jon Wertheim breaks down the men'sand women's seeds at the U.S. Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses to watch and his predicted winners.

Top 16 seeds

1. Dinara Safina: If only to see her spared more criticism, how do you not pull for Safina to win her first major and --all together now --validate that top ranking? Alas, there are few indications she'll do so. Her play on the hard courts was patchy and she seems genuinely unhinged by the rankings controversy.

2. Serena Williams: She's done virtually nothing since Wimbledon, but so what? She's like the kid who annoys the other studens by skipping all the classes, bombing the quizzes and then acing the final. She's the best, provided she wants to be (and there's a day to rest between matches).

3. Venus Williams: Always dangerous, but at some point when we weren't looking, Venus ceased becoming an A-list hard-court player. Very modest summer results and, unlike her sister, she hasn't won in New York since 2001.

4. Elena Dementieva: The hot pick coming in, based both on her fine play at the Rogers Cup and her fine match against Serena at Wimbledon. The problem isn't the serve so much as it's the confidence. Has she truly convinced herself she win finally win a major? If so ...

5. Jelena Jankovic: A finalist last year, Jankovic struggled through much of 2009. She's showed signs of life lately, but then backslid in Canada. She's too slight; she's too buff. She's too rusty; she's overplayed. At least you don't get cheated on the drama.

6. Svetlana Kuznetsova: We thought the French Open champion had proved to herself that she can still win big prizes. Then she regressed, losing to Kim Clijsters, among others, this summer. Puzzling player who possesses all the raw materials.

7. Vera Zvonareva: A fine year for perhaps the most consistent ball striker in tennis. Lacks the weapons to compete for the title and her ankle may still be in bad shape, but ought to be around until Week 2.

8. Victoria Azarenka: The what-have-you-done-for-me-lately meter is starting to beep a little bit. Tons of talent and undeniable game. But we still await that "next step."

9. Caroline Wozniacki: Her breakthrough season has tapered off a bit, but still a fine player worth watching.

10. Flavia Pennetta: Check her out if you get a chance. Italian is playing the best tennis of her career and, while you wish she had more wattage, she's beaten a number of top players -- including Venus -- lately. Plus, there's this.

11. Ana Ivanovic: Boy, have the wheels come off the train. Hard to recall a player reaching No. 1 and then crashing so dramatically. Would be great for women's tennis if she could return to the top echelon, but there are few signs of that right now. All starts with the serve.

12. Agnieszka Radwanska: A-Rad injured her hand in New Haven and one wonders if she can heal in time to post.

13. Nadia Petrova: A good athlete who can move, serve and play the net. But the embodiment for just how necessary mental toughness is in this sport.

14. Marion Bartoli: A player to watch. Her results tend to be as quirky as her game and temperament. She sure looked like a contender based on her play in Stanford. Then she retired in New Haven with a thigh injury.

15. Sam Stosur: Attacking Aussie playing the best tennis of her career. If she can succeed at the French and Wimbledon, you have to think she's due for a strong showing on hard courts.

16. Virginie Razzano: A tip of the chapeau for the French veteran putting in a respectably solid year. A strong player, not an elite player.
Seeds 17-32

17. Amelie Mauresmo: Former champion should be OK for a few rounds. Unless they import French fans.

18. Li Na: A feast-or-famine player.

23. Sabine Lisicki: Haven't heard much from Lisicki since Wimbledon but she showed that, on serve alone, she has a top 10 game.

24. Sorana Cirstea: One of the better players you've perhaps never heard of.

27. Alisa Kleybanova: Once Russian gets in better physical shape, she too has top 10 game.

29. Maria Sharapova: Big wild card. Finally starting to look (and, alas, sound) like her old self.
Dark-horse nation

Kim Clijsters: In her first Slam back, 2005 champ has a real chance at the semis.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: In something of a sophomore slump but still a fearsome ball striker.

Lucie Safarova: Results are all over the place, but she tends to play her best at the big events.
First-round matches to watch

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Melanie Oudin: Two of the better young players in the game.

Agnes Szavay vs. Shahar Peer: A pair of players better than their rankings suggest.

Serena Williams vs. Alexa Glatch: A good "big stage opportunity" for young American.

Sam Stosur vs. Ai Sugiyama: Look for actual volleying here!

Blue-plate upset special: Kateryna Bondarenko over Ana Ivanovic.
Doubles winners

Cara Black and Liezel Huber: Simply the best in the biz -- at least when Williams-Williams aren't in the draw.

Semifinals

Clijsters vs. Serena Williams

Jankovic vs. Dementieva

Final

Serena vs. Dementieva

Winner

Serena

Bruno71
Aug 27th, 2009, 08:32 PM
Further proof these sportswriters have their heads up their collective ass. Bondarenko a B-level version of JJ? More like Vera.

Brena
Aug 27th, 2009, 08:34 PM
Alona Bondarenko, whom she could face in round three, is a B-level version of her)

:spit: EXCUSE ME????
Alona Bondarenko could only be a Z-version of JJ, though I have no idea what two of them have in common at all.
What a retard. :weirdo:

EDIT: Bruno beat me to it ;)

дalex
Aug 27th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Thank god Jon Wertheim didn't pick JJ to win the USO. Then I'd be sure my prediction was wrong. ;)

Brena
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:15 PM
Thank god Jon Wertheim didn't pick JJ to win the USO. Then I'd be sure my prediction was wrong. ;)

But Serena is doomed.
Which leaves us with only to possibilities: Demi & JJ. I can live with that. :)

Bruno71
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:52 PM
But Serena is doomed.
Which leaves us with only to possibilities: Demi & JJ. I can live with that. :)


Don't forget GOATjsters and GOATapova :shrug:

дalex
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:07 PM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6638577

More US Open Scoops
By Scoop Malinowski
Friday, August 28, 2009

One of the big questions here on the grounds of the US Open during practice week is: how are Rafael Nadal's knees? Well, after his late afternoon practice session on Arthur Ashe Stadium with Stan "The Man" Wawrinka, Nadal was asked this question on the court by a Japanese TV reporter. Nadal was packing his bag as she leaned over to ask, and he replied, "Very good, thanks," with a big, polite smile.

She had her cameraman there ready for an interview but he scattered away smiling and very nicely but not wanting to do any TV interviews. For the session Nadal was wearing a white sleeveless shirt, white shorts, the new Nike Ballistic yellow, white but with the special blue swoosh. But it's a good sign that there was no taping on either of his knees.

The match of the day was Grigor Dimitrov vs. top seed Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, on a very crowded court six. Hey, New York tennis fans know who the upcoming stars are, this match was worthy of one of the show courts. Bellucci prevailed with a break in each set but it was Dimitrov who stunned the crowd with some of his shot-making, especially a full stretch backhand volley with his back to the net which the crowd guffawed at, including one man who yelled twice, "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!" Tough draw for the young Bulgarian marvel, as Bellucci is looking sharp and solid and on his way to the main draw. And don't forget, Federer tried to qualify here at age 18 in 1999 but failed. Federer made the main draw in 2000 and reached the third round. Expect to see G-Force in the tournament in 2010.

Another point of interest about the Bellucci-Dimitrov match is that it was during this match where we witnessed the first sighting of Jelena Jankovic's father, who was probing the grounds and stopped by to watch some of this match. We have never seen Mr. Jankovic in JJ's box on TV, normally it's just her mom, Snezana. My companion saw his credential and told me it was JJ's father, and you could certainly see the resemblance with his jovial, amiable facial features. But as quick as he arrived, Mr. Jankovic swiftly departed to other courts.

Also, one of the juniors I play regularly with — Josh Halpern — with was also here today and he told a story about how last year he spotted Jankovic having a coffee and lunch in the shadowed corner of the food court with a coach and two burly bodyguards. He asked for an autograph and she invited the teen and his friend to stay and they had lunch with JJ. They also said they saw her in the food court again this week. It's hard to imagine a top player ever eating in the food court but be on the lookout, it does happen.

Andy Murray and James Blake practiced together on Armstrong and one witness said Blake has been struggling, including one stretch where "Blake won like one point in three games."

Not many of the big name tennis reporters have been out here for qualies and practice but Peter Bodo and Tom Perrotta of Tennis Magazine have both been roaming the grounds working on features. When I told Bodo, the co-author of the excellent Pete Sampras autobiography from last year, that I was doing a book on Marcelo Rios, he gave an encouraging reply, "Oh, good subject." And we talked about some of his experiences with the eccentric Chilean.

That's all for today as I got there late because of a boxing press conference at Madison Square Garden, stay tuned for more tomorrow.

Jeca is love. :awww:

terjw
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:39 PM
:lol:
Jecalina and her animal metaphors... In her previous blog, but only in the Serbian version, she said she felt as light as a butterfly.
:hearts:

:lol::lol: Goat Jelena should have said I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. :hearts:

pica_pica
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:56 PM
Jelena is always friendly with fans :yeah: :kiss:

Roookie
Aug 28th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Jelena is always friendly with fans :yeah: :kiss:

That's why they call it the people's champion.

Bruno71
Aug 28th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Jelena is always friendly with fans :yeah: :kiss:


It's redemption for how she treats ballboys :lol:

Vaidisova
Aug 29th, 2009, 04:39 AM
A NIGHT OUT WITH | JELENA JANKOVIC AND TIM ZAGAT
Holding Court

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/08/30/fashion/30night600.1.jpg
VOLLEYING Tim Zagat and Jelena Jankovic shared a few jokes over dinner at DBGB Kitchen and Bar.

By DOUGLAS QUENQUA
Published: August 28, 2009

AS one of the top-seeded tennis players in the world, Jelena Jankovic is well practiced in the art of the volley. At DBGB Kitchen and Bar on the Lower East Side last week, she and Tim Zagat — half of the couple behind the famous restaurant guides — were enjoying a little back and forth of their own.

Mr. Zagat was regaling Ms. Jankovic, a 24-year-old Serb, and her parents, who were in town for the United States Open, with his New York stories: Which married actress had he just seen “canoodling” with a famous actor at the Minetta Tavern (sorry, we won’t tell), and which restaurant that no longer appears in his guides had once sued him because of an unfavorable review.

“Lucky Cheng’s is a transvestite restaurant, here on the Lower East Side,” he said, referring to the famous Chinese eatery where bawdy drag queens entertain birthday boys and tourists.

“Who goes there?” Ms. Jankovic interrupted, a bit shocked.

Mr. Zagat said: “People who want to see transvestites. Or transvestites.”

“So you go there?”

Charmed, Mr. Zagat stabbed a piece of veal tongue with his knife and slid it into his mouth.

“I spent three hours on the court today,” Ms. Jankovic said, “and you’re the one who’s starving?”

The two had met for the first time that night, but quickly bonded over a mutual love of food, tennis and wisecracks. Ms. Jankovic had contributed some comments to a special edition of Mr. Zagat’s guide that was made especially for the women’s tennis tour. (Sample observation: “Nobu is a real cool and trendy place.”) Mr. Zagat was showing his appreciation with a visit to one of New York’s newest restaurant destinations, the latest in the Daniel Boulud empire.

Ms. Jankovic is in town on a mission. She made it to the finals of last year’s Open, but lost to Serena Williams. She suffered a prolonged slump through the first half of this year — something she blamed on an extra 15 pounds of muscle she had acquired during training. But after taking the Cincinnati Open this month, Ms. Jankovic says she is poised for a comeback. She is seeded fifth in the tournament, which starts Aug. 31.

At dinner, she was taking no chances, eating conservatively from the endless tiny plates of artisanal sausages and hamburgers that crammed the table.

“If I were standing across from you, I wouldn’t be able to see the ball,” Mr. Zagat said.

Ms. Jankovic said, “I’m not that hard a hitter.”

He replied, “No, you’re that good a looker.”

Soon, the ice cream sundaes were devoured, and a smiling Mr. Boulud appeared.

“She is as good a tennis player as you are a chef,” Mr. Zagat told Mr. Boulud.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/fashion/30night.html?_r=1

Bruno71
Aug 29th, 2009, 05:15 AM
:lol: Oh geez. People will have a field day with the tranny comments too...what a fun article.

дalex
Aug 29th, 2009, 08:09 AM
Really fun piece. Jeca in NY Times is love.

I love how there's so much "Mr." and "Ms." in it. It feels like Wayn was writing it. :spit:

дalex
Aug 30th, 2009, 10:10 AM
Steve Tignor's USO prediction:
http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=183508

U.S. Open Preview -- Women: Dementieva does it

The names may change from month to month, from Slam to Slam, from double fault to double fault, but the overarching theme in women’s tennis remains stubbornly the same: Can—insert-player-of-the-moment-name’s here—face down the Williams sisters and break through to win a long-awaited first major? In Australia, the name was Jelena Jankovic’s; in Paris it was Dinara Safina’s; as of this weekend, as the U.S. Open begins, it belongs to fourth-ranked Elena Dementieva.

Russia’s perennial second fiddle has been waiting longer than most to hoist a Slam trophy—she turned pro 11 years ago this week and reached the final of both the French and U.S. Opens way back in 2004. In other words, she’s beyond due. More than that, she’s been on a roll lately, avenging a close loss to Serena Williams at Wimbledon with a win over the American on her way to the title in Toronto two weeks ago.

What are the chances Dementieva breaks the curse of Jankovic and Safina and removes the best-player-never-to-win-a-major tag that’s been hanging around her neck for all these years? For now, only the draw will give us a clue.

First Quarter
Of course, Safina hasn’t gone anywhere; she’s still ranked No. 1. But her tear-stained meltdown in the Australia and Paris finals, her 1 and 0 loss to Venus Williams at Wimbledon, and her subsequent failure to win a hard-court tournament this summer have pushed her out of the spotlight of expectations—rarely, if ever, has a top-ranked player been taken so lightly.

Across from Safina is a woman who held that ranking at the start of the year and managed to do even less with it—Jankovic. The Serb, now No. 5, seems to have bottomed out at last; her backhand showed some of its old oomph in her title run three weeks ago in Cincinnati. Jankovic is scheduled to play yet another former No. 1 fallen on hard times, Ana Ivanovic, though this struggling Serb may have a hard time getting past both Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round or Sabine Lisicki in the third.

A Safina-Jankovic quarterfinal would be a toss-up. They have split their six career meetings, and while Jankovic won easily the last time they played, in the Cincy final, Safina has had the far better season. There’s a reason she’s No. 1, isn’t there?

First-round match-up of fabulous-sounding names: Sabine Lisicki vs. Aravane Rezai
Semifinalist: Safina

Second Quarter
Dementieva, happily for her, has landed far from the Williamses—Venus and Serena are both in the other half, meaning the world No. 4 would only have to beat one of them for the title. But her section isn’t exactly empty. In the third round, she’ll get the winner of a match between two teens who have made names for themselves in 2009: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Melanie Oudin. Then, in the third round, over Labor Day weekend, Dementieva could face Maria Sharapova, who has proven both rusty and dangerous in her comeback thus far. On the other side of this section, there are two more up-and-comers, Sorana Cirstea and Caroline Wozniacki. Finally, there’s the French Open champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova at the bottom. Kuzzie has won four of her last five matches against Dementieva, and she beat Dementieva here in the 2004 final. But I don’t think Kuznetsova will do it this time.

First-round match to watch: Pavlyuchenkova vs. Oudin
Semifinalist: Dementieva

Third Quarter
Venus Williams is the headliner here, trailed by Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Marion Bartoli, the woman who beat Venus a few weeks ago for the title in Stanford. Williams hasn’t gone all the way at the Open since 2001, but the past two years she’s lost to the eventual champion—Henin in 2007 and her sister last year. I don’t think there are any potential champions in this section. At the beginning of the summer, I would have picked Azarenka as a possible dark horse at Flushing, but she’s had a bad couple of months. And Bartoli hasn’t built on her win in Stanford.

Wait—wait, wait, wait. I spoke too soon. Hidden deep in the middle of this section is a name I hadn’t noticed, a woman who has in fact been a champion here in the past, Kim Clijsters. She’s slotted to play Bartoli in the second round and Venus in the fourth. Not surprisingly, Venus lost to Clijsters the year the Belgian won this tournament, in 2005. I don’t think Kim is quite ready for that kind of two-week adventure quite yet.

First round match to watch (and hear): Michelle Larcher de Brito vs. Mathilde Johansson
Semifinalist: Venus Williams

Fourth Quarter
And what about Serena Williams, winner of three of the last four of these Slam thingies? She’s here, scheduled to dispatch poor young American Alexa Glatch on Monday afternoon. Serena obviously plays her best at the majors—they’re the only tournaments she has bothered to win this year—but she’s also typically good for a three-set rollercoaster of anguish somewhere along the way. Is there anyone in this quarter who could take advantage of her on a bad day? Two names stick out among the assorted Olgas, Lucies, Vanias and Flavias: Samantha Stosur and Vera Zvonareva each have the game to bother the defending champ. But would you bet on either of them to beat Serena Williams in Ashe Stadium?

Semifinalist: Serena Williams

Semifinals: S. Williams d. V. Williams; Dementieva d. Safina

Final: The best women’s match of 2009 thus far was the Serena-Dementieva three-set Wimbledon semi, in which the Russian held a match point. Dementieva challenged Serena there, and beat her in Toronto, with an improved and much more versatile serve. She can finally hit it wide in the ad court with authority, though that doesn’t mean it won’t get tight if she’s trying to close out a final—Dementieva reverted to her famous shaky sidewinder in the final games against Sharapova in Canada. Otherwise, Dementieva is one of the few players who is a match for Serena from the baseline, both in the pace she can generate on her own shots and the speed with which she can track down her opponents’. While the Russian has beaten Serena four times, most significantly at the Olympics last year, she’s never done it at a Slam. This January, Dementieva beat Serena easily in Sydney, only to lose almost as easily when it counted, in Melbourne. Nevertheless, I still believe that with a decent serve propping her up, Dementieva will someday, somehow, turn the tables and win when it counts. Like Andy Murray on the men’s side, she may never be more ready than she is right now.

Dementieva d. S. Williams

Champion: Elena Dementieva

Illusionist
Aug 30th, 2009, 02:14 PM
I just loooove his explanation why Safina is going to win a match against JJ. Because she's had a better season and is no.1 :spit:

Snex
Aug 30th, 2009, 02:19 PM
I just loooove his explanation why Safina is going to win a match against JJ. Because she's had a better season and is no.1 :spit:

:lol:

Yes. That's really a stupid conclusion. They all predicted that Demented will win their semi final match last year as well. :shrug: ;)

Bruno71
Aug 30th, 2009, 06:19 PM
"Dumbo def. Jumbo" has a nice ring to it. Well, I just don't see Venus making the semis, but anything can happen.

-Valérie-
Aug 30th, 2009, 10:13 PM
Well, i don't care what they are saying, JJ will win her matches against and Ivanovic, and Safina and she is going to win them all! :lol:

Brena
Aug 31st, 2009, 08:00 AM
Demented's A-Game is good, Jeka's A-Game is better.

Should these two meet in the USO semi-final, there is only gonna be one winner.

And it ain't gonna be no blondie !!!

I dunno - I wouldn't dare not believe Alex's prophecies, especially when they concern JJ winning the USO 09, but I don't really get it why people (even - or especially!) Demi's fans think JJ would be the favourite in their match. Demi's problem is inconsistency (she usually can't keep the rhythm through the entire match - think the Moscow 08 SF) and, of course, her meltdowns when it comes to closing off the match. But also the fact is that she showed absolutely none of the above faults in her Wimbly SF match against Serena. She lost only because Serena was equally goatish and luck was more on her side. Therefore, if she could play such a match against Serena, why not against JJ? And the fact is that Demi is in a better form than JJ ATM, so if she can keep her head together (and does not fall victim to Maria's insane perseverance in R3), I think she'll beta JJ (should they meet). :shrug:
I think she's even a more dangerous opponent than Dinara ATM... or I'm just even more delusional than miffedmax. :shrug::lol:
However, let our GOAT reach the SF first. :)

дalex
Aug 31st, 2009, 08:14 AM
I wouldn't dare not believe Alex's prophecies

I think she'll beta JJ

:rolleyes:

No one's gonna beta JJ at the Open!

JJ: I'm gonna win the USO! (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pressonline.rs%2Fpage%2Fstories %2Fsr.html%3Fview%3Dstory%26id%3D78060%26sectionId %3D44&sl=sr&tl=en&history_state0=)
Although, as you can read she didn't exactly say she's gonna win, only that she's gonna try her best and that she's feeling confident about her game.

Mondo (http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/vesti/text.php?vest=145430) reports that there was a "Serbian Night" event in New York's Mojito Bar, in honour of Serbian tennis stars, organized by the Serbian government. The host was Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs... There are only pics of Novak, dunno if any other player was there. People who are good at finding pics - try to find more pics from this event.

Brena
Aug 31st, 2009, 08:26 AM
:rolleyes:
No one's gonna beta JJ at the Open!

:rolls: I'll beta you when I getta you, Alexis!


JJ: I'm gonna win the USO!
Although, as you can read she didn't exactly say she's gonna win, only that she's gonna try her best and that she's feeling confident about her game.

Ok, proof undeniable, I'll shut up. :)

I really had no intention of disputing the fact that JJ will win it all, I just thought that her potential SF match with Demi might be harder than people seem to expect. :shrug:
But JJ knows what she should do - get bagelled in first or the second set (it's optional) and then give Demi at least 5 match points and she won't survive it. Serena didn't use that tactics at Wimbly so she almost lost. :help:

дalex
Aug 31st, 2009, 08:34 AM
:rolls: I'll beta you when I getta you, Alexis!

:kiss:

I really had no intention of disputing the fact that JJ will win it all, I just thought that her potential SF match with Demi might be harder than people seem to expect. :shrug:


Please, it's gonna be straightforward affair just like in Cincy.

Bruno71
Aug 31st, 2009, 08:35 AM
Some of us have tended to be overconfident at the prospect of JJ playing Elena because, um, Elena's basically been her bitch. This even started back in 2004 when JJ came out of nowhere to upset Elena in the Australian Open, and has for the most part continued. That said, I never expect JJ to beat Elena, though she usually does these days.

Brena
Aug 31st, 2009, 09:27 AM
Please, it's gonna be straightforward affair just like in Cincy.

:lol: I'd take anything.

Some of us have tended to be overconfident at the prospect of JJ playing Elena because, um, Elena's basically been her bitch. This even started back in 2004 when JJ came out of nowhere to upset Elena in the Australian Open, and has for the most part continued. That said, I never expect JJ to beat Elena, though she usually does these days.

Same here. At the last year's USO, the player who scared me the most was Elena. And then, as soon as the match started, she just completely imploded. :shrug:



Slugfest Country on the other hand is right up Jankovic's street. Nobody can get Demi out of position and off balance during long exchanges with mind-boggling regularity quite like JJ. That takes top-notch precision, taking the initiative by subtly stepping up the pace and choosing the right moment to turn defence into attack. Perfectly illustrated in the SF last year and the Moscow match ... Demi was literally carried from the arena kickin and screamin at the end of that one.

But I can't find any fault in Wayn's analysis either. :worship: (the all of it, but this part especially seems to ring true)
And still, in that Wibley SF, Serena played better than against JJ at the USO, but Demi still almost beat her. :shrug:

Ah, Demented, the eternal mystery of the WTA.

-Valérie-
Aug 31st, 2009, 01:47 PM
One thing we must not forget is that a match can be really different from one to another. If some are eternal « bêtes noires » for a player, other can play great battle each time they meet and their H2H can be really unpredictable.

There is a lot of talking going on; of course, there is always that gossip before a tournament, especially the slams. But we most not forget either that there are always surprises and major upsets and those tournaments. We are talking about semi’s and none of those players have started their tournament.

In this forum, we all hope that JJ will win, some knows that she is going to win, but a lot of experts deny her the trophy because she had a rough season and nobody expect her to hold the trophy. Reason why i think she is the most dangerous…

All of her matches have to be taken seriously and the only thing we know is that her first opponent is going to be Roberta Vinci, a rough start for an appetizer. After that, it can be anyone. Another reason why she is dangerous: she seems really focus, enjoy herself at its most, smile all the time, this can only be good sign. :)

Ivanovic – opps, she is playing like shit lately (lately like a year) might not even make it to the fourth round! :shrug: Then, Safina, opps, the Russian didn’t do what expect this summer, what is going to be? Kleybanova might even beat her :shrug:. Dementieva. Everybody is talking about her lately, but opps, some of her opponent weren’t in their best days :shrug:. In final, opps, where are the Williams sisters? :shrug: Jankovic, opps, my, isn’t she playing great tennis lately ??? ;)

terjw
Aug 31st, 2009, 04:55 PM
Been watching the USO on Sky TV and listenini to Annabel Croft and Greg Rusedski. They put up the betting odds for the top women and they were asked to comment on it. Jelena was 12:1 and it went something like:

Annabel: "Those are pretty good odds to put a bet on Jelena at 12:1."

Geg: "On come on - she's never won a slam in her life."

Annabel: "Just saying they are good odds."

Greg: Chuckling. "You might as well just give me the ten pounds."

дalex
Aug 31st, 2009, 04:57 PM
Greg :yawn:

RFS
Aug 31st, 2009, 05:03 PM
Been watching the USO on Sky TV and listenini to Annabel Croft and Greg Rusedski. They put up the betting odds for the top women and they were asked to comment on it. Jelena was 12:1 and it went something like:

Annabel: "Those are pretty good odds to put a bet on Jelena at 12:1."

Geg: "On come on - she's never won a slam in her life."

Annabel: "Just saying they are good odds."

Greg: Chuckling. "You might as well just give me the ten pounds."

Greg :yawn:

Rusedski = asshole

His idea of good tennis = 98 aces and 3-stroke rally's

His knowledge of women's tennis = zilch

And how many slams did YOU win Greg... ummmmm ZERO!
And how many times did you get to #1 in the ramkings ... ummm.... ZERO!
And agree... what do you know about Women's Tennos... ummmm.. uh huh.... ZERO!

There... nuff said about Greg.

Brena
Aug 31st, 2009, 07:03 PM
Greg Rusedski can't even pronounce JJ's name properly let alone guess the winner.

MaBaker
Aug 31st, 2009, 07:32 PM
Geg: "On come on - she's never won a slam in her life."

Well, that's a good point. There is never a first time for anything.

Bruno71
Aug 31st, 2009, 08:02 PM
Greg Rusedski can't even pronounce JJ's name properly let alone guess the winner.


I guess no one used to bet on him winning anything either ;)

Brena
Aug 31st, 2009, 08:04 PM
I guess no one used to bet on him winning anything either ;)

You can tell - he's asking Annabel Croft to give him ten pounds. On TV!

дalex
Sep 1st, 2009, 08:57 AM
http://www.mtsmondo.com/entertainment/vesti/text.php?vest=145521

Some bits from Jeca's interview for Story magazine...

She says she never had conflicts with Ana, but that they're different. It does bother her that she's compared to her - they are different, individuals for themselves, with different game styles and that's just how things are and should be.

She celebrated one year anniversary with Mladjo in USA. It was a love at first sight. "He's a guy who deserves all the best in life." She was happy he was with her for their anniversary, it means a lot to her as they spend a lot of time apart. They're not thinking about getting engaged. She never does anything just for the sake of doing it, so she gives her all in love, too.

She mentions acting and modeling as her two big loves aside from tennis, her family and Mladjan, of course.

Josh.
Sep 1st, 2009, 09:03 AM
Been watching the USO on Sky TV and listenini to Annabel Croft and Greg Rusedski. They put up the betting odds for the top women and they were asked to comment on it. Jelena was 12:1 and it went something like:

Annabel: "Those are pretty good odds to put a bet on Jelena at 12:1."

Geg: "On come on - she's never won a slam in her life."

Annabel: "Just saying they are good odds."

Greg: Chuckling. "You might as well just give me the ten pounds."

Its comments like this that makes me wonder how people like Greg get the job to cover women's tennis. It's ridiclious that he is allowed to say things like that.

дalex
Sep 1st, 2009, 09:20 AM
A quote from JJ in Blic:
http://www.blic.rs/sport.php?id=108746

I have completely recharged my batteries. Now I'm sure I can move well and compete with the best players just as before, if not better. My goal is to win the US Open.

terjw
Sep 1st, 2009, 09:35 AM
Its comments like this that makes me wonder how people like Greg get the job to cover women's tennis. It's ridiclious that he is allowed to say things like that.

I think Greg was in a particularly smug and an "I know it all" obnoxious mood yesterday. He actually seemed to think he was the source of all wisdom. Anyway - after what he said about those odds he banged on about how Serena was the true #1 and Jelena last year and Dinara now weren't proper #1's. And to the text messages and emails that pointed out there was a world ranking which measures performances over the whole year and WTA tour - not just the slams - he just dismissed them all as wrong with the "Grand slams are the only thing that matters" line. Haven't we all heard that before. :rolleyes:

In fairness to Greg - he's not too proud to change his mind if things start going different to how he predicts them. He was just acting like he thought he was the "God's gift to tennis analysts". But when his predictions go wrong - he does act better and admit he was wrong. And if Djelena Djankovic as he calls her does do well - I do expect a lot of good words from him. If she does get to the latter rounds - I'd expect him to change his mind about her having no chance.

дalex
Sep 1st, 2009, 09:54 AM
http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/eng/news.php
RECORD IS BROKEN! LONG LIVED NEW RECORD! | 31.08.2009.

Have you already heard that…

... the world record, the largest photo mosaic, which has set in Birmingham, United Kingdom 2008, IS BROKEN!
And do you know who broke it?! Citizens of Serbia and Orbit in campaign ’We collect smiles and we need yours!’
RECORD IS BROKEN! LONG LIVED NEW RECORD!

It all started…

On 1st March 2009 when Orbit and Jelena Jankoviæ, full of enthusiasm, started collecting smiles. Their optimism overwhelmed citizens of Serbia, and we have all together after long and not even a little struggle managed to break the Guinness record in the number of photos with smiles. Patrols, e-mails, web site... finally we reached the magical figure of 130000 photos!

Expecting us...

Our Orbit photo mosaic, composed of over 128 000 photos of your smiles, we will proudly show on Partizan basketball courts at Kalemegdan, at the end of September (we’ll let you know the date!).
Come and bring smiles that brought us record.

Yours - Jelena Jankovic and Orbit!

That's one enthusiastic piece of news. :spit:

Josh.
Sep 1st, 2009, 10:45 AM
I think Greg was in a particularly smug and an "I know it all" obnoxious mood yesterday. He actually seemed to think he was the source of all wisdom. Anyway - after what he said about those odds he banged on about how Serena was the true #1 and Jelena last year and Dinara now weren't proper #1's. And to the text messages and emails that pointed out there was a world ranking which measures performances over the whole year and WTA tour - not just the slams - he just dismissed them all as wrong with the "Grand slams are the only thing that matters" line. Haven't we all heard that before. :rolleyes:

In fairness to Greg - he's not too proud to change his mind if things start going different to how he predicts them. He was just acting like he thought he was the "God's gift to tennis analysts". But when his predictions go wrong - he does act better and admit he was wrong. And if Djelena Djankovic as he calls her does do well - I do expect a lot of good words from him. If she does get to the latter rounds - I'd expect him to change his mind about her having no chance.

Oh. This just made me SO much more annoyed :lol: I suppose the only positive I can take out of it is that I don't actually have to listen to his commentary. Suck to be you. ;)

Bruno71
Sep 1st, 2009, 06:54 PM
http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/eng/news.php


That's one enthusiastic piece of news. :spit:


I feel strangely unmoved, however, I'm ecstatic that JJ keeps her mouth fresh :bounce:

Brena
Sep 1st, 2009, 07:40 PM
I feel strangely unmoved, however, I'm ecstatic that JJ keeps her mouth fresh :bounce:

:lol: Due to that campaign there are posters of JJ grinning like mad all over Belgrade. If she loses to some future number 1 again, I'm gonna paint all her teeth black on as much posters as I can find.
So there. :)

~Kiera~
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:22 AM
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26016122-5010361,00.html

Jelena Jankovic sees herself as danger woman in US Open draw

JELENA Jankovic has lost her No 1 ranking and still seeks her first Grand Slam title, but a change in training plans and some hardcourt success has made the Serbian fifth seed a US Open title threat.

Jankovic reached her only Grand Slam final here last year, losing to Serena Williams, and took her first step toward a return trip by defeating Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-3 this morning (AEST).

"For sure my confidence is rising," Jankovic said. "I think I'm on the right track. My level of tennis is rising and rising and I think I'm getting more and more dangerous."

Jankovic ended last year atop the rankings and made some choices to try and defend the top spot that proved to be miscalculations, trying to bulk up her muscles but finding to her dismay that extra size dimmed speed and movement.

"I wanted to be better in 2009. I thought being stronger physically would help me get a better serve, move better, hit harder, all these things," said Jankovic. "For me it didn't work out, which led to some bad results."

Jankovic dropped seven kilograms, targeted her exercise to help her mobility rather than try and add power and found the changes, after early losses at Paris, Dubai, Miami and Indian Wells, made a major difference.

"It had made me much slower. I felt really awkward on court. I didn't feel comfortable out there," she said.

"I play my best when I'm light on my feet, when I'm dynamic, when I can move. When you have movement, you have the balance, you can do what you want with the ball. When you are slow, sluggish, you are always late, then you are struggling. Now I'm doing good and I'm feeling good."

Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva also advanced to the second round with a 6-1 6-2 triumph over France's Camille Pin in 59 minutes.

~Kiera~
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:11 AM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2009-09-01/200909011251849345406.html

Jelena Jankovic
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

J. JANKOVIC/R. Vinci

6 2, 6 3

An interview with: Jelena Jankovic

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Talk about how you felt out there today in your match.

JELENA JANKOVIC: I felt really good out there. You know, I came out really focused and I wanted to do my job in a good way. I wanted to get the first strike, hit first, and try to dominate as much as possible.

And especially knowing that I had tough matches against her in the past, she has that slice and, you know, a little bit different style of game than most girls. So can be difficult and tricky out there.

So I managed to dominate as much as I could, and I finished I think in two good sets. I played well.

Q. Winning in Cincinnati, I assume this has really given you a nice boost of confidence, is that right?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, for sure. I played well in Cincinnati. Every match I was getting better and better. And for sure my confidence was rising.

I have beaten lot of top five players, which is what you want, you know, in order to come back and feel where you are at in the moment, it's by playing the top ones. And I was able to win against them and see what I need to work on, what I need to improve, what I am doing well.

You know, I think I'm on the right track. My level of tennis is rising and rising, and I think I'm getting more and more dangerous.

Q. What were those levels that you felt were exposed or that you thought needed extra sharpening?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I needed to improve on my serve especially. In Cincinnati and Toronto, my serve wasn't really that accurate. I didn't have, you know, a lot of pace on that serve, you know, like some of the other bigger girls. I worked on that.

You know, I served very well today. I made five aces. You know, I thought that the serve helped me a lot today. I held my serve every time and didn't really have any trouble holding my serve, which is important.
You can then play much looser when you're returning. Then everything gets a little bit easier out there. Then when you're struggling with the serve, it gives you a lot of trouble and then you're a little bit more restricted and a little bit more tight.

Q. How fast are these courts compared with Cincinnati or with most hard courts? Are these faster?

JELENA JANKOVIC: They're fast. I mean, normal pace. They're a little bit faster than Cincinnati. But I like to play on these kind of courts. For me, you know, they're not too fast; they're not too slow. For me they're just the pace that I like to play on.

I played on faster surfaces. I thought maybe Stanford, that center court in Stanford was much faster than these courts here.

But I like it a lot here. I'm enjoying my tennis. I hope to continue like this.

Q. You talked over the last several months you wanted to gain weight, then maybe you gained too much. Do you have the weight, fitness level and strength where you want them all now?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I'm back to normal. You know, I'm feeling good about my weight, you know, to what I used to be before. In the beginning of the year, I had a lot of kilos, more than usual. I had maybe seven kilos more, which is like almost fifteen pounds or so, which maybe you couldn't tell by the looks, but that was the case with me. It made me much slower. I felt really awkward on court. You know, I didn't feel comfortable out there.

Now I lost weight. I'm not as muscular as I was before. Maybe bulkier. I never was really big. But for me that was big enough. That was very big, which I wasn't used to that kind of body. I was never one of those girls who had those muscles. That really suits my game. I thought I was going to be better being stronger, but it didn't make me better; it made me worse.

I play my best tennis when I'm light on my feet, when I'm dynamic, when I can move. When you have the movement, you are on the ball, you have the balance, you can do whatever you like with the ball. When you're slow, sluggish, you're always late, then you're struggling by yourself. You are your biggest opponent. You don't know what you're doing out there. So now I'm doing good and I'm feeling good.

Q. What did you do to lose the weight?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Nothing. I changed the way I trained. As well, I changed a little bit the way I eat as well. I'm a big fan of chocolate, these kind of things. But I never really had a problem with my issues with my weight, meaning that I'm not allowed or I cannot eat chocolate or these fatty foods because I was going to gain weight. I gain weight by adding muscle.

I went much more in the gym. I was lifting more weights and doing exercises that made me stronger. And muscle weighs more.

So I stopped going to the gym and lifting heavier weights. I'm lifting very light weights just to get definition and be, how do you say, have the power, but at the same time be explosive. So I don't just have power and I'm really slow. And that's what I did. All the exercises are related to tennis.

So, you know, I'm moving really good on the court in this moment and I feel that, you know, my game is getting better and better, which I'm happy about.

Q. Safina has been struggling with this No. 1 ranking and the pressure of it. We saw the same thing with Ivanovic. Why is it difficult, and did you struggle with that pressure?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No. To be honest, once you hit that No. 1 ranking, you have achieved a huge thing. And, you know, for me, you know, until I got there, I had pressure because I really wanted to be No. 1 in the world. I wanted to be able to say one day when I'm going to be older I was the No. 1 player in the world. And that's really huge. Not many people can say that.

Once you are there, for sure there is people gonna be going after you. They have nothing to lose. You are the one to beat. When I was No. 1, I finished the year as the No. 1 player in the world, I finished in a good way. I won three tournaments in a row and played semis at the Championships. I played quite a lot, but I had great results, beat all of the top 10 players, which was great.

I wanted to be better in 2009, which I thought, you know, by being stronger physically will help me, you know, get a better serve, move better, hit harder, and all of these things. But for me didn't work out, which led to bad results.

As well, I had some personal problems, too, which distracted me and got me a little bit away from the court from thinking only about tennis. But now everything is clear. I'm enjoying again. I'm back on the courts with a smile on my face.

Q. No. 1 itself didn't pressure you?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Really when you're No. 1 in the world, you just got to take that as a challenge and accept it as it is. You got to expect everybody to play their best tennis when they're playing against you. And especially the lower ranked players which have nothing to lose, which is normal.

But you just got to take that as a challenge and just try to play your best tennis each time. It's not easy, but if you want to be the best, you have to take that.

Q. Finishing the year No. 1 is a rare accomplishment. There are other players who haven't done that who have won majors. Do you ever feel it's a little unfair or you've been unlucky that you haven't done that as well?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No. There is no reason. You know, I'm only 24 years old. So I still have time to achieve many things. My goal in this moment is just to work hard and my time will come. I believe in myself. That's the most important thing.

Q. Do you consider yourself maybe the best player that's never won a major?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't think about that at all. I don't really care about statistics or anything like that.

Q. As you were a girl, what's your very first memory from tennis?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Maybe when I began to play at nine and a half years old. I remember I had just one racquet and I had a leather grip. I started in the wintertime. It was in Serbia. It was in that balloon. How do you call it? You know what I mean.

Q. The bubble.

JELENA JANKOVIC: The bubble, yeah. And it's so cold inside. And it was wintertime. I remember I wanted to play so much. I liked the sport. But I never really thought I was going to end up being a professional tennis player. I just enjoyed, you know, hitting balls and learning how to play the game. I never really had that, you know, one day I'm going to be No. 1 in the world. That was not even in my even in a fairytale.

Q. Did you have dreams at night when you were sleeping of playing a match in tennis?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Oh, many times, especially after you're playing so many matches, I'm dreaming, I'm yelling in my dream. It's out, it's not out, it's in. I'm still playing tennis sometimes at night, which you got to understand. We play a lot of tennis. We are competing every time. Some of those things that happen during the day, you're dreaming about at night. But what can you do? Many times I wake up in the morning and I have no idea where I am, which city I am, all these things. But that's the case of a professional tennis player.

Q. You have your sponsorship with ANTA now. Can you talk a little bit about what the relationship is right now? Are you still giving a lot of input about what kind of clothes you wear?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I really like my clothes. They're much different than some of the other dresses that are out there. I'm wearing at this moment a red dress, which it's a color that I like. Bright colors suit me. I wore last week yellow, now red. Red is a color of good luck, so hopefully I will have some luck in that way.

And, you know, ANTA is a great company. Hopefully we will grow bigger and bigger and get the promotion worldwide. Hopefully by wearing all of these nice and beautiful dresses, and they are very comfortable as well, hopefully the relationship will be very successful.

Q. Why are so many women having so many double faults? What is so hard about the toss?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I'm the wrong person to ask. You should ask some of the other players who are making a lot of double faults. I'm okay in that department. You know, I make a few, but I'm not that bad (laughter).

Q. Is it windy out there?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. Yeah, everyone every once in a while you toss the ball bad, which is going to cause a bad serve. You're not going to hit your target, where you wanted the ball to go.

But, you know, some of those girls are having problems with the toss. I'm okay, but I still can improve on my toss. My toss gets off every once in a while, but I try to do my best to throw it nicely and hit my shot.

louisa.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:14 AM
:lol: Due to that campaign there are posters of JJ grinning like mad all over Belgrade. If she loses to some future number 1 again, I'm gonna paint all her teeth black on as much posters as I can find.
So there. :)

:rolls: :haha:

Thanks for the interview, Sarah :)

Bruno71
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:45 AM
:lol: Due to that campaign there are posters of JJ grinning like mad all over Belgrade. If she loses to some future number 1 again, I'm gonna paint all her teeth black on as much posters as I can find.
So there. :)


Sounds like a Photoshop trial run is in order :lol:

terjw
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:45 AM
The bit she's asked about if she had tennis dreams at night and says she still has them:


Oh, many times, especially after you're playing so many matches, I'm dreaming, I'm yelling in my dream. It's out, it's not out, it's in. I'm still playing tennis sometimes at night, which you got to understand.


Have to laugh that the thing she mentions in her tennis dreams is whether the ball was in or out. :lol: That's definitely our Jelena alright. I wonder if she dreams about getting bad decisions and going up to the umpire and saying any of her classics - "You need glasses" or "Don't just sit there to sit there" :lol:.

But nice interview.

RFS
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:03 PM
:haha: "don't just sit there to sit there" brings a smile to my face EVERY time!

Snex
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:24 PM
Oh, many times, especially after you're playing so many matches, I'm dreaming, I'm yelling in my dream. It's out, it's not out, it's in. I'm still playing tennis sometimes at night, which you got to understand.

I wonder does she ask for challenges in her dreams. :lol:

ChriS.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 10:17 PM
I didn't have, you know, a lot of pace on that serve, you know, like some of the other bigger girls.

Q. What did you do to lose the weight? JELENA JANKOVIC: Nothing. I changed the way I trained. As well, I changed a little bit the way I eat as well. So I stopped going to the gym and lifting heavier weights. And that's what I did.

I played quite a lot, but I had great results, beat all of the top 10 players, which was great.

I don't really care about statistics or anything like that.

I started in the wintertime. It was in Serbia. It was in that balloon. How do you call it? You know what I mean.

I'm dreaming, I'm yelling in my dream. It's out, it's not out, it's in. I'm still playing tennis sometimes at night, which you got to understand.

Many times I wake up in the morning and I have no idea where I am, which city I am, all these things.

You should ask some of the other players who are making a lot of double faults. I'm okay in that department. You know, I make a few, but I'm not that bad (laughter).

My toss gets off every once in a while, but I try to do my best to throw it nicely and hit my shot. JJ never disappoints.

Nina.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 10:26 PM
"Where am I? Why am I here? Who am I? Who is the guy next to me? Oh, he's really hot, he can stay."

Foon_JJ
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:41 AM
NEW YORK (AP)—Jelena Jankovic felt as though she couldn’t even watch the ball.

The night before, her beloved grandmother had died back home in Serbia. That’s where her heart and mind were Thursday, not on the No. 5 seed’s second-round match at the U.S. Open that ended with a loss to Yaroslava Shvedova.

“I was very sad and emotionally I was really not on court,” Jankovic said. “I really tried my best to be there and to try to play, but it was really hard.

“You could see I was not happy on the court. I was really suffering. I tried to think about my tennis, but I felt like I was so late and so slow.”

Shvedova, a 21-year-old from Kazakhstan, won 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6).

Jankovic planned to fly to Serbia on Friday to join her mother, who left New York on Wednesday to return home. Jankovic said she didn’t know many details after talking on the phone with her mother.

“I couldn’t really speak,” she said. “I was just crying.”

Jankovic lost in the final at Flushing Meadows in 2008, but the former top-ranked player has not advanced past the fourth round at a Grand Slam this year.

“When you are sad, when you are down, you’re not the same person,” she said. “You don’t move as well. You don’t hit the ball as well. My head wasn’t really there. I just was so—it was like a shadow of myself.

“But, you know, what can you do? Life goes on and I have to try to stay hopefully positive as much as I can, get through this.”



http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-usopen-jankovic&prov=ap&type=lgns

louisa.
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:48 AM
:sad: thanks for the article.

Jelena :hug: :hug: :awww:

Josh.
Sep 4th, 2009, 07:36 AM
JJ. :hug: x 20.

Just Do It
Sep 4th, 2009, 07:52 AM
Huh :(

дalex
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:33 AM
http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/vesti.php?yyyy=2009&mm=09&dd=04&nav_id=379623

Serbian tennis player Jelena Jankovic said that during the match against Jaroslav Švedovom in mind was absent from the field due to demise in the family.

Jankovićevoj before meeting with Kazakh player reported that her grandmother died, the mother of her mother Snezana, which Serbian tennis player was unable to concentrate during the match. Jankovic is also said that Shvedova was extremely motivated and that her victory was helped by a great service of the Kazakhstan player.

Jankovic said after the match that is not uncommon for weaker lower ranked players on the WTA list, get the wings "when they play against the best players in the world.

"I watched her several times before, once we have played against each other a few years ago and then it was a different game. And then, when lower ranked players play against the best players, they can serve high speed and hit it. They do not think, they are completely free to play and have nothing to lose. Today was the case with her, "said Jankovic

"As for me, I have not been present on the court, because something happened. My grandmother died, and the two of us we were very close. I am very sad and therefore I practically wasn't on the court. I really tried to give my best and try to play, but it was very difficult. You saw that I was not happy on the court, I really suffered. I tried to think only of the game, but it seems to me that I was late and I was slow. I couldn't see the ball, that was my problem. In life there are more important things than tennis. When you think about it, this defeat is just a small thing to a situation when someone dies in the family. This is a very difficult situation, "said Jankovic.

Asked whether she may have been injured, since she wasn't moving well on the court, Jankovic responded that the possible injury was influenced by her mental state during the match.

"I was very tired. I suppose I was, I moved very bad today. I suppose it all, when you are under mental pressure because of these things goes together. When you are sad, then you are not the same person and not playing as well as you can. My head wasn't on the court, I was the shadow of myself. Life goes on and I'll try to stay positive as much as I can, so I can go through this," said the Serbian tennis player.

Jankovic on Friday will travel to Belgrade, where he will join his mother, who returned a day earlier, and the rest of the family.

Brena
Sep 4th, 2009, 03:59 PM
What a shitty day yesterday was... :awww:
I hope her granny died peacefully of old age, but that's not much of a comfort when it happens to you - my grandmother died out of the blue on my 26th birthday two years ago. She was over 80 but was still so sprightly and clear-minded that the thought of her dying had never crossed my mind. My sister, our 3 cousins and I are all grown-ups but we were shell-shocked for several days. Even now, on my birthday I can't help but think of her.
So, at least for once JJ's oncourt cluelessness and blank expressions have a rational explanation. :awww:

Snex
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:35 PM
What a shitty day yesterday was... :awww:
I hope her granny died peacefully of old age, but that's not much of a comfort when it happens to you - my grandmother died out of the blue on my 26th birthday two years ago. She was over 80 but was still so sprightly and clear-minded that the thought of her dying had never crossed my mind. My sister, our 3 cousins and I are all grown-ups but we were shell-shocked for several days. Even now, on my birthday I can't help but think of her.
So, at least for once JJ's oncourt cluelessness and blank expressions have a rational explanation. :awww:

It is really terrible when your family member die, but she shouldn't have played. She should have pulled off, with an appropriate explanation. That's what I would do. :shrug: Now everybody thinks that she played crap and that she deserved to lose. They don't give a damn for her grandma.

MagicMilan
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:51 PM
^^^ btw I like your sig :) :o

-Valérie-
Sep 4th, 2009, 07:20 PM
It is really terrible when your family member die, but she shouldn't have played. She should have pulled off, with an appropriate explanation. That's what I would do. :shrug: Now everybody thinks that she played crap and that she deserved to lose. They don't give a damn for her grandma.

Well, i guess she wanted to say: "i win this for my grandmother!" :shrug: That what i would have tried to. But well, concentration wasn't there. And she had just learned about it and Jelena is a fighter! We all said that she should have withdraw at Wimbledon. We got to give her that, she has the heart of a lioness.

Foon_JJ
Sep 4th, 2009, 07:25 PM
I'm so proud of her!!!

ChriS.
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:52 PM
Well, i guess she wanted to say: "i win this for my grandmother!" :shrug: That what i would have tried to. But well, concentration wasn't there. And she had just learned about it and Jelena is a fighter! We all said that she should have withdraw at Wimbledon. We got to give her that, she has the heart of a lioness.Yes, she tried to do that but she has a warm heart and tennis is just a game after all. There was no way she could put 100% into her tennis when her family needed her. It does not matter that the stats show she lost because all that matters is what she thinks about herself.

Bruno71
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:01 PM
It is really terrible when your family member die, but she shouldn't have played. She should have pulled off, with an appropriate explanation. That's what I would do. :shrug: Now everybody thinks that she played crap and that she deserved to lose. They don't give a damn for her grandma.


I respect her choice, and after all she was one point from winning. And it's not that important what people think.

terjw
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:41 PM
It is really terrible when your family member die, but she shouldn't have played. She should have pulled off, with an appropriate explanation. That's what I would do. :shrug: Now everybody thinks that she played crap and that she deserved to lose. They don't give a damn for her grandma.

I don't think that's true.

Foon_JJ
Sep 5th, 2009, 05:53 AM
Jelena Jankovic
Thursday, September 3, 2009
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did her aggressiveness give you a hard time today or did it catch you off guard?
JELENA JANKOVIC: To be honest, you know, when you are playing a player like that, I've seen her play a few times before, and I played her once before two years ago, and they play totally different game. And then they play against a top seed and they're serving 120 miles per hour, they're hitting every shot. They're really not thinking out there. They're just playing freely because they have nothing to lose. And that was the case today with her.
As for my part, you know, I wasn't really on the court because, you know, I had something else, you know, happened. My grandmother died, and I was very close to her. You know, I was very sad and emotionally I was really not on court. I really tried, you know, my best to be there and to try to play, but it was really hard.
You could see I was not happy on the court. I was really suffering. I tried to think about my tennis, but, you know, I felt like I was so late and so slow. You know, I couldn't even watch the ball. That was my problem.
So there are more important things in life than tennis. When you think about it, this is just a small event compared to somebody in your family who dies. My mom was here with me, and she flew yesterday in the afternoon. She went back to Serbia, you know, to try to help. But she died last night, so...
It's very difficult situation. My mom, as well, is recovering from her surgery. We are all down. You know, it was my only grandmother. I was very, very close to her. Unfortunately, she passed away.

Q. And when your mom went home, was she able to see your grandmother before she passed away?
JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, I couldn't really speak. I was just, you know, crying. I couldn't even ask for details because, you know, it's really hard.

Q. Did you find out before the match or after the match?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Before. I found out before. I was really down. It's normal because I'm an emotional person, so it's not easy.

Q. You found out last night or this morning?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Doesn't matter. But the most important thing is she passed away. And, you know, I will go back home tomorrow and try to stay by my mother, you know, my family, and we'll see.

Q. You had a rubber glove at one point and you were rubbing something on your leg. Are you dealing with an injury?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, really, you know, I was really tired and tight. I guess, as well, I moved really badly today. And I guess that's all when you are mentally affected by this kind of thing, I guess that all goes together. When you are sad, when you are down, you're not the same person. You don't move as well. You don't hit the ball as well. My head wasn't really there. I just was so it was like a shadow of myself.
But, you know, what can you do? Like I said, life goes on and I have to try to stay, you know, hopefully positive as much as I can, get through this.

:sad::hug::hug: You can do it!!! :kiss:

allrounder
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:21 PM
From her blog...
Hi Everyone,
I started the US Open really well and was pretty excited about my chances, but the day before my second round match I got very bad news, that my grandmother passed away. I was very sad. I didn't even feel like going on the court. Mentally and physically, I wasn't there. I was a shadow of myself.

My mother came to New York to watch me play and my father was already here, so I had everyone here supporting me, and it was great. But my mom left the day before my match to be with my grandmother. Today was the funeral. My whole family was there. I'm at the airport now, and I'm going back to Serbia.

She was my only grandmother... I was very close to her and loved her a lot. She always told me she liked my red tennis dress, that it was the color of happiness and luck. I wanted her to be happy and I wanted to do well at the US Open, so I wore it. I was hoping it would bring luck to both of us. But unfortunately it didn't help this time. She dedicated her whole life to family, to all of us. She was an unbelievable person, beautiful on the inside and out. She was always supporting me and watching me play. Hopefully she was proud of me.

I was calling every day to see how she was doing.. I was praying every day she would be okay. This is especially hard on my mom... she was her mom. My mom is recovering from surgery herself and it's not easy for her.

I'm going to take some days off from tennis to just be there with my family. We're all very sad but we're trying to stay as positive as possible. I'm not thinking about tennis at the moment. I have some time before I play my next tournament so I want to heal from this and go from there. When something like this happens, tennis seems like just a game. There are more important things.

I want to thank all of you for your support right now. I am thankful for you all and I will be back soon.
:hug:

louisa.
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:40 PM
:awww: :hug: :sad:

Foon_JJ
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:48 PM
She dedicated her whole life to family, to all of us.

Just like my grandma... :sad:
Take all your time you need with your family. :hug: :kiss:

RFS
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:54 PM
Wasn't it her grandparents who helped pay for her to study in the US?

PS.. that's pretty awesome to write a blog at this time.

:hug:

ChriS.
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:42 PM
She dedicated her whole life to family, to all of us.

Just like my grandma... :sad:
Take all your time you need with your family. :hug: :kiss:

Wasn't it her grandparents who helped pay for her to study in the US?

PS.. that's pretty awesome to write a blog at this time.

:hug:I think it is great that she was able to express her emotions and gratitude to her grandma through her blog.

JadeFox
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:46 PM
Oh JJ, I just want to give her a big ol hug right now. :hug:

Yorker
Sep 6th, 2009, 12:31 AM
hey guys dont know if this has been posted but jelena was part of an interview with other players, sorry if it's been posted, i found the superstition one kinda funny.


http://www.wmagazine.com/w/blogs/editorsblog/2009/08/31/summer-may-be-fleeting-only.htm

Kampi
Sep 6th, 2009, 07:13 AM
hey guys dont know if this has been posted but jelena was part of an interview with other players, sorry if it's been posted, i found the superstition one kinda funny.


http://www.wmagazine.com/w/blogs/editorsblog/2009/08/31/summer-may-be-fleeting-only.htm

Thank you Yorker:wavey::)

-Valérie-
Sep 8th, 2009, 12:23 PM
She needed to share her pain i guess. And she is right, she has great chances this year at the US open, but nothing is more important than family!

Roookie
Sep 8th, 2009, 08:01 PM
What's your favorite thing to do in New York City during your downtime?
Safina: Shopping on Fifth Avenue.
Jankovic: I love going shopping and going to the hair dresser. I also get pampered with manicures, pedicures and facials.
Zvonareva: The first thing I will do is probably go to Starbucks and then walk around the shops.
Azarenka: There are so many different restaurants and you can just go every night to a different one.
Hantuchova: I love hanging around in SoHo because of the great shops and restaurants.
Oudin: If I have time I'll try to go to a play. The last one I saw was Mama Mia!


:lol:

Brena
Sep 8th, 2009, 09:09 PM
Oudin: If I have time I'll try to go to a play.

Melanie wants me to stop hating on her. She knows the way to my icy heart. :awww:

Brena
Sep 8th, 2009, 09:24 PM
Here's a scan of an article I ran into today in a Serbian magazine. It's a short interivew with Sneki about her mother (and JJ's granny) who's passed away and some quotes from JJ's last blog. Sneki says they were all really close and that Grandma always used to bake JJ cakes which she would take with her on tournaments :awww: (and, on a lighter note, probably not share them with Marion...)
There's a pic of JJ's granny Budimka. It seems JJ has her eyes.

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/9969/scan0001mj.th.jpg (http://img89.imageshack.us/i/scan0001mj.jpg/)

Snex
Sep 8th, 2009, 09:40 PM
:awww: :hug:

ce
Sep 8th, 2009, 10:49 PM
omg :sad:
Jelena honey :hug: :smooch:

szymek_m1
Sep 10th, 2009, 12:44 PM
Can someone translate what JJ and Sneki said in that article?

Snex
Sep 10th, 2009, 07:38 PM
Can someone translate what JJ and Sneki said in that article?

JJ said more or less the same what she said after the match. :shrug: she said that it was not her on the court, they told her before the match what happened, etc. She cried, and didn't hear the details, but she said that she must get on the court to play because so many people came to see her. And she also promised that she'll dedicate to her grandma her next first big victory (I don't know what she meant - match or tournament :scratch:). Her grandma used to make her cakes to take them to tournaments, and she was her only grandma... (I remember one video... I think it was in Indian Wells last year when reporters came in her hotel room, and she showed them some figures that her grandma gave her to take them to Indian Wells...) Right?

As to Snezana, she said that she was shocked and she's still depressed, not only her but the whole family because they are compact family and very close to each other, etc.

Just Do It
Sep 10th, 2009, 08:20 PM
Oh no :( Win the all in Tokyo :hug:

Bruno71
Sep 10th, 2009, 11:11 PM
Melanie wants me to stop hating on her. She knows the way to my icy heart. :awww:

The fact that she saw Mamma Mia makes me want to hate her :lol:

Foon_JJ
Sep 30th, 2009, 09:11 AM
Jankovic not fazed by Tokyo seed jinx

TOKYO, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Seventh seed Jelena Jankovic avoided the rush for the exit at the Pan Pacific Open by reaching the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The Serb, the highest-ranked survivor following a flood of upsets at the $2 million Tokyo tournament, advanced after Russian opponent Elena Vesnina retired with a thigh muscle strain.

Jankovic, who finished the 2008 season as the world number one, was cruising 6-1 3-0 when Vesnina threw in the towel in cold conditions under a closed centre court roof.

“My goal is to make the (WTA Tour’s season-ending) championships,” the world number eight told reporters.

“I’m trying not to put pressure on myself thinking about what’s happened to the other seeds.”

Jankovic, who came to Japan after warm weather training in Dubai, next plays 14th seed Marion Bartoli after the Frenchwoman scored a 4-6 6-2 7-5 win over Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Current number one Dinara Safina, second seed Venus Williams and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova all lost their opening matches on Monday after first-round byes.

A tournament that started with nine of the world’s top 10 was down to just two before the close of play on Wednesday.

Tokyo organisers are hoping for a strong run by Russian pin-up Maria Sharapova to boost ticket sales for the weekend after the early exit of the top seeds.

дalex
Oct 1st, 2009, 12:27 PM
http://www.onthebaseline.com/2009/09/28/what-makes-a-great-backhand-good-hair/

What Makes a Great Backhand? Good Hair

http://www.onthebaseline.com/uploads/Julien%20Farel%20and%20Jelena%20Jankovic_2.jpg

We’ve all had them: bad hair days. You’ve battled with the blow dryer, globbed on the styling cream, and spritzed hair spray, only to put it all up in a ponytail, throw on your sunglasses, and head out the door.

I had a few of those days myself during this year’s US Open. What made my bad hair days seem even worse was not being able to spot any WTA players who had less than perfect coifs, even after sweating for hours under the blazing sun. What was the secret to taming their tresses?

I had heard a rumor about a hair salon located somewhere in Arthur Ashe Stadium. But with all of the matches, player press conferences, and deadlines, I couldn’t find the time to explore the stadium as much as I would have liked. During the occasional bathroom breaks, I would catch a glimpse of my reflection, and I could see the controlled chaos that I sometimes refer to as my hair.

I then realized that I couldn’t leave the US Open without finding this hair salon. So, during the final weekend of the tournament, I spent an hour wandering around the hallowed halls of Arthur Ashe Stadium. I walked up to the entrance of the players lounge, up one flight of stairs, and found the ultra-chic Julien Farel Salon, located just to the left of the 3rd floor gym. I was quite impressed.

As the official on-site hair salon for the US Open, the Julien Farel Salon has been making players match-ready and camera-ready for the past three years. Owner and lead stylist, Julien Farel and his team of beauty experts offer the players haircuts, hair styling, and skin care, as well as manicures and pedicures, and even eye brow shaping. The Salon also extends its services to coaches, family members, VIPs and celebrity clients. During the two weeks of the US Open, over 450 people were coiffed, polished, and shaped at the Julien Farel Salon in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

I asked Julien about what makes the hair salon so popular with the players. “We’re located in the players’ area, so they usually see the salon and come in,” he said. “It’s a great place for them to take some time-out and relax.”

Over the years, Jelena Jankovic has been one of the most frequent visitors during the US Open. Before one of her matches this year, Jelena requested the HairThread technique (hair tied into place without the need for clips or pins.) Jelena wanted red and white thread in her ponytail to match her outfit for that day.

Other top WTA players who stopped by include Daniela Hantuchova, Nadia Petrova, Na Li, and former players Billie Jean King, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Hana Mandlikova. ESPN commentator Hannah Storm even had her hair coiffed at the Salon.

http://www.onthebaseline.com/uploads/Julien%20Farel%20and%20Jelena%20Jankovic.jpg

What impressed me the most about the Salon is their focus on sun protection for both skin and hair. “Most of the female players get everything done because the products we use protect them from the sun,” says Julien. “We use Natura Bissé oil-free SPF 30 for sun protection, Yves Saint Laurent Poudre Sur Mesure [semi-loose powder], YSL waterproof mascara, and YSL Gloss Volupte with SPF. Most importantly, we use PhytoLaque Soie [hairspray] from PHYTO Hair Care. It has a firm hold, is made from plant extracts, and it protects the hair from sun damage.”

Given the long hours of play during the US Open, the Julien Farel Salon honored some late-night requests, and even some walk-ins. “We are happy to style the players when they need it,” says Julien. “We will always accommodate players. It does not matter what time. That is why we are there.”

Now you know how the players manage to avoid bad hair days, whether it’s day or night, on or off the court.

They leave it to the pros. Smart move.

MaBaker
Oct 1st, 2009, 01:23 PM
For a second, I thought that's Mladjan on the pic.

~Kiera~
Oct 1st, 2009, 01:53 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE58T1V320091001

Focused Jankovic powers into Tokyo semi-finals

By Alastair Himmer

TOKYO (Reuters) - Seventh seed Jelena Jankovic overpowered Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday.

The Serbian, who finished 2008 as the top-ranked women's player in the world, never looked in danger of following the top six seeds out of the $2 million Tokyo event.

"It makes a big difference when my mind is on tennis," Jankovic told reporters after beating Bartoli for the first time in their last five meetings. "I play at another level.

"So many things happened this year. My mum got sick and had surgery. Before my U.S. Open second round (defeat last month) my grandmother died.

"Tennis became secondary because other things were more important in life."

Jankovic completed victory over Bartoli by forcing the 14th seed to dump a backhand into the net to end a point which neatly encapsulated their match.

A tournament which boasted nine of the world's top 10 players has only two left with the world number nine Victoria Azarenka of Belarus playing later on Thursday.

World number one Dinara Safina, second seed Venus Williams and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova all lost their opening matches after first-round byes.

~Kiera~
Oct 2nd, 2009, 01:32 PM
http://www.tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=187356

Sharapova, Jankovic to meet in Japan Open final

TOKYO (AP)—Maria Sharapova will have a chance to add to two previous career successes in Japan after advancing Friday to the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

The Russian will face seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in Saturday’s final at Ariake Colosseum, hoping to break a title drought that extends back to April last year. She has won four of her previous five matches against Jankovic, who defeated China’s Li Na 6-4, 6-3 in Friday’s other semifinal.

“She’s a very solid player,” Sharapova said of Jankovic. “She’s a great mover and makes you hit a lot of balls. The points are never easy so it will be a tough match.”

Radwanska saved two match points in the final game to pull back to 30-40 but Sharapova closed out the match with a crosscourt backhand.

Sharapova has struggled since returning from a 10-month injury layoff but has a record of strong performances in Japan. She won her first tournament as a professional at the Japan Open in 2003 and won this tournament in 2005, defeating Lindsay Davenport in the final.

Sharapova lost to American Melanie Oudin in the third round of the U.S. Open last month and said that gave her time to get ready for this event.

“I’ve done way better than I thought,” Sharapova said. “When you lose early in a Grand Slam, you have more time to prepare but you never know how that will translate in a match.”

Jankovic took a medical timeout early in the second set but worked through pain in her win over Li.

Li had just broken Jankovic to go up 2-1 when the Serb took a timeout to have her right arm treated. Jankovic broke back in the fourth game and never looked back.

“I started to feel some pain in my arm,” the former top-ranked Jankovic said. “The ball was heavy in this humidity. I received some treatment and tried not think about it and just fight for every point.”

Jankovic has won two titles this year at Cincinnati and Marbella.

“If I can win my third title of the year, that would be pretty good,” Jankovic said. “It’s been a difficult year so it would be nice to finish strong.”

Jankovic, the highest seeded player left in the tournament, said she was looking forward to facing Sharapova.

“It will be a difficult match,” Jankovic said. “She is a strong hitter. I haven’t played her in a while and don’t know how she is playing so it will be an interesting match.”

Top-ranked Dinara Safina of Russia, Venus Williams and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova all lost their opening matches after first-round byes.

Bruno71
Oct 2nd, 2009, 06:42 PM
Oh yes...the humidity. Why didn't I think of that before? :lol:

terjw
Oct 2nd, 2009, 11:37 PM
"It will be a difficult match,” Jankovic said. “She is a strong hitter. I haven’t played her in a while and don’t know how she is playing so it will be an interesting match.”


That's the Jelena we all know and love. She doesn't need to know how her opponent is playing. She'll just work it out in her match. :lol:

Bruno71
Oct 3rd, 2009, 12:40 AM
That's the Jelena we all know and love. She doesn't need to know how her opponent is playing. She'll just work it out in her match. :lol:


*SMACK* (in) *SMACK* (out) What's to "know"?

j/k :lol:

Illusionist
Oct 3rd, 2009, 02:32 AM
*SMACK* (in) *SMACK* (out) What's to "know"?

j/k :lol:

*SMACK* (double fault #25) :p :lol:
I'm mean, I have to :p

дalex
Oct 3rd, 2009, 07:38 AM
http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE5920HT20091003?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=11604

TOKYO (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova won her second Pan Pacific Open title after Jelena Jankovic retired with a wrist injury in Saturday's final.

It was Sharapova's first title since shoulder surgery last October and the 20th of her career. Her last tournament win came at Amelia Island in April 2008.

The Russian was leading 5-2 when seventh seed Jankovic complained of shooting pains down her right arm and called for the trainer to tape up her wrist at the changeover.

The Serb managed just two more points after a medical timeout before throwing in the towel.

"These things happen but I'll certainly take it," Sharapova told reporters after the abbreviated final, her second of the year after a runner-up finish in Toronto in August.

"It's great to have that adrenaline again," added the three-times grand slam winner, set to break into the world's top 20 after coming into the $2 million Tokyo event ranked 25th.

"It's funny to win trophies again after thinking I might never be able to hit a tennis ball again. But I'm back and I'm hungry. I can be better than before and win more grand slams."

Sharapova, who has now beaten the 2008 year-end number one Jankovic in five of their six meetings, also won the Pan Pacific Open crown in 2005.

TOKYO CHARM

Four of her 20 WTA Tour titles, including her breakthrough victory at the 2003 Japan Open, have come in Tokyo.

"It's a special place for me," said Sharapova, who had recovered from 2-0 down to rattle off five straight games before Jankovic's retirement.

"I'm proud of how I stepped it up," continued the 22-year-old, a third-round loser at last month's U.S. Open.

"After an early loss in a grand slam I didn't just put my head down and go on vacation."

Jankovic admitted her participation in next week's China Open may be in doubt.

"I had real pain in the shoulder going down to my wrist," said the world number eight. "The wrist is swollen and the whole arm is inflamed.

"I'll see if I can play in Beijing after I get treatment. I wanted to finish but I couldn't even hold the racquet. I had to stop or risk maybe not being able to finish the year."

RFS
Oct 3rd, 2009, 07:51 AM
Don't do it... :unsure:

Nina.
Oct 3rd, 2009, 12:21 PM
"The wrist is swollen and the whole arm is inflamed.

If this is true and she's not just JJ - the drama queen she shouldn't play at all. Rest up and see how it feels until Moscow :unsure:

louisa.
Oct 3rd, 2009, 12:40 PM
:unsure: that arm sounds far from ok
don't do it unless its 100% jelena :help:

JadeFox
Oct 3rd, 2009, 01:11 PM
If the injury's really bad then she should just withdraw. And if ANTA tries to convince her to play...tell them to fuck off JJ! :mad:

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 3rd, 2009, 01:16 PM
This whole injury thing sucks!:sad: I really hope she's just being a little dramatic, but I don't think so... This looked serious today and wrist injuries are no joke!

If the injury's really bad then she should just withdraw. And if ANTA tries to convince her to play...tell them to fuck off JJ! :mad:

Somehow I feel like JJ wouldn't have a problem with that:lol:

RFS
Oct 3rd, 2009, 02:05 PM
If the injury's really bad then she should just withdraw. And if ANTA tries to convince her to play...tell them to fuck off JJ! :mad:

This.
Christ almighty - you know it hadn't even crossed my mind that of.c ANTA will try and most likely want her to play in Beijing.
Pfffft!

Mikey.
Oct 3rd, 2009, 06:20 PM
oh god JJ :scared:

MaBaker
Oct 3rd, 2009, 06:28 PM
If the injury's really bad then she should just withdraw. And if ANTA tries to convince her to play...tell them to fuck off JJ! :mad:
lol, and throw a couple of their crappy shoes at them.

дalex
Oct 4th, 2009, 10:59 AM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gSNcbbpvwiVKiPtTxrTgvEhVvHSQ
Injury setback for Jankovic's Doha WTA bid

By Hiroshi Hiyama (AFP) – 9 hours ago

TOKYO — Jelena Jankovic's campaign for a berth at the season-ending WTA Championships suffered a serious setback after she retired with an arm injury in the final of the Pan Pacific Open.

The Serbian former world number one was forced to quit with severe pain in her right arm when trailing 2-5 against Russia's Maria Sharapova in Tokyo Saturday, putting her bid to defend the China Open in jeopardy.

"My wrist and the whole arm this moment is in pain, it's swollen," she said before leaving for China.

"So I don't know how it will recover, if it will recover by the time I begin over there (Beijing)," she said.

Jankovic earlier said her goal for this season was to earn her ticket to the 4.55-million-dollar championships to be held in Doha later this month, involving the eight top players in 2009.

"My goal is to make it to the championships," said Jankovic, currently in ninth position. "That's what I am trying this moment."

For the China Open, which started Saturday, she received a first-round bye and will face the winner of the clash between Peng Shuai of China and Virginie Razzano of France.

The 24-year-old Jankovic has had a difficult season on and off the court with the death of her grandmother, illness for her mother and having to adjust to working with a new coach.

She was ousted in the fourth round at both the Australian Open and the French Open and crashed out of Wimbledon in a third round shock to US teen sensation Melanie Oudin.

Jankovic only reached the second round of the US Open, during which she learned about her grandmother's death.

This season has a disappointment after the highs of 2008, when she soared to world number one, bagged four titles and reached her first Grand Slam final at the US Open.

"I can just do what I can do in the next couple of tournaments, and try to finish the year in the best possible way, and hopefully start 2010 better than I began this year, which was very difficult for me," she said.

Jankovic became aware of her new injury during her semi-final match Friday afternoon against Li Na of China at the hard-court Ariake Colosseum but went on to win the match with a bandage covering her right upper arm.

After the final against Sharapova, Jankovic emerged with another bandage wrapped around her right wrist.

"I started to feel pain in my shoulder, then it was going down to my wrist," she said, adding that humidity made the ball feel heavier.

"I don't know what happened there. But it is a new injury," she said.

"Hopefully I will recover for the tournament in Beijing, which is really important for me. But we will see," she said.

LoLex
Oct 4th, 2009, 01:55 PM
The same story as in Roland Garros '08. :sad: Heavy balls.

~Kiera~
Oct 6th, 2009, 03:14 PM
http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/news/en/2009-10-06/2252151.shtml

Press Conference: Jelana Jankovic (SRB)

Date: Oct. 6th 2009 Time: 19:00

Scores: Jelana Jankovic lost to Shuai Peng (6-4/ 5-7/ 2-6) in the second round.

Q: Did you expect that this match was going to be such a tough one because before the match you had a smile on your face, and the first half of this match was not that tough for you, but the second part of the match was.

A: It was all about me because I have a knee injury and my arm was getting better and better, but I wanted to do my best on the court today. It was very difficult, and I couldn’t play my best tennis. Even though in both circumstances I still had a chance to claim both sets, unfortunately, I got into a turn, and it was very difficult for me, so she took advantage of that.

Q: Is it all the more disappointing because you’re the defending champion to go from the tournament?

A: Yeah, it’s very disappointing. For me, it’s really not the right time to get injured, especially now because it’s the end of the year with a few more tournaments to play, especially I plan to get in the championships. For me there’s one more tournament to play, and this one was really important for me, especially I was the champion. I love to play here in China. I have a lot of fans here, but unfortunately my arm couldn’t hold up. I couldn’t really hit the ball as hard as I can hit. I played half the pace. I tried the best that I could, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

Q: Your mom didn’t come to Beijing this time with you. Is that quite influential?

A: I love having my mom around, but unfortunately there were some other things that were more important in this moment, so she was staying at home because my grandmother died just during the U.S. Open, so I don’t think it’s the right time for her to travel. I’m here with my dad, and I like having my dad as well here. None of this affected me on the court. The most important thing in this moment is to get healthy and so I can enjoy my games very much.

Q: Why didn’t you ask your coach to coach in the court?

A: Because I didn’t think I needed the coaching. It was all about me and how I couldn’t hit the ball enough. It was about the strength in my arm.

Q: You said you’re going to play one more tournament after this. What is it? You’re borderline now for Doha. If you don’t manage to qualify for Doha, would you consider playing in the other championships in Bali?

A: No, I don’t think so. For me, the good thing is I have one week in between because I lost early here, I still have 10 days or 12 days to recover. Then I’m playing in Moscow, and then we’ll see. Right now I’m No. 8 in the race, so it all depends on how the other girls behind me do. I don’t think I’ll be going to Bali if I don’t make it to Doha. My goal is to go there. I feel like I belong there, and my goal is to compete with the best players in the world, so that is what I would like to try, but unfortunately, you cannot control injuries. You know something’s happening at a bad time, you cannot give your best. You try really hard to be out there and to hit the ball as hard as you can, but you think you’ll be all right, but your arm is giving up, and it’s giving you a hard time. You could probably all see that during the match.

Q: Could you comment on your opponent today? Which part of the match did she do her best?

A: You can ask her about that. I wasn’t really concentrating on her, how she was playing. She hit the ball flat, but if I could stay in the rally and hit two shots, I was all right. Then I had 5-3 in the second, so I had everything under control, so she was doing what she does usually. I don’t know how she usually plays. Her two-handed shots are flatter, but nothing really I can say.

Q: Are you coming back to China Open next year?

A: Yeah for sure. I really love to be here in China. I love China’s people. My sponsor is from China. I always have a good time here. I have great memories from playing the Olympics, from winning the tournament last year. So I would love to travel back and hope I will be here next year.

Q: There are not so many tournaments left in this season. In the winter break last season, you chose strength to be your training goal instead of speed. Are you going to be changing anything about your training this year?

A: Yes, I will be changing differently from what I did last year, so I do not know yet what I’ll do because at this moment I’m focused on finishing the year in the best possible way, and of course getting healthy. My arm will recover. Then I will have some vacation, some time off. Then I will start to think about my training and start preparing for next season.

дalex
Oct 6th, 2009, 03:42 PM
It's time for.... Kanye West! :lol:

"I love you Jelena and I'm gonna let you finish, but Vera had one of the worst injuries ever at the time when she was playing the best tennis of her career, so she really deserves to play Doha."

MaBaker
Oct 6th, 2009, 07:38 PM
^ :spit:

Q: Could you comment on your opponent today? Which part of the match did she do her best?

A: You can ask her about that. I wasn’t really concentrating on her, how she was playing.
:worship:

Daruma.
Oct 6th, 2009, 08:05 PM
^ :spit:


:worship:

If she could concentrate on her rival, maybe she could understand what kind of game Peng played against her and find a way to beat her. :o

But she is injured! :angel:

Bruno71
Oct 6th, 2009, 08:51 PM
If she could concentrate on her rival, maybe she could understand what kind of game Peng played against her and find a way to beat her. :o

But she is injured! :angel:


She had a 6-0 record against Peng before this match, I don't think it was a matter of concentrating on her rival :shrug:

ce
Oct 6th, 2009, 11:05 PM
jj :sad:
hope you get better :sad:
and Vera loses on Thursday :p

terjw
Oct 6th, 2009, 11:23 PM
Sounds like the YEC is still her priority above all else. I must say I'm more worried about her arm/wrist right now than her not qualifying for and playing in the YEC. And then there's this knee injury she says she's got. I didn't know about that. I'm glad if she doesn't qualify that she won't play Doha. There is absolutely no point in risking aggravating an injury playing in that. If she's told she has to - she should just pay the fine.

RFS
Oct 7th, 2009, 04:42 AM
It's time for.... Kanye West! :lol:

"I love you Jelena and I'm gonna let you finish, but Vera had one of the worst injuries ever at the time when she was playing the best tennis of her career, so she really deserves to play Doha."

Totally hilarious :haha:

дalex
Oct 7th, 2009, 01:26 PM
Sounds like the YEC is still her priority above all else. I must say I'm more worried about her arm/wrist right now than her not qualifying for and playing in the YEC. And then there's this knee injury she says she's got. I didn't know about that. I'm glad if she doesn't qualify that she won't play Doha. There is absolutely no point in risking aggravating an injury playing in that. If she's told she has to - she should just pay the fine.

There is no knee injury. Either it was an error in translation or Jelena doesn't know the difference between a knee and a wrist. I think both options are possible.

And her arm/wrist injury is NOT serious. If it was she wouldn't be playing. You can't hit the ball the way she did for the better part of that match if you're in severe pain.

And it doesn't matter if she was injured or not. She was serving for the match, missed some 1st serves, got broken and started to panic about having to play third set.

~Kiera~
Oct 7th, 2009, 02:12 PM
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http://sports.qq.com/a/20091007/000467.htm&rurl=translate.google.co.uk&usg=ALkJrhiZrDU2rNRyjAOqnXdOXQnDeUu4-g

Tencent VS Janko: I hope that next year's return NO.1 forget to eat snakes and Li Na

EAST RUTHERFORD, October 7 Beijing News (reporter Yang Lu-sha) with a 2008 championship ring from the net, Jankovic had hoped to be able to start in 2009, defending a perfect trip, she even for the particular purpose tailor has introduced a new tennis skirt. After enjoying the treatment of first-round bye, Jankovic has suffered in the first match on the failure of an end to China's Shuai Peng Jin-Hua Yang Division of the network in 2009 defending a dream.

Today, Janko has accepted an exclusive interview Tencent sport. She was always elegant, cheerful, and only a bandage on his right hand told us that Jankovic is not very good.

Tencent Sports: Yesterday's loss is most unfortunate that you have been occupying a leading situation. After the match, you have analyzed them why?

Jelena Jankovic: I am not well this year in the performance of the network, which made me feel very disappointed. I have been very much looking forward to a good performance in the network to achieve defending. Unfortunately, the semi-final match in Tokyo, I was injured and eventually withdraw from the final. Yesterday, I had to do their best to stand on the track, but my wrist injury is still very serious. Yue Lai Later, I even returned the ball very hard for. For me, this is a difficult period, I can not win games. Either in the net, maybe I would not stand on the track, but for my Chinese fans and my supporters, I was doing its best.

Tencent Sports: From the beginning of 2004 the network was founded, you will come here every year, what you do every year, choose this game?

Jelena Jankovic: I would like to come to China, like the Chinese people, like the Chinese cuisine. I like to play here, I was in Network has been doing quite well, last year I was champion, I have also reached the final the year before; last year I was here to attend the Olympic Games. Here, I was taking a place of special significance. Each came here, I always feel very happy and comfortable.

DALLAS: In addition to Beijing, you are also visited China, which city is? There did not let you do a particularly deep impression?

Jelena Jankovic: I have been to China many, many places, in addition to Beijing, as well as Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Every place I really enjoyed, of course, I always go to the most famous local snacks, which are very attractive to me. The most memorable was a snake eating experience. Probably three or four years ago in Guangzhou, one day, Li told me, 'go, Irina, I'll show you a restaurant bar, for you to prepare a very special thing. 'The results came, was a snake, wow ... ... Ha ha ha.

Tencent Sports: ahead of the end of today's trip to China, you then have any arrangements?

Jelena Jankovic: Now there are two races. Kremlin Cup two weeks from next time, I hope his injury is getting better as soon as possible. Then known as the Doha Finals in the year-end. Originally, I hope to have good results in the net to ensure that their year-end final qualifying, but now some people are disappointed with the outcome.

Tencent Sports: 2009 has been a gradual end of the season, you can sum up this season's acts?

Jankovic: 2009 and I had a fairly difficult indeed experienced a lot of ups and downs. Outside the stadium, there have been a lot of things on my game also had no small impact. Mom sick surgery, the U.S. net and my grandmother passed away, then it is a very sad time, my performance on the track is not good. However, I understand, in addition to tennis, the life, there are more important things. I began to learn everything not to please too rigid, for me now have everything I am grateful, I just maintain a positive attitude towards life, and strive to enjoy every day life.

EAST RUTHERFORD: So does the new season, there are no specific targets set for itself? For example in the world rankings, such as the Grand Slam win.

Jelena Jankovic: Now my world ranking is eighth, but I believe I should be leading, I have confidence in ourselves, tomorrow I will seek to return to first. I hope next year I injuries can be farther away from the hope that next year I can get more victory. Happened this year, let me become a stronger player at the same time to become a stronger person. Life experience taught me a lot.

EAST RUTHERFORD: I hope you win the Grand Slam next year, and then return to the world.

Jelena Jankovic: I will work harder and hope that wishful thinking will come true.

Tencent Sports: 2008, can be said that Serbia is the world's tennis, the Ana and Novak's Grand Slam, you end of the year ranked first in the world. But this year, it seems that your performance did not last so well. You think this is why?

Jelena Jankovic: Yes, I feel pity. Injury is one of the very important one of the reasons bar. Very pleased that we achieved last year, it is our gift of Serbia presented. Next year, we will refuel.

Tencent Sports: In the past, Irina gives us the impression that moving very quickly, but you strengthen after strength training seem to have lost our competitive edge. You have found a better balance between these two alternative?

Jankovic: This is the end of the season after that I need to focus on resolving problems. It now appears that last year's decision is not quite correct, but growing strength has helped me, I need to find out how in such circumstances without losing speed. I will discuss with the coach and find a suitable training methods.

DALLAS: With Kim Clijsters, Justin Henin return, next year's women's tennis competition will be more intense. How do you see such things happen?

Jankovic: Of course, competition will become more intense, this is a huge challenge. However, if you want to become the world's best players, it must be with each individual contest of strength, able to beat every opponent. This is the sporting events. I can not choose your opponents, each playing station, I need to do is to score as much as possible, and then beat her.

Foon_JJ
Oct 7th, 2009, 02:37 PM
omg...can't believe that she ate snake. Hahhaha

Bruno71
Oct 7th, 2009, 06:27 PM
I wonder if Irina's still real friendly with Li Na. The handshake in Tokyo was cordial but no kisses or huggies.

ChriS.
Oct 7th, 2009, 06:39 PM
I wonder if Irina's still real friendly with Li Na. The handshake in Tokyo was cordial but no kisses or huggies.Irina's a big star now so she has not got time for her old friends.

Snex
Oct 7th, 2009, 07:06 PM
Irina. :lol: I like very much this I began to learn everything not to please too rigid :rolls:

Smoothstuff
Oct 7th, 2009, 07:24 PM
So she is still in china?
Interesting...
Thanks Kiera

ChriS.
Oct 7th, 2009, 08:53 PM
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http://sports.qq.com/a/20091007/000467.htm&rurl=translate.google.co.uk&usg=ALkJrhiZrDU2rNRyjAOqnXdOXQnDeUu4-gIrina says she will comeback: Now my world ranking is eighth, but I believe I should be leading. I have confidence in ourselves, tomorrow I will seek to return to first..I will work harder and hope that wishful thinking will come true.Next year, we will refuel.

LoLex
Oct 7th, 2009, 08:59 PM
I will work harder and hope that wishful thinking will come true.

:spit:

дalex
Oct 7th, 2009, 09:01 PM
I will work harder and hope that wishful thinking will come true.

:rolls:

MaBaker
Oct 7th, 2009, 09:43 PM
No words :worship: :worship:

Optima
Oct 7th, 2009, 09:44 PM
Irina :inlove:

дalex
Oct 7th, 2009, 09:48 PM
Now my world ranking is eighth, but I believe I should be leading.

Oh, Irina is just as delusional as Jeja. :lol:

Bruno71
Oct 7th, 2009, 11:17 PM
Now I know why precious, sweet JJ sometimes says bitchy or obnoxious things. She gets possessed by Irina! Irina also is not as good a tennis player. We have to rescue JJ from the evil clutches of Irina the bitchface!

JadeFox
Oct 8th, 2009, 01:12 AM
Is Irina going to become the tennis equivalent of Sacha Fierce? Cause that would be kinda awesome. :hearts: :lol:

louisa.
Oct 8th, 2009, 09:47 AM
:haha: :haha: the perfect alter-ego :worship:

~Kiera~
Oct 14th, 2009, 03:34 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS122123+14-Oct-2009+PRN20091014


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omgezani
Oct 14th, 2009, 10:45 PM
Irina? Who? I'm confused... :rolleyes: :lol:

~Kiera~
Oct 15th, 2009, 04:32 PM
http://www.sportal.rs/news.php?id=12013

Jelena broke the Guinness record!

The best Serbian tennis player Jelena Jankovic today in the Belgrade Arena, attended the final action of the company, "Wrigley", which was broken the Guinness record. The Arena is located the largest mosaic in the world, composed of photographs smiles, in the action which the person was very protective Jelena Jankovic.

After the Asian tour of the best Serbian tennis player returned to Belgrade where he will be in the next few days preparing for an important tournament in Moscow. Jelena is left only one goal in the season that is finally to be placed on the Masters in Doha. To succeed in this intention Jay-Jay will have to make a great result at the Kremlin Cup because that last year won the title.

Jankovic is currently eighth in the WTA list, and placing the final tournament of the season will provide just the best eight players on the planet. Jelena is not in an ideal situation because it "breathes the neck," Russia's Vera Zvonareva, which lags behind only five points, something still Agnieszka Radvanska (225 points behind) Flavia Pennetta (425) and Marion Bartoli (445).

The biggest problem for the best Serbian tennis player is a violation of his right hand because that was forced to surrender the final match in Tokyo, Mary Šarapovoj two weeks ago. Jankovic has now played in a tournament in Beijing, but was defeated in the first match, so the question of whether the time fail to eliminate the violation and be fully ready for the tournament in the Russian capital.

- In Belgrade, unfortunately, spend time in therapy - the story begins, as always smiling Jelena. - My arm is still swollen a little, trying to recover as quickly as possible for the tournament in Moscow. I hope to be 100% ready and I'll be able to ensure participation in the Masters in Doha. This situation is unknown to me since I last season, but after securing a place in the Wimbledon Masters. It is strange to me is to fight until the last moment for placement in the final tournament. I know it will be uncertain because Zvonareva behind only a few points, but I do not want to think about it. Play the best you can, and what to be.

Jelena napravlila brief recapitulation of the season is almost over, which he characterized as successful, when all taken into account.

- Behind me is a difficult and arduous season. I struggled the whole year, it happened a lot of bad things that have affected my tennis. At the beginning of the season I was much strengthened, I got muscle mass that is influenced to move slowly on the ground. I had problems with coaches, which is logical, resulting in poorer results. I kuburila the long form. Then my mother is ill and it was hard because I used to always beside me. I started to look differently at things, I realized that life is short and health is important.

- I returned to the old mode of training and I started much better I feel on the ground. Now the situation is better, slowly raise up form. I won the tournament in Cincinnati, but it died shortly after grandmother is also a negative impact on me. Then I was "raised" and played well in Tokyo due to injury but I was forced to give the final match Šarapovoj. All these negative things have strengthened me as a person and tennis player.

- By the end of the season were two other tournaments. Try to finish the year competing in the best way. I kept in the Top 10, which is when all taken into account, a great success.

As for next season, Jankovic hopes to be more successful than the previous.

- The Masters in Doha, odmoriću two to three weeks and make ozblijan plan preparation. I know my place in the top and I will do everything to realize it. I am pleased back Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters who honestly did not expect. It's good for tennis, the level of quality will raise. I am aware that it will be difficult, but we also believe in myself and I know I have the quality to get back on top of WTA list. Back Henin and Clijsters will I get extra motivation. My dream was to be the best in the world. I succeeded in that and finished the season as the first player of the planet and became only the ninth players where it succeeded in the history of tennis. It is my great satisfaction and encouragement to try next season to get back to first place in the WTA list.

RFS
Oct 15th, 2009, 04:53 PM
The biggest problem for the best Serbian tennis player is a violation of his right hand
:haha:
priceless ... i would have thought that would be more of an issue for Mlado!!!

Snex
Oct 15th, 2009, 04:56 PM
Jay-Jay

:rolls: :haha:

Brena
Oct 15th, 2009, 05:08 PM
:haha:
priceless ... i would have thought that would be more of an issue for Mlado!!!

:spit: Ros!!!

RFS
Oct 15th, 2009, 06:19 PM
:devil: I know... I know... arf!

дalex
Oct 18th, 2009, 03:32 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~1829798,00.html

Jankovic, Wrigley's Break Smile Record

BELGRADE, Serbia - By placing a mosaic of 137,264 photos of smiling faces in Belgrade Arena on October 15, Jelena Jankovic and Wrigley's chewing gum Orbit have entered the Guinness Book of World Records.

The campaign was organized by Wrigley and promoted by Jankovic, who was chosen earlier this year to be the brand ambassador for their most popular gum. From March 1 to September 20, photos were gathered and placed into the biggest smiles mosaic in the world, measuring over 930 square meters. They beat the previous record, set in the UK last year, by 23,271 smiles.

More than 80,000 smiles were collected by Orbit's "Smiling Patrols" this past summer at the bank of the Danube river in Zemun and Ada Ciganlija.

Jankovic, famous for her smile, said she enjoyed participating in the campaign and demonstrating to the world how really beautiful things take place in Serbia.

"I kept checking the internet to see the number of photographs grow and I was very happy to realize I was helping motivate all these people to help us enter the Guinness Book of World Records with their smiles," Jankovic said. "A smile is and has always been such an important part of my personality. Up to now it was sort of my trademark, but now that we have broken the world record, it will become the trademark of Serbia as well. Helping Serbia enter the Guinness Book of World Records was of huge importance for me, because from now on I'll be able to say my country is known not only for its tennis players, but for the biggest number of smiles in the world. And I was part of all that!"

"Our JJ added a very special tone to the campaign, because she has, in the best possible way and with her own example, demonstrated to the citizens of Serbia how success is achieved and how we can break the Guinness record in making a photo mosaic," Wrigley's Dragan Svilanovic said. "The task was not at all easy but we've succeeded. We can say right now that Serbia, helped by Orbit and Jelena Jankovic, is celebrating its big smiling victory!"

ChriS.
Oct 18th, 2009, 07:45 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~1829798,00.html (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781%7E1829798,00.html)Helping Serbia enter the Guinness Book of World Records was of huge importance for me, because from now on I'll be able to say my country is known not only for its tennis players, but for the biggest number of smiles in the world. And I was part of all that!Oh JJ, I do not think anyone in Serbia really cares about that!

Brena
Oct 18th, 2009, 09:05 PM
Oh JJ, I do not think anyone in Serbia really cares about that!

:lol: We're so thrilled, that's what I always wanted JJ to achieve.

Here's a pic I took today of a Belgrade department-store (Beograđanka) window with a list of brands they sell. I was waiting for the bus and was too afraid to get inside and see what on earth this ''JJ by Jelena Janković'' is:

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/2017/slika0374.th.jpg (http://img32.imageshack.us/i/slika0374.jpg/)

дalex
Oct 18th, 2009, 09:16 PM
I was waiting for the bus and was too afraid to get inside and see what on earth this ''JJ by Jelena Janković'' is

That looks like logo on the back of her ANTA dresses, no?

Brena
Oct 18th, 2009, 09:26 PM
That looks like logo on the back of her ANTA dresses, no?

No idea. I haven't noticed it but that's probably beacuse I've been watching all her matches on crappy live-streams...

Foon_JJ
Oct 19th, 2009, 03:35 AM
That looks like logo on the back of her ANTA dresses, no?

Yes, it is. :)

Snex
Oct 19th, 2009, 12:28 PM
I shot this in Block 44. It seems that there are more Anta stores in Bgd. :confused:

http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv306/Associatedbre/anta.jpg

Snex
Oct 19th, 2009, 02:57 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/news/who-will-be-qualifier-no8-20091018_2256076_1830034

Who Will Be Qualifier No.8?

MOSCOW, Russia - The Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009 will climax at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, as all three remaining contenders for the last berth at the season-ending event are in the draw.

The two leading contenders are Vera Zvonareva and Jelena Jankovic, who are fittingly the Top 2 seeds this week. Should both fall in the early rounds, no matter who does better, Jankovic will have more points for Doha. Should they both get to the quarterfinals, whoever does better from then on will have more points for Doha. If they both lose in the same round from the quarterfinals and on, Zvonareva will have more points for Doha.

Agnieszka Radwanska has a shot at the last berth as well but has a tougher road. The first condition is that she must win the tournament. The second condition is neither Zvonareva nor Jankovic can reach the final. With Zvonareva looming in her half of the draw and a potential semifinal opponent, and having lost to the Russian in their only previous encounter, right here in 2007, 62 62, it could be a tall order for the Polish No.1, currently ranked No.10 in the world.

Watch this space for developments during the Kremlin Cup week.

The Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009 counts a player's best 16 results from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour season. Going into Moscow. Jankovic's 16th-best tournament this year gave her 120 points, so she needs to reach the semifinals this week to add to her total (a quarterfinal would give her 120 points, thus keeping her total the same); Zvonareva's 16th-best tournament this year gave her 60 points, so she could add to her total by reaching the quarterfinals (which would add 120 points).

A week ago, Marion Bartoli and Flavia Pennetta were also in contention, but Bartoli lost in the quarterfinals of Osaka and Pennetta in the semifinals of Linz, ending their hopes. Pennetta could still be an alternate, however.

Dinara Safina, Serena Williams, Elena Dementieva, Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka snapped up the first seven spots in the singles field over the last few months.

~Kiera~
Oct 19th, 2009, 03:14 PM
Google translated from Russian.

http://www.championat.ru/tennis/article-41651.html

Jankovic: I hope that Serbia will win Russia

Jelena Jankovic said she hoped to help the spectators in the fight against Serbia and Russia, does not feel any pressure on the Kremlin Cup in connection with the protection of title and dreams of one day win the US Open.

The current champion of the Kremlin Cup, Jelena Jankovic, received here the second issue of planting and a major competitor Vera Zvonareva in the fight to the last ticket to Doha, answered questions from journalists at the press conference.

- Past Kremlin Cup was very successful for you. From what mood you are coming this year?

- I can say that I always like to play in Moscow, as in other places where I previously well-acted, so now I'm looking forward to playing here and I hope that this tournament is also formed for me a success.

- The fact that you are the current champion of the tournament, gives you extra confidence or, conversely, increases the psychological pressure?

- No, I do not feel any extra pressure, especially as those points that I had to protect the already burned. I just try to speak well here and win a pass to the final championship. If it is I can not, I hope, at least, enjoy the game here.

- Do you consider Kremlin Cup as a springboard?

- No, I do not consider it so, just want to play well here. Besides, I recently healed the injured hand, so that, as I said, do not feel any pressure. Actually I can speak at length on this subject, but it is better instead of me says let my racket.

- In the next year you play with Russia in Fed Cup. Do you consider meeting with rossiyankami at the Kremlin Cup as some preparation for the match?

- I do not think there is something in common between this team competitions, as the Federation Cup, and games here. These are two completely different things, here we are participating in the individual tournament. Also here are not all Rossiyanka, which could play against us in the Fed Cup. I can say that the match against Russia will be very difficult, but on our side will be a slight advantage in the form of Serbian fans, I hope this will help us. In addition, we are encouraged by the fact that we first went into the World Group Fed Cup. In short, will be hard, but I hope that we can win.

- Do you feel any impact on the tennis world economic crisis?

- What exactly do you mean?

- Have you personally because of this play more exhibition games, you have to fulfill additional obligations to sponsors, do you have because of this difficulty with finances?

- Certainly, the impact of the crisis felt around the world. However, any global implications for women's tennis I do not feel that the prize money even increased. As for my sponsors, and there I, too, all right - I work with a good Chinese company. Of course, to find some new sponsors will be too difficult, and I, and other tennis players. But now many people in the world in general are losing their jobs, so I was lucky in that regard.

I can say that the match against Russia will be very difficult, but on our side will be a slight advantage in the form of Serbian fans, I hope this will help us.

- Last year you won the title here, so you have almost no time for sightseeing. Will you be traveling to compensate for that now?

- Firstly, I have a lot of things looked in Moscow. Secondly, I hope that this year I will not have time for excursions, because it would mean that I speak well and at this time.

- When your friends ask you about that the most interesting thing to see in Moscow, as you tell them?

- Actually, this is better to ask Russian players, because they are local and well know all here. Now, if I ask for advice, it is better to look in Serbia, then I would be able to answer.

- According to the official site WTA, your residence is located in Doha. Why did you choose such an unusual place of residence, and how to think, it will provide you with additional support from the fans, if you will come to the final tournament?

- No, no, I live in Dubai (laughs).

- If you will win ticket to Doha, then who do you think would be an advantage - you do because just before this game, you get practice, or your opponents, as they rested before the final tournament?

- All this individually, some players a large number of the match gives the advantage, allowing them to be in good shape, and some, on the contrary, it is better not to play many tournaments, and more practice. Personally, I also feel better when I spend a lot of matches.

- It's amazing how such a small country like Serbia, was able to present to the world so many high profile players. Do you have some sort of special government program or thing for something else?

- No, no special program we do not just have special talents. We are a small nation, and we do not have the financial capacity, as in other countries. Of course, it is very difficult to break up, if deprived of financial support. In addition, we have a problem with the conditions for training. For example, before you come here, I trained hard for just an hour a day. However, having no serious tradition in tennis, such as those that have, for example, in Russia, without substantial financial support, we achieved good results - I was the #1 player, the other my girl [Ana Ivanovic] was the #1 player, Djokovic -- third bat world, so I'm proud of our successes.

- Jelena, that more important to you - go back to the first position rankings or win the tournament "Grand Slam"?

- For me the main thing - to do without injury. If you have any health problems, then you can not train and you can not enjoy the game. A second challenge - to continue to improve my tennis, polish the various components of the game and become more powerful tennis.

- And what a tournament "Grand Slam" is for your most favorite?

- US Open, because hard - this is my favorite surface, and because I have successfully performed at this tournament - the final, two semi-finals (in fact, Jelena was once in the finals, and once - in the semifinals in 2008 and 2006 respectively . - Notes. "Chempionat.ru"). I hope that someday I can win it.

дalex
Oct 19th, 2009, 03:31 PM
I was the #1 player, the other my girl [Ana Ivanovic] was the #1 player,

:lol:

TOS = That Other Serbian.

Snex
Oct 19th, 2009, 03:43 PM
Rossiyanka :rocker2:

I also feel better when I spend a lot of matches. But we don't!!! :(

the other my girl [Ana Ivanovic] was the #1 player :tape: :lol:

Lady croissant
Oct 19th, 2009, 04:04 PM
- I can say that I always like to play in Moscow, as in other places where I previously well-acted

Diva :hearts: :lol:
No supporting roles anymore, JJ! :(

Brena
Oct 19th, 2009, 04:28 PM
- And what a tournament "Grand Slam" is for your most favorite?

- US Open, because hard - this is my favorite surface, and because I have successfully performed at this tournament - the final, two semi-finals (in fact, Jelena was once in the finals, and once - in the semifinals in 2008 and 2006 respectively . - Notes. "Chempionat.ru")

She probably also believes she's a multiple slam winner. :bigcry:

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 19th, 2009, 06:04 PM
Delusional:inlove:

MaBaker
Oct 19th, 2009, 06:27 PM
She probably also believes she's a multiple slam winner. :bigcry:
And yet she is modest enough not to brag about that :inlove:

~Kiera~
Oct 20th, 2009, 06:33 PM
Google translated

http://www.championat.ru/tennis/article-41745.html

Jankovic: I want to live in Dubai

Among the matches of the 1st anniversary circle Kremlin Cup observers allocate a meeting with Elena Jankovic Jaroslava Shvedova, as one of the most interesting. Not accidentally match was held at the central court ...

A year ago, Jelena Jankovic won the final of the Kremlin Cup Vera Zvonareva and secured the leadership in the world ranking before the end of the season. Today Jankowitsch again competes with Zvonareva at the Kremlin Cup, this time for getting to the final tournament in Doha. Elena, seeded second in Moscow ahead of the Faith, the first racket of the tournament, at 5 points in the title race and the WTA, it emerged on Tuesday, is not going to lose its minimal benefits.

The lot, which with an ironic smile stretched Igor Kunitsyn Kremlin Cup women participating, was very interesting. Serbian tennis player Jelena Jankovic at the recent US Open suffered a setback is from Jaroslava Shvedova, representing Kazakhstan. Moreover, in a desperate struggle for the decisive tie-break sets. In the "Olympic" rivals in the first two parties once again took on the Setu, but here in the decisive struggle of the Party, both in New York, did not work. Jankovic has demonstrated a higher class, and won 6:1, came in the second round, where he will meet with Shafarzhovoy of Czech Lucie. But not by chance, the first question at the postgame press conference touched on the comparison of two bouts with Helena Jaroslava.

- The US Open you met with Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round and were defeated. What conclusions did you make of it and use in today's match?

- During the US Open I had a very difficult period. In New York, I looked like a pale shadow of itself. My beloved grandmother died, and I was told just before the meeting. It should be noted that Yaroslav well served and received the filing. I believe the fight to the US Open was her best career, but for me - one of the worst. As for today's match, now I knew what to expect from the opponent. I can say that today I played much better.

- Your voice seems a little hoarse. This is a cold or something else?

- No. This - not cold, but a consequence of the fact that the last time I talked a lot, singing and even crying. Recently I had a chance to appear in TV commercial, and the director was in impressive distance. Nothing has been heard, so we had to shout to each other. He said that I need to do, and I asked him directions. I had to scream, and as a result I was hoarse. But today I had to give me instructions on how to play when I was an unhappy.

- The poet Alexander Blok wrote only the purple ink, and thought that this - the color of wisdom. You have a very nice purple dress. You think your game wise enough and whether you are involved in the design of their dresses?

- Yes, I really like this purple color. I generally like free and feminine outfits. I like both color and style of this dress - I chose myself. As for wisdom, I would like to play smarter. I try to include in their brains, especially against the tall and powerful rivals, which I can not outplay the expense of power, but I can play smarter.

I just really like this place, I would like to live there and in the future I want to buy there home. While I have a home in Serbia and in Florida, but would like to have an apartment in Dubai.

- Why is the official site WTA Tour said that your residence - Dubai. This is due to taxation or some other reasons?

- No. I just really like this place, I would like to live there, and in the future I want to buy there home. While I have a home in Serbia and in Florida, but would like to have an apartment in Dubai. Actually, I dream about housing in different parts of the world. It's great, is not it?

- A year ago you expressed the attitude to the new calendar WTA and new rules for the leading players. Now the time has passed and we can probably bring the first results. How can you assess the current competition regulations adopted in the WTA with this season?

- It has its pluses and minuses. The negative points, for example, can include limiting the number of competitions a certain rank for leading tennis players. According to this point, I am not able to play at a tournament in Linz. So the Kremlin Cup was my last opportunity to get to the final championship in Doha. I love to compete and play a lot of tournaments. I generally like to play a lot: the more matches I spend, the better tennis show. And I was deprived of this opportunity.

- Jelena, I want to congratulate you on way out of Serbia national team to the finals of the World Cup. Do you like football?

- That, in my opinion, there was the first since Serbia became independent as a country. I like to watch football, although I can not call myself a huge fan who never misses a game. Of course, I watch the match of the national team. If I'm not busy, if you do not spend their matches, then, of course, look national team games and sick for Serbia.

- Do you have a favorite football player among the Russians, and among the Serbs?

- It's hard to understand the Russian players. As for the Serbian team, then there are many good players. I am not so good judge of football, to say: this is better than others. But I like football for CSKA Moscow Milos Krasic - a blond, who quickly runs and a lot of fights for the ball. I like that he never gives way to combat rivals. And I like Nikola Zigic, who has a very original hairstyle.

ChriS.
Oct 20th, 2009, 07:49 PM
Roughly translates as: After two bouts with Helena Jaroslava, Jankowitsch won and will play Sir Shafarzhovoy of Czech Lucie. At the US Open she looked like a pale shadow of itself and Yaroslav well served and received the filing. Her tactics were to try to include in their brains, especially against the tall and powerful rivals.

Bruno71
Oct 20th, 2009, 08:48 PM
Helena Jaroslava :bigcry:

Sir Shafarzhovoy of Czech Lucie :bigcry::bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:

Nina.
Oct 20th, 2009, 08:57 PM
And google translation strikes again :worship:

thanks for the interview!

Snex
Oct 20th, 2009, 09:03 PM
Roughly translates as:

:worship:

Shafarzhovoy of Czech Lucie :haha:

I'd also like to live in Dubai, and to change very often the places where I live. :awww:

~Kiera~
Oct 20th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Slightly different version of her press conference.

http://www.sports.ru/tennis/41005362.html

- You have a hoarse voice, you catch cold?

– No, I sometimes have problems with voice, if I say a lot or sing.

- You sang a lot?

– No (laughs). Not so long ago I was shot in one ad, the director was quite far away, and we had to shout to each other, to clarify something. Today I besides yell at myself on the court, that voice and hoarse.

- Jelena, a Russian poet Alexander Blok was always writing poems only purple ink, because I thought that this is the color symbolizing wisdom. You play dress purple, you chose a color? And do you think your tennis wise?

– I like different colors, including violet. This color in general is very popular, you can see it anywhere (it shows on the microphone with a logo WTA). Yes, I chose this color and style of this dress. It is not a tight-fitting, and very free. I love feminine clothes. So beautiful or not?

- Certainly.

- Thank you.

- You did not answer the question, do you think your tennis wise?

- Do not know (laughs). Sometimes I play with tennis players that are taller than me, stronger then have to include your mind, but I can not compete with them in strength and power.

~Kiera~
Oct 20th, 2009, 10:45 PM
http://www.mltennis.com/blog/

Jelena Jankovic is Determined not to Miss The Last Train to Doha

“I have been first player to secure spot on WTA Championships for last two years, I did it after Wimbledon and that is the reason why I can’t explain to myself how come I am still fighting for that,” said the best Serbian player who spent a few days in Belgrade before leaving for Moscow where she defends her title and hopes to reach Doha.

Twelve months ago #1, she is now eight places below. “Lot of nice things happened to me a year ago, but this season has been very tough for me,” Jelena doesn’t hide her disappointment with 2009. “And not only on court. My mother got sick and operated, my grandmother died, I had problems with coaches, suffered with injuries in first half… I wasn’t focus on tennis, that wasn’t me on court.”

Jelena believes that she is on rise again. “The most important thing is that I stayed in top ten after all these problems. I am back on my usual weight and that is good, because in first half of season I was too heavy with muscles and I couldn’t move like I know. I lost speed which is my weapon; I lost all virtues in my game. I hope that the next year I will be the same player that was #1 twelve months ago.”

She agrees that 2009 haven’t brought her lot of joy so far. “There were only few nice moments and I would stress Cincinnati final against Safina. She was No1 at that time and I beat her. I played well in Tokyo until I got injured.” Looking ahead she sees Serbia in the beginning of February will have debut in Fed Cup World Group. Russia is coming. “Ana Ivanovic and I already beat the best Russian players in tournaments. We will have an advantage of home court in February and we must use that opportunity.”

Jelena was mysterious when asked about coaching staff. She parted her ways with Pat Etchebery few months ago, she was close to a similar move with Ricardo Sanchez, but the Spaniard is still with her.
“I had problems with coaches; there were lot of things that influenced my game. I still don’t know what I will do, but it is for sure that I will see to improve some things.”

Bruno71
Oct 20th, 2009, 10:49 PM
"Sometimes I play with tennis players that are taller than me, stronger then have to include your mind, but I can not compete with them in strength and power."


I'm afraid this says a lot. You can gain a mental edge over IrinaJJ by acting stronger, taller and more powerful.

Mlle Bruni
Oct 21st, 2009, 11:21 AM
I wasn’t focus on tennis, that wasn’t me on court.
So that's how Irina emerged...

Foon_JJ
Oct 21st, 2009, 06:28 PM
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дalex
Oct 22nd, 2009, 02:05 PM
Confirmed.
http://www.sonyericsson-championships.com/page/LatestNews/Read/0,,12910~1834024,00.html

Jankovic Secures Final Spot in Doha

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA - Jelena Jankovic is the eighth and final player to qualify for the Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009, set to take place for the second year at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar, from October 27 to November 1. The world's Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams from the 2009 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour season will compete for the coveted season-ending title and a share of the $4.55 million prize money.

Jankovic completes an all-star line-up that features Dinara Safina, Serena Williams, Elena Dementieva, Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka. Vera Zvonareva and Agnieszka Radwanska will be alternates and will also travel to Doha.

"I am really happy about making it to the Sony Ericsson Championships for the third time in my career," Jankovic said. "It is always a nice feeling to end the season playing in the Championships as one of the best eight players in the world. I look forward to returning to Doha and playing some great matches."

On the heels of a breakthrough 2008 season, which she finished at No.1, Jankovic had another strong season in 2009, winning titles at Marbella and Cincinnati and reaching another final at Tokyo (falling to Maria Sharapova). She beat Safina in the Cincinnati final for her first win over a reigning No.1; with Safina, she was also one of three players to hold the top spot this year (also Serena Williams). In her first two appearances at the Championships, Jankovic fell in the round robin stage in 2007 and in the semifinals last year.

"Having Jelena at the Sony Ericsson Championships rounds out a tremendous field of accomplished players that will definitely deliver a fantastic week of tennis," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. "Jelena is a great competitor and I look forward to seeing her build on the success she had in Doha last season."

"Congratulations to Jelena on clinching the final spot at the Sony Ericsson Championships," said Aldo Liguori, Corporate Vice President and Head of Global Communications & PR for Sony Ericsson. "We are all looking forward to the year-end finale tournament and having Jelena join the previously qualified players will add another dimension to the tremendous competition. We wish Jelena luck at what promises to be an exciting year-end Championships."

When the rankings are released on Monday, October 26, Safina will be ranked No.1 and therefore the top seed at the season-ending event. After holding the top ranking for 25 consecutive weeks (April 20 to October 11), she will replace Serena Williams at the top when points earned at Doha last year come off. In 2009, Safina has earned more ranking points than anyone else.

Cara Black and Liezel Huber, the Williams sisters, Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez and Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs are the four qualifying teams for the doubles competition.

Mikey.
Oct 22nd, 2009, 02:06 PM
GOAT :inlove:

Brena
Oct 22nd, 2009, 02:37 PM
On the heels of a breakthrough 2008 season, which she finished at No.1, Jankovic had another strong season in 2009,

oh, lucky us, it was a fabulous season.

~Kiera~
Oct 23rd, 2009, 04:10 PM
Google translated

MOSCOW, October 23 - RIA Novosti. The Serbian tennis player Jelena Jankovic, ceded in the quarter "Kremlin Cup Russian Alisa Kleybanova, said that her opponent was fairly won.

Friday Kleybanova in two sets short work of the second racket of the tournament - 6:4, 6:3.

She sent me those balls with a very low bounce, and it was hard for me to make her move. I did everything I could, but it was not enough, she was better, - said Jankovic at post-fight press conference. - Match the match is not necessary in every tournament only one winner. "

According to Serb woman, the fact that she qualified for the final tournament in Doha, did not affect her game in the match against Kleybanova. "I came to Moscow to compete, even though she knew that I was going to Doha", - said Jankovic.

In her opinion, Kleybanova is one of the favorites "Kremlin Cup.

"It all depends on who it will get (Belarusian tennis player Olga Govortsova or Rossiyanka Vera Dushevina), the style of its rivals can be uncomfortable for her. But it remained only two matches, it will be one of the favorites," - concluded a Serb.

MOSCOW, October 23 - RIA Novosti. The Serbian tennis player Jelena Jankovic, ceded in the quarter "Kremlin Cup Rossiyanka Alisa Kleybanova, said it had not a very good season.

"I had injuries, other problems on the court and outside it. In general, despite a poor season, I'm in the top eight teams, going to the final tournament in Doha, some tennis players dream of, to be in the Top-10" -- Serb told a press conference after the defeat of Kleybanova.

She added that it will go to Doha, with the intention to show her best tennis. "All the rivals are strong, be tough tournament, but I play with those who take part in it" - said Jankovic.

Serb refused to comment on the situation with the refusal of the Danish Caroline Wozniacki of continuing the fight in a tournament in Luxembourg. Wozniacki in the 7:5, 5:0 in their favor, after consultation with the coach withdrew from the tournament. "It's not my business", - said Jankovic.

ce
Oct 23rd, 2009, 04:12 PM
It's not my business", - said Jankovic.
:inlove:

Daruma.
Oct 23rd, 2009, 05:12 PM
It's not my business", - said Jankovic.
:inlove:


:hearts::hearts:

Brena
Oct 23rd, 2009, 06:39 PM
^She probably has no idea who this Wozniacki is anyway. :shrug:

j/k, love you for minding your own business, JJ! :kiss:

MaBaker
Oct 23rd, 2009, 09:20 PM
It's not my business", - said Jankovic.
:inlove:
Must be the first time in her life. Or she indeed has no idea who Wozniacki is.

Nina.
Oct 23rd, 2009, 09:25 PM
oh, lucky us, it was a fabulous season.

I know, right? So nice of the WTA to let us know this because I must have missed it :eek:

~Kiera~
Oct 23rd, 2009, 11:00 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4589595&name=bodo_peter

Year-end title critical for Safina, and her reputation

Friday, October 23, 2009

With the season-ending championships coming up, let's look at what the stakes are for each of the eight qualifiers who have convened in Doha, Qatar, to hold a tug-of-war for the WTA Sony Ericsson Championships title -- theoretically, the most important title after the four majors. We'll take the eight qualifiers in the descending order of their ranking:

Dinara Safina
Anything can happen in tennis, and Safina certainly has both the game and time to win one or more Grand Slam events in her career. Still, this tournament has "must win" written all over it. She's like a bus that has labored up a very long, very steep hill only to start rolling backward, the brakes no longer holding, with the top in view.

If Safina can take this title, it will provide a very welcome balm for an ego that was kicked around a lot this year during the WTA rankings controversy. It wouldn't exactly hurt her confidence for 2010, especially if she counts coup on either or both of the women named Williams.

Serena Williams
A win in Doha cements her claim to the No. 1 ranking and further underscores the suspicion that it was truly hers all along. That would ordinarily be enough incentive for any player, but let's remember, this is Serena. She's won only two titles this year, but they represented 50 percent of the majors. If her competitive spirit decides to sleep in at Doha, anything can happen; if she gets a bee in her bonnet over Safina or the upstart Wozniacki, watch out!

Svetlana Kuznetsova
She's a little like the person who turns up at every party -- the only person whom nobody in the room knows, leaving them asking, "What's she doing here?" Her most accurate answer to that might be, "I had nothing better to do." Kuznetsova has never exactly burned with ambition; she's no score-settler or point-prover (which is exactly what many people like about her). She just happens to be very good at what she does, and she could be especially dangerous because of her moody nature. Let sleeping dogs lie, girls. This one does have a bite.

Caroline Wozniacki
She's plugged along very nicely after that enchanted run to the U.S. Open final (where she lost to Kim Clijsters, who didn't qualify for this event, mainly because of her lack of playing opportunity). This will be a big test for her. It's an opportunity because while nobody confuses the event with a do-or-die major, it's still a good one to put on the growing resume of a young talent and a definite step toward legitimacy as a top player.

Elena Dementieva
She's capable of anything, including nothing, and ranks as the best active woman player not to have won a major. I don't think the SEC trophy would compete for space on her trophy shelf with her Olympic Games gold medal (for singles), but Dementieva has a way of catching fire and inserting herself back into the mix at the top. This would be the right time to do it, and a win at the SEC would position her nicely for 2010.

Victoria Azarenka
When she bagged the singles title in the big dual event in Miami, everyone moved to the edge of his or her seat to see whether she was the new Maria Sharapova. But the pressure of her newfound status seemed to unnerve Azarenka, and she never did get a handle on the temper that has been such a mixed blessing for her. She's got one more shot this year to show that Miami was more a foretelling than a fluke, and she'd take a giant step, reputation-wise, if she found a way to sneak up on the favorites and snatch the title.

Venus Williams
Like Serena, Venus has two titles. Only hers aren't majors, and her play has been generally uninspired. She may have too many miles on the odometer to run one more great race. It's hard to see her motivation and confidence rise to the level necessary to beat some of the women who have far more at stake.

Jelena Jankovic
Can anyone stop her? Well, maybe nobody has to. After all, she backed into the tournament when her main rival for the last spot, Vera Zvonareva, was crushed -- by a qualifier, no less -- in Moscow. And this being wild and crazy Jankovic, you get the feeling that she might just go and win the entire thing.

Snex
Oct 23rd, 2009, 11:39 PM
Elena Dementieva
She's capable of anything, including nothing

:worship:


Jelena Jankovic
And this being wild and crazy Jankovic, you get the feeling that she might just go and win the entire thing.

:worship: :worship:

ce
Oct 23rd, 2009, 11:50 PM
:rolls:

Bruno71
Oct 24th, 2009, 01:36 AM
Just might win the entire thing. If she gets grumpypants Irina to go away, perhaps.

Roookie
Oct 24th, 2009, 03:37 AM
"wild and crazy Jankovic"...:haha:

"she might just go and win the entire thing"...:eek:

дalex
Oct 24th, 2009, 08:24 AM
Jelena Jankovic
Can anyone stop her? Well, maybe nobody has to. After all, she backed into the tournament when her main rival for the last spot, Vera Zvonareva, was crushed -- by a qualifier, no less -- in Moscow. And this being wild and crazy Jankovic, you get the feeling that she might just go and win the entire thing.

:lol:

He's joking right? Jelena is the joke of the tour. :hysteric:

MaBaker
Oct 24th, 2009, 10:39 AM
:spit:

Optima
Oct 24th, 2009, 05:43 PM
Jelena is so crazy/ridiculous it would be fitting that she shows up and wins the whole damn thing.

Brena
Oct 24th, 2009, 08:50 PM
Jelena is so crazy/ridiculous it would be fitting that she shows up and wins the whole damn thing.

I actually expect Woz-Woz-Wozniacki to win it because she's the only player everybody (her fans included) considers an outsider, and apparently the only one of the 8 psychos who has been able to keep the ball in play lately.

Bruno71
Oct 24th, 2009, 09:23 PM
I actually expect Woz-Woz-Wozniacki to win it because she's the only player everybody (her fans included) considers an outsider, and apparently the only one of the 8 psychos who has been able to keep the ball in play lately.


She's also got nerves of steel, even if her game isn't nearly so. But she's been ill a lot. Still, I wouldn't be shocked to see her as Do-Do-Doha-champy.

-NAJ-
Oct 24th, 2009, 09:31 PM
If Jelena plays level of tennis like in Moscow, she will not reach SF.
I agree with Lepa that winner is going to be player who is able to keep ball in play, but jj these days isn't player who can do that.
I think :Caro or dementieva

Bruno71
Oct 24th, 2009, 10:59 PM
If Jelena plays level of tennis like in Moscow, she will not reach SF.
I agree with Lepa that winner is going to be player who is able to keep ball in play, but jj these days isn't player who can do that.
I think :Caro or dementieva


I just *hope* that she'll fire herself up for YEC, but I'm not expecting much.

~Kiera~
Oct 25th, 2009, 12:31 AM
http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/q-a-with-stacey-allaster-reform-in-womens-game/

Q. & A. With Stacey Allaster: Reform in Women’s Game

By Christopher Clarey

Stacey Allaster, the new chairwoman and chief executive of the WTA Tour, is well aware that she has a tough act to follow.

Larry Scott, her predecessor and former boss, is the tennis administrator who helped persuade Wimbledon to offer equal prize money to men and women.

Scott also shored up the once-vulnerable WTA’s finances, signing a surprisingly lucrative $88 million deal with Sony Ericsson to sponsor the circuit for six years, securing $84 million more from Doha and Istanbul over six years to stage the year-end championships and, most important to the players, generating a significant increase in prize money.

In exchange, Scott received the players’ permission to make real change in the tour structure this season: shuffling the calendar and the tour’s top events, decreasing playing requirements and increasing the penalties for those who do not respect the new minimums.

The reassuring news for Allaster is that she was part of the act, serving under Scott as tour president since 2006. After Scott left in July to become commissioner of the Pacific-10 Conference, Allaster — a 46-year-old Canadian — was named his successor. Like Kim Clijsters, she is a working mother. Like Scott, Allaster has spent a lifetime in the game, first as an amateur player and later as the vice president of Tennis Canada and the tournament director of the Canadian Open in Toronto.

But in the midst of a world economic slump, Allaster must find a way to keep the revenue and the player support flowing. She is negotiating an extension with Sony Ericsson and still doing a poor job of containing her delight that she now has Justine Henin on the comeback trail along with Clijsters.

Excerpts from an interview last week:

Q. How do you view the first year of your restructured calendar, the so-called Road Map?

A. I really couldn’t be more pleased. I think over all what we tried to achieve was for our players to deliver to fans and sponsors, and they did that. We made player commitment at 80 percent of our events. If we dial it back to 2007, we didn’t make player commitment at one of our commitment events. That was a big part of what we were trying to reform was bringing credibility to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, and our players have stepped up and delivered. I think some of the other metrics relate to the business aspect of the road map.

Obviously in this economy, there was a 34 percent increase in prize money, which was incredible. For the first time in many years, all top-10 players who were part of the bonus pool in 2009 will all receive a bonus pool payout. That hasn’t happened since 2004, and that’s all tied to their delivery of commitment. And Jelena Jankovic will receive a million-dollar bonus-pool payout.

Q. Do you have injury numbers for the season?

A. Withdrawals as a whole are down 30 percent. To give you context, the number of first-round retirements in 2009 is 17, compared with 36 in 2008. And total retirements and walkovers are at 58 in 2009, compared to 71 in 2008.

Q. Tennis Magazine in France recently conducted a poll, asking women’s players to rank the most important tournaments in the world. The year-end championships came in a distant 10th, after the four Grand Slams, Miami, Indian Wells, Fed Cup, Rome and Dubai. It’s interesting that the Doha event is ranked that low despite the prize money and number of points at stake. Is there work to be done?

A. We are only 10 months into the most comprehensive set of reforms in the history of the tour, so it is an ongoing process to educate the players about what are the important events on our tour and why are they the important events? Because they really are the financial drivers of the business.

I liken where we are right now on the Sony Ericsson Tour to where we were back in 2001 on the men’s tour when we brought the Masters Series in. It was about making those nine events important in the minds of the athletes after the Grand Slams. And when we look now to the generation of male players competing, you often hear them refer to winning Slams and winning Masters Series, and in many respects, that’s now where we need to get to with our athletes.

Q. Where do you stand with the Sony Ericsson sponsorship renewal?

A. We have Sony Ericsson committed through 2010, and our discussions are ongoing. We’re having good discussions, and hopefully we’ll know by year’s end if they will extend for 2011.

Q. Are your players aware of doing more for the business in a tough economy?

A. Many of them talk to me in those terms, even the younger ones. They understand it. Obviously, they live in a world where they’re not affected by the economy, but they’re in touch enough to know what is happening around them. Players like Venus Williams, you could not ask for a better player leader. She’s been incredibly supportive inside the Player Council, and I can tell you she’s been actively engaged with helping with the Sony Ericsson renewal. She recently participated in a meeting in New York with me with Sony Ericsson along with Billie Jean King and Melanie Oudin. I think we know the story there: the past, present and future all understand the importance of our sponsorship partners.

Q. I realize Serena’s situation with the incident at the United States Open is continuing. It’s still being investigated by the International Tennis Federation, but do you believe a potential one-Slam suspension is draconian?

A. I don’t want to comment on what decision they might make. But what I will say is, look, Serena Williams is a great champion, and she’s been a terrific ambassador and role model for the sport of women’s tennis for her entire career. And the U.S. Open situation is an isolated incident for which Serena has acknowledged that it was a mistake and she has apologized for it.

Roookie
Oct 25th, 2009, 01:26 AM
And Jelena Jankovic will receive a million-dollar bonus-pool payout.. :eek:

BTW...Jelena is 11th in the tour prize money for 2009. She and Marion are the only top 25 players that didn't play doubles this season. She should seriously think about playing some next year. Her net skills are certainly not very good at the moment :tape:.

CuteKoala
Oct 25th, 2009, 03:18 AM
@ Roookie: You're right. :) I would like her to team up with Sabine Lisicki. :cool:

-NAJ-
Oct 25th, 2009, 08:16 AM
Million dollar bonus for Jelena?! Wow

дalex
Oct 25th, 2009, 08:56 AM
Does that mean she gets the biggest bonus payout? Is it because she started the year as #1 and honoured all her commitments?

Wow!

terjw
Oct 25th, 2009, 11:30 AM
Does that mean she gets the biggest bonus payout? Is it because she started the year as #1 and honoured all her commitments?

Wow!

Yes.

Brena
Oct 25th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Don't give her money, you stupid WTA! Now she'll exist Doha early to go shopping! :sobbing:

-NAJ-
Oct 25th, 2009, 12:02 PM
It's a lot of money. maybe she will buy apartment in Dubai. :)

ChriS.
Oct 25th, 2009, 12:09 PM
Don't give her money, you stupid WTA! Now she'll exist Doha early to go shopping! :sobbing::lol: Now we know why JJ played crap all year because she was going to get a $1 million bonus anyway.

JadeFox
Oct 25th, 2009, 12:49 PM
Don't give her money, you stupid WTA! Now she'll exist Doha early to go shopping! :sobbing:

Yeah it's probably not wise to give a million dollars to JJ in any circumstance. The things she will do with that money can make a person shudder. :tape: :lol:

MaBaker
Oct 25th, 2009, 01:28 PM
A million dollars for what.. ? Oh hell :sobbing:

ms_nut
Oct 25th, 2009, 01:46 PM
Don't give her money, you stupid WTA! Now she'll exist Doha early to go shopping! :sobbing:

:lol:.. so the rumors are true.. JJ is a money wh*re.

:rolleyes: Someone should remind her that instead of wasting time all year for $1million, if she just won the USO series and the USO, she'd win $2.5 million...

-NAJ-
Oct 25th, 2009, 02:16 PM
She will get 1.5 million more if she win Doha.
Last year she got 400 000 bonus

Daruma.
Oct 25th, 2009, 02:22 PM
I believe we, the fans , deserve some of the money she gets... She wouldn't do well without us. So she can give us some, right?

дalex
Oct 25th, 2009, 04:51 PM
Jankovic's season highlights... (http://www.sonyericsson-championships.com/article/jankovics-season-highlights-20091022_2267567_1834383?imageNo=1#picture)

1. Jankovic at the Sony Ericsson Open Kickoff Party in March.
2. Jankovic won her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title of the year and 10th overall in Marbella.
3. Eventual quarterfinalist Jankovic and her mother, Snezana, posed during an afternoon off in Rome.
4. At the French Open, Jankovic had the honor of spending time with visiting Serbian President Boris Tadic.
5. Jankovic participated in the AEGON Future Stars clinic in Eastbourne in June.
6. Jankovic showed off her sense of style with a free-flowing tennis dress at Wimbledon.
7. Jankovic captured her second singles title of the year in Cincinnati with a defeat of Dinara Safina in the final.
8. Jankovic shined in bright red at the US Open in the Big Apple.
9. Runner-up Jankovic alongside champion Maria Sharapova after their final in Tokyo.
10. Jankovic during her victory over Yaroslava Shvedova in Moscow. Two days later it was announced the Serb had qualified for Doha.

:haha:

Amazing season, indeed!

ce
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:24 PM
:sobbing:

Hashim.
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:26 PM
:lol:

ElusiveChanteuse
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:29 PM
:spit: :lol: JJ :hug: I hope she can shine in Doha and replace one of the season highlights.:angel: :p

Bruno71
Oct 25th, 2009, 06:13 PM
She will get 1.5 million more if she win Doha.
Last year she got 400 000 bonus


NOW we're talkin'. Watch as she plows through the field not dropping a set ;)

JadeFox
Oct 25th, 2009, 06:19 PM
NOW we're talkin'. Watch as she plows through the field not dropping a set ;)

Seriously, someone going to Doha should make a sign out of this. Remind her of what's truly important in tennis: The big bucks! :cool:

~Kiera~
Oct 25th, 2009, 06:28 PM
Jankovic's season highlights... (http://www.sonyericsson-championships.com/article/jankovics-season-highlights-20091022_2267567_1834383?imageNo=1#picture)

Talk about scraping the barrel :o

дalex
Oct 25th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Actually they were 11 season highlights.

Not forgetting Jelena's star turn and paparrazi-bustin appearance at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival :worship:

True, but NOTHING beats "posing during an afternoon off in Rome". :rolls:

-Valérie-
Oct 26th, 2009, 12:54 PM
With the 2 big contracts she has, i don't think this money will change anything: she was going to shop anyway :lol:

Seriously, Even thought i think she still looking for "her edge", she will try to play her best in Doha. It is one of the few goals that she was able to achieve this year. We wanted her to make it there, and she did.

Her season looks pitiful but she still manage to finish it in the last 8, despite of everything, that is very important. Maybe the other players didn't too wonderful either so she was able to make it there, but what we have to notice is that only 7 players did better then she did. With the season she has, I'd say, she made it.

I am not too excited about this tournament. Easy draw, tough draw, Jelena doesn't take advantage of them usually and Cincinnati, she had it the hard way and won it anyway. I would love it if for once, that i am not too confidante, that she prove me wrong.

~Kiera~
Oct 26th, 2009, 02:29 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i6dqd4-YDywVz_yOpG7Z3i8GieDA

Slimmed-down tennis star Jankovic hopeful

(AFP) – 1 hour ago

DOHA — Jelena Jankovic, who started 2009 as world number one, but only squeezed into the WTA Championships as the eighth and last qualifier, believes a drastic weight loss programme has helped her cause.

The Serbian is also convinced her mother Snezana's improved health, after a worrying scare during the claycourt season, is also a factor behind her more optimistic outlook.

"I'm much skinnier than I used to be. I maybe had seven to ten kilos more than I have now," said the 24-year-old.

Just to emphasise the point, Jankovic arrived at a news conference here on the eve of the WTA Championships, dressed in a short, black dress and wearing high heels, rather than her contemporaries' standard choice of tracksuit and training shoes.

In the lobby of the players' hotel in this gas-rich, conservative Gulf State, she certainly stood out from the crowd.

"I felt really slow on the court. I lost my speed. Nowadays, if you don't move well, it's tough to compete against the best players, men or women.

"That was a learning experience. I finished 2008 as the No. 1 player in the world. I won three tournaments in a row at the end and made it here to the semis.

"My goal was to be even better than I was, to be stronger and fitter. I learned that I cannot be so muscular. I need to be explosive on the court."

Jankovic has also suffered her share of personal misery in 2009, with her mother's illness and then losing her grandmother during the US Open.

"You realize there are more important things in life than tennis, and tennis is just a game," she said.

"Then you realize that you don't need to take it so seriously. You don't go down on yourself when you lose, don't get so disappointed like I used to before. I just try to enjoy it as much as I can."

Of course she turned up wearing high heels :lol:

дalex
Oct 26th, 2009, 02:34 PM
Where are the pics of JJ in short black dress and high heels?

"...don't get so disappointed like I used to before. I just try to enjoy it as much as I can."

She doesn't get disappointed at all by the looks of it, but she doesn't look like she's enjoying tennis either. Get it together in Doha, babe.

Daruma.
Oct 26th, 2009, 02:36 PM
I am happy she qualified for last spot. She was the one who was nervous to qualify maybe, but I am sure she is also the one who is the most relieved ever.

Snex
Oct 26th, 2009, 02:37 PM
Just to emphasise the point, Jankovic arrived at a news conference here on the eve of the WTA Championships, dressed in a short, black dress and wearing high heels, rather than her contemporaries' standard choice of tracksuit and training shoes.

In the lobby of the players' hotel in this gas-rich, conservative Gulf State, she certainly stood out from the crowd.

:worship: