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-NAJ-
Feb 19th, 2010, 03:21 PM
from hot Dubai to cold Belgrade to hot Monterrey
:weirdo::weirdo::weirdo::weirdo::weirdo::weirdo:

Optima
Feb 19th, 2010, 03:24 PM
She left her home in Dubai so soon? :awww:

I wish we had her interview after her loss to Vera.

You know, I had a little cold, a cough here and there. What can I do? I lost my lipgloss in the sand.

I am only 24. Even though my birthday is in a couple of days. Then I'll only be 25. My time will come.

I am finishing up my period.

I need a lot of matches. I feel like I am playing my game and I am getting better.

LoLex
Feb 19th, 2010, 03:25 PM
from hot Dubai to cold Belgrade to hot Monterrey
:weirdo::weirdo::weirdo::weirdo::weirdo::weirdo:

Remember Jelena's trip from Stuttgart to Bangkok and then to Zurich in 2007. :tape:

дalex
Feb 19th, 2010, 03:31 PM
You know, I had a little cold, a cough here and there. What can I do? I lost my lipgloss in the sand.

I am only 24. Even though my birthday is in a couple of days. Then I'll only be 25. My time will come.

I am finishing up my period.

I need a lot of matches. I feel like I am playing my game and I am getting better.

So disappointing. I wanted it to be bitchier as if she believed she was coming back.

Sad about lost lipgloss. Don't worry Jeca, there'll be more lipglosses. Cheer up!

-NAJ-
Feb 19th, 2010, 03:34 PM
she lost early in Bangkok and Zurich that year:sad:
in Belgrade she don't have conditions for good preparation
she will continue to speak how she didn't adapt to the courts, time difference . blah blah blah
but in fact she is not well organized and has no plan for future work:o

LoLex
Feb 19th, 2010, 03:38 PM
but in fact she is not well organized and has no plan for future work:o

But she will have a new house in San Diego :bounce:

-NAJ-
Feb 19th, 2010, 03:47 PM
she will win San Diego this year:hearts::hearts: that event is again on wta calendar

Bobisa
Feb 19th, 2010, 10:07 PM
in Sunday (from 23:00) JJ on the Fox TV http://www.foxtv.rs/sr/program/emisija/story/35/Fajront+Republika.html

-NAJ-
Feb 20th, 2010, 05:42 PM
It will be interesting for sure

дalex
Feb 21st, 2010, 10:06 PM
It was hilarious. She insulted her BFF's thighs though. :speakles:

She's crazy. :hearts:

jelenacg
Feb 21st, 2010, 10:11 PM
It was hilarious. She insulted her BFF's thighs though. :speakles:

She's crazy. :hearts:

Good interview ,she was funny as always :lol:
Playing tennis for money as a kid :lol: :worship:

дalex
Feb 21st, 2010, 10:18 PM
Good interview ,as always she was funny :lol:
Playing tennis for money as a kid :lol: :worship:

Joking about rakija (brandy) being the reason why she smiles all the time... Saying that Ana should start drinking before her matches so her forehand would improve... Complaining about hairdressers in Cannes for making the most hideous hairdo of all times... Talking how she completely ignored Mladjan when they first met in Beijing until she actually saw who was talking to her and then she went WHOA on him...

What did I forget? :sobbing:

Bobisa
Feb 21st, 2010, 10:25 PM
Jelena :worship: something the best I ever saw on the TV...

Bobisa
Feb 21st, 2010, 10:29 PM
Joking about rakija (brandy) being the reason why she smiles all the time... Saying that Ana should start drinking before her matches so her forehand would improve... Complaining about hairdressers in Cannes for making the most hideous hairdo of all times... Talking how she completely ignored Mladjan when they first met in Beijing until she actually saw who was talking to her and then she went WHOA on him...

What did I forget? :sobbing:
:lol: also she talked about doubles and communication with the fingers :rolls:

jelenacg
Feb 21st, 2010, 10:29 PM
Joking about rakija (brandy) being the reason why she smiles all the time... Saying that Ana should start drinking before her matches so her forehand would improve... Complaining about hairdressers in Cannes for making the most hideous hairdo of all times... Talking how she completely ignored Mladjan when they first met in Beijing until she actually saw who was talking to her and then she went WHOA on him...

What did I forget? :sobbing:

I liked the part where she literally admitted she hates practicing :lol::spit: :o Ok i knew that but still :lol:
`I never liked playing the same point again and again` :lol::tape:
Tennis is fun for her. She should remember that always

-NAJ-
Feb 21st, 2010, 10:30 PM
she is very positive person. :worship:
sometimes too honest:p

she said when she went to America she only new to say Thanks and hello and she was shy and didn't speak much. but now they can't stop her

дalex
Feb 21st, 2010, 10:49 PM
:lol: also she talked about doubles and communication with the fingers :rolls:

Yeah, that the middle finger apparently means a serve to the body. :lol:
Or how she said to Jamie that she's bad at doubles so if he makes a mistake it's his fault naturally, but that when she does something wrong it can't possibly be her fault. :rolls:

I liked the part where she literally admitted she hates practicing :lol::spit: :o Ok i knew that but still :lol:
`I never liked playing the same point again and again` :lol::tape:
Tennis is fun for her. She should remember that always

Yeah, but she admitted that even though she hated practicing the same shots all the time, especially the serve, she did 'cos if she didn't work as hard she wouldn't have achieved what she did.

I loved the story about why her bh is so good, how she practiced together with her brother and she was on bh side so she hit it a lot while her brother was hitting forehands. She even said that is the reason why her fh is so bad. :lol:

Someone needs to upload this with subtitles! :hysteric:

-NAJ-
Feb 21st, 2010, 11:07 PM
new rule in doubles.
when partner makes an error that's his fault and when JJ make error that's not her fault:lol:

.
I didn't caught the whole story about Sneki and her ritual -drinking water after points???

дalex
Feb 21st, 2010, 11:14 PM
I didn't caught the whole story about Sneki and her ritual -drinking water after points???

She only said that Sneki is suffering due to all the drama in her matches and that's why she drinks the water all the time.

She joked that the drama must be the reason she got that Oscar.

MaBaker
Feb 22nd, 2010, 11:25 AM
Hell, I missed it.
she said when she went to America she only new to say Thanks and hello and she was shy and didn't speak much. but now they can't stop her

Or how she said to Jamie that she's bad at doubles so if he makes a mistake it's his fault naturally, but that when she does something wrong it can't possibly be her fault. :rolls:

:haha:

ce
Feb 22nd, 2010, 11:49 AM
it was :rolls:

Bobisa
Feb 23rd, 2010, 09:25 PM
interview with Zoran Kesic http://www.story.rs/intervju/7496-zoran-kesic-nisam-zavodnik-nego-spadalo.html
Story: Ko vam je od gostiju ostao u lepom sećanju?
- Oduševila me je teniserka Jelena Janković. Ponašala se poput klinke, a ne kao svetska zvezda koja je gledaocima donela mnogo sreće i lepih trenutaka. Na snimanju se zezala i mislim da je super osoba.

my english is very bad, so I'm not tranlsated that... :shrug:

дalex
Feb 23rd, 2010, 10:20 PM
^^^Story: Which one of your guests made the best impression on you?
I was impressed with tennis player Jelena Jankovic. She acted like a girl, not like a world famous star that brought happiness and great moments to many people. On the set she was joking around and I think she's a super person.

itzhak
Feb 25th, 2010, 08:20 AM
Question: From when JJ was working with Sanchez and how they met each other?

Jajaloo
Feb 25th, 2010, 01:26 PM
Not really news, but WTA are having their Sony Ericsson WTA 2009 Player Awards, and you can vote for JJ!

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/PlayerAwards2009

I'd love for JJ to win! :D

Snex
Feb 25th, 2010, 07:46 PM
Not really news, but WTA are having their Sony Ericsson WTA 2009 Player Awards, and you can vote for JJ!

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/PlayerAwards2009

I'd love for JJ to win! :D

I voted for JJ. And for Vives&Sanchez. :cool:

Bobisa
Feb 25th, 2010, 08:17 PM
I voted for JJ. And for Vives&Sanchez. :cool:
me too :)

Foon_JJ
Feb 26th, 2010, 07:39 AM
Just voted for JJ. :)

дalex
Feb 26th, 2010, 10:14 AM
http://www.abiertodetenismonterrey.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19

Jankovic says she feels like she'll be playing at home.
I LOVE Mexico!

>> Serbian tennis player says she can identify herself with Mexicans.

After preparing in San Luis Potosí the last two off-seasons, Jelena Jankovic knows Mexico, so playing at Monterrey Open will not feel as a new experience to her.
The former world number one spoke exclusively to CANCHA and stated that she likes Mexico and its people.
"I love Mexico. The people are very friendly and proud of their nation. I love that, it is something with which I identify myself with," said the number eight in the world ranking. "When people are friendly, like last time I was in Mexico, they make me feel at home immediately."

Jankovic is the top seed of the second edition of the Open royal to be held from 1 to 7 March in the Sierra Madre Tennis Club and she promised
to give everything on the court. "The fans will see me as a player
who enjoys matches, works hard, fights for every point and who hopefully can win the title," estimated the Serbian 2008 USO finalist. This year, the Monterrey Open will have players of high competitive level as the Slovaks Daniela Hantuchova and Dominika Cibulkova, who are outlined for those planted two and three. Although initiated as favorite Jankovic hopes to go step by step, but when she enters a tournament she always aims to win. "I always go match by match and I hope to play very good tennis," she says. "Whenever I go to a tournament my goal is to win it. I will focus on each match and we'll see how things go."

Jankovic thinks this season the WTA Tour will be at higher level with the comebacks of Beligians - Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters.
"Now we have two good players who join the mix: Clijsters and Henin,
estimated Jankovic," I worked very hard in December and hope to have
a good year. Usually I play better the more I participate at different tournaments, that's why I added Monterrey to my schedule."

The Monterrey Open first round will start on Monday March 1 and Jankovic
is confirmed to play singles, while whether she'll play doubles too will be known days before the event starts.

Foon_JJ
Feb 26th, 2010, 11:04 AM
Can't wait for JJ's match again!

JadeFox
Feb 26th, 2010, 11:26 AM
http://www.abiertodetenismonterrey.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19

Seriously if she wins she should totally wear a sombrero. :lol:

MaBaker
Feb 26th, 2010, 04:35 PM
Seriously if she wins she should totally wear a sombrero. :lol:
Knowing her, she might wear one during a match.

JadeFox
Feb 26th, 2010, 06:24 PM
Knowing her, she might wear one during a match.

She can win WHILE wearing a sombrero during matches! That would be epic! :worship:

Illusionist
Feb 26th, 2010, 06:41 PM
Perhaps her friend Bettany will design something for her :spit:

RFS
Feb 27th, 2010, 07:53 AM
I want to christen my new work laptop with a JJ win.
do the draw already you mexican people you!

Roookie
Feb 27th, 2010, 07:07 PM
Seriously if she wins she should totally wear a sombrero. :lol:

http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/6119/jjsombrero.jpg

Monterrey here we go!!! :bounce:

JadeFox
Feb 27th, 2010, 07:29 PM
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/6119/jjsombrero.jpg

Monterrey here we go!!! :bounce:

That's good photoshop! And the sombrero matches her dress! :yeah:

Bobisa
Mar 1st, 2010, 02:02 PM
Jelena candidate for ''Fed Cup Heart Award''... vote here http://www.fedcup.com/news/heartvote.asp

-NAJ-
Mar 1st, 2010, 04:04 PM
i will vote;)

Jelena Jankovic: Birthday today. had some trouble getting to Monterrey as first my flight on Friday was cancelled, then my flight Sat morning was cancalled. Finally got here today. Had good practice and did some press.
Jelena Jankovic : and....of course people sang for my birthday:)
http://www.facebook.com/JelenaJankovicTennis

MaBaker
Mar 1st, 2010, 06:42 PM
had some trouble getting to Monterrey
Never in doubt :hug:

empressionist
Mar 1st, 2010, 08:34 PM
http://www.abiertodetenismonterrey.com/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23

*Anja*
Mar 2nd, 2010, 08:28 AM
Jelena's Monterrey Blog!Share
Today at 10:10am
Monday, March 1, 2010




It's been a long time since I spoke to you all, and I'm looking forward to catching up with you this week :)

An interesting thing happened on the way to Monterrey... I was supposed to arrive here on Friday, but my flight from Sarasota got cancelled and I couldn't make my connection. There was no other flight to Monterrey that day, so I went back home! There was a flight leaving at the same time to Atlanta on Saturday but it got cancelled again! The plane was broken or something. I thought I would never get to Monterrey! Finally I found another flight that got me to Atlanta just in time to get the connection, and I got here on Saturday evening.

Two days in a row that a flight gets cancelled? It was so strange. We went all the way back home with our bags. I didn't even touch them! What can you do though? So many things happen when you travel so you just have to do the best you can. The most important thing is you arrive :)

It's my first time in Monterrey. I've been to other cities in Mexico, but never here. The people are so friendly here. I feel like I've known everyone for many years. They treat me so well. The facilities and hotel are great and I have everything I need. The fans are amazing, too: so many people have been coming to watch me practice, it's almost like I'm playing a match! It's a great tournament, the organizers have done a great job, and I'm hoping to play some good tennis and get some matches in. It's a great opportunity for me here in Monterrey.

I also celebrated my birthday here yesterday... the funny part is I received three cakes. Everywhere I went I got a cake! People were singing to me everywhere too: fans, the press room... It seemed like the whole city knew it was my birthday, and I don't know how or from who, because I never told anyone!! In the evening we had a really nice dinner in the hotel. They had traditional Mexican performers, including Mariachis who called me up to the podium and sang to me in front of everybody. It was so embarrassing! They brought me a cake too.

I don't remember the last time I had a birthday at home. I don't know when that will be. Of course it's nice to spend it with your family and friends, but it was a lot of fun here as well. And I'm here with my dad so I do have family here (my mom will join us at Indian Wells next week).

Have a good night and talk to you all tomorrow!

JJ ♥

дalex
Mar 2nd, 2010, 08:51 AM
Sounds like she's enjoying Monterrey so far.

They had traditional Mexican performers, including Mariachis who called me up to the podium and sang to me in front of everybody. It was so embarrassing! They brought me a cake too.

I wish there was a video of that. :lol:

Nina.
Mar 3rd, 2010, 09:32 AM
so WTA chose the wrong player to blog from Monterrey this week...

RFS
Mar 3rd, 2010, 11:47 AM
Well the curse of the WTA blogger struck again.
Can't WAIT to see her blog now...

Bobisa
Mar 4th, 2010, 12:05 AM
from fcb
lost a tough one. On my way to San Diego. Have to keep fighting, have to keep practicing. The people in Monterrey are INCREDIBLE! So nice

rucolo
Mar 4th, 2010, 04:45 PM
Jelena`s Monterrey Blog:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/blog/20100302/jelenas-monterrey-blog_2257191_1981362


Monday, March 1, 2010

It's been a long time since I spoke to you all, and I'm looking forward to catching up with you this week :)

An interesting thing happened on the way to Monterrey... I was supposed to arrive here on Friday, but my flight from Sarasota got cancelled and I couldn't make my connection. There was no other flight to Monterrey that day, so I went back home! There was a flight leaving at the same time to Atlanta on Saturday but it got cancelled again! The plane was broken or something. I thought I would never get to Monterrey! Finally I found another flight that got me to Atlanta just in time to get the connection, and I got here on Saturday evening.

Two days in a row that a flight gets cancelled? It was so strange. We went all the way back home with our bags. I didn't even touch them! What can you do though? So many things happen when you travel so you just have to do the best you can. The most important thing is you arrive :)

It's my first time in Monterrey. I've been to other cities in Mexico, but never here. The people are so friendly here. I feel like I've known everyone for many years. They treat me so well. The facilities and hotel are great and I have everything I need. The fans are amazing, too: so many people have been coming to watch me practice, it's almost like I'm playing a match! It's a great tournament, the organizers have done a great job, and I'm hoping to play some good tennis and get some matches in. It's a great opportunity for me here in Monterrey.

I also celebrated my birthday here yesterday... the funny part is I received three cakes. Everywhere I went I got a cake! People were singing to me everywhere too: fans, the press room... It seemed like the whole city knew it was my birthday, and I don't know how or from who, because I never told anyone!! In the evening we had a really nice dinner in the hotel. They had traditional Mexican performers, including Mariachis who called me up to the podium and sang to me in front of everybody. It was so embarrassing! They brought me a cake too.

I don't remember the last time I had a birthday at home. I don't know when that will be. Of course it's nice to spend it with your family and friends, but it was a lot of fun here as well. And I'm here with my dad so I do have family here (my mom will join us at Indian Wells next week).

Have a good night and talk to you all tomorrow!

JJ ♥



Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately I lost my match tonight. I could not play my best tennis, I made many mistakes on important points... it's really too bad because I was really enjoying it here. They treated me very well and I had the desire to continue. I'm sad because I could not win and the people were supporting me all time.

I'll talk to you all again soon, thank you for reading :)

JJ ♥


A shame it was so short.:sad::tape::lol:

kite1987runner
Mar 7th, 2010, 05:12 AM
IW,come on JJ

Bobisa
Mar 9th, 2010, 02:46 PM
http://i50.tinypic.com/2gukv2o.jpg

I scanned it from ''Blic Puls''. full size here http://i49.tinypic.com/bjbplx.jpg and http://i46.tinypic.com/3007c6p.jpg

-NAJ-
Mar 9th, 2010, 06:20 PM
do you have bigger photo? on this photo, size of words is small for normal reading.

Bobisa
Mar 9th, 2010, 07:47 PM
do you have bigger photo? on this photo, size of words is small for normal reading.
under that photo I posted a link for photo in full size :)

-NAJ-
Mar 9th, 2010, 08:35 PM
Thank you i didn't see :tape:


Ceca Raznatovic or Jelena Karleusa?

JJ : Ceca :rocker:


Never in doubt:rocker2:

ce
Mar 10th, 2010, 02:05 PM
^ :rolls:

-NAJ-
Mar 10th, 2010, 02:08 PM
^ :p

-NAJ-
Mar 10th, 2010, 11:57 PM
http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Jelena-Jankovic-Raising-The-Roof-On-Her-California.aspx
Jelena Jankovic Raising The Roof On Her California Dream

By Richard Pagliaro

(March 10, 2010) INDIAN WELLS — The desert gave Jelena Jankovic the chills yesterday.

The sixth-seeded Serbian's raspy voice revealed the cold she caught after practicing on a wind-swept Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open without a jacket.

Regaining her health and rebuilding her ranking are two of Jankovic's immediate professional concerns, but the always-entertaining former World No. 1 arrived in Indian Wells poised with another pressing concern — raising the roof.

Jankovic is building a new home in the exclusive San Diego County enclave of Rancho Santa Fe. Bu to call the home a house would be as over simplistic as comparing the desert to a sand box.

This creation — a 20,000-square foot, three-level house — will come complete with a tennis court, swimming pool, 10-car garage prompting Jankovic to call her new digs "a castle." The only thing missing is the roof and some extensive interior decorating.

"They are close to putting the roof on. It's a huge house, 20,000 square feet. It's a castle," Jankovic told the media at today's round-table interview session at the BNP Paribas Open. "When you say 'still putting a roof on it,' that is the reason it takes time to build that kind of house. It's a dream house. It will have everything — a tennis court and pool — and it's nice to have your own court especially when you are a tennis professional. I will get in there and I won't come out."

When she isn't busy designing her dream home, Jankovic is spending time on the practice court reconstructing her game. Watching her practice on Tuesday, she was moving up to the ball quickly and trying to use some of her strengths — her court coverage, anticipation, athleticism and one of the best two-handed backhands in women's tennis — to play a bit more ambitious tennis.

To that end, she's entered the doubles draw here with partner Tathiana Garbin, who lost in singles today to Patty Schnyder, 6-1, 6-2. In a match of wild cards, the pair will play defending singles champion Vera Zvonareva and left-hander Lucie Safarova in the opening round.

That's because I want to work on coming forward. I want to play more aggressive, especially work on my serve and volleys just coming forward," Jankovic said. "That's what I really want to do and doubles is a really good opportunity for me to get more matches too."

It has been a slow start to the season for the 25-year-old from Belgrade, who has looked a bit defensive in failing to reach a quarterfinal in four tournament starts. But Jankovic showed her all-court acumen and her ability to rise to the occasion in beating fourth-ranked Svetlana Kuzentsova and World No. 31 Alisa Kleybanova in last month's Fed Cup World Group tie against Russia in Belgrade. Both the top-seeded Kuznetsova and Kleybanova, who is coming off her first career WTA Tour title, reside in Jankovic's quarter of the draw, along with former champion Kim Clijsters, the No. 14 seed.

The challenge for the ninth-ranked Jankovic is sustaining that aggressive mind-set and preventing herself from falling into the defensive style she sometimes employs in tight matches. Jankovic has a first-round bye and will play either Croatian qualifier Petra Martic or Croatian wild card Alja Tomljanovic in the second round.

Optima
Mar 11th, 2010, 01:35 AM
Where is Jelena getting the money to build these houses? :shrug:

Bruno71
Mar 11th, 2010, 03:59 AM
How long has she been building that San Diego house anyway? Seems I first heard of that 2 years ago.

-NAJ-
Mar 12th, 2010, 07:25 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/03/11/indian-wells-blog-jankovic-stops/
Indian Wells blog: Jankovic stops by

FoxSports

INDIAN WELLS, Calif.

Jelena Jankovic talks to FOXSports.com about her recent struggles and more.

Periodically during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, FOXSports.com will highlight blog-style interviews with some of the WTA's premier players, as told to Matt Cronin. Keep checking back for the latest entries.

March 11 -- Jelena Jankovic

Former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, who is seeded No. 6 at the BNP Paribas Open, blogs for FOXSports.com at Indian Wells on her recent struggles and what brings her happiness off court:

I've been working hard in practice and feel better every day. Today, I was like another player, two levels better than I've been. I know I can do it, but I feel like I'm losing my concentration and can't focus for a long period of time. I can play well for a couple of games and then really bad for a couple of games. Maybe it's a lack of matches. I have to be able to concentrate in practice first and then know I can do it in matches, too.

Today in practice, I even got applause from the crowd, and that's unusual. When does that ever happen? So I was doing a really good job.

My game is coming together, but it's been a struggle during the last year. I've had a couple of good tournaments, but not to the level that I can play. I've done it before, and it's a matter of working and staying positive. I also have to improve, make those little steps forward. If I you don't do that, you go backward and your game starts falling apart. Then you don't enjoy it and it's not fun.

You have to stay mentally tough and optimistic, but in a realistic way. You can't hide when you are doing something wrong and pretend that it's right. You have to change and be realistic. Then, when you begin to move better, hit the ball better, you can find motivation and the will to get on court. Until then, you don't feel like getting out there, because you are playing so badly and are miserable.

I just turned 25, and I've been on the tour so many years and played so many matches, Our season is so long that even in our offseason, which is short, you are training and your body wears out. It's not how old you are, but how many miles you have put on your body and how many hours you've been out there. Many days, you wake up and everything hurts. You feel slow and heavy. A couple of years ago, I never got tired, I could run around the court and travel all over the place, and now I'm really feeling it.

You have to find ways to stay motivated, and that's why I admire Roger Federer, because he never gets injured or tired or lacks motivation. It's amazing. People think you are at the top of the game and you can be there for 10 years and it's really hard. Even if you really love the sport, your body can't do it. And then your game starts breaking down, you're getting injured and your mind isn't there either. It's tough.

What makes me happy these days is the house I'm building in San Diego. I went there the week before Indian Wells with my dad, and it gives me another perspective. Sometimes, I get down on myself and I see the house and it's a dream home and it shows me that I've done a really good job to be able to have the money to build this house.

I don't know why I'm getting upset losing tennis matches. It isn't like I'm really sick, and it isn't going to take away that I was No. 1 or what I've done in my career. To make enough money to have built a 20,000-square foot house, that's a really good job. It has a pool, a 10-car garage, gym, tennis court and theater. I have no idea what I have in there, it's so big.

I hope to move in by the end of the year. My plan is to spend more of my time in San Diego. It has a nice climate, people are laid-back and I can go to L.A., Mexico and Las Vegas if I want because they are close.

When I think of the house, I start to think, "Why can't I go on court and just enjoy my tennis?" Losing a match is not the end of the world, and it puts things in a different perspective. I have goals, but I don't have to beat myself up and think I've never done anything or don't know how to play. Everyone has negative thoughts and thinks they are off and don't know what they are doing. You can change your mentality and just play and when you don't feel like playing, it's better not to go on court and do a terrible job.

In our 3-2 Fed Cup loss to Russia at home, it was unfortunate that Ana Ivanovic couldn't win one of her singles matches, because that's what we were going for, to win the three singles matches because we weren't counting on doubles. I was really happy that I beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alisa Kleybanova, whom I had never beaten before.

Ana was nervous, but everyone is nervous and you care so much because you to want to win, but she couldn't get her game together. But she's not the only one who is struggling, We're not really good doubles players, and we lost to Kuznetsova and Kleybanova in doubles. We didn't know each other's games, what ball to take, and we got confused. We were all over the place. We didn't know how to play together as team.

I hope to a have a long career, and when I retire, I would like to help some kids and share my tennis experience, but not on a daily basis. I don't want to coach and be on the tour every day. I want to have a normal life, be at home and have another business, but I will give something back to tennis, because it's been what I've done well most of my life.

ChriS.
Mar 12th, 2010, 10:14 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/03/11/indian-wells-blog-jankovic-stops/Depressing reading - she is more interested in looking back at what she has achieved rather than looking forward to more victories.

дalex
Mar 12th, 2010, 12:40 PM
^ Exactly.

I feel like I'm losing my concentration and can't focus for a long period of time.

You've always had ADD, dear. But, yeah, it's getting worse. :tears:

itzhak
Mar 15th, 2010, 02:16 PM
Read this:

MiguelSeabra twitter

hmm @VanGrichen tells me he has several proposals from well-known WTA stars, including a top player; he'll decide who to coach next in Miami

about 10 hours ago via web

Van Grichen and JJ?

-NAJ-
Mar 15th, 2010, 02:44 PM
including a top player

it's not serena, venus, dinara, azarenka, sveta, caro because they have someone
elena or jelena :tape:

but don't think so. JJ will not listen Antonio for sure :lol:
She is working in IW with Chip Brooks from Bollettieri Academy.

~Kiera~
Mar 15th, 2010, 03:10 PM
I guess Vera didn't think very much of him then.

дalex
Mar 16th, 2010, 12:07 PM
http://www.ndtv.com/news/sports/jankovic-advances-clijsters-falls-in-indian-wells-17833.php

Jankovic advances, Clijsters falls in Indian Wells

It wasn't pretty, but it was a win, and for eighth-seeded Jelena Jankovic that was enough on Monday, and more than US Open champ Kim Clijsters could manage at the BNP Paribas Open.

Jankovic, a former world number one now ranked ninth in the world, has struggled to get her 2010 season rolling but survived a roller-coaster third-round battle with Italian Sara Errani 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4.

Clijsters, who won the title in 2003 and 2005, fell 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4) to 27th-ranked Russian Alisa Kleybanova, who won her first WTA title at Kuala Lumpur last month.

After storming back to take the second set, Clijsters appeared to be on her way against 20-year-old Kleybanova when she won the first three games of the third.

But Kleybanova responded to level the set at 3-3 and it went with serve until the tiebreaker.

Once again Clijsters raced ahead, taking a 4-0 lead, but Kleybanova won the last seven points to seize the victory over the former world number one.

"I definitely think I let it slip away a little bit," Clijsters said. "What got me to be ahead was I was playing aggressive tennis and being dominant. I think she, by putting me under pressure during those long rallies, I think that, I kind of just backed off a little bit...

"This is a match where I just have to have that little bit of killer instinct back and try to just finish it off when I have my chances," added Clijsters, who won the US Open last September in just her third tournament since coming out of retirement.

She won again in Brisbane to launch her 2010 season, but slumped to a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Nadia Petrova in the third round of the Australian Open.

Clijsters said she didn't believe her lighter schedule - as she balances motherhood with a tennis career - was a factor in the defeat.

"I feel really happy with the way that I've been improving since the Australian Open. I lost. It was a good match, it was close."

Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus was another third-round casualty, falling 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 to Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

Jankovic managed to avoid the upset bug, but it was close.

"I never thought I would lose the match," said Jankovic - even though she was cutting it close when she was one point away from going 5-2 down in the third set against Errani, the world number 49 who was seeking her first win against a top-10 player.

"I knew I could still win it, I was still there, and I just fought very well. That's what got me through the match."

But Jankovic said it was exhausting, especially since she was frustrated by her own inconsistency.

"I would play a couple of points well but then would give away a lot of points, too," said Jankovic. "When I was down 4-2 in the third, and 0-40 to go down 5-2, it was really a battle out there," she said.

Jankovic set up a fourth-round meeting with Israel's Shahar Peer, a 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1 winner over ninth-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta.

Those making it safely through included eighth-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur, whose 6-3, 6-0 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova set up a clash with defending champion Vera Zvonareva, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia.

Yilongru
Mar 16th, 2010, 12:28 PM
She really did wonderful at the middle part of the final set.

дalex
Mar 17th, 2010, 09:03 AM
Interview after R3...

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=62075

J. JANKOVIC/S. Errani
2-6, 7-6, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. That was quite an adventure. The second set you served for it and you have all the set points, and then she gets even with the dropshot, you come all the way back. How did you stay mentally positive?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, but overall, you know, I thought it was a tough match, you know, mentally, more than, you know, physically. But physically also, but mentally, you know, I thought it was really tough because, you know, she played really well.
But I made a lot of errors. I couldn't really stay in the -- play consistently the whole time, you know. I would play a couple points well, and then I was just give away, you know, a lot of points.
Then I would just give, in a way, a lot of gifts. I just couldn't keep, you know, my concentration, you know, throughout the whole time. So I had a lot of ups and downs. I was down a set at 4-2 and managed to, again, you know, win that set in the tiebreaker.
And then again in the third I was down 4-2, Love-40 to go down 5-2, almost two breaks, I think. It was really a battle out there, and I just tried to stay positive as much as I could. I just tried to fight for every point and kept going and kept going, you know, and I was able to win at the end. I'm really -- I happy to get through this match.

Q. When you say you lose it mentally, where do you go? Where does your mind go?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it's difficult, because you really get angry at yourself because you're making errors and you shouldn't be making those errors.
I mean, so you're getting -- for sure, you're getting frustrated, and those are the times where you have to just be a little bit easier on yourself and just regroup and just play the next point and keep playing. You know, things are gonna come.
That's what I believed, you know. I said, you know, I can still win this match even though I'm not playing, you know, my best tennis or good tennis. But, you know, I'm still out there, I still have a chance and I'm going, and that's what I did.

Q. You said it was more mental than physical, but that was a long match and some long rallies. Did you feel it at all on your legs and your lungs?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I was getting tired, for sure. You know, I think the center court is a little bit slower than some other courts, so there was some long rallies. You know, my opponent was getting a lot of balls back. You know, she wasn't making mistakes, either, you know. She just kept putting the balls back. So I had to work really hard. You know, it was not easy, to be honest. It was really hard.
At the end, you know, I was able to win. So that is something that it's, you know, the most important thing, and I get to play tomorrow.

Q. Seemed like you played very well from one 1-4 down in the third, and you were taking charge of the rallies.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, you know, like I said, I had a lot of ups and downs. I would play badly had I couple of games, and when I would play well, I started playing well, I thought I was dominating. She couldn't play. She couldn't keep up with me.
Then I would drop done the level again and I would start making the errors and I wouldn't move my feet and I wouldn't make a lot of first serves. You know, then it becomes really tough.
But, you know, those are the times I said to myself, I got to keep going. I have to do the best that I can, you know, in those situations, and, you know, fight for every point.
You know, I was able to come back, you know, and especially in the third. It was almost 5-2, but then I won.

Q. What was the worst thought you had during the match?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know what was the worst. I never thought I would lose the match. I just, you know -- I just, you know, one point at a time. I knew I can still win it, I'm was still there, and I just fought very well. That's what I did, and that's what got me through the match.
Sometimes you don't play well. There are days when you don't -- when you don't feel your balls, your opponent plays really, really well, and those are the times you have to stay really strong mentally and get through these kind of matches. It was really hard for me, but I managed to do it.

Q. How does a match like that affect you for the rest of the tournament? Does it help you, or is it exhausting?
JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, tomorrow I have a match, so I just, you know, I hope that I will recover very well. I just had a massage. You know, I play fifth match after 11:00, so I have some time to recover, and we'll see how things will go.
But for sure, you know, every win gives you more and more confidence. The more you're winning, the better you feel, even though you don't play sometimes your best tennis. But when you win not playing, you know, the way you hope you going to play, that's what matters.

Q. Did you play aggressively enough for your own liking?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah. You know, there was times where I played aggressively, and then I would, you know, win a couple of games and then I just started making all these errors and then I would somehow like go back up a little bit, because I just started making a lot of errors. I would give a lot of free points to my opponent.
Then I said, you know, I cannot be doing that. My opponent was put a lot of balls back. She wouldn't miss a ball, and I was doing, you know, everything. I would miss, and then when I was on a roll, when I would hit, you know, I don't know, couple of winners and would win a couple of games, but then I would just lose a lot of games with playing really -- I have no idea what I would be doing out there on the court. (laughter.)
But, you know, I think, you know, I need these kind of matches, you know, just to be in these kind of situations. It's been a while since I played, you know, a lot of matches, and I think winning these kind of matches gives me a lot of confidence.
You know, the more I play, I think the better I will get. So I'm happy that I was able to get through this match and get another chance tomorrow.

дalex
Mar 17th, 2010, 09:16 AM
A quote after R4, from Serbian portal.

http://www.mondo.rs/s163695/Tenis/INDIJAN_VELS-_Dzej_Dzej_gura_ka_finalu.html

Last night I had a really tough match, and I wasn't sure if I'll be physically ready for another match like that. And Shahar is always a dangerous opponent.

I had to be aggressive and I looked to have as many winners as possible. I never let her be in charge and dictate points, so I'm really happy with the way I played.

Yilongru
Mar 17th, 2010, 10:53 AM
A quote after R4, from Serbian portal.

http://www.mondo.rs/s163695/Tenis/INDIJAN_VELS-_Dzej_Dzej_gura_ka_finalu.html

hope can do it again next match:bounce:

MaBaker
Mar 17th, 2010, 11:53 AM
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, but overall, you know, I thought it was a tough match, you know, mentally, more than, you know, physically. But physically also, but mentally, you know, I thought it was really tough because, you know, she played really well.
lol

She should really lose that you know, I barely understand what she's saying. Though, maybe that's not the only reason.

-NAJ-
Mar 18th, 2010, 12:26 AM
Interview after R4...

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=62100


Jelena Jankovic

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

J. JANKOVIC/S. Peer
6-2, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Nice run here. Congratulations.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Thank you.

Q. What do you think the key has been so far to your wins here?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I think today I played real well. I was just focused, and I played really aggressively. So that was the key to today's match.
You know, I had a tough match last night, so, you know, I didn't know how I was going to hold up physically. And especially Shahar, you know, Shahar Peer is a really dangerous opponent. She can play really, really well, and she's a fighter.
You know, I just had to really hold my ground and go for my shots, and I'm really happy with my performance today. You know, I did. You know, I never backed up. I just kept going for my shots and I served well, I returned well. I'm really pleased how things went today.

Q. Are you getting more and more comfortable with the tournament conditions? I know some players have complained about it.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I think, you know, every match I think I'm getting better and better. The more I play, the better I get. The more dangerous I get, I think my tennis, you know, the level of my tennis keeps rising.
That's what I'm looking for, and that's the kind of player I am. So I'm just happy that I was able to win today. I'm in the quarterfinals, and I look forward to playing my next match.

Q. Do you pay attention to all the upsets that have been going on in the women's draw?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Not really. I just try to focus on myself and on my job and what I can do to win my match, you know, my matches. I mean, I cannot -- that has nothing to do with me.

Q. Do you feel like this could be an opportunity?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Doesn't matter. You still have to beat, you know, those players who are on the other side of, you know, of the net.
So doesn't matter who it is. You still have to, you know, run those balls down and hit those balls and fight every point. I mean, it's not easy. All those players, they know how to play. It's never easy.
So like I said, I'm just focused on my job and playing my tennis, and I'm happy that I'm playing better and better and improving each day.

Q. We in the media, our job is to talk about obviously the different players. I'd like to sort of switch the perspective and just ask you an unusual question: What do you think of the job that the media does in general? Do we tell your story, or do we do a lousy job?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. Sometimes you're writing a lot of interesting stuff. Sometimes you can turn it into different context, but, you know... (laughter.)
I mean, that's part of being a journalist, I guess. You guys share the stories, you know, worldwide so fans and people can follow us and get the inside stories, and I think it's great.

Q. What was the happiest moment with you and media, maybe when you saw your first picture on a tennis magazine, and when were you most unhappy?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. You know, that's probably when I was probably very young, as a kid, and you win your first tournament or something and then you see your little picture getting, you know, into the newspapers, and you save that. You're so proud that you're there. I mean, you keep that article, and that's how it starts, little by little.
I mean, that's always nice. I don't know what is the worst, you know. You know, as a professional tennis player, you're gonna have good articles and bad articles about you, so you can really -- to be honest, I don't like to read everything about me. I think it's better. Keeps me more calm.
I don't really -- I just focus on myself and don't put, you know, don't think about too much when I'm competing and playing a tournament.

Q. You clipped the first stories and so forth. When do you think you stopped taking the clips, cutting them?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. Some people were telling me, Jelena, you never save any articles. You never save any of your pictures. They say it's going to be nice when you're going to be a grandmother to show your grandkids or something, like, how you were doing and what you have done in your career, you know, when you're gonna get older.
But I've been lucky. Some of my fans, they made really -- it's like a history almost since I began playing on the professional tour, you know. I got a couple of books with pictures and articles. It's really amazing.
So I keep those books that I got from fans. It's like I couldn't do it on my own, so I'm really grateful for that, because it's I think great memory for the future.

Q. If you win this tournament, are you going to throw a party at your house with no roof?
JELENA JANKOVIC: (laughter.)
With no roof, you know, if it rains it will ruin everything.
You know, I don't look too far ahead, but, you know, that would be nice if I can go far and if I can do really well in this tournament.
But, you know, I'm just in the quarters, and I just want to play one match at a time. I played well and I'm playing well, so just look forward, you know, to playing, you know, more matches. We'll see what will happen.

Q. We have a tight schedule. We want to make sure we fit it into our schedule, the party. And get through all those security gates.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Okay.

ChriS.
Mar 18th, 2010, 01:00 AM
She has some very devoted fans: Q. You clipped the first stories and so forth. When do you think you stopped taking the clips, cutting them?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. Some people were telling me, Jelena, you never save any articles. You never save any of your pictures. They say it's going to be nice when you're going to be a grandmother to show your grandkids or something, like, how you were doing and what you have done in your career, you know, when you're gonna get older.
But I've been lucky. Some of my fans, they made really -- it's like a history almost since I began playing on the professional tour, you know. I got a couple of books with pictures and articles. It's really amazing.
So I keep those books that I got from fans. It's like I couldn't do it on my own, so I'm really grateful for that, because it's I think great memory for the future.

Bobisa
Mar 18th, 2010, 11:58 PM
http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/News/Tennis/2010/Tournament/WTA-Thursday2-Jankovic-Reaches-Semis.aspx

Jankovic Snuffs Out Kleybanova Comeback To Reach SFs
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by Staff


Sixth-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic advanced to the semi-finals for the second time at the BNP Paribas Open after defeating Russian Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon in Indian Wells.

Kleybanova briefly threatened to send the match to a decisive set as converted on her sixth break point opportunity to go up 4-2, but Jankovic extinguished the comeback as she won the final four games.

“She's a tricky player and can throw you off your rhythm at times,” Jankovic said of Kleybanova. “But I just tried to stay focused and tried to play the best that I can under those circumstances. I was able to get through this match, so I'm really pleased.”

The 25-year-old Jankovic, who is making her ninth event appearance, also reached the semi-finals two years ago before falling to countrywoman and eventual champion Ana Ivanovic.

Jankovic, ranked ninth in the world, had made a slow start to the season, falling before the quarter-finals in her four tournament appearances prior to Indian Wells. She will be looking to reach her first final since last October in Tokyo, and next plays the winner between No. 8 seed Samantha Stosur and No. 28 seed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

“I think every win that I'm getting gives me a lot of confidence,” said Jankovic. “I feel that I'm coming back, and my game is getting better and better. It gives me more motivation. I feel like I can work much harder. I know what I need to work on just to get better as a player in general. So just happy that I'm doing well here in this tournament, and I hope that I can keep it going.”

Kleybanova, 20, had battled into the quarter-finals for the first time in Indian Wells with three-sets wins in her first three matches – including an upset win over two-time champion Kim Clijsters in the third round.

“I'm really happy that I got so far this week,” she said. “It's been really a long, tough matches for me. I think the most important is that I've been really fighting a lot, and I played some good matches here. It's always experience. The more you stay out there playing matches, competing, you definitely get more experience, more confidence. So I think to have so many matches already during of the beginning of the year, it's very good.”

Daruma.
Mar 19th, 2010, 02:10 PM
She is not tired of saying the same things over and over.
That's boring.

Bobisa
Mar 19th, 2010, 11:37 PM
http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/News/Tennis/2010/Tournament/WTA-Friday2-Jankovic-To-Vie-For-Title.aspx

Jankovic To Vie For Indian Wells Title
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by Staff

Sixth-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic made her way confidently into the championship match at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, defeating Australian Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4 on Friday afternoon in Indian Wells.

“I'm feeling good going to the finals,” said Jankovic. “I had some tough matches here and some good wins. I'm just gonna try my best, and we'll see what happens. Maybe I can win another title.”

Jankovic forced a set off of the No. 8 seed for the first time at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, buoyed by a service break in a 24-point fifth game. With momentum on her side, she proceeded to win the next five games as Stosur double-faulted on break point in both of her service games.

Stosur briefly stopped the bleeding with a successful break back attempt in the second game of the second set, but Jankovic once again pulled ahead, 3-2. After failing to convert on her first match point on the Australian’s serve, the 25-year-old Jankovic fought off one break point in the following game and closed out the victory at the second time of asking.

“I thought the key to today's match was my return,” said Jankovic. “Samantha has an unbelievable serve, one of the best serves in women's game, and I was able to return a lot of her first serves. I was putting a lot of pressure on her second serve. So I think that was the key, because I was able to break her quite a few times. And then it made everything easier for me.”

The ninth-ranked Jankovic is through to the final at the BNP Paribas Open for first time in nine event appearances, and will attempt to put the trophy back in Serbian hands following Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic’s sweep of the women’s and men’s titles two years ago.

Jankovic has an 11-10 record in Sony Ericsson WTA Tour finals, winning her last title in August 2009 at the hard-court tournament in Cincinnati (d. Safina).

She will confront either No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki or No. 5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the final. The pair will play their semi-final match on Friday night at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Stosur, who is projected to break into the Top 10 on Monday after her semi-final showing, had made her way into the semi-finals without the loss of a set. She had accounted for defending champion Vera Zvonareva in the fourth round.

“It's been a great week,” said the 25 year old. “I've played four really good matches. Today was a bit disappointing, but it's still my best result in a tournament like this. I think there's a lot to build on.

“I've got to look at the positives and know that I was able to do all those good things for the whole start of the week. It let me down today, but you can try and improve it next week, which is a good thing about tennis.”

дalex
Mar 20th, 2010, 09:25 AM
Jelena's interview after Kleybanova match.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=62229

Bobisa
Mar 21st, 2010, 10:35 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=afp-tennisatpwtausawomen

Jankovic jump starts season with Indian Wells win
by Rebecca Bryan


INDIAN WELLS, California (AFP) - Former world number one Jelena Jankovic jump-started her 2010 season Sunday with a straight-sets victory over Caroline Wozniacki for the Indian Wells WTA title.

Jankovic didn't put a foot wrong as she downed her Danish opponent 6-2, 6-4 to claim her 12th career title and her first since Cincinnati last August.

"It's been a great two weeks for me, really amazing," Jankovic said. "I'm so happy and so thrilled that I was able to win this title."

The Serbian came into the tournament ranked ninth in the world and seeded sixth, while world number four Wozniacki was seeded second.

But neither woman had made much noise this season, with both failing to reach a quarter-final until this week.

Jankovic arrived in Indian Wells off a tough first-round exit at Monterrey, where she was the top seed.

She had her struggles here, eking out a third-round victory over world number 49 Sara Errani that the Serbian said was a "wake-up call."

After that, she was able to sharpen her focus, reduce her errors, and transfer some of her recent good work on the practice court to her matches.

"On the practice court, I felt really well. I was feeling the ball and I was really moving my feet and getting better and better," she said.

She had Wozniacki on the defensive early, rolling to a 4-0 lead in the first set before the Dane managed to break her to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Jankovic broke back immediately and pocketed the first set on her third set point as Wozniacki fired a forehand long.

"I went out there knowing my game plan," Jankovic said. "I wanted to be really aggressive, but at the same time patient and not really go for too much or go over the limit with some balls.

"I waited for my opportunities, and when I had them, I took them."

She maintained the momentum by breaking Wozniacki in the opening game of the second set, and made the break hold up. She earned a match point with a backhand winner and sealed it when Wozniacki belted a service return long.

"Jelena was playing a good match," Wozniacki said. "She didn't make a lot of mistakes. I tried to change it when I saw it was not going my way, but I just made a few too many errors on the important points.

"I couldn't really get to play the game that I wanted to play," Wozniacki added. "I wanted to get her moving a little bit more. I wanted to stay on the baseline a little bit more."

Wozniacki, who made an exciting run to the US Open final last September, will move up to a career-high number two when the world rankings are updated on Monday.

The 19-year-old said it was some consolation.

"When I think back on this tournament, I think I've done a great job," she said. "Everyone was playing here except for the two Williams.

"It was a strong field, and then coming out as a finalist and then coming out as number two in the world tomorrow, that's still a great feeling."

Bobisa
Mar 23rd, 2010, 01:27 AM
http://www.tennisdiary.com/jelena-wins-gets-to-buy-a-new-car.html

Jelena Wins, Gets to Buy a New Car!
Written by Pat Davis
Monday, 22 March 2010 12:09


"What's with the Serbs and their love of cars?" asks my partner Dave of one of his co-workers, Bole, who is a Serb and who drives a Porsche by the way. He explains it's a "bauble" thing, they tend to show off a bit when money finds its way to their neighborhood. They love their cars apparently.

So does Jelena Jankovic, who is building some palatial sounding manse just up the road from me here in San Diego. We are told it will have a 10-car garage, so I guess we can expect it will be filled with all sorts of cars.

After her win on Sunday over Caroline Wozniacki at Indian Wells, Jelena can probably afford to drop a few bucks on a new car. It probably will be a new Porsche, because she has a yen for them too. To my surprise the women earned a bigger purse this year at IW than the men - $700k vs. $605K for the winners.

Jelena earned her money this week, not so much for the final, which was decent enough as female finals go. But for the one match earlier in the week against Italy's Sara Errani where Jelena was nearly down and out, then somehow managed to steel herself and steady her game and snatch victory in a third-set tiebreaker.

How often have we seen a player catch fire after surviving a really scary moment early on in a tournament? Watching that match nearly wiped me out, so I can imagine how Jelena felt to get through it. We may look back at the end of the year and remember that this was a match that turned the tide in Jelena's year. She has played well only in fits and starts; other women have shot past her in the rankings, including the woman she played on Sunday, Caroline Wozniacki. Jankovic seemed to have fallen into a period of malaise, and the illness of her mother, with whom she is especially close, also tugged at her tennis fortunes.

Wozniacki looked to be the favorite going into Sunday's final. She is higher ranked now, at Number Two in the world. Somehow I have not become a fan yet of Caro's. Maybe it's all that big buxom blonde bounciness that I am resisting, the fact that everytime I see her walk on court I feel myself transported back to Fellini's La Dolce Vita, and the scene where the voluptuous Anita Ekberg steps out of the Trevi Fountain, dripping wet. Or the fact that so many people want to take up this new glamor girl. After all, Ivanovic went away and vanished into the ether, so it would be unseemly to continue making much of her beauty when her game has simply gone away. And Jankovic has just too quirky a look to be considered a real tennis babe the way Wozniacki is.

For my money though Jelena Jankovic is the most interesting player on the women's side, and I have been a fan since I first saw her play, around the time of the Rome event a few years ago. What a hoot this woman is, I thought, and she has continued on with her own unique blend of great retrieving tennis, anticipation and movement that may be the best in all of women's tennis, and the personality quirks we have come to love about her, her post-match pressers which are filled with humor and off-the-wall remarks, her endless love of shopping sprees.

In an era where the women are about as uptight and competitive as the men, Jankovic is still a refreshing sight to see. We all poo-pooed her Number One ranking of a few years ago, knowing it was something of an anomaly and that she would soon tail off, but I am glad to see her back now and playing well again.

Could this year represent the second coming of Jelena Jankovic? We hope so, for there is a spirit of generosity about the woman that is relaxed and inviting, and I for one would like to sit down and chat further with her.

Bruno71
Mar 23rd, 2010, 06:44 AM
What an amazing article :eek:

RFS
Mar 23rd, 2010, 08:28 AM
Very cool read...

Brena
Mar 23rd, 2010, 11:38 AM
Somehow I have not become a fan yet of Caro's. Maybe it's all that big buxom blonde bounciness that I am resisting, the fact that everytime I see her walk on court I feel myself transported back to Fellini's La Dolce Vita, and the scene where the voluptuous Anita Ekberg steps out of the Trevi Fountain, dripping wet.

:rolls: She's blonde alright, but hardly ''a buxom blonde'' of the Anita Ekberg kind. Nevertheless, this really cracked me up.
The author :worship:

http://nursemyra.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/anita-ekberg.jpg

Caro celebrating her Rome 2010 title.

Bobisa
Mar 23rd, 2010, 02:14 PM
http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/sr/blog.php



23.03.2010.

Dragi moji,
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Nisam vam dugo pisala, ali nisam vas zaboravila. Puno mi znači vaša podrška i znam da ste uvek uz mene. Nije me bilo jer sam bila fokusirana na posao, na rad na terenu, a sada kada je rezultat tu, kada imam čime da se pohvalim, evo meeee :))
Srećna sam! Osvojila sam 12. WTA titulu u karijeri, svakako jednu od najvećih i najznačajnijih do sada. Do trofeja BNP Paribas Indijan Vels 2010. došla sam sjajnom igrom koju sam pružila u dve nedelje provedenih u kalifornijskoj pustinji. Nije bilo lako, ali rezultat je taj koji sve govori. Puno sam trenirala, puno sam radila na igri, koncentraciji, servisu, mojoj fizici i sve se to isplatilo. Na kraju takmičenja u Indijan Velsu najteže mi je bilo podići pobednički pehar, koji je veoma lep, ali i veoma težak, tako da sam morala da stojim pored tog prelepog kristala i slikam se.
Jedan od ključeva mog uspeha u Indijan Velsu je i to što je ponovo uz mene bila moja mama. Ona je moj pokretač, neko ko mi dok sam na terenu uliva pozitivnu energiju i ko je ujedno moj veliki zaštitnik. Kada je najteže, kada se meč lomi, kada moram da smirim glavu, jednostavno pogledam u mamu i odmah sve dođe na svoje mesto. Puno mi je pomogao i Čip Bruks, trener iz IMG Akademije kojeg poznajem godinama, sa kojim sam i kao mala radila kod Nika Bolitijerija. Još uvek sam bez trenera, ali veliku pomoć mi u ovom trenutku pružaju upravo Čip i Nik. Za vreme američke turneje Čip će biti uz mene, ovaj veliki napredak u igri, poboljšanje servisa, mentalna stabilnost je nešto što u ovom trenutku u velikoj meri dugujem Čipu i Niku.

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Očekujem i cilj mi je da nastavim ovako kako sam krenula. Slede novi izazovi, sledi veliki turnir u Majamiju, još jedno mesto u svetu gde se osećam kao kod kuće. U Indijan Velsu sam se osećala kao na domaćem terenu, jer u blizini ovog kalifornijskog mesta gradim kuću u koju očekujem da ću se useliti do kraja ove godine. S druge strane, sada sam u Majamiju koji je moja baza već godinama, tako da sam iz jedne došla u drugu pozitivnu sredinu i što je najvažnije zdrava. Puna sam samopouzdanja i spremna za nova velika dela.

Još jednom da se osvrnem na sam turnir i mečeve u Indijan Velsu. Znam, već dugo me mediji, fanovi, ljudi širom sveta koji vole i prate tenis zovu „kraljica drame“. To sam ponovo i dokazala u trećem kolu u meču protiv Sare Erani. Bio je to moj nateži meč na ovom turniru, tri sata iscrpljujuče borbe, ali to se sve dešavalo upravo zbog toga što nikada pre nisam igrala sa njom i nisam poznalava njen stil igre. Na kraju pobeda koja mi je dala krila da u narednim mečevima budem sve bolja, preciznija, jača u svim elementima igre i mentalno. „Kraljica drame“ je odlučila da poštedi sve, pa i samu sebe stresa na terenu, odlučila sam da svakom meču pristupam maksimalno koncentrisana i motivisana čime sam ostvarila ubedljive pobede i na kraju došla do velikog slavlja.

Moram da se pohvalim i mojom novom haljinom koju je kreirala ANTA. Iako sam mislila da će naići na kritike zbog boje, jer je neobična – florescentno zelena, sa svih strana stižu pohvale na račun opreme koju nosim i to me veoma raduje. Inače volim jarke boje tako da mi se haljina izuzetno dopada.

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Vremena za slavlje, šoping i opuštanje nema. Biće kada se završi turneja, a do tada rad , red i disciplina.
Pišem vam iz Majamija, gde sam stigla juče. Nadam se da sam vas obradovala pobedom u Kaliforniji, trudiću se da tako i nastavim.
Hvala vam na što ste uvek uz mene, što mi neprestano pružate podršku. Hvala vam na svemu dragi moji.

Voli vas vaša JJ

Foto: Marko Krunić

-NAJ-
Mar 23rd, 2010, 02:57 PM
Thanks Bobisa
eng version
http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/eng/blog.php

Dear all,

I haven't written you for some time, but I didn't forget you. Your support means a lot to me, and I know I can always count on you. I wasn't here because of the focus on my tennis, and work on the court. Now, when the result is achieved, when I have something to compliment on, here I am! :))
I am happy! I won the 12th WTA title in my career, certainly one of the greatest and most important so far. I got the BNP Paribas Indian Wells 2010. trophy thanks to the great games during the two weeks in the Californian desert. It wasn't easy, but the result speaks for itself. I trained a lot, worked hard on the game, concentration, serve, my physics, and it was all worthwile. In the end of the competition in Indian Wells the hardest task was to lift the champion's trophy, which is very beautiful, but also quite heavy, so I had to pose to cameras standing beside that wonderful cristal.
One of the keys to success in Indian Wells is in the fact that my mom was there, beside me. She is my motivator, someone who gives me positive energy while I'm on the court, and also someone who is my great protector. During the most difficult and decisive moments in the match, when I have to cool down a bit, I just look at my mom and everything comes in its right place. Chip Brooks also helped me a lot. He is a coach from IMG Academy whom I know for years, and who worked together with me at Nick Bollettieri. I am still without a coach, but I have a great help in this moment from Chip and Nick. During the American tour, Chip will be with me, and this progress, improvement in serve, and mental stabillity is something I owe to Chip and Nick.

I expect, and its my goal, to continue like this. There are new challenges, a great tournament in Miami, another place in the world where I feel like home. In Indian Wells I felt like I was playing on home field, because in the neighborhood of this californian town I'm building a house, where I'm planning to move in by the end of this year. On the other hand, I'm in Miami now, which is my base for years, so I came from one positive and healthy surrounding into another. I am full of self-confidence and I am ready for new great things.

I would like once more to say a few words about the tournament and the matches in Indian Wells. I know that media, fans, and people around the world who loves me and like to watch tennis, call me "Drama queen". I have proven the nickname in the third round against Sara Errani. It was the toughest match for me on this tournament, which lasted for three hours of exhausting fight, but it all happened because I never played against her and I didn't know her style. In the end, the victory gave me strenght to be better, more precise, stronger in all elements, including mental aspect, in the next rounds. "Drama queen" decided to spare everyone, including my self, with the stress on the court, so I played every match with maximum of concentration and motivation, which helped me to achieve four convincing wins and eventual great celebration.

I have to compliment on my new dress created by ANTA. Even though I thought people would criticize it because of the colour, since it is unusual - fluorescent green, everyone says only nice things about the dresses I'm wearing, which makes me pleased. I like strong colours, so I'm very fond of that dress.

There is no time for celebration, shopping and relax. At least, not by the end of the American tour, during which I know only about work, order and discipline.
I am writing you from Miami, where I arrived yesterday. I hope you are glad because of my triumph in California, and I will make sure to keep up like that.
Thank you for being always with me, and for giving me constant support. Thanks for everything my dear all,

Loves you,
your JJ

-NAJ-
Mar 23rd, 2010, 04:18 PM
http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/archives/6131
JELLY ROLLS – JANKOVIC RETURNS TO TOP FORM AT INDIAN WELLS
By Chris Oddo
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It was a wild week in the California Desert – conditions were so balmy that I felt like imitating that BNP Paribas commercial where the fans grab the player’s racquets and make a mockery of the match by running onto the court and taking wild amateurish swings at the ball.

Fortunately I didn’t act on any of these feelings – the tennis being played on the courts was so spectacular that I wouldn’t have dared.

Speaking of spectacular, nobody on the women’s side was more spectacular than the 25-year-old Serbian Sensation known as “JJ” to her fans. I prefer Jelly, but that’s another story for another day. Whatever you call her, the Serb put together her strongest effort of the young season, staging a Houdini of a comeback against Sara Errani in the 3rd round, then riding the momentum to four straight set victories, and her 12th career title on Sunday.

The win comes on the heels of a parting of ways with former coach, Ricardo Sanchez, and the formation of a temporary no-strings-attached agreement with Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy Director of Tennis, Chip Brooks.

Jankovic, who hasn’t been beyond the 4th round of a Slam since her 2008 U.S. Open final appearance, played at such a high level in this tournament that it’s hard not to consider the possibility of another run up the tennis ladder and into the top-5 again. The former No. 1 reached the semifinals or better in three of four majors in ’08, but success has not come so easily since.

Part of her success, and perhaps part of what has been missing since she has slipped, has been her ability to aggressively dictate play to her opponents. Perhaps Jankovic has tended to lean on her defensive prowess too much over the years – but not here at Indian Wells. She is content no more. Jankovic seemed to forget to put the petal to the metal at times in ’09 when the situation called for it. She didn’t take advantage of her ability to hit very heavy balls and put very significant pressure on her adversaries. Brooks took notice of this and started coaching her to embrace her aggressive nature.

It’s some of the strategical terrain that Chip Brooks, Jelena’s coach at the moment, mentioned to me in our conversation today, and it was the stuff that was obviously crucial to her success this week. When Jankovic started to get some wind in her sails with a very decisive win against Israeli Shahar Peer in the 4th round, Brooks said he knew they had a shot. As a witness to that match, I must admit, it was pretty impressive. Routinely stepping inside the baseline and scorching winners from both wings against Peer, Jelly was getting on a roll that she was destined to never get off.

Could this be the real deal, or were we simply remembering with fondness a Jankovic that we would more than likely never see again? Were we seeing ghosts in the machine?

Apparently not.

Suddenly, with a juggernaut of a run to a very prestigious title, Jankovic has worked her way into that category of players that just might do some damage come springtime.

Could she be coming of age for a second time?

It was hard not to notice the ease with which she closed out matches against the likes of Sam Stosur (new to the top-10 this week) and Caroline Wozniacki (now No. 2 in the world). Not only did she consistently make the first strike against her opponents, taking them out of crucial points, but Jankovic displayed some of the best serving she’s ever produced. Surrendering three breaks in the final three matches pretty much tells the story. And what was perhaps even more impressive is that she didn’t face a break point throughout the very tense 2nd set that decided the match.

“I just have to stay focused and do what I do best,” Jankovic told the press as she spoke to them after her semifinal victory over stosur. It was a telling statement, and it is indeed good news that Jankovic appears to finally remember what she does best. Chip Brooks deserves some credit for the turnaround, but, as he told me himself “this isn’t about me, she’s the one out there hitting the ball.”

Indeed she is.

LoLex
Mar 23rd, 2010, 04:27 PM
There is no time for celebration, shopping and relax. At least, not by the end of the American tour, during which I know only about work, order and discipline.

:speakles:

дalex
Mar 23rd, 2010, 05:28 PM
There is no time for celebration, shopping and relax. At least, not by the end of the American tour, during which I know only about work, order and discipline.

Disgusting! Who's this crazy woman pretending to be Jeca? :fiery:

JadeFox
Mar 23rd, 2010, 07:16 PM
JJ...disciplined?

In the words of Amy Winehouse,

WHAT KIND OF FUCKERY IS THIS? :eek:

Bruno71
Mar 23rd, 2010, 08:03 PM
Disgusting! Who's this crazy woman pretending to be Jeca? :fiery:


Aniri?

ms_nut
Mar 24th, 2010, 01:36 AM
Disgusting! Who's this crazy woman pretending to be Jeca? :fiery:

JJ...disciplined?

In the words of Amy Winehouse,

WHAT KIND OF FUCKERY IS THIS? :eek:

:lol::lol: Worse yet, no shopping...:eek:

Princeza
Mar 24th, 2010, 02:39 AM
I know that media, fans, and people around the world who loves me and like to watch tennis, call me "Drama queen".
:inlove:

-NAJ-
Mar 24th, 2010, 05:32 AM
http://www.facebook.com/JelenaJankovicTennis

short videos from tonight:lol: after all there was a time time for celebration

MaBaker
Mar 24th, 2010, 10:36 AM
Disgusting! Who's this crazy woman pretending to be Jeca? :fiery:

JJ...disciplined?

In the words of Amy Winehouse,

WHAT KIND OF FUCKERY IS THIS? :eek:
:haha:

Seriously, wth ?

Brena
Mar 24th, 2010, 01:24 PM
WHAT KIND OF FUCKERY IS THIS? :eek:

:rolls:
Invasion of body-snatchers?

Bobisa
Mar 26th, 2010, 08:26 AM
http://www.onthebaseline.com/2010/03/25/new-beginnings-jelena-jankovic-and-chip-brooks/

New Beginnings: Jelena Jankovic and Chip Brooks
Published by Chris Oddo on Mar 25, 2010

Coach Chip Brooks of the IMG Bollettieri Academy encouraged Jelena Jankovic to do what she does best at Indian Wells—-and it worked. Read OTB contributor Chris Oddo’s exclusive post-Indian Wells interview with the newest member of the Jankovic team.


Tennessee native Chip Brooks has been working with Nick Bollettieri at the world famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy since 1977. He is currently in his second stint as the director of tennis there, and he has worked with such tennis legends as Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Mary Pierce, Anna Kournikova, Jim Courier and many others.

Most recently, he helped guide Jelena Jankovic to the most prestigious title of her career last week at Indian Wells.

I was fortunate enough to spend some time with him on the telephone just a day after Jankovic’s straight set win over Caroline Wozniacki in the final – here are some of the highlights of that interview.

Chris Oddo: You know Jelena pretty well because she’s spent so much time at IMG. Has that helped you get up to speed so quickly as her coach?

Chip Brooks: She kind of grew up here (at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy), but I haven’t really worked a lot with her since she’s been on the circuit. Most of the time she’s had a private traveling coach, but when she was here in December getting ready for Australia, I spent more time with her than I normally do.

I’ve always gotten along with her real well, and I think she feels comfortable with me because I try to keep things real simple with her. I do try to address weaknesses, but mainly I try to get her to focus on her strengths when she plays.

Chris Oddo: Sounds like you’ve got a good rapport with her now.

Chip Brooks: She had a parting of the ways with Ricardo Sanchez and I started working with her because she didn’t have a coach. I worked with her before Fed Cup, then she came back after Dubai for another week of work, then she went to Monterrey. She’s been struggling a bit since the Australian Open, so she asked if I would go to Indian Wells with her and I talked to Nick and he encouraged me to go.

Chris Oddo: How was that experience for you?

Chip Brooks: It was kind of funny because I hadn’t been on the road in quite a few years – I’ve got a wife and four kids and I’ve kind of just been tending shop here at the Academy – but it was good to go on the road. A lot of players and coaches – Maria Sharapova, Max Myrni, even Sven Groeneveld – were like “What the heck are you doing out here?”

Chris Oddo: Can you talk a bit about what has transpired between you and Jelena during the week?

Chip Brooks: The first thing I encouraged her to do was play doubles. She’s not really a doubles player, and she was kind of questioning why I wanted her to do it… When I was with Becker, he always wanted to play a few rounds of doubles at the beginning of a tournament. It made him be aggressive with a kick serve and make a high percentage of first serves. He had to hit targets on both his serves and his returns, and he constantly had to be moving forward, and all of that really helped his singles. So I encouraged Jelena to do the same thing and I really think that that helped her.

Chris Oddo: It seems like Jelena was bent on getting that first strike in many of the points at Indian Wells. Is that something you guys discussed?

Chip Brooks: Yeah, she’s not sitting back and waiting. Jelena is at her best when she is moving well and she is cutting the angles off.

Chris Oddo: Do you feel that a passive posture was making things harder for her during her struggles?

Chip Brooks: She was just getting a little tentative and getting back on her heels and moving parallel to the baseline and moving back instead of forward. But she wasn’t making adjustments with her shot selection when she was moving back. She was still trying to hit shots from 10 feet behind the baseline that were too aggressive. But she’s really starting to figure things out. That last match against Wozniacki was very similar to how she played in 2008 in terms of dictating play.

Chris Oddo: I also noticed that she served really well. I saw you spending a lot of time on the practice courts with her with the serve – were there any revelations out there?

Chip Brooks: No, just getting her to be more aggressive with her legs and her lower body going up through the serve. Just making sure that she gets off the ground where she’s getting more upward thrust instead of just getting all arm.

Chris Oddo: She did a great job of getting through a really tense 2nd set against Wozniacki and she didn’t face a break point.

Chip Brooks: We had worked a lot on her serving out wide to Caroline to try and open up the court a little bit. Her toss started drifting too far in the court when she served on the deuce side. That was why I wanted to get out there (the coaching visit just prior to the decisive 10th game of the final set) and get her to make sure that she brought her toss back a bit and made sure she made first serves. And she did it.

Chris Oddo: Tremendous win, you have to feel great about that.

Chip Brooks: I feel real happy for her because that was really a good springboard leading into Miami and the rest of the season.

Chris Oddo: Is there a game plan for these next few weeks to avoid a possible letdown?

Chip Brooks: The main focus at Indian Wells was just getting Jelena back to doing what she does best, and that’s controlling the baseline. You know, not letting other players push her back, not inadvertently drifting back – even if she has to take a ball on the rise.

Chris Oddo: I know Jelena’s quite a character. Did you guys have an over the top victory celebration?

Chip Brooks: No, I have some friends that have a winter residence in La Quinta. We got finished; she went back to her hotel, packed up and caught a flight out of L.A. I went to my friends, had a quick dinner and drove up to Ontario for my flight.

The only nighttime activity she did was going to the player’s party (when she was sick) and I made sure that she got home by 9:30 (laughing). We spent literally every night and day on site. We ate dinner there just about every night – got practice, got physio work on her leg, got a massage.

When we finished up if it was early enough I would head out and do some scouting of the players that were on her side of the draw – it’s been a while since I’ve been on the road and I hadn’t seen many of the women play live, so I spent a lot of time observing how they were playing.

Chris Oddo: So you’ve got Miami, then the Family Circle Cup – will you part ways after that because you’ve got too much to do as the Director of Tennis at IMG, don’t you?

Chip Brooks: Yeah, I’ve got a full time job… Nick left for Miami today. After that we’re going to sit down and try to figure out a strategy to help her – I’ll try to go to 6 or 8 of the bigger events and we’ll try to figure out a game plan where we can help her. If she decides to bring a full time coach in who can be with her all the time, that’s fine too. I’m just happy to help her any way I can.

Chris Oddo is a freelance tennis writer and blogger who is based in San Francisco, California. He is a regular commenter at OTB under the moniker The Fan Child. You can follow his blog at http://thefanchild.blogspot.com/.

дalex
Mar 26th, 2010, 08:43 AM
Interesting. Basically what he's doing is reassuring her with the game she has always had, making her confident again. Also helping her with the tactics for every match and insisting on discipline. :yeah:

Hopefully this approach will keep paying off at the biggest tournaments.

LoLex
Mar 26th, 2010, 11:10 AM
She’s not really a doubles player, and she was kind of questioning why I wanted her to do it…

LOL

ChriS.
Mar 26th, 2010, 01:08 PM
The only nighttime activity she did was going to the player’s party (when she was sick) and I made sure that she got home by 9:30 (laughing). We spent literally every night and day on site. We ate dinner there just about every night – got practice, got physio work on her leg, got a massage.I think this disciplined approach paid dividends and I hope the JJ can adopt the same approach at Miami and ignore all the distractions.

-NAJ-
Mar 26th, 2010, 01:21 PM
When you are with someone all the time that authority from the beginning little by little go away. I think that happend with Jelena and Ricardo. Because of that i think it's good thing that they will work "just" on big events and and during breaks. That is the most important for JJ-big results on GS.

Brena
Mar 26th, 2010, 01:24 PM
When you are with someone all the time that authority from the beginning little by little go away. I think that happend with Jelena and Ricardo. Because of that i think it's good thing that they will work "just" on big events and and during breaks. That is the most important for JJ-big results on GS.

I think you're right. Plus, Ricardo looked too nice and lenient for JJ's own good.

-NAJ-
Mar 26th, 2010, 01:43 PM
He was her biggest fan :)

I liked JJ attitude on court last week. what happened I do not know but seemed normal and not spreading negative energy around her.
It's good that she took big title early this year because she will feel less presure and she can be more relaxed on court

rucolo
Mar 26th, 2010, 04:48 PM
Thanx for posting Jelena`s Blog and all the articles!:inlove:

Think Chip Brooks is good for Jelena.

Love to read Jelena`s Blogs. She`s so lovely!

Kampi
Mar 26th, 2010, 07:15 PM
Thx Bobo:wavey:

A nice read.:)

Optima
Mar 26th, 2010, 07:30 PM
MIAMI (AFP) - Jelena Jankovic is on the prowl for further prey after taking the WTA title at Indian Wells, with the Serbian star vowing Tuesday to take a bite out of the Miami Masters.

"I'm still hungry, I still want to do well," said the bubbly Jankovic, who defeated Dane Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

"I'm kind of like an animal."

Jankovic finished number one on the WTA Tour in 2008 then lost all form by over-training and bulking up to her detriment, but she has worked her way back to fighting-fit form.

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"I will win a Grand Slam. I believe in myself," Jankovic said. "I'm thinking that I can do it. If I can win Indian Wells, I think I can win a Slam also. It's just a matter of time and doing the right things."

The 25-year-old enjoys a bye into the second round at Miami, with the seventh seed saying that her confidence is back to top level.

"When I come to the court I want to fight to the last point. I like competing, I like the challenges," Jankovic said.

"I always try my best to win—sometimes I do, sometimes not—but it's part of the game."

Jankovic's success at Indian Wells came more than half a year after her last trophy in Cincinnati.

"I beat a lot of good players in Indian Wells. My game is together," Jankovic said.

"I believe more in my shots and I go out knowing that I'm playing good tennis and believing much more in myself."
It doesn't take much prompting for the usually smiling player to remember her low periods of 2009.

"There were times when I wasn't feeling my game, and was not confident, but I am now and I look forward to playing here," Jankovic said.

"I'm feeling very strong. There are so many great players out there. I just want to try my best. We'll see how things will work out."

The women's field is headed by Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2006 champion, with world number one Serena Williams out with her continuing left knee injury.

Wozniacki, newly promoted to second in the rankings at age 19, is seeded second with three-time champion Venus Williams third.

Williams is unruffled by the fact that her younger sibling Serena, last year's losing finalist to Victoria Azarenka, is missing.

"I'm a big girl. I can swing my own racket pretty well," said the American who turns 30 in June. "I'm just hoping to work my way through the draw.

"I'm healthy and have no complaints. My goal is to stay healthy, feel good and keep the balls in the court. I like winning each and every match.

Williams, a winner this year at Dubai and Acapulco, had no comment on her sister's progress, with Serena not having appeared on court since winning the Australian Open almost two months ago.

"I never talk about my injuries and I certainly won't talk about hers," Venus Williams said.

"We're both at the peak of our powers right now. We hope to stay that way as long as we have the abilities, stay healthy and have the talent."



http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=afp-tenniswtaatpusa

terjw
Mar 27th, 2010, 09:24 AM
The interview with Chip Brooks was good and really backs up a couple of things Sam Smith was saying in Jelena's match with Caro.

Sam said Jelena didn't naturally like to play aggressively. Her instinct wasn't to take risks and she naturally fell back to being passive when it came to the crunch or if things weren't going well. But Chip Brooks simply got her to move up the court and stand on the baseline and not so far back behind the baseline. And she was standing further forward when she was receiving serve from Caro. And Sam said when she did this - she could be more aggressive and it just came naturally.

The other thing Sam said was that Ricardo had been trying to get Jelena to play more aggressively. But it was aginst her instinct and it didn't seem to work when she just tried to be more aggressive. And she fell back to her instinct of not taking risks. And then she had inner doubts as to what Ricardo was telling her was the right thing. Basically - even if in theory Jelena thought Ricardo was right - her inner self and her body had doubts and that's what counts in a match. You can't just switch off those inner doubts by just saying I'll do what the coach tells me to do.

So this standing up the court and not so far back and working on and concentrating on the things she does best and knows inwardly that she does best is the sort of thing I wanted her to have as a coach. That's why all along - I've always believed the right coach for |Jelena is so important - not just someone telling her "do this, do that".

One final thing I liked about Chip Brooks. He does a lot of scouting. Jelena really had a good game plan from the start against Caro. So often Jelena says - it's not about the other player if I play well and just tries to work out what to do in the match - usually after a slow start. Against Caro - she fired at the start and knew exactly what to do tactically against her opponent.

I hope they work something out with this plan they are putting together for after Miami because he is not her full-time coach.

ms_nut
Mar 27th, 2010, 12:58 PM
Sam said Jelena didn't naturally like to play aggressively. Her instinct wasn't to take risks and she naturally fell back to being passive when it came to the crunch or if things weren't going well. But Chip Brooks simply got her to move up the court and stand on the baseline and not so far back behind the baseline. And she was standing further forward when she was receiving serve from Caro. And Sam said when she did this - she could be more aggressive and it just came naturally.

The other thing Sam said was that Ricardo had been trying to get Jelena to play more aggressively. But it was aginst her instinct and it didn't seem to work when she just tried to be more aggressive. And she fell back to her instinct of not taking risks. And then she had inner doubts as to what Ricardo was telling her was the right thing. Basically - even if in theory Jelena thought Ricardo was right - her inner self and her body had doubts and that's what counts in a match. You can't just switch off those inner doubts by just saying I'll do what the coach tells me to do.

So this standing up the court and not so far back and working on and concentrating on the things she does best and knows inwardly that she does best is the sort of thing I wanted her to have as a coach. That's why all along - I've always believed the right coach for |Jelena is so important - not just someone telling her "do this, do that".

One final thing I liked about Chip Brooks. He does a lot of scouting.

I agree with you Terjw, i think Chip was good in terms of scouting and giving JJ a simple gameplan out there. Hopefully this will translate to success in the slams or against players she has struggled against, Miami will be a good litmus test to see how she fares against Kim/Justine.

I'm not sure I totally agree with what Sam says about JJ's game; true-she does get defensive at crunch time, but her game has always been built around standing close to the baseline and absorbing the pace of hard hitters and keeping the ball deep. Her BH DTL has been more potent in the past, over the last year she has become more conservative when going for that shot.

:) If he can work on her net transitions (moving into net and not standing in no man's land/running back to the baseline) and her 2nd serve (which seems to be worse than in 2008), i'll be a happy camper. Does anyone remember the rally in the IW F against Caro, where JJ came in and hit a good BH volley, then scurried back to the baseline and Caro hit a weak pick up that made JJ run up to net again and hit a BH winner.:rolls::help:

Bruno71
Mar 27th, 2010, 07:59 PM
I still suspect this whole "overbulking up" thing plays into what comes naturally and what doesn't to JJ. I still feel she could use a little more bulk though, to make her serve more consistent throughout a match at the very least...but she has to figure out how to not mentally check out of matches as well.

Bobisa
Mar 28th, 2010, 11:09 PM
http://www.danas.rs/danasrs/kolumnisti/cija_je_nasa_jelena.892.html?news_id=186706

25/03/2010 19:30
Čija je naša Jelena?
MED&JAD-A

Autor: Slaviša Lekić

Pre gotovo 200 godina, kad se Napoleon Bonaparta vraćao sa Elbe u Pariz, francuski list „Moniteur“ iz dana u dan je objavljivao sledeće naslove: „Ljudožder je izašao iz svog skrovišta“.

„Korzikanski bauk se iskrcao u Golf Juan“.

„Čudovište je prespavalo u Grenoblu“.

„Tiranin je prošao Lyon“.

„Uzurpator se navodno nalazi na šezdeset kilometera od Pariza“.

„Bonaparta korača velikim koracima ali nikad neće ući u Pariz“.

„Napoleon će sutra biti pred našim bedemima“.

„Njegovo kraljevsko Veličanstvo ušlo je slavodobitno juče u dvorac Tuilleries, među svoje verne podanike“.

Aleksandar Dima, sin istoimenog francuskog književnika, jedan od osnivača realističke drame u Francuskoj i oštar moralistički kritičar tadašnjeg društva ovaj konvertitski sled naslova krstio je: „Exegi monumentum“. Tom svojevrsnom spomeniku žurnalizmu, zub vremena do danas nije naudio.

„Jelena, kraljica Kalifornije“, glasio je naslov u PRESS-u dan nakon što je „najbolja srpska teniserka“ trijumfovala u Indijan Velsu.

Ništa sporno, je li, slični naslovi, „obogaćeni“ senzacionalnom informacijom da je sam Boris Tadić uputio srdačne čestitke, ukrasili su i ostale dnevne novine tog dana. A, opet, jeste sporno, jer ni nepunih desetak dana ranije, na internet izdanju ovog lista ta ista „kraljica Kalifronije“, „Jelena nacionale“, „naša Džej Džej“ povlačena je po gnjecavom blatu. Nisu joj, doduše lepili etikete tiranina, ljudoždera, bauka ili čudovišta, kao Bonaparti, ali jesu elaborirali na temu njenog fizičkog izgleda. I inače, web strane PRESS-a već dugo praktikuju besomučno čerečenje Jelene Janković: nazivaju je „pekinezerom“ ili „kreaturom sa Grand parade“, predlažu da „kupi ogledalo“ ili „promeni šminku“, a ponekad paranoja ne zna za granice: „Daj, devojko, POBEDI NEKOG U ŽIVOTU, pusti izmišljene ljubavi...“!

Odavno je poznato da je kultura poraza, tačnije, sportskog poraza jedno od najtamnijih mesta u svesti Srba. U našoj, navodnoj, šampionskoj psihologiji poraz ima status elementarne nepogode, katastrofe, gotovo kataklizme koja izaziva cunami kletvi, zadušničara i plačipizdastih jadikovki. O, kako smo nesrećni što su NAM skrivili još jedan poraz, NAMA koji smo tako zdušno, sve podrigujući od piva i slanih grickalica, toliko navijali za NJIH.

Ali!!! Ali, ne radi se ovde o porazima.

Jelena Janković je među prvih deset na svetu! To je ona ista Jelena koja je koliko onomad bila prvi reket svetskog tenisa. Ona ista Jelena koja je osvojila Budimpeštu, Rim, Birmingem, Peking, Štutgart, Moskvu, Marbelju, Sinsinati... Ona ista Jelena koja povređena brani boje Srbije... Ona ista Jelena koja je sa 12 godina, bez znanja jezika, sama otišla u Ameriku, daleko od porodice... Ona ista Jelena čiji su roditelji prodali tek renoviran stan u Beogradu da bi talentovana devojčica mogla da uči od teniskog maga Nika Bolitijerija... Ona ista Jelena čiji nas je harizmatični osmeh, zaštitni znak brendova od „Mone“ do „Riboka“, toliko puta razgalio.

I Novak Đoković je isti. To što je već na pragu dvadesete postao jedan od najvećih sportista u istoriji ovdašnjeg poimanja rekreacije, samo mu je trasiralo put u lavirint gde ga iza svakog ćoška s batinom u ruci sačekuju mudrijaši koje ni sopstvena majka ne bi proglasila šampionima pismenosti. Poslednjih nekoliko meseci posebno je na piku „e-novina“ koje koriste svaku priliku da ga provuku kroz svojevrsnog medijskog toplog zeca. Kao i obično, kad god dragi ljudi iz ove redakcije napišu kakvu budalaštinu ili svinjariju ispod koje ih je sramota staviti svoje generalije, oni potegnu sa izmišljenim potpisom - Branislav Jelić. Tako na talasima orgazma koji je preplavio „e-novine“ kad je šumadijska prestonica otkazala Đokoviću već dogovorenu izgradnju teniske akademije, ovaj dotični pseudonim slavi građansku svest koja doziva pameti i opire se „kastinskim podelama na zaslužne i nepotrebne građane“.

Isti je ostao i Dušan Vujošević (da ne elaboriram - Dule)! Oni su isti! Čini mi se da mi nismo: ogorčeniji smo. Ali ne zbog toga što smo navikli na šampionizam u svojim ličnim životima. Ovdašnja ogorčenost proizilazi iz - zavisti! Srbi imaju tradicionalne, duge i složene odnose sa zavišću. Zavist je srpska duhovnost. I entuzijazam. I patriotizam. Mi smo sa njom na TI! Zavist je taj malter kojim popunjavamo pukotine u našim napuklim, promašenim životima. Toliko smo odvratni sami sebi što smo slabiji od drugih, da nas u životu održava još samo taj „antibiotik“. Palcebo efekat nema ko da nam pojasni.

(Ovaj tekst je pisan 1010. dana otkad je Tomislav Nikolić obećao da će se iseliti iz Bulevara Zorana Đinđića)

http://www.pic4ever.com/images/20.gif :bowdown:

Bobisa
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:36 PM
http://worldoftennisblog.dailymail.co.uk/2010/03/jelena-jankovic-exclusive-interview.html
30 March 2010 10:32 AM
Jelena Jankovic Exclusive Interview

The world seemed to be falling in for Jelena Jankovic last year. After starting the year as world No 1, she went through a terrible slump and struggled on every surface. But earlier this month, the Serb surprised everyone - including herself - by winning in Indian Wells and is now targeting a first Grand Slam title. Here Alex Kay talks to Jankovic about her resurgence.

Well done in Indian Wells. You must be delighted to be winning again.

Thank you. I really worked hard on the practice court because I really wanted to start doing well again - that was my goal. In the early rounds it was a little bit difficult for me but I think I played better with each round after that and got more and more confidence. I beat some really good players out there so it was a really good tournament for me. I’m really happy and very proud of myself.

Are you relieved to be winning again?

Yes, I am. Every player wants that. It’s been a while since I played good tennis so it’s good to feel that satisfaction, winning big events and beating the top players. Being there at the end of the week is where I want to be.

What did you did specifically to get yourself back on track?

I’ve made some changes. I’m not working with my old coach anymore, I have a new team behind me and I’m not getting disappointed with myself anymore. I’m not getting down about things, I just want to be realistic and see what my errors are, what I’ve done wrong and what I can do to move forward. So I’ve done good things, I’m getting better and I’m moving to another level.

How do you deal with the depressing times when things are going badly?

You have to stay positive. There are going to be times in life in general when there are going to be ups and downs. But when you have the downs, you need to surround yourself with positive people. As well as that, believe in yourself, believe in your ability and that you can come back. But it’s not going to fall from the sky. You have to earn it, work hard for it and do the right things.


What advice would you give to your compatriot Ana Ivanovic, who is also having a tough time?

We all have different problems. It’s not like we have one virus, take some medicine and then get healthy again. It’s not as easy as it looks. She has good people working with her. When you fail, you just have to keep trying and keep believe you are going to make it work. And you have to see what you’re doing wrong on the court, with your strokes. If you’re doing things right, you have to work on certain things and that then gives you confidence when you’re playing a match. It’s difficult to offer advice. It’s not like I’m a psychologist. But tennis is just a game. There’s so many more important things in life. We get upset because we lose a match but you have to realise you have to remember that there’s people dying in the world, people are sick and I’m just getting down on myself because I lost a match. It’s just a game. You just have to keep your smile on your face and move on.

Considering how well you're playing now on the hard courts, is the claycourt season coming a little too soon?

To be honest, I like playing on clay. I’ve won some big events on clay, I’ve been a semi-finalist at the French Open, I’ve won twice in Rome and there’s others too. I can’t remember the details, it’s because I’m getting older! I like the clay. You just have to get used to it a little bit, adjust your movement, get used to the sliding and to the longer points.

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MathsGenius
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:19 PM
Hey guys, I'm really big JJ's fan and I'm now here in forum...

MathsGenius
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:42 PM
http://www.index.hr/xmag/clanak/jelena-jankovic-stopirala-postansku-marku-uzas-slikarica-me-unakazila/385420.aspx

MathsGenius
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:43 PM
Hey guys, I'm really big JJ's fan and I'm now here in forum...

:wavey::bounce::devil:

ms_nut
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:57 PM
^^ :wavey: Hello, welcome to JJ's forum.

Bobisa
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:23 PM
hello...welcome here :) :wavey:

дalex
Apr 1st, 2010, 08:12 PM
New blog in Serbian is up.

http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/sr/blog.php

Bobisa
Apr 1st, 2010, 09:46 PM
http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/eng/blog.php



01.04.2010.

Dear all,

Finally even I found some time to relax. I'm sure the same is with you, because the holiday is just about to start - Easter! I ended the tournament in Miami in the fourth round, which was, as you would probably agree, a bit too early and unexpected, and I could have done more, for sure, but simply, on that day I couldn't have done much on the court and play well, since the strong wind gave me no chance to develop the game, find the rhythm, and the strength won, instead of the technique. The one who had more strength, more powerful strikes on that day, won the points - it was the case in most of the matches, just like in mine against Stosur. The most important thing is that I finished the tournament healthy, and that there were no injuries, because the conditions for the game were such that the injuries could have happened at any moment. I have been playing in Miami for years, but this was the worst weather conditions ever. Humid was high, it was raining, with wind, and such things welcomed and escorted us all from this year's tournament in Key Biscayne, by which the first part of the hard court season is over.

It is time for clay! Several days I'm going to relax and practice a bit, and also to celebrate the holiday - Easter, with my family. Then, I'm going to Charleston - South Carolina, were I will play my first tournament on clay in 2010. I like to play on clay, and also to play in Charleston, where the surface is green, not red like in every other tournament around the world. Three years ago I won the title on this tournament, and it was one of the moments in my career I will never forget. Not only because I lifted the trophy in the end, but also because I was losing against Venus Williams in the tie break of the third set 5:1, but then I managed to win six points in a row, which brought me victory and a place in the final. I easily won the next match against Safina 6:2, 6:2, but that day was for memories, too. Before the very beginning we knew a storm is approaching Charleston, and it was so strong that it threatened to crush and break everything on its way. Still, we went to court and the wind was so strong that it was hard not only to play, but also to breathe. Fortunately enough, I managed to end that match quite soon. Immediately after the award ceremony I sat into a jeep and we drove to Atlanta for hours, where I caught a plane to Sofia. After many hours of flight I finally came to Bulgarian capital, where people from Serbian Tennis Federation and our Fed Cup team waited for me. From there we went to Plovdiv by mini van, where we had to play the matches in the Fed Cup, first group of Europe/Africa zone. I remember that our team was put in front of mission impossible, but we managed to do something no one had believed in, except ourselves. After five days of fight we became one of the two teams which, out of 16 that played in Plovdiv those days, managed to qualify for the play off for the World group B. I played 16 sets in four days, which no one has done so far, it was really exhausting, but I will never forget it since it was one of the most memorable moments in the national team in my career.

I am writing a lot about the times from the past, but it is something I like to share with you. The national team is something holy for me, and all the matches I played for Serbia - there have been 38 so far, I played with my hearth, till the last breath.

In the same 2007. where I won Charleston and played in Plovdiv for the national team, we played the famous match against Slovakia in Kosice. I played only one match then, because in the tie against Cibulkova I suffered an injury - I had a torn fiber on the left thigh, we fought on the court for three hours and 32 minutes, and in the end I am not sure how I was able do finish the last two points and win that match. The Slovakians welcomed us in the crowded Steel Arena, in the hellish atmosphere in which we, unfortunately, burned out. Three years after, we got the chance to make the score even, and make up for the loss, but also to show them how Serbia cheer and love its girls. It will not be easy on April 24th and 25th in Belgrade Arena, since we are to play without Ana Ivanovic, who gave up because of the bad form which troubles her, but we are going to give our best, just like we did so far, and what will be, will be. One is for sure - I will give my maximum, which, I hope, will motivate my colleagues to reach a great victory in joint strengths, and secure a survival for Serbia in World group A. The whole team would be very happy if Ana supported us by her presence in the Arena, no matter of her absence from the court, because it would mean a lot to our players.

And now, the most beautiful thing - I wish you Happy Easter! Have fun with your most beloved ones, and have a nice rest, too. Also, come to Arena on April 24th and 25th to help our national team!

Loves you
Your JJ

Kampi
Apr 1st, 2010, 09:58 PM
Nice one and yes, I think we all can remember how we lived through that special moment in Charleston back in 2007. God, what a drama match against Venus....we suffered, we cheered like mad and we celebrated her first big tourny win some days later in the blowing winds against Dinara. It was indeed a very special moment. The forum turned crazy and it was just the beginning of something special.:)

дalex
Apr 1st, 2010, 11:05 PM
One is for sure - I will give my maximum, which, I hope, will motivate my colleagues to reach a great victory in joint strengths, and secure a survival for Serbia in World group A.

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Bruno71
Apr 1st, 2010, 11:14 PM
Must've missed the reports of the humid hurricane in Miami the other day :lol:

Bobisa
Apr 1st, 2010, 11:19 PM
http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/589/barricades.gif
Jelenka Orleanka
:worship: http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/waffen/violent-smiley-010.gif

Hashim.
Apr 2nd, 2010, 01:06 AM
she was losing 5-1 in the tb:spit:
when did that happen?:confused:

ms_nut
Apr 2nd, 2010, 01:29 AM
she was losing 5-1 in the tb:spit:
when did that happen?:confused:

:rolls: She was never down 5-1 in the TB, she was down 4-5, and Venus missed a BH volley that could have given her 2 MPs.

Next she'll be saying she beat Justine in 3 sets in 1999.

Optima
Apr 2nd, 2010, 01:38 AM
She was probably thinking about that Dementieva match from Cincy :sobbing:

Hashim.
Apr 2nd, 2010, 02:12 AM
yeah thats what i thought:lol:
i still remember how tense and dramatic that match was:hearts:

Brena
Apr 2nd, 2010, 09:39 AM
:rolls: She was never down 5-1 in the TB, she was down 4-5, and Venus missed a BH volley that could have given her 2 MPs.

Next she'll be saying she beat Justine in 3 sets in 1999.

:rolls:
But that's nothing compared to that RG title she won in 2008 after beating Ana in the SF...
JJ lives in a happier world than ours. :p

JadeFox
Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:25 AM
Nice one and yes, I think we all can remember how we lived through that special moment in Charleston back in 2007. God, what a drama match against Venus....we suffered, we cheered like mad and we celebrated her first big tourny win some days later in the blowing winds against Dinara. It was indeed a very special moment. The forum turned crazy and it was just the beginning of something special.:)

That match nearly killed me! Of course that only made me love her more.

I must be a masochist. :lol:

pica_pica
Apr 2nd, 2010, 07:13 PM
I always love patriotic people :yeah: :hearts:

oneandonly
Apr 2nd, 2010, 07:46 PM
So JJ has a bad memory. I though that was clear for everyone by now... :yawn:

Next.

Bobisa
Apr 4th, 2010, 10:40 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/news/20100331/junior-number-one-pro-number-what_2256076_2009337
Junior Number One, Pro Number What?
March 31, 2010

Having a spectacular junior career is by no means a guarantee for success on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Three of the 27 former ITF junior world No.1s (since 1994) eventually rose to No.1 in the pros, three have won singles Grand Slams and 13 have gone on to win at least one Tour singles title. Of course, some of those players are still at the beginning of their pro careers, so have plenty of time to bulk up their resumes.

The following is all the players who have been ranked No.1 in the juniors since 1994 and who have cracked the Top 50 on Tour:

Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Highest Pro Ranking: No.6 ... Tour Singles Titles: 3
Junior Slams Won: Australian Open (2005, 2006), US Open (2005)

Cara Black (ZIM)
Highest Pro Ranking: No.31 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Wimbledon (1997), US Open (1997)
Notes: Doubles success on Tour has far exceeded her singles, as she has won 53 doubles titles - including five Grand Slams - and has spent the second-most weeks in Tour history ranked No.1 in doubles.

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
Highest Pro Ranking: No.29 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Wimbledon (2004)
Notes: Has three doubles titles on Tour, including one Grand Slam.

Jelena Dokic (AUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 4 ... Tour Singles Titles: 5
Junior Slams Won: US Open (1998)

Vera Dushevina (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 31 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Wimbledon (2002)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
Highest Pro Ranking: 14 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (2003)
Notes: Has 10 doubles titles on Tour.

Martina Hingis (SUI)
Highest Pro Ranking: 1 ... Tour Singles Titles: 43
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (1993, 1994), Wimbledon (1994)
Notes: Interestingly enough, despite two junior titles at Roland Garros, it was the one professional singles major that eluded the five-time Grand Slam singles champion ... Won 37 doubles titles on Tour, including nine Grand Slams, and was ranked No.1 in doubles for 35 weeks.

Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
Highest Pro Ranking: 1 ... Tour Singles Titles: 12
Junior Slams Won: Australian Open (2001)

Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Highest Pro Ranking: 18 ... Tour Singles Titles: 0
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (2001)

Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)
Highest Pro Ranking: 35 ... Tour Singles Titles: 0
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (2004)

Anna Kournikova (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 8 ... Tour Singles Titles: 0
Notes: Won 16 doubles titles on Tour, including two Grand Slams, and was ranked No.1 in doubles for 10 weeks.

Michaella Krajicek (NED)
Highest Pro Ranking: 30 ... Tour Singles Titles: 3
Junior Slams Won: US Open (2004)

Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 25 ... Tour Singles Titles: 0
Junior Slams Won: US Open (1999)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 2 ... Tour Singles Titles: 12
Notes: Two of her Tour singles titles are Grand Slams ... Has 14 doubles titles on Tour, including one Grand Slam.

Amélie Mauresmo (FRA)
Highest Pro Ranking: 1 ... Tour Singles Titles: 25
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (1996), Wimbledon (1996)
Notes: Two of her Tour singles titles were Grand Slams ... Was a silver medalist in singles at 2004 Olympics.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 25 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Australian Open (2006, 2007), US Open (2006)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Highest Pro Ranking: 8 ... Tour Singles Titles: 4
Junior Slams Won: Wimbledon (2005), Roland Garros (2006)
Notes: She and Urszula Radwanska are only sisters to both achieve junior world No.1 ranking since records have been kept.

The following former No.1 juniors have yet to crack the Top 50 in the pros, however, most of them are still newcomers to the Tour: Eva Birnerova, Kirsten Flipkens, Simona Halep, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, Kristina Mladenovic, Urszula Radwanska, Laura Robson and Arantxa Rus, María Emilia Salerni, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Martina,Amelie and JJ :) :yeah:

Yilongru
Apr 5th, 2010, 05:16 AM
got a slam in junior,please get another in pro

-NAJ-
Apr 12th, 2010, 03:57 PM
http://ricklimpert.squarespace.com/journal/2010/4/12/jelena-jankovic-is-healthy-and-happy-to-be-in-charleston.html
Jelena Jankovic is Healthy and Happy to be in Charleston

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While The Family Circle Cup lost its top seed when Serena Williams pulled out with a lingering injury and lost a big draw when Maria Sharapova withdrew, former world number 1 and tournament #2 seed Jelena Jankovic is excited to be back in Charleston.

Jankovic won this title back in 2007 and is off to a good start to 2010. She won the big event in Indian Wells about four weeks ago defeating Family Circle Cup #1 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the finals.

Jankovic says she feels healthy and rested and is looking forward to the clay court season. She had a spirited practice session Sunday afternoon on the Stadium Court with her hitting partner and coach Chip Brooks. It looks like she has found a good coach in Brooks who works with the IMG Academy in Florida. Brooks' laid back but business-like approach to tennis is something Jankovic appreciates.

I'm sure Jankovic also appreciates the draw that has been put in front of her in Charleston. She opens playing the winner of a match between Varvara Lepchenko and Edina Gallovits. The round of 16 may have Melinda Czink waiting for her and the quarterfinals may pit her against rival Daniela Hantuchova. A semi against Marion Bartoli or Sam Stosur wouldn't phase Jankovic, but she is going to take one match at a time.

Should be great weather and great tennis this week in Charleston, and Jelena Jankovic is planning on making the most of it.

MB.
Apr 12th, 2010, 08:51 PM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2010/04/charlestonpreview.html

Favorite bit:

Last week in Marbella Azarenka retired up 4-0 against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez with a thigh injury, so her health is a question mark. Better described as an exclamation mark is the recent form of 2009 runner-up Wozniacki and 2007 winner Jankovic. In the last month both got back into the swing of things, which for them means, at the very least, getting one more ball back into play.

Surely Jankovic did more than defend well to win Indian Wells, especially in the final against Wozniacki. Serving up less drama and more aggressive play than usual, she was so dominant she made Wozniacki seem, as a Eurosport commentator put it, “like a poor man’s Jelena Jankovic”.

Just Do It
Apr 12th, 2010, 08:54 PM
Serving up less drama and more aggressive play than usual, she was so dominant she made Wozniacki seem, as a Eurosport commentator put it, “like a poor man’s Jelena Jankovic

This is a signature worth quote :worship:

Bruno71
Apr 13th, 2010, 01:17 AM
No one but Shahar Peer is the true "poor man's Jelena Jankovic."

MB.
Apr 13th, 2010, 03:03 AM
No one but Shahar Peer is the true "poor man's Jelena Jankovic."

Add her and Zvonareva to the list ;)

Well, to be fair, I love Zvonareva, so I'd consider her more of a 'middle class man's Jelena Jankovic'.

-NAJ-
Apr 14th, 2010, 10:58 AM
http://www.mondo.rs/s166585/Tenis/Kruniceva_za_MONDO-_Sta_ako_JJ_zakasni.html

http://www.mondo.rs/slike/vesti/001/665/v166585p0.jpg
Young Alexander Krunić with optimism expected Fed Cup match Serbia - Slovakia. She believe in the Jelena Jankovic victory over Hantuchova and Cibulkova, and hopes that she would be able to play in the second singles.

"My expectations are, as always, optimistic. What would I be team players with pessimistic expectations? Well, coach to me immediately released from the team," the story began for MONDO seventeen year old tennis player.

"In the team competition can be to rule the slightest breeze. For example, if I drink all the juices in the locker room, and I come to get away from there before it comes Bojana (Jovanovski) and Jelena (Jankovic) has to separate us and late in the match ... "

"I'm joking, of course. But the team is really very important psychological state of players, warm atmosphere, support. We are a team we never had a problem, it is always a better atmosphere that can not be," said Alexander Krunić, which is expected in a good mood match with the Slovakian.

It is a duel for survival in the World "A" group, Fed Cup, which is scheduled for 24th and 25 April in the Arena.

The youngest team member for two days in Moscow native is coming to Belgrade. Immediately be put at the disposal of coach Dejan Vranes, who said that Krunića, Jovanovska and Ana Jovanovic equally apply to "second board".

"I heard it from Dejan and he told me that everything was open when it comes to other singles. This will probably solve the training, when he saw who was under any form. I prepare full steam ahead, as they say . I come to Belgrade on Friday. I already have one foot there, the latter has only to pass exams, because parallel finishing 10th and 11th grade. When it finish - and that's it. In the battle, to battle for my people! "

Anna's absence, my chance

Dilemma of who will next play Jelena Jankovic in the single, open, of course, since it is Ana Ivanovic canceled participation in the upcoming Fed Cup match, believing that because of poor form is not the right moment to be part of a team.

Aleksandra ,Ivanovic will miss, but admits that the absence of Ana opened her chance.

"Anna will miss us, definitely. For two years I was in the team where it is, because I got used to it, with us. But it will wind up, no matter where, it will definitely help us. On the one hand, we of course, wrong that Anna will not be in the team, but it gives me a chance to maybe play a match and can not motivate me not to the training and preparations. "

Crown was positively responded to the question of whether he expected to play in the doubles, which could even decide the winner.

"There is a possibility that the question of survival in World Group doubles solved. I expect to play, but not a good idea to settle the match in his favor, but in singles. If there is a double, I'm ready and I will give my best for sure."

The main pressure and the burden will again fall on Jelena Jankovic, who literally has to win Hantuchova Daniela (24th in the WTA) and Dominica Cibulkova (29) in order to Serbia could be the survival of hope among the eight best teams of the world.

Crowns expected very difficult meetings, but believes that Jankovic of them come out triumphant.

"Daniela and Dominica are quality, no doubt. But their quality is quite beyond the quality of Jelena Jankovic. Cibulkova can be dangerous on clay, but the surface corresponds to Jelena, and feel safe on it, because of that I think she will not have big problems . This does not mean that I expecting an easy match. I less afraid of Hantuchova . Jelena is much more stable player, and I think Daniela will have a strong nervous before the match, especially in front of our audience and it would be to use Jelena.

Brena
Apr 14th, 2010, 11:07 AM
^She's too cute. :awww: I've never seen her play but I love her already.

~Kiera~
Apr 14th, 2010, 11:22 PM
Post match interview

http://www.familycirclecup.com/pages/articles/20100414185810.pdf

~Kiera~
Apr 17th, 2010, 10:55 AM
https://twitter.com/bobbychin

Jelena got to presser from court faster than I did from seat. Says Daniela played well but that she herself didn't play as well as she can.

JJ's having trouble with her left wrist: "It's hurting when I'm hitting the backhand, so a lot of times I lose a lot of power on the ball."

-NAJ-
Apr 17th, 2010, 04:01 PM
JJ's new blog
still no english version- google translte
I arrived in Bradenton. I was able to sleep a few hours. I traveled all day from Charleston until late into the night. Immediately after QF match I played against Hantuchova we packed things and with car headed to Bradenton. Now we are trying to find a plane ticket, and which would be transferred to Belgrade, but most airports in Europe, was closed because of volcanic dust cloud that formed after the eruption of volcanoes in Iceland and now covers almost the whole of Europe, thus paralyzed air traffic. Since I woke up sitting at a computer and read all the news, track events related to the collapse of the airline, as very important to me as soon as I come to Belgrade for a week because we play Fed Cup play-off match against Slovakia's selection. I want the first possible flight to come home, because I need to Belgrade and to therapy with my doctor. My left wrist is injured, the swelling has been a week and the match I was getting worse and more painful. Balls in Charleston were too heavy and unfortunately the first practice in Charleston, I made a move and it hurt, but did not want to speak at conferences in the tournament to avoid their future rivals gave encouragement. I played as much as I could, without a backhand and the fear that still does not exacerbate injury.

The match against Hantuchova opened'm good, easily won the first set, but at the beginning of the second set was going to hand over all the pain, I panicked, I lost concentration and I did a little while to calm down, the result went to nepovrat. If I was healthy, would be another story. Very often the last time I started hurting because I do a lot more and that would otherwise raise their game to the highest level possible. What is served between health, the results will not fail.

So much from me for now, go to the further search of the flight that I will move to Belgrade, but as I see now on the news and our airport "Nikola Tesla" today canceled all flights. I hope to be in the next two-three days, somehow manage to switch to Serbia. You may find a sub if not aircraft, hehehe, I'm kidding;)

Can not wait to assemble teams to re-Dejan, my saigračice, me and the whole team stand together, to prepare for a meeting with Slovakia and I believe in full Arena welcome rivals, and then the record is very important and a great victory for us. I hope you already have tickets for this match and you will come to support us, because it is very important to us is your support.

The next day there will be new news and information, I hope the beautiful and successful.

Love your JJ

-NAJ-
Apr 17th, 2010, 04:29 PM
it was obvious that she have left wrist injury, but still that loss is painfull for fans more than for her. It seams:cool: She don't care too much lol


she sounds positive about fed cup:drool:

omgezani
Apr 17th, 2010, 04:43 PM
"You may find a sub if not aircraft, hehehe, I'm kidding"

OMG! :lol:

Bruno71
Apr 17th, 2010, 07:15 PM
So the heavy balls broke her wrist and otherwise she's better than Dani. Maybe the old JJ is back :hearts:

Brena
Apr 17th, 2010, 07:20 PM
So the heavy balls broke her wrist and otherwise she's better than Dani. Maybe the old JJ is back :hearts:

:rolls:
At least she sounds arrogant rather than depressed and sulky, so maybe not everything's lost. :unsure:

дalex
Apr 18th, 2010, 09:55 AM
I think her wrist must have hurt 'cos she wasn't going for dtl backhands. She was always hitting them crosscourt in the games they showed on ES. Also Daniela was lucky to hit as many great dtl bh's as she did. Whatever.

дalex
Apr 18th, 2010, 10:00 AM
That's it from me for now, I'm gonna go back to searching for a flight to Belgrade, but I see that even our "Nikola Tesla" airport is canceling all flights today. I hope I'll be able to reach Serbia in the next 2-3 days. Maybe I'll find some submarine if there are no planes available, hehehe, I'm kidding ;)

:spit:

Bruno71
Apr 18th, 2010, 07:56 PM
:spit:


She may have to borrow Aravane's caravan :tape:

~Kiera~
Apr 18th, 2010, 08:08 PM
I hope she gets a proper Twitter account and tweets about it à la Vika :p

RFS
Apr 19th, 2010, 06:04 AM
^6 Oh the hilarity that would ensue if JJ was proper-twittering!
I am reminded of someone's post... "Do you mean to think things, and say them instead?"

~Kiera~
Apr 20th, 2010, 01:25 PM
http://english.blic.rs/Sports/6318/Jelena-stranded-in-Florida-with-Fed-Cup-clash-looming

Jelena stranded in Florida with Fed Cup clash looming

Total or partial grounding of flights across Europe is threatening to postpone the Fed Cup tennis tie between Serbia and Slovakia, scheduled to be played in Belgrade over the weekend. The massive ash cloud moving across the continent after a volcano eruption in Iceland has wreaked havoc on European air travel over the past days. The two women’s tennis team’s key players – Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia – are both trapped in Florida and the International Tennis Federation could respond to the situation by pushing the date of the Belgrade tie.

- “We are in a really tricky situation; I don’t know the rules but it’s up to the people at the ITF to resolve this and see what the options are in case of a weather disaster. The tie could yet be postponed,” says Serbia Fed Cup team captain, Dejan Vranes.

Have you heard from Jelena Jankovic and her family?

- “We are in contact every day and I’ve been talking to her mother Snezana. We are thinking of our options and how we can get Jelena to Belgrade, but I don’t know where she will be tomorrow – China, Japan, South Africa – and the easiest route for her to get to Belgrade.”

How is the situation going to affect the team’s preparations for the Slovakia clash?

- “It certainly has disrupted our schedule and plans. Jelena will obviously have to spend some time adapting whenever she flies in. So far, we’ve got Bojana Jovanovski and Aleksandra Krunic here. Another player missing for now is Ana Jovanovic, who is stranded in Munich. The situation is not favourable, but we have to be optimistic the clouds will clear up soon. Slovakia are in the same situation, because Hantuchova is in Florida.”

What kind of tie do you expect at the Belgrade Arena?

- “If both teams are at full strength, I expect a tough encounter and, of course, Jelena Jankovic to win two points for us. Also we will be looking for our players to create an upset in the remaining two singles rubbers. If they fail, our chance will be the doubles match,” said Vranes.

Mlle Bruni
Apr 20th, 2010, 09:01 PM
China--> Japan---> South Africa --> Belgrade? The Empress would sure be in deathbed then.

Mlle Bruni
Apr 20th, 2010, 09:03 PM
No expert on geography but from SA to Serbia sounds a long, long way to go.

-NAJ-
Apr 20th, 2010, 09:41 PM
She likes that type of adventure:crying2:

ce
Apr 20th, 2010, 10:19 PM
"If they fail, our chance will be the doubles match"
ookkk, delusional much :weirdo:

-NAJ-
Apr 20th, 2010, 10:37 PM
I do not think Serbia can beat Slovakia.
for JJ it would be better not to play Stuttgart, her wrist injury only can make worse. just before RG:o. Last year she played Rome, Madrid and RG with abdominal muscle injury and now doing the same thing:smash:

дalex
Apr 21st, 2010, 12:59 PM
Jelena won that Heart Award. :hearts:

http://www.itftennis.com/abouttheitf/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=21104

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award winners

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced the first four recipients of the 2010 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award:

> Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
> Maria-Fernanda Alves (BRA)
> Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)
> Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)

Following the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas ties in February, ten players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel in four categories. The winners were then decided by a public vote on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es. Each winner receives a silver Baccarat bracelet and a cheque to be donated to a chosen charity.

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between the ITF and BNP Paribas. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team.

A total of six awards will be presented in 2010, with two further players being recognised following this weekend’s World Group Semifinals and World Group / World Group II Play-offs. The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award was launched at the 2009 Final, when American Melanie Oudin was the inaugural winner.

Francesco Ricci Bitti, ITF President, said: “I would like to congratulate the first four Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award winners of 2010. They all showed tremendous skill, commitment and character during their ties in February. In total, we received around 6,000 online votes, showing that the Heart Award is proving a great success with fans and players alike.”

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas continues this weekend, with the World Group Semifinals and World Group / World Group II Play-offs being held on 24-25 April.

Player information

Jelena Jankovic – World Group / World Group II first round
Jankovic staged a remarkable recovery in the second rubber of Serbia’s World Group first round tie against Russia. She trailed Alisa Kleybanova 46 14 15-40, but fought back tenaciously to win 11 straight games. The following day, she clinched another three-set victory, this time over Svetlana Kuznetsova, the world No. 4 at the time. In the deciding doubles rubber, however, she was defeated when partnering Ana Ivanovic.

Maria-Fernanda Alves – Americas Zone Group I
Alves demonstrated outstanding team spirit throughout the week, leading Brazil to victories over Puerto Rico and Cuba, and a fourth place finish. In the final round-robin tie, she came from a set down to defeat Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak, the only loss for the Top 40 player.

Kimiko Date-Krumm – Asia/Oceania Zone Group I
Date-Krumm, who will turn 40 years old in September, made her Fed Cup comeback having not played for Japan since 1996. She impressively won all four of her singles rubbers without dropping a set, helping the Japanese team to reach the World Group II Play-offs. In the final tie, she suffered an ankle injury in the first game against Chinese Taipei’s Yung-Jan Chan, a Top 100 player, but battled on to win in two tight sets.

Katarina Srebotnik – Europe/Africa Zone Group I
Srebotnik - a former Top 20 player who is now ranked in the 300s - suffered numerous injuries that kept her out of action in 2009, making her exploits for Slovenia all the more impressive. She remained unbeaten throughout the week, leading her team into the World Group II Play-offs for the first time since 2005.

MaBaker
Apr 21st, 2010, 01:54 PM
SWP :inlove:

Foon_JJ
Apr 21st, 2010, 04:26 PM
From JJ's fb

Flying home with 32 stops:) Only way to get home with all these full flights. In Tel Aviv right now. Two more flights to go.

Daruma.
Apr 21st, 2010, 04:39 PM
Tel Aviv :tape:

I hope she doesn't get lost. :help:

дalex
Apr 21st, 2010, 04:44 PM
From JJ's fb

Flying home with 32 stops:) Only way to get home with all these full flights. In Tel Aviv right now. Two more flights to go.

:spit:

~Kiera~
Apr 21st, 2010, 04:48 PM
It could only happen to Jelena :lol:

-NAJ-
Apr 21st, 2010, 04:59 PM
Anta could not deliver(because of the airline crisis) her dresses for Fed cup so JJ decided to take them personally and see world around her:lol:

Foon_JJ
Apr 21st, 2010, 05:21 PM
Cibulkova skips Fed cup tie against Serbia.
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.svettenisa.net%2Fvesti%2F blic-vesti%2F4163-cibulkova-preskae-fed-kup.html&h=28f4a

MB.
Apr 21st, 2010, 07:09 PM
JJ won the Fed Cup Heart Award!

http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=12908

itzhak
Apr 21st, 2010, 07:34 PM
JJ is scheduled to fly from Tel Aviv to Belgrade via Larnaka in 00:40 local time (2 hours from now). in the meantime she is in the VIP lounge in the airport. according to some report it is not sure yet if she'll be able to flight in this flight. if not, she will stay another night and only tomorrow morning will fly to some location in Europe near belgrade...

-NAJ-
Apr 21st, 2010, 08:07 PM
I think airport in Belgrade is opened, so there is no problem that kind?
it better to get this flight

Bruno71
Apr 21st, 2010, 08:21 PM
She needs a helicopter.

ce
Apr 21st, 2010, 08:22 PM
i hope she gets as soon as possible
nice to see that Cibulkova wont play :dance:

HowardH
Apr 22nd, 2010, 06:05 AM
I know that people can't take direct flights, but 32 stops :eek:? Wow.

RFS
Apr 22nd, 2010, 06:49 AM
It could only happen to Jelena :lol:

lord the air-miles she's going to clock up - she could play her next tourney on the moon!

Foon_JJ
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:06 AM
Serbia 0 0 Slovak Republic
R1 - J.JANKOVIC (SRB) v. M.RYBARIKOVA (SVK)
R2 - B.JOVANOVSKI (SRB) v. D.HANTUCHOVA (SVK)
R3 - J.JANKOVIC (SRB) v. D.HANTUCHOVA (SVK)
R4 - B.JOVANOVSKI (SRB) v. M.RYBARIKOVA (SVK)
R5 - J.JANKOVIC / A.JOVANOVIC (SRB) v. D.HANTUCHOVA / M.RYBARIKOVA (SVK)

~Kiera~
Apr 23rd, 2010, 02:23 PM
http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=12954

“I boarded in Tampa, flew to Atlanta and then waited for seven hours for a connecting flight to Tel Aviv, from where I went to Larnaca in Cyprus and then finally to Belgrade,” Jankovic laid out her arduous journey ahead of Friday’s draw for the tie with the Slovaks.

I'm surprised she didn't have a layover in Timbuktu. It would have made the story so much more impressive :p

However, her efforts may result in only a psychological boost for a depleted Serbian team, with her involvement in Saturday’s programme hanging in the balance.

Backhand is Jankovic's money shot

“It was strength-sapping and I am still not sure if I’ll be able to play because I have an injury to my left wrist and it’s hampering my backhand, which is my money-making shot. I am hoping for the best but I also have to think long-term,” Jankovic said.

With Serbia’s No. 2 player Ana Ivanovic missing after she pulled out of the tie due to poor form, Jankovic’s absence would almost certainly deal a fatal blow to the country’s hopes of staying in the top tier of the competition. “We are still not sure if Jankovic will play or not, we will have to consult the doctors once again and see if there is improvement,” added Serbia team captain Dejan Vranes, who acknowledged Slovakia was the favourite to clinch the tie on red clay in the Belgrade Arena.

Jankovic, who won the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award for her effervescent performances in a 3-2 first round home defeat to Russia, was more optimistic. “I am confident that we can win because this is a good chance for the young players to prove their worth on the big stage and I really believe our No. 2 player Bojana Jovanovski has it in her to win one of her singles rubbers.”.

Hantuchova beat Jankovic last week in Charleston

Should she recover from the wrist injury, Jankovic will take on Slovakia’s No. 2 Magdalena Rybarikova in the opening singles rubber on Friday, followed by Jovanovski’s match with Hantuchova. Jankovic is to lock horns with Hantuchova in the first singles on Sunday and will be eager to avenge a 16 63 63 defeat to the Slovak in last week’s Family Circle Cup quarterfinal in Charleston, USA. It would be the perfect remedy for the highly patriotic Jankovic, determined to battle through fatigue and pain to give Serbia a fighting chance of avoiding the drop to World Group II.

“There is no prize money or WTA points attached to the Fed Cup, but there is also no greater honour than to lead your country in a team event and play for your national colours,” said the world No. 7. “I will try my best and I want to win as many matches as possible, the Heart Award means so much to me because I’ve given all I have in 10 years of playing for the national team,” she added.

But Hantuchova’s win over Jankovic has instilled a fresh breath of confidence in the world No. 23, who believes Slovakia can come out on top against Serbia and mount a serious challenge for the trophy next season.

“The outcome of that match gives me confidence but Jankovic is a top player who can beat anybody and it will be a very tough match in front of her fans,” the 23-year-old Slovak said. “But I am ready to fight and if we stay in the top tier, it would be an awesome feeling and it would also give us a chance to win the Fed Cup again,” she added. “Doing that for my country was one of the greatest feelings ever and it would be nice to do it again.”

Of course you're going to play Jelena, just like you did last year and the year before that with your injuries :p

-NAJ-
Apr 23rd, 2010, 03:37 PM
She said she was on court 15 min today and she went to see doctor to scan hand and injury is still there ,she will try and after fed cup she will know will she pull out from next tournaments in Stuttgart and Rome

rucolo
Apr 23rd, 2010, 05:14 PM
Jelena won the "Heart Award"!:D:worship:

http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=12908


21 Apr 2010

Heart Award winners announced

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced the first four recipients of the 2010 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award:

> Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
> Maria-Fernanda Alves (BRA)
> Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)
> Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)

Following the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas ties in February, ten players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel in four categories. The winners were then decided by a public vote on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es. Each winner receives a silver Baccarat bracelet and a cheque to be donated to a chosen charity.

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between the ITF and BNP Paribas. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team.

A total of six awards will be presented in 2010, with two further players being recognised following this weekend’s World Group Semifinals and World Group / World Group II Play-offs. The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award was launched at the 2009 Final, when American Melanie Oudin was the inaugural winner.

Francesco Ricci Bitti, ITF President, said: “I would like to congratulate the first four Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award winners of 2010. They all showed tremendous skill, commitment and character during their ties in February. In total, we received around 6,000 online votes, showing that the Heart Award is proving a great success with fans and players alike.”

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas continues this weekend, with the World Group Semifinals and World Group / World Group II Play-offs being held on 24-25 April.

Player information

Jelena Jankovic – World Group / World Group II first round
Jankovic staged a remarkable recovery in the second rubber of Serbia’s World Group first round tie against Russia. She trailed Alisa Kleybanova 46 14 15-40, but fought back tenaciously to win 11 straight games. The following day, she clinched another three-set victory, this time over Svetlana Kuznetsova, the world No. 4 at the time. In the deciding doubles rubber, however, she was defeated when partnering Ana Ivanovic.


Jelena`s reaction on receiving the "Heart Award":;)

http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=12954


“There is no prize money or WTA points attached to the Fed Cup, but there is also no greater honour than to lead your country in a team event and play for your national colours,” said the world No. 7. “I will try my best and I want to win as many matches as possible, the Heart Award means so much to me because I’ve given all I have in 10 years of playing for the national team,” she added.

-NAJ-
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:12 PM
JJ with "Heart Award", she gave heart award prize to Unicef Serbia
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/7476/fc7045gallery.jpg

-NAJ-
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:17 PM
http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/177074/Doktor-teniske-reprezentacije-odao-priznanje-Jeleni
Doctor's tennis team paid tribute to Jelena

Zdeslav Milinkovic, Dr. Davis Cup and Fed Cup team Serbia, had only words of praise for the attitude of Jelena Jankovic to play for our national team against Slovakia because it is a condition of her injured wrist quite delicate.

"Jelena is injured most likely due to changes of courts and equipment. This is the so-called 'syndrome prenaprezanja', and it is a tendon inflammation. What has happened is that before a month ago, and definitely is a medical found in Charleston. There are American doctors do this recording and magnetic resonance recommend inaction, "said Milinkovic after victory over Jelena Ribarikovom first Fed Cup match duel Serbia - Slovakia.


He added that despite the risk Jankovic decided to play for the national team of our country.


"After therapy and rest, when she came to Belgrade, we held Konzilijum and concluded that there are signs of easing inflammation. It is a delicate moment and we talked about coach, Jelena and me. I must admit that I am advised rest, but Jankovic, after a thousand questions and treatment decided to play for Serbia. It's a great man, great athlete. Assumed the risk of deterioration and I she acknowledges, "concluded Zdeslav Milinkovic.

Hashim.
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:24 PM
JJ with "Heart Award", she gave heart award prize to Unicef Serbia
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/7476/fc7045gallery.jpg

:hearts::awww:

It's a great man, great athlete
google translation:smash:

:rolls:

-NAJ-
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:38 PM
http://www.mondo.rs/s167686/Tenis/Dzej_Dzej-_Hendikepirana_i_srecna.html
JJ: Disabled and happy

http://www.mondo.rs/slike/vesti/001/676/v167686p0.jpg

The best Serbian tennis player get Serbia the first point, but it is not satisfied with the game, because she was limited by injury.

Jelena Jankovic said she was happy with the victory over Slovakian Magdalena Ribarikovom in the game of survival in World Group I Fed Cup, it was not fully ready and did not play the best they can.

"It was hard, I didn't felt the best, there were struggles, but I remained positive as I could. I talk to therapists and doctors what's best, we'll see ... I have not played with a hundred percent. I could not expect much from me today. I'm happy that I managed, "said JJ at a news conference after the match.

She arrived in Belgrade with an injury to left wrist.

"I played pretty good under those circumstances. I managed to bring our team victory. I'm happy. I hope that the hand that we be in better shape tomorrow."

Jankovićevu expected duel with the best-ranked Slovakian player, Daniela Hantuhovom.

"I do not think about her, it is important to me to play my game, and for this I need to be healthy. I am Little disabled, but will I try to play the best I can. I do not really easy, I want to help ... I think few would played for the national team that is injured. "

Serbian tennis player has played five times against Hantuchova and recorded three victories.

"I was beating her before. I know how to play against her. You must to play a lot of aggressive moves to keep playing, it's a way to win it," concluded Jankovic.

-NAJ-
Apr 26th, 2010, 08:59 PM
Press
google translate
Snezana Jankovic, the mother of our best tennis player, the bitter relationship between the Serbian public to Fed Cup team. She notes that she played Jelena injured "while others are drinking coffee somewhere," clearly alluding to Ana Ivanovic
Visibly excited, could no longer refrain, and osula firing by the meeting organizers for a very low traffic, our politicians are not worthy to appear in the "Belgrade Arena", but also by Ana Ivanovic, who not only did not play for national team, but did not come to Belgrade to support his friends in the struggle for survival in the elite World Group of the prestigious competition.

Her daughter, a girl of his 15th The game for the team and who has played as 28 matches in singles and 10 doubles, arrived in Belgrade after nearly 48-hour flight from the U.S., over Tel Aviv and Larnaca Cyprus. On top of that, Jay-Jay for ten days pulling quite painful and unpleasant breach of left wrist, causing her even advised the Medical Staff Tennis Association of Serbia not to play.

- Jelena only once in the last ten years has not played for the national team. It is now traveled half the world would you come here to play Fed Cup, and with serious injuries. Besides, she already has a match on Tuesday in Stuttgart, which is commitment tournament for her. And, on the other hand, some drinking coffee elsewhere, and my child is injured playing for their country and give our best - clearly alluding to the photos mom Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and her boyfriend Adam Scott, who shot past Monday on Majorca.

Jankovićevu hurt the poor and disastrous visit to the Belgrade Arena, which was last weekend seemed creepy empty. Not only is it in the hall, which receives up to 20,000 spectators were just over 2,000 fans, but the boxes next to the field, always full especially for our political elite, was empty.

Failed marketing

- This is a disgrace for a country that has become a superpower in tennis. I am disappointed because I believe that we have really good potential, especially as Slovakia occurred with this team. I think that this time the organization of this tie was bad, and I think that marketing is completely failed.

Playing at home in halfempty "Arena" speaks volumes. People need to be worthy of the support team as it is. Let those who are responsible for all this wonder why our political elite missed the game when the national team plazs. Is anyone interested in women's tennis or not? Are there should be women's national team or not? I can not allow my child to come over here next to injury, and people who don't have money can not enter to Arena. They should let open the gates, that people who don't have money can see top tennis - said a woman who knows the situation very well not only in domestic but also international white sport.

Let's abolish the Fed Cup team

Jelena Jankovic's mother says it's better to Fed Cup team Serbia does not exist, if no one cares for it.

- Must be a complete change of attitude towards women's national selection, and the mean and the Tennis Union of Serbia and the political elite. resources cames from the Ministry of Sports, not from my pocket. No one of them was worthy to come to the Arena. "Give it to abolish the Fed Cup, not the game - ironically said Jankovic.

-NAJ-
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:20 PM
;)
A beautiful Italian actress Monica Bellucci, and wife of the famous French actor Vincent Cassel said for Gloria magazin, and that the tennis tournament in Rome from the lodges to watch the matches Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic.
She and her husband are avid fans in a white sport, but obviously the big supporters of Serbian athletes.

- My husband Vincent Cassel and I have a place to lodge in Rome, and we will follow the matches of Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic. Only premature birth of my baby can prevent me not to see matches - said 45-year-old superstar who will be born this year, another daughter.

дalex
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:26 PM
She's right. The bitchy comment about Ana drinking coffee in Mallorca was unnecessary (as Ana wouldn't have helped the team anyway), but I liked it.

-NAJ-
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:30 PM
if you ask me I'd never allow myself if i was public figure to talk bad about other people in public. it's okay to have opinion but still...
I have to say that I agree with some things she said( serbian tennis associtaion and attitude towards women's national selection, failed marketing, closed gates of Arena for people who don't have money ...)

OC521
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:37 PM
May this be the last time she risks and sacrifices her health for a criminal-hidden-governemtn-since-the-second-world-war.





http://i42.tinypic.com/15md7yc.jpg

дalex
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:38 PM
if you ask me I'd never allow myself if i was public figure to talk bad about other people in public. it's okay to have opinion but still...

Well I said it was unnecessary. :lol:

~Kiera~
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:44 PM
Seriously, the comment about Ana was unnecessary. I'm pretty sure Jelena skipped Fed Cup herself a few years back because she was playing so poorly.

OC521
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:47 PM
She's right. The bitchy comment about Ana drinking coffee in Mallorca was unnecessary (as Ana wouldn't have helped the team anyway), but I liked it.

That's like saying Serbs around the world shouldn't go to a ATP or WTA tennis match because they cannot physically help their fellow Serbia Serb on court.

I have witnessed alleged Partizan fans at a Jelena Jankovic match in North America that mess up the cheers of young Serbs cheering for Jelena Jankovic by interupting and repeating way out of synch Jelena cheers.

You liked the comment because its time to release some pent up steam, perhaps.





http://i42.tinypic.com/15md7yc.jpg

-NAJ-
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:48 PM
This may bode better results for Jelena and Ana:lol:

Ana should to be at least on the bench because she wasn't injured but she didn't and that's her thing and right.


I hope that Serbian Tennis Association will learn somethings next time:confused: i doubt:lol:

ChriS.
Apr 26th, 2010, 10:22 PM
Seriously, the comment about Ana was unnecessary. I'm pretty sure Jelena skipped Fed Cup herself a few years back because she was playing so poorly.I agree!

Brena
Apr 26th, 2010, 11:26 PM
I've always thought that all that rumoured ''bad blood'' between Jelena and Ana was the result of their respective parents' not liking each other.
The comment is silly only because Ana did the right thing to skip this tier since she stood no chance of winning a match. But she could have come to support the team.
On the other hand, it's a fact that the Serbian team got to the top only because Jelena bothered to play on muddy fields across Europe in 2007 while they were in that Z group and Ana and her team couldn't care less.
But, do shut up, Sneki, you'll just make problems for Jelena!

Joana
Apr 27th, 2010, 12:31 AM
I don't know what she said exactly since I just can't get past the "osula firing" bit in the Google translation. :rolls:

rucolo
Apr 27th, 2010, 09:43 PM
Another article about the "Heart Award"::p

http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=13018


24 Apr 2010

Jankovic, Srebotnik, Date-Krumm presented with Heart Awards

Jelena Jankovic, Katarina Srebotnik and Kimiko Date-Krumm were all presented with their 2010 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Awards on court during the opening ceremonies of their respective Fed Cup ties on Saturday.

Jankovic received the award in Belgrade, where she is leading the Serbian team in their World Group play-off tie against Slovak Republic. The 25-year-old, who won both singles rubbers in Serbia’s 3-2 first round defeat against Russia, said: “This award means a lot to me, having played Fed Cup for 10 years and really given my maximum in each match. It is an honour to play for my country and I want to win as many matches as possible. I am happy and really proud.”

Charities benefit from Heart Award

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between the ITF and BNP Paribas. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team.

Each winner received a silver Baccarat bracelet and a cheque to be donated to a chosen charity. Jankovic is donating her cheque for $3,000 to Unicef Serbia, while Srebotnik and Date-Krumm will donate $1,000 cheques to the University Children Hospital’s in Ljubljana and the charity ‘Room to Read’ respectively.

A total of six awards will be presented in 2010, with two further players being recognised following this weekend’s World Group Semifinals and World Group / World Group II Play-offs. Brazilian Maria-Fernanda Alves (Americas Zone Group I) was the other winner from the February ties.

Francesco Ricci Bitti, ITF President, said: “I would like to congratulate the first four Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award winners of 2010. They all showed tremendous skill, commitment and character during their ties in February. In total, we received around 6,000 online votes, showing that the Heart Award is proving a great success with fans and players alike.”

schorsch
Apr 27th, 2010, 10:08 PM
Seriously, the comment about Ana was unnecessary. I'm pretty sure Jelena skipped Fed Cup herself a few years back because she was playing so poorly.

Yes, but did Srb need JJ on the team in that tie? Ana was good enough to get thru there on her own and didn't play the next tie whereas JJ did and yeah the difference is that she pulled out when she didn't win jack anymore whereas Ana has pulled out when she was playing well and also when she wasn't playing well. So the point is moot. Whenever we really needed Ana she wasn't there except for the ties against Russia and Spain for scheduling reasons mostly.

It never really seemed to me that Ana really wanted to win the FC or lets say at least go out of her way to win it whereas JJ has only really let the team down once when she couldn't win a match. Sure whenever Ana did play she played with pride for Serbia and tried her best on the day and you could see that, but if you're not going to try to be there in the first place... Similar to the DC SUI situation with Federer and the others.

I watched Ana play today. Best I've seen her in a long time, who says no to 2 free matches when you're bit by bit getting your form back against two good but not Serena like players (H2H 4-1) without having to worry about going home early in the week aka another week wasted? Perfect way to test her progress. She just wanted to have the best chance possible at Stuttgart by preparing early there just like she used to withdraw from FC when she was playing well... for scheduling reasons... and this time not risking losing in front of her home crowd again was probably a factor as well and that's about it.

If you're going to bring the "she has to look after her career" argument then let me tell you this...

a) she's been in a slump for a LONG time now not only a few weeks what's some FC weeks gonna change dramatically about that? She hasn't even been playing such a heavy schedule :confused: Besides JJ didn't have the best results either and still played... Why should we treat those two differently in that regard?

b) She's young! So many years ahead of her it's not like she won't create any opportunities for herself anymore. She already is on the right track again for starters.

c) How come the Davis Cup team nearly always is fully there no matter what the schedule? How does that look in comparison? If she's not gonna be there when we need her most why is she bothering turning up at other ties? To save face? Because she loves playing for SRB whenever we could already win without her? How is a proud crowd like SRB going to be excited expecting a programmed loss every now and then?

So in a nutshell most of the times JJ was left looking to be the dumb one even though she was the one that cared and sacrificed the most, so it should actually be the other way around one would think. I didn't really think Sneki had it in her to say those things (esp.ly the Ana commment :scared: really shouldn't have gone that far, but I can't really blame her either in a way...), but I can understand her frustration when you think about the fact that they've been investing into a project where just about every party pursued different goals whereas they were the only ones that took the real task at hand: winning the FC.

Bruno71
Apr 28th, 2010, 04:05 AM
Let's face it though...it must be very embarassing for someone like Ana to play with the kind of form she's shown recently, and to do so at the last Fed Cup tie against Russia must have been awful for her. I can see why she stayed away. It's a choice Jelena's made, and she should be lauded for it, to play for her country at most any cost. But we can see why Ana's made her own choices too.

~Kiera~
Apr 28th, 2010, 09:59 AM
I love Jelena, but let's be honest here. She can lay it on a bit thick when it comes to Fed Cup and her whole "dying for her country" shtick. I think it's wonderful that she cares so much about Fed Cup, but I don't think she should be used as a yardstick when it comes to determining how much somebody else cares about the competition.

I'm not going to criticize Ana because she doesn't choose to live, breathe and sleep Fed Cup in the same way Jelena does. She obviously cares. If she didn't, she wouldn't have put in more than the bare minimum required like some other players do. If she decides to skip a tie, that's her prerogative. She has one shot at her tennis career and she's going downhill fast. Why shouldn't she put herself first? :shrug:

Brena
Apr 28th, 2010, 10:14 AM
As much as I agree with those who think that it's up to each player to decide whether she wants to play Fed Cup or not and that no one should have a right to criticise her for her decision, I'm still pretty sure that Sneki's comment (if she truly made it since no other papers other than that Press tabloid reported it) was caused by something else. I tried to explain it in the GM but I'm not sure people who don't live in serbia can understand the depths of the media bias in Ana's favour. It's not some mystical conspiracy it's just the consequence of the fact that Serbia today is a small, corrupted society ruled by money and connections to people at right places (politicians). Can you really imagine a Brit commentator on BBC openly showing his dislike of a British player (for example)? Can you imagine a sports journalist who covers tennis in the biggest newspapers (Politika) not writing any articles when Jelena wins something big or reaches a slam final but just letting a short AP news in the print? And Jelena being ridiculed for playing for Fed Cup every time because ''she clearly wants to suck up to people and be better loved than Ana''? :weirdo:
Also, behind Ana are some people from the Serbian Tennis association, or rather from the Partizan tennis club (Partizan is one of the biggest sport clubs in Serbia, next to Red Star, for which Jelena played). The leading man of the Partisan TC is a certain Dusan Grujic, my ex-neighbour. He's a rather rich ''businessman'' (read: criminal) and he wants to use Ana (and Novak, but Novak's dad told him to piss off) to promote his club and attract other young players and their parents to let him manage their careers (and make himself some more money through that). He has connections with politicians and that way can control many things, even the national TV sports commentators....
All this is much longer and more complicated, but I don't want to bore you, I just wanted to try to explain to you that there is much more to Sneki's reaction. I don't think she really wanted to attack Ana but to defend her own daughter, although she did it clumsily.

schorsch
Apr 28th, 2010, 10:54 AM
I know the drama around JJ when it comes to FC is often over the top :shrug: But she does play :shrug: I don't see how you're gonna tell me that a team that is basically made up of two people (who would cut it in the WG more often than not) can afford to have one of them not playing some important ties while still saying she cares about FC :shrug:

Why play more than the needed ties (say for the Olympics) when you're not going out of your way to play as many times as it is needed to win the actual competition? It screams: "Yeah, ok I want to win it, but you have to make it easy for me to do so though and I will then show up whenever it suits me and earn the laurels on top of it, kthxbye."

Given what lepa brena said it wouldn't suprise me if these guys see this as the ideal way of handling things. Have JJ do most of the hard work seemingly being left looking the dumb one for doing what's right to win the competition, get Ana on the team whenever it suits them to save face and earn the laurels on top of it.

I can't imagine what will happen if Sneki doesn't let JJ play FC not only when she's got health problems, but also when it "doesn't fit into her schedule" just like Ana has so many times when she was playing well. I mean in the end of the day JJ not only wants to represent her country but win the whole damn thing and if she feels like it just ain't happening then she might as well stop trying unless something changes and an agreement is met. That's why Sneki said "we might as well not have a SRB FC team at all" I suppose.

Kiera are you really ok with JJ's good intentions / effort being taken advantage of like that :shrug: ?

I for one not only care about JJ's results, but also for SRB to win the FC and I guess that's where it's different with a lot of Ana fans in GM. They couldn't care less about the FC if Ana has to go out of her way to play and seemingly have a similar attitude as the people that lepa mentionned. If Ana gets it easy and then wins the FC they're fine with it I suppose :shrug:

Brena
Apr 28th, 2010, 11:17 AM
^That's exactly the way I see things.
I'm also getting feeling that Jelena has had enough of the Fed Cup charade. She obviously loves to play it, but the lack of appreciation for her efforts in Serbia and the lack of team spirit might have become too much her. :awww:

schorsch
Apr 28th, 2010, 11:20 AM
Besides I might not know how it feels in SRB, but it sounds just like it is in Switzerland with Federer and the team.

The only thing is that on DC it is even tougher to win the first round. Federer doesn't want to play it for selfish reasons, media and people support that because "his services to us are much bigger than DC will ever be" and then they take snipes at the rest of the team for being too weak to make it past the first round.

Then after Wimbledon Federer suddenly doesn't mind playing for the team, because he doesn't have to go out of his way to play the tie and to sort of save face, but it's usually the playoffs (so no way to win the DC this way) and then is praised as the saviour of the team and cheered on much harder in home ties :shrug:

Again the ones that actually put the effort into all of the DC ties are being the ones left looking dumb while the other guy gets protected and hailed and this is actually happening on a team that consists of Federer's FRIENDS! Meanwhile the guys say "they understand", but still love to play for the country and just enjoy playing DC in general.

Now to draw another comparison to the people lepa mentionned: Severin Lüthi is Federer's little bitch so to say... A lot of people in Switzerland know that he doesn't merit his DC captaincy based on qualifications yet he gets to travel the world, hold a good position, earn the big bucks just for being Fed's little assistant. He's not even his coach. He's just his "mate that is there so that he has somebody to travel with". Meanwhile the rest of the team is friends with him as well :weirdo: (Severin Lüthi).

Add to that the Swiss media, the Swiss commentators (Heinz Günthardt!!!) and the Swiss tennis federation that all know that Federer = their jobs/$$$ run along with it. But to be fair I have also listened to the commentary of the French and Italian Swiss channels and they are totally the opposite. Just like it should be.

~Kiera~
Apr 28th, 2010, 01:28 PM
Kiera are you really ok with JJ's good intentions / effort being taken advantage of like that :shrug: ?

I for one not only care about JJ's results, but also for SRB to win the FC and I guess that's where it's different with a lot of Ana fans in GM. They couldn't care less about the FC if Ana has to go out of her way to play and seemingly have a similar attitude as the people that lepa mentionned. If Ana gets it easy and then wins the FC they're fine with it I suppose :shrug:

Am I okay with it? No. I think it's unfortunate. I don't think Jelena has ever really received the level of respect she deserves for turning up year after year - often whilst injured - and giving it her all.

I understand Sneki's frustrations about the way the whole tie was handled, but I also can understand Ana's decision to skip it and go to Stuttgart early to train.

schorsch
Apr 28th, 2010, 02:19 PM
If you look at this tie as an isolated event you would obv.ly sort of have a point and JJ's slump where she didn't play in Bulgaria would then be the same thing. But if you look at the bigger picture it's really difficult to compare it and excuse it given how things are being handled, potrayed and them opting to give her free passes when she was playing well as well.

You simply can't go "poor girl she shouldn't have to embarrass herself playing FC in the kind of form she is". That's only one part of the story.

And just what is more embarrassing? Being in form and losing the tie because your own Federation sets you up to potentially lose or not being in form and still trying your best potentially losing the tie at least having tried :shrug: ?

~Kiera~
Apr 30th, 2010, 10:36 PM
http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE63T5FG20100430?sp=true

Henin sees off frustrated Jankovic in Stuttgart

STUTTGART (Reuters) - Justine Henin continued her impressive return to tennis when she fought back to beat former world number one Jelena Jankovic 3-6 7-6 6-3 in Stuttgart on Friday, leaving her opponent exasperated.

Jankovic was kicking herself when, having won the first set, she failed to take a break point which would have put her 6-5 ahead in the second.

Instead, seven-times grand slam winner Henin, who returned this year from a 19-month break, won the set in a tiebreak before wrapping up the win.

"As soon as you lose your ground or drop you level, she is right there, she comes right at you, she takes advantage, she has all the experience," said Jankovic.

"I felt I was really going to win and I had everything under control, it was just a few points here and there that didn't go my way.

"I had everything under control, I was more aggressive than her -- it was frustrating. As soon as you drop your guard, she takes her opportunities."

Henin won all four of her break points in the match while Jankovic converted only three out of nine.

The Belgian, whose grand-slam haul includes four wins at Roland Garros, will face unseeded Israeli Shahar Peer in Saturday's semi-final at the indoor clay tournament.

Peer upset second-seed and another former number one Dinara Safina 6-3 6-2.

"I still need time to get used to clay," Henin told reporters. "I haven't played on this surface for two years. I grew up on this surface and my best results are on this surface but I try to be a complete player."

Wildcard Henin, runner up at the Australian Open in January, added: "It's only my fifth tournament back, it's normal to have ups and downs.

"I feel fresher than two years ago, I really needed the time off. Just to have the experience which I didn't have before as a person gives me a lot."

Australia's Samantha Stosur also went through to the semi-finals with a 6-3 6-3 win over China's Li Na.

Brena
May 1st, 2010, 08:51 AM
"I had everything under control, I was more aggressive than her -- it was frustrating. As soon as you drop your guard, she takes her opportunities."

We know it! You know it! So why did you drop your guard AGAIN???? :hysteric:

I honestly have no idea why this loss depresses me so. I've always known deep inside she wasn't winning it, and yet I'm so sad. :tears:

дalex
May 1st, 2010, 09:45 AM
"I felt I was really going to win and I had everything under control, it was just a few points here and there that didn't go my way.

"I had everything under control, I was more aggressive than her -- it was frustrating. As soon as you drop your guard, she takes her opportunities."

No comment. She said it all.

Brena
May 1st, 2010, 01:34 PM
I don't find those twitter comments too funny since 1) it's already been done to death (''JJ and her excuses'') and 2) she didn't whine this time either on or off the court and it's not nice to make fun of her after such a painful loss.

terjw
May 1st, 2010, 07:51 PM
We know it! You know it! So why did you drop your guard AGAIN???? :hysteric:


Well it's easier said than done. Very rarely is any player able to keep up a high level every single game of a whole match. 99% of the matches you see - all players have a bad game at some point. Jelena is just saying is that when that happens - Justine pounces. Sam Smith commentating on Jestine's match today vs Peer thought it was a very perceptive comment by JJ.

I only saw the 1st set and the first half of the second set and Jelena played well. Hopefully she will take heart in playing well and don't get down on once again Justine beating her.

~Kiera~
May 3rd, 2010, 10:55 AM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=17677022

I just forgot the pic about Jankovic. She was playing with his sparring partner and in the middle he was joking with a guy (I think he is her boyfriend or maybe her bodyguard). I saw also her mother.

http://www.tennisforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=55128&d=1272877982

-NAJ-
May 3rd, 2010, 12:41 PM
Mladjan is playing in Italy so maybe he is Rome now.
He was in Belgrade during Fed Cup.

~Kiera~
May 3rd, 2010, 03:36 PM
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/321778,jankovic-joy-apparent-on-return-to-rome.html

Rome - Two-time champion Jelena Jankovic could not mask her joy at once again returning to Rome for a run at a trophy hat-trick at the Internazionale d'Italia. Two seasons on from her career-best performance atop the WTA charts at the end of the 2008 season, Jankovic takes the seventh seeding at this edition, opening in the second round after a bye against American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who crushed compatriot Melanie Oudin 6-1, 6-3 Monday.

Jankovic, who triumphed on the clay of the Foro Italico in 2007 and 2008, current stands seventh in a rankings list headed by top seed Serena Williams, playing for the first time in more than three months after winning the Australian Open.

Jankovic is soaking up the unique ambience of Rome, a city she loves.

"I love the people and I love the food. It's as personal choice and you have different tastes," she said of top players like Stuttgart winner Justine Henin, who is missing the Italian week

"Some people like some things that other people don't like. I'm a big fan of this tournament and I am just happy to be here."

Jankovic is hoping for another success at the venue after her pair of titles and is keen to get past the quarter-finals, where as holder she was derailed a year ago by Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Since winning the Indian Wells title in March, Jankovic has stalled in quarter-finals at Charleston and last week in Stuttgart as well as going out in the Miami fourth round.

"I have already won a big tournament this year, I'm looking forward to playing my tennis here and having a good tournament. I feel more experienced now and things are going well for me in this moment.

"I have a good family and I am happy and I have a nice boyfriend. I have everything that I need in life and tennis is just a game at the end of the day."

Jankovic said that her serve has been targeted for improvement recently. "That's what I'm working most on.

"Also, constructing the points and being more aggressive, doing the right things at the right moment. Everyone knows how to play tennis but this is professional tennis and it is important to keep your concentration and to be strong."

On court on a sunny day after the drizzle and rain which interrupted the men's final Sunday evening won by Rafael Nadal over David Ferrer, Israeli 16th seed Shahar Peer took an opening victory, defeating Italian Corinna Dentoni 6-2, 6-1.

Another home player became a victim as Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru beat Sara Errani 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Roberta Vinci got one back for the hosts over Russian Alisa Kleybanova 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5).

Swiss Timea Bacsinszky won a first-round match held over from Sunday, defeating Czech Sandra Zahlavova 6-0, 6-4.

-NAJ-
May 3rd, 2010, 04:33 PM
She is happy, it's nice to hear.

Bobisa
May 5th, 2010, 06:33 PM
http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=586
JANKOVIC LAYS DOWN A MARKER

Double champ drops only two games to thrash No.11 seed
The song “I’m only happy when it rains” could have been written for Jelena Jankovic

She never seems to be able to get through a tournament without having at least two parts of her body strapped up, and appears to be prey to all sorts of physical woes and ailments whenever she steps on court. When she cited “women’s troubles” after a Wimbledon loss, WTA officials quietly winced and gritted their teeth, coming as it did at a time when equal prize money was being hotly debated.

This year, she has had a back injury and a wrist problem which threatened her Fed Cup participation, much to her mother’s chagrin, particularly since the other famous Serbian team member, Ana Ivanovic, chose not to play in a tie which was eventually lost 3-2 to Slovakia. Speaking of her mother, Snezana Jankovic suffered health problems herself last year which were obviously of great concern to her daughter and were partly responsible for a slump in form which saw her exit all four Grand Slams in 2009 before the second week.

Despite a few fitness problems, 2010 has got off to a better start for the Serb. She won in Indian Wells, and with a new and more powerful service in her armoury, she seems to be returning to the kind of form which saw her briefly occupy the world No.1 spot in 2008.
“I'm just playing my tennis and I have already won a big tournament this year,” she said upon arriving in Rome. “I'm looking forward to playing my tennis here and having a good tournament. I feel more experienced now and things are going well for me in this moment. I have a good family and I am happy and I have a nice boyfriend. I have everything that I need in life.”

With no strapping on her arms or legs and nothing to worry her mentally, she stepped onto court against No.11 seed Yanina Wickmayer on Wednesday in determined mood. The 2009 US Open semi-finalist was expected to provide a stiff challenge, but she was never allowed to get out of first gear against a Jankovic who won 75% of her service points – on first and second – saved the only break point she faced and returned with absolute gusto, chasing everything down and moving her opponent left and right at will.

“I played very well today,” she said, showing that her gift for understatement is as good as her forehand. “This is the first time I played against Wickmayer so I didn’t know her game. I really played my tennis and I had the answers for all of her shots. I was always on the ball and I tried to be aggressive and to open the court and finish well. I served very well and I'm very happy with the way I played. I think she is a good player and she has had great results and so, to win like this is great.”

The ease of the win – 6-0, 6-2 in less than an hour – came as a surprise after she had struggled to see off qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the second round. “I played much better than I did yesterday, which was for me very tough conditions because I played on the outside court and there was a lot of noise from everywhere. You can hear the umpire from the other courts and you think it is from your court, so it was for me difficult to concentrate and my opponent played really well as well. So it was tough at first getting used to the courts. I came from Stuttgart where I was playing on an indoor court and so I had to get used to playing outside. Sun, rain, wind – so many different things that you have to get used to. But things went better and I'm happy I'm in the quarter-finals.”

Mentally, she is on top form, and a cynic might point to the fact that she has just enough physical woes to complain about to maintain her psychological equilibrium. “Here and there I have some aches and pains but this is part of being a professional tennis player and when you wake up in the morning and when you don't have any pain, you feel “what is going on?”. That is the reality.” Just enough to keep her focussed therefore, as she prepares to face Venus Williams, whom she defeated on the way to her second title here in 2008. Shortly before she became world No.1...

Mlle Bruni
May 5th, 2010, 07:14 PM
“I played much better than I did yesterday, which was for me very tough conditions because I played on the outside court and there was a lot of noise from everywhere..."
Never in doubt. GO(at)DIVA!

schorsch
May 6th, 2010, 03:36 PM
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=de&ie=UTF-8&sl=sr&tl=en&u=http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/177750/Bolitijeri-Djokovici-pokrenuli-srpski-tenis-Krajinovic-je-novi-Agasi&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&usg=ALkJrhiWNrKJHvmDYsGNhuDqd9j5-GbRaw

This is interesting :) Seems like Nick is expanding his academy to Belgrade :) That might make training/travelling easier for JJ.

Bruno71
May 6th, 2010, 05:06 PM
showing that her gift for understatement is as good as her forehand.

Um, so her gift for understatement is pretty hit or miss then.

Bruno71
May 7th, 2010, 12:58 AM
http://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/tennis/article437551.ece/Jankovic-crushes-Williams-to-bury-sister-showdown



Jankovic crushes Williams to bury sister showdown

Two-time champion Jelena Jankovic bared her claws Thursday with a monumental 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Venus Williams to bury any dream of an all-Williams semi-final at the Internazionale d'Italia.


Top seed Serena Williams had earlier won her 10th match in a row to do her part to set up a possible sister clash, earning a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Russian Maria Kirilenko. But elder sister Venus was humbled in 59 minutes by switched-on Serb Jankovic, a one-time world number one.

The loss was the most comprehensive in Williams' career - 16 years as a professional - with the US player unable to make any effort in the face of the Jankovic tsunami on clay in humid and chilly nighttime conditions.

"I had so many tough matches against Venus," said Jankovic, now 6- 5 in the series. "It's great to win. This scoreline is unbelievable. When you play against a Williams you can't relax. You have to go out there and give it your best."

Former French Open champion and number one Ana Ivanovic may be finally turning the corner on a long and frustrating slump measured in months rather than weeks. The Serb upset 14th seed Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-2, 7-5 for only her third top-10 win since November 2008. Number 59 Ivanovic has also beaten ninth seed Victoria Azarenka and Russian Elena Dementieva this week.

"I've been feeling really good on court for a couple of weeks now, and I really felt it could happen any week," said Ivanovic. "I just needed to get some more momentum and start playing matches. That's what I've been lacking for so long. To have these wins here means a lot."

Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez put out Czech Lucie Safarova 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in an unseeded match-up at the Foro Italico interrupted briefly by a rainstorm. Martinez Sanchez avoided a letdown after knocking out Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday on the Roman clay.

Serena Williams is playing her first event since winning the Australian Open three months ago, blaming a left knee injury for keeping her off court. Top seed and 2002 champion Williams sent down seven aces and broke serve four times in a 78-minute contest against the first-time quarter finalist in Rome. Williams has beaten Kirilenko in all three of their matches, last in 2006.

But the winner can't understand how she's done so well after her long pause: "I can't believe I'm still in the tournament. It's weird."

~Kiera~
May 7th, 2010, 06:51 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j7poJhCWBmObHi9gc9FjMrjQhUlQ

Jankovic stuns Serena to reach Rome tennis final

By Barnaby Chesterman (AFP) – 1 hour ago

ROME — Seventh seed Jelena Jankovic upset world number one Serena Williams in a three-set marathon that lasted 2hrs 47mins on Friday to reach the final of the Rome Open at the Foro Italico here.

Jankovic came back from a set down to win a tense and controversial third set tie-break and book a title match against either Ana Ivanovic or Maria Martinez-Sanchez after a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 triumph.

In doing so the Serbian, who is aiming for her third Rome crown having won here in 2007 and 2008, became only the seventh player to beat both Williams sisters in the same tournament having thrashed Venus 6-1, 6-0 in the quarters.

"To beat two Williams sisters in two days is amazing so I'm really proud of myself," she said.

This match was an absolute thriller that swung one way and the next and kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout.

Williams had a match point on her own serve and led by a mini-break in the third set tie-break and afterwards she said she was struggling to believe that she lost.

"I almost feel like I won that match, I might turn up (on Saturday) and play because I don't feel like I lost," she joked.

"I wasn't playing the points right. I can't be really upset, but I am.

"I feel I should have won, I could have won but I can't beat myself up over it, I've just come back and hadn't played a match since January."

In the final set tie-break Williams upset Jankovic by holding her hand up and asking her opponent to wait after the Serbian had thrown the ball up to serve on a crucial point with the American leading by a mini-break.

"I was just getting ready to serve and I was serving and all of a sudden she wasn't ready.

"For me when the server comes to play the receiver has to be ready -- that's the rules.

"But unfortunately I had to hit another serve, regroup and refocus because I didn't want to waste my energy on that."

Jankovic did hold her nerve to win that point and broke back when Williams, the 2002 winner here, netted a backhand.

At 5-5 the top seed then went long with a backhand from inside the service box to hand Jankovic match-point which she secured when Williams netted a forehand.

It was a nervous opening from both players as the first four games went against the server.

Williams held to steady the flow of breaks and went on to take the set when some positive attacking play ended with a drive volley winner to break for 6-4.

The second set was going on serve until Williams played some sloppy games at the end, dropping her last two service games to love, even handing Jankovic the second set on a double fault.

The Australian Open champion broke at the start of the decider and crucially held in the second game despite facing several break points.

When she then went up 0-40 on the Jankovic serve, this war of attrition appeared to be taking a decisive turn, but the Serbian hit back to win five straight points and stay in the match.

She then broke Williams after the American failed to deal with a deep forehand to her backhand side and it was very much game back on.

Williams broke at 3-3 after a brilliant succession of shots in which she forced the seventh seed wider and wider out to the backhand before hitting a winner into the empty court the other side.

Jankovic saved a match point at 5-4 after a lucky return off the frame landed in and Williams served again for the match at 6-5 but still could not take advantage.

Bruno71
May 7th, 2010, 11:06 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iQodgfjtjbMfYwq8km9J5ldYH0OQD9FI764G0


When in Rome, Jankovic beats both Williams sisters

By ANDREW DAMPF (AP) – 2 hours ago

ROME — Jelena Jankovic beat tennis' famous sisters on consecutive days and reached the Italian Open final with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory Friday over Serena Williams. The top-ranked Williams squandered a match point and acknowledged having an "an apple in my throat."

Jankovic, ranked No. 7, will play for the title Saturday against Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who defeated Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-2. Jankovic won this tournament in 2007 and 2008.

Williams, who won in Rome in 2002, was playing in her first tournament since a three-month layoff because of a knee injury. She had been sidelined since winning the Australian Open in January.

"I can't beat myself up over it," she said. "I just came back."

Williams said she simply wasn't playing the points right.

"I feel like I should have won, could have won," she said. "I think I had an apple in my throat, but it is what it is."

Jankovic routed Venus Williams 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals Thursday. She is the seventh player to beat the sisters in the same tournament, joining Aranxta Sanchez Vicario, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport and Justine Henin. Clijsters has done it twice.

"To beat both Williams sisters in two days is really amazing," Jankovic said. "I'm really proud of myself. It doesn't happy too often."

Serena served for the match twice in the third set and was broken both times. She hit a backhand long on match point at 5-4. Williams took a 5-2 lead in the tiebreaker, but hit a return long and missed four consecutive shots to send Jankovic into her second final of the year.

With Williams up 5-3, Jankovic served an ace but Williams had her hand up and the chair umpire ruled that the American had called time and Jankovic had to serve again. That drew an argument from the Serb and whistles from the crowd in the Foro Italico's new 10,500-seat stadium, which was about only half full.

Jankovic thought her ace should have counted in the tiebreaker.

"For me, when the server comes to the line the receiver had to be ready. That's the rule, right?" Jankovic said. "I just had to regroup and refocus. I didn't want to waste my energy — and that's what I basically did. Overall, it was good for me to be able to stay strong mentally."

Ivanovic, whose ranking has slipped to No. 58, struggled against Martinez Sanchez's serve-and-volley game. The 26th-ranked Spaniard also used an effective drop shot.

Jankovic and Williams had a tough time finding their rhythm at the start, with Williams the first to hold serve to go up 3-2. Williams then stepped up her attack, trying to keep the points short with approach shots to the corners to set up easy putaways.

Williams won the first set with a big forehand return of serve that Jankovic shanked way off court. Williams, however, began to struggle on the longer points and Jankovic broke at love to go up 4-3 in the second set when Williams committed unforced errors in succession. Williams double-faulted to concede the second set.

Williams finished the match with 48 unforced errors to Jankovic's 35.

They're both such ridiculous drama queens :rolleyes:

terjw
May 7th, 2010, 11:27 PM
Jankovic thought her ace should have counted in the tiebreaker.

"For me, when the server comes to the line the receiver had to be ready. That's the rule, right?" Jankovic said. "I just had to regroup and refocus. I didn't want to waste my energy — and that's what I basically did. Overall, it was good for me to be able to stay strong mentally."



And the part I've put in bold is really the important thing and is what I think is so good and should be really good for her. Beating Serena when Serena was up and had a MP is great but also overcoming what she must have felt when she had to replay the ace she'd just served and focusing on her game and not going into self destruct mode and imploding that I'm used to seeing her doing. That is a huge test she passed knowing what she'd normally have done in the past. I'm actually like "Thank You Serena" for that little incident and giving Jelena that test which she passed so well today.

-NAJ-
May 7th, 2010, 11:36 PM
I agree terjw, she passed big test. That will be useful for her in future:cool:

btw tennis court incidents are just funny when you look other sports:lol:

cellophane
May 8th, 2010, 12:34 AM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iQodgfjtjbMfYwq8km9J5ldYH0OQD9FI764G0


They're both such ridiculous drama queens :rolleyes:

Totally :rolls:

дalex
May 8th, 2010, 07:08 AM
They're both such ridiculous drama queens :rolleyes:

:hearts:

Bobisa
May 8th, 2010, 08:39 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1275343/No-love-lost-big-tennis-fall-Jankovic-Ivanovic.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
No love lost in the big tennis fall-out between Jankovic and Ivanovic


When Jelena Jankovic faces Ana Ivanovic in the Madrid Open on Tuesday, far more will be at stake than simply a place in the later rounds of the tournament.

For former Wimbledon champion Jankovic admits that she is barely on speaking terms with Ivanovic, Serbia's other glamorous tennis star on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, after the latter's no-show at the vital Federation Cup relegation tie against Slovakia.

While Jankovic endured a miserable 48-hour journey from the United States to Belgrade rather than let Serbia play the crucial tie without her, Ivanovic was photographed taking coffee near her home in Majorca with her boyfriend, Australian golfer Adam Scott, when she could have been helping to prevent their country falling out of the world group of women's tennis.

Jankovic's mother, Snezana, who frequently travels the world with her daughter, revealed the depth of their hurt following Slovakia's 3-2 victory by attacking Ivanovic, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2007, in the Serb media.

'Jelena missed only one match for Serbia in 10 years,' said Snezana. 'This time she flew 48 hours across the world to play, despite a serious injury. At the same time, somebody else had coffee somewhere while my child played, hurting for her country.'

Ivanovic's defeat by Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez prevented her from playing Jankovic in the final of the Internazional BNL D'Italia tournament in Rome yesterday, but fate has decreed the two women must play one another in Spain on Tuesday.

'I just have to play tennis with whoever is on the other side of the net,' said Jankovic. Yet last week she admitted that she was 'disappointed' by Ivanovic's no-show.

'In Federation Cup, you don't play for [ranking] points or money, you are just playing for your incountry, for the love of the people,' said Jankovic.

'It would have been nice even if Ana had just been sitting on the bench and supporting the team, even if she felt she could not play. If we play with the strongest team, we can beat the best. That is why it is disappointing Ana was not there. But it's her choice.'

Asked what their relationship was like, Jankovic said: 'We talk when we see each other but we're not best friends.'

Her 48-hour journey took Jankovic from Florida to Tel Aviv where, after a seven-hour stop, she travelled to Cyprus before finally arriving in Belgrade. 'I felt like a zombie,' she said.

'I'd had no sleep, my left wrist was swollen and I hadn't hit a ball for a week. But I am a patriot.'

Jankovic is remembered in Britain as the woman who was courted by a flirtatious Jamie Murray as they won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon three summers ago.

Yet while Murray has been trekking through the lower reaches of the game, Jankovic's life has never been more fulfilled - on the court or off it.

In Rome, she shared a blissful couple of days last weekend with her Serb boyfriend before beating Venus and Serena Williams in the space of 24 hours then yesterday losing her latest final on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to Martinez Sanchez 7-6, 7-5.

At 25, she has a mature perspective on the life she has chosen.

She has viewed the tennis world from the summit of the game, ending 2008 as No 1, but then had to deal with a loss of form that she blames, in part, to compromising her speed and movement on the court by putting on almost 10kg of muscle.

'I used to get down on myself, but not any more,' she said. 'There are so many more important things in life than losing a tennis match. People are dying, starving or homeless and I am crying because I lost? That's not right.

'It can be lonely on the Tour. I talk to the others but my real friends are not tennis players. You always have high expectations, especially once you have been to the top.

'But, if you think about it, you realise that this is a dream life. You're making lots of money, you have seen the world and you are getting applauded by people who have paid to watch you play. If you lose a match, as long as you did what you are supposed to do and fought 100 per cent, I cannot cry about it.'

In March, Jankovic, currently No 7 in the world, won in Indian Wells, California, capturing a tournament ranked in the tier below the majors.

Shortly, she will make her home in California, complete with a 10-car garage to accommodate her impressive collection of Porsches.

'I am proud of what I have, and I know how much hard work was involved,' she said. 'Nothing fell from the sky. But I am not a material girl, It's good to have a nice home and cars, but once you get them you realise these are not the things that make you most happy. It's your spirit, your family and friends.' Her game is falling into place, she feels.

'I have my hunger back. You have to go down in order to go up again. You can't always be a winner, and I am talking about life in general.'

And in Belgrade, her patriotism will not pass unnoticed when she takes the court against Ivanovic in Madrid.

Yilongru
May 9th, 2010, 12:17 PM
It should be a lovely match in Madrid.

terjw
May 9th, 2010, 12:28 PM
Ana, Marion and Justine. Don't see it happening like this but my dream would be she utterly smashes them like she did to Venus in Rome.

lestat111
May 9th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Ana, Marion and Justine. Don't see it happening like this but my dream would be she utterly smashes them like she did to Venus in Rome.

thank god, no justine this time, but I would like to see marion trashed :devil:

oneandonly
May 9th, 2010, 05:05 PM
http://i40.tinypic.com/2zhmijt.jpg

Disgusting. The Empress should be able to travel whenever she damn pleases.

Bruno71
May 9th, 2010, 05:07 PM
http://i40.tinypic.com/2zhmijt.jpg

Disgusting. The Empress should be able to travel whenever she damn pleases.


I was gonna say. "Disgusting. She lost that good form by the final." :lol:

CuteKoala
May 10th, 2010, 01:08 AM
She shouldn't have lost this final. :( Unfortunately, she tends to underestimate her opponents. :rolleyes:

rucolo
May 10th, 2010, 07:03 PM
http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=586


The ease of the win – 6-0, 6-2 in less than an hour – came as a surprise after she had struggled to see off qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the second round. “I played much better than I did yesterday, which was for me very tough conditions because I played on the outside court and there was a lot of noise from everywhere. You can hear the umpire from the other courts and you think it is from your court, so it was for me difficult to concentrate and my opponent played really well as well. So it was tough at first getting used to the courts. I came from Stuttgart where I was playing on an indoor court and so I had to get used to playing outside. Sun, rain, wind – so many different things that you have to get used to. But things went better and I'm happy I'm in the quarter-finals.”


Jelena :inlove::lol:


Mentally, she is on top form, and a cynic might point to the fact that she has just enough physical woes to complain about to maintain her psychological equilibrium. “Here and there I have some aches and pains but this is part of being a professional tennis player and when you wake up in the morning and when you don't have any pain, you feel “what is going on?”. That is the reality.”


Heard this before :lol:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1275343/No-love-lost-big-tennis-fall-Jankovic-Ivanovic.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Nice article.

Yeah, there is definitely no love lost between Jelena and Ana.:fiery::lol:

Beat her, Jelena!;):armed:

дalex
May 11th, 2010, 12:44 PM
There are two audio clips from Jeca here...
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/news/20100511/audio-from-the-magic-box_2256076_2049034

Don't know how else you can open them, but copying links locations in VLC player works for me.

~Kiera~
May 12th, 2010, 03:27 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hFhI4e8HAD_OgaipgYy_B2Man5wA

Tennis ace Jankovic downs compatriot Ivanovic

(AFP) – 1 hour ago

MADRID — Jelena Jankovic said she took little notice of compatriot Ana Ivanovic across the net Wednesday, emerging with a scratchy 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win in a Serbian struggle to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters.

"I treated it as just another match," said the seventh seed who played the Rome final last weekend. "Over the years you play so many matches and go through so many things.

"Maybe at the start of our careers it was important, Now you just want to play your tennis. You try your best and try to win."

2008 Roland Garros champion Ivanovic led the series 6-2 going into the contest after making a move back to form last week in Rome with a semi-final which improved her ranking to 42nd on the WTA.

But the one-time number one was bedevilled on serve with a dozen double-faults which did not help her cause in the struggle lasting just over an hour and three-quarters.

Jankovic probably didn't even notice. "It doesn't matter if it's a Serb or anyone else. I just played my tennis.

"It was not my best and I didn't expect to play so great after a long week in Rome. But it's the first match in Madrid with the altitude. I got through it and I get to play again tomorrow."

Ivanovic faced 20 break points in the battle, losing 11 while Jankovic was broken eight times in the sloppy victory showing.

In men's ATP play, Croatian eighth seed Marin Cilic notched up a 6-3, 6-0 defeat of Argentine Edoardo Schwank in the second round while number 12 Frenchman Gael Monfils got a break as German Philipp Petzschner quit at 1-1 with a leg injury after just 11 minutes.

Argentine Juan Monaco put out Brazil's 16th seed Thomaz Bellucci 6-2, 6-2.

Making later starts were second seed Nadal, facing Oleg Dolgopolov of the Ukraine, third-seeded Scot Andy Murray and French Open finalist Robin Soderling of Sweden.

~Kiera~
May 13th, 2010, 01:09 PM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7124663.ece

So far as we know, Andy Murray is not intending to add a fortune teller to his backroom staff. Jelena Jankovic, the Serb, has acquired one, who is seated in her player’s box presumably only on those occasions when the stars have foretold a victory for the world No 4.

It happened for Jankovic yesterday at the Mutua Madrileña Masters, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 triumph over her compatriot, Ana Ivanovic, with whom, if certain stories are to be believed, she does not see eye to eye. This was their first match in direct opposition for 18 months and only the third victory for Jankovic in ten meetings, but a lot more of us than the soothsayer saw this one coming, for Ivanovic has endured a lean two years and needs an infusion of confidence.

Only Jelena would have a fortune teller sitting in her box :lol:

MB.
May 13th, 2010, 03:58 PM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7124663.ece



Only Jelena would have a fortune teller sitting in her box :lol:

This cannot be true?

But if it was...then yes, ONLY Jeca would have one.

Too bad the fortune teller didn't help her predict when MJMS would dropshot her left and right :rolleyes:

Brena
May 13th, 2010, 04:32 PM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7124663.ece



Only Jelena would have a fortune teller sitting in her box :lol:

No! :haha:



Too bad the fortune teller didn't help her predict when MJMS would dropshot her left and right :rolleyes:

:rolls:
Perhaps the fortune-teller told her not to worry, she was winning Rome, so JJ decided there was no reason to bother with MJMS's drop-shots... :awww:

MaBaker
May 13th, 2010, 04:55 PM
Only Jelena would have a fortune teller sitting in her box :lol:
:haha: I'm not even surprised.

Foon_JJ
May 14th, 2010, 02:31 AM
Jelena Gets 400th Win

May 13, 2010
MADRID, Spain - Jelena Jankovic grabbed the last quarterfinal berth at the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open on Thursday, breezing past Spain's own Anabel Medina Garrigues in straight sets in 68 minutes, 62 60.

Watch live matches from Madrid all week on TennisTV!

Jankovic was in total command from the start, winning the first three games of the match and barely looking back, putting Medina Garrigues - who had upset Marion Bartoli this week - away for the sixth time in six career meetings.

"I felt much better today in the night match. I rested the whole day," Jankovic said. "I moved better and was hitting the ball much cleaner, so overall I played a much better match than I did yesterday. I hope to keep getting better."

It was Jankovic's second match of the tournament; in her first, she rallied from 64 20 down to beat Ana Ivanovic in an all-Serbian clash, 46 64 61.

"Yesterday was my first match here, so I couldn't really expect anything special from myself," Jankovic said. "Today was much better and I'm really pleased."

Check out off-court pictures from Madrid in the photo gallery!

World No.4 Jankovic, who could rise to No.3 if she takes the title this weekend, recorded the 400th singles match win of her career against Medina Garrigues.

"For a while I wasn't enjoying my tennis," said Jankovic, who now has a 400-199 career win-loss. "But now I'm back on track and maybe playing better than I ever have, especially on these clay courts. I feel healthy and I'm enjoying my tennis. I'm also improving my game, which is the most important thing."

Next up for Jankovic will be Aravane Rezai. Jankovic is 2-0 against Rezai, but when the two last played, in Dubai this year, she had to rally from 3-1 down in the third set to win, 46 64 75.

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/news/20100513/jelena-gets-400th-win_2256076_2051951

~Kiera~
May 14th, 2010, 04:41 PM
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/sofia/

Played a popcorn game last night in Madrid. Ivanovic-Jankovic. Two players who can be said is a bit different, and not best friends. Need not enough to say who I cheered on, but unfortunately, won the second ...

Poor Sofia. Still upset about that massage appointment :p

Bobisa
May 14th, 2010, 05:02 PM
...won the second ...
http://i42.tinypic.com/m9vztl.jpg

Optima
May 14th, 2010, 05:12 PM
SERIOUSLY?

:rolls:

дalex
May 14th, 2010, 05:40 PM
Sofia :lol:

Good luck to the "second one" tonight! :kiss:

Bruno71
May 14th, 2010, 05:49 PM
Sofia + Baby Anci BFF.

Brena
May 14th, 2010, 06:12 PM
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/sofia/



Poor Sofia. Still upset about that massage appointment :p

:spit::haha:
Oh I love it when everyone hates JJ! :hearts:

Just Do It
May 14th, 2010, 07:08 PM
http://answermyquestionjerk.se/sofia/



Poor Sofia. Still upset about that massage appointment :p

Too good.

lestat111
May 14th, 2010, 10:40 PM
some off-topic question - how come jj doesnt play some grass tournament before wimbledon? :scratch:

Bruno71
May 14th, 2010, 10:57 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64D3NK20100514


Jankovic frozen out in Madrid, Venus into semis

(Reuters) - Seventh seed Jelena Jankovic failed to handle the blistering shots of outsider Aravane Rezai or the unseasonably cold temperature as she slumped out of the Madrid Open at the quarter-final stage on Friday.

Rezai won 7-5 6-4 and goes on to meet another unseeded contender Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic in the last four. Safarova beat 16th-seed Nadia Petrova 6-1 1-6 6-4.

The only seeded player left, number four Venus Williams, crushed Samantha Stosur 6-3 6-3 and will take on Israel's Shahar Peer in the other semi-final on Saturday.

Peer beat Li Na of China 6-4 3-6 6-4.

The combative Rezai was set on her way to a surprise victory when she won a marathon game on the Jankovic serve to put her 6-5 up against the Serb in the first set.

"It was the key game of the match," Rezai told reporters. "I knew I just had to keep on fighting."

With the roof open on court two the temperatures plunged as the evening drew in and Jankovic's shouts of frustration contrasted strongly with Rezai's yelps of encouragement.

Every time it looked like Rezai might be running out of steam she pulled out another powerful slug from the baseline and when she earned her first two match points her rival crumpled.

"It was like playing in the winter. The balls were heavy, there was no tennis, I had no rhythm and I didn't move well," Jankovic told reporters.

"Sometimes I don't think she (Rezai) knows where she's hitting the ball. She just goes for broke on every shot and it's difficult to read," Jankovic said.

"I've never played a player who hits every ball like that. Nobody hits the ball at the same pace every time like she does."

Although disappointed, Jankovic said the defeat was a blessing as it gave her time to recover her sharpness looking ahead to the French Open which starts on May 23.

"I just need to get my energy levels back and to feel fresh again," she said.

VENUS UNRUFFLED

Venus Williams has pretty much seen it all and done it all on court so when Australia's Stosur tried a new tactic against her in their quarter-final, it failed to ruffle the American.

Stosur, who has never taken a set off Venus, gamely tried to overpower her opponent until her spirit was broken when she lost her serve to go 4-3 down in the second set.

Venus sensed her chance against the world number eight, and with her grunts echoing around the half-empty arena she blasted her way through the next two games, dropping only one point.

"I didn't think this was like a clay-court match, there were no rallies. It was just serve and hit hard. It was interesting," Venus told reporters.

"She's never beaten me before. She tried something new against me, but when people do that it just makes me stronger."

Venus has started the year well and is set to move up to number two in the tour rankings next week, behind her sister Serena, for the first time since May 2003.
The siblings are close to taking the number one slot in the doubles rankings as well.

"I like doing my job, my career, my life, my dog. I'm healthy and I've learned a lot," Venus said with a smile from ear to ear, as she tried to explain her run of form.

"If we can get the doubles number one it would be great. I don't think we ever thought we could do that."

ms_nut
May 14th, 2010, 11:35 PM
:) good that she's being positive about being rested for RG. Madrid is not a good preparation for RG anyway,the courts, the bounce etc..

Bruno71
May 15th, 2010, 12:17 AM
JJ's had controversies with Puppy, Caravane, & Aardvarksson all in one week :worship:

lestat111
May 15th, 2010, 01:07 AM
JJ's had controversies with Puppy, Caravane, & Aardvarksson all in one week :worship:

only fatoli missing :devil:

Mikey.
May 15th, 2010, 01:32 AM
Sofia :help: Doesn't she have a challenger to get back to?! :happy:

ce
May 15th, 2010, 09:17 AM
Sofia :rolls:
still bitter about massage :haha: :spit:

~Kiera~
May 15th, 2010, 09:40 AM
http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/ticker.aspx?articleid=5419&zoneid=6

Aravane Rezai, who criticized Jelena Jankovic's personality earlier this year, took another dig at the Serb after defeating her in the Madrid quarterfinals. "She tried to intimidate me but me, I did my thing," said Rezai. "She can say what she wants, it's me who won. She was nervous and is someone not very pleasant off the court. But I respect her as a player."

How lucky we are that we have someone as pleasant as you off court, Rezai :yeah:

Bruno71
May 15th, 2010, 09:47 AM
http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/ticker.aspx?articleid=5419&zoneid=6



How lucky we are that we have someone as pleasant as you off court, Rezai :yeah:


My best guess is Caravane's also had massages thwarted by the Empress :shrug:

Brena
May 15th, 2010, 10:53 AM
JJ's had controversies with Puppy, Caravane, & Aardvarksson all in one week :worship:

:inlove: It was wonderful. Plus, she pissed off several major fan-bases in the space of a week and a half too!

"She tried to intimidate me but me...''

How can Jelena intimidate anyone?? She gives hope to every ITF-level player she faces, for heaven's sake! :crying2: