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Sep 6th, 2008, 11:52 AM

Wasn't he right predicting Venus to win Wimbledon?

Even broken clocks are right twice a day.;):p

Ian Aberdon
Sep 6th, 2008, 11:54 AM
:haha: superb!

Sep 6th, 2008, 11:58 AM
They've got te be kidding :lol:

JJ vs Serena again! Oh my god, I'm sooooo excited!!! :bounce:
I can't wait for it to start!!!

Let's pray the wheather won't mess this up:o
No wind, no rain and I'll be happy:)

Yep - except I'm hoping it's windy when they play. Makes it difficult for the players - but I think that Jelena can handle the wind better.

Sep 6th, 2008, 12:21 PM
:hug: Dinara's so cute!! Even when she's ranting and raving. :lol:

Sep 6th, 2008, 01:16 PM

Castles in the Sand
Posted 09/05/2008 @ 9 :26 PM

by Pete Bodo

It seems like a statistician's error, but Serena Williams is back in the U.S. Open women's singles final for the first time in six years. If you had told me three years I would have said, "Oh." If you said four, I would have responded, "Are you sure."

But six? I feel like Rip van Winkle or someone. Where does the time go?

But there she'll stand, a female player in a sport that has managed to wipe out some of the most cardinal rules by which many women live their public lives: never get caught wearing the same thing as another woman at an event; don't wear an outfit more than once to an occasion where you might see people you saw the last time you went out, and - don't rip a 100-mph backhand passing shot at an opponent's face. It's un-ladylike, the game's equivalent of getting into a hair-pulling cat-fight at the buffet table, where one of you might end up with your face smooshed into the platter of chopped chicken liver.

Serena went for the decapitation option - twice - in her semifinal with Dinara Safina on Arthur Ashe stadium this afternoon, once early in the match (at 1-2, with Safina serving and already up a break), and then in the third game of set 2, by which time Serena was ahead, 6-3, 1-1. The second effort found its mark on Safina's breast, and it might just as well have been a dagger in the chest because it ultimately led to the critical service break that sealed the match. Lest you fall into the camp that tsk-tsks such barbaric acts (leave that stuff to the men, girls, you're better than that!), it was all in a day's work.

At the net for the post-match air-kiss or soul hand-clasp, the first words out of Serena's mouth were a sort-of apology - something to the effect that it was nothing personal. It was refreshing to see that Dinara smiled and assured Serena that no offense was taken. Can you tell that she had an older brother - one who happens to be in the same league as Serena in the Big Personality department?

I went on at length about this because there wasn't a whole heck of a lot more to say about that semifinal, which followed a more nuanced and absorbing clash between Elena Dementieva and Jelena Jankovic. The wind that signaled the approach of Tropical Storm Hannah was kicking up by the time the singles action began, and if it was tough for Elena and Elena-with-a-J (I wonder if Dementieva feels she somehow got shortchanged in the name department?), it was close to hell for the women who followed on, which probably was a worse deal for Safina than Serena.

This was only Safina's second Grand Slam semifinal (her first was in Paris, in June), and the first one she's played under seriously trying conditions. It takes a battle-hardened veteran to approach a Grand Slam semi as another day in the office, and especially as a bad day at the office. The standard approach is to focus on what you need to do, with an underlying ambition to showcase the game that got you there - to show what kind of stuff you've got.

Oh, sure, you know it's going to be windy, and with the help of your coach you come up with some adjustments in the game plan. But that stuff doesn't really penetrate, not as far down as that place where your desire to impress and strut your stuff - blast your way to the final in a blaze of glorious winners - resides. And when that urge is stymied, it undermines your game like sea water flooding over a sand castle.

It's funny, but as I was writing the words above I was also listening to Safina's presser, and this is how she put it: "Well, it's tough to enjoy it when it's -it was pretty windy today. . . I would say it's too bad that from my side, maybe today I was 80 percent (on my game), but I spent 60 percent of that on being negative on the court, like shooting (sic) around and complaining about everything instead of spending all 80 percent totally focused on just the point-by-point. And this was - I think I was behaving like a really spoiled girl on the court today. This I cannot permit myself playing in semifinal of a Grand Slam. So I have to really learn from these things if I want to get better."

If anything, Safina was being a bit harsh on herself, but she got the point. Joy is great, joy is fun, playing your best tennis under ideal conditions is the grail. But overall, it isn't about the joy. It's all about avoiding that sickening feeling and the thought: I just lost a Grand Slam semi .

Those words articulated something we all saw and thought, but I wanted to explore this subject because the most valuable takeaway isn't that it's hard to play well and focus fully under difficult conditions; it's that the ability to do it is more of an acquired or innate ability than an act of will. Did Safina know it was going to be windy? Of course. But she didn't want to accept that reality.

By nature, the best players have an enormous advantage under difficult conditions because they're usually well past the point of wanting to show or prove anything to anyone; they're just out there to get the job done. To win, joy be danged. Although the following words were spoken by Serena in a hybrid question-compliment,they're relevant here: "I have an amazing will. I love to win. More than anything I love to win. And I guess that gives me the will to win."

Up until today, one of the players who showed a will to win comparable to Serena's was Dementieva. She looked extremely good throughout this tournament, adding a new, dangerous layer of drive to her game. Dementieva's game has always had a basic fund of "aggression," but it's been inhibited by her well-chronicled service struggles, and it has disfigured her game.

The chronically shaky and at times downright ghastly serving affected her game the way a steady ocean breeze and salt affects a sapling, bending and shaping it out of the form it would naturally take under less harsh conditions. In short, Dementieva has always had a remarkably purposeful game, but she's been unable to fulfill that purpose because of her serve. Don't get me wrong, I'm not downplaying her great achievements - an Olympic singles gold medal, a fistful of Grand Slam semis and finals. She's a magnificent athlete, and some of her forehands are acts of art. But you shudder to think of what her record might look like had her serve been about to provide her with adequate support.

This aspect of Dementieva's game is easier to appreciate and understand when it's contrasted to the game of her opponent today. Jankovic has a well-rounded game, but even more importantly, a well-integrated game. Her serve is the weakest part of that game, but instead of preventing her from realizing the goals engraved in her groundshots or obstructing the purpose of her most effective game, it's been instrumental in shaping her into perhaps the best retriever in the game today, and one of the WTA's most deadly counterpunchers. She was well-equipped to weather Dementieva's aggressive ground game.

Yesterday, in a Tennis.com video preview of today's matches, I suggested that Dementieva could win if she attacked Jankovic's serve - especially the second serve. Doing that, she might have opened up the court to play two and three-shot combinations to win points quickly, perhaps even to move forward and pressure Jankovic at the net. Dementieva was unable or unwilling to do that today. Granted, Jankovic posted an outstanding 75 percent first-serve percentage, but that only made the mission of successfully attacking her serve more pressing; it isn't like Jankovic's serve, even at its best, is a pre-emptive weapon.

Which brings us to another fairly subtle (or is "arcane" the better word?) general observation. Ever notice how some matches never produce the kind of ebb and flow we like, and play out in a one-dimensional way, with a single "turning-point" that sometimes isn't even obvious or dramatic? It just marks the point where one player relinquishes control of a match and his or her opponent takes it and never lets go - sometimes doesn't have have to fight particularly hard to retain possession.

That's how it was today in the first semi. Dementieva broke early, and toughed out two break points and three deuces to go up, 3-1. The women then took turns holding, and Dementieva found herself leading 30-love on Jankovic's serve in the seventh game - two points from building a 5-2 lead. But for reasons known only to her (actually, not even to her), she suddenly seemed to lose focus. She stood flat-footed and committed three consecutive unforced service-return errors. At 40-30, Jankovic ended the game with a backhand winner, and although she didn't appear to feel the adrenalin rush of a turning point, and Dementieva didn't appear crushed the same, the listless game was an omen.

In the next game, Dementieva was broken - and she was broken again after a Jankovic hold. So much for the set. And while there were exciting points in the second set, and pile of breaks both ways, Jankovic was in command - insofar as you can ever say that of someone who specializes in making spectacular retrieves and winning points from seemingly hopeless positions. She broke Dementieva easily to end it with a symmetrical 6-4,6-4 score.

Dementieva admitted later that fatigue had set in: "I just feel like I did too many unforced errors today. So she (Jankovic) was trying to do everything, and I just was trying to go for the winner and couldn't make it. I feel like it was a good run, you know. Like I won 12 matches in a row (including the Olympics). I mean, just feel a little tired today. I couldn't play my best. . .I couldn't close the point(s), you know. I was trying to play aggressively, but I couldn't make the last one."

I'm going to keep my powder on Jankovic for the women's final, but two statistics said a great deal about both matches (my comrade-in-video, Jon Levey is the one who figured it out, lest any of you suspect me of genius): Dementieva made 42 unforced errors, and Safina made 41. By contrast, Jankovic made just 22, and Serena just 21. I'll leave it to you to ponder the symmetries therein. And in the winning percentage on second serves department, Dementieva logged 32 percent (8 of 25), and Safina recorded 29 percent (6 of 21). By contrast, Jankovic won 50 per cent of her second serves, and Serena made 48 per cent.

This time, the statistics did tell the story. Might as well consider the micro as well as the macro.

See y'all tomorrow!

Sep 6th, 2008, 02:32 PM

The Evans Report: Hurts So Good
By Richard Evans
Saturday, September 06, 2008

It can get a little embarrassing to have been No. 1 in the world without ever having reached a Grand Slam final. But Jelena Jankovic does not have to worry about that any more.

On a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium, Jankovic outsteadied Olympic gold medallist Elena Dementieva 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final of the US Open and so keep alive her hopes of re-claiming that No 1 spot, which she held for just one week last month.

Jankovic’s explanation for having broken through to a final for the first time at this level was simple.

"This has been the first Grand Slam this year without any injuries so it makes all the difference." She giggled in typical fashion when asked about all the things that had hit her during the year.

The chronicle of Jelena’s woes is long and goes all the way back to the Hopman Cup in January when she hurt her Achilles tendon. Then she pulled a muscle in her backside and suffered from back pain. At Indian Wells in March she got sick. Some bacteria got into her system and she spent the next three months blowing her nose. At Roland Garros it was an arm; at Wimbledon a knee. No wonder she became known as the Drama Queen for all the wrong reasons.

The fact that she would never give up and kept battling through one affliction after another, reaching semifinals in Paris and at Wimbledon, only heightened the drama. But now she says she is free of it.

"Before I was worried; this is hurting, that is hurting. I could not play my tennis. Now it is different. I am really happy. I can really focus on my tennis. And mentally I feel a lot stronger. I can really believe in myself."

There is no question that Jankovic has the capacity to get back to world No. 1 and stay there if she remains free of injury and continues to fight with her uncommon determination.

Dementieva had a 4-2 lead in the second set but Jankovic ran and ran and got everything back and the Russian never found a way to terminate the points. "I just feel like I did too many unforced errors today," she said. "She was playing very solid, very safe, especially in the conditions to day."

It brought to an end Dementieva’s great run of 12 consecutive victories, stretching back through Beijing. Of course she doesn’t regret playing in China but the conditions were brutal and they must have taken their toll.

"We had to play in very hot and humid conditions in Beijing," she said. "It was quite difficult, you know. So really I was trying to stay positive. I was trying to not to think how tired I was but, when you come to the second week, it is really difficult physically."

Sep 6th, 2008, 02:34 PM

Jankovic living on the edge
By Bud Collins

NEW YORK -- Jelena Jankovic didn't throw in the towel when she fell behind. But she knew how to use it to rattle her foe.

Jankovic, the tennis player from Belgrade - a superb Serb - is no dummy. She had begun university, and was despairingly planning to go back for a degree in dramatic arts when her mom talked her out of that scenario and back onto the court - and out of a slump. After all, there's usually more money in tennis, if you're a winner, than acting (a.k.a. waiting on tables), although the dark-haired, zesty 23-year-old ain't a bad thespian.

A few million dollars later, Jankovic is on the largest stage in tennis, sharing the lead in her first major final, the US Open, with Sister Serena, and one win away from queen bee status (temporarily, anyway). That skinny but beloved figure, No. 1, is at stake today.

"The important thing is winning," Jankovic said after knocking off the Olympic champ, Elena Dementieva, 6-4, 6-4, in the first of the semis yesterday. Serena Williams, in her 11th major showdown (having won eight, including the US Opens of 1999 and 2002), seemed to be suffering from post-Venus depression. Both Williamses gave their all-plus in that magnificent intramural quarterfinal Wednesday. But Serena pulled herself enough together to banish Dinara Safina, 6-3, 6-2.

It was a four-filly dash to No. 1 when the matinee began before about 20,000 in Ashe Stadium, six contenders when the tournament commenced. No race before in the female cloister had been so tight. But now it's either Serena or Jankovic, who are 3-3 head to head.

Ah, but the important thing is winning, as Jankovic said, and here's where the towel came in. Not necessarily a crying towel for Dementieva, although she was a bit saddened to see her 12-match winning streak end. Olympic gold meant more to her than the US Open, she said. For the Russians, that's true.

She and Jankovic were trading deep and often-angled ground strokes, commonly running up double-digit rally totals as Dementieva broke ahead with 3-1 and 4-2 leads.

But the swirling wind was difficult to handle, and Dementieva, with her suspect serve (six double faults, five hurtful), was not coping as well as Jankovic.

Moving spectacularly, turning seeming winners into points for herself, Jankovic ran three games to 5-4, and set point. Dementieva was about to serve at 30-40 when Jankovic asked a ballboy for a towel. She knew she was exceeding the 25-second limit between points, but wanted to give shaky Dementieva more time to ponder the situation.

Umpire Lynn Welch dutifully nailed Jankovic with a code violation, but the first time it's only a warning, no loss of point. Dementieva lost the point on her own, and the set, with an errant backhand.

Looking for an edge anywhere, Jankovic had one. She had "come from a country with no tennis tradition, but you can see I'm fighting for every point, never giving up. Until the last point I'm going to be there."

Sent by her family at 12 to Nick Bollettieri's boot camp in Bradenton, Fla., she had to fight to get anywhere in those backcourt battles with some of the planet's best kids, like Maria Sharapova, and became the No. 1 junior in the world before she left.

"This is the first tournament this year that I've been completely healthy. It's a miracle I'm here," Jankovic said.

You think you're in on an episode of "General Hospital" listening to her litany of the year's ailments and injuries, top to bottom and in between. Nevertheless, she was a semifinalist at the Australian and French, and won the Italian.

"I had colds so awful I was blowing my nose all the time," she said. But not blowing matches that could have prevented her from visiting No. 1 briefly - one week - last month, slipping to current No. 2.

Dementieva took the lead again in the second set, 3-2, on a broken serve. But holding a tarantula would have seemed easier than holding serve: eight breaks in 20 games, five of Dementieva.

So the one-time wannabe actress got through another of her daily dramas, doing the splits four times, but not quite as dire as a face-first dive onto the asphalt against Sofia Arvidsson in a three-set second-rounder. Was she dead? She took a very long time arising at a critical moment, and the umpire let her get away with it.

Yes, she knows how to take an edge, and the boys in the balcony loved her. Between games about a dozen of them, Serbs, sang and chanted to her.

"It was stuff like we love you. Rhyming stuff . . . poetry," she said. Maybe they'll send her some monogrammed towels.

Sep 6th, 2008, 02:44 PM
"I was, you know, nearly mortified that I hit her," Williams said later.
Why only "nearly mortified?" :p

Sep 6th, 2008, 03:22 PM
:lol: Typical Serena!! :rolleyes:

I am SO nervous, I hope it's really busy at work so I don't have time to think about it. I hardly care about Rafa beating Murray now (I said hardly... ;) )

Sep 6th, 2008, 03:32 PM
Why only "nearly mortified?" :p

That cracked me up. :lol: Dinara's also going to be "nearly" mortified after she sends her brother to kick your ass, Serena. :lol:

Sep 6th, 2008, 05:35 PM
She had begun university, and was despairingly planning to go back for a degree in dramatic arts

..and that is how false rumours start :lol: (by misinterpreting JJ's vague answers)

And this Bodo chap is a real philosopher:

Did Safina know it was going to be windy? Of course. But she didn't want to accept that reality.

Wow. Deep.

Sep 6th, 2008, 05:36 PM
That cracked me up. :lol: Dinara's also going to be "nearly" mortified after she sends her brother to kick your ass, Serena. :lol:

Hey, if she'll send her brother, I want to be mean to Dinara!

Sep 6th, 2008, 07:58 PM
Hey, if she'll send her brother, I want to be mean to Dinara!

:haha: :devil:

Sep 7th, 2008, 08:34 PM

Don't discount Jelena just yet

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Posted by Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

You could be forgiven for wondering if Jelena Jankovic took Saturday's rainout of the U.S. Open women's final less as a chance to get an extra day's rest than as a stay of execution. After all, her opponent in Sunday's final -- Serena Williams -- has been on her game and looking to win her first U.S. Open title in six years.

Six years? How did Serena go six years without winning a U.S. Open singles title? It seems impossible. And therein lies Jelena's problem. Serena is such a towering and imposing figure, that even when she hasn't been winning squat, she seems to be one of, if not the, major presence on the women's tour. And it only gets worse, when she is winning matches, like at this U.S. Open. She's lost just 19 games (if you discount her win over her sister Venus) in this tournament and no sets (even when you include her 7-6 (6),7-6 (7) quarterfinal with Venus). Jelena lost that many in her first two matches.

But I'd dampen down the expectations if you're thinking blowout when the match gets underway because Jelena has never been an easy win for Serena. Their head-to-head is tied at three wins apiece. The most recent of those clashes occurred in the final of Miami in April, on a similar court, and while Serena jumped out to a huge lead on that occasion, Jelena battled back with nerve and verve to make Serena fully earn her 6-1, 5-7,6-3 win. Serena beat Jelena, giving up just five games, in the 2007 Australian Open, but the following year Jelena gave Serena just seven games in the same tournament one round later, in the quarterfinals.

So here's a little secret: if you discount members of the Williams family, Jelena Jankovic may be Serena's most formidable -- and dangerous -- rival. The reason is simple, and it's become more obvious now that Serena is a fully developed 26-year old (Jelena is 23). Jelena is one of the very few players on the tour who can counterpunch and retrieve at the level demanded by Serena's power and shotmaking ability.

So the key issues in the final will be, in this order:

• Will Jelena be able to hold serve? This is a big issue because her serve is attackable and Serena is the kind of player who isn't afraid to return aggressively. It doesn't matter how well Jelena retrieves or how many crowd-pleasing gets she makes (ending with her trademark split). If she can't hold serve, the pressure will be too much.

• Will Jelena be able to keep pace and run down Serena's blazing groundies? As we saw in Jelena's semifinal win over Elena Dementieva, nobody can make you hit the extra ball to win a point better and more threateningly than Jankovic.

• Will Serena's mobility and fitness hold up under the pressure of Jelena's retrieving ability, and the clever strategy in which she happily embraces the chance to play mouse to her opponent's cat?

• Can Jelena deal with the occasion -- this is her first Grand slam final, and a battle for the No. 1 ranking is on the line as well -- without having one of those curious emotional meltdowns she can be prone to when things aren't going her way?

• Can Serena serve big enough to keep Jelena from turning the point into track meets? If Serena can take care of her serve without expending too much energy, she can put extra effort into breaking Jelena -- as well as take more risks against Jelena's serve.

Serena, denied the Wimbledon crown by Venus, seems especially motivated at this event. But Jelena has demonstrated that anyone -- including Serena -- needs more than motivation and a solid game to beat her.

Sep 7th, 2008, 08:38 PM
Thank you Sarah:wavey::D:kiss:

Sep 7th, 2008, 08:49 PM
Prime-Time Players

The men have provided the lion’s share of memorable moments thus far at the 2008 U.S. Open: a new breed of giant player; Djokovic’s drama; Federer’s fist-pump-with-a-smile; and the establishment, once and for all, of Andy Murray. The women have countered with one signature event: the quarterfinal between Venus and Serena Williams, the best match the sisters have ever played against each other. Even the Open’s second Friday, which is devoted to the women’s semifinals and has produced many classics in the past—think Capriati-Henin, Capriati-Seles, Hingis-Venus, Graf-Navratilova—was a dud. The wind played havoc with both matches, particularly the games of the two losing Russians, Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina. Neither match went three sets; neither will make anyone’s highlight reel.

But Friday’s semis did offer one positive: It set up a final with the potential for high drama. Serena Williams will play Jelena Jankovic for the Open title and the elusive No. 1 ranking. Besides those obvious incentives, this will be a match between two emotional, and emotionally accessible, players. It will also pit contrasting styles—the fiercely pragmatic and aggressive American versus the speedy, counterpunching, defensive-minded Serb. Their career head-to-head is 3-3, and they’ve split their two matches this year, with Jankovic winning in straight sets at the Australian Open and Williams returning the favor in three sets in Key Biscayne.

Perhaps most important of all, the issue of legitimacy will be on the line. This summer, Jankovic briefly became the No. 1 player in the world, but had to that point never even reached a major final, let alone won one. Maybe it’s the confidence she gained from achieving that ranking, or maybe it’s been her tame draw—Dementieva is the only Top 20 player she faced, and she had to rely on a late-third-set meltdown by Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden the escape the second round—but Jankovic, at the ripe old age of 23, has broken through to her first Slam final. In that sense, the tournament will have been a step forward whether she wins or loses tonight. But it also might be the best chance she ever has of etching her name in the tennis history book, which is written at the Slams. We’ll see how desperate Jankovic is to make it into that book in a few hours.

Williams, of course, is already a big part of tennis history. She’s won eight majors, including four in a row in 2002-’03. But if she wins tonight, it will be her first title at a Slam other than the Australian Open in five years, since she beat her Venus in the 2003 Wimbledon final. In that sense, this is a battle for legitimacy for Williams as well. When Justine Henin retired this spring, there was talk at the time about how it would open the door for a new player like Ana Ivanovic, or the 2008 Aussie Open champ, Maria Sharapova. Instead, it’s been the Williams sisters who have moved back in to fill the vacuum. Venus won Wimbledon, and now Serena has a chance to match her at the Open. At first glance, this might seem to be an indictment of the WTA’s younger stars. But then a second glance, at the shot-making display the Williamses put on in the quarters here, makes it look very difficult for any woman, no matter what her talent and motivation might be, to rise to their level.

All of which means Serena is going to kick Jankovic’s butt, right? She hits harder, her serve is much better, she’s played in plenty of Slam finals before, including ones in Ashe Stadium, and she should be even more motivated than her opponent. What could go wrong? Keep in mind two things: the head-to-head record, and their last match, in Key Biscayne. Jankovic matches up well against Williams because of her cockroach-like defense. On so many points, she simply can’t be killed; she’s an expert at sticking her racquet out and making Serena hit one more shot, something she doesn’t like to do. In Key Biscayne, Jankovic hung around long enough for Serena to become visibly nervous, the first and only time I’ve seen that from her. Of course, in the final game, she fought through those nerves and regained control of the rallies. That’s why Serena is a champion—at her core, she believes she’s the best, and she can silence all inner doubts.

Jankovic has never fully believed she was destined to win majors, but it hasn’t bothered her. Her strength, from a psychological standpoint, is that she isn’t easily intimidated. She has mixed it up with Serena in the past, and she loves nothing more than to play to a crowd. If anything, the well-heeled audience that will be attending this final might not be vocal or raucous enough for her. This down-to-earth actress-in-training almost needs distractions to make her comfortable. We’ll see if she can find them in the high-toned atmosphere that will prevail in Ashe Stadium.

Enjoy the contrasts and dynamics along the way: Serena’s straight-ahead, north-south attack vs. Jankovic’s sliding, scrambling, stabbing, side-to-side defense. The Serb’s jumping forehand and ability to wrong-foot her opponents down the line vs. the American’s skill at snuffing out break points with a punishing serve up the middle. Serena’s wild-eyed desire vs. Jankovic’s thousand-mile stares of hammy disbelief. Jankovic’s ability to hang on even when she seems hopelessly unfocused and on the verge of a meltdown vs. Serena’s skill at digging herself out of mid-match holes and turning on her best tennis at the brink of defeat.

Whatever the outcome, and whoever holds the trophy, it should be a final worthy of its network-television slot. We’ve got the drama queens for prime time this year.

Williams: 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Sep 7th, 2008, 09:02 PM
cockroach-like defense

Is that supposed to be a complement?:spit:

Sep 7th, 2008, 10:21 PM
Is that supposed to be a complement?:spit:

A bit of a backhanded one, but for sure. :lol: Cockroaches never die. :armed:

Sep 8th, 2008, 01:22 AM
It's just a lame simile :)

Sep 8th, 2008, 06:09 AM
Jelena's press confrence interview..

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. In spite of the loss, this must be an improvement in your Grand Slam resume.


Q. This is definitely an improvement in your Grand Slam...

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, I had a great two weeks. I really fought hard out there every match, and tonight I really gave everything I had, you know, on this certain day.

Serena was a little bit better on the important points. I had my chances the first set, and the second set, as well, and I just, you know, some unlucky points. I should have won them, but I didn't. You know, I let my opportunities slip away.

But overall, I was ‑‑ I'm happy that I made it to the finals, especially that I struggled a lot this year. I had a lot of injuries and all these problems, and I really worked hard to be here on this stage.

For me, you know, I'm proud of that, and it will give me hopefully a lot more motivation to continue to work hard. Hopefully I can be healthy and work on my game and become even a better player.

Q. Could you feel that she was a little tired in the second set?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I felt her ‑‑ she was tired and I really had my chances. I really, you know, was a little bit upset about the umpire, you know, not ‑‑ she took quite a lot of time in between the points, and I thought it was not fair.

Because when I played against, you know, against Dementieva and I just went to take the towel, I received a towel, a time violation.

So I think it should be for all the players. If she goes and takes more than 15 seconds ‑ and not once ‑ many times. She took her time to recover and get back herself together.

You know, but maybe it wouldn't make a difference, maybe it would. But you can, you know, talk all day about this. I lost; she won. That's, of course, what counts.

I let it go. I had it. I had, you know, a lot, lot of chances. Second set I had a lot of set points and I didn't do the right things. You know, I let her come back into that set and win it in two.

Q. Since you have never gotten to this point before, what about this tournament and about this final in particular and you learned from for the next time?

JELENA JANKOVIC: It's a great learning experience for me. This tournament is great. It's one of my favorite Grand Slams, and I really love the atmosphere here. I really enjoy the whole, you know, the crowd, the people, you know, the city. It has so much energy, and it suits my personality quite well.

I really had fun the whole two weeks, and I really gave my best throughout the whole tournament. Tonight was also special, you know. It was my first final of a Grand Slam, but I didn't look at it that way.

I really went out there like it's just another final of a tournament, and I really tried to play my best tennis. You know, we had great points. It was some entertaining tennis out there, but she was, you know, the better one tonight.

So hopefully, you know, next time that I can do better.

Q. Serena says she's playing more consistently now because she's playing more. Do you see that? Is it harder to catch her on a bad night now than it used to be?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. I thought, you know, before she played ‑‑ you know, because I played her quite a few times. This year we were 1‑1 before this match. In Miami I thought she was hitting a lot harder the ball, and a lot ‑‑ she had more power.

And now she's a little bit more consistent, and she, you know, she's not making as many errors as she used to.

But I felt that, you know, I had her, you know. I had her, because she was really tired at the end of the second set. You know, I'm really disappointed that I didn't use those chances, because who knows what would have happened if I would have got into the third set?

I would probably have the upper hand, but who knows? You know, if ‑‑ what if that happened, you know, you can talk all day, all night. It's too late now. I didn't do the right things and I lost, and that's all I can do.

I can just be positive and learn from ‑‑ analyze what I've done wrong and go from there.

Q. Do you feel if you had slam‑final experience in the past the result could have been different?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't think, you know, it would have been different. It was not ‑‑ that didn't make, you know, a difference at all, you know. I didn't look at it ‑‑ like I said, I didn't look at it was a Grand Slam final.

I believe that I will be playing many more finals in the future, so it's not that it's like my last final of my career. I'm only 23 years old, so my time will come. I just went out there to enjoy my tennis and to really go out there and try to play my best. That's all I cared about.

I didn't think about, Oh, my God, it's my first final, whatever. I need to be nervous; I need to be scared to be there. I just went out there and I really enjoyed the whole experience. Unfortunately I didn't win, but, you know, I still have to take the positives out of this tournament.

I have done a great job to even be in the final despite having, you know, so many bad things, so many injuries and so many problems. You know, being here, it's a great achievement for me.

Q. On what you just said, physically it's been a very tough year for you. How are you feeling now?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I feel great, you know. Believe it or not. I feel that I have been improving since the beginning of the tournament. I was really working hard with my coach and my fitness coach, and they really have done a great job with me, because otherwise I wouldn't be here tonight.

Because I was really out of shape. I was really not confident with myself, with my body, and I was really weak. I felt that, especially in the Olympics and the tournament before. I had no endurance, I had no strength, I couldn't hold my ground, and it was very hard for me to compete at this level.

I felt that, you know, all of these girls were much powerful than me, that they had all this power, they were faster, they had, you know, everything better.

And since I started working ‑‑ because I didn't have injuries, you know, I'm now at the moment healthy. So I've been working every, every day to try to improve some of the segments, you know, in my tennis and in my fitness, which is all this hard work is paying off.

That's why I probably came quite far. I made it to the finals of a slam, so for me, I'm really proud of that. Hopefully, you know, I can continue to work and, you know, I have a lot of room to improve, a lot of room for improvement, to get better.

I haven't still reached my limits. So this is the good thing.

Q. Okay. Out there on court you're sighing, you're smiling, you're laughing. You said that your personality suites this tournament. What's the one thing in your personality that clicks with this tournament?

JELENA JANKOVIC: You know what? You know, I got the trophy here, and you know what I was thinking? Because you guys or the commentators said all about this drama and all this, I thought, you know, I should have gotten an Oscar for all this drama throughout the week. Despite, you know, getting a trophy, I should have gotten, you know, a trophy for the acting, for my drama.

I think I've done a great job.

Q. Maybe best supporting actress?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Best ‑‑ no, the leading role, you know. The best one. (laughter.) I enjoy the crowd and I have fun.

Q. Since '95, the US Open final never went to the third set, and today you were, very close.


Q. You went very, very close to it. Four set points; the fourth was a double fault. The double fault was the point that you missed when you were close to 6‑All and the tiebreaker. Why that happens? Tension?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. It was not really tension. We had some low points, and, you know, I got tired. I don't know. I didn't use enough of my legs or I didn't accelerate enough with my arms. I made all these double faults, especially at the wrong times when I should have, you know, made those balls and started the point.

You know, I gave her a lot of gifts when it was crucial. But, you know, what can I do? You know, these things happen, and I'm disappointed, of course, about that, but there's nothing I can do now. I had a lot of chances, so many set points, so many things to win that second set and go into a third.

I let my opportunities go away. I was really frustrated out there, but... Now I can ‑‑ I cannot do anything. I cannot turn back the time. I wish I could, but it's too late.

Q. Still, it was a great match.

JELENA JANKOVIC: It was. Entertaining. The crowd was really great and enthusiastic and really involved. It's quite special, you know, to be playing here, and I think it motivates you to fight even harder and to really give your best.

Q. Given this is your first Grand Slam singles final, what pleased you most about your performance tonight?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I have ‑‑ I don't know. I don't know what pleased me because I lost. You know, it's not really pleasing when you lose, you know. (laughter.)

No matter what you have done right, you know, it's not ‑‑ you know, it was not good enough, you know, especially playing Serena. You know that you have to be at the top of your level, because just in general she's a lot more powerful than many of the players.

She has all the strength. She's a great athlete. So if you want to really beat her, you have to be even higher than a little level above your best, you know, because you cannot do it with her.

So I really tried everything that I had on this certain day, and unfortunately it was not enough.

Q. During changeovers when a lot of players are very focused, you're looking at the TV screen.

JELENA JANKOVIC: I was laughing at all these people dancing.

Q. Is that something you do to relax?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Probably that's why I lost, the concentration, and made all these double faults. I probably ‑‑ that's why I made all these mistakes when I shouldn't have.

I don't know. I just ‑‑ you know, I had fun. I think they should turn it off, because I keep looking at the screen. (laughter.)

Q. Did you really not know how much the runner‑up check is?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I didn't. So now I have a lot of money to spend. (laughter.) Tomorrow is my day to go shopping.

Q. Mary Carrillo said that you enjoyed watching television, especially when you're on television. Do you have any thoughts about that?

JELENA JANKOVIC: What television? Who?

Q. The TV screen.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Oh, I keep watching, because you go to serve and you see your big face up there. You cannot help it to look up. No, I think they should turn it off, you know. I cannot focus, because I keep looking at it. I don't know why. Just the ‑‑ but you see it. You watch straight, and then your eyes just go up, because you know there's something going up on top.

But it's ‑‑ whatever. It's just fun.

Q. You said in the past that your mother obviously has a hard time sometimes with, you know, what goes on out there. What did she say to you afterwards?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Actually, I haven't even seen her. You know, I don't know where she is now. I just received a vaccine, you know, so that's the first thing I've done, receive the needle in my arm and some more torture.

You know, it's ‑‑ you think it's easy being a professional athlete, what we go through? You would feel a little bit sorry for us. (laughter.)

Q. At one point in the second set of the match, I'm not sure just which point, you turned around and you looked at the crowd as if you were trying to see who was yelling down at you. Did they make you lose your rhythm then at that point?

JELENA JANKOVIC: What did I look for?

Q. I don't know what you were looking for, but you were looking up.

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. I wasn't looking for anybody. I was probably just frustrated with myself that I lost the point or whatever. I wasn't looking for anybody. I was just ‑‑ that's not the case.

The only people I look at is my entourage, my box, my coach, my mom, my supporters. Nobody else.

Q. The No. 1 position was at stake. If you had your choice, what would you ‑‑


Q. No. 1 position was at stake, the US Open title obviously...

JELENA JANKOVIC: I wanted to take both, but it didn't happen. I don't want one or the other. I wanted both.

But next time, I guess.

Q. What was the vaccine for?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. It's ‑‑ all these women, I guess, for papilloma. I don't know what it is. I have no idea. I took three. You have to take three vaccines per year, and then women under 26 years old, I guess that's the time when you're supposed to take it and then you're free.

Q. After the championship match of the US Open you got this?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I just got it. Here. It's here. I have a Band‑Aid. I have to do the doping test now, so I have another Band‑Aid here. I cannot even go to the toilet, so I have to drink. (laughter.) I have to drink some more, otherwise I'll be here until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and I wouldn't feel good tomorrow for my shopping, which is not good.

Q. Is it a little strange to get this shot right after you come off the US Open final?

JELENA JANKOVIC: It's a little strange, but do you think the trainers and the doctors will be waiting for me at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning? Of course they want to get it done so they can leave.

Q. Are you going to take a long break after this or get right back to work?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. I'm going to retire. (laughter.) No, I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding. I'm going to take a break and see what I, you know ‑‑ just enjoy a little bit of time off and do something else other than tennis.

You know, especially playing a Grand Slam. It's always tough because mentally and physically, you're worn out after a hard two weeks of playing a lot of matches, a lot of ‑‑ you really give your effort. There's a lot of pressure to do well.

So I did my job, and now it's, you know, time to relax a little bit and have some fun, do other activities other than hit the ball and watch this, do a lot of running on the court.

Now I can, you know, put maybe high heels and do something else. (laughter.)

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Sep 8th, 2008, 06:22 AM
OMG why is she talking about getting the HPV vaccine after her match??? :haha: :haha: :haha:

Sep 8th, 2008, 06:23 AM
I :hearts: her! This presser is gold. Just pure, shiny gold. How much more adorable can she get?

And she totally has ADD. I mean, it's so completely obvious, :lol:.

Sep 8th, 2008, 06:32 AM
I agree. Time for some Ritalin in the Gatorade. :lol:

(But maybe Ritalin has a weird interaction with the HPV vaccine. :p)

Sep 8th, 2008, 06:34 AM
Omg, that presser made me love her even more, if that's possible :hearts:

Sep 8th, 2008, 07:14 AM
I don't know about ADD but it was what? after midnight and a long match? I think she's OK :) Great stuff.

Sep 8th, 2008, 07:14 AM

Jankovic relishes Grand moment -- maybe too much

NEW YORK -- Commentator Mary Carillo, who introduced U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic for her on-court postmatch interview, didn't mind that Jankovic forcibly took the microphone away from her a couple of times, obviously unwilling to relinquish center stage until she absolutely had to.

Jankovic expressed her gratitude to everyone right down to the drivers who transported her to and from the tournament. She did everything but thank the voters of the Academy of Motion Pictures, and later said she thought she deserved an Oscar.

She kept talking even when Carillo, trying to pick up the pace of the ceremony, nudged her toward the $750,000 check that awaited her. "How much do I get?'' Jankovic asked, apparently sincerely.

She kept talking even as she lifted the large silver plate that is the loser's consolation prize. "It's not fair,'' she pouted aloud. "I lost my No. 1 ranking.''

It was a bravura performance that acted as the third set of a bravura match, but it leaves a question hanging: Will Jankovic's histrionics take away from her ability to become a Grand Slam winner? Should she have been meditating on a game plan during changeovers instead of glancing up at the giant video screen above the stands, watching her own close-ups and the goofy antics in the stands?

Carillo doesn't think so. She finds Jankovic's dramatis personae refreshing and doesn't think there's necessarily a cause-and-effect relationship, althought she'd like to see the Serbian's tenacity matched by a more effective serve. "If she could get back a fistful of big points and play them with more intensity, I'm sure she would,'' the former pro said.

"I think she can win seven rounds in a row, but she's like [Novak] Djokovic at the U.S. Open last year -- she has to learn to get to the championship without spending herself so much in t he early rounds. She has to learn to be more efficient.''

Jankovic, 23, is the third young Serbian player to have reached a debut Grand Slam final in the last two seasons. Novak Djokovic blew seven set points in his first chance here in Flushing Meadows against Roger Federer, but succeeded in his very next try in Australia. Ana Ivanovic froze like the proverbial soon-to-be-roadkill in her first Slam final in Paris last year, and wept with frustration after a not-to-be-denied Maria Sharapova took care of business in fairly short order at the Australian Open. But Ivanovic recovered from those spankings to win the French Open convincingly this year.

Jankovic said she didn't have any rookie jitters, and sounded sure of herself when she said her time would come.

"I didn't think about, 'Oh, my God, it's my first final, whatever, I need to be nervous, I need to be scared to be there,''' Jankovic said. "I just went out there and I really enjoyed the whole experience. Unfortunately I didn't win, but, you know, I still have to take the positives out of this tournament.

"I have done a great job to even be in the final despite having so many bad things, so many injuries and so many problems. You know, being here, it's a great achievement for me.''

Four-time U.S. Open champion Martina Navratilova praised Jankovic's level of play after the match, saying just a few key opportunities made the difference. "She got nervous on those serves,'' said Navratilova, referring to Jankovic's four double faults, one of which cost her a set point in the second set. "There's such a thing as good doubles and bad doubles, and those were bad doubles.''
But she added that Jankovic still seems to be "in and out'' of matches mentally and wondered about her attention span. "She might like the occasion a little too much,'' Navratilova said. "There was a little too much looking up at the screen. That takes away a lot of energy and focus.''

Just then, Jankovic walked by, carrying a bouquet, with her face, for once, expressionless. "Good fight,'' Navratilova said with warmth in her voice.

Jankovic somewhat sacrcastically shrugged off the notion that she was distracted, but she did admit she finds the big screen irresistible.

"No, I think they should turn it off, you know,'' she said. "I cannot focus, because I keep looking at it. I don't know why. Just the -- but you see it. You watch straight, and then your eyes just go up, because you know there's something going up on top. But it's -- whatever. It's just fun.''

Brides know how hard it can be to enjoy yourself when you're the center of attention, and the fact that Jankovic relishes the moment is a good sign for her future. Now she just has to figure out how to avoid being a bridesmaid and still have a good time.

Ian Aberdon
Sep 8th, 2008, 07:51 AM
Yup, Best Actress Oscar could be her biggest achievement!! :haha:

Sep 8th, 2008, 10:17 AM
I'm glad she's finally getting respect. And the perspective of 1st final appearances compared with Nole and Ana. I think her ADD is not terribly bad, if it helps her relax; I'm glad she smiled a lot because I think it kept her spirits up instead of dwelling on a missed point. She didn't crumble after losing the first set.

Sep 8th, 2008, 10:32 AM

Sep 8th, 2008, 12:27 PM
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SIDEBAR: Smiling Jankovic pleased with her reflection at US Open

Sep 8, 2008, 6:05 GMT

New York - Smiling Serb Jelena Jankovic kept her sunny disposition even in defeat, unable to stop glancing at herself repeatedly on the big stadium screen during a 6-4, 7-6 US Open finals loss to Serena Williams.

Even defeat in her first career Grand Slam final could not prevent the world number two from revelling in the thrill of the moment in front of a 23,000-capacity stadium full of fans.

And instead of burying her head in a towel or picking at her racket strings during changeovers, the 23-year-old instead watched replays of herself on the Jumbotron screen.

'I feel great, believe it or not,' said the runner-up who planned a Monday shopping expedition in Manhattan once she got past the hurdle of a post-midnight anti-doping test.

'I feel that I have been improving since the beginning of the tournament. I was really working hard with my coach and my fitness coach, and they really have done a great job with me.

'Otherwise I wouldn't be here tonight.'

Jankovic, a pony-tailed born actress on court known for her expressions which can range from rapture to despair to unrestrained joy - all interchangeable in the space of any few minutes - said she could just not stop staring at the oversized screen.

'You cannot help it to look up, I think they should turn it off,' she suggested light-heartedly. 'I cannot focus, because I keep looking at it. I don't know why.
'You watch straight, and then your eyes just go up, because you know there's something going up on top. But whatever, it's just fun.'

That kind of attitude best describes Jankovic on court.

But the Belgrade battler also hides a steely streak which has already taken her to the top ranking for a week this summer and is sure to produce a future return to the summit.

'I'm going to retire,' she joked post-match. 'No, I'm just kidding.

'I'm going to take a break and just enjoy a little bit of time off and do something else other than tennis.

'Playing a Grand Slam is always tough because mentally and physically, you're worn out after a hard two weeks of playing a lot of matches. There's a lot of pressure to do well.'

Sep 8th, 2008, 12:30 PM

Jankovic focuses on the upside of Open fortnight

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Ever-smiling Serb Jelena Jankovic dwelt on the positives after losing the U.S. Open women's final to Serena Williams 6-4 7-5 on Sunday.

Although the 23-year-old squandered four set points in the second set before being overpowered by the American, she was delighted to have reached her first grand slam final.

"I had a great two weeks," Jankovic told reporters. "I really fought hard out there every match and tonight I gave everything I had. Unfortunately it was not enough.

"Tonight was special because it was my first final of a grand slam but I did not look at it that way. I really went out there like it's just another final of a tournament.

"We had great points and it was entertaining tennis out there. But she was the better one tonight.

"I had my chances in the first set and in the second set as well, and also some unlucky points. I should have won them but I didn't. I let my opportunities slip away."

Jankovic, who booked her place in the final with a 6-4 6-4 win over Russian Elena Dementieva, stretched out the rallies in the second set with her terrier-like retrieving but failed to take advantage while Williams became noticeably fatigued.

"I felt she was tired and I really had my chances," the Serb said. "I really was a little bit upset about the umpire, you know. She (Williams) took quite a lot of time in between the points and I thought it was not fair.


"When I played against Dementieva and I just went to take the towel, I received a time violation. I think it should be (the same) for all the players if she goes and takes more than 15 seconds, and not once but many times.

"She took her time to recover and get back. But you can talk all day about this. I lost, she won. That's what counts."

Jankovic, who beat Williams on the way to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, was pleased to bury memories of a series of niggles earlier in the season.

"Overall I was happy that I made it to the finals, especially as I struggled a lot this year," she said. "I had a lot of injuries and all these problems and I really worked hard to be here on this stage.
"I'm proud of that and it will hopefully give me a lot motivation to continue to work hard. Hopefully I can be healthy and work hard on my game and become an even better player."

Jankovic was unaware of the value of the runner-up's prize at the U.S. Open but, after being told she would receive $750,000, she quickly settled on her next task.

"Now I have a lot of money to spend," she said with a broad grin. "Tomorrow is my day to go shopping."

Sep 8th, 2008, 12:32 PM

Serena Williams wins US Open for ninth Grand Slam title

NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams flung her racket straight up and jumped for joy, hopping and skipping and screaming and generally looking like someone who had just won her first U.S. Open title or earned her debut at No. 1.


It sure had been a while, though.

Displaying the talent and tenacity that allowed her to dominate tennis earlier in the decade, Williams outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 Sunday night in a thrill-a-minute match chock full of marvelous strokes and momentum swings to win her third U.S. Open championship and ninth Grand Slam title.

"Every one is so exciting, believe me," Williams said. "This is cool because I'm at No. 9. I'm pushing the doors closer to double digits, which of course I want to get to."

And there was this "added bonus," as Williams termed it: She returns to the top of the rankings.

"I think this title meant more to Serena than any title she's ever won," her father and coach, Richard Williams said.

As the women met at the net when it ended, Williams felt compelled to say to Jankovic, "I'm sorry I got so excited."

No apology necessary.

Four times a single point from heading to a third set, Williams was simply relentless. She took the final four games, and 13 of the last 19 points.

"I felt I had her. I had her, because she was really tired at the end of the second set," Jankovic said. "Who knows what would have happened if I had got into a third set? I probably would have had the upper hand. But who knows?"

Instead, Williams took the title without dropping a set. The closest she came to losing one? In the quarterfinals, when she beat older sister Venus in two tiebreakers.

On this night, Venus was in the guest box, cheering for Kid Sis.

"Her desire is unbelievable," Richard Williams said. "I describe her as being a combination of a pit bull dog, a young Mike Tyson and an alligator."

It was his youngest daughter's first triumph at Flushing Meadows since 2002, and it guaranteed that the American will lead the rankings Monday for the first time since a 57-week run ended in August 2003 -- the longest gap between stints at No. 1 for a woman.

"I feel," the 26-year-old Williams said, "like I have a new career."

Williams' previous Grand Slam title came in January 2007, at the Australian Open.

For Jankovic, it was her first Grand Slam final anywhere, and she was having the time of her life. She smiled even after losing points, and she kept a close eye on the overhead video boards, either to watch replays or to check out which celebrities were in the audience.

"They should turn it off, because I keep looking," the Serb said. "You see your big face up there and you can't help but look up."

Jankovic was ranked No. 1 for one week last month and would have returned there by winning a title match that was postponed from Saturday night because of Tropical Storm Hanna. During the postmatch ceremony, Jankovic charmed the crowd, asking how much her runner-up check was worth (for the record: $750,000). Later, she said the drama of her matches and her fun-loving style of play meant she deserved an Oscar instead of a silver dish.

As good as the second-seeded Jankovic is at retrieving balls and extending points, Williams can do that with the best of them, too. That led to point after point lasting more than a dozen shots as both women scurried around Arthur Ashe Stadium, their sneakers squeaking loudly.

But the difference in strength was clear: Repeatedly after those lengthy exchanges, Jankovic was left shaking her racket hand, trying to lessen the sting. On the match's first point, Williams drove a backhand winner with such force, such ferocity, that she sent one of her earrings flying.

The fourth-seeded Williams finished with 44 winners, 29 more than Jankovic, and smacked serves at up to 120 mph, a 14 mph edge over her opponent's fastest.

The finish was fantastic.

Williams somehow prolonged the second set after falling behind love-40 while serving and trailing 5-3.

Those three break points were set points for Jankovic, and Williams deleted each one, with a backhand winner, an overhead winner and then by forcing an errant backhand on a 10-stroke point. A 98 mph service winner left a frustrated Jankovic tossing her racket up in the air like a majorette's baton. When she sailed the next return long, Williams was at 5-4.

The next game was filled with as much drama as many a match.

Jankovic earned her fourth set point with an ace, then blew it by double-faulting.

Williams earned six break points and frittered away five. On No. 6, they produced a spectacular 22-stroke point that Williams ended with a forehand passing shot down the line.

As quickly as it once appeared things were getting away from Williams, she regained the lead. The next game featured more brilliant play by both, including a 24-stroke exchange Jankovic won with a forehand, and an 11-stroke point Williams took with a perfect stab volley.

Now up 6-5, four points from the title, Williams flexed her arm muscles and gritted her teeth. At the other end, four points from defeat, Jankovic went up to the bouncing ball and kicked it.

Serving to stay in it, Jankovic wasted a game point with a double-fault. Then she dropped a groundstroke into the net, presenting Williams with a second match point. Williams converted, ending a 14-stroke point with a backhand winner.

And then came the wild on-court display.

There were times when it looked as if Williams wouldn't get to celebrate, even if one of her volleys left Jankovic sprawled on the court, doing the splits, then resting on her knees and covering her face.

To put it simply: Williams couldn't put Jankovic away.

The underdog hung tough in the second set, saving two break points at 1-0 and two more at 3-2. She also complained to the chair umpire that Williams was taking too long between points.

"I really was a little bit upset about the umpire," Jankovic said. "(Williams) took her time to recover and get herself back together."

Suddenly, when Williams flubbed a drop shot, Jankovic broke for a 4-3 lead, then held to 5-3.

But Jankovic wouldn't win another game.

Williams wouldn't allow it.

"I figured, 'All I have to do is win one point here and one point there," Williams said. "I was ready."

Sep 8th, 2008, 12:44 PM

Serena Williams wins U.S. Open and returns to no. 1
By Karen Crouse
Published: September 8, 2008

No world No. 1 in women's tennis has slogged through so desolate a valley between peaks than Serena Williams. After relinquishing the top spot in August 2003, Williams fell so far that she was not within an echo's distance of the summit.

Out of the top 125 at this time in 2006, Williams completed her climb back to No. 1 Sunday night with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Jelena Jankovic to claim her third United States Open title.

No woman has gone as long between stints at the top as Williams, who came into the tournament ranked No. 3 and will supplant Ana Ivanovic, who lost in the second round. The second-ranked Jankovic would have ascended to No. 1 for the second time in a month with a victory.

Jankovic, who was appearing in her first final in 21 Grand Slam events, fought gamely, extending points with her dogged defense. She forced Williams to hit another overhead, another volley, another laser forehand after stroking what in most matches would have been a clear winner.

The 23-year-old Jankovic wore a mellow yellow outfit, and for most of the match she displayed a calm that belied her inexperience at this grand a stage. Williams was appearing in her 12th final at a major — and her second of the year, after Wimbledon — and yet it was Williams who committed more unforced errors and double faults in the first set.

Jankovic's nerves rose to the surface in the 19th game, serving at 5-4. She squandered four set points, double-faulting on the fourth one to give Williams the opening to break her, which she did with a forehand passing shot. Williams took the next two games to win her ninth Grand Slam singles title.

Williams's place in the pantheon of American luminaries was secure no matter what transpired Sunday. That she last held the No. 1 ranking in August 2003 — a generation ago in sports years — did not preclude the two men behind the recent HBO documentary, "The Color List," from including her in their portraits of 22 of the most fascinating and influential African-Americans.

The 26-year-old Williams joined, among others, the Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and the former Secretary of State Colin Powell in pulling back the curtain to reveal the challenges and rewards of black life in the United States in the documentary, a collaboration between the photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell, a former film critic for The New York Times.

"I felt honored that they wanted me to speak on it and to be a part of it," Williams said. "I was so excited to do it."

Morrison talked about writing being her only "free place," an unfiltered outlet for her expression. The tennis court is that place for Williams, an entertainer inexorably drawn to the spotlight. Her flair for drama makes each of her matches an improvisational play in two or three acts.

While Morrison and Williams would appear to have much in common, Williams found Powell's interview the most illuminating. "I was really struck by his story," she said, "and everything he was saying."

That is Williams in a sound bite, running around the obvious answer like her opponents might a ball hit to their weak sides. In interview rooms, as on the court, Williams is famous for keeping her antagonists off-balance.

When it comes to tennis, Williams has steadfastly adhered to her own script. Along with her older sister Venus, she began playing on public courts in Compton, a Southern California community that never will be confused with a tennis hotbed.

She was not a fixture on the junior circuit, and when she and Venus turned professional, as teens, they continued to take classes toward fashion degrees, and, in Serena's case, pursue acting roles.

In 1999, Serena won the Open for the first of 16 Williams family Grand Slam singles titles. From the beginning of 2002 through the end of 2003, Williams won five of the six majors she entered.

Then she went from nearly invincible to almost invisible. Williams's victory Sunday was her third major championship in singles in the past five years, after the 2005 and 2007 Australian Opens.

Between January 2005 and December 2006 she played 44 matches, 5 fewer than she has in 2008. Williams's world ranking was on its way to a low of 140 when Chris Evert, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, wrote an open letter to Williams in the May 2006 issue of Tennis magazine, gently taking her to task for tarnishing her legacy by not maximizing her extraordinary tennis abilities.

"In the short term you may be happy with the various things going on in your life," Evert wrote, "but I wonder whether 20 years from now you might reflect on your career and regret not putting 100 percent of yourself into tennis."

Evert, whose singular devotion to tennis stoked her success, added, "I don't see how acting and designing clothes can compare with the pride of being the best tennis player in the world."

Evert watched the final Sunday in the suite of Arlen Kantarian, the United States Tennis Association's chief executive officer for professional tennis. Before the match Evert conceded that in the long term the Williamses had proved her wrong.

Noting that former Nos. 1 Justine Henin, Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters all bowed out of tennis because of burnout while the Williamses have been playing as well as ever, Evert said, "Let's put it this way. It's opened my eyes not to be judgmental and to each his own. Whatever makes you happy. By having other interests, maybe you won't get burned out as quickly."

Williams celebrated her third Open title exactly a week before a more somber event, the fifth anniversary of the death of her 31-year-old sister, Yetunde Price, who was murdered Sept. 14, 2003, in a drive-by shooting in Compton. It was an incalculable loss for Williams, as has become obvious in the intervening years.

"I'm a big fan of both sisters," Evert said. "How they've handled everything is amazing. How they've endured with a lot of grace."

Sep 8th, 2008, 01:23 PM
My first post here on JJ Thread.:)
I just wanna say I like her fun personality.Hope she doesnt change.

Richard Williams said. "I describe her as being a combination of a pit bull dog, a young Mike Tyson and an alligator."

I really find this funny :haha:

Sep 8th, 2008, 04:00 PM

2008 US Open Blog - Day 14 - Sept. 8 - 12:21AM EST

Okay, I really don't want to dwell on this, but the other mens semi is set. Nothing against Andy Murray but, well, a Federer/Murray final wasn't printed on the t-shirts. Hats off to the Scot, he could've folded but he hung tough. Of course, if Andy beats Roger tomorrow (is it bad luck to reference Murray's 2-1 H2H advantage over Fed?) I'll eat...mmm...no, I heard about that one guy who was literally forced to eat a hat. I'll eat...black licorice. It's nastier than a hat. And if you were paying any attention early in this blog you'd know it tastes like stale birthday cake laced with the bitterness of missed opportunities. Which I'd have to feed to Roger as a win tomorrow would put him one Grand Slam shy of tying a one Mr. Pete Sampras's record.

Moving on.

I have the luxury with the womens championship to be thrilled with either winner. She'll be the new #1 (they're seriously handing that honor out like free crap you don't want or need at a U.S. Open lately; maybe I'll be next!). She'll have earned it by either taking out Venus and Safina or Elena and, well...Serena. And they'll be able to do a mean split. I like that in a player.

Not only will I be happy with the winner, I'm superstoked at the opening act. Anita frickin' Baker! Best. Singer. Ever. Discuss.

Oh, and who's that in the chair umpire's seat? Alison Lang! She reminds me of Jennifer Saunders (Eddy in Absolutely Fabulous). I want her to call the match in Christian Lacroix. "Advantage, Williams sweetie darling."

So finally the ladies of the hour come out (that makes them sound like streetwalkers; no no, you're both all class). Immediately I'm impressed. Not by Serena's earrings that fling off on the first point or Jelena's hair glitter that sparkles under the stadium lights (all class!), but by how strong they both come out. No Ivanovic first slam nervous meltdown. JJ's in it to win it. Serena's first service game is a dogfight, but she finally holds. And promptly checks her nails.

Jelena holds, too. Then breaks. This is where we should see the nerves. Nope, she's up 40-0. Yup, she coughs up the next five points for the break. Still, Jelena's smiling during the points. I just love her. Maybe she sees J-Cap in the stands, partying down with Richard Branson and Common (what's that conversation like?).

Jelena aces Serena. Twice! Still, Serena breaks back with incredible court coverage and that trademark serve and steals the first set.

JJ's crushed, right? No. She comes out firing in the second (so impressed with this woman right now). She wins a great point. The Serbians are going crazy. She wins another with a lob and smiles when she gets caught watching the replay on the jumbotron (though lets be serious, she's an addict to that great big TV in the sky and she doesn't care who knows it).

Jelena breaks and has three set points. But shades of the Venus match hang over Ashe as, in yet another set where she's behind, Serena just refuses to be denied. A break, a hold and a break later and Serena wins! She's got her ninth major title and is the new #1.

Serena jumps for joy. The first thing Jelena does? Puts on lipgloss! I don't just love her, I'm in love with her. Wait, there's more. During the trophy presentation, Jelena grabs the Mic from poor unsuspecting Mary Carillo. She is eating this up with a spoon. And so am I.

It's the best U.S. Open final in years. And Serena, hoist that $1.5 million check...er...trophy. You deserve it.

(And someone please tell this Serbian chick what she's won!)


Sep 8th, 2008, 06:29 PM
So finally the ladies of the hour come out (that makes them sound like streetwalkers; no no, you're both all class). Immediately I'm impressed. Not by Serena's earrings that fling off on the first point or Jelena's hair glitter that sparkles under the stadium lights (all class!),

haaa, this reminds me of that line Kenny Everett kept repeating in his show: ''Of course, all done in best possible taste''. :rolls:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 8th, 2008, 06:40 PM
Jelena J on the M I C ...!!! :haha:

Sep 8th, 2008, 10:51 PM

Jankovic still a winner

Jelena Jankovic enjoyed her taste of the big time, even though she did have to settle for being runner-up.

Playing the first grand slam final of her career, the Serbian second seed contributed to one of the most entertaining US Open women's singles finals in recent memory before losing 6-4 7-5 to three-time champion Serena Williams.

Yet while the American Williams was always going to be the crowd favourite of the capacity 23,763 crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Jankovic's personality on tennis' biggest stage also proved a winner when her game could not quite do it.

As animated on court as she is athletic, Jankovic is always eager to share her emotions with spectators.

On Sunday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, there was another aspect to her magnetism as she became as interested as the crowds in what was going on up on the giant video screen that looms over the largest purpose-built tennis stadium in the world.

After every exciting point or good winner, the 23-year-old would glance up and admire her handiwork and during the changeovers she would watch the screens for the fans' 15 seconds of fame as the camera panned the stands.

The love of the occasion also, perhaps, helped to explain why, at the end of two hours and four minutes of top-drawer women's tennis, Jankovic sat in her chair calmly applying lipstick while Williams continued her celebrations.

"I thought I should have gotten an Oscar for all this drama throughout the week," Jankovic joked. "Despite getting a trophy, I should gotten a trophy for acting, for my drama."

"I think I've done a great job."

When a reporter suggested that might be as a best supporting actress, Jankovic was quick to offer a correction.

"No, the leading role," she said with a laugh. "The best one. I enjoy the crowd."

They enjoy her too.

Jankovic went through the obligatory list of thank yous during an on-court interview with television analyst Mary Carillo, paying her dues to her coaches, her mother and the crowd before underlining her people's touch by going as far as to acknowledge her drivers for getting her through the New York traffic every day.

Then, when Williams was told how much she had won, a cool US$1.5 million, Jankovic interrupted the ceremonials to ask US Tennis Association chief executive Arlen Kantarian: "How much do I get?"

The answer, she will find out, is US$750,000, enough for a Jumbotron screen or two of her own back in her home town of Belgrade.

Or maybe not. Speaking to the media after her defeat, Jankovic suggested the giant screens were too much of a distraction.

"I think they should turn it off," she said. "I keep looking at the screen. Probably that's why I lost, the concentration, made all those double faults."

"I keep watching, because you go to serve and you see your big face up there. You cannot help it to look up. I can't focus because I keep looking up at it, I don't know why. But whatever - it's just fun."

The antics and the jokes should not detract from what was a great effort by Jankovic these past two weeks, however, and the Serbian was justly proud to have rounded out a problematic year by reaching her first grand slam final.

"I had a great two weeks, I really fought hard out there in every match and I really gave everything I had," Jankovic said.

"Serena was a little bit better on the important points. I had my chances in the first set and the second set as well and I had some unlucky points that I should have won but I didn't."

"I let my opportunities slip away, but overall I'm happy that I made it to the final, especially with all the problems."

"Hopefully this can give me the motivation to continue to work hard and be healthy to work on my game and become an even better player."

Sep 8th, 2008, 11:24 PM

Slam finals are a whole new game: Jankovic


NEW YORK: Jelena Jankovic learned some things the hard way in her first Grand Slam final. Huge television screens and slow rivals are distractions. They do not award Oscars. They do give drug tests. And when you are mainly worried about your next-day shopping trip, it helps to know how much money you might win.

The Serbian second seed was like Alice in Wonderland after losing to Serena Williams 6-4, 7-5 in Sunday’s title match of the year’s last Grand Slam event. “It’s a great learning experience for me,” Jankovic said. “I really had fun the whole two weeks. It was special. I really love the atmosphere, the crowd, the people. The city has so much energy. It suits my personality quite well,” she added.

One reason is that she came off as a drama queen much of the week with regard to injuries, a notion she joked should bring her a Hollywood honor rather than a tennis trophy. “I should have gotten an Oscar for all this drama,” she said. “I should have gotten a trophy for the acting,” she added.

There was disappointment at chances to capture the second set but in the end, Jankovic was happy that a year filled with injuries could lead to a long-sought Slam final with a sense of greater things to come.

Jankovic was annoyed by what she saw as Williams taking too long between points, buying time to rest between points, complaining to the umpire at one stage. Also distracting were giant TV screens atop the ends of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Jankovic had no clue her runner-up prize was 750,000 dollars, half of what Williams won but still enough for a Manhattan shopping spree. But first she had to take a doping test. That had her drinking bottles of water in an effort to produce a sample. “I can’t even go to the toilet,” she said. “I have to drink some more water or else I will be here until 2 or 3 in the morning and then I won’t feel good for my shopping, which is not good,” she added.

Sep 9th, 2008, 01:18 AM
Damn doping tests, getting in the way of Jelena's valuable shopping time.:mad::fiery::lol:

Davor Jelača
Sep 9th, 2008, 01:29 AM
Apparently Jelena Jankovic writes for Hello Magazine :D :eek:

http://img127.imagevenue.com/loc669/th_20177_hellobrojro7_copy_123_669lo.jpg (http://img127.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=20177_hellobrojro7_copy_123_669lo.jp g)

Sep 9th, 2008, 04:44 AM
Anyone have guesses on JJ's favorite stores in NY?

Sep 9th, 2008, 05:42 AM
No need to guess. (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/tournaments/zagat/default.asp) :) (Select a city, because it takes you straight to Tokyo.)

But you better look fast, because they'll probably take that down pretty soon.

Sep 9th, 2008, 04:36 PM
Jon Wertheim's 50 Parting Shots (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_wertheim/09/08/50.thoughts.us.open/index.html) from the U.S. Open:

Jelena Jankovic may still bear the dubious tag as Best Player Never to Have Won a Slam. But she came close. She wins that second set against Serena and she's right in the match. And we already eagerly await her winner's speech.

I'm paraphrasing here, but not by much. After her fourth-round win, Jelena Jankovic was interviewed by Mary Joe Fernandez. "So, you looked good," said MJF. "Thank you," replied JJ, batting her eyes. "My mother thinks I've lost weight." A few minutes later, JJ grabs the mike. "I have one more thing to say." MJF sighed. "Oh no."

Sep 9th, 2008, 04:50 PM
Only Jelena :lol:

Next year pay special attention to the music being played (too loudly) in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The deejay has a wicked sense of humor. A personal favorite: blaring Footloose after Novak Djokovic got treatment on his ankle.


Sep 9th, 2008, 05:06 PM
They do love their deejaying at the USO. Last year I was at the Kuznetsova/Chakvetadze semi, and on one of the changeovers they started playing "Back in the USSR". :lol:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 9th, 2008, 05:06 PM
As Jamie said when she & he were at a presser at Wimbledon - JJ was chatting to the Serbian press as I recall:

"You (Serbs) do talk a lot!!" :lol:

But we wouldn't have her any other way...it would be a more boring place...:lol:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 9th, 2008, 05:07 PM
Good job they don't DJ at Wimbledon...endless Sir Cliff Richard...:rolleyes:

Sep 10th, 2008, 03:33 PM
From her site

http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/6839/gloriajjbigeg9.th.jpg (http://img383.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gloriajjbigeg9.jpg)

JJ in a rubber dingy :lol:

Sep 10th, 2008, 04:21 PM
Hott. :hearts: :lol:

Sep 10th, 2008, 05:23 PM
From her site

http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/6839/gloriajjbigeg9.th.jpg (http://img383.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gloriajjbigeg9.jpg)

JJ in a rubber dingy :lol:

That is so cool. The director sounds fascinated by Jelena. Very nice words about her.
Can't wait to watch the movie.

Sep 10th, 2008, 08:24 PM

More questions than answers coming off the Slam season

4. Serbia is no monolith

Whenever two or more players ascend from a particular nation, it's tempting to study that country as if it has manufacturing secrets buried deep within its culture. But the U.S. Open journeys of Jankovic, Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic revealed that tennis, more than any sport, is a game for individuals who each winds his or her way down distinctive paths.

Jankovic might be the most self-dramatizing and funniest player to ever reach the No. 1 ranking, but certainly her work ethic and grinding game have taken her far. Similar to a contestant on "Survivor," she has shown the payoff of tenacity, concentration and a darn good set of wheels. Next up: bigger offense on big points.

Djokovic's ball-striking skills remain impressive, particularly off the backhand. When he's playing well, his ball penetrates through the court superbly, and his serve can deliver on key occasions, too. But of late, his limits have also surfaced: more than a bit of uncertainty at the net and, even more beguiling, a desire to discuss his injuries and explain himself as if he were on a campaign trail. If he finds the time to fix his breathing problems, improve his volleys and wipe the slate clean with peers, press and public alike, that will help. He's smart and committed enough to put time into all.

Since Ivanovic's win at Roland Garros and ascent to the No. 1 ranking, she has been unsettled and fragile. Did she arrive at the top too soon for her own good? How troubling is the thumb injury she suffered this summer? How is she coping with the demands of fame? Will she get back to No. 1? One major issue: scheduling. That is, ensuring the best possible mix of development and competition.

Sep 10th, 2008, 08:49 PM
Wow - it comes to something when they query Ana's scheduling! I would actually have put her as probably the most conservative of the 3 of them when it comes to racking up air miles!

Sep 10th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Dingy in a dingy? :haha:

Sep 11th, 2008, 09:40 PM

Federer, Serena get high marks for U.S. Open

• Jelena Jankovic, A: This charismatic Serb took some grief for stealing the microphone -- and the show -- from CBS commentator Mary Carillo during the women's trophy ceremony. And perhaps she should not be paying quite as much attention to the dancing fans on the jumbo video screen between points. All in all, she is a breath of fresh air in a sport craving personalities. She also is a heck of a player, particularly on defense. It is only a matter of time before she wins a big one.

Sep 12th, 2008, 11:45 AM
^ Thanks (as always :kiss:), Sarita! That's a really cute one. It seems Jj has raised everyone's expectations. Be a good girl now, JJ, and deliver! :bounce:

Sep 12th, 2008, 03:44 PM
:hug: Gold star!

Sep 12th, 2008, 10:56 PM
Fickle media and fans go from the "yeah right Jankovic" attitude to "she'll surely win a slam." It was one of the best losing performances of the year...now let's see if she can come up with some winning ones of a similar caliber.

Sep 15th, 2008, 05:36 PM
New blog

Japan - new station

Hello Fans,

As I left New York I was very busy and I didn?t have a chance to write to you guys. Finaly I have oportunity to write to you and I am going to tell you what is new with me.

Maybe some of you who read this blog were in the crowd on Sunday in final US Open fo women. To those of you who were there and to those who watched on TV, I really appreciate the support you have given me. I think once the disappointment from the defeat sets in, I will look back with happy memories for how the last two weeks went. To reach my first Grand Slam final after 5 semi finals is another step in the right direction for me. The atmosphere out there on Sunday night was electric and I think the level of tennis was really high. Serena is a great fighter and I always knew it was going to be a tough match. I had my chances in both sets and if I could have won a few more important points, the match could have gone in my direction. Hopefully, I can be in the same position again and with a some hard work and a bit of luck I can be #1 again.

New York has so much energy and it really is the city that never sleeps. When I was driving home late from the site, there were still people awake walking around the city looking as if they had places to go. What they had to do at 2am in the morning I have no idea! I didn't get too much time to do the shopping that I was looking forward to but I hope to come back for a few days when I am not playing. Before the tournament started I was busy doing sponsor appearances and media. One of the highlights was a Reebok photo shoot at the top of the Empire Hotel. I was shot in my new Reebok dress and I got many compliments about it so I am happy for that! With my Mom I helped to design it so even if I didn't win the tournament people told me I was the best dressed player ;-)

After NY I went back to my second home wich is in Florida, and I was training there and preparing for the tournament in Tokyo from where I am writing you.

From Tokyo I go to Beijing and then Europe so no down time for me yet.

I just arrived from players party in Tokyo and I am attaching a few new pictures.

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. I wish you all the best and am sending you a big smile.

With Love,


Sep 15th, 2008, 05:45 PM
When I was driving home late from the site, there were still people awake walking around the city looking as if they had places to go. What they had to do at 2am in the morning I have no idea!

O RLY?? I bet you can guess. :lol:

Sep 15th, 2008, 05:50 PM
With my Mom I helped to design it so even if I didn't win the tournament people told me I was the best dressed player ;-)

She may have lost the final but she won the title that really matters :hearts: :lol:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 15th, 2008, 06:08 PM
:haha: :hehehe:

Sep 15th, 2008, 06:15 PM
Fickle media and fans go from the "yeah right Jankovic" attitude to "she'll surely win a slam." It was one of the best losing performances of the year...now let's see if she can come up with some winning ones of a similar caliber.

Oh, I know, but she's such a confusing girl. :shrug: :lol:

Sep 15th, 2008, 06:24 PM
One of the highlights was a Reebok photo shoot at the top of the Empire Hotel. I was shot in my new Reebok dress and I got many compliments about it so I am happy for that! With my Mom I helped to design it so even if I didn't win the tournament people told me I was the best dressed player ;-)

:lol: :lol:

Yeah ... and I reckon the silver belt was Snecki's piece of work.

JJ removed it once, and was told in no uncertain terms ,,, don't you dare remove it again.

Sep 15th, 2008, 07:04 PM
Hopefully, I can be in the same position again and with a some hard work and a bit of luck I can be #1 again.

Well, she will if she wins Tokyo, if I've got my sums right. No Serena this time, but one or two other long-standing problems to confront :armed:

Sep 16th, 2008, 12:09 PM

Jankovic says her time will come
Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:55am BST
By Alastair Himmer

TOKYO (Reuters) - The scars of her U.S. Open final defeat by Serena Williams barely healed, Serbian Jelena Jankovic insists grand slam glory for her is only a matter of time.

"I've been up there with Serena. I know what to do to beat her," the world number two told Reuters on Tuesday. "Next time. It's not my last grand slam. My time will come."

Jankovic refused to dwell on what might have been after her 6-4 7-5 loss in New York this month, promising the experience would make her a better player.

"I had a lot of opportunities to beat her," the 23-year-old said before this week's Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. "Obviously it was disappointing but when I look back it was a great two weeks. It was a great learning experience.

"My goal is to win grand slams," added Jankovic, who briefly held the world number one ranking before surrendering top spot to Williams after the U.S. Open.

"I have been number one. That's something nobody can ever take away from me. It will stay in my biography for the rest of my life. But now I want to take the next step.

"Now I have the experience of playing in a grand slam final and I know what to expect."


Jankovic, the top seed at the Pan Pacific Open, where six of the world's top 10 are playing, said her main problem was jet-lag after arriving in Tokyo from Florida.

"It's not easy to adjust," she said. "It's about 13 hours time difference. I'm waking up so early. But the most important thing is that I'm healthy and injury-free, knock on wood."

Jankovic will retake top spot in the rankings with a strong showing in Tokyo, but was quick to praise Williams for her return to the top of the women's game.

"She's a great champion," said Jankovic, also currently second behind American Williams in the season's championship race on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

"You never know what to expect from her but she's a great athlete. When she and (sister) Venus are at their best it's very hard to compete against them.

"Naturally they are just physically stronger than 99 percent of the girls. Nothing falls from the sky. You have to work harder than anyone else if you want to be the best and that's what I'm trying to do."

Sep 16th, 2008, 12:11 PM

Jankovic wants top spot

Serb star bidding to clinch No.1 ranking
By David Bollands

Beaten US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic is hoping to regain the number one spot at the Pan Pacific Open in Japan.

The Serb was defeated by Serena Williams in straight sets in the US showpiece, and now she has her eyes firmly set on leapfrogging the American to the coveted number one slot, which she has held for only one week during her career.

"Anytime you achieve the number one ranking, it doesn't matter whether it's for a week or many years," said the 23-year-old, who was top of the rankings during the Beijing Olympics.

"Of course, I'd love to come back to that spot. That's why I'm here to play. I really want to come back to the number one position. I'll try my best."


Jankovic would have regained top spot if she had won at Flushing Meadows, but instead it was Williams' huge power game that was the difference, as the American eventually came out the 6-4 7-5 winner.

The French and Australian semi-finalist currently sits second in the women's ranking, 126 points behind Williams, and is top seed in Japan, where she has received a first-round bye.

"It's every player's dream to become number one in the world," Jankovic said. "I'm just the 18th player in the history of tennis to achieve that, so it's a huge achievement."

"But not many people make it and I'm really proud that I'm one of those who joined the selection of great champions."

Sep 16th, 2008, 12:31 PM
Jankovic says her time will come

Jelena, this is becoming even worse than *exciting*. :rolls:
Pick another phrase, please.

With love, smiles, hugs and kisses,


Sep 16th, 2008, 12:47 PM
On the plus side, at least "you know" wasn't in the same sentence ;)

Ian Aberdon
Sep 16th, 2008, 12:54 PM
You know, I have noticed JJ says You Know quite often in sentences You Know, often in the same sentence You Know! :lol:

And - You Know - I STILL love her (You Know)! :hearts:

Sep 16th, 2008, 12:57 PM
"Little By Little" has become Jelena's most recent subconscious platitudabulous phrase in her press conferences.

L-B-L with the injuries, L-B-L with the conditioning, L-B-L with her form and level.

On the L-B-L count in Tokyo this week.

Love, Hugs, and Kisses.


Ian Aberdon
Sep 16th, 2008, 01:01 PM
Why couldn't Jamie have planted "Och Aye The Noo" in her subconscious?

Would have been something to hear! :haha:

Sep 16th, 2008, 02:59 PM
Is it bad that I totally started giggling when I saw that headline? :lol:

Sep 16th, 2008, 03:05 PM
Is it bad that I totally started giggling when I saw that headline? :lol:

No, it would be a bit strange if you didn't. :lol:

Sep 16th, 2008, 03:12 PM
JJ in phrases

You know
My time will come
Little by little
Knock on wood.

Out phrases

For sure
I will try my best

You know, once you start saying 'you know', you can't stop you know.

Sep 16th, 2008, 03:30 PM
This reminds me of, like, second grade when your teacher would give you 10 vocabulary words for the week and you had to use them in a story.

"For sure my time will come, knock on wood," said the optimistic young patient on her second day in the mental hospital.

Ian Aberdon
Sep 16th, 2008, 04:54 PM
"For sure, you know I will try my best & my time will come if I take it little by little, knock on wood. Och aye the noo."

"What's my name again?" :lol:

Just Do It
Sep 17th, 2008, 09:16 PM
Jelena has a new boyfriend, she said for Hello magazine. He is a Montenegro waterpolo player and they met in Beijing during Olympisc, his name is Mlađan Janović (http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=66691/bio/index.html):eek: More to come in tomorrow's edition of blic daily magazine :eek:


Sep 17th, 2008, 09:20 PM
I thought Numpty was off the scene - I expected him to be at the final and was surprised he wasn't there. Obviously paperclips were more taxing than he thought...

But waterpolo - lord that was just hysterical to watch!

Sep 17th, 2008, 09:24 PM
I thought Numpty was off the scene

It'll be awkward if he wasn't :lol:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 17th, 2008, 09:28 PM
Poor Numpty. Only so many paperclips you can woo your woman with! :lol:

Sep 17th, 2008, 09:34 PM
Poor Jamie, too. How many guys does she need to go through before he gets a chance? ;)

Sep 17th, 2008, 09:38 PM

Jelena Jankovic begins Japan campaign on Thursday
‘I’ve come to Tokyo to win’
Author: T. Dragojevic | 17.09.2008 - 09:21

Ana Ivanovic has been joined by another Serbian tennis star of the women’s tour Jelena Jankovic at the Toray Pan Pacific Open. The latter, current number two in the WTA rankings, looks to reassume the No 1 spot after the Tokyo-based event.

Jelena has been named number 1 seed at the $1.34m tournament, where she was defeated in the 2007 quarter-final to her compatriot Ivanovic 2-1 and will defend only 110 points this time around. Should she reach the final again, Jelena will improve her WTA point tally that now stands at 3,965 with another 190 points and therefore overtake current world’s number one Serena Williams. If Jankovic manages to get past the semi-final stage, she will be back on WTA position number one she held 11 through 18 August this year.
- “It’s important to become the number one, after which it doesn’t really matter if you held the position for a week or a few years. Naturally, I’d love to be back up there; that’s why I’m here in Tokyo. I will give my best to do so. Big things rarely fall into your lap in tennis. If I intend to be the best I need to work harder than ever,” says Jankovic.

Jelena has missed a couple of opportunities to reassume the throne, while the best of them perhaps came in New York. In her first ever Grand Slam final, Jankovic was defeated to Serena Williams, which saw the American return to the WTA No 1 spot.

- “Now I know how to play against Serena. I’ll get my own back next time around, as my time is yet to come. When Serena and Venus are at their best, it’s unlikely anyone can get the best of them. The two of them are superior in terms of both physical strength and fitness to the 99 per cent of other girls on tour. I will try hard to get to their level. Every tennis player’s dream is to become the world’s number one. I am only the 18 player to have sat on the throne in the history of the women’s game and that speaks volumes of how big this achievement is. I just hope my health serves me well and that I stay clear of injuries for the rest of the season and put in quality performances,” adds Jelena.

Jankovic has a bye in the first round at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, while she meets Flavia Pennetta in the second round, who beat Shahar Peer from Israel.

- “After the Tokyo event we move on to Beijing and then to the European tour. So there will be hardly any rest for me. After US Open I went home to Florida where I trained and prepared myself for the Pan Pacific Open. We came to Japan after a 14-hour flight from Washington DC. We’re pretty exhausted but there is enough time to acclimatise myself until the competition starts,” concludes Jelena Jankovic.

Ian Aberdon
Sep 17th, 2008, 09:41 PM
Ta Sarah. Maybe he "blew" his chance at USO last year??? :shrug:

Or maybe the fact that JJ is prepared to change her boyf means he still has a chance, however remote! :lol:

Sep 17th, 2008, 09:44 PM
There's no way this could last. I mean, she certainly doesn't want to call herself Jelena Janković-Janović!

Sep 17th, 2008, 09:47 PM
Jelena has a new boyfriend, she said for Hello magazine. He is a Montenegro waterpolo player and they met in Beijing during Olympisc, his name is Mlađan Janović (http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=66691/bio/index.html):eek: More to come in tomorrow's edition of blic daily magazine :eek:


God, that picture looks like a mug shot.

I find it sort of hilarious that she managed to meet anyone at the Olympics, though. How long was she there? 8 days? :lol:

Just Do It
Sep 17th, 2008, 09:47 PM
There's no way this could last. I mean, she certainly doesn't want to call herself Jelena Janković-Janović!

:rolls: JJJ :scratch:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 17th, 2008, 09:49 PM
She certainly moves fast! :lol:

Sep 17th, 2008, 09:49 PM
God, that picture looks like a mug shot.

I find it sort of hilarious that she managed to meet anyone at the Olympics, though. How long was she there? 8 days? :lol:

She works fast. But then, there was such a great assortment to pick from and she finds this unimpressive one? JJ... :awww:

Sep 17th, 2008, 09:53 PM
She works fast. But then, there was such a great assortment to pick from and she finds this unimpressive one? JJ... :awww:

He does not look like one of the great minds of the 21st century. Ah well. Maybe he has other talents. :hehehe:

Sep 17th, 2008, 10:12 PM
He does not look like one of the great minds of the 21st century. Ah well. Maybe he has other talents. :hehehe:


Well, i bet he can play waterpolo pretty well. :lol:

Sep 17th, 2008, 10:24 PM

Sep 17th, 2008, 10:34 PM
That's a better picture, but he still looks kinda dim.

Sep 17th, 2008, 10:34 PM
ooooh that's him? not bad!
:D he looks a little bit stunned though ahahaha

Sep 17th, 2008, 10:45 PM
Jelena has a new boyfriend, she said for Hello magazine. He is a Montenegro waterpolo player and they met in Beijing during Olympisc, his name is Mlađan Janović (http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=66691/bio/index.html):eek: More to come in tomorrow's edition of blic daily magazine :eek:

http://www.blic.co.yu/zabava.php?id=57313In the bronze medal game, Serbia beat Montenegro 6-4. The two countries had won silver in 2004 before Montenegro became an independent nation.
Mladjan Janovic, who led Montenegro with two goals, was disappointed.
"Today, we couldn't score," Janovic said. "Why, I don't know. Maybe we are tired."
Yet Janovic sees progress from his young team representing a young nation.
"This team is a very young team, so we are very proud of what we have done," Janovic said. "Maybe next time we'll be better. With a little bit of experience, I'm sure we can fight for the gold.Strange how he said they lost because they were tired. I wonder why? Must be true all these stories about what goes on in the village. I am sure he did score though!

Sep 17th, 2008, 10:50 PM
Please, scoring is pretty much all that goes on in the Olympic Village. :hehehe: :lol:

Sep 17th, 2008, 11:08 PM
Pack of 51... Pack of 51... WHO on earth came up with an algorithm that calculated that a typical athlete would get though 51 condoms in 3 weeks...!
Aww bless though...

Sep 17th, 2008, 11:12 PM
Ta Sarah. Maybe he "blew" his chance at USO last year??? :shrug:

Or maybe the fact that JJ is prepared to change her boyf means he still has a chance, however remote! :lol:

Umm... I would suggest had it large!!! :rolls:

There's no way this could last. I mean, she certainly doesn't want to call herself Jelena Janković-Janović!


God, that picture looks like a mug shot.

I find it sort of hilarious that she managed to meet anyone at the Olympics, though. How long was she there? 8 days? :lol:
Oh please - she was on the flight to Beijing for HOW LONG and she snared the USA Baseball team!

He does not look like one of the great minds of the 21st century. Ah well. Maybe he has other talents. :hehehe:
Bit hotter than Numpty in my eyes though... I get where you're coming from with the dim-ness but better in terms of the eye-candy stakes - more hair for a start :lol:

Sep 17th, 2008, 11:52 PM
Pack of 51... Pack of 51... WHO on earth came up with an algorithm that calculated that a typical athlete would get though 51 condoms in 3 weeks...!
Aww bless though...Works out at only two per day. They are highly trained althletes at the peak of their fitness and half will get knocked out in the first round so may have a lot of time on their hands!

Sep 18th, 2008, 12:24 AM
It's actually 4 per day, since every athlete gets 51, and if you stay, um, in-house, that's 102 per happy couple. So how they ever run out is completely beyond me. :lol:

Also, this one's got more hair than Nemanja, but speaking personally I can only put up with idiots for so long, no matter what they look like. :p ("So long" = approximately the length of time needed for an Olympic fling; anything beyond that would be totally out of the question.) Then again, maybe he speaks 6 languages and spends his off time reading up on the string theory...


Sep 18th, 2008, 12:42 AM
Hubba hubba :hearts:

I hope he's not that dumb.

Sep 18th, 2008, 02:02 AM
I was just starting to "accept" Nemanja as her boyfriend. :lol:

When, how? It's not like she stayed that long in Beijing. Then she went straight to New York, played finals...Wasn't she in therapy all day every day during the Olympics? Maybe he, too, missed the opening ceremony...OMG that is the real reason why she missed the ceremony! :lol:

I hate him. :fiery:

I'll learn to tolerate him, I guess. Eventually...:lol:
I think I even watched an interview with him on Montenegrin TV.

Sep 18th, 2008, 05:25 AM
I think this new guy is pretty hunky :hearts: Definite upgrade from Nemanja :lol::yeah:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 18th, 2008, 07:28 AM
Sort of like going from a Morris Minor to an Austin Allegro? :shrug:

Sep 18th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Strange how he said they lost because they were tired. I wonder why? Must be true all these stories about what goes on in the village. I am sure he did score though!

Or... JJ decided to sacrifice herself for her country (again) and became a Mata Hari who seduced and tired out their leading player beofre the match against our team. (Cos, I was really wondering how we had managed to get that bronze) :tape:

That's a better picture, but he still looks kinda dim.

Oh, he does, God bless him. But, still who knows... Also, I think I'm beginning to grasp what JJ's type of man is like - he reminds me of Nemanja in the pic.
Sorry Alex, you're over-qualified! :rolls: j/k

Sep 18th, 2008, 08:57 AM
Jelena's got a NEW boyfriend?

Hold up. What happened to the other one?:confused::lol:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 18th, 2008, 09:04 AM
JJ has paperclipped him to a cliff. :devil:

Just Do It
Sep 18th, 2008, 11:25 AM
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3360/2132425999yj6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/2132425999yj6.jpg/1/w600.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img84/2132425999yj6.jpg/1/)

Sep 18th, 2008, 11:40 AM
That is by far the best picture of him yet.

Sep 18th, 2008, 11:42 AM
That is by far the best picture of him yet.

is that because he looks a little cuter when he's ... like ... concentrating real hard? :rolls:

Just Do It
Sep 18th, 2008, 11:55 AM
I am wondering how on Earth he fished Jelena ?

Ian Aberdon
Sep 18th, 2008, 12:04 PM
They met under the Chinese lanterns at the Olympic village...he with his Olympics condoms...she wearing her special edition Reebok Chinese dress...

Sep 18th, 2008, 12:15 PM
is that because he looks a little cuter when he's ... like ... concentrating real hard? :rolls:

You see how focused one should be, JJ?

Sep 18th, 2008, 02:22 PM
is that because he looks a little cuter when he's ... like ... concentrating real hard? :rolls:


Sep 18th, 2008, 02:34 PM

Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic advances to Pan Pacific Open quarters
8 minutes ago

TOKYO — Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic reached the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday while fellow Serb and second-seeded Ana Ivanovic suffered an early exit.

Jancovic, playing her first match of the tournament after a first-round bye, coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Italy's Flavia Pennetta. Russia's Nadia Petrova, currently 20th in the rankings, defeated Ivanovic 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in the tournament's first major upset.

Jankovic, No. 2 in the world, played up to her billing. If she wins this tournament, the Serb would return to No. 1 in the WTA rankings, replacing Serena Williams in the top spot.

"It's a goal of mine to return to the top spot," said Jankovic. "You can go back and forth between the top three spots, but it's always nice to finish at No. 1."

Jankovic will face Svetlana Kuznetsova in Friday's quarter-final. The fifth-seeded Russian defeated Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-1.

Ivanovic, who is third in the world rankings, was also playing in her first match here and looked sluggish against Petrova.

"I tried to dominate but I was making too many mistakes," said Ivanovic. "I played better in the second set but she served well in the third and was able to play at her pace."

In an earlier match, Olympic gold medallist Elena Dementieva of Russia defeated France's Alize Cornet 6-0, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

Dementieva, who won this tournament in 2006, will next face the winner of Thursday's later second-round match between Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik and Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanksa of Poland defeated France's Marion Bartoli 6-2, 6-3 and will face Petrova in the quarter-finals.

Sep 18th, 2008, 04:44 PM
Sort of like going from a Morris Minor to an Austin Allegro? :shrug:

:lol:I had to google what those things were. I thought they were people! Apt description there!:worship:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 18th, 2008, 05:20 PM
Oh yeah, never thought of it that way!! :haha:

Sep 18th, 2008, 05:39 PM
I think he looks rather cute :lol:

Sep 18th, 2008, 06:38 PM
Me too.I wouldn't mind one of those. He has a nice body. :devil:

Sep 18th, 2008, 06:40 PM
multiple post

Sep 18th, 2008, 06:46 PM
three times? :o

Sep 18th, 2008, 06:57 PM
He does not look like the brightest crayon in the box, by any means. He makes up for it with hotness, though.:lol:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 18th, 2008, 07:30 PM
Girls, I too have a body like a temple...:angel:

...alas, it's the Leaning Tower of Pisa! :bigcry:

Just Do It
Sep 18th, 2008, 07:51 PM
Me too.I wouldn't mind one of those. He has a nice body. :devil:

For the moment I thought this was Redsonja :lol:

Sep 18th, 2008, 08:01 PM
For the moment I thought this was Redsonja :lol:

No way. Redsonja will always take more brains/less hair over the opposite. :lol:

Sep 18th, 2008, 08:06 PM
RedSonja, he could be really smart! :lol:
So far, I like him, I mean JJ made the USO final since she's been with him.

Sep 18th, 2008, 08:16 PM

Petrova pulls plug on Ivanovic
John E. Gibson / Daily Yomiuri Sportswriter

Showers chased a number of outdoor matches at the Toray Pan Pacific Open inside, but second-seeded and world No. 3 Ana Ivanovic was washed away by a flood of mistakes on Thursday.

The Serbian was sent crashing out in the second round by No. 20 Russian Nadia Petrova in an up-and-down three-setter that ended with an ugly shot from Ivanovic that sailed long and wide. Petrova won 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals, and plays sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in today's second match.

After reaching the final of the Australian Open and winning the French Open to become world No. 1, Ivanovic suffered a right thumb injury. She got bounced just three matches into Wimbledon and bowed out in the second round of the U.S. Open. She lasted just one match at Ariake Tennis Forest Park after a first-round bye.

"I tried to dominate, but I was making so many mistakes," said Ivanovic, who hit just 54 percent of her first serves in during the opening set and 55 in the final set.

"In the second set, I tried to change a little bit--maybe go to the middle or work with the ball, give it more spin. It worked really well, so I tried to do the same in the third set but I started out the first few games holding back a little bit and she just went for her shots.

"There was one moment in the third set, it was 3-1 for her and I was serving, and I came back from 40-0, and I was really trying to go for my serves.

"It was a really important moment, but I couldn't get any first serves in and had a couple of double faults. That was very frustrating," said the 21-year-old Ivanovic, who lost in the final here last year.

Petrova, in her third Toray appearance, has beaten Ivanovic three times in seven meetings.

World No. 2 Jelena Jankovic, coming off a U.S. Open final appearance, had little trouble taking out Italy's Flavia Pennetta, 6-2, 6-1 in 61 minutes in their second-round match at the 1.34-million dollars tournament.

Jankovic's biggest worry seemed to be the weather. "I'm glad that we have a roof here," said the Serbian, who had a first-round bye and a second-round cakewalk on center court to reach the quarterfinals.

"If we didn't have a roof, we probably wouldn't play, and we'd all be sitting here waiting for the rain to stop and it would be a nightmare."

Instead, Jankovic was able to work out the kinks and get ready for a run that could end with a dream scenario: A tournament victory boosting her back to the No. 1 spot, which she reached on Aug. 11.

She'll have to get past No. 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who slammed the last of three Japanese players in the tournament, Ayumi Morita, 6-1, 6-1.

Morita, a wild-card entry, said she couldn't play up to the Russian's level.

"I didn't think my serve was that bad and neither were my ground strokes, but my opponent just played a perfect game," said the 18-year-old, ranked 162nd.

Kutznetsova said Morita has talent, but also has to develop at this level.

"To me, she's a very good and talented young player, but she's a bit scared to be out there. She's not experienced enough," the 23-year-old Kuznetsova said.

Earlier, Russian No. 4 seed Elena Dementieva, the Olympic gold medalist, made minimal work of French teen Alize Cornet, wiping her out 6-0, 6-3 in 1 hour 9 minutes.

The 2006 winner here, Dementieva took advantage of 6 of 10 break points and won the first 10 games before Cornet finally held her serve 4-0 down in the second set.

Dementieva faces Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik, who ousted Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-3 on center court after rain interrupted their outdoor afternoon match.

Sep 18th, 2008, 08:22 PM
RedSonja, he could be really smart! :lol:
Hmmm, yeah, maybe! :lol:

"If we didn't have a roof, we probably wouldn't play, and we'd all be sitting here waiting for the rain to stop and it would be a nightmare."
Shades of Beijing! Maybe she and Svetlana could try to play at 1:30 in the morning.

Sep 19th, 2008, 12:26 AM
I want someone to tell JJ what Sveta said to the Russian press a few weeks ago :)

Sep 19th, 2008, 08:37 AM
I want someone to tell JJ what Sveta said to the Russian press a few weeks ago :)

If it doesn't relate to her USO dress of her own design, I don't think she'll care much.

Sep 19th, 2008, 11:53 AM

Jankovic knocked out of Pan Pacific tennis Open
2 hours ago

TOKYO (AFP) — Jelena Jankovic's hopes of regaining her world number one spot this week ended on Friday when she crashed out of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals.

The Serbian top seed, who could have regained the top spot by winning in Tokyo, hit two double-faults on a break point before losing 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 to the fifth-seeded Russian.

Jankovic had to crawl back from a break down in each set and at 5-5 in the second set she hit her sixth double fault on an advantage point for Kuznetsova before the Russian held her own to even the score.

Jankovic came back from a break down three times in the final set, but again hit a double-fault at 30-40 in the 11th game to go down 5-6.

Kuznetsova, who avenged her Olympic loss to China's Li Na in the first round, made no mistakes in the following game, hitting a backhand passing shot at 40-30 to finish off the two-hour-26-minute battle.

"It was a tough match for me. I had my opportunities. I wanted to win, of course, it just wasn't my day," said Jankovic, 23, who became the world number one for just one week during the Beijing Olympics.

"She played really solid tennis today. It was very close, unfortunately it went her way.

"The percentage of my serve was getting lower and lower, then in the third set I made a lot of double-faults. I don't know why, maybe because I was a little bit tired."

Asked about missing the chance to regain the number one ranking, she said: "That doesn't matter because I still have five tournaments until the end of the year."

"It's not important to be number one at the moment but I'd like to finish number one at the end of the year. That is, for me, the most important thing," she added.

Kuznetsova said: "She was the most consistent this year, she played very good. It's never easy because she brings all the balls back. I'm very happy with my performance, the way I was attacking all the time."

In the semi-finals on Saturday, Kuznetsova will meet either Russian Olympic gold medallist and third seed Elena Dementieva or Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia.

Sep 19th, 2008, 12:02 PM
I'm beginning to find it a little hilarious that every time she has to win the tournament to get to #1, she just goes out early.

Oh well, at least her streak of never-lose-before-the-quarters (unless it's Wimbledon) is still going strong.

Sep 19th, 2008, 12:14 PM

Jankovic toppled by risk-taking Kuznetsova

TOKYO (Reuters) - Top seed Jelena Jankovic was bundled out of the Pan Pacific Open in a 2-6 7-5 7-5 defeat by Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in Friday's quarter-finals.

The loss ended the Serb's hopes of recapturing the world number one ranking from Serena Williams this week following her recent loss to the American in U.S. Open final.

Olympic champion Elena Dementieva became the sixth of the tournament's top eight seeds to bow out of the Tokyo event as the Russian was upset 6-3 6-4 by Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik.

Jankovic tore through the first set but, after being pegged back by Kuznetsova, both players struggled for consistency in the decider, which contained eight breaks of serve.

A double fault gave Kuznetsova a 6-5 lead and the Russian's nerve held as she closed out proceedings with a kicking serve and a sharp backhand drop volley after almost two-and-a-half hours.

"I knew I had to take risks in the third set," the former U.S. Open champion told reporters after beating Jankovic for the fourth time in six meetings.

"She made a few double-faults on important points. I guess she was scared because I was attacking.

"In Russia we say if you don't take risks you don't drink champagne." Jankovic, who had fumed at the chair umpire and yelled at herself as her game began to unravel, was still in a black mood an hour after the match.

"I'm frustrated," she said. "I was unlucky on a couple of big points. It just wasn't my day. I have to learn from this."

Kuznetsova will face Srebotnik in Saturday's semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Nadia Petrova sprung her second surprise in 24 hours by beating sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-0 in the bottom half of the draw.

The Russian stunned Serb Ana Ivanovic, the second seed in Tokyo, in Thursday's second round.

Fourth seed Dinara Safina of Russia was playing Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi in the fourth quarter-final later on Friday.

Sep 19th, 2008, 12:51 PM
Asked about missing the chance to regain the number one ranking, she said: "That doesn't matter because I still have five tournaments until the end of the year."

Great, she really is playing them all :cuckoo:

Sep 20th, 2008, 12:43 PM

Jelena Jankovic talks about her relationship for “Hello!“
Mladjan is my boyfriend
Author: E.B. | 18.09.2008 - 09:03

Jelena Jankovic (23) will always remember August 2008 as one of the most beautiful and most successful periods. Apart from the fact that she reached the top of WTA list on August 11 and entered the history of tennis as the third Serbian female tennis player who has managed to do that, several days before that she had met a young man who swept her off her feet. The fatal encounter took place at the Olympic Games in Beijing where Jelena and Mladjan Janovic, the water polo player from Montenegro, presented their countries. Their friendship soon turned into love.

In an exclusive interview for today’s edition of the magazine Hello!”, Jelena talks about her new boyfriend, her successes on tennis courts all around the world, ambitions related to acting career, a forthcoming premiere of the documentary “Jelena’s world” dedicated to her, and how she feels about playing in dresses which she designed herself. Jelena has recently played in her first Grand Slam final, but after an exciting match with Serena Williams, she did not manage to win.

“The most important thing is that I gave my best in that match. There were numerous chances, but unfortunately I did not take advantage of them. However, it was a valuable experience for me. I learned much by analyzing both good and bad things that happened during the match. Of course I will keep improving my skills, fitness and everything that is necessary to be and remain the best tennis player in the world,” Jelena says for “Hello!”, who was the Serbian representative at the Olympic Games in Beijing. She did not show up at the opening ceremony following her doctors’ advice.

“It is a great honor to represent your country at the Olympic Games and be surrounded with the best athletes in the world. That experience cannot be compared with any other, especially because the Olympic Games take place every four years. I truly enjoyed company of Serbian and other athletes. Since I didn’t have a chance to watch other competitions, I would like to congratulate Milorad Cavic on his silver medal and Noavk Djokovic on his bronze medal and to tell them “Serbia is proud of you!” I was injured and could not attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Doctors did not let me, because due to calf injury on my right leg, I was not able to stand for a longer period of time, and the ceremony lasted several hours. I did my best during the match, but it was not easy to play injured. I am sorry that I lost the match and did not manage to bring the medal to Serbia, but I gave my maximum. I believe that it will change, that we will have new victories to celebrate. Why not in four years at the Olympic Games in London,” Jelena says. When we asked her with whom she spent most of her time in the Olympic Village, she says:

“I was on very good terms with all our sportsmen, we really had a great time together. Unfortunately, I did not manage to watch others, because my matches started late in the evening, but I watched them on TV.”

This summer Jelena did not have vacation because of her therapies, but she managed to go to Montenegro, where her father comes from.

“I traveled on business, I did not see my relatives. My father Veselin and mother Snezana were with me and we stayed for only three days. As soon as I fulfill my professional obligations, I will surely go to Montenegro to visit my relatives, as well as somebody else…” Jelena says honestly. Answering the question whether there is some special person in her life, she answered:

“Yes, there is a guy from Montenegro… Before I met Mladjan in Beijing, I was single for a couple of months. He plays water polo for the Montenegrin representation, he is 24 years old and his name is Mladjan Janovic,” the attractive tennis player says and you can read more detailed story about Jelena and Mladjan’s love in the “Hello!” magazine, as well as exclusive photographs of the new collection of “Versace” shot by the famous MarioTestino,…


Water polo players as seducers

Although they don’t earn as much as some other sportsmen and are not exposed to the public eye, except when they celebrate deserved victories, water polo players have always been very popular among women. The fact that “the dolphins” are excellent swimmers both in pools, as well as in love, has been confirmed by the latest romance of our charming tennis player Jelena Jankovic and the Montenegrin water polo representative Mladjan Janovic.

Jelena and Mladjan met at the Olympic Games in Beijing and their friendship soon grew into love. The striker form Kotor has won Jelena’s heart and she enchanted him by her beauty, as well as her positive energy and sincerity.

This summer Jelena did not have vacation because of the therapies she had to undergo, but she managed to spend one weekend in Montenegro.

“I traveled on business, I did not see my relatives. My father Veselin and mother Snezana were with me and we stayed for only three days. As soon as I fulfill my professional obligations, I will surely go to Montenegro to visit my relatives, as well as somebody else…” Jelena says honestly. Answering the question whether there is some special person in her life, she answered:

“Yes, there is a guy from Montenegro… Before I met Mladjan in Beijing, I was single for a couple of months. He plays water polo for the Montenegrin representation, he is 24 years old and his name is Mladjan Janovic,” the attractive tennis player says and you can read more detailed story about Jelena and Mladjan’s love in the “Hello!” magazine, “I did not have an impression that she is conceited from the moment I met her. Jelena is a great person, very positive. I have always thought all the best about her, but now I am sure of it,” Mladjan says honestly, who doesn’t mind the fact that they can only talk on the phone due to Jelena’s numerous professional obligations. Jelena did not want to disclose much, she only announced her more frequent visits to Montenegro because of Mladjan. Janovic (24) was one of the best players of his team at the Olympics. He has recently come back from the French Marseille to the Kotor Primorac, his original team.

Sep 20th, 2008, 01:05 PM
awwwwh JJ----> :couple: <---Mladjan
:hearts: :hearts:

Just Do It
Sep 20th, 2008, 01:11 PM
By the way, Mladjan in Serbian could mean young or youngster :lol:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 20th, 2008, 03:11 PM
It must be love...love, love...:inlove:

Sep 20th, 2008, 06:53 PM
Is there anymore of that article? Photos with the Versace thing?

Sep 22nd, 2008, 11:58 AM

Jankovic insists she has nothing to prove on tennis court
3 hours ago

BEIJING (AFP) — World number two Jelena Jankovic said Monday she feels no extra pressure due to her lack of a Grand Slam trophy, as the chase for the top spot in the women's game continues at the China Open.

Jankovic and fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic top the draw here. New world number three Dinara Safina, who captured the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday, withdrew due to injury.

The women's top ranking has been in flux since Justine Henin's surprise retirement in May, passing between Maria Sharapova, Ivanovic, Jankovic and current number one Serena Williams.

"I don't have to prove to anybody or any media about my ability, except to myself. I am only 23 years old, still young, and I have entered Grand Slam finals," Jankovic said at the 600,000-dollar China Open.

The US Open finalist, who briefly reached the number one ranking in August, said it was good to see change at the top of the women's game.

"All players are outstanding on court, and I will try my best to finish my job, to play tennis," said Jankovic, who lost in last year's final here to Hungary's Agnes Szavay.

Meanwhile, French Open winner and former world number one Ivanovic said injury had hampered her game over the past few months.

"I couldn't even hold my racket. I think every player needs to face injury in their career," said Ivanovic, who suffered a shock second round defeat at Flushing Meadows and has now slipped to number four in the world.

"What I need to do is keep a positive attitude. I need to give myself time to get back."

Russia's Olympic silver medallist Safina pulled out of the China Open due to a low back injury.

Sep 22nd, 2008, 11:39 PM
Chinese version = http://sports.qq.com/a/20080922/000493.htm

Badly translated version = http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fsports.qq.com%2Fa%2F20080 922%2F000493.htm&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Jankovic makeup good coming out frankly in the world is not the only goal

Tencent Li Beijing Sports reported on September 22 Beijing time, the Sony Ericsson WTA Beijing to set up the Office of the ceremony, the world's second Jankovic of Serbia's dressed up to appear white, looked elegant and Distinguished. When she was constantly evaluate very beautiful, she smiled happily and waved.

In the ribbon-cutting ceremony, she stood quiet, listening to a round of speeches. Organizers may be enough to give a clear, Jankovic was not aware of the "ribbon-cutting" meaning. When someone dragged her with Hong Si, and the scissors to her. She was surprised and asked: "What is this?"

When others see that with a pair of scissors to cut the red ribbon, and she also has kind of mode to learn to cut the ribbon.

Before his departure, Tencent and reporters about Jankovic in the network and what they really want.

Tencent Sports: Jankovic, Beijing How do you feel?

Jankovic: very good, the whole environment is great. Am pleased to participate in such a ceremony would like tennis more popular in China.

Tencent sport: how you look at this in the network?

Jankovic: a lot of players come to play, I will be very good to enjoy the Games. I'm ready.

Tencent sports: If you win in China, you will become the first in the world, you will not be very excited and look forward to?

Jankovic: This is good because I used to have been the first in the world.

Tencent sports: that you are ready to re-board the first in the world?

Jankovic: Of course (ready).


Sep 22nd, 2008, 11:46 PM
Chinese version = http://sports.zjol.com.cn/05sports/system/2008/09/22/009960932.shtml

Another badly translated version = http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fsports.zjol.com.cn%2F05sp orts%2Fsystem%2F2008%2F09%2F22%2F009960932.shtml&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Jan laughter training designate keep Ivan and the compatriots there is no exchange market

September 22, 2008 15:02:46 Zhejiang online news site

2008 China Open tennis tournament is about to begin. Last night before Jankovic arrived in Beijing early this morning on the investment in training. Jankovic was the training ground in central stadium, less frenzied fans at the center of the venue, only a small number of volunteer university students in the stands watching. Center also placed a very rich and influential force the pace of the English songs, play up training for a lot of atmosphere.

Jankovic was wearing a tight white vest and dark blue shorts, body-building body to expose their exhaustive. Jankovic's cheerful personality in Youshuoyouxiao training, training in space, she told the author of the wave of return to moderate smile. But Yang in the training section has been focused on, never had any slack. Often when the ball hit sector or under the net, she muttered a few words will be frowned.

Jankovic's coach on his own strict requirements of the multi-ball training Serbia will be the "iron woman"'s grievances and play again and again. No wonder, Jankovic's backhand signs in a straight line is so hard training. "Devil coach," Jan seems to be also satisfied with the performance of the Bureau, the two networks is relatively separated, the bottom line coaches in the other end of the straight section of Yang Bi Hua, which means she is to lower the center of gravity of the knee, strengthening the movement. Jankovic occasionally loud and coaches to discuss technical aspects of their own, as well as confusion. Coach of playing the ball more quickly, have begun losing some of its Jankovic, a smile of a sudden "insult" the words' shit, too fast '(coach complained to the ball too fast).

This is easily the twinkling of an eye and pleasant tang to the end of training, Ivanovic compatriots to use this training venue. The two did not greet Iraq in the event off his debut on the purple jacket, leading to the venue of the jogging trail in the warm-up, and then in the physical trainer with the assistance of extending training to do. Jankovic and tired of lying on the court at this time also the seat of rest, relaxation of body muscles.

Jankovic and Ivanovic is the current women's network in the biggest favorite to win. The two biggest goals are to win the championship, but in addition, Yang zhi Covey in the network by championships in the world to return to the throne. In a few weeks ago the U.S. women's singles final, Serena Williams lost her again with the Women's shoulder rub on the back seat. Ivanovic and then retire after the Beijing Olympics because of injury have been poor, she would like to take the same network in the restoration, Beijing will be her way to recovery.


Sep 22nd, 2008, 11:51 PM
Chinese version = http://sports.qq.com/a/20080922/000493.htm

Badly translated version = http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fsports.qq.com%2Fa%2F20080 922%2F000493.htm&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8
I started laughing as soon as I saw "badly translated version". :lol:


What is with the weird ties/mini-scarves this week? Is she hiding a hickie?

Sep 22nd, 2008, 11:56 PM
Okay, and the translations did not disappoint in their hilarious terribleness. :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 12:02 AM
Ja! Those translations are horrible, :lol:. Thanx for the laugh Sarah.

Sep 23rd, 2008, 12:02 AM
What is with the weird ties/mini-scarves this week? Is she hiding a hickie?

I never thought of that :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 12:16 AM
They kindly translated this for us ;)


Q&A on Jankovic Press Conference2008/09/22 14:57

  1. Q: We know that you always spend a lot of time with your mother in hotels when off court, so would you do something or go anywhere with her in Beijing?

  A: Well, I come here to play tennis, but when I have time off, I might have the chance to attend some activities in Beijing, but I do not know whether my mum will or will not be with me. However, I want to say that, my mum is really a great encourage for me.

  2. Q: I know that you keep good personal relationship with Chinese player Li Na. So did you contact her when she was injured last year?

  A: Yeah, we are good friends. When she was injured last year I contacted her coach to see if everything was all right. I wish her to come back to court soon. She is a good player, and I like her a lot.

  3. Q: You are one of the best players who haven’t won Grand Slam, so do you feel any pressure about this?

  A: Well, I think I don’t have to prove to anybody or any media about my ability, except to myself. I am only 23 years old, still young, and I have entered Grand Slam Finals. I really like playing, and I will work hard, but I don’t have to prove anything.

  4. Q: You know that there is a lot of variability about NO.1 among women games. Different players stay NO.1, so what is your feeling about this?

  A: I know that there are a lot of sayings about NO.1 players, and I think it is great to see different players, not just one girl, to be NO.1s, except for tennis fans. All players are outstanding on court, and I will try my best to finish my job, to play tennis.

  5. Q: The road map of 2009 WTA tournaments has been released, so we know that new rules have been released that players would be punished if they don’t show up. What do you think? And what are your comments about China Open?

  A: I know that there are some changes about rules, and some players have to attend some events. Whether players will attend these events depend on their health, and it is their personal choice, so I cannot comment, because I don’t know much about this.

  China Open this year has attracted more players, has arranged different schedules and tournaments, and has big prize money too. I will attend as more matches as possible, to play my tennis.

  6. Q: There is a new rule about on-court coaching and it is in experimentation now; can you give us your comments about this?

  A: I think this is really a great improvement for women tennis, although I seldom use this right. By doing this, the audience can learn more about players, about how they feel, and their next steps, all of which makes the match more interesting. The coach will see more, and more professionally, and players can get directions.

  7. Q: I know that this is your second time to Beijing within 2 months. Comparing with Beijing Olympic game, it is more relaxing this time for China Open. So how do you feel?

  A: You are right. Olympic is very special, because it is held every four years, and all players around you are the best. China Open is more relaxing, and it is a different feeling. I really like come back here, for every people I meet is very nice and they really welcome me. I will enjoy matches here.

  8. Q: You have a narrow schedule now, So do you feel boring with your schedule, for you have so little private time. And how do you relax yourself?

  A: I will focus on my matches, because it is my job. Concerning about how to relax myself, I like go shopping, spend time with my friends and families, and I like reading book. But my favorite is to spend time at SPA centers. Just these kinds of things. Nothing special.

  9. Q: You are one of top players who try to attend as many matches as possible. Can you tell us the key reason for you to be so diligent, your character or your care about tennis?

  A: I really like playing tennis. I like competition, and playing under pressure, for those challenges. I try play more if I am in good health, but if I am injured, I might have to play less. Many players have health issues so that they are not allowed to play more. Fortunately, I seldom get injured. I will play as many as possible, and play whatever I like.

Sep 23rd, 2008, 12:26 AM
Fortunately, i seldom get injured.
ummmm ok, whatever you say hun :kiss:

thanks for the interview!

Sep 23rd, 2008, 01:23 AM
I never thought of that :lol:

I guess we can't all be gifted with the dirty mind. :p

Sep 23rd, 2008, 01:38 AM
What is with the weird ties/mini-scarves this week? Is she hiding a hickie?

Her new boyfriend is so hot; that's probably why. :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 04:09 AM
Fortunately, I seldom get injured enough to keep me from dying out there. I will play as many as possible, and play whatever I like

Yuh-huh JJ :rolleyes:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 05:05 PM
New blog

Beijing, second time in 2008.

Dear Fans,

Last time I wrote to you, I had just come back from the player party in Tokyo. As you may have seen, I ended up losing 7-5 in the third set to Kuznetsova who I have to congratulate for playing a really good match. The level of tennis was really high and with a bit of luck on my side, I think the match could have gone the other way. In tennis, it is important to learn how to lose so that you can analyze, learn from your mistakes and come back stronger next time.

I am now writing to you from my room in Beijing. I am back here for the second time in six weeks. This time, with the Olympics finished, the city is a little quieter. It is still really busy but just not as many tourists this time around. I noticed that there is less smog in the air than during the Olympics and a ray of sunshine even came through today so I was really happy about that! I love sunny weather, i am not a fan of dark clouds and rainy days! I arrived here on Saturday and have been busy doing promotional activities. Yesterday was crazy day for me. I had practice in the morning, followed by my All Access hour which as you may remember involves one hour with the media that are covering the event. Right after I had to have a quick lunch and back to the tennis court for another session of one hour and a half followed by my workout in the gym.

I had the privilege together with 2 chinese players Li Na and Zheng to be part of the opening ceremony for the WTA office here in Beijing. This is really important for the growth of women's tennis here in Asia. Beleive it or not around 8pm, I had another activity, it was for one of my sponsors for a charity reason. It took 45min to get to the venue due to a lot traffic and you can imagine my face in the car, how I felt after such an exhausting day. Anyway when I arrived there there were so many kids who were so excited to see me and even though I was so tired at the end of the day when I saw those little innocent smiles on their cute faces, right away I reiceved some energy and was ready to do my job last one on my schedule.I had so much fun, I love kids and I was so happy to speak to them, play with them, inspire, motivate them in any means to go after their dreams! I finally came back to the hotel at midnight and went to bed straight away.

Today my only focus was on my tennis because I have my first match on Wednesday. I have been working on improving some segments in my game with my coach and I am really happy about my progress. I am healthy so I am able to enjoy the game and I am working very hard to bring my tennis to the next level. I am the first seed here so fingers crossed that I can go the whole way.

Write to you all soon,



Sep 23rd, 2008, 05:16 PM
I noticed that there is less smog in the air than during the Olympics and a ray of sunshine even came through today so I was really happy about that! I love sunny weather, i am not a fan of dark clouds and rainy days!
... and attempting to play matches in dark rain at 1:30 in the morning? :lol:

She sounds good.

Sep 23rd, 2008, 05:26 PM
*fingers crossed*

She better reach the final at least! :kiss:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:20 PM
Another great translation :yeah:

West was handsome Bureau sweet young talent Ivan adores Dudou loaded enough to scramble the limelight (map)

LONDON their field from the infighting arrived at the scene, the two-Shu tennis Jankovic of Serbia and Ivanovic were on board the world's number one seat, two self-evident competition between the two Chaziyanhong beautiful women dressed in tennis clothes in the Chinese network in the official dinner limelight.

The first appears in the banquet scene of female athletes is Ivanovic, Phnom Penh Gunzhuo purple gauze masks at random in the dark purple long Dudou section, much of the loose collar of the United States and his slender neck, chestnut hair submissive In the left side, her smile light appears to be full of classical charm, and sparkling earrings and bright red nails the beauty of modern Serbia and Montenegro will also portray the United States to most. Ivan's amazing debut immediately to the scene of the first four men surrounded by wild card entries Wodasike Spanish eyes on Ivan has not left, go Coushang beauty and whispering, and photographers to record Xixiaoyankai two lenses will be deduced do not know what kind of sex scandal.

Han followed a fiery red appearance of the Jankovic serve before entering Nao Lege joke, she Dudou Lu Jian as evening wear in general, Wang tulle in the shoulder belt under the department did not, when staff members held her to tell her Should be on the belt line, she asked her mother were busy helping themselves RBI for the first time the belt line on where. The good news at the dinner before the start of the Section staff to help find a belt Yang Yang Division to the Department of the waist-belt, was able to "dress" to attend. Salisbury to a high of Mawei Bian, Yang Branch will be fine hair and other Shun well in the right shoulder. In the organizing committee did not provide the traditional Chinese shoes, Yang delicate branches of his sandals and bright red toenails red Chinese clothing each other, and Ivan's brown high-heeled shoes and it appears that they are serving some Chinese do not go together.

Despite the waiting game, the subtle and graceful than Ivan Guao noble Yang Branch appears to be more popular, Evan and girls chirp in the side, while Yang Division to smile blooming on the side of its own, is not to turn her The lens of a broad smiles on their faces. As compatriots from the two post admitted there is no exchange, one after another until the two took to the station and adjacent to Taiwan, the two have a beautiful evening regards to the first sentence. After the play, top-seeded Yang and the men's section adjacent to, naturally, she kept active and Ferrer, Roddick joked, and Ivan is a gentle smile Ying quietly stand on the sidelines. Chinese star to learn music links, show a large Jankovic, Ana's shy and did not step forward.

Moderator Ivan seems to have forgotten that the existence of more opportunities for the performance of the young branches and Roddick. Even the players to sponsor the gift aspect of Ms. courtesy of the error will be sent Ivanovic Jankovic got a gift in front of the love of Qiangjing Jankovic was wrong, Ivan sent on behalf of the Gifts. I do not know too excited about it or deliberately, Jan Division of gauze down repeatedly, Xiangjian show, she's generous display of his beautiful and sexy.

Jankovic's generous Bold or subtle Subtle Ivanovic, to find out which is more pleasing? For tennis fans, more importantly, it should be two people need to use the tennis courts on the strength and Grand Slam title to prove their worth!

Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:24 PM
I do not know too excited about it or deliberately, Jan Division of gauze down repeatedly, Xiangjian show, she's generous display of his beautiful and sexy.
What?! God. This is like my favourite tournament of the year. :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:31 PM
Ivan Guao/Evan and Yang Branch/Jan Division/Ying! :haha:

Oh, please, pretty please, if there is a Chinese out there...Translate this properly. It seems that they're comparing the Guao and Branch and telling what happened on the night.

West was handsome Bureau sweet young talent Ivan adores Dudou


Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:37 PM
LMAO at the translations, the pictures... well all of it really!!!

Who needs the tennis :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:40 PM
Who needs the tennis :lol:

Not me, we can just call off the tournament and have all these people stand around in Chinese ceremonial garb all week. :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:44 PM
Ivan's amazing debut immediately to the scene of the first four men surrounded by wild card entries Wodasike Spanish eyes on Ivan has not left, go Coushang beauty and whispering, and photographers to record Xixiaoyankai two lenses will be deduced do not know what kind of sex scandal.

What was Ana up to? :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:45 PM
I can't stop laughing! :sobbing:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:48 PM

Sep 23rd, 2008, 07:58 PM
Lord in heaven - sides... hurt....

Sep 23rd, 2008, 08:16 PM
This is amaaaaaaaaaaaazing. :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 08:22 PM
these articles made my day :haha:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 08:24 PM
So, a quick recap....

Ana entered first. She displayed a classical charm and appeared to be "submissive". All the men were looking at her because she was involved in some kind of "sex scandal".
Jelena had problems with her vest that Sneki helped her put on...These problems led her to "generously display" her beauty and sex. Jelena, who appears to be more popular, was "active" entertaining the men around her, and Ana, the shy one, was passive "chirping" with other girls on the sidelines. Apparently Jelena and Andy engaged in some kind of "performance", the existence of which Ana's completely forgotten about.

Have I missed anything?

Sep 23rd, 2008, 08:29 PM
I think that's it :lol:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 23rd, 2008, 08:33 PM
:haha: that's about it Alex!!

Sep 23rd, 2008, 08:34 PM
There's even more :lol:

In net official reception attended by young talent Bureau of traditional Chinese customs service wins PK Ivan

AP 23, Beijing time, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Network dinner" -the 2008 China Open's official dinner tonight in the Shangri-La Hotel, the last tennis beauty who Show a short paragraph qipao China, China this year is more classic colors of the Han strong suits, their big-name international tennis men's and women dressed in Chinese clothes stage, people eyes.

From the tailor-made to suit the Chinese players have written the first Chinese translation of the name of the Chinese scrolls, many from around the pennant flag to the sound of the Chinese Ta Dong Dong, a Chinese traditional elements of the full participation of all Banquet Chinese and foreign guests to enjoy a feast of Chinese classical culture.

Doo-star actress Yan Shuabao

Jankovic is the choice of a red Chinese dress, Ivanovic Hon Shen Guo purple clothes, and hair and fair complexion Hantuchova of a very select their own color of yellow rice served Han, Yang Branch, Ivan Will be in the side of the hair-Han, however, her hair a charming Pisan shoulder, three beautiful women Yuli Ping-ting, the exhibition style. Wo Zini Aceh, Ziwo Na Kuznetsova and Zvonareva also best debut, the exotic blond hair and blue eyes will be out of service for other Chinese customs. The late Yan Zi of China's sole representative, the land of abundance from the classic Chinese girls dressed in a blue suit Han Chinese traditional flavor and original interpretation.

Ferrer, Roddick, Richard Gasquet, such as actor wearing men's clothes debut of the Han, some dressed in academic-style taste of the Han Chinese clothing so that these youth court unlimited boys a little more than a gentle temperament, dress Different clothing so that they looked very different with the usual image. Han served as the long sleeves, so that those on the court's little wonder that some men are at a loss, it was the sleeves rolled up high, it was the arm Shuaizhuo sleeves hang down, there will be two hands in front of cross into the sleeves, side Ren cast down their arms cuff, the scholar-officials to look towards Bingzou, Renjunbujin people.

China marked only encourage players

Before the opening dinner of the excitement of traditional Chinese music scene will be an atmosphere of lively contrast to the extraordinary, so that tennis star who has become a challenge to Chinese music event the most exciting aspect. At the invitation of the host, one men's singles seed Ferrer's Kuilei Yi and the United States as well as Jankovic and Kuznetsova all sides to stand before the drum with an open mind as the drummer to learn Chinese. Drummer beauty of a dazzling, the music so refreshing Jankovic and Kuznetsova beat drums retreat, the first to show a U.S. Kuilei Yi, bass drums While the point and the way teachers teach is not out of step, but skilled Approach and full of rhythm or drums can not help but be loud applause! Fail to beat the audience asked the audience warmly, Jankovic pulled Ziwo Na Maleeva stage again, the beauty of the two armed a drumstick, with a pass as just call it a day. Please also hosts a popular guy Roddick of the United States and China, Hua Yan Zi performances in the two teachers was also driven by a drum Xiangmoxiangyang, drew warm applause and cheers.

Beauty handsome photo busy

Han appeared at first service network in the beauty handsome guy who is the only photographer to contain the object, to participate in the banquet sponsors, partners and volunteer reporters and even then formed a powerful line-up Starchaser, Jankovic, Ivanova Cavic, Roddick and Yan Zi become the focus of chasing the target, players are feeling good in front of the camera to show the most beautiful smile, so that Starchaser screaming fun.

The bustling official dinner is over, we look forward to them on the court's brilliant performance.

Ian Aberdon
Sep 23rd, 2008, 08:37 PM

Sep 23rd, 2008, 08:48 PM
Ooh, I needed more time to read that one. :haha:

No recap from me this time...

Sep 23rd, 2008, 08:53 PM
There's even more :lol:

That kind of translation is just a work of art!:lol::worship:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:13 PM
I think I know why there's a "sex scandal"

First, they pretended to ignore each other...


Ana couldn't hold out for very long though...


Soon they were snapped sharing a joke...


Or two...


Finally, they could deny it no longer!



Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:15 PM
Oh God. :hearts: :lol: :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:17 PM
You deleted your original post Sarah...Good, I was having some naughty ideas.


Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:19 PM

Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:29 PM

Sveta was third-wheeling for awhile....

She soon found out that group "scandal" was not on the "menu", so she moved on to smooch with Ferrer.

Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:31 PM
:haha: :haha:

people, this is the best tournament ever!

Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:38 PM

Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:42 PM
Ziwo Na Kuznetsova

So she has a ''Na '' in her name. That's why she's thrashing JJ!

The late Yan Zi of China's

:speakles: What happened to poor Zi Yan?? She was alive this morning! Well, who's the prime suspect, JJ or Ana?

Zvonareva also best debut, the exotic blond hair and blue eyes will be out of service

I hope JJ plays Bepa, since her (hawk)eyes are also out of service.

And it seems that Ziwo Na Kuznetsova and JJ also played drums, which means that all the players' ears will also be out of service for a while.

Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:48 PM
:speakles: What happened to poor Zi Yan?? She was alive this morning!

Oh noes! :speakles:


Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:50 PM
She soon found out that group "scandal" was not on the "menu"

Ana didn't want to disappoint the photographer, so she did her bit :devil:


The guys later played an intense game of "Paper, scissors, stone" to see who'd get to hit on her first...



Sep 23rd, 2008, 09:51 PM

Sveta was third-wheeling for awhile....
Poor Sveta's always third-wheeling it in Beijing. I mean, at the Olympics she had to sit there and pretend not to watch while her doubles partner flirted shamelessly with her coach on a changeover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytgtoDg14Ss). Some things people should just not be expected to put up with at 3 in the morning.

She soon found out that group "scandal" was not on the "menu",

so she moved on to smooch with Ferrer.

David saved Beijing for Sveta! Between the Olympics and Ana/Verdasco, she was never going to come back. :lol:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 10:09 PM
:lol: @ Dina's shameless flirting!

Sarah, how did Pics end up with "half-naked" JJ? :lol:


Sep 23rd, 2008, 10:13 PM
Don't feel too bad for Sveta. She's always got Nadia :lol: ;)


Sep 23rd, 2008, 10:13 PM
:lol: @ Dina's shameless flirting!
I know, right? When I was watching that match I rewound that like a thousand times to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. :lol:

Sarah, how did Pics end up with "half-naked" JJ? :eek:


How does anyone end up with half-naked JJ? :shrug: It just happens. :angel:

:haha: at the picture of Sveta and Nadia.

Sep 23rd, 2008, 10:14 PM
Good Christ :haha:

Sep 23rd, 2008, 10:18 PM
Oh Lord, :haha:.

Sep 23rd, 2008, 10:20 PM
How does anyone end up with half-naked JJ? :shrug: It just happens. :angel:

Yeah, she just had to be fully dressed when I "met" her...Though it was in winter time...Still...

Sep 23rd, 2008, 10:20 PM
I know, right? When I was watching that match I rewound that like a thousand times to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. :lol:

Well, she is Marat's sister after all. :shrug: We should be lucky she's only flirting on the court. :lol:

How does anyone end up with half-naked JJ? :shrug: It just happens. :angel:


JJ's blog: ''So, I ended up half-naked with Verdasco, and I have no idea how the things came to it, ha ha!''

Don't feel too bad for Sveta. She's always got Nadia :lol: ;)

:rolls: Russian Fed Cup team sure knows how to have fun!

Sep 23rd, 2008, 10:25 PM
Well, she is Marat's sister after all. :shrug: We should be lucky she's only flirting on the court. :lol:
Oh God. I did not need mental images of little Dinara Safina... oh God. :bolt:

JJ's blog: ''So, I ended up half-naked with Verdasco, and I have no idea how the things came to it, ha ha!''
:help: :lol:

:rolls: Russian Fed Cup team sure knows how to have fun!

:drink: + :music: + :hehehe: = :o in the morning. Who needs :tennis:? :shrug:

Serbian Fed Cup, take note.

Sep 23rd, 2008, 10:48 PM
Sarah, how did Pics end up with "half-naked" JJ? :lol:

I don't know, but it looks like David needed help getting dressed again after their encounter :devil:


Sep 24th, 2008, 12:15 AM
Jelena Jankovic entrenará en México

El director de deportes del centro deportivo, Patricio Quijano, anuncio que para mediados de noviembre contará con la presencia de la tenista número uno del mundo, quien se preparará para la temporada 2009.
Los 1860 metros de altitud sobre el nivel del mar que posee la ciudad de San Luis Potosí, además del conocimiento que tiene del lugar su preparador físico, el chileno Pat Echeverri, convencieron a la tenis serbia Jelena Jankovic, número dos del mundo, de realizar su preparación física para la temporada 2009 en el centro deportivo La Loma de aquella capital.

Patricio Quijano, director de deportes de la instalación deportiva sanluisina, anunció que para la segunda quincena de noviembre contará con la presencia de Jankovic, número dos del mundo, quien realizará una etapa de entrenamiento en nuestro país.

“Estará en La Loma para realizar un campamento de altura con su preparador físico Pat Echeverri, quien también colabora con La Loma en programa de entrenamiento”, explicó Quijano a El Economista.

Además de Jankovic se espera la asistencia de la bielorrusa Victoria Azarenka de 19 años, actual 16 del mundo, y de otra tenistas que no se reveló el nombre pero que figura dentro del top 20 de la WTA.

“La agenda de Jankovic, reciente finalista en el US Open, será la siguiente del 3 al 9 de noviembre jugara en Doha, Qatar, el torneo de Maestras luego tomará dos semanas de vacaciones y en la tercera llegará a México luego viajará a Florida para trabajar la parte tenística y estará lista para iniciar el 2009 con el Abierto de Australia.

A decir de Quijano, la llegada de la serbia se dio en gran parte por Echeverri, quien colaboró anteriormente con La Loma.

“Además encuentra algo especifico: la altura y el clima son puntos importantes que no encuentra en otro lado”, agregó el responsable deportivo.

Quijano comentó que la estancia de la jugadora top 10 es pagada al igual que lo fue el periodo de entrenamiento del estadounidense Michael Phelps, multimedallista olímpico en Beijing 2008 quien realizó una serie de prácticas en el centro deportivo.


Sep 24th, 2008, 12:52 AM
Thanks, Dawn :)

Sep 24th, 2008, 01:19 AM
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Jan Branch more love the feeling of competition

Jankovic has the women's tennis, "Iron Man" that was used and ATP players Nikolay Davydenko in the same breath. At the end of the season from the left for two months, Serbia has participated in the girls 21 matches, which means she should be at least a monthly basis, to participate in events that she must be in the world "trapeze" . And her former WTA Department with several of Serena (15) and Ivanovic (17), Jankovic "female model" is worthy of the name of the call. "I love tennis, I love the feeling of competition. In fact, under the pressure of competition is also good for me, it was a challenge." Noon yesterday, is the world's second Jankovic explain his part in so many The competition. And others are not imaginary, she flew over to the world not only for points and prize money, but also out of love for the sport itself.

11:00, a leisure mounted the Serbian girl in the news conference hall. As usual, she was with a hearty laugh attracted everyone's attention. "The Olympic Games are a very serious game, compared to net up in a more relaxed event, we can better enjoy the game, I am very pleased to be able to come to China again."

In August of this year's Olympic Games in Beijing, Jankovic broke into the strong 8, but 1 / 4 final match for Safina missed a medal. The return to Beijing, Serbia girls want to achieve good results, even though she says he does not need to anyone or any media to prove how much she has been, "I was very young, is also entered in the Grand Slam Finals I will work hard to get good grades to play. "

Jankovic's cheerful personality "not afraid of pressure" to defuse the people on her "not rare in the history of Grand Slam champions of women's tennis in the world" evaluation. When talking about why they would be in the WTA player of the few players participating crazy, she replied: "Some people will selectively team, they finished a tournament after a two-month break, and then again Entries, so come and go, I do not like this. If I am in good health, I will be as much as possible to play more games. However, if injured, I will reduce the number of entries. A lot of players can not participate in the state of health because of too many matches Fortunately I have very few injuries. "

Yang Xiao-three Division III victory, "beautiful!" Children shouted in unison, they are the most enthusiastic applause to the smiling Jankovic. Last night, in a "dream rhythm," the theme of the meeting public at the meeting, Jankovic Beijing and a small team tennis players had a "close contact" with her own children about how to zero-based WTA's top players to experience growth. However, the most controversial aspect of the game is welcome. Field field under Jankovic love to laugh and a smile children play, three topics were: the most beautiful smile, laugh and the victory of knowing laughter. Serbia are the results of each board to win the girl, responsible for scores of children were conquered her smile, despite the small partner of friendship, have voted for Jankovic, which made her very proud.

Sep 24th, 2008, 04:43 AM
ahhh i love this tournament! :hearts:
hilarious translations bahahah. i couldn't stop laughing at the sex scandal bit :lol:
i'll try and have a go at translating... not promising anything though because my chinese is about as good as google translator :lol:

Sep 24th, 2008, 08:15 AM
here we go peeps, that's the best i could do

Translation for: "West was handsome Bureau sweet young talent Ivan adores Dudou loaded enough to scramble the limelight " :lol:

The Serbian tennis players Jankovic and Ivanovic have both reached the number 1 position before; the competition here is self-evident. The two beautiful women wore brilliant shades of purple and red at the China Open’s official evening banquet.
The first to arrive on the evening was Ivanovic, wearing a gold trimmed purple robe, tied up with a deep purple sash, the loose neckline revealing her beautiful neck, light brown hair placed on her left shoulder, her light smile lets you see the full classic grace she has, but her glistening earrings and bright red nails portrays incisiveness. The colourful and declaring Ivanovic is immediately surrounded by 4 male contestants, including the Spanish participant Ferrer, who’s eyes never left Ivanovic.

Afterwards, a fiery red Jankovic entered. But she did not have a sash to tie up her robe ( :lol: ). When the staff members told her that a sash was meant to be tied around the waist, she hurriedly asked where her mother was, then asked for a sash. Thank goodness that before the start of the evening banquet, the staff members managed to find a waistband for Jankovic. Only when she was finally dressed appropriately could Jankovic attend the dinner. Jankovic’s light brown hair was swept onto her right shoulder. The group committee had not provided the traditional Chinese shoe, so Jankovic’s sandal’s showed her bright red toe’s and this complimented her clothing, but Ivanovic’s brown high-heeled leather shoes did not match as well with her garment. ( :hug: poor ana)

While waiting on stage, the implicit Ivanovic compared to the noble Jankovic seemed to have more spirit. Ivanovic and the rest of the girls talk on one side, while Jankovic with her blooming smile stands to the other,focusing the camera lenses on her bright smiling face ( :lol: camwhore). After going on stage, the number 1 seeded Jankovic turned towards her neighbouring male contestants and naturally, did not stop conversing with Ferrer, Roddick cracks a joke. Ivanovic stands gracefully looking happy with a peaceful and gentle expression. The stars learned about chinese music; Jankovic played the big drum, but the shy Ivanovic did not step onto the stage.

The director has probably also forgotten that Ivanovic existed (bahaha :lol: ), as he gave Jankovic and Roddick more performance opportunities. The director even sent the wrong gift – it was originally meant for Ivanovic, but Jankovic somehow wound up with it, Jankovic made the best of a bad situation, saying that Ivanovic had send it to her. Cheekily, Jankovic allowed her robe to fall off the shoulder repeatedly, revealing her fragrant shoulder, demonstrating her natural beauty and sex appeal. ( :spit: oh JJ)

The naturally bold Jankovic and composed Ivanovic are both wonderful, but which one is more likeable? For tennis fans, the important thing to focus on is their strengths on the tennis court and the Grand Slam titles that should prove their value.

hope that made more sense! :)

Sep 24th, 2008, 08:59 AM
The director has probably also forgotten that Ivanovic existed (bahaha :lol: ), as he gave Jankovic and Roddick more performance opportunities. The director even sent the wrong gift – it was originally meant for Ivanovic, but Jankovic somehow wound up with it, Jankovic made the best of a bad situation, saying that Ivanovic had send it to her.

Thanks a lot for the translation! But I think this part should be like this "Ana was supposed to present the gifts to the sponsors but before that, a staff made a mistake by passing the gifts to JJ and in the end JJ helped Ana to present the gifts".

Sep 24th, 2008, 09:00 AM
Well, you kinda ruined it with all that sense... :rolls:

At least there's still the bit about how JJ is generously displaying her beauty and sex. :drool:

Sep 24th, 2008, 09:37 AM
Hey! And what about the ''sex scandal''? Where did it go? :rolls:
j/k, thanks for the translations guys!!

Sep 24th, 2008, 10:39 AM
Thanks a lot for the translation! But I think this part should be like this "JJ and Ana were supposed to present the gifts to the sponsors but before that, a staff made a mistake by passing all the gifts to JJ only and in the end JJ helped Ana to present the gifts".

ah ok, my bad :angel:
you get the gist of it anyways :lol:

Sep 24th, 2008, 11:23 AM
ah ok, my bad :angel:
you get the gist of it anyways :lol:

I made a little mistakes and I've edited it. :lol:

Sep 24th, 2008, 12:34 PM
Thanks for translating it, lulu and kk.l :)

Sep 26th, 2008, 05:07 PM

Jankovic and 10-year-old girl is more than zero distance contact with a small Beijing fans

In recent days, in network-level platinum sponsor of the famous Italian fashion brand KAPPA campaign with well-known tennis equipment brands PRINCE hand in hand, the Temple of Heaven in Wang Qiuguan held a "dream rhythm," the theme of the meeting will be public, tennis women's singles are world number two Serbia's Jankovic's activities at the Beijing tennis team players and some of the small Jankovic had a close contact with her tennis lesson in actual combat training.

Activities, Jankovic dancing with a small number of players in a cordial conversation, smiling Jankovic's a lot of emotion: "looking at these small players, I think of her as a child, trained hard for the realization of a dream The efforts of the way. "However, in the face of innocent children's eyes, Jankovic did not immediately pick up the racket to guide children, but sincerely tell children how to become a good tennis player's secret:" First of all, can not be In order to study and practice tennis and deserted, as only those with cultural knowledge and cultural training, in order to play tennis; the second is to love the sport, because it only invested passion, you will not be short-term difficulties Intimidated. There is an element, is to learn to smile, regardless of victory or defeat, you can use a smile to the face. In this way, you will stop progress, but also to meet new victory. "

Heard that the girls turn back the highest in the middle (1.70 m above), there were only 10-year-old player, Jankovic to go up even with her head compared to the 23-year-old Jankovic height of 1.77 meters, only slightly Yang is higher than the Bureau has quite incredible shook his head.

Heart-warming to see the smiling faces of children, can not help but Jankovic and several small girls play interactive games, and the game was the subject of improvisation with the girls through a combination of physical modeling KAPPA message. Every time, and the success of the girls with a letter, Jankovic open to all burst out laughing.

Jankovic then under the leadership of all short lesson training, running, swing ... ... Although the practice basic skills, but Jankovic meticulous. While the moderator reminded that there is only one person's small ball, but Jankovic's strong interest, with their superb technical control of the children were still significantly tender back to the ball, do not let it into a dead ball, so that children and A few more rounds to play. Jankovic to play at the rise of the net and went to the interception, so that all people feel the presence of a festive atmosphere.

When the training ended, the children will once again surrounded Jankovic, a small icon bold player asked: "Why are you able to play so well?" Jankovic said with a smile: "As long as you Remember one, is training hard. "

With the emotion of saying good-bye Jankovic, many children still immersed in the joy of dreams in general. A small player said: "The really would like to thank the KAPPA us to provide these athletes a chance to come into contact with the idol, idol and very fun to play, I will remember, she said, for his dream. I want to get too excited , Jankovic about her, I look at the game, it did not expect.

Sep 26th, 2008, 05:12 PM
Quote from Hantuchova

"There is no doubt that Jankovic is a very strong player, worthy of her No.1 Title. "

Jankovic exposing a woman dressed and beautiful philosophy to keep the secret

AP "I am also a woman, after all, so I like to take care of their own." Jankovic This is the philosophy of life, in her eyes, who can not bat, but can not do without lipstick and cosmetics.

Indeed, as in today's women's tennis with Serena as a "love the United States," the player, Jankovic will not appear on his sparkling under the spotlight when they appeared listless strange or unusual, and even her In order to be just as a shower came on the end to accept the visit, with wet hair dryer did not apologize to the reporter.

At the beginning of the U.S. women's singles final after losing to Serena, Jankovic has not entered by his first Grand Slam final and lost too depressed for a long time, because the next day she went to New York A very well-known local barber there to do the hair, is also in their own end of the game after tough game 7 of the reward.

"It's very well-known stores, many celebrities have visited there." Jankovic said, "but she did give me a great hair, feeling very uncomfortable, I am there to enjoy the time, let me Looks very beautiful. "

Kill a woman with a unique, Jankovic fulfilled their promise of a prize presentation ceremony, with a check of 750,000 U.S. dollars shopping, "but I do not buy anything for themselves, which is very strange, On the other hand to buy his mother a lot. "

"I like his looks beautiful dressed," in recognition of reporters were always very decent to himself as a "Shining" and "Beautiful", Jankovic laugh like a beautiful flower, has been around Most of all Xinhuanufang compliment, "I always tell myself, should be to smile from the heart, the joy of emotional and optimistic attitude, to enjoy every day life. If they can do, then You can look very 'brilliant'. "

Sep 26th, 2008, 05:13 PM
Aw, that article about the kids is pretty cute, even through the terrible translation. :)

Has Daniela switched her Serbian allegiance since the Squeaky Shoes Incident in Australia? :lol:

Sep 26th, 2008, 05:17 PM
Nice quote from Dani :yeah:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 26th, 2008, 06:53 PM
Err, how DOES a "beautiful flower laugh"? :lol: But I love the phrase, it fits JJ perfectly, somehow!

Sep 26th, 2008, 08:06 PM
My head hurts from these articles, I need a break. :lol:
Aww, that was really nice from Dani! :hug:

Sep 26th, 2008, 10:07 PM
Awww Dani. I almost feel bad having rooted against her in the match, given the fact that she does seem to need a shot in the arm these days. It's too bad, because she was absolutely playing her best tennis at this year's Australian Open.

Sep 26th, 2008, 10:53 PM
Awww Dani. I almost feel bad having rooted against her in the match, given the fact that she does seem to need a shot in the arm these days. It's too bad, because she was absolutely playing her best tennis at this year's Australian Open.

I know :sad:
I thought this would be a break-out year for her after that.

Sep 27th, 2008, 12:36 PM

Jankovic vs Sina: whether one decisive battle hard Zheng Jie have home court advantage

China Open women's singles semi-finals to start the fight. At the end of the lead in the first fight, the game will be the number one seed, beauty Jankovic of Serbia beat Russia to 6-4/2-6/6-4 red, the No. 5 seed Zvonareva Ziwo Na, the first promotion finals . Jankovic in the final with Kuznetsova and Zheng Jie in the second semi-final winner for the current network in the women's singles champion.

After the first time, tennis Sina exclusive dialogue Jankovic, the final opponent, Jan Branch, said Zheng Jie, whether or Kuznetsova will be very hard.

AP: to congratulate you, Yelena, the first to enter the finals, but the market is really just a very difficult game, you own today is satisfied with the performance of it?

Jankovic: This is really a very difficult race, race, I have a lot of ups and downs of the state, sometimes I play good, but sometimes they play very bad, some of the points scored I lost. In any case, however, this is a good game, overall, I played pretty well, I can win this game could be a little lucky.

AP: Let talk about the next game, the final opponent Kuznetsova Zheng Jie, or you wish to run more this?

Jankovic: No matter who will be a very formidable opponent, Zheng Jie and competitions, she has the home favorite to play in China, fans are sure to fuel her. And Kuznetsova and also will not be easy, and last week I was in a 3 to 5-7 in World War II, she lost hope that if she won, I can play a war of revenge. I will make every effort to play their own game, enjoy the atmosphere of the game.

AP: we wish you good luck.

And one from yesterday...

2 Jankovic swept across the long legs of beautiful women all have a (

Sep 27th, 2008, 12:40 PM
And Kuznetsova and also will not be easy, and last week I was in a 3 to 5-7 in World War II, she lost hope that if she won, I can play a war of revenge.


Sep 27th, 2008, 12:43 PM

And one from yesterday...

2 Jankovic swept across the long legs of beautiful women all have a (

And the awesomely bad translations continue.:lol:

Sep 27th, 2008, 12:45 PM
JJ the war veteran... and she has all those war-wounds to prove it.

Sep 27th, 2008, 12:47 PM
I am so :haha:

Hantuchova made the second scoring rate is not very high, very opportunistic Jankovic in the 11th Council in order to complete the crucial break to win 7-5 in the first hard disk.

Sep 27th, 2008, 12:47 PM
JJ the war veteran... and she has all those war-wounds to prove it.

True. And yet, no purple hearts? The injustice is mind boggling!:mad::lol:

Sep 27th, 2008, 12:47 PM
:rolls: :rolls: world war II
oh dear :spit:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 27th, 2008, 12:52 PM
:lol: hilarious!!

Sep 27th, 2008, 01:40 PM
:spit: I love these translations. The WW2 thing :haha:

Sep 27th, 2008, 01:49 PM
may save dance Maleeva Ziwo Na Yang kill himself jumping section of the music

WW2 and Vera may kill herself. What drama! :lol:

Sep 27th, 2008, 01:58 PM

Sep 27th, 2008, 02:43 PM

Sep 27th, 2008, 02:48 PM
English language articles are so boring. Where's the sex scandals? Where's the generous display of his beautiful and sexy? :sobbing:


Jankovic, Roddick into China tennis Open finals
24 minutes ago

BEIJING (AFP) — Andy Roddick was forced to dig deep to beat his unfancied opponent in his China Open semi-final Saturday as women's top seed Jelena Jankovic continued her march towards the title.

The big-serving American battled to a 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1 win against 137-ranked Bjorn Phau while Jankovic staved off a spirited fightback from Vera Zvonareva on the women's side.

Germany's Phau -- ranked 129 places below Roddick -- came into this tournament without a single win on the ATP tour this season but frustrated the second seed with a battling performance.

Roddick hurled his racket to the ground in frustration after losing the second set tie-break but broke Phau's serve three times in the decider.

In the final, Roddick will meet Israel's Dudi Sela, who reached his first ATP final with a 6-3, 6-3 win over seventh seed and Wimbledon semi-finalist Rainer Schuettler.

Sela, who earlier dumped world number five David Ferrer and sixth seed Tommy Robredo from the Beijing tournament, was quickly into his stride, breaking the error-prone Schuettler three times in the opening set.

The 23-year-old kept up his intensity in the second set, forcing what proved to be a decisive break in the sixth game.

He said reaching an ATP final had been a "dream" since breaking into the top 100 of the world rankings.

"Before the match I was very nervous because I wanted to be in the final," he said, adding now he had "nothing to lose."

In the women's draw, Jankovic, last year's losing finalist here, beat Zvonareva 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

The Serbian world number two took the first set against Zvonareva but powerful hitting from the Russian brought her level.

The players swapped breaks at the beginning of the deciding set but Jankovic forced a further break and sealed the match, which lasted two hours 22 minutes.

"The first set I played quite well and I was dominating but then in the second set I lost my energy and let my opponent come on top of me. She was the one dictating the points," Jankovic said.

"It was not easy. Mentally and physically it was quite hard but at the end I managed to stay calm and finish the match in my favour," she added.

The late evening match in Beijing will feature China's Zheng Jie against Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In reaching the last four of the women's 600,000-dollar competition, Zheng has matched the best ever performance by a Chinese player here and her run includes victories over world number four Ana Ivanovic and tenth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska.

Wimbledon semi-finalist Zheng will be looking for a lift from the home fans after she admitted they helped her in her win over Ivanovic, whom she beat on her way to the last four on the grass in London.

Sep 27th, 2008, 03:05 PM

Hao Yan Jankovic full support of friends small German title finally into NO.1

AP September 27, 2008, the first China Open women's singles semi-finals start, the game will be the number one seed, beauty Jankovic of Serbia beat Russia to 6-4/2-6/6-4 red, No. 5 seed Zvonareva Ziwo Na, the first to advance the finals. Jankovic in the final with Kuznetsova and Zheng Jie in the second semi-final winner for the current network in the women's singles champion.

Although the first set at little cost to Shufeng, the second set, Jankovic has been strong resistance Ziwo Na Zvonareva, Jankovic in the third set again to find the control of the state tournament. In this regard, Jankovic said: "The first set I played well, controlled the tempo of the game, the second set because of some lack of physical strength, and competitors have begun to grasp crazy, good in the third set I had to find State of physical and psychological than do her good. "Jankovic third set to fall on the floor, lying on the floor for a while, Jankovic explained:" I do not know why the fall, because the game time A long, it is certain that I was really tired, worn out already! "

Jankovic final opponent Kuznetsova and Zheng Jie will be between the winner and Jankovic that the two rivals are very strong, are eligible to enter the final of the players, she said: "I Zheng Jie and last against the United States Open, I won her, but this time she was home, the audience certainly will give full support to her. "Kuznetsova and in last week's Japan Open victory over Jan-off Division Cavic, Serbia beauty joke: "I am in Tokyo, narrowly lost to her disadvantage, this is my best opportunity for revenge, regardless of rivalry, I want to win." Network in the finals last year, Jankovic Zaouia champion lost out, and again one year after the promotion final, Jankovic directed at the women's singles crown. Not to mention the past, "last year, lost the game, I want to win this year, this is two different games." Jankovic said.

Serbia is a population of only 6,000,000 of the small country, but in recent years, Jankovic and Ivanovic as well as men's tennis in Germany about Stojakovic on the rise so that Serbia is the world's number one national attention Note . Jankovic said frankly: "Serbia is a traditional tennis small country, we have three tennis in the achievements so that we become a model for the younger generation will inspire and encourage them to a good professional player effort. We hope to Serbia set up in some of the tennis center, so that young children have the opportunity to receive training at home without the same as the Ivan and I can go abroad to get good training. "

ATP world ranking third in the men's and Germany about Stojakovic is the best male player, with Serbia as compatriots, Jankovic and Djokovic is a good friend: "We are very good friends, I think he was Has the potential to one day will be the first in the world. "

As for whether or not to shop in China, Jankovic kill laugh: "I do a lot of baggage, but also went on to play games, do not buy too many things at the airport may be able to buy things. My mother a few days into this Busy shopping day, I was busy playing games, you know, but I have to work. "

Sep 27th, 2008, 03:27 PM

Small German title? I thought they were still in China!:confused::lol:

And how does one "kill" a laugh exactly?:scratch::rolls:

Sep 27th, 2008, 04:36 PM
those translations are so scary :tape:

thx sarah :p

Sep 27th, 2008, 05:06 PM
competitors have begun to grasp crazy

When competitors begin to grasp crazy JJ's in trouble for it means they've figured her out.

Sep 27th, 2008, 05:32 PM
It also probably means they're just as crazy as her. Domi, watch out :scared:

Reporters in the activities of the network and top-seeded rally NO.2 Beijing hopes to prove his

As a network in the women's singles top seed Jankovic in the first round of the tournament-free until Wednesday night for the first time took to the field and won the qualifying tournament with Canada Wozniak players of the second round. However, the Serbian girl before the game could not be idle, I have this day on Monday to see her three times.

First, at a press conference held before the game, I asked her, it's a trip to Beijing, than last month's Olympic trip easier it! Entire conference, always smiling Miss Yang Branch, the easy answer, in fact leak - it easily, it makes it easy, the purpose of his pressure is certainly not such a great Olympic Games! However, the good strong line-up of the tournament ah, it definitely will not play easily.

In the afternoon the WTA landing in the Asia-Pacific regional headquarters in Beijing to set up the ceremony, Jankovic as the only foreign player to be invited, and Zheng Jie and Li Na to come together to support. Wearing a full ten centimeters high heels, Jankovic to the scene to pick up a tray of several small selection of dim sum, and then happily Chiqu side of the heart.

Oh, What a good girl, has long been a net worth tens of millions, of the high points of life can maintain such a low, two small cake to eat on the way into a happy.

In the evening, Jankovic appeared in the network-level platinum sponsor of the Kappa organization "Dream rhythm," the theme of the meeting public meeting with the Beijing Tennis Team, a small intimate contact with team members, they returned to the lesson of actual combat training. In the host Huang to mobilize the atmosphere is obvious that the very Jankovic and children enjoy time with her children inculcate - you have to study hard, can not play without study; you have to Smile at all times, because the most important thing is to enjoy the fun of tennis; even in the most difficult times, you do not give up efforts. Jankovic's remarks could not help but make people think that these are not exactly experiencing the best tennis she portrayal of it?

Kappa in the arrangement, as the only newspaper reporters were invited to the media, and Jankovic took to the pitch, "rally" - Of course, is not "a fight," I have not the ability; Jankovic Although not a strong batting said, but she really should be made, not tennis in general be able to withstand the amateur.

See also with Jankovic, easily send some of the difficulty of small ball, so that we can continue the round. Forehand, backhand, volley net, in a lot of fighting, when we came to the net to shake hands, and I Jankovic joked: "I may have been the third time to see you!" Jankovic smile: "yes ah, it really could be a busy day, ah!"

Jankovic is a fun, in the entire match press conference, only her face suddenly grim, that is, "never won a Grand Slam champion in the world" Cruel question. Since the dignity of provocation, the answer Jankovic also quite offensive: "I like tennis, like the feeling of competition, and hope to be able to pitch the level of play; I do not need any further proof of what people, including Media. "

However, in the Beijing Olympic Games after being eliminated early, as Jankovic in the women's singles top seed network, this week in the city have the opportunity to prove himself. She is the 6-to-3 and 7 to 5 to win the second round, could have been much easier, she was to board in the second after 5 minutes to 2 leader, but it was not even up against three; good Experienced Jankovic won the last seven games, 1 / 4 finals will mark the 7 seed, Slovakia beautiful long legs Han map Kewa challenges. ★

Sep 27th, 2008, 08:32 PM

Yang confused actually alleging the Bureau Masters Cup will go to his "complaint" and mother into a shopaholic

AP in a press conference after the match, Jankovic is that she's cute smile, like a bright beautiful flowers duo.

But if she did not care wrong, then secretly smooth the smooth lips, mouth up the bend, then the more lovely.

Women's singles semi-final defeat in the first Ziwo Na Zvonareva, Jankovic in the summary of his performance so far this season when they accidentally made a mistake by actually alleging their will to participate in early November, "Master Cup" The end of the season as a whole, even though 1 second after she found itself wrong, and quickly renamed "WTA finals," but realize that they do not deserve her apology or expression quickly in order to stand on the side of the WTA Kanliao Yan Network Coordinator in the race to make up their own events for men and women will be the fault of the confusion.

And then talked about whether Beijing will be shopping, something unique to the Chinese specialty, she can not help but to the mischievous attitude of the "complaints" from their mothers, straight "over the past few days that she has been in the non-stop shopping" And said, "had to stay in the game to save his strength" and therefore themselves as "that had to do their job", which are interesting dialogue also attracted reporters at the scene were well-meaning laughter.

Finally, referring to his 2008 best moments Memories, Jankovic listed in the United States and its own network of women's singles finals Serena Williams in the face of defeat, "I have the game won, although I lost the final, but it does not matter, I am confident that my moment will eventually come."

Her time will come works in every language ;)

Ian Aberdon
Sep 27th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Can't the WTA just STAY in China - we could have these wacky reports ad infinitum...& sex scandals:hehehe: (& JJ could improve her drumming - eventully...)

Sep 27th, 2008, 08:39 PM
(& JJ could improve her drumming - eventully...):rolls:

I think we'll all be dead by then, but one can only hope!

Sep 27th, 2008, 11:17 PM
After reading all these crazy translations I have problems with articles in normal English - now I read only every forth or fifth word and start changing the word order authomatically so I have to start over a couple of times before I mange to read it properly and understand what's written. :help:

Sep 28th, 2008, 05:47 AM
Oh, What a good girl, has long been a net worth tens of millions, of the high points of life can maintain such a low, two small cake to eat on the way into a happy.
Well, you know, sometimes it's the little things. :lol:

Sep 28th, 2008, 02:39 PM

Award - Jankovic charm shine Haoyan game will be NO.1

AP Beijing on September 28, in the just-concluded 2008 China Open women's singles championship battle, the world number two Jankovic of Serbia beauty of the world to beat 6-3/6-2 No. 7 Kuznetsova of Russia's players red, 5th in a row for the first time since the team won the women's singles champion in the network.

Jankovic is also a game in the last two in a row after losing to Kuznetsova, the successful implementation of revenge on her two wars in Tokyo and Doha this year were lost after the opponent. Won the individual race of the season, following a Telecom Italia Cup second singles crown after Jankovic in the world ranking points will continue to catch up with Serena Williams 4070, at the difference between the two has narrowed To only 21 points.

At the award ceremony after the match, the Beijing Municipal Sports Secretary for Sun Kang-Lin was first runner-up for the award Kuznetsova, fatigue in a row for the race, still in the game was dedicated player, on-site fans Also reported that the tolerance to a very warm applause. Later, Jankovic won the title from the State Sports General Administration Xiao Tian, deputy director of the hands of the women's singles champion took the trophy, and with a smile of her face also take the initiative themselves to the racket of the Xiao Tian, deputy director as a gift, but also extremely international superstar grace.

In an interview on-site host, Kuznetsova said in Beijing on the team's favorite, "Of course, I hope that next year can return to competition here. I have been participating in the Beijing several times, I like to play in Beijing I hope to come back next year. "

And then, the host is also referred to a grand Jankovic in August to participate in the Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing when the new world or the identity of a sister, also received warm applause from the audience viewers Xiang Song, the current small and William James NO.1 fierce battle on the back seat, Jankovic said that a strong self-confidence, "I will once again become the NO.1." In response, her mother in the stands also unusual happy smile, her daughter is once again stand on the championship podium are pleased and proud.

Subsequently, however good or bad the Branch Young could not help but interrupt the host, because it was her only moment of glory, "If possible, you will allow me to say thank you so?" Is attracted laugh at the scene Sound constantly. "First of all I would like to thank Siweilanuo, we have to play a final in Tokyo last week, she beat me, and now she is very grateful to be able to show such magnanimity." Jankovic said, then she is Thanks to the thoughtful audience, the network of the organizing committee, WTA event, as well as all the sponsors, "Thank you, I have always been special treatment."

In addition, Jankovic did not forget to thank his current side the most important of the two, "I am also very grateful to my coach, he has given me great support, on a daily basis to help me." Of course , Yelena Zuiteng will never forget his mother, "my mother, she has always been my number one fan."

Finally, never stopped smiling bloom of Jankovic also like to thank the fans came to the scene, especially those in the special race in Serbia in support of her fans, who have been waving the flag of the motherland as Yelena each scored cry Good, "Thank you, I have come here to watch the game, your fuel really help me a lot. I hope that next year you can see here."

Sep 28th, 2008, 02:40 PM

On-site - Jan VS Branch Cruz night Chiu-Liang Hong Re her children back in the disaster areas in Sichuan

AP Yeliangrushui in the fall of Beijing, but China Open has entered the high point of the fight. Sese wind, the race will be the number one seed Serbia's Jankovic defeated No. 4 seed Russia's Kuznetsova, the former failed to net four times in the title battle, for the first time in Beijing to lift Champions Trophy .

This is the 11 long before the last working day, many about to enter the long holiday came to the choice of honorable people look at sports center field Guo Bayin tennis tournament. Women's singles final, nearly 80 per cent of the attendance, the box is almost filled with spectators. Serbia, like the fans holds few days ago, the same as the one on the west side of the box, and in the eastern side of the box is a special sitting of the square, armed with an inflatable green Jia Youbang of them is from the Sichuan disaster area children.

Jankovic who was still wearing the yellow skirt the war, due to the cold, which put a tight black shorts seven, with only a simple set of rules compared to the blue sport trousers Kuznetsova compared to the more Tim fraction of fashion. Jankovic and shows a keen fashion, the Serbian girl in the break between the Board in order to maintain body temperature in the garb of a wool shawl, and other athletes are usually only a towel under it.

Not long game, Serbia on the square to sing the "Jankovic. Go, Go". Interestingly, the tone so that the opposite is also very interested in children, their school will soon look forward to singing with a moment of the whole field is the voice of the fuel for Jankovic. No. 5 Kuznetsova in the Bureau due to failure to send two break points, but she did not panic, not even a quarter of a complete security fa, the final service is "broken" the beat Jankovic. "Warm-up," Kuznetsova finished off the pants, she's traveling light play a more active and getting in the 6th Board break point, but Jankovic tight defense did not allow opponents succeed, To defuse the crisis after the completion of the issued capital.

Jankovic and No. 7 in the Council in straight sets in the quarter with a love game to complete break, which ignited more passion Serbia fans, they started waving the national flag and scarf for Jankovic to win every one of the high points Voice shouting. Jankovic in the final score of 6-3 to win Xiashou plate, Serbia square in Chinese also repeatedly shouted neat, "Yelena, refueling." Jankovic in the second after Yuezhanyueyong, games are often echoing her son and encouraging the sound of fuel. Three opponents broke serve, Jankovic was also the last to break the beat of solidarity has been handed to her compatriots.

Ian Aberdon
Sep 28th, 2008, 02:50 PM
"beauty of the world" :haha: :haha: - that's BRILLIANT...& sooo true! :hearts:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 28th, 2008, 02:51 PM
Hang on - she was playing Xiao Tian AS WELL?! :lol:

Sep 28th, 2008, 03:54 PM

Roddick, Jankovic win China tennis Open titles
10 minutes ago

BEIJING (AFP) — Andy Roddick held off a fierce challenge from Israeli underdog Dudi Sela to win the China Open final Sunday as top seed Jelena Jankovic sealed the women's title with a thumping win.

Big-serving Roddick, the second seed in the Beijing tournament, overcame 92-ranked Sela 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 while Jankovic defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.

Pushed throughout by his unfancied opponent, Roddick failed to take two match points in the second set tie-break as Sela recovered to level the match.

In the third and deciding set, Sela, who showed a willingness to come into the net throughout, continued to impress with the range of his shot-making, but could not force the break from Roddick.

Instead it was the world number eight who made the crucial breakthrough in the sixth game and despite further scares, he took the set 6-3 in a match lasting just over two hours.

"I think he was definitely playing well this week and I thought he played well today also," Roddick said of Sela, who earlier in the tournament put out top seed David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo.

"At the back of my mind (I knew) I'd played in 38-40 finals and I knew this was his first one so I knew that had to count for something. So I wanted at least to stay in there and compete even though he was the hot player for the majority of the day," he added.

The Israeli was pleased with his performance in the final and said the 524,000-dollar tournament had given him a major confidence boost.

In the women's final, top seed and 2007 runner-up Jankovic beat Russia's Kuznetsova, the 2006 winner, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour, 14 minutes.

From 3-2 down in the first set, Jankovic won nine of the next ten games to establish an iron grip on the match and fourth seed Kuznetsova could not match the intensity of the Serbian's play.

Although Jankovic faltered when serving for the match, a succession of errors from the Kuznetsova racket in the following game gave her another chance and she took the second set 6-2.

Jankovic said she was motivated to beat Kuznetsova after losing to her at this month's Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

She rejected the Russian's assessment that her own error-strewn game had meant she had not had to play her best to win.

"I did what I needed to do to win the match. My level of tennis was enough to win. If she was not in the top of her game I could not really do anything but I think I played good tactically," Jankovic said.

"I really was forcing some of the shots and didn't really allow her to play her game."

Earlier, a disappointed Kuznetsova, who has lost all five finals she has played this year, said: "She was stable like she always does but I could not even let her show a good game because I was doing all the mistakes."

Jankovic's victory in the 600,000-dollar women's tournament takes her to within a handful of points of world number one Serena Williams.

Meanwhile in the men's doubles final, Australia's Stephen Huss and Britain's Ross Hutchins beat Australian Ashley Fisher and Bobby Reynolds, from the United States, 7-5, 6-4.

And in the women's doubles final, the Spanish-Danish team of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Caroline Wozniacki beat Chinese pair Han Xinyun and Xu Yi-Fan 6-1, 6-3.

Sep 28th, 2008, 03:57 PM
Jankovic in the final score of 6-3 to win Xiashou plate, Serbia square in Chinese also repeatedly shouted neat, "Yelena, refueling."
Next time I'm at a match of hers, I'm totally going to shout, "Jelena, refeuling!"

Sep 28th, 2008, 04:32 PM
Jankovic Avenges Tokyo Loss, Wins Beijing Title

BEIJING, China - Last week they played in Japan and this week in China, and the result couldn't have been more different. Svetlana Kuznetsova won a thriller in the quarterfinals of Tokyo but in the title match of Beijing it was all Jelena Jankovic, as the Serb cruised to her second Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title of the year at the China Open.

Kuznetsova came into the title match of the $600,000, Tier II tournament with a distinct edge in the pair's head-to-head. She had won four of their six previous meetings, including winning their last four matches on hardcourts; one of those came just last week in front a royal crowd that included Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, where the Russian won, 26 75 75. But on Sunday it was Jankovic who came up the victor and in impressive fashion, breaking her opponent five out of nine times and losing serve just once herself during a one-hour, 14-minute, 63 62 rout.

"Svetlana beat me two times this year," said Jankovic, who lost to the Russian in the semifinals of Dubai and last week in Tokyo. "I was really motivated to get a win against her, and winning in two sets is very satisfying. Having played her last week I was really able to analyze my game against hers, and it worked."

"I'm disappointed. I wasn't moving to the ball or doing the right things on the court; I love playing here, so it was disappointing to not play well in the final," Kuznetsova said. "But she played well today. She was consistent as always. I think we both played better in Tokyo, but she played better than me today."

This was the second China Open final for Jankovic. She made the final last year and probably should have won the title, as she led by a set and 5-1 - and match point - over underdog Agnes Szavay. But Szavay hit a second serve ace to keep herself in the match and eventually pulled off one of the great comebacks of the year, winning 67(7) 75 62, and announcing herself in the Top 20 afterwards.

"I didn't think about last year today," Jankovic said. "This year is different. I'm a different player and this was a different atmosphere. I was thinking positively.

"I'm happy to win the title of course. I'm close to gaining the No.1 spot again, but I'm just trying to focus on playing one match at a time and working on my game. I would love to come back to No.1 and end the year at No.1."

Both Jankovic and Kuznetsova were hoping to turn the tides on dismal finals records. Jankovic came into the final having lost five of her last six while Kuznetsova had even more of a block, losing nine of her last 10. Thanks to her somewhat erratic play and Jankovic's good form, the Russian fell to 10 for 11 with the loss. Jankovic won her second title of the year, and the seventh of her career.

Jankovic had a tougher time reaching the final than Kuznetsova. She had a tussle against qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak in her opener, allowing the Canadian to rally from 5-2 down in the second set before winning, 63 75. In the quarterfinals against No.7 seed Daniela Hantuchova she saved two set points down 5-4 in the first set before finding her range and earning a 75 61 win, and in the semis she battled for two hours and 22 minutes to get past No.5 seed Vera Zvonareva, 64 26 64. Meanwhile, Kuznetsova didn't drop a set and spent significantly less time to get to the title match (3:46 to Jankovic's 5:21). But it didn't help in the end.

Apart from the two finalists, Zheng Jie was the headline grabber of the week, making it all the way to the semifinals with wins over Agnieszka Radwanska, Ai Sugiyama and Ana Ivanovic before falling to Kuznetsova in a tight two-setter on Saturday night. The Chinese's wins over Radwanska and Ivanovic served as her second and third career Top 10 wins, after her shock win over a No.1-ranked Ivanovic at Wimbledon (where she became the first Chinese to beat a No.1).

The doubles final, which followed the singles final on Sunday night, saw the unseeded, first-time pairing of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Caroline Wozniacki taking out Chinese duo Han Xinyun and Xu Yi-Fan, 61 63. Medina Garrigues won her fourth Tour doubles title of the year and the 12th of her career; Wozniacki picked up her first Tour doubles title. Han and Xu were playing their second Tour doubles final together, having been runners-up at this event last year.

Sep 28th, 2008, 04:33 PM

Roddick, Jankovic take China Open titles
By STEPHEN WADE – 47 minutes ago

BEIJING (AP) — No smashed racket this time, but Andy Roddick did show fans his volatile temper in beating Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 Sunday to win the China Open.

After winning the first set and leading the second with an early break, Roddick served a double fault and then botched a shot at the net. That allowed Sela to break back, and Roddick lost his cool.

With a powerful underhand swoosh, the American sent a tennis ball high over the crowd and out of the two-tiered Beijing Tennis Center.

"I didn't break anything," Roddick joked later, alluding to Friday's quarterfinal victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero, when he shattered the head of his racket in a fit of anger.

In the women's final, top-seeded Jelena Jankovic defeated No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2. It was the Serb's second title this season and the seventh of her career. It also made up for losing in last year's final to Agnes Szavay of Hungary.

It was Kuznetsova's fifth final this season — and her fifth loss.

The victory left Jankovic just 21 points behind No. 1 Serena Williams in the WTA rankings. They are both scheduled to play in Stuttgart, Germany, in the next WTA event. Six other 10 top players are also in the field.

Roddick dug deep to defeat Sela, a player ranked 92nd by the ATP — but a clever one who managed to keep many of Roddick's blistering serves in play and then frustrated him with repeated lobs and passing shots from the backhand and forehand.

Roddick failed to close out the match in the second-set tiebreaker. With Roddick serving and leading 6-4, Sela won four straight points to win the tiebreaker. Sela raced to his chair, sat down quickly and clenched his right fist.

"In the back of my mind, I knew I'd played in 38-40 finals and I knew this was his first one," Roddick said. "I knew that had to count for something. I wanted to stay in there and compete, even though he was the hot player for the majority of the day."

Roddick won twice earlier this year, taking a tournament in February in San Jose, Calif., and in March in Dubai. It was his 40th final, and his 26th career ATP title.

Sela is the first Israeli to reach an ATP final since Harel Levy in 2000, although he failed to become the first Israeli winner since Amos Mansdorf in 1993.

Sela managed to relax after a nervous first set, returning better and making Roddick work.

He said he lost concentration in the sixth game of the final set, allowing Roddick to break and take control. Still, he saw consolation in the defeat.

"This helps a lot," Sela said. "It's a lot of confidence that showed I can play with these big players."

Jankovic's victory avenged two losses this season to Kuznetsova, one just a week ago in Tokyo.

"When I came on court I really was motivated and came out with a game plan, especially after playing her last week," said Jankovic, a former top-ranked player.

Though she could replace Williams as No. 1 after next week's tournament in Stuttgart, Jankovic would prefer to be in that spot when the season ends. She also has winning her first grand slam in mind.

"I will work very hard in the offseason, trying to get stronger and fitter and trying to bring my tennis game to the next level," Jankovic said. "Hopefully I can win a grand slam next year."

Sep 28th, 2008, 04:35 PM

Jankovic and Roddick clinch China Open titles
Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:58am EDT

BEIJING (Reuters) - World number two Jelena Jankovic beat fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-2 to win the China Open women's title on Sunday, while Andy Roddick ended the dream run of unseeded Israeli Dudi Sela to win the men's event.

Jankovic, beaten by Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last week, was rarely troubled as the Russian world number seven slumped to her fifth final defeat this year.

"She does not really have a good record in the finals. She kind of has that problem in the back of her mind and it always helps when you are going to play (under such circumstances)," said Jankovic, who picked up her second tour title of the year.

After both players surrendered early service breaks, 23-year-old Serb Jankovic was the first to settle, closing out the first set in 32 minutes before steam-rolling the former U.S. Open champion in the second.

Kuznetsova racked up 14 unforced errors in the first set alone and struggled all over the court.

"I was not moving to the ball, I was not doing things on the court... I couldn't let (Jankovic) show her good game because I was making all the mistakes," said the Russian.

The win moves Jankovic only 21 points shy of re-claiming the number one spot from Serena Williams, who beat her to take the U.S. Open, and sets up a potential showdown with the American at the Stuttgart Grand Prix next week.


In the men's final, American Roddick secured a 6-4 6-7 6-3 victory over Sela, who had knocked out top seed David Ferrer of Spain and sixth seed Tommy Robredo.

Former U.S. Open champion Roddick looked to be on his way to a quick win after wrapping up the first set in 30 minutes but the tenacious Israeli fought back to force a tie-break and push the final to a decider.

"I told you guys yesterday, he probably played the best out of anyone thus far in this tournament," Roddick said of his 92nd-ranked opponent.

Sela faltered serving at 2-3 in the final set, however, opening the door for Roddick to close out the match with a barrage of aces, and leaving the Israeli ruing his momentary lapse.

Roddick's victory moves him closer to clinching one of the four remaining spots for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in November, exclusive to the year's eight top-performing players.

Swiss Roger Federer, Spain's Rafael Nadal, Briton Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic of Serbia have already qualified for the prestigious Shanghai event.

Sep 28th, 2008, 05:24 PM

WTA officials Network: Jankovic all the way battle for the summit

AP Beijing on September 28, the total prize money of 600,000 U.S. dollars for the second WTA China Open tournament drew to an end. Top seed Jankovic in the women's singles final of the success of Revenge of Russia's Kuznetsova, the fifth in a row in the battle field in the net after the championship get ahead. This game not only the recent experience of the Serbs champion Arakawa won the season's second title, while Jankovic was also reported last week in Tokyo Station 1 / 4 finals of a stone's enemies. In all competitions after the end of the network, WTA tournament on the net official summarized.

In the net before the final, Jankovic and Kuznetsova in the game has a splendid record in history, the Russian girl made against six times in the four victories, but more importantly: last week's tournament in Tokyo Station , Kuznetsova, including His Royal Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, in front of a large audience to 2-6/7-5/7-5 out Jankovic. Then just a week after the Serbs on the new stand in the face of the net in the final game, in this thrilling contest, the No. 1 seed has won 9 times break opportunity to honor the success of the 5 break points, only Spent 1 hour and 14 minutes to sweep to 6-3/6-2 opponent, the success of revenge.

"Svetlana This year I have won twice." Jankovic in Tokyo, also in the race before the Dubai Open lost to Kuznetsova. "I very much hope that she was able to overcome, and in the 2 to resolve the fighting is satisfied with me. Because just last week, had a fight, so I understand how to deal with her, and I worked very hard."

After losing the champion Kuznetsova was not so easy: "I am very disappointed. I do not run the place, not on the court due to play. I like to play here, so this final The worst performance I am disappointed. "But the Russians still affirmed the opponent's play:" She played great today, very strong. This time, the performance of the two of us have to stop over in Tokyo last week, but she played more than I am well. "

This is the second time in Jankovic reached the final of the net. Last year, the Serbs have insisted on at the end of the battle, but won before the high voice, but that she never forget the loss, Jankovic in the second set 5-1 ahead of the missed match point , Hungary girls were zaouia reversed the score of that game for 7-6 (7) / 5-7/2-6, while the net in the victory will be sent to a young zaouia WTA top 20 ranks.

"Today I did not think about last year's final." Jankovic do not want this loss to bring their own shadow: "This year, and not the same as in the past, and I also own a huge difference from the previous, with the atmosphere of today's finals in the past also Different. I just want some positive aspects. "Won the championship in the net after Jankovic's world ranking points will continue to grow, approaching once again No.1. "Of course I am happy took champion. I once again close to the No.1 position. But I must focus on race. Extremely I hope to return to the position in the world, and can win in the first year-end. "

To participate in the network run for the two players with a hope to change the title in a row over the final fate. Jankovic in the last six championship battle won only once, while Kuznetsova will be the situation even worse, the Russians in the last ten finals only to get a victory. Jankovic's Jigaoyichou successfully laugh at the end of Serbia harvested in the second of the season after the Champions singles title career total will reach 7, and Kuznetsova's poor can only embarrassed himself The final record a further increase in the loss.

Recalling Jankovic advance of the trip, the Serbs reached the finals of the road is not flat. In the face of the first battle Wozniak, has experienced a number one seed Wu Zhang, hand in the first set victory, 5-2 in the second set of circumstances leading to a deficit of Canadians would like, eventually by 6-3 / The total score of 7-5 to win difficult. 1 / 4 finals, Jankovic in the face of superior strength, the same Hantuchova, the first game of the two lucky enough to escape after the stock will recapture the initiative, which will eventually 7-5/6-1 out 7 Seed. No. 1 seed in the semi-finals suffered a marathon battle with the No. 5 seed Zvonareva fight Ziwo Na 2 hours 22 minutes only to the total score 6-4/2-6/6-4 difficult to win. In contrast, Kuznetsova in the final before a loss is not, the game took 3 hours total, only 46 minutes, Jankovic than the 5 hours 21 minutes a drop of nearly two hours, but eventually they did not Russia has become one of the advantages.

Excluding the final two players, China's Zheng Jie's performance this week is also very eye-catching. Out in a row in the A-Radwan ska, and Ai Sugiyama, Ivanovic, and so on after the success of the master Chuangrusijiang, Zheng Jie in the semi-finals in a very close match Kuznetsova lost. A-consecutive victory over Radwan ska Ivanovic and two Top10 master Zheng Jie also made his career against top ten players to win three games to increase performance, and Wimbledon and the network in the two historic victory also She made the law against Ivanovic winner of two straight.

Follow the singles final for the doubles championship for the first time the team partner Ron Garriques Wo Zini Aceh and to the total score 6-1/6-3 home sweep of Han Xin Yun / Xu a pennant. Spain is a network of veteran Ron Garriques title of the season made the first 4 doubles title, this is also her career in the 12th game to win the doubles. Denmark Wo Zini young girl Aceh is the first time taste the taste of doubles titles. Chinese teenager Han Xin Yun / Xu has been a banner year in a row at home to reach the finals, but harvested only two runner-up title.

It's not directly about Jelena, but I found it interesting

Eva Cruz complained that not all been less than satisfactory refused to runner-up for the failure of critical life

AP Beijing on September 28, the end of the evening in the 2008 China Open women's singles championship battle, the world number two Jankovic of Serbia beauty to beat 6-3/6-2 Article 7 of the world's top players red Kuznetsova of Russia, 5th in a row for the first time since the team won the women's singles champion in the network. As the 2006 champion Kuznetsova entered the final again two years later, however, to lift the championship trophy to the laughter is the best opponent Jankovic.

After attending the ceremony Kuznetsova wearing a simple sportswear-loaded press conference came to the scene after Tokyo last week, the promotion of the finals again with the champion Kuznetsova missed. Yesterday, the market may be the night's semi-finals Zheng Jie and spent much of the physical Kuznetsova, her final move clear as yesterday.

Kuznetsova has also frankly: "I do not feel in competition, the market is moving slowly, into a rival to control the rhythm of the game." Kuznetsova not only dissatisfied with the performance of their own, that the same opponent Jan Branch Cavic's performance is not as a week before the Tokyo game, Kuznetsova said: "I played bad, but we both pitch well beaten."

This season, the WTA Tour, Kuznetsova into the finals five times, but has finished second five times, as if bad luck to allow former U.S. women's singles champion not to win in the final cycle. Kuznetsova did not agree, "Every game is different, in the final, of course, I want to win. This year I took part in the race, 20 have five points entering the final game, I felt this year Good record, do not get title of the sole criterion for judging success. "

Reporters at the reference is only three questions after the conference site had a brief awkward, is also host also asked what the problem? Kuznetsova said the co-ordination on an "OK?", Got up quickly, and so on before the end of the conference moderator announced that, on the rush to leave the conference site. Although the champion appeared to think not represent all, but lost the finals Kuznetsova certainly does not feel happy!

Sep 28th, 2008, 06:52 PM

Jan Lueshifendai Bureau reporter cited praise and Serena do not fear for

AP Beijing on September 28, Sunday night at the end of the 2008 China Open women's singles championship battle, the world number two Jankovic of Serbia beauty to 6-3/6-2 Beat No. 7 world ranking of the players red Kuznetsova of Russia, 5th in a row for the first time since the team won the women's singles champion in the network.

Flickered into the conference venue of the spirits Jankovic, Lueshifendai, Dianran red lips, or signs of cauda equina high hair, when she put on a stylish two-piece black shirt, Dengzhe Full 10 cm high heels! Reporters at the scene for her well-dressed group applauded, there is a direct male reporter shouted, "Haopiaolianga," Jankovic has also been reported to the sweet smile, though she did not understand the Chinese phrase meaning, but to understand clearly Is a compliment, it appears to be quite acceptable to the people.

The network is in the final of the season Jankovic and Kuznetsova at the WTA Tour's third deal, Dubai and Tokyo the previous two games Jankovic all ended in failure, in the final game of the net Jankovic's last laugh in the most sweet revenge successful manner, Jankovic said: "She lost twice before, so their game play is very dynamic, I am very satisfied with today's game. "Kuznetsova against Jankovic and that they are not playing today, Serbia is not such a beautiful view, she said:" I played a game in their normal level of her play, she is not good Its own problems, I have a good enough performance to win the game. "Turning to the opponent Kuznetsova lost her opponent in that year's final performance was not so good, if 1 / 4 finals and semi-finals, She may have hit the ball very well.

In the network arena, as the number one seed Jankovic, like the Queen has been Chinese and compatriots from Serbia fans the most applause, Jankovic said he very much enjoy the fans for their tickets, she said: "I am enjoying And also to thank the fans for their support, I do not think I have gone through hard efforts deserve! "

Award at the scene on the stage, the beauty Enhances Jankovic made up their lip gloss, radiant stand under the spotlight. Jankovic has said: "This is my habit, I like make-up, I like to do hair, the girls all love to do so.'s Possible some women are not used to do."

In the net to win the next game after Jankovic's world ranking points away from the world's number one Serena's 21 points before Jankovic expressed the hope that despite the to the end of the first in the world this season, but got in the net after the crown She's very low-key, "I think it is good for every game, learn from the game, of course, I am in the post-season training will be harder."

Next week, the world number one Serena and world number two Jankovic will be the Porsche Grand Prix in Germany on the NO.1 continue the battle, which she said: "Because we were two Games is the number one and second seed, most likely in the final encounter, it will be a very interesting game, just like the U.S. finals. I would like to become the world's number one, but I am more concerned about is In the next game. "

Sep 28th, 2008, 07:25 PM
oh how i will miss those manglings!

Sep 28th, 2008, 08:48 PM
Okay, if there is any original Chinese article you guys want me to translate I'll do it gladly :lol:

Sep 28th, 2008, 09:13 PM
Ellery :haha:

Sep 28th, 2008, 09:55 PM
You are very welcome Ellery:wavey::lol:

Sep 29th, 2008, 07:06 AM
"all the way battle for the summit"...I like it