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maya-serbia
Oct 26th, 2008, 10:51 AM
CONGRATS JELENA ! :kiss:

JadeFox
Oct 26th, 2008, 11:26 AM
She'll end the year no 1. Yay! Drinks all around!:drink::aparty:

Balltossovic
Oct 26th, 2008, 04:09 PM
Hey JJ'ers. Just doing a quick:drive:post to say congrats on JJ making year end number one:bigclap:.
Both our girls had a great 08 and I hope we will see a fierce rivalry in 09:bounce:

Watch out for the Serbs in Doha and 09 byatches:armed:

Piska
Oct 26th, 2008, 05:32 PM
http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/3867/jankovic08yearendno1200tb1.jpg

is this pic new?
does it mean, that JJ was in Florida with Larry Scott yeasterday?:eek:

ChriS.
Oct 26th, 2008, 10:18 PM
I had no idea when I started following JJ that she might ever get to number 1. I just loved the way she played. It feels great to have backed such a winner.

~Kiera~
Oct 27th, 2008, 01:56 PM
http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2008/10/more-roadmap-rumblings-sven-serena-and-jj-weigh-in.html

From the same Tennis article I referenced before (here (http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2008/10/from-svens-mouth-to-gods-ears.html))

The new calendar reduces the number tournament Top 10 players must enter per season from 13 to 10, not including the four majors. Players are required to enter Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, and Beijing, and si other Premier-level events. The off-season, now seven weeks, will be eight weks, and perhaps nine or 10 if a player doesn't qualify for the season-ending championships or play in the Fed Cup final. There's also a longer greak between Wimbledon and the first tournament of the North American hard-court season (three weeks compared to one this year).

To compel the game's top talent to play the most important events, the tour has adjusted the ranking system so its Premier-level tournaments are weighted more heavily. And if the players miss the top events, they will no longer be allowed to substitute points earned at smaller tournaments; instead a zero will be factored into their ranking. The tour can also suspend players if they skip and tournament and don't agree to help promote the event.

The WTA hopes the schedule will reduce injuries and improve business, as guaranteeing more stars at larger events will attract more fans and bring in more money. Yet Groeneveld and others worr that the best women will ahve to play additional tournaments to maintain their rankings. "With the season shortening, they're putting a lot more pressure on [the top players] physically and mentally," Groeneveld says.

Serena Williams agrees. "I don't think the new schedule limits anything, really," she says. "The season ends sooner, but you play more faster."

Larry Scott, the tour's CEO, says players who commit to the most important events and do well at them will find that the new season helps them in the long run. "If players wind up feeling burnt out or playing to much, it will be because they chose to play extra events," he says. "It won't be because the system forces it, that's for sure."

Jelena Jankovic, who played 97 singles matches in 2007, without, she says, so much as breaking a nail, doesn't worry too much about the schedule. "It's the way you prepare and the way your body is," she says. "You can't expect that just because you play less tournaments you are going to be healthy."

~Kiera~
Oct 27th, 2008, 06:31 PM
From her site:

FANS GATHERED TO WELCOME JELENA JANKOVIC BACK | 26.10.2008.

Company Knjaz Milos organized gathering for Jelena Jankovic and her fans

After winning three tournaments in a row and coming to the first place on the WTA list Jelena’s fans had an opportunity to meet her and congratulate for her great achievements. Jelena is a promo person for Knjaz Milos Aqua Viva Hydroactive brand and this event was an opportunity for fans to see her, take pictures with her, and get their special JJ auto gram on their Aqua Viva Hydroactive bottles.

"I am truly happy to see this many of you gathered her. Thank you for your great support which means a world to me. I am proud of my self because I trained very hard and always believed that I can do much more and much better. Time of injuries is behind me and I would like to continue this path and reach the top. I am also thankful to Knjaz Milos company for this great event and I have to say that it’s not that hard to achieve top results with my Aqua Viva Hydroacitve" - said Jelena Jankovic on this occasion.

Ian Aberdon
Oct 27th, 2008, 06:39 PM
Hmm...must try this AQUA VIVA HYDROACTIVE some time...is that another name for...........

WATER ?

:lol:

RFS
Oct 27th, 2008, 07:58 PM
umm.. flavoured water, actually - apparantly peach (Zoja bought me a bottle but in the interests of fitting the bottle of plum brandy that her dad gave me... all I brought back was... the Aqua Viva ... label :lol:

Ian Aberdon
Oct 27th, 2008, 08:42 PM
Oh ROZZIE!!!! :lol:

RFS
Oct 27th, 2008, 09:33 PM
Yeash - but wait until the blog - I fear it's gonna be a while before I venture near that bottle!!!

jj_625
Oct 28th, 2008, 02:48 AM
hackers. on jj's website. =.= fuckers.

schorsch
Oct 28th, 2008, 06:04 AM
JJ makes the kick-off of honour for the match between La Nucia and Castellon-B

The nr.1 tennis player :hearts: of the WTA made the kick-off of honour for the soccer match between La Nucia C.F. and Castellon B. The Serbian tennis player was the lucky charm for La Nucia who went on to win and became the leader of their league by doing so.
Before the encounter between La Nucia C.F and Castellon B a little hommage for Jelena Jankovic and her coach Ricardo Sanchez was held in the centre of the soccer field of the Ciutat Esportiva Camilo Cano. Bernabe Cano, mayor of La Nucia gave them two awards of gratitude for choosing La Nucia to prepare for the YEC in Doha, that will see the eight best player in the world.
Lets remember that the JJ's excellent season saw her becoming nr.1 in the world ranking since 11th Augsust 08, also being a finalist at the US Open. This young Serb's tennis career (23 years old) has been brilliant ever since she burst on the scene in 2000 as a 15-year-old. In 2008 due to her big amount of points she collected by her great results she's locked the nr.1 ranking at the end of the year even if she doesn't win Doha, but her intention is clearly to win it. She acknowledges part of her success was due to her Spanish coach Ricardo Sanchez.

http://www.lanucia.es/documentos/imagenes/mid_DSC09260.jpg

schorsch
Oct 28th, 2008, 06:20 AM
Btw La Nucia isnt in Madrid but near Alicante at the Costa Blanca... ( in Valencia)

JJ tracker:

http://www.traum-ferienwohnungen.de/bilder/karten/9917.png

Ian Aberdon
Oct 28th, 2008, 07:03 AM
A JJ Tracker! :haha: Love it!!! :bowdown: Is there a secret device attached to her shoe that she doesn't know about? :lol: We could track her EVERY move....:angel:

schorsch
Oct 28th, 2008, 08:09 AM
It's a secret :angel:

jj_625
Oct 28th, 2008, 10:45 AM
naaw. JJ's left footed it seems :)

Just Do It
Oct 28th, 2008, 01:50 PM
Any articles about Albanians hacking Jelena's website ?

RFS
Oct 28th, 2008, 02:02 PM
Jesus - what the fuck are her website team doing?
(well... not much, it would seem!)

Just Do It
Oct 28th, 2008, 02:11 PM
^ It looks they put it down until they fix it. I guess they have to do something on the website protection because Albanians will most definitely strike again.

RFS
Oct 28th, 2008, 02:21 PM
well quite - it's happened often enough now that they need to get their act together!

~Kiera~
Oct 28th, 2008, 03:30 PM
Any articles about Albanians hacking Jelena's website ?

It's been picked up by a few sites, although there doesn't seem to be much information.

http://www.rts.rs/page/sport/sr/story/38/Tenis/24562/Hakeri+napali+sajtove+Jelene+Jankovi%C4%87+i+Ane+I vanovi%C4%87.html

http://www.blic.co.yu/sport.php?id=62869

http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/football/text.php?vest=114020

http://www.24sata.co.yu/vesti.php?id=36904

Kampi
Oct 28th, 2008, 06:45 PM
It's been picked up by a few sites, although there doesn't seem to be much information.

http://www.rts.rs/page/sport/sr/story/38/Tenis/24562/Hakeri+napali+sajtove+Jelene+Jankovi%C4%87+i+Ane+I vanovi%C4%87.html

http://www.blic.co.yu/sport.php?id=62869

http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/football/text.php?vest=114020

http://www.24sata.co.yu/vesti.php?id=36904


This really makes me angry. Btw, Ana's site was also hacked.

Ian Aberdon
Oct 28th, 2008, 07:28 PM
So this is a calculated hack by the Albanians? :confused:

Just Do It
Oct 28th, 2008, 09:52 PM
Albanians hacked web site of Serbian Orthodox church this year as well, I guess they would hack every Serbian web site they can. I doubt this has anything to do with Jelena personally :lol:

Jelena's site works fine now, but I doubt mods and administrators changed anything in terms of security :lol:

ChriS.
Oct 28th, 2008, 11:21 PM
JJ makes the kick-off of honour for the match between La Nucia and Castellon-B

The nr.1 tennis player :hearts: of the WTA made the kick-off of honour for the soccer match between La Nucia C.F. and Castellon B. The Serbian tennis player was the lucky charm for La Nucia who went on to win and became the leader of their league by doing so.
Before the encounter between La Nucia C.F and Castellon B a little hommage for Jelena Jankovic and her coach Ricardo Sanchez was held in the centre of the soccer field of the Ciutat Esportiva Camilo Cano. Bernabe Cano, mayor of La Nucia gave them two awards of gratitude for choosing La Nucia to prepare for the YEC in Doha, that will see the eight best player in the world.
Lets remember that the JJ's excellent season saw her becoming nr.1 in the world ranking since 11th Augsust 08, also being a finalist at the US Open. This young Serb's tennis career (23 years old) has been brilliant ever since she burst on the scene in 2000 as a 15-year-old. In 2008 due to her big amount of points she collected by her great results she's locked the nr.1 ranking at the end of the year even if she doesn't win Doha, but her intention is clearly to win it. She acknowledges part of her success was due to her Spanish coach Ricardo Sanchez.

http://www.lanucia.es/documentos/imagenes/mid_DSC09260.jpgThis photo is puzzling me. At first she looked left footed then right. I am sure she is kicking with her right foot but why is her left foot on the right of the ball?

schorsch
Oct 29th, 2008, 12:05 AM
ok another article, but this time i am too lazy to translate so google helped :devil:

No. 1 OF THE TENNIS WORLD ENDS ITS PREPARATION Jelena Jankovic in La Nucia
The tennis player Jelena Jankovic, No. 1 female tennis world WTP (Women's Professional Tennis), has today completed its preparation for the Masters in Doha (Qatar) in the Ciutat Esportiva Camilo Cano La Nucia. Serbian tennis player has trained for 6 days at the sports center nuciero.

The excellent season Jelena Jankovic led him to No 1 female tennis world since last August, particularly since the Aug. 11, 2008, after the U.S. Open where he was runner-up. The race tenística of this young 23-year-old Serb has been brilliant since his debut on the professional circuit in 2000 with just 15 years. The right hand of 1.77 and 59 kilograms has been overcome season to season, burning stages and consolidated in the top ten worldwide since 2006. In 2001 ended the season as the 361st of WTP, in 2002 ended the 194 th, in 2003, the 85th, 2004 the 28th, 2006 the 12th and in 2007 the 3rd. In 2008 the accumulated points has secured the first break in the world ranking, regardless of the outcome of the Masters in Doha (Qatar), although its intent is to achieve this. Much of this success is due to what the Spanish coach Ricardo Sanchez.
"I think Jelena Jankovic goes very well with the Masters and our goal is to win it. We've been catching the first few days after a small vacation from tennis over the last few days and we have improved their standard of play. We are working their second serve which I think is the key to stay at No. 1 next year, "says Ricardo Sanchez, coach of Jelena Jankovic.
The trainings have been developed in the Ciutat Esportiva Camilo Cano morning and afternoon last Thursday from October 23 until today, Tuesday Oct. 28. Their sparring in training has been the tennis alfasino Juan Miguel Such.
"We are very pleased the treatment and facilities of La Nucia and do not rule out returning in the near future. We want to thank everyone for their cooperation in these 6 days where the only thing that has not been accompanied had the time "says Jelena Jankovic.

Masters Doha
The Master's Tournament in Doha (Qatar) 8 best meet the current world of tennis rackets from 4 to Nov. 9. Among them is the current number one Jelena Jankovic was the first which gained its classification together with Dinara Safina (2nd WTP), Serena Williams (3rd WTP), Elena Dementieva (4th WTP), Ana Ivanovic (5th WTP), Vera Zvonareva ( 6th WTP)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (7th WTP) and Venus Williams (8th WTP). This tournament is now called the Master Sony Ericsson Championship is the tournament that ends the season with a succulent economic prize of 4.45 million dollars.
"We want to thank once again to Jelena Jankovic and his coach Ricardo La Nucia who have chosen to prepare the Master of Doha.Nunca had trained in our sports center of both an athlete level. This presence confirms the good work done in terms of investment in sports facilities in recent years in La Nucia. We hope it is the beginning of a great relationship and that Jelena come back soon to train in La Nucia. "Barnabas says Cano, mayor of La Nucia.
http://www.lanucia.es/documentos/imagenes/mid_DSC09346.jpg

schorsch
Oct 29th, 2008, 12:18 AM
aaaaaand another one:

* The tennis player prepares for the Masters in Doha, featuring the eight best women's racquets

At the U.S. Open, where he played his first final of a Grand Slam, lost to Serena Williams
La Nucia, Alicante .- The tennis player Jelena Jankovic, current world number one said that this season has been crucial to their participation in the U.S. Open, where he played his first final of a Grand Slam, who lost to Serena Williams, already who said that since there was a different player.

Jankovic, who since last week is located in the village of La Nucia Alicante preparing for its participation in the Masters in Doha, featuring the eight best female rackets, is assured to finish the year as world number one, regardless of their performance in the tournament Qatari.

"I think there is a Jelena Jelena before and after the dispute after the U.S. Open. There has been a big evolution in my game and I hope to be a very high level in Doha," said the Serbian tennis player, trained by the Spanish Ricardo Sanchez , Who thanked her work to help her get to the top of women's tennis.

"I'm very happy for having achieved the number 1, because it was my goal since I got into the hands of Ricardo Sanchez, who only got words of thanks for their work, effort and patience and have managed to bring out the best of me for be where I am now, "he said.

Despite its privileged position, Jankovic stressed that further efforts are needed to improve its performance in all areas and strive for their first title in a Grand Slam.

"I have to continue to fight to be the best, and that is why I am working hard to polish up those deficiencies I have in my game. I am enhancing the speed in his legs, strategic moves and the second serve. I think if we can improve this aspect, I will not just close the year as number one, but I think next year I can compete in many Grand Slam final, "explained

"We will end the year in the best way, which is still the best. Although it has been my goal and the only thing that I fought, now my efforts are going to continue to be improved in order to prove that I can win on any surface and any rival, "he added.

His status as world tennis is a circumstance that the tennis player from Belgrade said that it "has not changed at all my personality and my habits. I am the same Jelena in a few months or even years, and now for being the best tennis I am not going to neglect my family and friends. "

"My feelings are happy with the situation in which I encounter, but it would not be possible nor had it not work and effort behind," continued the Balkan tennis.

Regarding the Masters, which puts an end to the season, Jankovic said that it is a great opportunity to prove that he is strong, but qualified that this convinced that Dinara Safina, the Williams sisters, Elena Dementieva, Anna Ivanovic, Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova, will be at a high level and the fans will enjoy.

"I hope I can be classified as two groups of four players and be in the final. My dream would be to end the year with this tournament," footnote.

Finally, he wanted to thank "the hospitality and the good treatment that Bernabé Cano (Deputy County Sports and Mayor of La Nucia) has given me during this week of training."

"It was a total success for having come here to regain strength and find the ideal preparation for the Masters Tournament being held in Doha. Surely it will repeat the experience has been very good," he concluded.

RFS
Oct 29th, 2008, 06:21 AM
he??
Lord Jelena... a lot of changes it seems!

schorsch
Oct 29th, 2008, 07:16 AM
JJ profile from wtatour.com for the YEC :

hampionships Profile: Jelena Jankovic

DOHA, Qatar - It is testimony to Jelena Jankovic's amazing consistency throughout 2008 that she was the first to qualify for the Sony Ericsson Championships, even before she achieved her best ever Grand Slam result as the US Open. Grand Slam success is, after all, the quickest way for a player to propel herself in the Race to the season-ending showcase. But while Jankovic's efforts this year at the majors - including two semis and that final at Flushing Meadows - are not to be sneered at, the real story was the way she delivered week in, week out at the events that are the backbone of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

The superbly skilled baseliner's qualification for the Sony Ericsson Championships - her second - was announced in July, the same day as that of fellow Serb, Ana Ivanovic. At that point Jankovic owned 2,770 points, nine more than her compatriot. But by the time her finals run at Flushing Meadows and a three-tournament winning streak late in the season was added to the calculations, the 23-year-old had left all rivals in the dust. Jankovic finished the Race with 4,786 points, ahead of Russia's Dinara Safina, at 3,823 points.

Although Jankovic collected four titles - matching Safina and Serena Williams - the first didn't come until May, with successful defense of her Tier I crown at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. However she made a strong start to the year by reaching the semis at the Australian Open, only to be beaten by eventual champion Maria Sharapova, and by the time Roland Garros (and a grueling semifinal loss to Ivanovic) rolled around, had never failed to reach the quarterfinals. As well as reaching the last eight five times Jankovic made the semis at Dubai and Indian Wells, and was a finalist at Miami - the latter two tournaments both at the Tier I level.

In this context, a fourth round loss to Tamarine Tanasugarn at Wimbledon was a disappointment; not only was Jankovic the No.2 seed, she was a contender for the No.1 ranking following the retirement of Justine Henin. But after a few weeks off it was back to business on the summer's hardcourt swing. Even then, Jankovic wasn't the one stealing the headlines though - that had become the job of Safina, who beat her in the semis at Los Angeles and the quarters of the Olympics, and was being talked of as the revelation of the season.

The computer doesn’t lie, however, and on August 11 - on the back of yet another quarterfinal run at Montréal - Jankovic became, at 23 years, 5 months and 13 days, the 18th woman to ascend to the top ranking. "Since I was a young girl it's been my dream to become No.1 in the world," she commented at the time. "When you get older, at least one day you can say you were No.1 and no one can take that away from you. You are in the history books and it's a great achievement."

Although Ivanovic reclaimed the top spot back a week later, and Serena Williams duly took it after her US Open triumph, Jankovic got it back in early October after winning her second and third titles of year, at the Tier II China Open in Beijing and Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Victory at the Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow the very next week served to underline the charismatic Serb's growing stature, which an uncharacteristic second round loss to in-form Flavia Pennetta at Zürich could do little to undermine.

If tennis players can be heroes, Jankovic rides into Doha like a character in the John Wayne western, True Grit. She has won more matches this year than any other competitor, compiling a 63-17 record in 21 tournaments, while registering 10 wins against Top 10 ranked opponents. She reached the quarters or better 19 times, and the semis or better 11 times. Regardless of results at the round robin event, she has ensured she'll finish 2008 as No.1. Indeed, last year at Madrid a worn-out Jankovic failed to win a single match at the season finale. That simply means she now has little in the way of points to defend in Doha - and more to play for than ever before.

MAXMAGNUS
Oct 29th, 2008, 10:18 AM
So this is a calculated hack by the Albanians? :confused:

Crime and hate are the only things familiar to those bastards.
We wanted to fight back but we couldnt,because they dont have tennis players.:)

http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2008/0603/ten_jankovic_ivanovic_580.jpg

дalex
Oct 29th, 2008, 10:43 AM
Crime and hate are the only things familiar to those bastards.

I hope you meant those hackers and not Albanians as a whole. If not...:tape:

Anyway, lets move on from this topic...

Are there any news about when JJ's arriving to Doha?

~Kiera~
Oct 29th, 2008, 12:10 PM
I haven't found anything yet, but I did find some information about the world premiere of "Jelena's World" on the 12th November in Belgrade which Jelena should attend.

„JELENIN SVET“

Film o najboljoj svetskoj teniserki biće premijerno prikazan 12. novembra u beogradskom bioskopu „Balkan“. Iako je od 4. do 9. novembra očekuje završni turnir sezone, Čempionšip u Dohi, Jelena Janković bi trebalo da prisustvuje dugometražnom dokumentarcu koji je sniman u Madridu, Berlinu i Beogradu, te je prvobitno njegova premijera trebalo da bude u septembru.
Rediteljka ovog filma je Tanja Brzaković, a producent Nebojša Miljković, čija je produkcijska kuća „Talas film“ uradila ovaj zanimljivi dokumentarac.

Brena
Oct 29th, 2008, 12:12 PM
Albanian hackers - bringing JJ's and Ana's fans together since 2008. :lol:

Ian Aberdon
Oct 29th, 2008, 06:54 PM
That's not fair Zoj...there TWO of you, only one of Puppy!

No...actually...on second thoughts it's OK!! :lol:

Brena
Oct 30th, 2008, 09:27 AM
That's not fair Zoj...there TWO of you, only one of Puppy!

No...actually...on second thoughts it's OK!! :lol:

Rich, the problem is really serious - whenever two of us meet Puppy wins something! :help:
After the RG SF fiasco I thought Ros and I bring bad luck to JJ, but now I've realised that we actually bring good luck to Puppy! In the immortal words of Sweet Cleo: I may kill myself. :rolls:

schorsch
Oct 30th, 2008, 09:41 AM
dont you ever do that again you two or else :mad:

Just Do It
Oct 30th, 2008, 11:12 AM
Albanian hackers - bringing JJ's and Ana's fans together since 2008. :lol:

:lol:

~Kiera~
Oct 30th, 2008, 11:54 AM
From ********************

WTA Chaos Theory: Will A Dominant Player
Emerge at Sony Ericsson Championships?

Shriver: 'When I was playing, I didn't think I could
get off the plane and even hold a racket in Doha'

When the kicks off in Doha, Qatar, on November 4, a common thread to tie together was has been an odd but intriguing year may emerge, or snap off like piece of tennis racket string in a downpour.

At the very least, one of the tour's elite eight who will compete – current No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, Roland Garros champion Ana Ivanovic, US Open champion Serena Williams, Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, No. 2 Dinara Safina, Olympic singles gold medallist Elena Dementieva, former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and the revived Russian veteran, Vera Zvonareva - will emerge with decent momentum heading into 2009. But there is no dominant player and it's highly unlikely that leading lady will emerge from a pretty even pack.

"Regardless of what happens, 2008 is going to be more known as the year that someone retired at No. 1. That's the defining moment of women's tennis this year regardless of what happens at the championships," former US Open finalist and ESPN analyst Pam Shriver said.

Shriver is referring to the stunning retirement of Justine Henin in May, which sent the tour off its axis. There have been plenty of standout performances this season, but no player has performed at a consistently ethereal level, which is why a non-Grand Slam winner like Jankovic will end the year in the top spot.

That's happened before, when Belgian Kim Clijsters reached No. 1 almost two years before winning her sole major at the '05 US Open, and Amelie Mauresmo became No. 1 in late 2004, about a year and half before she captured her first Slam at '06 US Open. Both women competed a ton back then, which is one of the reasons why Jankovic has emerged as the tour leader. She's played 22 tournaments to date, which is more than any other of the word's top eight (Zvonareva has played 25, but is ranked below No. 6 Maria Sharapova, who has been out since August with a tear in her right rotator cuff).

Jankovic has had a very good year, capturing four titles, reaching the US Open final and the semifinals of the Australian and French Opens. While Sharapova rehabbed for months, Serena Williams skipped most of the fall season, Venus Williams wasn't a tremendous factor off grass and Ivanovic sputtered badly post Paris, Jankovic went deep time and time again.

"I think that Jankovic is a most deserving No. 1 when you think about the entire year," Shriver said. "It would be fitting if she won the championships and ended a historic and bizarre year. If you look at quality of her finals and at how well she played at the US Open, even though she didn't win it, I think people now think that she is going to win one."

What been particularly strange is that none of 2008's Grand Slam winners had dominant seasons. Aussie Open champ Sharapova was on a great run until she reinjured her right shoulder in March, which completely submarined her season. She hasn't played since August.

A couple of weeks after Henin retired, Ivanovic seized the No. 1 ranking by winning her maiden Grand Slam title in Paris, and then she didn't even reach a final until late October, when she won Linz.

Venus Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title in July, but has only been able to take win won other crown at the age of 28 and having to take care of her anemia, she's clearly no longer in the place where she can win event after event.

On a great day, Serena can bully almost anyone, but it took her nine months of hard work to win her sole major and even the nine-time Grand Slam champion admits that the field has grown deeper and hard to plow through over the years.

"Everyone has had their moments, but no one has been dominant," Shriver said."

It's not just the Serbians, the Williams sisters and Sharapova who have made on and off noise, Safina and Dementieva have has their big moments, too. Dementieva won her version of major, the Olympics, while Safina reached the Fresh Open final and won four other titles. The 27-year-old Dementieva still believes she can reach No. 1, while the once confused 22-year-old Safina has made a believer even out of her enigmatic bother Marat as she has charged hard for the top spot.

"During the second half, Safina looked like a No. 1," Shriver said. "But I like to see that second year standing the test of time. I think she has ability, but I want to see how her body and mind holds up and if it does, she'll be right there. We'll see who has the Clijsters syndrome - someone who plays so much and pushes and pushed and finally gets to their highest level and then falls off a cliff."

Clijsters is retired and taking care of her first child. Dementieva, who has dreamt of reaching No. 1 for a decade, is still out there nailing deep ground strokes. While there are some who think that her problematic serve will always fall apart at the Slams, she's ranked No. 5 and is knocking at the door again. Shriver believes she could eventually gain the top spot.

"Can you imagine two years ago if we said that Jankovic could be No. 1? I think Dementieva's attitude and competitiveness is one of more underrated parts of tennis. She looks like the ultimate pro. Through weaknesses, year after year, she's put up consistent numbers and this year she's crept up a notch or two. In the next 18 months, I would say that Dementieva and Jankovic will for sure be winning their first majors."

Serena is the biggest question mark entering the tournament, as since she won the Open, she has played only once, in Stuggart, where she fell in the first round to Na Li. The 27-year-old then pulled out of Moscow with a left knee injury, but some 10 days later, was seen surfing in Hawaii with her rapper boyfriend, Common.

"When you think about the journey she's had since the Serena Slam [Williams won four majors in a row between 2002-2003], it's been quite a journey, with people critiquing her and questioning her commitment," Shriver said. "After winning the Open, maybe she found the tank empty. That's been the Williams sisters' pattern, but it has stood the test of time. There are others who didn't, like Martina Hingis and Henin and whomever else you want to throw in there [Clijsters and '04 Roland Garros champ Anastasia Myskina also prematurely retired]. It's like the Williamses go into a little bit of hibernation and then come back out ready to roll again. The longer you've been around, the end of the year gets harder, especially this year, which was an Olympic year. The last three months – you have to want to be in the trenches and put on your pro hat and support the tour. This is not the glory time. The championships is always a big deal, but it's not a major."

This year, the championships will be played for the first time in Doha, no beacon of women's rights. It's the first time that the world's premier women's sport has chosen to hold its championships in a locale where to be allowed to work or even to drive, a woman needs the permission of her husband or, if still single, the male members of her family. Shriver hopes that the local female population will be able to come out and watch and be inspired.

"It's a testament to the global nature of the sport that LA, Madrid, Doha and Istanbul will hold it in a six-year period," she said. "It opens up to markets that have never had it. But when I was playing, I didn't think I could get off the plane and even hold a racket in Doha. I remember a plane stopping in Bahrain and feeling like maybe I should just stay on the plane. But a lot of cultures have come long way since then. Hopefully they will use ball girls and all that good stuff."

While there could be arguments made for every player in the field needing to win the tournament to solidify her year, it's unlikely that the proceeding will be a harbinger of things to come. Other than the frequency of players getting injured, no clear pattern emerged in 2008 except for the unpredictability of who belongs in which ranking position. Next year could be the same - four different winners at the Slams and a Slam-less No. 1. Domination may just be passé.

"Venus will be the favorite again next year to win Wimbledon, but then where else is she going to sneak in?" Shriver asked. "Maybe the US Open, because I can't see her winning either Australian or the French. Serena is the best bet and maybe her time at the French is over, but at the other three, if she enters them healthy and is a reasonable frame of mind, she'll be at least the co-favorite if not the favorite. A lot depends on how Sharapova comes back because she should be good for winning one Slam a year, too. It looks the injury will come and go, just like her serve and toss, but when it clicks in, she's can best player. Ivanovic looks like she went through the typical first Slam win, followed by a big slump. She might be like Maria was after she won her first Slam at 2004 Wimbledon – following it up with mediocre year. And then you have the stayers, like Jankovic, who plays her 20-25 tournaments, reaches her semis, finals and gets some titles. She'll just plod along and rack up the points. It's been a year of bizarre twists and turns and a little intrigue. In some way it's been absolutely fascinating, but some have been frustrated with whether anyone can actually take No. 1 and embrace it."

~Kiera~
Oct 30th, 2008, 12:25 PM
Looks like the hackers have started on Ana's site again...

http://www.anaivanovic.com/forum/

MaBaker
Oct 30th, 2008, 12:41 PM
Ajdeeee :angel:

~Kiera~
Oct 30th, 2008, 01:22 PM
:worship: Serena Williams Ana Ivanovic Maria Sharapova :worship:

Nice signature :lol:

Brena
Oct 30th, 2008, 01:37 PM
Looks like the hackers have started on Ana's site again...

http://www.anaivanovic.com/forum/

Oh, no! Now it'll seem she's more important than JJ. :o You stupid hackers, you don't know a first thing about tennis! :ras:

Ajdeeee :angel:

Ma, you're AWFUL!! I mean, what's wrong with Serena? :angel:

~Kiera~
Oct 30th, 2008, 01:49 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=3671264

Don't be fooled, Jankovic earned the No. 1 ranking
By Greg Garber

http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/6827/tengjankovic1580rk8.jpg

Jelena Jankovic's ranking was bolstered by three inferior titles down the stretch part of the season.

Sounding like the commissioner of the National Football League, Larry Scott talked earlier this week about the startlingly level field that women's tennis has become, underlined by the ascension of Jelena Jankovic to the No. 1 ranking.

"We did have parity this season," said Scott, the chairman and CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. "It's unusual to have that kind of balance. Jelena might not have won a major, but the great thing about the rankings is they don't lie. No one did better. There's no one in the locker room that questions whether she deserves to be No. 1."

Until now, the NFL had cornered the market on parity. But with the stunning retirement of Justine Henin back in May before her 26th birthday, anarchy suddenly reigned on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Who would have bet that Jankovic, 23, and Dinara Safina, 22, would wind up as the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked players heading into next week's season-end championships in Doha, Qatar? Playing that exacta back in January would have yielded a handsome price, indeed.

"It's been a very open sort of race," Scott said. "Credit to Jelena Jankovic, she's definitely been the toughest, most consistent player during the year."

There were six changes at the No. 1 spot during the 2008 season, the third-highest turnover at the top in the 33 years under the current rankings system and the most since 2002. That was the year that four Americans -- Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport -- ascended to No. 1.

Five different women were ranked No. 1 during the course of this year -- the most ever. Henin, instructively, led them all with 20 weeks at the top, followed by Jankovic (whose 13 weeks include the rest of the calendar year), Ana Ivanovic (12), Serena Williams (four) and Maria Sharapova (three).

Telling is that in this new age of parity, four different women won the majors -- but none of them was named Jankovic or Safina.

"It is a very Hingis-like No. 1," analyst Mary Carillo said. "She stopped winning majors but picked up enough other events. Like [Martina] Hingis, Jankovic plays enough events to win enough points to get there."

Hingis won three majors in 1997 to finish as year-end No. 1. Although she won only two more majors (in 1998 and 1999), she still managed to reign as year-end No. 1 for three more years.

"I'm not feeling like we're in the salad spinner, where something new is always getting spit out," Carillo said. "Now, there's a little more order in the kitchen. If you are willing to play as much as Jankovic is, you do get rewarded. That is the beauty and the glory of the computer ranking system.

"She recognizes that, and she's learning to win big matches now."

When parity is in play, it's all about the finish. Consider Jankovic this year's version of the 2007 New York Giants. They put together a solid 10-6 record during the regular season, then ran the table in the playoffs, winning all four playoff games on the road, including the Super Bowl over the undefeated Patriots.

When Jankovic reached No. 1 for the first time, during the Olympics in August, she had won only a single tournament, Rome. But at the U.S. Open, she reached her first major final; if she had been more aggressive, she might have beaten Serena Williams. Nonetheless, it was a breakthrough, and Jankovic carried that confidence through the month of October. She won three consecutive tournaments -- Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow -- and beat Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Vera Zvonareva, respectively, in the finals.

Jankovic's singles record this year is 63-17, which adds up to 80 matches; only Zvonareva, with 82, has played more. Jankovic's staying power can be traced to a maturing attitude and, not insignificantly, the influence of celebrated trainer Pat Etcheberry, who also has worked with Henin, Hingis, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

"Today, Jelena is the most healthy, best athlete on the tour," said Nick Bollettieri, who has watched over her career since she arrived at his Florida academy as a 12-year-old from Belgrade, Serbia. "Pound for pound, she's the best athlete. Now, sometimes Nick wishes she wouldn't go three sets to prove she's an athlete, but she's really enjoying the game right now."

Jankovic is criticized sometimes for her dramatic turns and her willingness to discuss her various (and omnipresent) injuries, but analyst Pam Shriver admires her consistency.

"She's a little bit of a throwback," Shriver said. "Even though there's drama with some of her injuries, you have to give her credit for how often she puts herself on the line in all events. She plays without being perfectly fit. Some players are afraid to go out there at anything less than their best.

"To be No. 1 these days, you don't necessarily have to be dominant. You have to put up the numbers, put up the weeks. You have to get the quarters and semis, even when you don't feel great."

Here is Jankovic's grinding mindset in a stat line: She reached the quarterfinals or better in 19 of the 21 tournaments she played and was a semifinalist 11 times.

"Is she the best player?" Carillo asked. "I guess week in, week out, she's the most productive player. I know it's not the same thing, but put it this way: She's not a part-time player. We've got some part-time players. Maybe if [the Williamses] played more, they wouldn't have to beat each other in the quarterfinals of major tournaments."

Although Jankovic was the No. 3-ranked player a year ago, consider the climb of Safina, who went from No. 15 to her present No. 2. She tied Jankovic and Serena Williams for the WTA lead with four tournament victories, starting with her coming-out announcement at Berlin. There, she beat three top-10 players, including Henin in the final match of her career. Safina emerged from her brother Marat's shadow when she reached the final at Roland Garros and, later, the Olympic title match in Beijing. Like Jankovic, Safina finished strong, winning 24 of 26 matches in August and September.

Elena Dementieva, who returned to the top 10, did not win her first major (she lost in the semis at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open), but the 27-year-old Russian came away from Beijing with a gold medal. The two biggest leaps into the top 10 belonged to Agnieszka Radwanska, up to No. 10 from No. 26, and Zvonareva, who went to No. 9 from No. 23.

"I think things will remain open going forward," Scott said. "I'm excited about the year-end championships and how that will play into next year."

One of the lead story lines of the 2009 season will be Jankovic's (and Safina's) attempt to win that first major. Last year's Grand Slam champions have all suffered through injuries and streaks of inconsistency. Sharapova won the Australian Open but shut her season down when she discovered the seriousness of a persistent shoulder injury. Ivanovic won the French Open before a thumb injury effectively ended her chance for No. 1. Venus won Wimbledon but has suffered through knee and elbow injuries, while Serena, the U.S. Open champion, is still troubled by a tender ankle.

Jankovic, meanwhile, is hoping to finish the season with a flourish at the Sony Ericsson Championships.

Back in the days when she attended Bollettieri's academy in Bradenton, Fla., Jankovic was seen as a future champion, along with Sharapova and Tatiana Golovin. As a young teenager, Jankovic was a better athlete, Bollettieri said, but she was intimidated by Sharapova, who was two years younger.

"She was always looking to her mother during matches, and sometimes she lacked confidence," Bollettieri said. "Those were important years for Jelena, even though they weren't always positive. She's matured, and she's now very tough to beat."

And what about those who would criticize Jankovic for being No. 1 without collecting a coveted major title?

"I wouldn't waste one ounce of my energy answering those that say that," Bollettieri said with typical spirit. "How many people have reached No. 1 in the world? I used to say to Anna Kournikova, 'You must understand that the more famous and successful you become, the more chatter you'll hear.'

"They say your name, and no matter what they're saying about you, you say 'Thank you.' Jelena made it to the top of tennis, and no one can take that away from her."

Tier I and II titles are not inferior :help: :o

MaBaker
Oct 30th, 2008, 04:44 PM
Ma, you're AWFUL!! I mean, what's wrong with Serena? :angel:
:angel:
Nothing's wrong with Serena. She is one of the best female athletes of all time :shrug:

Ian Aberdon
Oct 30th, 2008, 07:12 PM
AND she plays like a MAN :angel:

~Kiera~
Oct 31st, 2008, 02:11 PM
http://www.jelenajankovic-film.com/

Brena
Oct 31st, 2008, 02:35 PM
:angel:
Nothing's wrong with Serena. She is one of the best female athletes of all time :shrug:

So why did you put her next to Ana? What do they have in common? :confused:

AND she plays like a MAN :angel:

Oh, I see.

http://www.jelenajankovic-film.com/

I somehow survived the embarrassment of fighting with a pack of rabid children to get a poster, but I don't think I'll be able to go and see that film. :rolls:

MaBaker
Oct 31st, 2008, 05:12 PM
AND she plays like a MAN :angel:
True true :angel:
So why did you put her next to Ana? What do they have in common? :confused:

My unbounded love :inlove:

ChriS.
Oct 31st, 2008, 11:30 PM
http://www.jelenajankovic-film.com/I liked that. I can see it now - Number 1, GS winner, Oscar.

-NAJ-
Nov 1st, 2008, 12:44 PM
Serbian world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic arrived in Doha on Wednesday night with her coach Ricardo Sanchez and mother Snezana Jankovic. She hit the tennis courts yesterday for an extensive practice session
:)

~Kiera~
Nov 2nd, 2008, 12:52 PM
http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=17436461

Top women's stars make a season-ending move to Qatar
By Christopher Clarey

Sunday, November 2, 2008
After Madrid, WTA now brings stars to the desert

Was it really only a year ago that Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova played one of the best finals in the 36-year history of the women's season-ending championships?

That show in Madrid - won by Henin - was a three-set tribute to controlled aggression, lunging defense and focused ambition by two champions in their primes. Or so it seemed.

With the Sony Ericsson Championships this year set to begin Tuesday in the radically different setting of Doha, Qatar, neither Henin nor Sharapova is part of the elite, eight-women field, which includes Venus and Serena Williams, the world No.1 Jelena Jankovic, the French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and the Olympic champion Elena Dementieva.

Henin gave the sports world a jolt by retiring in May when she was still ranked No.1 by a large margin. Sharapova, who looked ready for a dominant season of her own when she swept to the Australian Open title in January, has not played a competitive match since the first week of August because of rotator cuff problems in her right shoulder.

"Things have certainly changed a great deal since Madrid," said Karim Alami, the outgoing polyglot from Morocco who was a former men's player and is now the tournament director of the championships in Doha.

But change would have been the theme even if Henin and Sharapova were in the field.

Despite all the international sporting events now being staged and planned in the Gulf states, the move to Qatar represents a major shift for the women's tour from its traditional power bases in the United States and Europe.

The move was made, above all, for money. While the promoter Ion Tiriac put on a grand show in Madrid the last two years, packing the house and generating plenty of buzz in the Spanish capital, the Women's Tennis Association derived little financial benefit because it received no rights fees from the organizers.

Qatar, which was interested in bolstering its status as a big-event destination with the Olympics as the ultimate goal, paid $42 million for the right to stage these championships for three years (and probably did not count on being left off the short list this year of candidates for the 2016 Summer Olympics).

Istanbul is also paying $42 million to bring the tour championships to Turkey from 2011 to 2013. With that significant infusion of capital, the WTA has been able to increase its operating and promotional budgets and gain a measure of financial security, which has only made it easier to restructure the circuit next season.

Nonetheless, Doha is a long way in distance and spirit from Madison Square Garden, where these championships peaked in terms of exposure and importance during a 22-year-run in New York. From there, the event made a quick, one-year detour to Munich in 2001, which was ill-fated considering that the German superstar Steffi Graf had recently retired. The championships were then returned to the United States, for four years of lackluster reviews and ratings in Los Angeles, home city of the Williams sisters.

In short, Larry Scott, the chief executive officer of the WTA, did not have a particularly strong product to hawk. But Scott is the same man who finally helped talk the All England Club into providing equal prize money to women at Wimbledon and who talked Sony Ericsson into a surprisingly lucrative six-year, $88 million sponsorship deal of his tour.

"I think it's going to be a great success," Scott said of Doha, which, in a time zone three hours ahead of London and two hours ahead of Paris, he thinks is close enough to the main European market to maintain television ratings at a level comparable to those of Madrid.

"I'd be disappointed if we don't do as well on the basis that we've done much more advertising and promotion this year," Scott said. "Number two, we've got a very interesting player field, and I think we've also got an interesting story with Doha staging a world championships like this. There's a good buzz about it, like we had in Madrid. And the other thing is that we've invested resources with some of the revenue we got from this deal."

As a participatory sport, women's tennis remains a minor activity in Qatar. Alami said there are only about 80 girls in the national team compared with about 450 boys.

"Obviously you cannot compare the numbers to the boys," Alami said. "But it's already a big achievement for the region and slowly, slowly things will change, and we will obviously have more sportswomen in these countries."

But topflight professional tennis is hardly new to Qatar, which was the first of the Gulf states to stage a men's tour event, in 1993, and became the first country in the region to stage a women's event, in 2001. That tournament has grown from a low-level event into a Tier One, the highest category of tournament below the Grand Slams. Sharapova won the Doha title in February, which might help soothe the disappointment of Qatari fans who won't be seeing her this month.

With $2.5 million in prize money available in February and a record $4.55 million available at this event, Doha has become an ATM in the desert for the WTA. The question is whether the atmosphere will be worthy of the occasion.

The legitimate rap on Doha has been the crowds. Even with free tickets the rule in the past, there have been plenty of empty seats in the early rounds at the regular tour event, and that was with a modest seating capacity of 4,000. But Alami and Scott have been encouraged by public interest this time, all the more so because tickets are no longer free and the stadium now has a capacity of 7,000.

It does not hurt that tickets for the entire week of play can be had for as little as $130 per person.

"Obviously, it's really cheap compared to Europe or anywhere in the world, but you cannot change things like this radically," said Alami, who indicated last week that approximately 80 percent of the tickets had been sold.

The spectators will get the chance to watch two American icons in the Williams sisters, two Serbian icons in Ivanovic and Jankovic and four leading Russian women: the resurgent Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva.

It is no simple task to pick a clear favorite, and not just because the women are making a quick transition from the indoor circuit to Doha's often blustery outdoor conditions.

"I hear it's really, really windy, so hopefully I'll be able to play," Serena Williams said.

With Henin's abdication and Sharapova's absence, the women's game is in a deep egalitarian phase. Four different women won the Grand Slam titles in 2008. After Sharapova won in Australia, Ivanovic won in Paris, Venus Williams won Wimbledon, and Serena Williams won the U.S. Open. A fifth contender, Dementieva, won the Olympics.

What is more remarkable is that none of those five women is ranked in the top two coming into Doha. No.1 is Jankovic and No.2 is Safina, neither of whom has won a Grand Slam singles title in their career and both of whom have reached just one major final.

This is unprecedented in the 33-year history of the rankings. Although Lindsay Davenport and Amélie Mauresmo finished No.1 and No.2 in 2004 without winning a major title that season, Davenport had won three Grand Slam singles titles in previous years.

"It's a strange era," said Harold Solomon, a former top-10 men's player and a coach who has worked with Dementieva recently. "I don't think this has been what I would call the strongest time in women's tennis. I think we went through a phase there five or six years ago where it was amazingly strong."

Solomon has an intriguing theory for the perceived drop in quality that extends beyond the early retirements and injuries.

"I think the speed of the game has evolved faster than the women's tennis players' ability to be able to cope with it," he said. "Although I think they're starting to catch up with someone like Jankovic and how fast she is able to do some things. I think for a while there everyone was hitting the ball so hard, you'd see matches where players would have 50 or 60 unforced errors and 30 winners."

Solomon also puts the Williams sisters in a different category. When healthy and motivated, they clearly still have the capacity to soar to a higher plane. Venus did not drop a set on her way to her fifth Wimbledon, and Serena did not drop one at the U.S. Open. But Venus won just one other tournament, last month in Zurich. Although Serena won three other events, they all came in the first four months of the season. She has again played sparingly down the stretch because of nagging injuries and her longstanding need to keep recharging her batteries far from the workaday worries of the tour.

Jankovic, however, remained true to form and kept right on competing after losing to Serena in the U.S. Open final. She has clinched the year-end top ranking after winning three straight titles indoors this fall. But the reality is that four other women have been No.1 this year: Henin, Sharapova, Ivanovic and Serena Williams.

"When Justine retired, it opened the No.1 spot for many players," Ivanovic said. "For us it's very interesting because it's much more competitive, and everyone has actually a chance to get to the top."

Certainly not everyone, but there's no doubt that just about anyone could win this week in Doha as women's tennis continues to search (and search) for a true queen.

"I really hope next year we can have someone again in charge," Ivanovic said. "But at the end of the day, I think the way it is now is also very exciting."

Just Do It
Nov 2nd, 2008, 12:55 PM
For Serbs :

http://www.svet.rs/clanak/premijera-filma-o-jeleni-jankovi

In Roda cineman in Belgrade a movie about Jelena willbe shown on 12th November :eek: :yeah:

~Kiera~
Nov 2nd, 2008, 07:58 PM
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081102/SPORT/975287783/-1/NEWS

Jankovic wants to end the year on a high
William Johnson, Chief Sports Writer

DOHA // Jelena Jankovic took pride of place yesterday among a galaxy of stars arriving in the region for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships at the rebuilt Khalifa International Tennis Centre.

Jankovic, who is guaranteed to end the year as the world No1 whatever happens to her in the annual elite gathering of the top eight women players, was the last to take the stage at the WTA’s lavish draw ceremony at the impressive the Pearl complex in the Qatar capital.

“I have fulfilled my lifetime ambition,” she said, after being applauded warmly by her seven illustrious peers who were introduced before her.

“I am so excited to have secured the top ranking. I now want to give a good account of myself and end a great year on an even bigger high.”

Jankovic, one of two Serbs competing against four Russians and the American Williams sisters for the lion’s share of the record prize money of US$4.55million (Dh19m), was drawn in the same round-robin group as compatriot Ana Ivanovic.

Also drawn together were Venus and Serena Williams, who shared the last two grand slam titles of the season – Wimbledon and the US Open. “We always seem to get drawn in the same half lately. We are getting used to that,” said Serena, the younger of the sisters.

They must do better than their Russian rivals Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva in their round-robin group if they are both to appear in Saturday’s semi-finals in their quest to succeed Justine Henin as Tour champion.

Safina is promising to be a big threat to both, having shown the best form of all the leading players in the second half of the year to climb from outside the top 10 to second in the rankings.

Jankovic and Ivanovic have to account for the Russian pair of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva in their group to go through to the last four and earn a chance at Sunday’s first prize of $1,340,000.

-NAJ-
Nov 2nd, 2008, 10:46 PM
Who will get Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ACES Award this year.
I can't find points for 2008?
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/global/library/200x250/jankovic%2007acesaward%20200.jpg
Madrid 2007

schorsch
Nov 3rd, 2008, 10:35 AM
Doha • Here’s what the world’s top eight players said yesterday at the draw for the Sony Ericsson Championships 2008, the season-ending event which begins at the Khalifa Tennis Complex tomorrow.

Jelena Jankovic – Serbia

“It feels great to be the world number one. I think it is a huge accomplishment for me to be the number one player in the world. Hopefully, I can finish the year on a great note. It is (playing tennis) all about attitude and I always go out to win a match. All of us have worked hard to come and compete in this championship.”

Dinara Safina – Russia

“I knew that to compete in Doha (for the season-ending championship), I had to do something. It is my first time in this championship. I hope this is a good week for me. Hopefully, I can play good tennis.”

Serena Williams – US

“It was exciting to win the US Open. I just wanted to be consistent and play good tennis. I was happy that everything came together. Winning the Olympic Games gold medal (in the doubles with sister Venus) was the highlight of the year for me. It was a special moment for me and Venus.”

Ana Ivanovic – Serbia

“It was a great experience winning the French Open. It was definitely the highlight of my career. It is an honour to compete with the best players in the world. All the players want to be the number one.”

Elena Dementieva – Russia

“I know I am playing this championship for the eighth time, but I don’t want to be called a veteran (laughs). It was a special and proud moment at the Games (winning the gold medal in the singles).”

Svetlana Kuznetsova – Russia

“I am happy to come back to Doha. It was good fun trying to be in the top-8 for this championship. It is a privilege to compete with the world’s best.”

Venus Williams – US

“This is my second time in Doha so I have experience of playing here. I have the opportunity to add to my trophy room... I am working on it.”

Vera Zvonareva – Russia

“This is my second time in Doha this year. I enjoyed myself when I played here in February. I am happy to be here and excited to compete with the world’s best players.”

~Kiera~
Nov 3rd, 2008, 11:42 AM
Radwanska about the YEC (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=361621)

Whole interview at about 6 PM CET. Now the fragment about her painting in Linz:

- At Linz tournament organizers made the action of painting an interesting poster, which was auctioned afterwards. I drew a caricature, but I didn't sign it. Despite this fact, everyone knew It was Jelena. I drew a player doing the splits, with pink dress and black hair. Why Janković? She's a leader. She's everywhere, she's doing a lot of ballyhoo.

(the translation is maybe not correct lexically, but I will correct it soon)

дalex
Nov 3rd, 2008, 03:01 PM
What's ballyhoo?

Wrekin
Nov 3rd, 2008, 03:46 PM
What's ballyhoo?

Despite what it says on Wikipedia, I've always undestood the common usage to denote a geat fuss or noise, often when something is being hyped :lol:

дalex
Nov 3rd, 2008, 03:48 PM
Thanks Ken, I guess she really is doing a lot of ballyhoo. :lol:

I think Aga is a fan. :)

Brena
Nov 3rd, 2008, 05:43 PM
I think Aga is a fan. :)

They all are (including JJ). :)

Ian Aberdon
Nov 3rd, 2008, 06:23 PM
"Great fuss & noise"....yyyyyyyup! :lol:

~Kiera~
Nov 3rd, 2008, 08:07 PM
Neither are directly about Jelena, but since they involve her I thought they were worth posting

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3680724&name=tennis

Is Zvonareva the world's second-best player?

Monday, November 3, 2008 | Feedback | Print Entry

Posted by James Martin, TENNIS.com

Quantity, not quality. That's the reason why Jelena Jankovic deserves the No. 1 ranking -- or at least what many of her supporters will have you believe. They tell us that the computer doesn't lie; if it says Jankovic is the best player in the world, then she's the best player in the world.

But the argument flies in the face of logic. If Jankovic deserves the top spot because she was the most diligent player at punching the clock -- a pretty easy task, by the way, given that most WTA stars can't be bothered to play much -- then guess who's the second-best player in the world? No, not Serena or Venus Williams. Maria Sharapova? Try again. It's Vera Zvonareva, of course.

Zvonareva qualified for the season-ending event in Doha with a record of 61-21, for a winning percentage of .740. She competed in more matches than anyone else among the "elite" field of eight. Jankovic had the second-most matches played with a record of 63-17, for a winning percentage of .790. Dinara Safina was third, playing a total of 72 matches (55-17), for a .760 winning percentage. So while folks are quick to defend Jankovic's leading pole position, lost in the discussion is how well Zvonareva did this year. Where are the op-ed pieces bemoaning the fact that Zvonareva is ranked lower than Venus Williams, who only played 46 matches, and Serena Williams, who only played 50 matches, and Ana Ivanovic, who competed in only 51 matches?

There's no secret why you didn't see a groundswell of support for the Russian. No one in his or her right mind would ever mistake Zvonareva for the second (or fifth, or even eighth) best player in the world. To be kind, she's horrible in the clutch and a sub-par performer at the Slams. Yet there she is, ranked in the top 10 and owning a record similar to Jankovic's.

Yes, yes, before all you Janko-lites get all fired up, take a deep breath. I recognize that Jankovic won four titles, to Zvonareva's two, and that Jankovic performed well in the majors this year, while Zvonareva crashed and burned. The reason we can say, with a straight face, that Jankovic is far superior to Zvonareva is that the WTA Tour gives more weight (i.e., ranking points) to the Grand Slams than dinky little tournaments -- and rightfully so.

But that argument cuts both ways. Jankovic reached two semifinals and a final but failed to win a major. Serena reached the quarterfinals of Australia, final of Wimbledon and won the U.S. Open. How does that record not trump Jankovic's? What's more, Serena had the best winning percentage on tour, at .860 (43-7).

I'm not out-and-out declaring Serena the best player of the season. If Jankovic takes names in Doha this week, beating everyone, maybe you can make a stronger argument for her occupying the top spot.

But remember, while the computer doesn't lie, it's hardly objective. It tells us what we want it to tell us, based on formulas that are informed by subjective decisions on what is, and isn't, important. Or, as the accountant at my office likes to say when he waxes philosophical about reconciling bottom lines: garbage in, garbage out.

http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081103/SPORT/171485201/-1/NEWS

Ivanovic prepared for old friend Jankovic
William Johnson

Last Updated: November 03. 2008 9:21PM UAE / GMT DOHA // When Ana Ivanovic climbed to the top of the world tennis rankings on the strength of her triumph in the French Open to guarantee her place in the season ending Sony Ericsson Championships, she could not have envisaged arriving in Qatar with three players above her.

Nor would the Serbian have expected her compatriot Jelena Jankovic to have recovered so strongly from a mundane start to the year to be the latest to claim the world No 1 position – an honour which is guaranteed to remain with Jankovic into next season. Ivanovic’s fall from grace has been spectacularly alarming and she confessed to being disturbed by the manner of her decline as she has struggled with injury and a lack of confidence in the second half of the campaign.

“It was probably the toughest time of my career so far,” she said.

“Having to pull out of the Olympics through injury and everything that’s been happening straight after reaching the position of No 1 was very frustrating.

“It was unfortunate at the time, but now looking back I think it made me stronger. It made me learn new things. I’m really happy the way things are going now, and I want to continue that.”

Ivanovic, who endured a series of embarrassing early exits from tournaments in the aftermath of her Roland Garros success, feels she has recaptured her form at just the right time, having secured the eighth title of her short career in Austria last month.

“Next year is going to be a great year from me,” she said.

Ivanovic, who celebrates her 21st birthday during these championships, must try to regain bragging rights in her homeland at Jelena Jankovic’s expense.

“I’m sure in Serbia they’re going to complain so much that we’re in the same group because they don’t want this at this stage of the tournament,” she said.

“It’s going to be a very interesting match. We’ve played many times against each other before and we know each other’s game thoroughly.”

“There can be no friends when you go on court both wanting to win a match and the tournament. But I have no enemies either.”

Ivanovic will fancy her chances of winning her eighth encounter with Jankovic, against whom she has lost only once, tonight but her opponent is full of confidence having won more matches – 63– than any other player this year.

Ian Aberdon
Nov 3rd, 2008, 08:22 PM
So they're not best friends, not worst of enemies. :rolleyes: So what are Jelena & Ana?

They're Belgraders, yeah, that's it, fellow Belgraders :lol:

What is the term anyway for a Belgrade native? Belgrader? Belgradian? :scratch:

allrounder
Nov 3rd, 2008, 10:00 PM
I notice the writer of the 'Is Vera the 2nd best player' article failed to mention both of her tournament wins have come at tier 3 and 4 events. :rolleyes:

JJ's had a solid consistent season and hasn't even entered a single 1 of these inferior tier 3 or 4 events.

дalex
Nov 3rd, 2008, 10:08 PM
Lot of sarcasm there in that first article...

Serena may have had her best season in YEARS, but she sure looks completely out of shape on those Doha pics. If she gets through to semis then :worship: & :eek: (IMO), and let her have that POY award!

~Kiera~
Nov 4th, 2008, 01:14 AM
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=252309&version=1&template_id=49&parent_id=29

I deserve the top ranking: Jankovic

Publish Date: Tuesday,4 November, 2008, at 01:41 AM Doha Time

By Anil John

Jelena Jankovic smashed a sizzling ace even before the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships got underway by dismissing suggestions she doesn't deserve to be the World No. 1 because she has not yet won a single Grand Slam title.

Jankovic played a staggering 80 singles matches this year, finishing with a 63-17 win-loss record and becoming the first Serbian, man or woman, to become the World No. 1, pocketing three titles in as many weeks in September-October at Beijing, Rome and Stuttgart.

Her strong finish to the season not only helped her beat other aspirants to the numero uno position, but also gave her the security of knowing she will stay there irrespective of her performance at the $4.55mn Doha event beginning today.

"I deserve to be number one. It was my goal and I worked hard for it,” the 23-year-old asserted yesterday, sweeping aside criticism that she could only achieve that goal because of flaws in the WTA rankings system.

Jankovic, however, was having none of it, saying it was her single-minded determination that put her in that position, aided, of course, by the abrupt retirement of Justine Henin while still at the peak of her career in May.

"Yeah, in the beginning, since Justine retired, just before the French Open, there was a spot open for everybody. And everybody was so close with the rankings, and we were all working hard to come to that spot, and during the year many of us have become No. 1 in the world," said Jankovic, who will clash with compatriot Ana Ivanovic in her first match today.

"But at the end in the second half of the season, after the Open, I kind of wanted it more and I pushed myself. I knew that I had to win all these tournaments to become number one, and to stay there for the rest of the year.

"My goal was to do that, and I'm really proud of myself that, you know, I could cope with all the pressure, and I could get all the points and secure my No. 1 ranking for the rest of the year."

Jankovic said that despite a poor first six months this year when she suffered from various health problems, she was determined to make up and push hard to reach the top.

"I was very hungry to do well, because after the Olympics it was the first period in the year that I didn't have any health problems, that I was able to work hard 100% on my training. I spent many hours in the gym as well, and playing finals at the Open gave me a lot of confidence. And I started working even harder and harder every day," said Jankovic.

The victories at Beijing, Rome and Stuttgart proved she was on the right path.

"The results were coming, and winning three tournaments in a row motivated me and just pushed me to go forward. I kept winning and winning, so I left to finish the year, and I have one more tournament to play here in Doha, the Championships.

"And, hopefully, I can finish the year in a good way, because for me, finishing up 1 in the world is a huge achievement. It's something that I only could dream of. "

Jankovic, who will be taking on her compatriot Ivanovic today, said she will be thinking of only one match at a time.

"I will try my best every time I go on the court, and I try to really play my game, and I try to win. We will see. Hopefully, I can have a great tournament, and hopefully she (Ana) can as well."

The absence of Maria Sharapova through injury and Henin's retirement means the Doha tournament doesn't have any clear favourite. World No. 3 Serena Williams has just recovered from an ankle injury that forced her to pull out of Tokyo, Stuttgart and Moscow and her sister Venus, although champion at Zurich a couple of weeks ago, is also not in absolute top form.

Jankovic, who didn't play in Zurich, said the rest had done her a world of good although she was yet to adapt to the conditions in Doha.

"I started training little by little, and you know, I'm still every day since I came to Doha, I'm trying to adapt to the weather. I'm trying to get my rhythm, trying to get in form for this tournament.

At the moment I'm still not satisfied with both how I'm playing and how I'm doing. But hopefully when I start to play the matches I will get my rhythm, and I will feel better about my game."

oleada
Nov 4th, 2008, 01:18 AM
Jankovic, who didn't play in Zurich, said the rest had done her a world of good although she was yet to adapt to the conditions in Doha.
"I started training little by little, and you know, I'm still every day since I came to Doha, I'm trying to adapt to the weather. I'm trying to get my rhythm, trying to get in form for this tournament.
At the moment I'm still not satisfied with both how I'm playing and how I'm doing. But hopefully when I start to play the matches I will get my rhythm, and I will feel better about my game."

That's a bit worrying...

Tashi
Nov 4th, 2008, 01:24 AM
^ Yeah.

Brena
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:33 AM
Oh, don't worry, she'll be wide awake and fully adapted somewhere by the middle of the second set... :tape: j/k

louisa.
Nov 4th, 2008, 09:31 AM
:lol: too true. much too true.

schorsch
Nov 4th, 2008, 10:51 AM
doha blog : A short blog before I start my first match of the championships today. Last time I wrote was from Zurich and since then I have had a nice balance of rest and tennis. First I was in Belgrade for 5 days where I enjoyed time with my family and just being back home in my home country. One of the highlights was doing a commercial for Aqua Viva the water company which i am promoting. I really had a lot of fun shooting the commercial and hope that you guys get to see it on tv!

I then went to Spain where my coach is from and we practiced for a week. I didn�t play too much because it has been a long year, so I just played a couple of hours every day. I don�t know if you have ever been to Spain but they eat really late there so I found it difficult to stay awake at the dinner table. Sometimes we would start eating dinner around 11pm which is usually the time that I think about going to bed! At the restaurants it was normal to have many small courses so a lot of times I was finished after midnight and then went straight to sleep which was not ideal for getting me into shape for tennis!

Now in Doha, I am trying hard to quickly get back into shape. I keep weighing myself every day to see if I am making progress. The problem is that here, at the hotel, they serve you dates every time you walk into the lobby. I thought they were healthy because they are a fruit but then I found out that they have a lot of sugar in them which is probably why I have not lost enough weight yet!

It is really hot here and Doha is an interesting place to be. Everything is very clean and very modern. The tennis facility is a nice size and I am looking forward to doing my best here. I start my first match today but even if I will do everything I can to win the tournament, I can relax knowing that I will spend my winter days at number 1 in the world.

I hope you are all staying healthy and maybe playing some tennis.

All the Best,

JJ

Kiss

Brena
Nov 4th, 2008, 11:16 AM
I start my first match today but even if I will do everything I can to win the tournament, I can relax knowing that I will spend my winter days at number 1 in the world.

nooooo! You CAN'T relax, because you'll have to spend your winter days hiding from me! :shout:

Tashi
Nov 4th, 2008, 11:18 AM
This blog doesn't sound very convincing. I don't think she's out for blood at all.:(

JJ, get your butt in gear or, so help me God (and Zoja), I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN.:shout:

Brena
Nov 4th, 2008, 11:22 AM
This blog doesn't sound very convincing. I don't think she's out for blood at all.:(

JJ, get your butt in gear or, so help me God (and Zoja), I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN.:shout:

I know! I don't get it, why is she in such a deflated mood? Please, don't do this to us, JJ. :sobbing:

Tashi
Nov 4th, 2008, 11:28 AM
I would have thought she would be raring to go kick some ass, but apparently not. Let's just wait till the matches start cuz Jelena says one thing and does something completely different. Maybe she will go out there maiming, raping, and pillaging, but at this moment I have no idea. I think I'm gonna take some sedatives before this match, [sigh].

~Kiera~
Nov 4th, 2008, 11:29 AM
She really could do with sounding a bit more positive, but I think she's probably just trying to take the pressure off herself. She's the #1 seed and the bookies favourite to win.
Jelena + pressure = :timebomb: so maybe it's not that bad.

Brena
Nov 4th, 2008, 11:42 AM
Let's hope it's just her and Sancho's cunning plan - Ana reads this and thinks to herself: ''Oh, ok, so this will be easy, maybe I don't even have to bring my racket on the court. :awww: I'm not that exciting anymore''. ;)

RFS
Nov 4th, 2008, 12:04 PM
Let's hope it's just her and Sancho's cunning plan - Ana reads this and thinks to herself: ''Oh, ok, so this will be easy, maybe I don't even have to bring my racket on the court. :awww: I'm not that exciting anymore''. ;)

:haha:

~Kiera~
Nov 4th, 2008, 12:55 PM
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Sports_News&subsection=Tennis&month=November2008&file=Sports_News2008110465055.xml

Roadmap debate to continue

Doha • Some of the top players have expressed concerns over a few issues in WTA Tour’s Roadmap 2009 which is aimed at overhauling the entire Tour with an eye on a shorter season.

While WTA Tour’s Chairman and CEO Larry Scott says the Roadmap aims at having a healthier calendar for players, Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina while expressing their satisfaction, have also raised few issues which merit attention of the decision-makers on the Tour.

And in this regard there was a discussion between the Tour officials and players on Sunday. However, they are to meet again after the Sony Ericsson Championships conclude in Doha.

Serena said any new product brought with it ‘kinks’ and the Roadmap was no different.

“There are some (issues). They haven’t been completely ironed out. And you have to expect some kinks in a new product. Like when you’re delivering anything new, there are going to be some kinks that have to be worked out. Those kinks, hopefully, are going to be worked out,” the world number four said yesterday.

However, Serena added that she welcomed the new-look for the Tour.

“Well, I think the Roadmap is working out. It is such a big change for the Tour because we’ve had so many tournaments for so long. Now we have some more tournaments that are going to be bigger and really going to promote women’s tennis. Now the players have to support those tournaments. So, the Roadmap actually works out perfect for me, because I don’t have to compete with players playing 32 tournaments a year. It’s more logical.”

Larry Scott, speaking to The Peninsula after the Sony Ericsson Championships draw ceremony on Sunday, said: “We are really aiming for a healthier calendar for the players. It (Roadmap) is about having a shorter season. Between now and October (when the season ends) next year we will have less number of tournaments which will give us fresh, healthier and injury-free players. Also we will see the best players competing against each other more often during the year. With this, women’s tennis will grow dramatically.”

The world number one from Serbia, Jankovic said: “I don’t know because there are still some discussions. We had that discussion yesterday. The players are still working on it. And I would like to see some of the changes, but I cannot discuss any further until everything has been definite, and until they make the final decision, that this is the way it’s going to be next year. But we have to accept it and go on.”

World number two from Russia, Safina said: “Overall, if you look at the calendar, it looks very good. It is based on how much time we have in off-season and also between the events. We always have time to prepare for the tournaments. But there are just some small things that we don’t agree to. But we had a meeting yesterday and now I think we are going to have a meeting again after the tournament here just to clear all misunderstandings that we have.”

I guess "kinks" was Serena's word of the day on her calendar ;)

~Kiera~
Nov 4th, 2008, 01:13 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/04/sports/tennis/04tennis.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=slogin

“Well, obviously I do want to be the best, and I do want to be No. 1,” Williams said. “And quite frankly, everyone thinks I am anyway. So you know I never correct them. I just let them believe what really should be.”

Williams is 2-1 this year against Jankovic, who has yet to win a Grand Slam singles title. “She’s been playing very consistently all year, and she plays every week, so I guess in this tour if you play every week you have a chance of being No. 1,” Williams said. “My goal is to win Slams. I’d much rather have a Grand Slam this year than the No. 1 ranking.”

:tape:

RFS
Nov 4th, 2008, 01:18 PM
ouch Serena.... get those claws in Cat-girl!

Brena
Nov 4th, 2008, 02:19 PM
:haha: ah, vintage Serena...

Destiny
Nov 4th, 2008, 02:43 PM
bitchy ouch

JadeFox
Nov 4th, 2008, 05:41 PM
If I recall Serena did say that one of her goals earlier this year was to become number one.

I guess it's easy to not care when you have no shot at being number this year huh?

~Kiera~
Nov 4th, 2008, 06:15 PM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/story_print.sps?inewsid=6621858

Jankovic Earns Serbian Supremacy

By Tennis Week 11/4/2008 7:00:00 PM

They sprung from the same Serbian city of Belgrade and blossomed into different types of baseliners. World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic were reunited on the court in Doha today and in the end it was the same qualities that helped Jankovic seize the top spot in the rankings — quick court coverage and unerring consistency — that carried the top seed to her first win over her rival in more than two years.

On a breezy night in Doha, Jankovic controlled the center of the court, patiently probing Ivanovic's backhand and displaying her court craft in a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the Sony Ericsson Championships. Jankovic snapped a streak of six straight losses to her fellow Serbian in earning her second win in eight matches against Ivanovic.

"It was very tough because it is quite windy and we've been playing indoors, but I'm really happy about the way I played," Jankovic said.

Jankovic joined Vera Zvonareva, who swept Russian compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-3, in posting an opening-day win in the White Group of the eight-player, round-robin tournament. The top two players in each group advance to Saturday's semifinals. Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva form the Maroon Group.

Jankovic's court coverage, consistency, her proficiency from all areas of the court and her willingness to construct points patiently have become the cornerstones of her game. Ivanovic, whose forehand and serve are her biggest weapons, relies on power more than placement and is quicker to pull the trigger on her favored forehand in an effort to punctuate points with winners.

At her best, Jankovic pressures opponents by playing near error-free tennis, while Ivanovic imposes pressure by pounding winners.

The US Open finalist came out with a clear strategy: pound away at Ivanovic's backhand and force her taller, slower opponent to play long rallies. Stretching Ivanovic out in pursuit of wide balls, Jankovic race out to a 3-0 lead as Ivanovic tried to find the range on her ground strokes.

The reigning Roland Garros champ erased a break point with a slice served followed by a forehand swing volley winner. Dancing around her backhand, Ivanovic snapped a forehand winner down the line to hold.

Drawing Jankovic forward with a short slice backhand, Ivanovic fired a crisp forehand pass crosscourt to break serve and close to within 2-3, punctuating the pass with an uppercut in the air as her mother, Dragana, father, Miroslav and boyfriend Fernando Verdasco exhorted her.

But Jankovic continually beat Ivanovic to the ball and maintained the depth on her drives in denying the fourth-seed offensive opportunities. Reaching triple break point in the ensuing game, Jankovic dragged Ivanovic into net and coaxed a backhand volley error to break back for 4-2. She held to extend the lead to 5-2.

Serving for the set, Jankovic moved Ivanovic from corner to corner, drilling a forehand winner crosscourt to seize the first set in 40 minutes.

The second set followed a familiar script as Jankovic edged out to a 3-1 lead before Ivanovic made another mid-set rally, breaking back for 3-all.

Ivanovic had a shot to snatch her first lead of the match as she served at 3-all, but pushed a backhand wide to hand Jankovic break point. Confining Ivanovic to her backhand corner with a series of inside-out forehands, Jankovic drew the short ball she sought, swooped forward and swatted a forehand swing volley to break for 4-3.

Jankovic, who finished with 16 winners and 18 unforced errors compared to 25 winners and 29 unforced errors from Ivanovic, served out the match at 15.

~Kiera~
Nov 4th, 2008, 06:16 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2780

Classy Jelena Wins Opener at Doha

DOHA, Qatar - World No.1 Jelena Jankovic achieved another career breakthrough on a blustery Tuesday evening in Doha, registering her first ever win at the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's season finale. At her event debut in Madrid last year the 23-year-old Serb failed to take a match, but her 2008 campaign got off to a much better start with comprehensive defeat of Ana Ivanovic in their White Group round robin match, 63 64. It was Jankovic's first win over her younger compatriot in three years.

Despite issuing two double faults in the first game, Jankovic was quick to establish a 3-0 lead in the opening set with patient baseline play. Although Ivanonic, who turns 21 on Thursday, was able to get proceedings back on serve, she was broken again later in the set; serving to stay alive in the opener she produced three aces in one game, but it was too little too late, as Jankovic held to love in the next game.

By the time Jankovic had polished off the first set, broken Ivanovic to love in the first game of the second and won the first point of her next service game she was on a nine point streak. But serving at 3-2 she lost her the game from a 40-0 lead, allowing Ivanovic, producing the occasional spectacular winner, to draw level.

However, again the French Open champion, who reached the semis on her Championships debut last year, faltered on delivery, and this time Jankovic wouldn't sacrifice the advantage. The match was served out without fuss.

With the win, Jankovic improved her standing against Ivanovic to 2-6 - the pair last played in the semifinals at Roland Garros - and joined Vera Zvonareva in the Day 1 winners' circle, after the Russian beat Svetlana Kuznetsova with similar ease. The third and final match of the day saw Dinara Safina and Venus Williams get the competition underway for the Maroon Group.

Ian Aberdon
Nov 4th, 2008, 06:28 PM
:haha: at Serena! You can take the girl outta LA...:lol:

~Kiera~
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:31 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7709014.stm

Classy Jankovic defeats Ivanovic

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic comfortably beat compatriot Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-4 in their opening match of the round-robin Tour Championships in Doha.

In blustery conditions, Jankovic took just 40 minutes to win the first set while she looked at ease in the second even though Ivanovic improved slightly.

Venus Williams overturned a 5-2 deficit in the first set to power to a 7-5 6-3 win over Russia's Dinara Safnia.

Earlier, Vera Zvonareva beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-3 in the White Group.

Zvonareva admitted she found it difficult to adapt to playing outdoors, saying: "The conditions are very difficult, especially since we were playing indoors for the past two months."

Two players from each group will advance to the semi-finals of the season-ending tournament, with Ivanovic now facing an uphill task.

Ivanovic had won her last six matches with Jankovic, the most recent of which was the semi-final victory at this year's French Open.

But the 20-year-old has struggled for form in the latter half of the year, with last week's victory in the Linz Open her first tournament win in four months, and on this form she will be happy to see the season end.

The world number four never looked like continuing her impressive record over Jankovic as, even though she hit some spectacular winners, she made a number of errors.

Jankovic, on the other hand, who will remain top in the rankings regardless of results in Doha, is in prime condition to win the tournament.

She raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set and although Ivanovic, last year's semi-finalist, hinted at a comeback when she went on to win two on the trot, Jankovic broke serve again and cantered to a 1-0 set lead.

The second set mirrored the first as Jankovic broke early. In the sixth game of the set, Ivanovic proceeded to win five points in a row to level the score at 3-3, but from then on Jankovic took control of the match.

Williams won five straight games to clinch the first set against Safina and the Wimbledon champion had little trouble in closing out the win in the second.

"I was able to make the adjustment," Williams said of her first-set recovery. "There were some tough games there, but they kept going my way."


http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12110_4455873,00.html

Winning start for Jankovic

World number one records only her second victory against fellow Serb
Jelena Jankovic lived up to her world number one status when she beat French Open champion Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-4 in their opening White Group match at the WTA Championships on Tuesday.

In the same group, eighth seed Vera Zvonareva beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-3, while Venus Williams, seeded seventh in Doha, later defeated second-seeded Russian Dinara Safina 7-5 6-3 in the Maroon Group.

Playing outdoors for the first time since the US Open in September, the two Serbs displayed plenty of quality in their match but also showed inconsistency, particularly during the early stages.

Ivanovic's forehand was her dominant stroke, while Jankovic - the less erratic of the two - kept to the baseline give or take an occasional foray to the net.

It was Jankovic who made the better start, breaking for 2-0 and then holding a break point to go 4-0 ahead.

Ivanovic then settled and a fine crosscourt forehand gave her a break in the fifth game. But Jankovic then forced a backhand error to break back for 4-2.

Jankovic then broke to love to begin the second set. This time Ivanovic levelled at 3-3 before her opponent replied with another break.

Drama

The contest was effectively brought to a close at that point, although more drama did occur before the end.

At 5-3 Ivanovic suddenly pulled up mid-rally and leaned on her knees before returning to her chair for medical attention.

She resumed and won the next two points to hold serve before Jankovic served out the match.

"It was a pretty strong performance," Jankovic said after recording only her second victory against Ivanovic in eight meetings. "It was very windy and not easy to play but I was strong today and very focused.

"Since the last time we played, at the French Open, I have improved so much. My game has gone to another level."

Of her need for treatment, the beaten Ivanovic said: "I just started feeling dizzy a little. I think it's maybe humidity and I was probably dehydrated.

"I just felt so weak. I had to stop."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article5084110.ece

Top rated Jelena Jankovic still looking for title

Barry Flatman in Doha

Perhaps the kindest way to describe the course women’s tennis has taken in 2008 is eventful. The premature retirement of Justine Henin, the demise of Amelie Mauresmo and the prolonged absence of Maria Sharapova makes it seem as though the sport has lost more than it has gained.

Four different Grand Slams have produced as many champions and the world no.1 ranking has been passed around like the proverbial hot potato, nobody seeming to possess either the quality, the consistency or the resilience to maintain the requisite standard necessary to stay at the top.

Many an observer has looked a little askance in the direction of this week’s Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships in Doha and considered the fact that come what may, Jelena Janković will finish the year as the world’s top ranked female even though she has yet to win her first major title.

Of the current field Janković has held the top ranking for six weeks, in two short bursts of the later half of the year. Her Serbian compatriot Ana Ivanović was in possession for 12 weeks while Serena Williams and Sharapova have also enjoyed brief stays on top since the retirement of Henin in May.

But it certainly seems that if determination is the criteria for keeping the ranking for a lengthy amount of time, then Janković is justifiably in pole position. Every other competitor on the opening day of this year-ending jambouree of the women’s game seemed beset by the problems connected by suddenly playing outdoors again after spending the last month or so at indoor tournaments.
The more the wind gusted off the desert, the louder the excuses came.

First from Svetlana Kuznetsova who seemed ill equipped to deal with either the climactic conditions or the greater purpose of her fellow Russian opponent Vera Zvonereva who triumphed 6-2,6-3 in the opening match. Then Ivanović, who had suffered a wretched time since winning the French Open in June and had only reclaimed any semblance of form by winning the title in Linz a couple of weeks ago, seemed equally disorientated against Janković.

So it was left to Janković, notoriously a player who will resort to any form of excuse to explain why she did not function to the best of her abilities, to show the way it should be done. Initially it seemed as though the breeze might dismantle her serve with three early double faults but she showed she is made of indomitable stuff after all as she shrugged off the difficulties to beat Ivanović for only the second time in nine meetings.

“It's not easy, especially in these conditions with the wind,” said the 23 year-old from Belgrade who won 6-3,6-4. “This was the first match I've played outdoors for quite a long time because all of the tournaments I played were indoors. When I arrived in Doha it was almost the first time I had seen the sun in two months.”

Darkness had fallen by the time Janković set about extracting revenge for the semi-final exits she had suffered at the hands of Ivanović at both the French Open and Indian Wells this year. In fact she had to look back more than two and a quarter years to her only previous win over her countrywoman but it soon became clear who had the greater will to win.

Ivanović’s new boyfriend, the Spanish top 20 men’s player Fernando Verdasco, sat courtside in support but it almost seemed as though his presence was a distraction rather than a boost. Late in the second set Ivanović seemed close to collapse because of breathing difficulties brought on she thought by the high humidity and subsequent dehydration on her part.

At the other end of the Janković just upped the pace and maintained: “I know that I'm confident. I go out there as the No. 1 player in the world, and I go out there to play my tennis. That's all I was thinking really.

“I want to be the No. 1 player in the world. I want to feel that it's really a challenge. I know all of the players who play against me want to be better than me to steal that spot. Everybody's going after me so it's a bigger challenge.”

One that Jelena Janković seemed more than capable of confronting with successful results.

Tashi
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:35 PM
I love Barry Flatman.

дalex
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:46 PM
Pfffttt, I remember some nasty pieces about Jelena and WTA in general from Flatman dude...
I think it was during Wimbles.

Tashi
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:55 PM
I don't remember, woops. So let me rephrase to: I love that article.

At the other end of the Janković just upped the pace and maintained: “I know that I'm confident. I go out there as the No. 1 player in the world, and I go out there to play my tennis. That's all I was thinking really.

“I want to be the No. 1 player in the world. I want to feel that it's really a challenge. I know all of the players who play against me want to be better than me to steal that spot. Everybody's going after me so it's a bigger challenge.”

And I love this. That is how a World #1 should talk.:hearts:

Ian Aberdon
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:58 PM
STEAL that spot! :lol: You TELL 'EM, Baby! :armed:

ms_nut
Nov 4th, 2008, 09:29 PM
If I recall Serena did say that one of her goals earlier this year was to become number one.

I guess it's easy to not care when you have no shot at being number this year huh?

:lol:.Rena, that was :devil:.I guess she can talk since she won ONE GS this year.:rolleyes:You would think she amassed a Justine-like 2007 record this year.As for her saying JJ plays every week...:tape::tape: I guess 21 weeks sounds like every week when you play once every ,oh say.. 3 months..

Tashi
Nov 4th, 2008, 10:16 PM
"Winning a Grand Slam is being the best for two weeks. Being the No. 1 in the world and finishing No. 1 in the world means that you have been the best player for the whole year. That is a huge, huge difference."

-- JJ, on the difference between Grand Slam champs and Year End #1s.

You tell them girl!:nerner:

~Kiera~
Nov 4th, 2008, 11:05 PM
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=252554&version=1&template_id=49&parent_id=29

Top Serb Jankovic outclasses Ivanovic
Publish Date: Wednesday,5 November, 2008, at 01:48 AM Doha Time

By Anil John

World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in action against Ana Ivanovic in the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships at the Khalifa Complex yesterday. Pics by Noushad

JELENA Jankovic, unsmiling for a change but uncompromising as ever, won the battle of Serbs yesterday, outclassing Ana Ivanovic in a round robin white group match at the $4.55mn Sony Ericsson Championships.

The World No. 1 showed no signs of fatigue following her title-winning spree over September-October, triumphing 6-3, 6-4 in windy conditions to continue her outstanding season-ending form.

Jankovic was in total control throughout the match and although her glamorous rival showed some glimpses of her aggression – she slammed four aces in the match – there was no doubt about who the current leading lady of world tennis was.

“It was a pretty strong performance, especially because the conditions were quite tough today. It was very windy and not easy to play. And always against Ana I’ve had so many tough matches,” Jankovic said.

“But I was able to be strong today and very focused since the beginning of the match and was able to take charge and to finish the match in my favour.”

She laughed when she was told that she was not her usual smiling self during the match.

“No, I smiled a couple of times, but I smiled to my coach, maybe you haven’t seen (laughing). It was little smiles to my coach when I did some of the things which he told me. But I was very focused. I did all the right things at the right moments so I’m happy for that.”
Jankovic won three consecutive titles in as many weeks before taking a few days’ off in Spain and the rest seems to have done her a world of good.

In contrast, Ivanovic appeared tired and in the second set had to take extended breaks between games to catch her breath. The WTA trainer also made a brief appearance on court but went back after Ivanovic assured her that all was well.

But that was not the case with her game as she made crucial errors and was playing catch up all the time.

Jankovic made her intentions clear when she broke Ivanovic’s first service game in the first set and that set the tone for the entire match. The World No. 1 was soon 3-1 up and although she was broken in the fourth game to close the gap at 3-2.

But Jankovic hit back the very next game with her second break to take a 4-2 lead, as Ivanovic sent some easy shots wide. Jankovic eventually pocketed the set by winning her sixth game at love.

The pattern of the second set was more or less the same, the only difference being Ivanovic managed to win one extra game.

Jankovic again broke her rival in her first service game, this time ominously at love, and although Ivanovic had her own break in the sixth game, the former’s superior fitness and superb all-round play proved vital.

“Well, obviously, it’s very disappointing to lose, but I didn’t think I played that well today. It was very tough for me. It was very windy,” said Jankovic

Ivanovic said she felt weak in the second set.

“Well, I just started feeling dizzy a little bit. I think it’s maybe humidity, and I was dehydrated, probably. Yeah, I just felt so weak. Yeah, I had to stop.”

Earlier, Vera Zvonareva, the last player to make the eight-women cut at the event, shocked compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3 in the maroon group.

Zvonereva had won just three out of their previous 10 clashes, but yesterday was clearly a class apart, breaking Kuznetsova in her second service game for a 3-1 lead.

Zvonareva, who was beaten by Maria Sharapova in the final of the Qatar Total Open earlier this year, made as many as six double faults, but Kuznetsova herself was so error-prone that she couldn’t profit from the situation.

Both players earned six break points each in the match, but Kuznetsova could manage to convert just two while Zvonareva capitalised on five.

Zvonareva broke her opponent again for a 2-0 lead in the second set, but this time Kuznetsova fought back briefly in the second set clawing back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2, but was unable to sustain the momentum and fell back again. With another break in her pocket Zvonareva served out the match to love.

“The conditions were very difficult, especially as were were playing indoors for the past two months,” said Zvonareva. “It was the first match outdoors, and the wind was there right away. But at the end of the day I did a pretty good job.”

Zvonareva said it was particularly pleasing to break her season-ending event jinx as she had failed to win a single match when she last played in the tournament in 2004.

“Yeah, it feels great to win the first match, that’s for sure, especially since I didn’t win even one match in 2004.”

Kuznetsova, no stranger to the Doha wind – she had thought of pulling out of the Qatar Total Open earlier this year – blamed the conditions.
“Well, definitely, it was tough conditions. You couldn’t play proper tennis, but they were the same for both players. I’ve been here for a week and today was the worst day.”

~Kiera~
Nov 4th, 2008, 11:22 PM
From Sveta...

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2008-11-03-jankovic_N.htm

"Maybe she didn't win great tournaments, but she's been more consistent," the 2004 U.S. Open champion said. "But I don't think we have a clear No. 1."

Perhaps everyone should quit whining about the #1 spot and actually do something to attain that position themselves. Winning matches usually helps.

louisa.
Nov 5th, 2008, 05:30 AM
You've let me down Kuzzy. :(
they're all just jealous :rolleyes:

Ian Aberdon
Nov 5th, 2008, 05:59 AM
Well said Sarah, I have to say! Jelena's No.1, others should get over themselves.

Brena
Nov 5th, 2008, 07:54 AM
Ah, they can whine all they want, JJ is still # 1. If the paper lies, then JJ could also say: ''Well, I almost won two GSs, I could have won that USO final because I had 3 break points in the second set and Serena was already half-dead by that point, and I could have won that RG SF if only I was a little less mental...'' But winner is the one whose name remains written on the trophey, and year-end number 1 is the one whose name remains written in teh tennis archives as such. So all the whining is quite pointless. :shrug:

RFS
Nov 5th, 2008, 07:57 AM
She's turned a corner.
She's playing like a #1 who believes in herself.
So yeah - let the whiners whine... they're always gonna.

Her time will come? Her time is here.

дalex
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:02 AM
"Winning a Grand Slam is being the best for two weeks. Being the No. 1 in the world and finishing No. 1 in the world means that you have been the best player for the whole year. That is a huge, huge difference."

-- JJ, on the difference between Grand Slam champs and Year End #1s.
You tell them girl!:nerner:

Jelena :worship:

Kuzzy, babe, you just wait and you'll see...;)

дalex
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:24 AM
Jankovic, who was presented with the year-end No. 1 ranking trophy by WTA CEO Larry Scott at her press conference afterwards, was naturally very pleased with herself and could not resist a little barb at an opponent with whom she has never been close, despite their similar backgrounds.

"I think you need to use a little more brain to play in conditions like that," she said. "The wind was going all over the place but it was the same for both of us. I just managed to do all the right things at the right moments."

Ouch! Jeca :spit:

Brena
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:28 AM
Hey, Alex, where did you find that? I was just about to post it, the translation that is. I found it in today's printed edition of ''Vecernje novosti'', but couldn't figure out where it came from.
So I guess it's a real quote - :haha: Jelena, channeling Serena again (but she's actually right :shrug:)

дalex
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:33 AM
Hey, Alex, where did you find that?

Neighboring forum. :secret:

:lol:

Brena
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:40 AM
Neighboring forum. :secret:

:lol:

Gah!! :speakles: I'm afraid to ask about the reactions (and what you were doing there at all :lol:)

дalex
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:46 AM
(and what you were doing there at all :lol:)

Well, it's actually great feeling going there after JJ's win over Ana. I'm just lurking unlike Sarah who keeps posting Ana pictures there! :eek: :lol:

schorsch
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:47 AM
:tape: oops.

Brena
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:49 AM
Well, it's actually great feeling going there after JJ's win over Ana. I'm just lurking unlike Sarah who keeps posting Ana pictures there! :eek: :lol:

:lol: Well, it turns out that lurking can be useful - great find!

~Kiera~
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:50 AM
Jelena :lol:

During the match yesterday, the commentator said she'd heard from someone in one of the camps (she didn't wish to elaborate further on who it was) who said relations between the pair of them wasn't at all good. I guess she was right :tape:

Well, it's actually great feeling going there after JJ's win over Ana. I'm just lurking unlike Sarah who keeps posting Ana pictures there! :eek: :lol:

I was trying to be nice :lol:

Brena
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:54 AM
Jelena :lol:

During the match yesterday, the commentator said she'd heard from someone in one of the camps (she didn't wish to elaborate further on who it was) who said relations between the pair of them wasn't at all good. I guess she was right :tape:

:tape: I blame Wodasike's Spanish eyes for that. He was promised to her first, as Alex rightfully noted. :lol:


I was trying to be nice :lol:

Ah, Sarah, you are nice. Don't listen to this evil Ana-hater Alex and his provocations. :hug: :lol:

дalex
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:05 AM
During the match yesterday, the commentator said she'd heard from someone in one of the camps (she didn't wish to elaborate further on who it was) who said relations between the pair of them wasn't at all good. I guess she was right :tape:

Well, Ana opted for a very brief handshake and turned her head right away. I'm sure JJ was good for a smile but went against it after she saw Ana's reaction.

:tape: I blame Wodasike's Spanish eyes for that. He was promised to her first, as Alex rightfully noted. :lol:

Ah, Sarah, you are nice. Don't listen to this evil Ana-hater Alex and his provocations. :hug: :lol:

:speakles:

Me, a hater? Never! It's all lies!

I dunno what happened between them, I thought they were getting along just fine...:awww:

Zoja, did you hear Viskovic on RTS when he said that everyone knows their relationship is not that good, but that the fights between two fanbases in Serbia are getting ridiculous, and that we should all support all Serbian players. I thought that was unnecessary. :shrug:

Brena
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:14 AM
I dunno what happened between them, I thought they were getting along just fine...:awww:

Zoja, did you hear Viskovic on RTS when he said that everyone knows their relationship is not that good, but that the fights between two fanbases in Serbia are getting ridiculous, and that we should all support all Serbian players. I thought that was unnecessary. :shrug:

:speakles: No, I watched the match on the ES, but that really sounds stupid - how can he know if two of them are on friendly terms or not?? And even if he knows, that statement can only make matters worse between the fanbases. And besides, it's sport, it's nornal to pick your favourites and cheer for them, it's not like there are streetfights between JJ's and Ana's fans, who cares who cheers for whom?
But if it's true - that JJ and Ana really bear grudges against one another - that makes me sad in a way, why would they do it? It's probably influenced by some idiots from their teams or something like that. :(

~Kiera~
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:16 AM
:tape: I blame Wodasike's Spanish eyes for that. He was promised to her first, as Alex rightfully noted. :lol:

That should be a lesson for all. Do not get in the way of Jelena and cute guys. You'll go on her hate list and she'll call you brainless in the press ;)

:Ah, Sarah, you are nice. Don't listen to this evil Ana-hater Alex and his provocations. :hug: :lol:

:lol:

Well, Ana opted for a very brief handshake and turned her head right away. I'm sure JJ was good for a smile but went against it after she saw Ana's reaction.

It wasn't very warm on Ana's part. She just looked at the floor.

RFS
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:19 AM
She was probably trying to work out the probability of being able to throw up on JJ's shoes!

дalex
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:23 AM
Agree on Viskovic, he just set the bad tone right from the start of the match. He should have been more positive about things.

Dunno, they looked friendly at Beijing tier II opening ceremony. Sure JJ was more into Ferrer and Roddick but she and Ana also shared few laughs...Dunno where is this new found rivalry coming from, but I don't think it's something we should worry about either. Vera and Sveta handshake wasn't all that friendly either so it's not that big of a deal.

Brena
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:27 AM
She was probably trying to work out the probability of being able to throw up on JJ's shoes!

Ros! :haha:

Agree on Viskovic, he just set the bad tone right from the start of the match. He should have been more positive about things.

Dunno, they looked friendly at Beijing tier II opening ceremony. Sure JJ was more into Ferrer and Roddick but she and Ana also shared few laughs...Dunno where is this new found rivalry coming from, but I don't think it's something we should worry about either. Vera and Sveta handshake wasn't all that friendly either so it's not that big of a deal.

Well, I just hope JJ doesn't put any unnecessary pressure on herself because of that ''rivalry''. And she did look rather cool yesterday - it obviously didn't do her any good at the RG to think about and answer to Ana's fistpumps and yells.

дalex
Nov 5th, 2008, 11:17 AM
http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?view=story&id=50570&sectionId=44


Na mrežici je usledio samo kratak i hladan pozdrav reprezentativnih drugarica, a onda se Jankovićeva osmehula kameri i „pozdravila Mlađu", svog dečka, crnogorskog vaterpolistu Mlađana Janovića.

=

"At the net, two Fed Cup team mates had a brief and cold handshake, after which Jelena turned and smiled into camera and 'said hi to Mladja', her boyfriend and Montenegrin waterpolo player - Mladjan Janovic"

:lol: I did wonder what she said when she waved to camera...

~Kiera~
Nov 5th, 2008, 11:27 AM
:lol: :awww:

Since dating Mladjan, she's reached the US Open final, won three tournaments in a row and beat Puppy for the first time in three years. He must have special powers ;)

дalex
Nov 5th, 2008, 11:34 AM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2008/11/drawing-up-doha.html

Drawing Up Doha
Posted 11/04/2008 @ 4 :57 PM

AiLet’s get a few unpleasant facts out of the way about the inaugural Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha: The stadium is brutal, the stands are quiet, and the stars of last year’s event, Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova, are nowhere to be found. OK, now we can find a few reasons to enjoy the women’s season-ender, right? If nothing else, a wide-open year will be capped by a wide-open, high-powered round-robin event, and we’ll get to see our new No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, try to prove to the Williams sisters that she really does belong at the top of the hill.

Jankovic will have to do it against a strong field; only world No. 6 Sharapova is missing, and she's been replaced by the so far surprisingly impressive Vera Zvonareva. A packed draw might be expected when the prize money exceeds $4 million dollars, but that hasn’t always been the case. In her 10-plus years on tour, this is just the third time that Venus Williams has played the year-end championships; it’s just the fifth appearance for her sister Serena. Their presence is a big help. And while this tournament is starting slowly—Ivanovic was way off against Jankovic today—so did the editions that were held in Madrid the last three years. Each of those gained momentum through the week and closed with some memorable tennis—Henin versus Sharapova was the best match of 2008, and the semi between Kim Clijsters and Amelie Mauresmo was one of the best of ’06. (Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten that already!)

OK, I may be stretching for excitement with that last one. No more hype, the time is past to begin breaking down the draw and finishing up 2008.

White Group
As always in these things, eight players have been divided into two groups—White, and the very fancy Maroon. White got started today when Vera Zvonareva beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic beat Ivanovic, both in fairly uninspired straight-setters. I was surprised by the Zvonareva result, but maybe I shouldn't have been.

My colleague James Martin wrote a column for ESPN.com yesterday where he revealed, to me at least, that the volatile Russian had compiled a 61-21 record for the year. When did that happen? I confess that I can’t recall watching Zvonareva play once this year. This morning when I turned on the Tennis Channel, I found myself asking, “Who is that?” as one of the women put a sweet swing on a down-the-line forehand winner. It was Zvonareva, of course, who beat up her higher-ranked countrywoman Kuznetsova. Zvonerava, once famous for beating herself up with her racquet, has put in the miles this year and had some surprising successes: a final at the first Doha stop, the bronze in Beijing, and a late-season surge that ended with three straight losses to Jankovic, but earned her the last spot here.

She’ll face her nemesis again in the White Group, and probably lose again, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Zvonareva make the semis. And I wouldn’t be unhappy either—it would be nice to add her forceful, athletic game—as well as her emotional unpredictability—to the mix at the top. To advance, she’ll likely have to beat Ivanovic, who was out of sorts and briefly ill Tuesday. (Lovesick perhaps? One of the few spectators was her reported boyfriend, Fernando Verdasco.) Whatever it was, Ana couldn’t find the range when she tried to attack, and seemed surprised when Jankovic began to take it to her in the second set.

Speaking of Jankovic, hers may be the most intriguing story in Doha. While she already has the No. 1 ranking tucked away in her oversized purse, there are new expectations to live up to. How much will she want to prove that she belongs at the top, not the Williams sisters? Living with No. 1 has not been easy for either Sharapova or Ivanovic; let’s see how Jankovic reacts. Based on her all-business attitude today, I think she might like it up there.
Semifinalists: Jankovic, Zvonareva

Maroon Group
The story here, obviously, is that the Williams sisters will have to play a round-robin match. They split their Wimbledon and U.S. Open face-offs, so this will be the tiebreaker. Venus was focused and positive when it counted in straight-setting Dinara Safina today—no matter how much these other women improve, it’s still tough for them against the Williamses, isn’t it? Against everyone else, Safina seems to be hitting big from the ground, but Venus just gobbled up that stuff and sent the ball back deeper, wider, and closer to the lines. The Russian may get the same treatment when she plays Serena tomorrow. It could be a quick week for both Safina and her countrywoman Elena Dementieva, who has to face Venus on Wednesday. By the time the sisters play each other, could they both have clinched semifinal spots? I’m not sure if that’s possible, but it would certainly motivate them to get their wins in early.
Semifinalists: Venus Williams, Serena Williams

Semifinals: Venus Williams, Jankovic advance
Final: Venus Williams d. Jankovic

~Kiera~
Nov 5th, 2008, 11:52 AM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6621879

The Evans Report: Shifting Sands, Changing Fortunes Mark Doha Day One

By Richard Evans Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Jankovic beat Ivanovic for the first time in two years, earning her second win in eight matches with her Serbian rival. © Getty Images1 of 7 On a windy night in the desert, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour began its dollar laden path into the unknown with the first staging of its year end finals outside traditional tennis settings here this evening. For a Sheiks’ ransom, the Sony Ericsson Championships will be staged here in Doha until 2010 and then move up to Istanbul for another three years. At least, that is the current plan. Like shifting sands everything can change.

Against a backdrop of perplexing player unrest over the 2009 Roadmap — was communications between the WTA Board and the locker room really that bad? — two Russians, fittingly, got the whole production under way in a howling wind.

Vera Zvonareva, who had seized the eighth and last spot in the enforced absence of Maria Sharapova, immediately adapted to the conditions better than Svetalana Kuznetsova and, riding the storm on the wings of her mighty forehand, won the opening round robin match 6-2, 6-3.

Kuznetsova was remorseful but refused to blame the conditions.

"I had so many opportunities, especially the first," she said. "I saw she was extremely nervous. I had 0-30 on her serve. I didn’t take advantage of that. I had 40-0 twice and lost my serve. You know, I’ve been making so many changes, I understand it’s difficult to improve straightaway."

Kuznetsova was referring to the fact that she has decided to give up living in Spain and return to Moscow to embark on a completely different training regime. She obviously needs time but at least she will get match practice here. "It’s weird, you lose and yet you still play tomorrow," she said. "I have to find positivity in that. It’s a good opportunity for me to play against the best players and improve my tennis."

Ana Ivanovic thought she was improving after a disappointing, injury-hit summer when she won the WTA Tier II title in Linz, Austria two weeks ago. But everything unraveled in the wind and, in a match that would have had them glued to their TV sets in Serbia, she went down to the World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-4.

"I wanted to play like I had in Linz but ended up going for too much and making too many mistakes," she said. It was certainly a setback for Ivanovic who went into the match with a 6-1 career advantage over the Serbian rival. "It was very frustrating and when I made all those mistake I got a little bit down on myself."

Ana also started to feel weak towards the end of the second set and had to call for the trainer. "I felt a little dizzy and had trouble breathing," she said. "I think I was a little dehydrated."

Jankovic, who was presented with the year-end No. 1 ranking trophy by WTA CEO Larry Scott at her press conference afterwards, was naturally very pleased with herself and could not resist a little barb at an opponent with whom she has never been close, despite their similar backgrounds.

"I think you need to use a little more brain to play in conditions like that," she said. "The wind was going all over the place but it was the same for both of us. I just managed to do all the right things at the right moments."

Both Serbs were in agreement on one thing — the extent of Jankovic’s improvement since they last met in the semifinal of the French Open. "She has so much more confidence now," admitted Ivanovic.

For Jankovic, becoming No. 1 in the world is the realization of a dream.

"I have improved so much since Paris," she said. "I’ve been working very hard, I have no more injury problems and I am a completely different player. I feel no pressure at all being No. 1. It inspires me."

If Jankovic has changed then so has this event since its move from the Spanish capital. The court color — purple inside the lines surrounded by lime green — is the same as Madrid twelve months ago but after that you can forget about comparisons. Indoors to out; wild winds on balmy desert nights; a plushly traditional Palace hotel in Madrid where Hemingway used to drink to a gleemingly new and magnificent Ritz Carlton where the coffee shop is dotted with twelve foot palms trees and the view through your bedroom window is one of sand, sand, sand.

There are skyscrapers in the distance, many still half finished and evidence along the highway that two story family homes are being built in a style befitting Arabic culture. Huge posters signal the pending arrival of a little port with shops and restaurants that suggests an Italian feel and strenuous efforts have been made to prevent the place looking as if it was built yesterday (which it was.) Apparently, the ruling Sheik was so displeased with the modern look of the Souk that he had it torn down and built in a way that made it look old. Some of what used to be Singapore might have been saved if he had been in charge.

And outside the spacious Media Center two camels chew the cud with their air of bored superiority. No, this is not Madrid.

Dinara Safina, who finds herself in the elevated but thoroughly deserved position of World No. 2, shot away to an impressive start against Venus Williams in the final match of the evening but if victory seemed to be beckoning, it was a mirage.

Safina led 5-2, held two set points and then, serving for the set at 5-3, let Venus back into it with a double fault and a volley that flew wide. The elder Williams is far too experienced not to capitalize on such gifts and, hard as the Russian fought to stave off three break points at the end of the second set, Venus never relinquished her grip on the match thereafter, controlling the rallies with a free-flowing, hard-hit groundstrokes off both flanks.

Venus broke serve five times in a 7-5, 6-3 victory. It was Venus' first appearance at the season-ending event since she reached the semifinals in 2002. She is in the Maroon Group of the round-robin tournament along with sister Serena, Elena Dementieva and Safina.

MaBaker
Nov 5th, 2008, 12:04 PM
"I think you need to use a little more brain to play in conditions like that," she said. "The wind was going all over the place but it was the same for both of us. I just managed to do all the right things at the right moments."


Jelena :kiss: :angel:

Brena
Nov 5th, 2008, 01:36 PM
http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?view=story&id=50570&sectionId=44



:lol: I did wonder what she said when she waved to camera...

It actually meant:'' :ras: Ana! I've got one too, but he's at home at the moment!''

Katie.
Nov 5th, 2008, 05:49 PM
:lol: :awww:

Since dating Mladjan, she's reached the US Open final, won three tournaments in a row and beat Puppy for the first time in three years. He must have special powers ;)
He's amazing :hearts:

I was trying to work out what she was saying, very cute!

Ian Aberdon
Nov 5th, 2008, 06:33 PM
Don't know about staring at the floor, Ana's ranking is going THROUGH the floor.

terjw
Nov 5th, 2008, 07:31 PM
"I think you need to use a little more brain to play in conditions like that," she said. "The wind was going all over the place but it was the same for both of us. I just managed to do all the right things at the right moments."


She's absolutely right of course. :angel::lol:

~Kiera~
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:39 PM
http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/

"I think in the eyes of most of the players and the fans and media from around the world she is the #1 players. She doesn't play week in and week out like Jelena Jankovic does but she is the most dominant player. If you look at this tournament she has a winning record against every single player in this field. On the side, Jelena Jankovic was 1-4 versus top 5 players. That's not a record that you can say a dominant #1 can have."

-- Lindsay Davenport, on Serena as the most dominant player on the tour

I guess for the rest of us who can actually read a rankings table, she's #3 ;)

Brena
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Lindsay, I'm so sorry that ball missed you. :D
Aim better next time, please JJ.

ChriS.
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:58 PM
http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/



I guess for the rest of us who can actually read a rankings table, she's #3 ;)Your wrong because Serena is number 1 because everyone else thinks she is. At least, that is what she believes.

Tashi
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:23 PM
I'm getting so frustrated with people. If anyone thinks they can be a better number 1 than Jelena then go play your asses off and take it from her. Don't whine about it and try to diminish her achievements. Ugh!:rolleyes::fiery:

JadeFox
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Seriously, everyone who screams Jelena is not worthy of her ranking can go fuck themselves gently with a chainsaw. Last I checked there wasn't some ranking fairy floating around, giving out ranking points at whim. This is big girl tennis and if you want the top prizes, rankings, etc. you have to go out and EARN IT.

Why is this so hard to understand?:rolleyes:

MaBaker
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:36 PM
Seriously, everyone who screams Jelena is not worthy of her ranking can go fuck themselves gently with a chainsaw.
LOL :lol:

Katie.
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:40 PM
Seriously, everyone who screams Jelena is not worthy of her ranking can go fuck themselves gently with a chainsaw.

:spit:

Obviously when Serena said everybody else thinks she's the number 1 she meant Lindsay thinks she's number 1 :o

redsonja
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:41 PM
Lindsay, I'm so sorry that ball missed you. :D
Aim better next time, please JJ.

:devil: :haha:

~Kiera~
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:49 PM
Lindsay, I'm so sorry that ball missed you. :D
Aim better next time, please JJ.

Didn't the ball hit her on the head? :lol:

redsonja
Nov 5th, 2008, 10:04 PM
Didn't the ball hit her on the head? :lol:

No. It was a very near miss. :sad:

JadeFox
Nov 5th, 2008, 10:05 PM
LOL :lol:

:spit:

Obviously when Serena said everybody else thinks she's the number 1 she meant Lindsay thinks she's number 1 :o

Well I didn't intend to make people laugh because this talk is becoming very annoying to me. Normally I don't give a shit what people think of my faves but really what's up with the ragging on Jelena?

I don't know, maybe there's some jealousy at play here. It's one thing to play really well for two weeks and win a Slam. That's an amazing feat. It's quite another thing, however, to maintain that high level of form for the rest of the year. Maybe some of these players realize that it takes a lot of effort to be on the very top and only a few people can handle the pressure that comes with it.

Of course then that would mean it's not jealousy and it's just a case of a bunch spoiled players who want the top rankings and the big prizes without having to work too hard for them. They just think it should be handed to them on a silver platter and the fact that Jelena got to the top through good old fashion hard work rankles them.

Alright, rant over.:lol:

terjw
Nov 5th, 2008, 10:42 PM
Seriously, everyone who screams Jelena is not worthy of her ranking can go fuck themselves gently with a chainsaw. Last I checked there wasn't some ranking fairy floating around, giving out ranking points at whim. This is big girl tennis and if you want the top prizes, rankings, etc. you have to go out and EARN IT.

Why is this so hard to understand?:rolleyes:

:worship::worship::worship:

~Kiera~
Nov 5th, 2008, 10:45 PM
No. It was a very near miss. :sad:

I could have sworn Lindsay said she'd been hit on the head in an audio or video version of the post match interview.

I'll see if I can find it, as I'd like to think I'm not totally imagining things :lol:

redsonja
Nov 5th, 2008, 11:09 PM
That whole match is on video somewhere. I'm not sure I have the energy to look for it, though. :lol: But I'm 97% sure she didn't actually get hit.

Tashi
Nov 5th, 2008, 11:28 PM
Top-ranked tennis player Jankovic aims to stay at No. 1 for longer this time

1 hour ago

DOHA, Qatar — Jelena Jankovic lasted just one week in August as the world's top-ranked player. Having recaptured the No. 1 spot last month, the Serbian feels she is ready to hang on to it a bit longer this time.

Jankovic, who'll finish the year at No. 1 after taking a 63-17 record into this week's season-ending WTA Championships in Doha, played fewer tournaments in 2008 due to various injuries that gave her a break from playing and meant more time spent in the gym.

"I believe that I deserve to be the No. 1 player in the world," Jankovic said. "I really worked so hard all the year. I broke a lot of sweat, a lot of tears and blood everywhere. It's not easy."

That's different from her rise to the top spot during the Beijing Olympics. Women's tennis was then still adjusting to the sudden retirement of Justine Henin, and Ana Ivanovic had started to lose matches after winning the French Open to become the new No. 1.

"At that time, I was really not ready," Jankovic said. "I didn't feel like the No. 1 in the world."

Jankovic has never won a Grand Slam title, leading to debate over whether she really has been the world's top player this season. She lost to Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final, but then won consecutive titles in Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow.

"Maybe she didn't win great tournaments, but she's been more consistent," the seventh-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova said. "But I don't think we have a clear No. 1."

Meanwhile, second-ranked Dinara Safina suggested that the absence of former No. 1 Maria Sharapova for much of the year with a shoulder injury and the sporadic presence of the Williams sisters played a part in Jankovic's rise.

"If they would play the same amount of tournaments, maybe it would be different," Safina said.

Serena Williams, who had a 43-7 record entering the WTA Championships, was equivocal about who deserves the No. 1 ranking.

"I don't know if you go by slams or by tournaments won. I think both of them have to be factored in," she said. "I don't know, it also goes a little bit on consistency. I've been pretty consistent this year, so I don't know."

WTA head Larry Scott presented Jankovic with a crystal trophy Tuesday to commemorate her year-end ranking.

"She didn't quite follow the script," Scott said. "We would have liked it to come right down to the end of the championships."


JJ just tell everyone to fuck off.

~Kiera~
Nov 5th, 2008, 11:40 PM
If they would play the same amount of tournaments. I don't know how many of them actually physically can.

That whole match is on video somewhere. I'm not sure I have the energy to look for it, though. :lol: But I'm 97% sure she didn't actually get hit.

I found the interview :lol:

http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/t/bn/2007-09-22/16573185871.shtml

From what I can decipher, it goes something along the lines of

Question: Have you ever been hit by the ball in that way and did that affect you...

Lindsay: Well it's just, you know, annoying that [something] as a player you have to be careful of that, I mean I almost got hit two others times so at the third time when I get hit in the head you kinda are thinking this is too good.

~Kiera~
Nov 6th, 2008, 12:05 AM
Something about Jelena, Mlađan and McDonald's :lol:

http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pressonline.rs%2Fpage %2Fstories%2Fsr.html%3Fid%3D50634%26sectionId%3D44 %26view%3Dstory&sl=sr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?id=50634&sectionId=44&view=story

Ian Aberdon
Nov 6th, 2008, 06:12 AM
Jelena's got her very own Bigmac :)

And well said Jadefox, sooooo much bitching & jealousy out there. :rolleyes:

Lindsay, give it up girl - are we going to see you hanging around all the tournaments under the sun, no longer playing but trying to cling to past glories? Or read your no-longer-relevant views in every two-bit tabloid rag?

louisa.
Nov 6th, 2008, 06:15 AM
Seriously, everyone who screams Jelena is not worthy of her ranking can go fuck themselves gently with a chainsaw.

:spit: :haha:
i know you didn't intend on it to be funny, but that is just GOLD.

If i ever get my hands on Serena or Lindsay.. oooooh their's will be a slow and painful death :o

Brena
Nov 6th, 2008, 07:20 AM
Well, as far as Lindsay is concerned, I wouldn't count out the possibility that she was hit on the head once too many. :p
And Jade, you're right, this is really becoming ridiculous - everyone from Serena and Sveta (!?) to a bunch of half-witted bloggers and sports ''journalists'' to Justine's ex-coach (??!) and Chaky's dad (????!!!!) are criticising JJ. As MaBaker would say - WTF?!?!?

Brena
Nov 6th, 2008, 07:26 AM
Something about Jelena, Mlađan and McDonald's :lol:

http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pressonline.rs%2Fpage %2Fstories%2Fsr.html%3Fid%3D50634%26sectionId%3D44 %26view%3Dstory&sl=sr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?id=50634&sectionId=44&view=story

oh, my, this is a good one :lol:
I have to go out now, but I'll translate it in a couple of hours if Alex doesn't beat me to it.

RFS
Nov 6th, 2008, 07:30 AM
OHFG... leave it as it is - it's HILARIOUS!!

Brena
Nov 6th, 2008, 07:35 AM
OHFG... leave it as it is - it's HILARIOUS!!

World's best teniserka :worship: :rolls:

дalex
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:35 AM
Wow, a lot happened since I logged out last night!

That "Press" interview is :spit: and I'm working on translation. Give me half an hour or so...

ChriS.
Nov 6th, 2008, 09:10 AM
OHFG... leave it as it is - it's HILARIOUS!!Fucking hilarious. Did they really ask if they are having sex? Surely you just assume that and do not ask!

ChriS.
Nov 6th, 2008, 09:13 AM
I could have sworn Lindsay said she'd been hit on the head in an audio or video version of the post match interview.

I'll see if I can find it, as I'd like to think I'm not totally imagining things :lol:I am with you on this because Lindsay made a big deal about it and surely if it had missed her that could not have happened.

дalex
Nov 6th, 2008, 09:27 AM
http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?id=50634&sectionId=44&view=story

I hooked up with Mladjan at McDonald's

World's best tennis player Jelena Jankovic reveals details about haow she fell in love with her boyfriend, Montenegrin waterpoloist Mladjan Janovic. For Serbian edition of "Sport and life" magazine she tells that she and handsome Montenegrin met at McDonald's restaurant in Beijing during Olympic Games and that since then their love is flourishing.

Jankovic also said that he was afraid to approach her, so she had to take matters in her own hands.

One time you said "never in love with an athlete". So, what happened?

- You're mistaken. Firstly, as in James Bond movie - "never say never", but what I said was - "never a tennis player". Athlete - yes...He can understand me the best, to know my needs, he can understand the tension, trainings, traveling...He can support me when I need it, give me comfort and console me.

And you found all that in Montenegrin, Mladjan Janovic, the waterpolo player?

- Yes, and not only that. He's so handsome, much more in person than in photos.

Well, you sound like you're really in love with him...

- I am. In any case I play much better when I'm in love (laughter). When I'm fulfilled as a person then I'm carefree, relaxed and I can fully concentrate on my job. And tennis is my job. everything is perfect in our relationship. He knows that I have to go from one tournament to another and he understands that perfectly. When we have the time - we're together, but both our lives are the ones of Nomads. He doesn't like the media attention that much.

How did the idyll start?

- It was in Beijing, during the Olympic Games...It all happened so fast, unusually fast. I was just getting out of "Mac" with a huge hamburger (:rolls:). I eat that sometimes but that's not usually part of my diet (laughter). As soon as I saw Mladjan I fell for him. Then we had a walk and he confessed that he likes me, that he thinks I'm cute and beautiful, but that he was afraid to approach me 'cos he thought I might reject him. I didn't, and now we're together.

You replaced Ana Ivanovic as #1 player in the world. She's having results crisis for some time now. People are speculating a lot about that and most of them think it's about lack of romance in her life. What is your experience with that?

- I don't want to talk about that, especially not about her life. I repeat, I'm happy and fulfilled when I'm in love and I play better if that's the case. I went through all that before Ana which is normal 'cos I'm older.

When I say love, I mean sex.

- No! I won't talk about that. That's private. The fact is that love affect different people differently, especially girls. I know about some of my colleges who fell in love and their games dropped because of that. So, everyone should leave Ana alone and stop giving her advice. Everyone has their own path.

And their own destiny?

- That too! I really don't know what would happen with me if I just quit tennis when I had that almost one year long crisis. But, the One up there saw it all and now I'm #1 player in the world.

I know who's turning media against me.

Why do you think Serbian media are against you?

- Are they not?! And i know where it's all coming from. Everything's clear to me. Though I really question what did I do to deserve that. I love my country and I showed and proved that many times. I played for our team even when I was injured or sick.

You say you know "where it's all coming from". What do you mean by that?

- I don't want to talk about that right now. I already proved to myself and to all the others how much I worth. Though, i must admit, I'm still not fully aware that I'm #1 in the world. I'm still the same girl. Have I changed?! If so, say it! Some people are telling me: "Girl, do you know that you're the best out of 6 billion people."

I see myself in show business

What will Jelena do after she's done with tennis?

- I won't stay in tennis for sure. I will play it from time to time. Maybe I would start a tennis academy so i could pass my experience and knowledge to kids, but to be a tennis coach or something like that - no way! I see myself in fashion and show business or things like that. I love to act, too.

~Kiera~
Nov 6th, 2008, 09:44 AM
Thanks Alex :yeah:

Tashi
Nov 6th, 2008, 09:47 AM
That is a wierd interview. Some of it sounds like Jelena and other parts, not so much. IDK...

JadeFox
Nov 6th, 2008, 09:55 AM
That interview and translation is just pure gold.:lol::worship:

Wrekin
Nov 6th, 2008, 09:56 AM
I know who's turning media against me.

Why do you think Serbian media are against you?

- Are they not?! And i know where it's all coming from. Everything's clear to me. Though I really question what did I do to deserve that. I love my country and I showed and proved that many times. I played for our team even when I was injured or sick.

You say you know "where it's all coming from". What do you mean by that?

- I don't want to talk about that right now.

This all sounds a bit sinister :(

What's the story? Zoja? Alex?

дalex
Nov 6th, 2008, 10:33 AM
I dunno, Ken.

I haven't seen anything really bad. Maybe she's referring to the time when world media were questioning her #1 status and Serbian media were reporting on that. Some were having those same doubts about her. But I honestly have no idea what she's talking about. Lately it's been mostly the trash-talk about Ana and her (lack of :weirdo:) love life and how that may be affecting her game (you can see that even in this interview). Disgusting! I'm glad JJ said she should be left alone. But I don't really remember any articles bashing JJ in any way except (maybe) those doubts about she being best in the world.
Maybe she wants more attention or she feels neglected compared to Ana and Nole...:shrug:

Wrekin
Nov 6th, 2008, 10:57 AM
Fair enough

She does say some odd things sometimes :scratch:

Dawn123
Nov 6th, 2008, 11:19 AM
Top Serb: Smiling assassin

By Jaydip Sengupta, Sports Writer


If her demolition of countrywoman Ana Ivanovic at the WTA Sony Ericsson Champion-ships is anything to go by, then it’s safe to say that World No 1 Jelena Jankovic has little intention of relinquishing her crown any time soon.

She has already ensured the top spot for this year and given her performance in Doha on Tuesday night, it would take a brave person to bet against her winning her first Grand Slam title next year. And the Serbian is determined to make her position as the world’s best player count.

Speaking from Doha, Jankovic said: "For me being in the No 1 position is really a dream come true and it is something that I always wanted. Now achieving that and finishing the year as the No 1 player in the world is really an amazing feeling."

But does it worry her that she is the only player to be the No 1 without a Grand Slam title?

"I believe that I deserve to be the No 1 player in the world. I really worked so hard all the year. I broke a lot of sweat, a lot of tears and blood everywhere. It’s not easy," she said.

Interestingly, she reached the top at the expense of Ivanovic who succumbed to the pressure of expectations. But Jankovic seems to be made of sterner stuff. "For me it doesn’t feel any pressure at all whatsoever. I want to be the No 1 player in the world. I want to feel that it’s a challenge, really. All of the players who play against me, they want to beat you. They want to be better than you. They want to steal that spot from you, and everybody’s going after you. So it’s a bigger challenge for you.

"But I’m willing to take that as a challenge, and I’m really looking forward to all of those matches. A lot of tough ones, and I just want to go after it. I don’t really think too much about pressure or whatever. I just want to enjoy it," said the player who achieved an incredible hat-trick across Beijing, Moscow and Stuttgart.

So what is it so different about her game now than from the early part of the year?

"I have improved so much. My game has gone to another level. I’ve been working very hard. I also haven’t had injuries. At the French Open, I had a problem with my arm which didn’t allow me to really play my game. I was suffering and struggling, and it really was not easy for me. But since the Olympics I’ve had no health problems. Been able to work on my game and results are coming. I’ve been winning a lot of matches and I’m a completely different player," she said.

And who does she think will be her biggest threat next year?

"Doesn’t matter. All of the players in the top 10 are really great players and they deserve to be there. Every match that I play, whichever, whoever from the top 10, it’s really tough matches, and I need to be concentrated 100 per cent. I have to play my best tennis if I want to win.

"My goal is to keep winning a lot of matches. Stay as long as possible in the No 1 position, and I would like to keep improving which is the most important thing for me. Keep improving so many segments in my game. Just keep becoming better and better every day. I would like to be the best one as long as possible," she signed off.

http://www.xpress4me.com/sport/uae/tennis/20010398.html
:lol: at title

oleada
Nov 6th, 2008, 01:14 PM
Oh my God, so is that interviewer saying that Ana is not playing well, because she's not getting laid enough? PML! :lol:

redsonja
Nov 6th, 2008, 01:55 PM
Oh my God, so is that interviewer saying that Ana is not playing well, because she's not getting laid enough?
It's like the best theory I have ever heard. :lol: Not specifically as concerns Ana, but in general. They should start bringing it up in commentary.
Commentator A: "She's not been quite the same for the last few months, what do you think might be happening there?"
Commentator B: "Welll...."

PML! :lol:

:haha:

Piska
Nov 6th, 2008, 03:53 PM
soory, if these JJs interviews from Doha were posted here
after win over Puppy
http://www.sonyericsson-championships.com/3/en/pdf/transcripts/doha08_jankovic_nov4.pdf
before start the tournament 03/11

http://www.sonyericsson-championships.com/3/en/pdf/transcripts/doha08_jankovic_nov3.pdf

~Kiera~
Nov 6th, 2008, 03:59 PM
Thanks, Piska. They haven't been posted here before :)

Ian Aberdon
Nov 6th, 2008, 05:31 PM
Fascinating, especially if the translation is accurate, and no reason to believe it isn't.

We all take the p!ss out of Ana, but that's only ON the court - what she does OFF it is her business. She doesn't need to listen to anyone but those closest to her. And of course, same goes for JJ.

She's at No.1, because she DESERVES to be there...that right, Serena babe? What was it - 57 61 60? :rolleyes:

~Kiera~
Nov 6th, 2008, 05:55 PM
http://ubitennis.quotidianonet.ilsole24ore.com/2008/11/06/130866-intervista_jelena_jankovic.shtml#

J. JANKOVIC vs S. Kuznetsova 7-6, 6-4 - 6 novembre 2008

Q. So it's 2 2, all going well?

JELENA JANKOVIC: What does that mean?

Q. Two wins in two matches.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Oh, okay. Yes, it's great to win two matches. And go to the semifinals no matter what I do tomorrow. Today was a tough match. I had some problems with my back in the beginning of the second set, and I was struggling a little bit. And I had to take some pace off of my ball and all that, but I managed to win my match.
So, you know, I'm happy that I was able to get through and looking forward to my next match.

Q. With the treatment you received for your back, is it an injury that you've had before, or is it something new?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I didn't have this injury before. I just started today during the match. I had it in the past, but not recently. It decided again to hurt me and to bother me during the match. I dislocated something when I ran for some ball, and that is the problem.

So I hope that the physios are going to help me and that I'm going to be able to play tomorrow.

Q. Does it feel okay now?

JELENA JANKOVIC: It feels painful now. It's a little stiff, and when I bend down to tie my shoes, I have pain and all these kind of things. But hopefully it will be okay. We'll see. I will have treatment. I will try to recover it as fast as possible.

Q. At the end of the game you acknowledged the crowd and you looked up at the sky to acknowledge possibly some sort of divine intervention. Did you feel you might have had a bit of luck today with the injury that you suffered and maybe God was looking down on you favorably?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. But I always do that. I always look up the sky when I win my matches. This is just my something that I do. You know, maybe I received a little bit of help.

You know, it's always tough when you have some problem with your body, some injury, and you're not able to play hundred percent. You're struggling. But, you know, I tried my best, and that was the most important thing in those kind of circumstances.

Q. How are you going to prepare for the semifinals with the injury possibly bothering you?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I hope that I will be okay. I hope that when I will have treatment and they will because this thing has moved out of place, I hope they put it back in the normal position. And I don't know what you have to do. That is what the trainer told me when she saw me on the court. So I don't know what happens. How it will be, I cannot tell you. If I knew it, if I would have pain tomorrow or not, I would lie.

Q. How do you feel now after going through such a grueling match?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Oh, overall I was not really happy with the way I played, but it's not so easy. Especially against Kuznetsova, she plays, I have always tough matches against her. Especially having this kind of problem in the second set.

First set, in the beginning for a couple of games I played very well, but then I kind of stopped. Then in the second set I took a lot of pace off my ball, which allowed her to step in the court and start hitting some of her shots. But then at the end of the second set I was able to focus a little bit more and push myself and finishing in my favor in two sets.

Q. You mentioned the other day that being No. 1 there was a perception that everybody was out there to get you, now with the injury as well, does that bring added pressure, and do you feel any sort of way of tackling with it differently now?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I don't feel any pressure whatsoever. I'm proud to be No. 1. I love being in this position. I look at it as a challenge. I don't look at it as a pressure at all.

I have the confidence. I have what it takes to stay up there, and I hope I hope to stay there as long as possible.

This is just my point of view, you know, looking from my perspective. I love being on this position. This is something that I worked for since I was a young girl. It was a dream of mine. Being on the No. 1, having that No. 1 ranking is something that nobody can take away from you, and you can just enjoy it. You have nothing to lose.

When you retire you can always say you've been No. 1. And it's something that not many girls in the history of tennis have done. So why do I have to put pressure on myself?

I'm healthy. I have the No. 1 ranking. I'm enjoying my tennis. I've made a lot of money. What else can I ask in this world? That's all.

Q. You're definitely sleeping at night?

JELENA JANKOVIC: This is the truth. It's the reality (laughing).

Q. It's shaping up as though you and Vera from this group are going to play the Williams sisters from the other group. Any preference from your point of view? Which one would you prefer to take on first?

JELENA JANKOVIC: What do you mean?

Q. It looks like the two Williams?

JELENA JANKOVIC: The Williams? Well, it's the same. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best players in the world. For me, it doesn't matter who it will be, both of the Williams sisters are tough opponents and really great athletes. I have to play my best tennis if I want to win.

Q. Do you feel beating them here would be an even greater endorsement of your world No. 1 status?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I've beaten Venus in Stuttgart which was just a couple of weeks ago. And I lost to Serena in the U.S. Open in a tough two sets. But I've beaten them both many times, so I know how to play against them.

But I know that I have to play my best tennis to win. So it will be tough either way. I will try my best, and hopefully I can do it.

Q. But there's no reason for you you have any fear about either of them?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I have no fear against anybody. I respect all of my opponents, but I don't have any fear. I go out there believing in myself, and I play my game. I don't really take care of who is on the other side. If she's taller or bigger than me or whoever she is, I am there to compete. And I try my best, that's all.

oleada
Nov 6th, 2008, 06:14 PM
I think she's got the right attitude!


I'm healthy. I have the No. 1 ranking. I'm enjoying my tennis. I've made a lot of money. What else can I ask in this world? That's all.

дalex
Nov 6th, 2008, 06:26 PM
Great attitude, JJ! :yeah:
I would really love it if she played and beat both WS at YEC! :devil:
Sar, if there's Kuzy's interview out there and if she's talking about JJ, please post it. :devil:

schorsch
Nov 6th, 2008, 06:57 PM
haha, dalex on the site there wasnt an interview with kuzzy, but some questions to vera and hehe :lol:

she was joking around that doha was perfect for her cause she's doing so well here (reached final this year and took a set of mashenka) and now the semis. they should host a slam here she said :p

louisa.
Nov 6th, 2008, 07:08 PM
thanks alex! :yeah:

JadeFox
Nov 6th, 2008, 07:25 PM
haha, dalex on the site there wasnt an interview with kuzzy, but some questions to vera and hehe :lol:

she was joking around that doha was perfect for her cause she's doing so well here (reached final this year and took a set of mashenka) and now the semis. they should host a slam here she said :p

True. Vera has done well in Doha. It seems like a good city for her, the way Rome is a good city for Jelena.:yeah:

~Kiera~
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:13 PM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2008/11/the.html

The Maroon 2

Posted 11/06/2008 @ 12 :31 PM

It's pretty hard for me to pick against Jelena Jankovic during these WTA Championships in Doha. Among all the entrants, she's the one who seems most in the groove - she's played consistently, and consistently well, through the fall, she's riding the emotional high of having sewn up the year-end no. 1 ranking (another way to put that is that she's playing Doha with house money), and her game travels well by surface and continent. But. . .

Watch out for Venus and Serena Williams, Jelena.

Going into this tournament, Venus was 4-2 in WTA Championships play, and her best result was a semifinal. It's astonishing that she hasn't managed to win at least one of these things, although it isn't as if Serena has set the house afire either. She's got "just" one WTA YEC title to her name, and her overall record going in was 9-4. Given that each of the sisters has won a major this year (something none of the other women who have a realistic shot at the semis has achieved), we're set up for a grander finale that we might have expected to see.

The sisters are undefeated so far in Doha, and thanks to the way the semifinal pairings are made (the top finisher in the "white" group meets the no. 2 player from the "maroon" group, and the maroon 2 meets the white 1 - man, these round robins are complicated, if sensible!), they can meet in the final even though they're both in the same (maroon) group. If you didn't know better, you might think the round robin format was invented specifically to resolve the "Williams problem", which is having the two dominant women placed on the same side of the draw. Now, they can meet before a final and still end up playing the final. It's a beautiful thing, inn't it?

If either Venus or Serena wins the YEC, the claim that Jankovic was the no. 1 woman in tennis for 2008 will ring a little hollow, even though there's no arguing with a points-based ranking system. We've had cases like this before; the one I remember best occurred on the men's side of the game in 1977. That was the year Guillermo Vilas won the French and U.S. Opens, while Bjorn Borg skipped the Australian Open and Roland Garros, won Wimbledon, and pulled out of the Open with a bum shoulder during his fourth-round match with Dick Stockton.

At the time, there was no computer ranking system, which means you had no "interim" number ones based on weekly rankings. The player perceived as the best (with surface coming into play) during any given week was awarded the no. 1 seeding. The year-end no. 1 ranking probably enjoyed greater prestige at the time, although tennis had no official ranking body. Our own Tennis magazine annual rankings and those of now-defunct World Tennis magazine probably had the most heft. I'm not sure how WT did their rankings, but ours were based on a vote by an international panel of journalists (including yours truly).

Vilas had a brilliant '77, above and beyond his two-Slam performance. He won a record 17 tournaments, and earned more in prize money ($800,000-plus, which is still less than he would have earned for winning the 2008 US Open) than he had in his five previous seasons as a pro. He played the heaviest schedule of any pro, accumulating a 145-14 record (that includes Davis Cup duty - Vilas led the Argentines to a 3-2 upset of the US, which earned his squad it's first-ever semfinal round appearance). And then there was that 53 match clay-court streak, which stood until Rafael Nadal shattered it (with 62) in 2006 (Nadal extended that streak to 81 in 2007) . Can y ou say, Iron Man?

It was one of the all-time great years, but. . .

There was also this little matter of Bjorn Borg. In terms of this discussion, Borg made a critical error in choosing to play World Team Tennis instead of the French Open, leaving the title for Vilas (clearly, second only to Borg as a clay-court player) to claim. Beyond that, Borg won 13 of the 20 tournaments he entered, and had the best winning percentage on the year (he was 81-7, for .920). Most significantly, he was 3-0 over Vilas for the year (although one of those wins was the Masters tournament played in early 1978, which was YEC for '77 under the Grand Prix system I wrote about the other day). Borg also was 2-1 over the other player in the rankings mix, Jimmy Connors.

Borg's career H2H with Vilas was 17-5, and in '77 he was in the midst of an 11-0 run against Vilas, beginning in 1976 and lasting all the way until their last match in a minor event in the spring of 1980. The naked truth was that Borg owned Vilas - on every surface, on every continent.

The debate over the '77 rankings for Tennis was fierce, and I landed in the minority by going with Vilas. My argument was simple: You couldn't punish Vilas for Borg's decision to skip the French Open or having to pull out of the US Open. Nobody else won two Grand Slams that year, and the majors to me have always been the first consideration in subjective rankings. My point-of-view was shot down, and Tennis gave Borg the no. 1 ranking. Meanwhile, WT declared Vilas the no. 1.

That episode really fueled my skepticism about subjective rankings, although even in that era I (and a few others) operated less by feeling and a random examination of the record than by a set of priorities (or, in the case of my Italian colleague, Rino Tomassi, a complex and elegant points system of his very own). In my mind, performance in Grand Slams was the no. 1 criteria, followed by winning percentage for the year, and then H2H numbers. Others took the liberty to be subjective in the most fundamental way - awarding their no. 1 spot to the person whose game they most liked, from an aesthetic perspective (thankfully, that voter at least restricted her consideration to top five-grade players).

Having been through those rankings wars a number of times, I welcomed a points-based ranking system and am willing to live with the shortcomings that pop up now and then. Now imagine if we wouldn't have a points-based ranking system today - rather, next Monday, after the YEC is over. In my mind, Jankovic's failure to win a major would immediately knocks her from the top rung, and unless Venus and Serena flame out badly in the coming days, I probably would go with one of the sisters.

Hail, I might even co-rank them no. 1, which in a bizarre way might represent an interesting poetic truth about those girls, and their impact on the game - highlighting the irony, seeming inequity - and perhaps glory? - of such an individualistic game.

Now, if Jankovic goes on to win the YEC, I might have to re-think that theoretical scenario.

--

Sar, if there's Kuzy's interview out there and if she's talking about JJ, please post it. :devil:

I know she had a post match interview, but nothing has been posted on the site yet. I'll keep my eyes open for it :lol:

Brena
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:16 PM
What does that mean?
What do you mean?

What television? Who?
What car?

The ever-confused JJ. :rolls:

Great presser. :yeah: I really hope her back is fine :unsure:

~Kiera~
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:25 PM
What television? Who?
What car?

The ever-confused JJ. :rolls:

I was reading Ana's transcript earlier and had to laugh when I came across this...

Q. Last season was your debut tournament. It just started when you had your birthday. So how do you feel to be having your birthday during the tournament here?

ANA IVANOVIC: I can't understand.

Q. Out of eight players here, you are the only player who will be having your birthday here.

ANA IVANOVIC: My what?

Q. Birthday.

ANA IVANOVIC: Oh, birthday, okay.

Q. Last year, the tournament started on the same day, if you remember: How do you feel celebrating your birthday?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's a great feeling.

Jelena and Ana: separated at birth? :lol:

Brena
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:34 PM
oh, dear... Poor Puppy, she might turn out even nuttier than JJ in the end... :lol:

Ian Aberdon
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:34 PM
:haha: so they're in fact in denial that they have more in common that they have us believe, no?

(Damn...must get outta this Rafa habit, no?)

~Kiera~
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:46 PM
http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=151684

Robson in Doha: Part 2 -- Desert Dispatches

Douglas Robson, the lead tennis writer for USA Today, is blogging about the WTA season-ending championships in Doha for TENNIS.com.

Read his first post, "Dobson in Doha: Pre-Tournament."

THURSDAY, Nov. 6: As I blogged before, Qatar is unlike many of the places I've visited. This tournament is also unlike any of the previous season-ending championships I've attended. It happens that I've covered the past three editions of this event, which have been staged on three continents – North America (Los Angeles), Europe (Madrid), and now Doha (Middle East/Asia). There are few commonalities between the three.

The tournament in L.A. was held in the cavernous downtown Staples Center (home to the Lakers, Clippers and Kings). The hulking complex sits in one of the least interesting parts of L.A., and if you know L.A., that's a bad sign. At night, it was desolate, and as I recall, some journalists who stayed in nearby hotels feared walking home after matches. Despite the strong tennis fan base in Southern California, the event never gained much traction. Crowds were thin and the atmosphere was artificial, and not even a switch in format – from a 16-player field to a round robin – was enough to make L.A.’s four-year run as host a successful one.

In Madrid, by contrast, promoter Ion Tiriac put on a high-class event. Set in the vibrant Spanish capital, the indoor tournament was held at the Madrid Arena, south of downtown. Although it wasn't the fan-friendliest venue, boisterous fans packed the place and created a high-octane atmosphere night after night. The Iberians know how to party. And Tiriac made sure it that the fans, media and players were well taken care of during its two year stay. I have never, ever eaten so well at a tournament.

Doha is a different animal. Start with the fact that the tournament is being played outside instead of indoors. Then consider the circle of futuristic-looking skyscrapers in various stages of completion encircling the Khalifa International Tennis Center – with the beige desert blandness as a distant backdrop.

The stadium feels like it was built yesterday – and it probably was. The air is thick. My hotel is dry (as in no booze). But this says it all: Outside the media center is a group of camels lounging on the grass and munching cud in front of practice courts. Whatever you think about hosting a premier women's event here (I addressed the topic in a story Wednesday) , you can't blame the WTA for lack of variety.

Much is made about the “psychological” adjustment the competition format requires of players in the men’s and women’s year-end championships. While the round-robin pool play throws an interesting and welcome wrinkle into the usual knockout formula, I find that the emotional effort required to deal with it is significantly overstated. If you lose a match, you have to return the next day and play again. But don't players do this every week?Who doesn't like a second chance?

The other topic raised by players is the transition from indoors to outdoors. I give this issue more legitimacy. As on clay or grass, players thrive depending on conditions -- in this case, when the atmospheric conditions are minimized. Because the ball tends to move faster through the air indoors and surfaces tend to be slicker (or at least they were in the old days), big serves and attacking games are generally rewarded. But with no sun and wind, ball tosses also are more uniform, spins and bounces more predictable, and no advantage materializes from one side of the net versus the other. When I played competitively in juniors and college, we knew who the better indoor and outdoor players were, just as we did on other surfaces. Consider that 10 days ago Ana Ivanovic crushed Vera Zvonareva in the finals at Linz 6-2, 6-1 in about an hour. That was indoors. Tuesday night here in Doha, Zvonareva took the Serbian down in three sets in two-and-a-half hours.

I'd also argue that it's harder to go from the stillness of inside to the vagaries of outdoors, and Ivanovic agrees.

“I think it's harder from indoors to outdoor,” the Roland Garros champ said after her 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 defeat.

Zvonareva, a finalist in windy Doha earlier this year, also admitted she considers herself a good breezy-ball player. She's able to make adjustments and keep the ball in play, which is sometimes all it takes. Andre Agassi was a stellar wind player because of his compact strokes and familiarity with the gusts of South Florida from his Bollettieri days. And lest we forget, playing well in the wind also takes smarts.

As Jelena Jankovic, never one to mince words, said Tuesday after dusting Ivanovic: “[In] my opinion, you need to use a little bit more of a brain.”

By the way, the temperatures here have been very reasonable. Play doesn't start until 5 p.m. local time, when the sun is going down, so the midday heat is not a factor. I sat comfortably in jeans and a short-sleeve shirt the last two nights. Daytime temperatures can be more oppressive, as I learned on an outing to desert Wednesday, but they haven't been much above 90 degrees this week. All the singles matches, including the weekend's semis and finals, are at night, so the heat shouldn't be a factor. The wind, as I’ve said, is another matter.

In Wednesday's first two matches, I was struck again by one of tennis' most compelling features: it's not as important to win the most points as it is win the right points. Though Ivanovic revealed after the match that she was suffering from a virus, her downfall that day was her failure to raise her level when it counted most. (As she had on Tuesday, she took a medical timeout for breathing problems and dizziness. Ivanovic later joked that when a trainer took her blood pressure, it was “really scaring me. I started to feel even more sick.”)

Like Jankovic-Ivanovic, Venus' win over Elena Dementieva had some fine stretches but was not pretty overall. The two players had 15 breaks of serve between them, 14 double faults overall (nine from Venus) and lowly first serve percentages. But I noticed at one point that the 28-year-old American had converted 7 of 9 break points chances. And though she trailed 2-0 in the final set, she capitalized on an early break point to even the match at 2-2 and continued to win the big points despite the sloppy play.

Later, after her sister cruised through Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-1, I asked Serena about those crucial moments. “That's what separates the great players and historic players from the rest of the crowd,” she said. “When it's necessary, they can win the big point.”

I asked Serena what it was like going into a tournament where she knew she would play her older sister, rather than that being a possibility.

“It's actually easier because I know I'm going to play her and I don't have to worry – am I? Am I not?,” she said. She also agreed that it has gotten less emotionally complicated to go up against the sister she loves and grew up with. “We really leave it all out there,” she said. “I think actually our level of playing has gotten better, our games have gotten better so that's made it more difficult and challenging.”

Because this is such a small event, there are few players wandering the grounds. So I decided to buttonhole a couple of parents milling about the lounge area, a glorified foyer in front of the locker rooms. I grabbed Oracene Price on her way out to watch her daughter Venus warm up for the Dementieva match Wednesday night. Oracene was her usual mellow self. Sporting dark sunglasses and frizzy, orange-tinged hair, she said she planned to sit in the players' box when Venus and Serena faced off – unless she needed to catch up on her ZZZs.

“If I feel like I do today, I'll probably sleep all day,” she smiled. I asked her about her impressions of Doha since it was her first time here, and Oracene told me it reminded her of Dubai. It didn't sound like she was overly keen on the booming Persian Gulf.

“It's different,” she said, saying she admired one of the “crooked” buildings near her hotel. “I'm not crazy about the desert. In the desert, no grass, no green, it's weird. Even in New York you have some green.”

I also caught up with Jankovic's mother Snezana shortly after her daughter collected the year-end No. 1 trophy. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. The garrulous and ever-present Snezana told me that like any good mother, she didn't care about Jelena’s ranking – only her contentment.

“I'm happy when I see she is happy,” she said. “Maybe I am different.”

She was clearly proud of Jelena's accomplishment, noting that only eight other women had finished the season at the top. “Even Venus,” she said, “has never been No. 1” at the end of the year. Snezana referenced Jelena's 10 straight losses at the start of 2006 season and how she had encouraged her daughter to stay positive even when Jelena was contemplating quitting the sport. But what really got Snezana jazzed was telling me about the 1 million bottles of Aqua Viva that had been sold in Serbia since Jelena became a sponsor of the Serbian sports drink company a couple of months ago. (Jankovic’s picture is on a special edition bottle.) Apparently there is a giant poster of her daughter on a 24-story building in Belgrade -- “It's incredible,” she said.

Off for more tennis… I’ll check in again this weekend.

Ian Aberdon
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:59 PM
Sneki talking about bottled water? Shurely shum mishtake! :lol:

redsonja
Nov 6th, 2008, 11:30 PM
The tournament in L.A. was held in the cavernous downtown Staples Center (home to the Lakers, Clippers and Kings). The hulking complex sits in one of the least interesting parts of L.A., and if you know L.A., that's a bad sign.
[snicker] :lol:

-NAJ-
Nov 7th, 2008, 06:06 AM
with win over Sveta, Jelena earned 3 064 465 $ this year from tournaments:eek::eek:

Petkorazzi
Nov 7th, 2008, 06:53 AM
with win over Sveta, Jelena earned 3 064 465 $ this year from tournaments:eek::eek:
:speakles: :worship:

Piska
Nov 7th, 2008, 11:24 AM
Great attitude, JJ! :yeah:
I would really love it if she played and beat both WS at YEC! :devil:
Sar, if there's Kuzy's interview out there and if she's talking about JJ, please post it. :devil:

Kuzy was talking about JJs medical time-out to russian paper "sport-express"
"off course i understood that Jankovic starts her circus cause she moved absolutelly normal. Its annoyed me a little bit, but i tryed dont put my attention on it"

i like JJ more and more :devil:

дalex
Nov 7th, 2008, 12:16 PM
Thanks Piska.

JJ circus is in town, get lost biyatches! :lol:

Wonder if JJ will get at least one warm handshake at the net in Doha? Kuzy and Puppy gave her rather cold ones. :hatoff:

~Kiera~
Nov 7th, 2008, 12:29 PM
Thanks, Piska.

Poor Sveta :hug: I guess it's hard to take such a loss. Jelena played terribly in the second set and she still couldn't beat her.

Brena
Nov 7th, 2008, 12:56 PM
Poor Sveta :hug: I guess it's hard to take such a loss. Jelena played terribly in the second set and she still couldn't beat her.

Yes, if a cheerful person like Sveta gets bitter, you know she's really going through a tough phase. :awww: I hope she'll be back on track and to her usual benevolent self soon. :hug:

Optima
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:28 PM
I'm not sure if I like Jelena's attitude these days...she seems to be content with the number 1 ranking, and it doesn't help when she says "what more can I ask?"

~Kiera~
Nov 7th, 2008, 05:20 PM
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/11/07/sports/TEN-WTA-Championships.php

S Williams, Ivanovic drop out of WTA Championships

The Associated PressPublished: November 7, 2008

DOHA, Qatar: Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic withdrew from the WTA's season-ending event on Friday, when top-ranked Jelena Jankovic advanced despite losing 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Vera Zvonareva.

Zvonareva and Jankovic both advanced to the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Championships because of winning records in the round-robin stage of the tournament.

Zvonareva plays Elena Dementieva and Jankovic faces Venus Williams on Saturday.

Serena Williams pulled out with a stomach injury before her match against Dementieva, handing the Russian a spot in the final four.

"I did feel pain last night," the U.S. Open champion said. "I was still in pain just getting out of bed."

Earlier, Ivanovic withdrew from her match against Svetlana Kuznetsova because of a virus. The players' losing records meant neither had a chance of advancing to the semifinals.

Jankovic said she did not know the circumstances of the withdrawals and could not comment. She noted that she also has ailments, including a back problem that requires painkillers before she plays.

"This is the last tournament of the year," she said. "I also have problems, but I'm willing to try my best."

Williams bristled and pointed a finger at a journalist who suggested she should have played Friday despite her injury.

"I should make you work out ... for like 22 years and make you have a severe stomach strain, and then tell you to play for the sponsors," she said. "You should try it."

The world's top eight players were divided into two groups, with the top two in each group advancing to the elimination stage.

The ninth-ranked Zvonareva is the lowest-ranked player in the eight-woman field but put on a poised performance.

She broke Jankovic at 3-3 in the third set, pressuring the Serbian with deep groundstrokes and occasional trips to the net. The Russian improved to 4-6 against Jankovic.

Williams declined to say whether she would play next year at Indian Wells, California, one of the Tour's nine top tournaments. The Williams sisters haven't played there since 2001, when the family was booed after Venus withdrew just before a semifinal match against Serena.

"We'll see. Who knows," Serena said. "We've had a lot of discussions with a lot of people. I don't want to get into that right now. I just want to keep focused on other things."

Under a restructuring of the WTA calendar and tournaments, top-10 players who miss the top tournaments could be suspended, though players can avoid the punishment if they make promotional appearances.

~Kiera~
Nov 7th, 2008, 05:40 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2793

Zvonareva Comes Up Trumps in White Group

DOHA, Qatar - They were both already guaranteed a place in the semis of the Sony Ericsson Championships, but Jelena Jankovic and Vera Zvonareva still had plenty to play for on Friday evening. With a $100,000 bonus up for grabs for whoever topped the White Group standings - and both holding two wins so far this week - it was the Russian No.8 seed who ended the round robin on a high, winning 26 63 64.

World No.1 Jankovic made the better start in the match, breaking Zvonareva in the third game with the help of a couple of double faults. Although the Russian immediately retrieved the break, she struggled to find her rhythm as Jankovic broke twice more to race through the opener.

Both players made a testy start to the second set, with Zvonareva the first to hold after four consecutive breaks of serve. In the next game she broke Jankovic yet again, and held onto the advantage for the rest of the set to force a decider.

"I was playing very well in the first set, but then I completely let my opponent play her game," Jankovic said. "I didn't serve very well and I didn't return very well, and Vera can rally all day long without making many mistakes. If you get involved in her game, you're done, and that's what I did today. I let her come back into the match."

Indeed, in the third set, Jankovic again seemed on course for victory after building a 3-1 lead, but an increasingly fired up Zvonareva surged through the next four games for a 5-3 lead. Two games later she had a chance to serve for the match, which she did without incident. By the end of the contest the two players had won exactly the same number of points.

In winning the match and finishing first in the White Group, Zvonareva avoids a last-four clash with Venus Williams - that becomes the fate of Jankovic - and gains the bonus payment and extra ranking points. With a perfect 3-0 record from the round robin stage in the Maroon Group, Williams secured her spot on Thursday.

Meantime, No.4 seed Ana Ivanovic finally fell victim to the virus that has plagued her all week, announcing her withdrawal from her last round robin match against Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova, the sixth seed, instead plays first alternate Agnieszka of Poland, who is making her Tour Championships debut, later on Friday. Both Ivanovic and Kuznetsova have been winless this week.

Third seed Serena Williams, who was to play fifth seed Elena Dementieva for a place in Saturday's semifinals - both having a win and a loss so far - also withdrew from the event due to a pulled stomach muscle. Second alternate Nadia Petrova stepped up to play the match against Dementieva, who regardless of the result advances to the semis as the second-placed contender from the Maroon Group, to face Zvonareva.

~Kiera~
Nov 7th, 2008, 06:01 PM
Grumpy Barry Flatman is back...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article5110065.ece

Serena Williams cuts short her year once again by pulling out of Doha

After her thrashing by big sister Venus, Serena refuses to guts things out and withdraws from year-ending with a stomach injury

Barry Flatman, Sunday Times

All week long, save for a couple of hours of exertion on a tennis court and shedding more than a few tears when put in her place by her big sister, Serena Williams has been extolling the political virtues of Barack Obama and insisting how the President Elect will make the United States a wonderful place to live.

There are, however, distinct differences between Obama and Serena. He will hopefully stick to both his manifesto and principles and get the job done no matter what personal sacrifice that will take. She once again offered lamely backed away from the challenge, offered her excuses and took her leave with a nice big cheque nestling in her handbag.

Sporting superstars have many obligations to their sport and its extremely generous sponsors, particularly in these worrying times of economic stress. One of those duties is to occasionally refuse to bow to physical pain, guts things out and ensure that everyone gets their money’s worth. Sadly that message has never quite got through to Serena.

In an illustrious if distinctly inconsistent career, she has qualified for the year-ending Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships in its present or previous guises on now fewer than eight occasions. Three times she has not even bothered to show up, maintaining injuries: in 1999 the problem was her back, in 2002 her left foot and 2004 her left knee.

Last year in Madrid, she managed to make it through one match (or a set to be more precise) before retiring against Anna Chakvetdaze and pulling out of the event. On that occasion she again cited a pain in her left knee but any agony she may have felt did not stop her staying in the Spanish capital for a week or so sampling everything the shopping and party scene had to offer.

So it is a sad fact of life that nobody was too surprised when Serena announced her inaugural visit to Doha was also going to be cut short to just two matches; a win against Dinara Safina and the emotional drubbing from Venus. This time the ailment is a pulled stomach muscle but it will not prevent her from heading off to South Africa and Kenya on a charitable mission to give out computers to underprivileged school children.

Although Serena insisted she did not feel a twinge of pain during her 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 defeat by Venus less than 24 hours previously, a lunchtime practice session convinced her it was best to submit to the injury. She consulted the tournament doctor and reported: “He definitely, vehemently agreed that it would be in my best interest not to play. So, that helped make my decision a lot easier.”

Serena did not appear to be in any discomfort as she swapped ground strokes with her hitting partner but she maintained serving was an agonising process. And she railed at the suggestion that, given this is the last tournament of the year, perhaps it might have been a professional attitude to play. “Right now I'm really fit,” she stressed. “I just might have tweaked a muscle, which happens. As an athlete, you have to expect that kind of thing. I’ve had this kind of things before. Actually it was in this tournament in 2004 in L.A. And I played through it, and I was out for six to eight weeks and it was awful.”

As is often the case, Serena’s memory plays tricks with her. In fact the quickest glance at the history books will show that within two months of losing that final at the Staples Centre to Maria Sharapova she was en route to winning the Australian Open title, beating a quartet of players ranked 11th, second, fourth and first in the world.

Serena was not alone in throwing in the towel. Ana Ivanovic had been struggling all week with a stomach and throat virus and after losing her initial two matches, it would have been difficult for her to qualify so stepping aside to let first alternate Agnieszka Radwanska face Svetlana Kuznetsova. But Williams still had every chance of joining her sister in the semi-finals and only had to beat Elena Dementieva whose record in this event is hardly exemplary – her win over fellow Muscovite Dinara Safina ending a ten match losing streak.

Jelena Jankovic, confirmed world No 1 for the end of the year come what may this week and another of female tennis’s chronic hypochondriacs, insisted it was not her job to make any comment on whether other players should compete or withdraw. After constantly flexing an aching back and repeatedly blowing her nose in her concluding round robin match against Vera Zvonerva she rightly claimed: “This is the last one of the year. It's the Championships. It's a very big tournament.

"All I can say is that I'm ready to play. No matter what I have, I will try my best to get the little energy I have left in my body, I'm going to give it all and finish the year in the best possible way.”

Apart from celebrating Barack Obama’s electoral victory this week, Serena has again been declaring her love for books. One of the finest and most entertaining sporting works of literature is by the revered American writer Dan Jenkins and called You Gotta Play Hurt. She could do a lot worse than read it on her flight to Africa.

Ian Aberdon
Nov 7th, 2008, 06:11 PM
Grumpy b'stard, ain't he??!! :eek:

Brena
Nov 7th, 2008, 06:47 PM
Well, I'm also kind of disappointed in Serena, but when I see players (even if it's Ana :lol:) being criticised this harshly by journalists, I'm on the players' side. :shrug: Serena embarrassed herself, and that's bad enough, what's the point of this kind of articles?

redsonja
Nov 7th, 2008, 07:11 PM
I personally don't think that players should feel beholden to sponsor interests over their own, so oddly enough I'm down with Serena on this. I don't think she's really injured, but since I don't think that someone who is obviously unwell (like Ana) should be made to feel like her health is less important than sponsors' money, I'm just as happy to have Serena telling people where to stick it.

Ian Aberdon
Nov 7th, 2008, 07:24 PM
Guess Serena's also wealthy enough to tell the sponsors to "stick it". As long as she's got the doctor's line, then there should be no problem. If the tourney doctor agrees she's injured, then no issue.

Someone just starting out on the road to Damascus though may feel differently.

But if you're ill - as Ana seems to be! :devil: - then yup, your health comes first. (j/k, Ana! :hug:)

JadeFox
Nov 7th, 2008, 07:32 PM
Gotta agree with everyone here. We're talking about adult women here. They should be able to decide for themselves how they feel and should put their best interests first, regardless of what the higher ups think.

~Kiera~
Nov 7th, 2008, 11:29 PM
Doug Robson, who writes for tennis.com, also had this to say about Serena (and to some extent, Ana) in his blog

http://blog.douglasrobson.com/2008/11/07/serena-and-ana-pull-out-plus-other-doha-details.aspx

ChriS.
Nov 8th, 2008, 08:12 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2797Ivanovic Wins Diamond Aces ... The ACES award was first introduced in 1995, in memory of former Tour CEO Jerry Diamond. Since then eight players have won the award, namely Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Gabriela Sabatini, Amanda Coetzer, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ivanovic.Funny how they have ommitted JJ from the list.

terjw
Nov 8th, 2008, 08:49 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2797Funny how they have ommitted JJ from the list.

Yeah - also can't understand what Ana did compared to Jelena to get so many points and win it :confused: . I would have expected Jelena to be the clear winner again and miles ahead of everyone else in any table representing how much a player promotes the tour.

~Kiera~
Nov 8th, 2008, 11:15 PM
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=253318&version=1&template_id=49&parent_id=29

Mother’s love powers Jelena to newer heights

By N.D. Prashant

NOT for nothing is Jelena Jankovic the World No.1. Her immense talent and hard work apart, it’s family support that has taken her to dizzy heights this season.

At the Khalifa Tennis Complex, Jankovic’s mother Snezana Jankovic takes a long walk from the players’ family enclosure to the north stand, to get a good look at her star daughter . The security guard, not knowing who she is ,stops her but she patiently opts to be a standing spectator. After analysing her daughter’s on-court movements for a couple of games, she returns to her seat.

“I enjoy watching her and I think every parent would be proud to see their children do well. It’s a different feeling altogether,’’ Snezana told the Gulf Times yesterday.

“She is an entertainer in every sense. She enjoys her game, always sports a smile and more importantly, connects with the crowd well. At home she is just like the girl next door enjoying every bit of her life.’’

Beaming with pride at her daughter’s fine run of form, Snezana is quick to add that her daughter’s rise to fame is due to the immense hard work she puts in. “She always wanted to be there at the top, among the greats like Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. This season’s success is the reward for all the sweat and grind.”

At a time when psychologists warn against the growing parental pressure on children to excel in today’s competitive world, Snezana has words of wisdom. “All you need to give your child is love. Be a friend and talk with your child and try to understand their point of view. Most importantly, let them make their decisions.

“I wanted Jelena to be a pianist but she was inclined to tennis. I let her make her decision and you can see where she is now. Both me and my husband never imposed our likes on her nor on our two sons.’’
Jankovic, too, credits her success to the backing given by her parents, especially her mother. “She is the pillar of my life. She is always there to support me. There are times when I hit a low and that’s when I need her the most,” says the World No. 1.

Jankovic’s success has drawn huge interest back home in Serbia and Snezana feels there are many boys and girls in the country wanting to make a mark on the international stage.

“You just need to have one hero to trigger the interest. Jelena has done that and many kids are taking to tennis now. The future is bright.’’

Having seen the facilities here in Doha, Snezana has tips for the Qatar Tennis Federation as well. “The setup here is fantastic but for results, I think, providing opportunity is important.”

“There will be many people interested in the sport but don’t know how to go about it. A free for all tennis school can do wonders to tap talent.”

Snezana is expecting her daughter to scale more heights next season. “This just the beginning; you will see more of her in the next season. She has a good support staff and winning Grand Slams will be her top priority.”

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/6059/22533121252vu1.jpg

~Kiera~
Nov 8th, 2008, 11:19 PM
http://ubitennis.quotidianonet.ilsole24ore.com/2008/11/08/131312-intervista_jelena_jankovic.shtml

Intervista a Jelena Jankovic

Q. Do you think that was really high level game today?

JELENA JANKOVIC: We have to be honest, we have had better matches in the past. You know, today was, it was a good match, but I wasn't really happy the way I was playing. Especially in the first set, I didn't play well. I didn't play well tactically. I wasn't doing the right things. I played everything that allowed her to play her game.

Then the second set, I played a little bit better. Then in the third, I just in the wrong times. I made some errors, and also she had some luck in the important points. Like at the end of this third set.

But, I tried really my best. Overall, the whole tournament, I didn't really play like I played maybe in this last couple of tournaments, which I won, and that's due to not really practicing as hard before this tournament. My level is not in the same.

But, you know, I really fought hard this week, and Venus was the better one. She made less errors, and I didn't do it. What can I do? The season is over for me. That was my last match of the year. Of course it's disappointing to lose.

But, overall, when I look at it and finishing as the No. 1 player in the world, I can only be proud of myself, and I can look at it in a positive way. I can go to vacation with a smile on my face.

Q. That sixth game in the final set which had six deuces, I think, and you had five breakpoints, that was pretty crucial that game, wasn't it?

JELENA JANKOVIC: It was. It was very frustrating for me, because I had so many opportunities, so many breakpoints. Really a lot of chances, but I didn't do anything. I didn't convert any in my favor which was the key of the match in that third set, especially.

When you have your chances and you don't take them, your opponent's going to take it. So, today I didn't use those chance that's were given to me. What can I do? It's frustrating. It's disappointing, but one of us had to lose, and today it was me.

Q. She looked physically quite distressed at some stages in the final set, we thought.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, she was. But, you know, I had her on the run many times. I had her under my control, and then I just made the errors when I had to finish it and when I had to do the right things I just gave it to her. That was really frustrating for me. That is because I didn't train enough, and I didn't get my rhythm before I came here.

A little bit of better practice, if I worked a little bit harder, maybe the match would have been in my favor. But I didn't do a lot of work before I came here, and that was the difference as well. Because I wasn't really happy when I did the first press conference on that Monday or whatever, I said I was I don't have my rhythm. I'm not really playing my best, but I fought very well, and I really tried.

I gave everything that I have with, you know, that energy that I have left. So what can I do?

It's tough to lose. As the No. 1 player I really don't like to lose. It's something that's hard to accept, but you have to be positive, and you have to learn from it, analyze what I've done wrong, what I have done well and just keep learning. I know what I have to work on when I'm going to start practicing again in a couple of weeks.

Today was the last day of tennis for this season. Now I can just forget about it. From tomorrow I'm not talking about tennis. I'm not going to pick it up. I'm not going to see it anywhere close to me. And just enjoy it, and do something else. And really recover my body and do some other things that make me happy in my life.

Q. What would you most like to do?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Go on vacation. And it will be really weird not to have my racquets with me (smiling). You know, it's something that I carry all year long. It goes on the plane with me every time. Now I can just put my bikinis, my beach stuff and all that and have fun (laughing).

Q. You appeared to get a warning from the umpire?

JELENA JANKOVIC: For what?

Q. Well, I thought you might tell us. We couldn't really see?

JELENA JANKOVIC: When?

Q. According to the television, you were engaging in conversation with, we think your godfather; is that correct?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I didn't understand what the umpire was saying. I mean, he was not saying anything to me except like come on or whatever. And she said, I know that he's not coaching you or whatever, but she was saying the things that didn't really make sense to me.

I was just completely focusing on the game. I was really playing my tennis. I didn't really look at who was talking around or what was happening. I really didn't understand what she was saying to me. Especially this 4 3 in the third, she comes up with that.

It was when I just finished the game from the opposite side where he was, and she tells me he's coaching me. I didn't really understand, and I said to her, I need to focus. I need to play my game. I don't need any distraction with that kind of matter. But that was what she was saying.

I didn't have anything to do with him. I mean, I wasn't even looking at him, I wasn't listening to him, I was just playing my tennis.

Q. Did that distract you the last couple of game when's it was a really crucial point?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I mean, it was really she came up with that and I didn't get her what she was saying. I really had nothing to do. He's my godfather, he's not coaching me at all. It's like you say my mom is coaching me. It cannot be true.

I really didn't understand the umpire. And especially at 4 3 in the third, and I'm sitting and drinking my water thinking how I need to play. It's important moment of the match. And she's telling me about this. But what can you do?

Q. Just the two road maps and the two calendar changes that are taking place next year, going to have more combined events, men and women. Are you personally and for the tour, do you think that's a good thing? Are you in favor of combined events, men and women? Do you like that format?

JELENA JANKOVIC: You mean there will be many more combined events with the men?

Q. Combined or back to back, yeah.

JELENA JANKOVIC: I think it's good for the fans and for the tournaments to have both men and women, especially the best players in the world. It's really exciting for the fans. It's a little bit different for us. There's a lot of matches, a lot of people.

When it's combined, it's so many more people than when we play just us, the women. Especially in the locker rooms, in the player lounges, it's full of people because there's men and women, and their coaches, our coaches, all these other people around.

It's a different atmosphere, but I think it's great. It's exciting, and I don't have anything against it.

Q. But personally do you find it a little bit chaotic?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, especially in the beginning of the tournament, it's a lot of people. But after that when you go further in the tournament, it clears up, so it's okay. I like it. I'm not really I'm in favor for that. So it's fine.

Q. What about on court coaching? Not tonight but next year.

JELENA JANKOVIC: So, I mean, if they are telling me about coaching and all that from, you know, I don't know from the stands. From my opinion, I really never used on court coaching in the past when there were experimenting with that, with that system.

But I think it can help the players play their tennis on a higher level. Because when you are playing your match, sometimes you don't see the things that you are doing wrong when you're playing. And the coaches or people from the side can really see so much better and can see the mistakes that you're doing, and the weaknesses from your opponent.

When the coach comes in, he can really give you a couple of advices which can help you really rotate and turn the match around and do the right things and help you win, sometimes.

But I like to do everything by myself. I like to think with my own head and try to figure out a way to win. But that's me. That's how I do it. But a lot of players have used the on court coaching in the past, and I like that system. But I am not using it, so.

Q. There were a few line call challenges that were overruled. Did that frustrate you?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Today was not my day with the every time I hear I went for a winner I made it by a hair out, always. You know, it's frustrating, but I wish those balls went in and were in my favor, but sometimes it's not meant to happen. I mean, it's the beauty of the game. You cannot always you wish some of the things happened, and were, some of the balls were in, and I did the right things, but I just didn't.

So this is what keeps you working and keeps you going forward. You keep learning, and until I die, I will learn. So it's the reality, and it's something that I have to accept.

I just have to be positive. When I start training again, I have to I know what I have to do. I would have a plan on what I'm going to do with my fitness, with my tennis, with all that. I hope to begin the year in the best possible light, because I want to get stronger.

I want to improve my tennis. I want to bring everything to the top level, because I haven't still reached my full potential. My limit, which is a good thing, because I'm No. 1 in the world, and I have so many things to improve. So it gives me a lot of motivation, and I really am determined to work hard and to become better and better as a player.

Q. You mentioned though that you weren't really affected or aware of what was going around you, but sure you must have taken note of the large vocal support that you had?

JELENA JANKOVIC: The what?

Q. The vocal support that you had from your fans. What message do you have for your fans?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I always appreciate my fans. I appreciate those Serbian people who came to watch me play. They're always very loud. And no matter where I play around the world, I see the Serbian fans coming and cheering and supporting for me. It really means a lot to me.

I love having all these fans. Especially when they're on my side, it's great. They really push me and motivate me to play my tennis.

Q. You finish your season as the No. 1, but don't you feel any frustration not having been able to win one big, big title? Grand Slam or this week in the championship?

JELENA JANKOVIC: That I can leave for next year (smiling). Now I became, I'm finishing as the No. 1 player in the world, and all those big titles, I'm leaving it if I do everything now, what will I do next year (laughing). So that is my goal for next year to win Grand Slams, to win all these big tournaments.

And I'm really going to work hard in my preseason, in my off season. I'm really going to give it my best. And it will be the first time in my young career that I'm going to hopefully begin the year 100% ready, and ready to compete at my highest level. Because last year in December, I trained one week before Australian Open, one hour a day like a recreational player. And I made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open with those kind of circumstances.

So it's really unbelievable. What I have done with all these injuries and not really prepared 100%, not really playing the tennis that I would have loved, I finished No. 1 player in the world, it's really amazing.

I can just imagine when I'm going to be working how I would like to work with my coaches. Hopefully I'm going to be injury free, and I'm going to try everything possible to keep my body in shape so I avoid injuries as much as is in my will. You can always twist your ankle or do something that you cannot really control. But everything that I can control, I will try it. Then we will see.

When you really give everything that you have, you really try your best, then you're not going to have any regrets. You can say to yourself this is my limit, this is how much I have reached, and I cannot go any further, okay. That's it.

But I still have so many things to do in my game, and so many things that I can get better, so that's the good thing. That's the positive. And there's nothing to be sad about. I mean, how many people or girls would have loved to be in my shoes in the moment. I'm finishing No. 1 and I can just smile. I don't care (smiling).

I mean, everybody wants to be the No. 1 player in the world, and I have that spot, so I'm keeping it warm for the winter days, you know. During the winter days, it's mine (laughing).

terjw
Nov 8th, 2008, 11:50 PM
A little bit of better practice, if I worked a little bit harder, maybe the match would have been in my favor. But I didn't do a lot of work before I came here, and that was the difference as well. Because I wasn't really happy when I did the first press conference on that Monday or whatever, I said I was I don't have my rhythm. I'm not really playing my best, but I fought very well, and I really tried.

I gave everything that I have with, you know, that energy that I have left. So what can I do?


Not sure I'm really too happy when she said she didn't practice enough for the YEC. She was injury free and just had this one event before a well earned break and she's basically saying she could have prepared better. :tape:

Ah well. The thing about this year as she said was all those injuries she had right from the start - and yet she still got #1. The thing I wish for her next year more than anything is for her not to have the injuries and viruses that she was battling with this year - and that she'll be able to work with her coach improving her game as she said.

Kampi
Nov 9th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Thank you Sarah:wavey::D

Michael27
Nov 9th, 2008, 09:07 AM
Thanks Sarah:wavey::D

louisa.
Nov 9th, 2008, 09:33 AM
thanks Sarah :)
i'm loving JJ's pressers more and more.

дalex
Nov 9th, 2008, 09:50 AM
That's one very positive presser! Great attitude and no mention of that back injury which is great!
Now she's off to Belgrade for the premiere of her movie and then she can go have some rest.

JJ :kiss:

Brena
Nov 9th, 2008, 04:03 PM
She didn't practice enough?? Gah, JJ! And I've just stopped hating you!
But I guess we should be grateful for that yaer end #1 ranking - the haters will have the whole winter to eat their hearts out *s******* :cool:

MaBaker
Nov 9th, 2008, 06:37 PM
Q. You appeared to get a warning from the umpire?

JELENA JANKOVIC: For what?

Q. Well, I thought you might tell us. We couldn't really see?

JELENA JANKOVIC: When?
lol

Never in doubt :worship:

Ian Aberdon
Nov 9th, 2008, 06:49 PM
Hearing, eyesight - & STILL she made No.1! :haha:

JadeFox
Nov 9th, 2008, 06:59 PM
Hearing, eyesight - & STILL she made No.1! :haha:

I guess that's why she wasn't named the 6th Sense Player this year. She was missing two of them.:lol:

MaBaker
Nov 9th, 2008, 07:10 PM
Hearing, eyesight - & STILL she made No.1! :haha:
A freaking miracle :lol: And some people still don't respect that :awww:

Katie.
Nov 9th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Poor Jelena and her missing senses :hug: oh well number 1 ranking > perfect hearing and eyesight :p

Nice press conference, she sounded quite positive, and I liked the 'if she did everything this year what would she do next year' bit :lol:

louisa.
Nov 10th, 2008, 05:47 AM
Nice press conference, she sounded quite positive, and I liked the 'if she did everything this year what would she do next year' bit :lol:

Me too. :lol: good way to stick it to the media. :yeah:

~Kiera~
Nov 10th, 2008, 10:06 AM
http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/8775350/Venus-should-be-candidate-for-Player-of-the-Year-

Venus should be candidate for Player of the Year
by Matt Cronin, Special to FOXSports.com

With a 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-2 victory over Vera Zvonareva at the Sony Ericsson WTA Championships — seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ended the chaotic season with a roar.

Williams, who has made little noise off grass courts the past five years, collected her first Tier I hard-court title since 2001, a remarkable statistic given that she's a two-time U.S. Open champion (2000-2001). But the tour is quite deep at the top, highlighted by the fact that a non-Slam winner — Jelena Jankovic — finished the year at No. 1, reaching only one major final.

Perhaps for the first time ever, there really is no clear-cut Player of the Year.

Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova had a great start to the year, but faded quickly because of a shoulder injury.

World No. 2 Serena Williams would have been the pick had she won the WTA Championships. A lack of conditioning and match play after winning the U.S. Open doomed her, as she was forced to retire in her round-robin match against Elena Dementieva.

Once again, Williams — who not only won her ninth Grand Slam title but took Tier I crowns in Miami and Charleston and reached the Wimbledon final — imploded this fall. Stung by criticism that she wasted the last two months of the year, she erupted angrily when asked by a reporter (who had seen her hitting prior to the contest against Dementieva) why she was unable to put her pain behind her and give it her all at the Championships. Williams was clearly the Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003, but her 2008 season doesn't approach those.

No. 3 Dinara Safina had a breakout year, winning four titles and reaching the French Open final and came close to the No. 1 ranking, but the Russian failed in her four greatest tests — against Ana Ivanovic in the French Open final, against eventual gold medalist Elena Dementieva in the Olympic semifinals, against Serena in the U.S. Open semis and then at the Championships. She looked tired and failed to win any of her three matches in Doha.

Ivanovic looked terrific coming off her French Open victory. She won Indian Wells and reached the Australian Open final, but a thumb injury and the pressure of dealing with being a hunted player got to her. She only won one medium-sized title (Linz) after June. At the Championships, she caught a virus and was ousted in round-robin play.

And what of Venus? Do a fifth Wimbledon title, a middle-sized crown in Zurich and her first Championships crown give her the nod for Player of the Year? Maybe, but it's hard not to forget her other results, which included a mind-blowing loss to Ivanovic in Australia, a sloppy defeat to Flavia Pennetta at the French Open and inconsistent play in her loss to Serena at the U.S. Open.

But credit Venus with this — in Doha, she was gutsy, creative and powerful, beating Safina in straight sets before four entertaining three-set wins over Dementieva, Serena, Jankovic and then Zvonareva, who was leaping at the ball from inside the baseline and was having the tournament of her life.

Even though Venus has been struggling with anemia, she's a much more psychologically fit player than most of the other elite players. As John McEnroe says, winning final sets isn't always about physical conditioning, it's often about mind over matter.

Williams, 28, has won plenty of big matches, while Zvonareva has won few and when she began to shed tears and smack her racket on the ground and on top of her foot after she was broken to fall to 3-1 in the third set, it was clear who was to crumble.

"It's fantastic to end the season this way," said Williams, who won her 39th career title. "I've never really had the opportunity to play this tournament very often so it's really awesome to have that opportunity and to play well."

In 2009, she will play her 15th season. If her history is any indicator, she won't be winning title after title, but should be good for two to three. But if those titles are significant ones, like Wimbledon and the Championships, she won't care how many trophies she raises.

It's all about quality title wins this year and given that she's the only player to have won two of the big six (the four Grand Slams, the Olympics and the Championships), maybe she does deserve Player of the Year.

Credit Jankovic for having a consistent year, but her four titles (Rome, Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow) don't measure up against Williams' three.

"This puts me in a great position next year to keep climbing," the sixth-ranked Williams said. "I've played this year pretty equal and I hope to stay healthy. I can only go higher."

Ian Aberdon
Nov 10th, 2008, 10:44 AM
Uh, yeah Matt WHADDEVAAA...:banghead:

~Kiera~
Nov 10th, 2008, 12:27 PM
The poll result on the page is "interesting". 72% of respondents think Venus was the player of the year.

Was Venus even the Williams' family player of the year?

Brena
Nov 10th, 2008, 12:36 PM
:spit:
Venus had outstanding achievements this year - like losing to Flavia Pennetta twice.
As for Matt Cronin, I'd like to paraphrase the only true Number One: What Cronin? Who?

oleada
Nov 10th, 2008, 12:39 PM
I hate it when people forget how crap Venus was in the first half of the year; or outside Wimbledon, USO, Zurich and the YEC.

RFS
Nov 10th, 2008, 01:13 PM
Ummm... am I the only one surprised by Matt's position?

and LMAO at sarah asking if Venus was the family member of the year! Heee!

redsonja
Nov 10th, 2008, 03:33 PM
Was Venus even the Williams' family player of the year?

:spit:

I think maybe they should just not have player of the year this year. :p Or they should let me pick. I'd come up with something completely random, like Flavia Pennetta. You know, for her spectacular bounce back from catching her asshole boyfriend cheating on her. I mean, it's at least as good a reason as anyone else has.

~Kiera~
Nov 11th, 2008, 10:51 AM
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/sports/story.html?id=b2ce3550-8042-44c6-8399-55b0921f2d6c&p=2

Hard-working Safina was most improved

STEPHANIE MYLES
The Gazette

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The WTA Tour season came to a close Sunday when Venus Williams won the Tour Championships singles title, and $1.3 million U.S., before rather sparse crowds in Doha, Qatar.

There is still more tennis to be played; a number of smaller women's events on the ITF Circuit offering between $10,000 and $100,000 in total prize money will take place right through to the end of the year.

But the major leagues are taking a break. And with that, we offer up the annual Open Court Awards.

Player of the year: 1. Venus Williams; 2. Jelena Jankovic; 3. Serena Williams.

Jankovic might be the year-end No. 1. And Venus won only one Grand Slam this year - her old standby, Wimbledon. But between Wimbledon, the Olympic doubles gold medal with sister Serena, and Sunday's WTA Championships title, Venus ends up with the most impressive collection of hardware.

Jankovic was consistent. And unlike the Williams sisters, was for the most part able to play through injury. She deserves to be No. 1 if only for this fact: she seems to be one of the few players not afraid of the Williams sisters.

Most improved: 1. Dinara Safina; 2. Vera Zvonareva; 3. Aleksandra Wozniak.

Safina seemingly was headed down the path taken by big brother Marat - i.e. talent to burn (although not quite as much) but the temperament to sabotage it at every turn.

She showed that girls are so much smarter than boys; Safina pulled herself together, got extremely fit, worked extremely hard, and surrounded herself with a new support group that believed in her.

The result? A year-end No. 3 ranking, a French Open final, and all sorts of reasons to expect just as much, if not more, in 2009.

It's always possible the presence of that support was what spurred her to make those improvements; women tennis players so often seem to play for others, not for themselves. But whatever the reason, she became a charming addition to the top five.

Zvonareva, another Russian, had even bigger emotional issues. Even Sunday, in the second set against Williams in the Tour final, she lay on the court in the second set, sobbing, chest heaving, and played the remainder of the game with tears rolling down her cheeks.

But you can put that down to exhaustion after a superb week, and the heavy schedule she played late in the season to qualify for the elite eight in Doha.

For the most part, Zvonareva kept things under control; she also added a lot of aggression to her game, hitting full out on every ball, and ends the year at No. 7.

As for Wozniak, no need to chronicle her rise in 2008. She began the year ranked No. 130, losing in the qualifying at the Australian Open. She ends it at a career-high No. 34, with a Tier II WTA Tour title (Stanford, Calif.) in her pocket - as well as $277,000 U.S. in earnings.

Sore loser of the year: Serena Williams.

Okay, we get it: she's extremely competitive. But her morose excuses when she loses - even against sister Venus, whose graciousness when the tables are turned only underscores Serena's lack of class - cast a pall over her achievements.

It's about that Rudyard Kipling line as the players enter Centre Court at Wimbledon; about meeting with triumph and disaster and treating those two imposters just the same.

She gave her sister the most cursory of hugs after losing to her in the Wimbledon final - barely even looked at her - was ridiculously gleeful after beating her in the U.S. Open quarters, and barely shook Venus's hand after losing to her in Doha last week.

"Today I couldn't serve, I couldn't hit a backhand, I couldn't hit a forehand, I couldn't even volley. This is definitely the worst match I've played this year by far," Serena said after that match, making you wonder how in the world she won the first set 7-5.

Newcomer of the year: Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, 18.

She started the year at No. 64, finished No. 12, reached at least the third round of every Grand Slam event, and won three titles: Stockholm, New Haven, Conn., Tokyo. Now the hard part begins: backing it up. Remember the 2007 U.S. Open, when youngsters Agnieszka Radwanska, Agnes Szavay and Tamira Paszek announced their arrivals on the big-league scene? Of the three - we nicknamed them the "Zed Girls" - only Radwanska was a consistent performer in 2008.

Medical misdiagnosis of the year: Maria Sharapova's shoulder.

You'd think these multimillionaire athletes would have access to the finest in diagnostic care. But Roger Federer's mononucleosis took forever to figure out. And Sharapova, who struggled with a shoulder problem for the better part of 18 months, found out only after the Rogers Cup that she had been playing with a tear in her rotator-cuff tendon - since April.

"You can imagine that I was not very thrilled to hear that my medical team did not see this tear in my shoulder back in April," Sharapova said. She officially shut it down for the season in September, and drops to No. 9 in the year-end rankings.

~Kiera~
Nov 11th, 2008, 12:05 PM
I think Jelena held a press conference today:

http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/football/text.php?vest=115271

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J. J.: I want to dominate!

Utorak, 11. Tuesday, 11 novembar 2008. November 2008. 12:42 12:42

The best season in his career, Jelena Jankovic ended symbolically - where it all began and, many years ago.

Officially the best teniserka planet on Tuesday held a media conference at the host club, TK Gemaks, and the reason is well-known - J. J. became only with the players in history, which is the end of the year at first WTA list.

"All I have achieved this valuable work, although I was a season full of injuries, especially the first half. I managed to get back, finish the season as the best in the world and therefore I am proud to themselves. Not many of them failed to do."

TK Gemaks were delivered by Jelena appropriate gifts - two posy, cake, and President Giorgio Antelj earrings "that agree with the necklace with brilijantima.

"My goal is that in the next period of his weaknesses into virtues, which would help me that the longer the stay where I am, but grain and win a Slam tournament. That's the most important goal in 2009. It's not important who will be the tournament, I want all four, but it is important to krenem. Do you happen to be already in Australia, see. Play well on all surfaces, complete players I have, and besides I have reached fruition in the head, so that I can to achieve. "

Jelena then prisetila period when it was near a decision to leave tennis. U prvih pet meseci 2006. In the first five months of 2006. The experienced ten consecutive defeat, to return to the life started the tournament in Rome, one of its "favorites".

"I am to stop the sport and to do something in which I was successful. Perfectionist and I can not imagine to do something that we do not go of his hand. Now I can say that the crisis affected me good to me is strengthened as a person and as teniserka.

Period, played mračnog after the year of success, not only on the tennis courts.

"Ma, free and grain Slam title and first place in the WTA list, and money, popularity, if not happy and satisfied with them. I prezadovoljna. Of course, this feeling comes from the desire to work. Trust to train for hours - and in the field in the gym. a lot like when I'm healthy and when to provide training to 100 percent. And it's easier and in the head, and I think that the progress. This season, I gained mečeve when I was out of form and poor health " .

After Pekingese to star

Although its results during the whole of 2008 were sound, but things did not lay down your place to the Olympic Games in Beijing.

"It was the most beautiful period. I was healthy, and besides, a motive and to finish the year as the first in the world. I think that I am to zasluzio because I came to the U.S. Open finals and won three tournaments in succession. Unfortunately, I lost semifinals Masters in Doha, but that I was a little umorila and relaxed, because I know that they can not fall from the first position.

With Ana Ivanovic has not heard the last time, but it is two years younger čestitala site in the first, much less stay at the top, the middle of August.

Jankovićevoj is a deserved rest, and then the quality of preparations for 2009.

"I'm going to relax, enjoy and charge batteries for the next year. I already have a plan prepared. Last season I trained seven days before the Australians open and simply is not clear how I came to polufinala. It will be different, krenuću with 25 November, with Kondiciona and tennis coach. I expect huge results and therefore do not want to improvizujem anything, but to be the maximum physically ready. "

Jelena is aware that in the field of physical preparation can make a significant shift better.

"I want to dominate women's tennis. I think that has not reached the peak, especially in the field of physical preparedness. Many of the top ten players have reached their limit and have nothing to add to his game. And I think that I have."

At one point the microphone for the journalistic issues found in the hands of Jelena's mother and constant saputnici Snezana, who had for the daughter, but for the media! It was zasmetalo that journalists sometimes insist on data that Jelena has not yet finished grain Slam tournament.

"I would like to ask you what is the difference between the grain and say Porsche Slam Cup in Štutgartu, which is played nine of the ten best teniserki world? Does this mean that the grain Jelena Slam game against one, and other tournaments against some other players, "asked Snezana Jankovic.

"I would like to ask you what is the difference between the grain and say Porsche Slam Cup in Štutgartu, which is played nine of the ten best teniserki world? Does this mean that the grain Jelena Slam game against one, and other tournaments against some other players, "asked Snezana Jankovic.

Of course, did not answer a number of journalists, Jelena already.

"Gren Slam wins it, which is the best during these two weeks, and finish the season in the first place means that you were the best throughout the year.

дalex
Nov 11th, 2008, 03:09 PM
So, now it's obvious what's JJ's problem with Serbian media...Sneki asked the journalist why do they always insist on the fact that Jelena never won a GS title. She also compared GS with Stuttgart 'cos all (9/10) top players played there, too, basically saying that if she can beat them to win Stuttgart then she can do the same to win a GS title. Journalists didn't respond so Jelena repeated that famous (:lol:) sentence that winning GS means that you're the best player for two weeks and ending year as #1 means that you were the best throughout the year...

Her main goal for the next year is winning a GS, she wants all 4 of them but she feels that the most important thing for her is to win one for the start. She can't say that it will be at AO, but she already has a plan for preparations that will start as soon as Nov. 25th. She will work on both fitness and her tennis and she thinks there's so much that she can improve.

Ian Aberdon
Nov 11th, 2008, 05:32 PM
Sneki on the mic...like mother, like daughter! :lol: But I agree - CONSISTENCY Baby! :smoke:

~Kiera~
Nov 11th, 2008, 09:16 PM
A few more articles. Some of the stuff is repeated, but there is new information on Mladjan, "Jelena's World" and her dress designs for Mona.

Novosti article - Serbian version (http://www.novosti.rs/code/navigate.php?Id=15&status=jedna&vest=131996&datum=2008-11-11) // translated version (http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.novosti.rs%2Fcode%2Fn avigate.php%3FId%3D15%26status%3Djedna%26vest%3D13 1996%26datum%3D2008-11-11&sl=sr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8)

Mondo article - Serbian version (http://www.mtsmondo.com/entertainment/gossip/text.php?vest=115305) // translated version (http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mtsmondo.com%2Fentert ainment%2Fgossip%2Ftext.php%3Fvest%3D115305&sl=sr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8)

Press Online article - Serbian version (http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?id=51060&sectionId=44&view=story) // translated version (http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pressonline.rs%2Fpage %2Fstories%2Fsr.html%3Fid%3D51060%26sectionId%3D44 %26view%3Dstory&sl=sr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8)

~Kiera~
Nov 12th, 2008, 11:18 AM
http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/football/text.php?vest=115386

Ana and Jelena on "Billy Jean King Cup"
Sreda, 12. Wednesday, 12 novembar 2008. November 2008. 12:32 12:32

Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic will participate in the tournament dobrotvornom "were Jean King Cup" in New York who will play 2 marta sledeće godine. March the following year.

In addition Srpkinja, participation in the "We-Jean King Cup" confirmed the Williams sisters.

The mini-tournament in New York igraće hall "Madison square garden, and polufinalna events igraće to only one set. U finalu će se igrati na dva dobijena seta. The finals will be played in two sets obtained.

Revenue from ticket from the tournament will be credited to the account of the Foundation "Drin Vaksins", which deals with the discovery and development of vaccine against the most serious diseases.

"I am will be a great event. It will be nice to play against the best teniserki and in one of the most famous hall in the world," said Ivanovic.

Tournament were Jean King "is the name given by American legendarnoj teniserki, which is 1973. osnovala Žensku tenisku asocijaciju (WTA), a prethodnih 30 godina borila se protiv diskriminacije žena u tenisu. founded Women's tennis association (WTA), and the previous 30 years fighting against the discrimination of women in tennis.

~Kiera~
Nov 12th, 2008, 11:32 AM
http://www.kurir-info.rs/clanak/sport/kurir-12-11-2008/vezbala-trudnocu

Practicing pregnancy

Jelena Jankovic yesterday promoted documentary "Jelena world" and showed that neither her acting is not a party

How Jelena Jankovic odreagovala the news that the second condition, learn if you view the film "Jelena world." Feature-length documentary about the best teniserki world premiere tonight will be played in Belgrade Roda Sinepleks cinema, and media representatives had the opportunity to watch him yesterday

The most interesting segment of the film when Jelena is the first hour of acting and professor is placed in the situation to her doctor communicates to the child. Jankovićeva very well come upon us, and then got a task that simulates the thesis situation, when you learned that the child two days before the wedding and is not sure who the father of the child. First, it is done, teniserka is called your mother and ask for help from it.

- When we said the theme, it was a little embarrassed, I did not know how to cope. I had to have imaginative because I am talking alone with him. This was my one hour of acting. But we are offered a small role, but I have a lot of obligations. Currently do not have time to do it, but would love to the camera and glupiram before them - Jelena explained.

For this film we learn why Jankovićeva despises to eat garlic, and you do not like to eat because of bad stench, but also because it would "be able to love with someone." The camera even had a moment when Jelena true place while her mother Snezana, and she's talking about teniserkinom arrival in the camp Nika Bolitijerija. It is interesting and it is a film team snimala training with Žistin Enan, and a week before the Belgian decided to stop with tennis. It is clear to see how NERVIRA for access Enan.

- Krenula that we zabijaju set to play on and score a lot of me izluđivala. Not to be able to make. I tried to me to know that me winning and training - added Jelena Jankovic.

Otherwise, "Jelena world" Thursday will be serbian picture, a map in advance were trazenije of tickets for the new James Bond film "bullet utehe.

After elimination in the semifinal Masters in Doha Jelena came in his native city. In Belgrade will be Saturday, and then goes to the ten-day vacation at a destination that has always wanted to visit, but not wanted to disclose where it is. While in Serbia Jankovićeva will participate Thursday in the fashion show, where they will walk their new models.

~Kiera~
Nov 12th, 2008, 11:38 AM
http://www.alo.co.yu/ljudi/9479/Trudna_Jelena

Disclose details of the documentary about the world teniserki
Jelena pregnant

Young, beautiful girl be in the hotel room somewhere on the planet. After the rose out of bed, training, wash your teeth, waiting for the breakfast, and training, events, autographs, massage, relaxation ...

This is part of the documentary "Jelena world on the best teniserki world Jelena Jankovic, who will tonight be able to view the regular repertoire.

- It is very fun and interesting to the recording film. I'd like to be after the end of his career dealing with sports star - Jelena said after the projections for journalists held in the cinema "Balkan".

J. J. popular is attended acting classes in order to better prepare for the recording. Professor her zadala to act two scenes in which the boy and announces that the pregnant mother.

- I was a little embarrassed when I had to woe. I felt comfortable because I have still only 23 and I am not pregnant. I hope that I succeeded in it, but I laknulo when the hour ended - recognized Jakovićeva.

Jelena did not want to speak about his life and ljubavnom tajanstvenom vacation to go at the end of the week.

Is normal to have boys, but that I would not like to talk - Jelena said.

Achieving the young directress Tanja Burzaković want to buy many of the world distributors.

- Banjalučani want to send a private plane by Jelena to the Prime Minister held in Bosnia. Film will be in regular distribution, and we want to be shown in America - said the film producer Nebojsa Miljkovic, who pointed out that in the first week of showing in advance sell more tickets than the famous agent 007

Naravno, kada je Jelena 001. Of course, when Jelena 001

~Kiera~
Nov 12th, 2008, 11:42 AM
More about the Billie Jean Cup from Ana's site

Ana destined for New York extravanganza
November 12, 2008 /

Ana is set to take part in the inaugural BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie-Jean King Cup, an exhibition tournament that will take place in New York on 2 March 2009. She will appear alongside two of this year’s other Grand Slam winners in Venus and Serena Williams, plus current world No.1 Jelena Jankovic.

Dubbed “Tennis Night in America”, the indoor event at Madison Square Garden will feature a unique format, with two semi-finals preceding a final on the same night. The semi-final matches will incorporate “no-ad” scoring and will be played over one set; the final will be a best-of-three set match with traditional scoring, although a tiebreak will replace the deciding set.

The night, which will benefit the Dream Vaccines Foundation charity, will also feature a special tribute to women’s sports.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a great event,” said Ana. “As exhibition tournaments go, it doesn’t come much better than this. It’s going to be a great thrill to play against the world’s best players in such a famous venue.”

StarGames President Jerry Solomon, who is the promoter of the event, said: “We saw from our Sampras/Federer ‘Battle for Tennis History’ in March that the New York audience and the tennis community was hungry to have world class tennis back at Madison Square Garden.

“With the BNP Paribas Showdown we will bring together some of the biggest names in tennis, sports and entertainment to not only showcase the top women in the world but also honour Billie Jean King. We are looking forward once again to a tremendous night at the Garden, one that tennis fans won’t want to miss.”

http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/6985/85wt3.jpg

RFS
Nov 12th, 2008, 11:51 AM
LMAO at the "Practicing Pregnancy" articles!
And let's see - she's blethered before that she's always wanted to go to Hawaii - so that's where my money is on!

Great stuff Sarah - can't good rep you so :yeah:

MaBaker
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:02 PM
http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/6985/85wt3.jpg
This looks more like a "call-girls" advertisement :tape:

Brena
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:02 PM
http://www.kurir-info.rs/clanak/sport/kurir-12-11-2008/vezbala-trudnocu

In the part about Henin she says that Justine annoyed her terribly during their practice session in Berlin - she played as if they were playing a real match because she wanted to show JJ that she can't win even a parctice session against her, let alone a match. (well, that's JJ's impression) :rolls:

and :haha: at that Williams sissies/Serbian sissies poster. They'll kill each other.

Brena
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:06 PM
This looks more like a "call-girls" advertisement :tape:

:spit:
''Dial 1 for Jelena the Dominatrix Girl, dial 5 for Ana the Shy One, dial 2 for Serena ''the Booty'' or dial 6 for Venus the Queen of Sin''.

~Kiera~
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:08 PM
In the part about Henin she says that Justine annoyed her terribly during their practice session in Berlin - she played as if they were playing a real match because she wanted to show JJ that she can't win even a parctice session against her, let alone a match. (well, that's JJ's impression) :rolls:

:lol: :tape:

RFS
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:13 PM
:spit:
''Dial 1 for Jelena the Dominatrix Girl, dial 5 for Ana the Shy One, dial 2 for Serena ''the Booty'' or dial 6 for Venus the Queen of Sin''.

Seriously... coffee ALL over my keyboard after that! LMAO! :rolls:

MaBaker
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:17 PM
:spit:
''Dial 1 for Jelena the Dominatrix Girl, dial 5 for Ana the Shy One, dial 2 for Serena ''the Booty'' or dial 6 for Venus the Queen of Sin''.
lmfao :lol:

~Kiera~
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:17 PM
:spit:
''Dial 1 for Jelena the Dominatrix Girl, dial 5 for Ana the Shy One, dial 2 for Serena ''the Booty'' or dial 6 for Venus the Queen of Sin''.

:haha:

Seriously, just think how more interesting it would be if they had this as Jelena's pic.

http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/2514/jjaf6.jpg

RFS
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:21 PM
the head shot piece of this was her WTA photo for a small while... which cracked me up no end!

Katie.
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:34 PM
In the part about Henin she says that Justine annoyed her terribly during their practice session in Berlin - she played as if they were playing a real match because she wanted to show JJ that she can't win even a parctice session against her, let alone a match. (well, that's JJ's impression) :rolls:
So I'm guessing Jelena lost the practice match :lol: Poor JJ :hug: Justine must have taken her practices very seriously!

:spit:
''Dial 1 for Jelena the Dominatrix Girl, dial 5 for Ana the Shy One, dial 2 for Serena ''the Booty'' or dial 6 for Venus the Queen of Sin''.
OMG too funny :haha: And that picture ^ just made it 1000x funnier. That would make a much better poster :lol:

Thankyou for all the articles Sarah!

~Kiera~
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:41 PM
the head shot piece of this was her WTA photo for a small while... which cracked me up no end!

I guess whoever runs the site also has a sense of humour, too :lol:

redsonja
Nov 12th, 2008, 01:25 PM
:spit:
''Dial 1 for Jelena the Dominatrix Girl, dial 5 for Ana the Shy One, dial 2 for Serena ''the Booty'' or dial 6 for Venus the Queen of Sin''.
:lol:

Hmmm, should I zip up to NYC for this? Hmmm. Eh. Probably not.

terjw
Nov 12th, 2008, 08:15 PM
So I'm guessing Jelena lost the practice match :lol: Poor JJ :hug: Justine must have taken her practices very seriously!


No - Jelena told us earlier this year when Justine retired that although Justine always beat her in matches - she beat Justine last time they played - in practice in Berlin. :lol: I thought that was funny at the time. But now she says that Justine annoyed her because she reckons Justine was trying so hard to prove that Jelena couldn't win a match against her - it's doubly funny. :lol::lol:

~Kiera~
Nov 13th, 2008, 12:42 AM
http://www.alo.co.yu/ljudi/9517/Ovacije_za_Jelenu

Documentary film about the best the world premiere show teniserki
Cheering for Jelena

Četvrtak - 13.11.2008 Thursday - 13.11.2008

Tumultuous ovation prolomile the cinema hall "ditching" when it entered teniserka world number one.

Prošetavši green carpet, which is simbolizovao grass field on which played countless mečeve, Jelena Jankovic pozirala photographers.

When the applause stišali, the audience, which is lucky to get tickets for Belgrade premiere the documentary "Jelena world", enjoyed in the life teniserke. Among postovaocima and friends Jankovićeve was and a lot of public figures, among which are made columnist Milojko Pantic, director Tanja Peternek-Aleksic, director Gemaksa "Giorgio Antelj with his wife, selector Fed Cup team Dejan Vraneš and many others.

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/6715/ovacijevxn7.jpg

redsonja
Nov 13th, 2008, 01:05 AM
Green carpet? That is totally wrong. http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/images/smilies/dramaqueen1.gif

Katie.
Nov 13th, 2008, 01:19 AM
No - Jelena told us earlier this year when Justine retired that although Justine always beat her in matches - she beat Justine last time they played - in practice in Berlin. :lol: I thought that was funny at the time. But now she says that Justine annoyed her because she reckons Justine was trying so hard to prove that Jelena couldn't win a match against her - it's doubly funny. :lol::lol:
haha how could I have forgotten that, the one time she beat her. To bad they don't add practice matches to the H2H :lol:

louisa.
Nov 13th, 2008, 04:00 AM
man, i have to see this film.
Jelena tossed a hypothetical situation where she's pregnant = comedy gold.
:rolls:

~Kiera~
Nov 13th, 2008, 02:21 PM
http://www.blic.co.yu/sport.php?id=64997

This film about Jelena

- The film will be shown and foreign festivals. But immediately after the premiere start to make English versions of the film, and, hopefully, able to place the movie in American film festivals, especially those that emphasis on sports film - said director Tanja Brzaković.

дalex
Nov 13th, 2008, 02:25 PM
http://www.predsednik.rs/mwc/default.asp?c=302500&g=20081113121550&lng=cir&hs1=0

Jelena will have a chit-chat meeting with Serbian President tomorrow. :worship:

redsonja
Nov 13th, 2008, 02:30 PM
We have sports film festivals? :lol:

Jelena will have a chit-chat meeting with Serbian President tomorrow. :worship:

To discuss her invitations to all the hot diplomat parties important foreign policy matters, I'm sure.

~Kiera~
Nov 13th, 2008, 02:39 PM
We have sports film festivals? :lol:

I wonder where they've been hiding them? :lol:

дalex
Nov 13th, 2008, 02:42 PM
To discuss her invitations to all the hot diplomat parties important foreign policy matters, I'm sure.

Maybe she has a plan on how to improve Serbia's relations with Montenegro after their recognition of Kosovo's illegal "unilateral declaration of independence"...:hehehe:

She'll probably mention that she died for her country countless times and that she will continue doing so in the future. :)

~Kiera~
Nov 13th, 2008, 02:45 PM
http://www.mondo.rs/lifestyle/vesti/text.php?vest=115541

J. J. collection only for the winner
Cetvrtak, 13. Thursday, 13 novembar 2008. November 2008. 16:31 16:31
What works best in the world teniserka match between the two - creates clothes! Believe it or not, Jelena Jankovic, when taken off the racket paper and pen and dash: clothes, handbags, skirts ...

"I tennis is the most important thing in life, but when you are not concerned with time, then like features, to create a wardrobe that I alone noslia. I like elegance, glamurozne garments, leather, silk, lace," said the MONDO Jelena Jankovic after shows in the fashion house, "Mona" where it was displayed its collection of "The One".

In addition to create Jelena and take their models. So this time with the beats Elena Paparizu songs and verses "You are the one, my number one ...", Jelena opened shows and a few prošetala creation, and at the end appeared in venčanici!

"No, I do not have the intention that's getting married, at least not soon, but fashion shows are mostly venačnicama end, and I and I decided. This is my gold-colored and velom which is actually a hood as venčanici the sports tone," said Jelena.

It says that this collection is built on speed, but to no effect on quality. "Really I have many obligations and rare moments when I relaxed and when you can express some of your other talents. I try to send a current fashion trends in terms of kolorita, as well as in terms of form, but on my way, and I msilim that failed and you fell, " said Jelena.

Would you like us fell?

In the collection "The One" is dominated by violet, which is the hit of the season, as well as clothes that are form letters A, however, only a few models left a positive impression on us. Jelena every honor that tennis is concerned, we are proud of it and appreciate the wins under the flag of Serbia, but can not and must not, the man in all to be the best.

"This is a collection of the taste of victory, dynamic samouvernim collection for women that are unique and pobedjuju. Therefore, the collection called 'The one', but I thought only to their own victory in the tennis courts but also to all the other small, everyday victory that make the life ljepšim ", explained to us Jelena.

Sure only that even those who do not like purple skin, easy, lace, tulle, diamonds design ... go to ostentatious in the creation signed JJ - najbolja teniserka in the world