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Optima
Jan 3rd, 2009, 04:19 PM
Reebok :hug:

Princeza
Jan 3rd, 2009, 04:53 PM
I certainly hope so... But she just had to get us worried about something before the beginning of the season. :sobbing:
A new year can't start with boring news with Jeca :hearts: She has to make us concerned.



Even though JJ will probably sign with Wilson she might keep playing with Prince racquet at AO 'cos there's no time to get used to new one...

But off season is the time to switch and try so when will she do it? between two tournaments? :scratch: It's so confusing :sobbing:

Reebok :hug:

Business is Business:p

louisa.
Jan 4th, 2009, 07:55 AM
A new year can't start with boring news with Jeca :hearts: She has to make us concerned.

:lol: :inlove:

I really do hope she stays with prince. She's been playing so well and I'd hate for a raquet change to mess up her game :sad:

Cat123
Jan 4th, 2009, 08:31 PM
What's with all the sponsor swapping??! JJ after bigger $$$$$s??

I'm not upset about her leaving Reebok, it took them so long to wake up and give her decent outfits. Don't choose Adidas!!! Nike rule.

But changing her racquet seems a bit random and unessarcery. Hmm, we'll see.

MaBaker
Jan 5th, 2009, 09:33 AM
J.J. obasjala vasionu
First teniserka world Jelena Jankovic got a New Year gift as his star in the sky. Company Knjaz Milos "and" Aqua Viva "in the way expressed their admiration to teniskoj queen - star of the named J. J., and shines in the constellation Hercules SC2, north circular Polar region.


-I could not believe when I learned that I have received a star in the sky. This is something quite incredible and I'm so happy - Jelena said.
Everyone in the world can buy a place in heaven, through the International Star Registry. Purchase price packages stars varies from 11,800 to 16,520 dinars. A small amount of pay if you take unmounted, if you take a larger framed certificate that contains the date of registration, kaligrafski printed name stars, constellation and its precise coordinates. The package comes another great astronomy site where your star zaokružena red, and yellow constellation, the booklet "Our place in space and greeting card explaining that the name of the stars will be published in the next issue of" Your place in space, " that is published every four years ...
Jelena got her star :eek: :worship: :worship:

~Kiera~
Jan 5th, 2009, 09:55 AM
http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,24877065-23210,00.html

World number one Jelena Jankovic fires warning to rivals

January 05, 2009 WORLD number one Jelena Jankovic on Monday fired a warning to her rivals ahead of this month's Australian Open, saying she is fitter than ever as she continues her bid for Grand Slam glory.

The 23-year-old Serbian tops the bill at this week's Hong Kong World Team Challenge, which also features Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, as the players gear up for the year's opening Grand Slam.

Jankovic, who ended 2008 as number one after a see-saw battle for the top spot, has yet to win one of the four majors.

Her best performance so far saw her lose in the final of the US Open last year.
"My main goal is to stay number one as long as possible and one of the priorities is to win a first Grand Slam," she said, adding that she was expecting to reap the rewards from her demanding off-season fitness regime.

"It gives me a lot more confidence because I know I have worked very hard," she said.

Jankovic, whose regime included high-altitude training in Mexico, said she was forced to run distances she had not attempted before, including a 10km effort.
"When my fitness trainer told me I had to run that much I thought I was going to stop in the middle but I was improving little by little," she said, adding that she had never been in better shape.

"I have never paid so much attention to being fit.

"Many people thought I was very fit because I look fit but in general I was never really fit and I always had problems when I had to play tough matches."
Jankovic said she was looking forward to getting on the courts in the World Team Challenge.

"I think it's a great opportunity to play many matches and to get my rhythm and get match fit.

"It's really great preparation for the Australian Open," she said.

The event, which runs from January 7-10, features four teams representing Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

The Australian Open starts on January 19.


http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/05/sports/TEN-Hong-Kong-Jankovic.php

Jankovic hopes fitness will bring first Grand Slam

HONG KONG: Jelena Jankovic had a stellar 2008, earning the world No. 1 ranking and reaching the semifinals or better at three of the four Grand Slams.

But the 23-year-old Serbian says she has never before tried hard to stay in good physical shape.

"I have never paid so much attention to being fit. Many people thought I was very fit because I look fit. But in general, I was never really fit and I always had problems when I had to play tough matches," Jankovic said Monday in Hong Kong ahead of a warm-up tournament for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.

Jankovic's focus on fitness changed during her break after the 2008 season and she hopes her improved stamina will pave the way for her first major win this year.

She said she started offseason training earlier than usual in mid-November with a new emphasis on fitness that included altitude training in Mexico. The season-ending WTA Championships at Doha, Qatar, where Jankovic reached the semifinals, ended on Nov. 9.

Now she said she has even attempted her first 10,000-meter run.

"In my life, I have never run that long. When my fitness trainer told me I had to run that much, I thought I was going to stop in the middle after 20 minutes," Jankovic said.

"Some of the things I have done I never thought I could do. I really was giving my best. I was reaching my limit. I think all of that gives me a lot more confidence. I feel I'm ready to compete," she said. "I have never been as fit as I'm now."

Jankovic is playing in Hong Kong as her only preparation for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 19.

She will captain the European squad in the Jan. 7-10 team format competition, whose field also includes seven-time Grand Slam champion American Venus Williams, Russians Vera Zvonareva and Anna Chakvetadze, Hungarian Agnes Szavay, China's Zheng Jie and India's Sania Mirza.

Jankovic also said she welcomes new WTA Tour rules that kick in this year allowing on-court coaching, although she doesn't expect herself to take advantage of the rule change often.

"I think it's a great new thing for our game. I think tennis will be at a higher level because from the side view when the coach is watching, he can see much better. He has a better view of what the player is doing wrong. And he can give you advice, especially on certain points when you're quite lost," she said.

But the Serbian added, "to be honest, I don't really use it," saying she asked for her coach only once when the new rule was being tested.

Cat123
Jan 5th, 2009, 10:00 AM
:armed:

-NAJ-
Jan 5th, 2009, 10:04 AM
photo from Hong Kong?

-NAJ-
Jan 5th, 2009, 06:25 PM
magazine Status chose Jelena for person of the year in Serbia

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Second day of, cold November 1994. , on the tennis courts of Red Star, with the racquet in her hand, appeared smiling, smallish, nine and a half years student of piano, and French and English, diplomatic school in Dedinje. Does not bode that their sweetheart become a professional tennis player, father and mother Snezana Veselin wanted only to children growing up healthy, far from the street and vice, and they were kept in the schools and training. In tennis world Jelena Jankovic (which is from early childhood, of all the gifts, most radovala lopticama) introduced the older brother Marko. Experts have umeli to say that it was already "too late". But Jelena them is denied. Very quickly, of the first steps tennis, came to the first triumph and the title.
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One of the anecdotes about JJ says that would really be too late, that brother, and sister, not much has started to transfer the ball over the network. " Namely, of what they find in the house, created the network, razvukli over the terrace, a hard cover book and school books turned in the racket. That is, in fact, all began.
This year Jankovićeva the "come" in the first place WTA list, and became world number one. What is a dream for years, and what is valuable and hard work, achieved this season. Dvadesettrogodišnja teniserka is so, not only became the No1 women's tennis, but also the personality of the year in Serbia. In the traditional survey magazine STATUS eighty public figures chosen by a Jelena Jankovic for positives in 2008.
To come to this, the time was not an easy disaffirm much that her family was the main refuge and support, and when, after a series of nine defeats mean that it is time to withdraw from tennis, persistence and faith in the you are overbear and our tennis player played her best party. I continued to be "up" to the very top, that this year took top position.

However, this is not the first time that Jelena "1" World tennis.

As in Serbia of the nineties, when he started to hit ball in the cold ground "balloon Red Star", there were no conditions for quality training, went to America. After only a few months Jelena's stay in Florida came a call from the tennis maga Nika Bolitijerija, that the "new tennis wonder of the child", as he later called, with the other talents in his tennis camp. In this way, this, but then dvanaestogodišnja girls got the opportunity to share their talent in pretoči success.
"We are murky sredili apartment in Belgrade, renovirali it, and we had to sell it to paying Jelena travel. As many and we all have organized, everything was about his own expense. It was difficult, not what, but we believe in Jelena, "tell in an interview her mother Snezana.
I became all the results are visible. With 15 years won the first of the granf slam junior competition - Australian Open Championship in Melbourne and become the world No. 1 "(in the competition). But next year she played a professional tennis and with only eight Profi tournament due to the 197th City WTA list. But then the tennis experts "opazili" this young Belgrade, prognozirajući that will mature in the top, with one of the best dvoručnih bekenda in the world. In the first 100 is entered in 2003. Go-Dine, a championship in 2005. Jelena was on the 22nd the best place teniserki. In the next season is less of victory, but also difficult defeat (of which the above mentioned and nine in a row) in the first few months of 2006. fell on the 40th place. Very quickly, when they even many "scratch", she returned to the top twenty, and then, until today, continued to be up to the "throne". And, now is there, with numerous titles, rewards, recognition. She is number one.
"It is not easy to succeed in anything. It takes a lot of work, effort and sacrifice. I'm played a piano, along with tennis. I choose tennis because a love of sport and the ball that occupies a special place in my heart. 12 and a half years I went to the America, without the knowledge of languages, far from the family. All I worked alone, without a lot of help, which has formed me as a person. I know what I want, self-pursued goal. I was not sure that I will be dealing with professional tennis, much less that will be number one, but I'm so proud now to myself, "says best player in the world.
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In several occasions, in various interviews, both for domestic and foreign media, Jelena told that her tennis model has always been Monica Seles.
"Long time know and it is my mentor. She is a great athletes, great and plemenitoj person", emphasized Jelena.
In the life of the model are her parents, because, as claimed, it is easier because it has the support of family. And at the tournament (almost) never go without mom.
"Models in the life are my parents who have made me a healthy, cheerful and successful person, providing me and my brothers infinitely love and support in everything," she said in an interview Janković and added: "Only my parents and I know how time, work and effort was needed to come to this place where I am now, how many kilometers I ran on the tennis courts. But vredelo each shed sweat drops, because this is my job and my goal is to work that I do the best in the world. "
This is not the ultimate goal Jelena. It emphasizes that there's a dream does not end here, because she wants to win the first grand slam, then all four rain slem tournament.

"My goal is winning one of the grand slem tournament, and my dream is to win all four. I will work hard and try to improve the game and be even better. I hope that my best time will come," said Jelena.
JJ, as it is called before all foreign media, is for the good-mannered girl, top professionals, public figures who have great communication with the "seventh force". American journalists write that the prototype looks ideal athlete. Harizmatičan smile always nasmejane teniserke to Eurosport, declared for her trademark. And when, from the entertainment, fashion prošetala Pista, arrived and concrete offer. You are the film directors.
In Hollywood is recorded an ad for "Reebok" which izrodio short documentary, and in cooperation with the actress Britni Snou (Britney Snow).
"She was my director. Our two every day we have different activities, went to shopping, to the training ... and to be recorded. Since the material is Britni made filmčić, a few minutes about me. Whether we admit that the inspiration received my return to the winner rhythm, because I had a series of nine defeats after that I thought about giving up on the tennis. It is time fascinirana like to record my exit from the crisis, sought to acting as I am sad, as we do not go, all that is and any najtežeg during the period of my career. Even me nagovarala to pay. First, I told her that they can not to pay only so, for no reason, especially when it is not all about me. However, turned my head, and when they see me tearful , začudili are. Lila I suze without any problems. So, I love challenges, and acting very interested in me, "tell the future may be an actress, in one of his interviews.
During the stay in Miami, družila and with glumačkom team holivudskih scale: Jennifer Aniston, Vudi Harelson oven and Wilson.
"I met a lot more actors. Vudi joking that would like to overplay his wife in a film because I have acted as a commander who likes a lot to diriguje, and would therefore be ideal for the role. Of course, I was only smiled and not him realized seriously. More we enjoy your suggestion to the good plays in the field and outside it, although they are not right. All you see is a sincere, so I'm kind of the present, "said JJ.
And then realized as the "actress". Jelena in the film world, which is created and directed Tanja Brzaković, "game" is himself. And, again, TVR-di, the so what is.
"The aim of this film is that people become more familiar with me, to see that I'm normal and modest girl. I was to one day, when my tennis story 'and went to the pension, my new profession is related to acting."
So the audience in Serbia given the opportunity to canvas bioskopskom see how life looks like our best teniserke, what works in your free time, how to look (shot and one with Žastin Enan, then the first women's world racquet), but time and acting in Jankovićeva gets the role of the mother.
"Zastin on the training tried to hit me hard balls, although the point was to exchange strokes in the middle. probobly she wanted to put me to know that is better than me lol, and that she can beat me and on the training. That bother me, and me the coach often calm down saying that should not be touching me. I had to focus on themselves, the game and strokes, to practice themselves. I was just what we should improve the game, because my training is very important, but not result during exercise. In pregnancy, when they told me the theme, I was embarrassed. I did not know how to befallen, what to do, how to think in that way. The second was the song that gave me something easier, svakodnevnije, with which meet more often. But this I'm pregnant, and to call mom and talk with her, in fact alone with them, because izmišljam talk ... I need to have imaginative. "
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This is, however, was the only time Jelena star. But, she notes that it is not cancel, but to the whole story odložila for fewer obligations. This year, wanted to realize their tennis goals, because it is in the best, while the sport after a career devoted to the attention of the stars, because it would prefer to deal with this in the future.
Van courts Jelena is always doterana, našminkana, sređena, a fetish her Nail polish. Many of the clothes that take-it on the creation. Made the two magazines for the fashion house, "Mona".
"We presented glamurozne toalete with emphasis on the new year. This is something that I wore on the red carpet," she says

and stressed that it helps in the creation of mother Snezana.

"I've created garments for Beijing and the U.S. Open. Both were a lot of praise and I am very happy about it. I felt great in them, feminine and comfortable. It's nice to play in the equipment that you have created."
Easy and sujeverna, and before each game has the same ritual. First očešlja, well zategne hair, which is associated with the tail, namaže gelom would not have to fix hair in the field and embraced the music, mostly Madone or Džastina Timberlejka. At the tournaments always rise at the same time, same breakfast food, in the same cabin is presvlači and all work the same as the previous day. End of the chairs and all-renu again has its own line. Bottle with water, energy drink, banana, raisin, towels, everything is sorted in the same way.
"When you win always repeat all that I worked the previous day. Just so I feel better."
The success and popularity are not changed. Free time, although it has very little, spend with family, friends, dear people themselves, read books, swimmer game basket, travel. We are working hard to make a balance between work and other activities, and that it never absent smile on his face, because they do not want to be tennis all her life, but to enjoy other things.
"We are working hard to me popularity does not change and to stick firmly with both feet on the ground. I have great fighter and I had a lot to do to achieve all this, but we is not sorry about it. Enjoy your life and that is not so, digla like a hand of all. "



Event that you remained in the beautiful memories:
End of 2008 tennis season. in the first place the world list.
Personality that has marked a positive year:
Angelina Džoli - the best actress, mother of six children and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
What we lack is the highest in the past year:
Free time that I spent with family and friends
Lie, which is marked year:
I do not have time to do research lies, a lot of serious and responsible work.
Personality, which is negatively marked the year:
About Džej Simpson who has just sentenced to prison for more
criminal acts.
Event that you want to forgot:
Misinterpretation of my statement in some media.

MaBaker
Jan 5th, 2009, 06:51 PM
magazine Status chose Jelena for person of the year in Serbia
Good choice

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/5180/43250515fc3.jpg

But this picture for a cover...not so good choice

-NAJ-
Jan 6th, 2009, 04:17 PM
Jelena Jankovic signs with IMG
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Jelena Jankovic signs with IMG

No. 1 Ranked Tennis Star Chooses IMG for Exclusive, Worldwide Management and Marketing Representation

Last update: 10:55 a.m. EST Jan. 6, 2009
NEW YORK, NY and LONDON, Jan 06, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Global sports and entertainment company IMG today announced that international tennis star, winner of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon 2007 alongside partner Jamie Murray and the No. 1 ranked player on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Jelena Jankovic, has signed with the company for exclusive, worldwide marketing and management representation effective January 1, 2009. Jankovic, 23, will also join IMG Models, the world's No. 1 international model management firm.

Fernando Soler, Head of IMG's Tennis Division, said, "We are extremely pleased to add a player of Jelena's caliber to the list of great champions we represent. Her reputation, both on and off the court is unparalleled."
Ivan Bart, Senior Vice President of IMG Models added, "We are equally pleased to have Jelena join our roster of celebrity clients."
In making the announcement, Gavin Forbes, Senior Vice President, said, "Jelena is an athlete of enormous talent and unlimited potential. Jelena has distinguished herself as the No.1 player in the world and with her warm personality and fantastic smile she is an extremely popular competitor. IMG looks forward to working with Jelena at this exciting time in her career."
Jankovic's tennis management team at IMG will be led by Caroline Lacy, IMG London.
Jankovic, who has recently been crowned ITF World Champion added, "IMG is a global company and a leader not only in tennis, but entertainment, fashion and modeling as well. I'm very excited to partner IMG and look forward to working with them on a variety of exciting tennis, marketing and endorsement opportunities."

IMG is the leading client management company in tennis. IMG represents some of the world's top men and women tennis players. The company's roster of top tennis clients includes many of today's superstars: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and James Blake. In addition, IMG owns, manages or represents many of the world's leading tournaments including Sony Ericsson Open, Australian Open, Chennai Open and Wimbledon, among many others.
About IMG Sports & Entertainment
Operating in 30 countries, IMG Sports & Entertainment's diverse businesses include: product and brand licensing; consulting services; event ownership and management; collegiate marketing, media and licensing; fashion events and models representation; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic and action sports. IMG Academies are the world's largest, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

iheartjelenaj
Jan 6th, 2009, 04:22 PM
IMG? Never heard of it, at least directly...

JadeFox
Jan 6th, 2009, 06:10 PM
Jelena Jankovic signs with IMG
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w170/jesi3781/tennis/jelenajankovic-12.jpg

Jelena Jankovic signs with IMG

No. 1 Ranked Tennis Star Chooses IMG for Exclusive, Worldwide Management and Marketing Representation

Last update: 10:55 a.m. EST Jan. 6, 2009
NEW YORK, NY and LONDON, Jan 06, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Global sports and entertainment company IMG today announced that international tennis star, winner of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon 2007 alongside partner Jamie Murray and the No. 1 ranked player on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Jelena Jankovic, has signed with the company for exclusive, worldwide marketing and management representation effective January 1, 2009. Jankovic, 23, will also join IMG Models, the world's No. 1 international model management firm.

Fernando Soler, Head of IMG's Tennis Division, said, "We are extremely pleased to add a player of Jelena's caliber to the list of great champions we represent. Her reputation, both on and off the court is unparalleled."
Ivan Bart, Senior Vice President of IMG Models added, "We are equally pleased to have Jelena join our roster of celebrity clients."
In making the announcement, Gavin Forbes, Senior Vice President, said, "Jelena is an athlete of enormous talent and unlimited potential. Jelena has distinguished herself as the No.1 player in the world and with her warm personality and fantastic smile she is an extremely popular competitor. IMG looks forward to working with Jelena at this exciting time in her career."
Jankovic's tennis management team at IMG will be led by Caroline Lacy, IMG London.
Jankovic, who has recently been crowned ITF World Champion added, "IMG is a global company and a leader not only in tennis, but entertainment, fashion and modeling as well. I'm very excited to partner IMG and look forward to working with them on a variety of exciting tennis, marketing and endorsement opportunities."

IMG is the leading client management company in tennis. IMG represents some of the world's top men and women tennis players. The company's roster of top tennis clients includes many of today's superstars: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and James Blake. In addition, IMG owns, manages or represents many of the world's leading tournaments including Sony Ericsson Open, Australian Open, Chennai Open and Wimbledon, among many others.
About IMG Sports & Entertainment
Operating in 30 countries, IMG Sports & Entertainment's diverse businesses include: product and brand licensing; consulting services; event ownership and management; collegiate marketing, media and licensing; fashion events and models representation; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic and action sports. IMG Academies are the world's largest, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.


Oooh major power play on her part here. IMG is the home of Roger, Rafa, Maria, and Nole. Our JJ wants to play with the big boys.:cool::yeah:

Snex
Jan 6th, 2009, 06:10 PM
IMG sponsored her and financed her tennis education at Nick Bolletieri's Academy when she was kid. It is absolutely OK to continue co-operation with them. Well done JJ. :yeah:

Ian Aberdon
Jan 6th, 2009, 06:23 PM
Some of our older &/or American friends may remember Mark McCormack. I remember him from commentating on golf in the 70s/80s, but the Late Mark McCormack (he sadly passed away a few years ago) founded the IMG Group into one of the biggest Sports Marketing & Promotion companies in the world.

JJ has made a good choice I think.

Snex
Jan 6th, 2009, 06:31 PM
I remember him from commentating on golf in the 70s/80s

Hey, Ian! It seems that you're my generation... :lol: :hug: :lol:

Ian Aberdon
Jan 6th, 2009, 07:27 PM
:lol:

Not sure how expert McCormack was on golf, but as I recall his Organization either had golfing clients or hosted big tournaments in the States. He therefore muscled his way into the commentary box thanks to this - i heard him the UK (mainly on the Open) but I assume he commentated in the USA also.

He became a quite good commentator though on golf.

Snex
Jan 6th, 2009, 08:33 PM
Well, I am now 30+ and I don't remember him, though McCormack sounds very familiar to me...

iheartjelenaj
Jan 8th, 2009, 12:13 AM
:lol: :o :rolleyes:

http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=26829


Ivanovic signs with IMG

IMG might still be smarting after losing out to CAA in the tussle to win representation of Andy Murray but there is reason to celebrate with women's world no.1 Jelena Jankovic is the latest addition to the impressive tennis roster.

The 23 year-old Serb, who has long regarded the IMG (formerly Nick Bollettieiri's) Academy in Bradenton, Florida as a training base, joins the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams. She will also join IMG Models, the world's No. 1 international model management firm.

Jankovic has turned her back on Octagon's management after three years. "We are extremely pleased to add a player of Jelena's caliber to the list of great champions we represent," Fernando Soler, Head of IMG's Tennis Division, said. "Her reputation, both on and off the court is unparalleled."

Gavin Forbes, Senior Vice President, added: "Jelena is an athlete of enormous talent and unlimited potential. Jelena has distinguished herself as the No.1 player in the world and with her warm personality and fantastic smile she is an extremely popular competitor. IMG looks forward to working with Jelena at this exciting time in her career."

Jankovic, whose management team will be based in London under the guidance of Caroline Lacey, said: "IMG is a global company and a leader not only in tennis, but entertainment, fashion and modeling as well. I'm very excited to partner IMG and look forward to working with them on a variety of exciting tennis, marketing and endorsement opportunities."

louisa.
Jan 8th, 2009, 12:16 AM
Huh?! :spit: :spit:

iheartjelenaj
Jan 8th, 2009, 12:25 AM
yea, i kno, right? There is definitely a BIG difference between these two players.

Ian Aberdon
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:11 AM
Tsk Tsk!! :lol:

RFS
Jan 8th, 2009, 07:56 AM
Someone in editorial deserves a bit of a smack!

~Kiera~
Jan 8th, 2009, 02:43 PM
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/08/sports/TEN-Hong-Kong.php

Venus beats Jankovic in Hong Kong exhibition

HONG KONG: Venus Williams showed no signs of rustiness after a four-week break, defeating No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-2 Thursday at an exhibition tournament ahead of the Australian Open.

"I've always been a good player off the jump," Williams said. "That's kind of always been the way I've played throughout my career. I never played a lot of big warm-up events. Coming to tournaments, I've always been able to play well when I entered."

Williams' win tied Team Americas with Team Europe at 1-1. Argentina's Gisela Dulko will play Hungary's Agnes Szavay later Thursday. The winner will play Team Russia.

The team-format event in Hong Kong is a tuneup for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 19 in Melbourne.

Williams served and hit powerfully, while Jankovic appeared sluggish, with serves lacking pace and erratic groundstrokes.

Jankovic said she is usually a slow starter and adjusting to a bulkier body following an offseason fitness program.

"I need more time to adjust, to get my rhythm and feel the court, feel the ball," Jankovic said. "You could see, I was very, very slow out there. My reactions were quite slow."

Williams also beat Jankovic in the semifinals of the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha, Qatar, on her way to winning the title.

The American broke in the first and third games to go up 4-0 in the first set. Jankovic squandered four break points in the sixth game to fall 5-1 behind, and Williams served two aces and hit a down-the-line forehand winner to close out the set.

Jankovic dropped serve in the third game of the second set to trail 2-1. She missed a forehand in the seventh game to give Williams a second break and a 5-2 lead. Williams served an ace and two other serves forced errors in the next game to clinch victory.

Brena
Jan 8th, 2009, 02:49 PM
"I need more time to adjust, to get my rhythm and feel the court, feel the ball," Jankovic said. "You could see, I was very, very slow out there. My reactions were quite slow."

maybe just a little.

Kampi
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:16 PM
Thx Sarah:wavey::D

I hope she will find her rhythm and speed quick.:scared:

RFS
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:37 PM
Lord... ok that was quite a pounding then.

Ian Aberdon
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:15 PM
Hopefully she'll have adjusted when the real action starts.

Brena
Jan 8th, 2009, 07:21 PM
I don't really have anything to add, I just want to show you my new name. :yippee:
But I have to remove Katharine Hepburn from my avi now, it just doesn't feel right. :unsure:

EDIT: I just read in a paper (24 Sata) that JJ was nominated by Queeria (it's a Serbian gay association...I think) for the hottest/coolest (it's hard to define what ''naj'' means) chick in 2008: http://www.queeria.com/Seks.aspx?id=8045&grid=2049&page=1 You can vote by clicking ''GLASANJE'' (at the bottom of the page), but I voted for Indira Radić, I just couldn't resist, sorry JJ, you are trashy but not enough :sobbing:
http://img308.imageshack.us/img308/2701/23sc.jpg

дalex
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:11 PM
I don't really have anything to add, I just want to show you my new name. :yippee:


Zoja! :eek:

You changed name just to please Costanza, didn't you? :lol:

Brena
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:16 PM
Zoja! :eek:

You changed name just to please Costanza, didn't you? :lol:

I was hoping to make him stop copy/pasting the post saying ''patriJJota :kiss:'' as a reply to all my posts and start copy/pasting the one which says ''Lepa Bena fan :haha:'' for a change. I haven't seen that one in a long time.

дalex
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:20 PM
Yeah, just as I thought...:lol:

Dunno if Stanzie will realise it's you!? What am I talking, of course he will! Your posts in Ana threads are pretty unique, esp when she loses. :rolls:

Brena
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:38 PM
Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62
Views: 244 Posted By Costanza
Re: Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62
:worship::haha:
Forum: General Messages Today, 01:14 PM
Replies: 243 Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62
Views: 244 Posted By Costanza
Re: Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62

:kiss:
Forum: General Messages Today, 01:10 PM
Replies: 243 Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62
Views: 244 Posted By Costanza
Re: Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62

PatriJJota No.2:hug:
Forum: General Messages Today, 01:08 PM
Replies: 243 Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62
Views: 244 Posted By Costanza
Re: Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62

PatriJJota:hug:
Forum: General Messages Today, 01:04 PM
Replies: 243 Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62
Views: 244 Posted By Costanza
Re: Hong Kong: V. Williams def. "Number One" Jankovic 62 62

:worship:Queen Vee:worship:
Jankovic:wavey:
Forum: General Messages Yesterday, 01:38 PM
Replies: 100 Brisbane 2r: [1] Ana Ivanović saves 2 MPs to beat [Q] Roberta Vinci 67(4) 75 61.
Views: 3,266 Posted By Costanza
Re: Brisbane 2r: [1] Ana Ivanović saves 2 MPs to beat [Q] Roberta Vinci 67(4) 75 61.

PatriJJota:hug:
Forum: General Messages Jan 5th, 2009, 11:23 PM
Replies: 39 Ana Has Split From Sven
Views: 1,792 Posted By Costanza
Re: Ana Has Split From Sven

:haha:

Stanzie is a living legend. :worship: :hug:

Ian Aberdon
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:49 PM
Ms Brena, it's a pleasure to have you on these Forums. I have all your albums....:bowdown:

Tashi
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:55 AM
http://sportal.com.au/tennis-news-display/jankovic-struggles-for-rhythm-63067

"I struggled to get into the match, I felt very slow and I didn't get my rhythm but it is the first match of the season so I cannot expect myself to play the best tennis of my life, so I look forward to playing as many matches as possible and trying to get in form because I haven't played a match in two months," said Jankovic.

"I just came off training and it's so difficult to get back to the playing and finding the rhythm and consistency."

"I have also got a little bit bigger, I have more kilos than I used to have so it is a little bit different and I am not used to that at the moment, so it will take time for me to get used to my new body, the stronger Jelena."

jj_625
Jan 9th, 2009, 07:57 AM
Hey guys, here are just some pages I scanned from the souvenir booklet I got at the JB Group Classic. :)
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y268/iluvkelly625/Jelena%20Jankovic/Book1.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y268/iluvkelly625/Jelena%20Jankovic/book2.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y268/iluvkelly625/Jelena%20Jankovic/Difffaces2.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y268/iluvkelly625/Jelena%20Jankovic/Difffaces1.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y268/iluvkelly625/Jelena%20Jankovic/book3.jpg

-NAJ-
Jan 9th, 2009, 08:32 AM
Thank you :))))

jj_625
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:44 AM
Thank you :))))

No problem :)

~Kiera~
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:59 AM
Thanks for the scans, jj_625 :)

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2009/01/09-picks-jj-com.html

Prediction No. 3: Jelena Jankovic Will Dig Deeper, and Break Through

On the surface, this might seem like the perfect time for Jelena Jankovic to take a major nosedive. By becoming No. 1 last year, the late-blooming Serb has already surpassed any realistic expectations she might have had for herself in her earlier years on tour. This is a woman who just three seasons ago had lost 10 straight matches and begun to contemplate alternative career paths, one of which involved the study of economic theory (man, she was desperate!). While Jankovic has been hard working since—nobody travels or plays more—it's always been in the service of racking up as many wins and as much prize money as possible. Effervescent on court and jokingly philosophical in defeat, she didn’t seem to have the deeply ingrained drive or the sense of herself as the rightful top player in the world that it takes to be a tennis champion. It didn’t even seem to occur to Jankovic until late last year that she could be a Grand Slam champion or become No. 1. Now that she’s done the latter, and almost done the former, will she find the drive to stay where she is? Will she develop a sense of entitlement about her position in the game?

I visited Jankovic for a day at Bollettieri’s during the off-season for a piece that will appear in TENNIS Magazine in a couple of months. It’s easy to see that she’ll never have the stone-cold approach of Steffi Graf or the Williams sisters—JJ laughingly mock-moaned through her early morning hitting session about how she needed “a day off,” while Red Ayme, a coach at the academy, came by and said with a smile, “it wouldn’t be a normal day if Jelena wasn’t complaining.” Rather than a sign of laziness or immaturity, I saw Jankovic’s cheeky ’tude as a method that she had successfully developed for surviving the daily mind-numbing, ball-bashing, sweat-filled grind that is life at Bollettieri’s (she’s been there since she was 12). Without her humor and willingness to be distraced in a normal, human way, she likely would have burned out years ago—it’s happened to thousands of kids before and after her. More important, it was clear to me that Jankovic was working diligently both in practice and in the gym, where she was slamming medicine balls around that I could barely lift above my shoulders.

Jankovic's attitude, as far as I could tell in the course of a few hours, seemed to have been subtly transformed. She talked about her pride at becoming No. 1 and in particular at becoming the first Serbian woman to finish a season at No. 1 (not like what’s-her-face who won the French Open). She said that the latter part of 2008—from reaching the Open final to winning three tournaments in a row to clinching the top spot—had taught her a lot about herself and what she could accomplish. She regretted not putting Serena away when she had her on the ropes in the second set at Flushing, but she seemed to have accepted her mistake and was learning from it in her practices. These revolved around getting her prepared and in position for the big returns of serve that inevitably come from the top women (especially off her fairly weak delivery), and forcing her to rotate her upper body more on her forehand so she gets a little more stick on the ball. Jankovic had visibly bulked up—she said, laughing of course, that she’s “too strong” now—and it was helping on her forehand side.

I used to think that Jankovic needed to block out all of her beloved distractions if she wanted to win a Slam. I thought that not doing that indicated that she wasn’t fully committed to winning the big events. Now I’m starting to believe that the on-court smiles and stares and chatter may be essential to her sanity as a player. It will be intriguing, and the biggest question of the year on the women’ side, to see if she can keep the old effervescence, keep letting off steam, and still make herself into a major champion who can stare down the Williams sisters on a regular basis.

Judging from her late-2008 results and enthusiastic approach to her work this winter at Nick’s, I’d say Jankovic will pull off her long-awaited Slam victory in 2009. The Williamses will always be a problem; they’re too strong and powerful for her if they’re playing well. But Jankovic is the proverbial defensive cockroach who will hang around and grab her chance when either Venus or Serena offer it—her career record against the two of them is a more than respectable 8-8. As far as her Serbian rival Ivanovic, for the moment it's Jankovic who's the one with a solid training team in place behind her—it includes Justine Henin's old fitness guru, Pat Etcheberry—while Ivanovic is going through some growing, and coaching, pains.

Jankovic has a shot at either of the first two majors of the year, the Aussie and French Opens—Wimbledon seems reserved for the queen bees, the Grafs and Williamses of the world. In Melbourne, Jankovic will go in as the top seed at a Slam for the first time. Has she embraced that designation, is it a part of her identity that she won’t want to lose now? It’s hard to tell with the always-ironical and playful JJ—like I said, she’s loose and wise-cracking even when she’s working hard, and she’ll probably always be philosophical and matter-of-fact, rather than emotionally crushed, in defeat. That’s rarely been the recipe for a major champion on the women’s tour, but I think the time has come.

louisa.
Jan 9th, 2009, 11:05 AM
^ nice article :) thanks

Thanks for the scans jj_625 :worship:

Kampi
Jan 9th, 2009, 12:24 PM
Thank you Sarah:wavey::kiss:

Nice one.:D

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2009, 06:55 AM
http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/09/01/10/TENNIS_Jankovic.html

ILLNESS WORRY FOR JANKOVIC

By Andrew Mullen, PA Sport, Hong Kong

World number one Jelena Jankovic is "hoping for the best" after pulling out of her only warm-up event before the Australian Open with flu.

The 23-year-old Serbian was brushed aside in straight sets by Wimbledon champion and in-form world number six Venus Williams in her season opener at the JB Group Classic in Hong Kong on Thursday before a visibly sluggish Jankovic laboured through a doubles match yesterday.

But with the first grand slam of the year beginning in Melbourne in nine days, Jankovic, who has already spoken of her difficulty to deal with her improved physique following a rigorous off-season training camp in Mexico, pulled out ahead of today's final tune-up against China's Zheng Jie.

Jankovic said: "I have been feeling weak and sick for the last couple of days. I have been trying my best to get on the court but I feel slow, I have no reactions and it has been a struggle for me.

"It was a great opportunity for me to play some matches and get in form before the Australian Open but sometimes you cannot control it.

"It is an individual thing, some people might recover in a couple of days while some may take longer. I just have to stay positive.

"There is still just over a week until the Open so I hope I can get better soon and work on my game and get ready for the upcoming grand slam. My main goal now is to get back on court as soon as possible and get ready for the Australian.

"I haven't been feeling well, it's a long way coming to Hong Kong and my immune system is down as I have been training very hard and I think I have reached my limit so it is easy to get sick being surrounded by a lot of people and with the time zone and change of climate it takes its toll on the body but I will try and stay optimistic and hope for the best."

Last year Jankovic posted a world-leading 65 match wins on tour, picking up four titles and reaching her maiden grand slam final at the US Open.

She began 2008 with a quarter-final appearance in Sydney before losing to eventual Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals in Melbourne.

Cat123
Jan 10th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Prediction No. 3: Jelena Jankovic Will Dig Deeper, and Break Through

:hearts: I want to frame that article and stick it on my wall. Great read.

I'm ignoring the second article...

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:22 AM
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24904404-12428,00.html

Flu-hit Jankovic vows to be fit for Open

MARK STEVENS, Melbourne
January 13, 2009 12:30am

JELENA Jankovic did more to promote cold and flu tablets than her apparel sponsor Reebok at Melbourne Park yesterday.

The world's No. 1 women's player coughed, sneezed and spluttered her way through a practice session at Rod Laver Arena two days after withdrawing from a Hong Kong exhibition event because of illness.

Jankovic looked lethargic throughout the 15 minutes the media were allowed to look on from the stands, but images of the major drawcard blowing her nose were of no concern to Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.

Tiley spoke with Jankovic on her arrival in Melbourne on Sunday and is confident she will be fit for the Grand Slam title, starting on Monday.

"I saw her yesterday because I meet all the players when they arrive and talk to them. I had read reports she was not in good health, but she was fine," Tiley said yesterday.

"I had a chat to her for about 10 minutes. By all accounts and feedback, she's fine and ready to come in as the No. 1 seed and player in the world. She wants to have a shot at winning this event."

Tiley has helped organise West Australian Miles Armstrong as Jankovic's hit-up partner.

Armstrong has been booked in for three weeks, a sign that Jankovic isn't planning to go anywhere in a hurry.

The 23-year-old Serbian told officials in Hong Kong that she had been struck down by a stomach ailment.

"I have been weak and sick for the last couple of days," Jankovic, a semi-finalist at the Australian Open last year, told the crowd.

Playing in Hong Kong as her only preparation for the Australian Open, Jankovic lost to Venus Williams 2-6, 2-6 on Thursday. She appeared sluggish and erratic.

But Tiley stopped a long way short of panic mode when Jankovic pulled out of the teams event in Hong Kong.

"Hong Kong is an exhibition. It doesn't surprise us when they pull out of exhibitions," Tiley said. "If they are not 100 per cent, the players tend to do that."

Other big names to hit up at Melbourne Park yesterday included Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Fernando Gonzalez, Marat Safin, Tommy Haas and Marcos Baghdatis.

louisa.
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:33 AM
apparel sponser Reebok
:scratch:Someone hasn't done his homework..

:sad: I do hope she'll be ok, although this
The world's No. 1 women's player coughed, sneezed and spluttered her way through a practice session at Rod Laver Arena
does nothing to boost my confidence :rolls:
maybe he's just in need of a little drama :awww:

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2009, 01:50 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/open-performances-when-all-the-worlds-a-stage/2009/01/12/1231608618170.html

Open performances when all the world's a stage

MARIA Sharapova has already announced that she won't be seen, Venus Williams doesn't want to be seen, and Jelena Jankovic sees the world as her stage. Ana Ivanovic, meanwhile, remains the contender everyone wants to see.

So was the scene at Melbourne Park yesterday, where three leading hopes for the Australian Open women's crown got their eyes in ahead of next Monday's start to the first grand slam of the year.

With Sharapova unable to shake a shoulder injury in time to defend her title, organisers praying for a withdrawal-scare-free week would have blanched at the news that world No. 1 Jankovic had shortened last week's Hong Kong hit-out citing a virus. Her presence on court two yesterday morning, sweating and scowling her way through a vigorous workout, was welcomed. A teensy hint of melodrama tends to follow Jankovic, the self-styled Serbian princess who rose to the top ranking by year's end despite not winning a major and reaching only one slam final, at the US Open. There were heavy sighs aplenty in yesterday's session, often directed at her Spanish coach, Ricardo Sanchez.

"Move, move," Sanchez implored his charge. There were hints that her health might not be as rude as she would like, with Jankovic panting heavily and sinking hands to knees several times during her 15-minute window in front of the cameras. A distressed Jankovic is hardly a novel sight; her last Melbourne outing, a semi-final loss to Sharapova last January, included a medical break and a bizarre post-match rant about the painkillers she was popping and how she didn't want to end up like Heath Ledger.

Yesterday's unease may have simply been down to working hard while throwing off an annoying bug, and Sanchez seemed unconcerned about anything beyond the fitness of her backhand and forehand.

"This important — many ball, many ball," he told an onlooker, before turning on Jankovic again and providing a theatrical demonstration of how she should be hitting through the ball, not up and over it. If Jankovic was taking notice, she hid it well.

Perhaps she was miffed at not getting first run on the main stage, where compatriot Ivanovic slugged it out alongside her Australian trainer Scott Byrnes.

The 2008 runner-up was all smiles, perhaps still thinking about the teenage ball boy who proposed to her in Queensland recently, although more likely happy to be back in a city she loves and over the dizziness and lethargy that forced her withdrawal from the Brisbane International.

Last season was a breakthrough for Ivanovic, who rose to No. 1 in the world after winning the French Open, but then had a spate of injuries that limited her preparation for the last two majors of the year and kept her out of the Beijing Olympics.

She is fit now and she appeared to relish hitting a ball over a net, over and over.

It's easy to smile when your life as a tennis pro is only five years old. Add another decade on the merry-go-round, and you might be moved to break off from your warm-up, call your nearest lackey, and order the removal of those pesky cameras that have come to watch you hit a ball.

When you've been playing as long as Venus Williams, it must be hard to see tennis as a game.

schorsch
Jan 12th, 2009, 01:55 PM
stop confusing us you evil media people :sad: :mad:

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2009, 02:27 PM
From South China Morning Post (published a couple of days ago)

Sick Jankovic races to recover for Oz

Jelena Jankovic had put a brave face on some indifferent form this week - and many at the JB Group Classic were wondering what was wrong with the Serbian world number one.

Yesterday the 23-year-old came clean.

Jankovic pulled out of her Silver Group finals singles match against Zheng Jie with the flu - and now faces a anxious wait before the first grand slam event of the year, the Australian Open, which starts on January 19.

"I have a flu and I've been feeling weak and sick for the last couple of days," said Jankovic.

"I've been trying my best to go on the court but it is obvious that I feel slow and have no reactions. It's really been a struggle for me.

"I really wanted to go out there for the crowd. I think it was a great opportunity for me to play some matches and get some form before the Australian Open but sometimes you cannot control it. Nobody likes to be sick, now I'm on medication and I have to rest and try to recover as fast as possible and then we will see how everything will go."

Jankovic said she had been suffered from a fever and woke in the morning with no energy. She had been played off the court in her opening singles match on Thursday against Venus Williams, losing 6-2, 6-2, and had looked sluggish in her second doubles match with partner Michelle Larcher de Brito yesterday as they lost to Zheng and Sania Mirza 6-1, 6-1.

"The doctor told me I had to rest," said Jankovic. "I'm on antibiotics and I have to take this course and just hope for the best. It is still one week before the [Australian] Open, so I hope to get better but who knows?"

Jankovic was due to fly to Melbourne last night and said she would continue to train and hope her health would clear.

"I wish I had the energy to play. It would be nice to get some matches but I wasn't able to give my maximum and it was a struggle," she said.

Larcher de Brito stepped up as Jankovic's replacement but was no match for the impressive Zheng, as the Chinese world number 24 led Team Asia Pacific to the Silver Group title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

"Every step I take is good and I hope to do well at the Australian Open," she said.

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2009, 02:35 PM
Another one from the South China Morning Post

It is probably no coincidence that since Ricardo Sanchez took over the reins as a full-time coach with Jelena Jankovic, the Serb has occupied the number one spot in the world. But the Spaniard plays down his role and says it is his charge who should get all the credit.

"Yes, I have been her full-time coach for one year now. And it has been easy working with her. She is fully motivated and a very hard worker. She loves her tennis and treats it more like a hobby than a serious pursuit. This has helped," says Sanchez.

The pair were on the road for 10 months last year as Jankovic ended a remarkable season with a co-tour best 65 victories, four new titles on her mantelpiece, her first taste of a grand slam final and semi-final places in the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

"It was tough," says Sanchez. "She finished 2008 as the world's number one. Now the goal is to continue being number one, win a grand slam and, most of all, improve her tennis."

Although 23, Jankovic still travels with her parents most of the time. And the support of her family helps, says Sanchez, who has been a coach for over 20 years.

"As you know, travelling is the hardest part of being a professional. It is all glamorous in the first few years when you are going to new places, but after about five years, that all stops. Luckily, she has her family around her, and I'm also regarded as part of her family. They all treat me like one of them and it makes things easier on the road.

"It might look good to the outsider who only sees these girls travelling and apparently living the high life. But sometimes I wish we could spend the evening at home with a glass of red wine and eat a good piece of Spanish ham," he said.

Brena
Jan 12th, 2009, 02:55 PM
Ana Ivanovic, meanwhile, remains the contender everyone wants to see.

I don't! :sobbing:

and over the dizziness and lethargy that forced her withdrawal from the Brisbane International.

I thought Amelie forced her out of Brisbane. :confused:

Jelena Jankovic had put a brave face on some indifferent form this week

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k183/charnufc72/l3578398.jpg

Are they sure ''brave'' is the right adjective? :scratch:

~Kiera~
Jan 12th, 2009, 03:26 PM
I thought Amelie forced her out of Brisbane. :confused:

She did, but they didn't want that small little matter to get in the way of a good story about Ana ;)

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k183/charnufc72/l3578398.jpg

Are they sure ''brave'' is the right adjective? :scratch:

:lol:

Perhaps miserable sod sounded a bit mean ;)

Cat123
Jan 12th, 2009, 03:59 PM
She got to the semi final at Wimbledon did she? :rolleyes: I must have been in another universe that day then. You know, the one when I was sitting courtside when she got thrashed in R4...

дalex
Jan 12th, 2009, 04:29 PM
If Jankovic was taking notice, she hid it well.

That's my girl! :inlove:

Brena
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:24 PM
She got to the semi final at Wimbledon did she? :rolleyes: I must have been in another universe that day then. You know, the one when I was sitting courtside when she got thrashed in R4...

No, she lost in the SF to the eventual winner Tammy Tanasugarn. (in my universe at least)

louisa.
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:06 PM
I don't! :sobbing:

Me either :sobbing:
I'd wish they'd stop generalising and say stuff like "All of Melbourne will be behind Ana." in the articles :rolleyes: Stupid Herald Sun.

-NAJ-
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:01 PM
New blog on JJ's web site :)

schorsch
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:03 PM
thx NAJ :)

schorsch
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:07 PM
Also, my contract with Prince has expired, so I will be changing racquets soon, but not yet. It takes time to get used to a new racquet, and it's probably not the best thing to do right before a Grand Slam.

this bit killed me :sobbing:

and that sign was JJ on her hk outfit, she says she cant say what she will change to yet.

sneki was sick, too :bigcry: :hug:

plus like ana she will write a column for a newspaper and the $$$ will go to unicef.
can an aussie make sure we get those :p?

дalex
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:09 PM
Great blog! I miss watching her play competitive matches. Monday can't come soon enough...:awww:

So that was JJ sign on her HK outfit? Uhmmm, OK, babe...

Wayn77
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:12 PM
It is probably no coincidence that since Ricardo Sanchez took over the reins as a full-time coach with Jelena Jankovic, the Serb has occupied the number one spot in the world. But the Spaniard plays down his role and says it is his charge who should get all the credit.

"Yes, I have been her full-time coach for one year now. And it has been easy working with her. She is fully motivated and a very hard worker. She loves her tennis and treats it more like a hobby than a serious pursuit. This has helped," says Sanchez.

South China Morning Post? :scratch:

And I thought I was cosmopolitan reading the New York Times ...

Good to finally hear some words from the low-profile Mr Sanchez.

If you are out there Ricardo, how about popping in here occasionally and giving us the low-down?

schorsch
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:15 PM
South China Morning Post? :scratch:

And I thought I was cosmopolitan reading the New York Times ...

Good to finally hear some words from the low-profile Mr Sanchez.

If you are out there Ricardo, how about popping in here occasionally and giving us the low-down?

nobody beats kiera in this department :lol:

~Kiera~
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:47 PM
Thanks, NoleAnaJeca :)

Some people have been wondering what clothes I'll be wearing this year because in Hong Kong last week I was wearing clothes with my initials, JJ on them. Those were my own clothes, though.

Were those initials sewn on by a blind person? :scratch: :lol:

RFS
Jan 13th, 2009, 06:12 PM
Thanks, NoleAnaJeca :)



Were those initials sewn on by a blind person? :scratch: :lol:

LMAO :haha:

MaBaker
Jan 13th, 2009, 07:36 PM
and that sign was JJ on her hk outfit, she says she cant say what she will change to yet.


You gotta be kidding me :eek:
Li Ning :spit: :haha:

Nina.
Jan 13th, 2009, 08:26 PM
Were those initials sewn on by a blind person? :scratch: :lol:

Maybe she did it :scared: :haha:

And when she hasn't decided to what racquet she's going to change, why not stay with Price? They are good for her game I think...and they cannot pay that poorly, can they?

JadeFox
Jan 13th, 2009, 09:37 PM
So that was JJ sign on her HK outfit? Uhmmm, OK, babe...



Were those initials sewn on by a blind person? :scratch: :lol:

Perhaps it's spelled the Serbian way?:shrug:

louisa.
Jan 13th, 2009, 09:37 PM
She'll be writing for The Age?! :hearts:

MagicMilan
Jan 14th, 2009, 12:16 AM
Thanks, NoleAnaJeca :)



Were those initials sewn on by a blind person? :scratch: :lol:
:lol:
Btw, this is a much more positive read :yeah: She's feeling better and that's what matters the most. And she seems hungry for more success :D

Ian Aberdon
Jan 14th, 2009, 06:19 AM
We sure she isn't writing for Hollywood Magazine? :rolleyes:

Something like:

"I was ill, sick, going down fast. But I made it through land, sea & air to Australia. There I had to fight off snakes, spiders & kangaroos to make it to the coast..." :lol:

~Kiera~
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:16 AM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6625123

The fifth-ranked Ivanovic was one of five women to hold the No. 1 ranking last season before giving way to compatriot Jelena Jankovic, who finished as the year-end No. 1 despite the fact she's yet to win a Grand Slam title. Jankovic reached her first major final in New York last September, bowing to Serena Williams, and while some question the legitimacy of her reign as World No. 1 without a major title to her credit, Ivanovic said Jankovic is a deserving No. 1.

"I think if you do well — and obviously Jelena is a great player — and everyone who gets to No. 1 position deserves it," said Ivanovic, who held the top spot for 12 weeks. "And it was very, very close (for the year-end top spot) so I think she was tough, she was the most consistent and obviously she deserves it."

Dammit Ana, stop making me like you.

Princeza
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:49 AM
Dammit Ana, stop making me like you.

:lol: Could it be possible? :angel:

дalex
Jan 15th, 2009, 10:56 AM
http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/vesti/text.php?vest=121364
WTA: JJ tournament organized in Belgrade
Thursday, 15 januar 2009. January 2009. 10:14 10:14

Family Jelena Jankovic in cooperation with the marketing agency IMG and with the help of sponsors will try to purchase a license WTA tournament in Berlin, and may already be in 2009. in Belgrade leading female tennis cream, spread "Sport".
Teniserka best wishes to the world in the birthplace of organized tournament but takes some time, a few months and initiatives to achieve and.
Withdrawal of the German capital of WTA tournament, opened the area to deer in the work carried out their intention.

It is expected that the tournament according to the number of contests and the list of participants exceeding tournament Novak Djokovic in the organization and that which is fighting the family of Ana Ivanovic.

The prize fund tournament in Berlin was to be 600,000 dollars, and the term is the last Sunday before the start Rolan Garos, of 18 do 23 maja. to 23 May.
If you wish to realize the family Jankovic, top teniserke would force odmerile probably SRPs "Milan Muškatirović Gale", which will play the ATP tournament and Novak Djokovic.

:spit:

I hope they're not fighting about which family will organize the best tournament in Belgrade! After JJ said she wouldn't be taking part in "Ana's" tournament (because it's not in her schedule) I expect Ana to say the same for "JJ's" since it would be held just a week before FO.

~Kiera~
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:51 AM
:lol: Could it be possible? :angel:

:lol:

Well, it might be a bit of a struggle but perhaps one day I'll be able to manage it ;)

I hope they're not fighting about which family will organize the best tournament in Belgrade! After JJ said she wouldn't be taking part in "Ana's" tournament (because it's not in her schedule) I expect Ana to say the same for "JJ's" since it would be held just a week before FO.

Couldn't we just smack everybody's heads together?

~Kiera~
Jan 15th, 2009, 12:29 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/point-to-prove/2009/01/15/1231608889388.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Point to prove
Linda Pearce
January 16, 2009

JELENA Jankovic's only Australian title came when she was 15, an athletic junior who almost lost in the first round of the girls' event before winning the final.

Back then, in 2001, Jankovic imagined that a glorious senior career at Melbourne Park would follow, yet now concedes that, with a semi-final in 2008 her best result, so far it has not.

"The Australian Open was my first grand slam in juniors, and I would like it to be my first one as a professional, as well," world No. 1 Jankovic told The Age.

"I have great memories from when I was 15, but then since then I haven't played well there at all. Making it to the semis was great last year, even though I was unprepared, but I would like to go further and hopefully win it this time."

On Monday, Jankovic will start as the top seed at a major for the first time, having ended the year as the first No. 1 not to own one of the big four titles.

Some have therefore questioned the legitimacy of the achievement, considering it a victory for quantity over quality and, specifically, for the main beneficiary of Justine Henin's sudden retirement in a year in which Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams had also passed the baton back and forth.

Indeed, Roger Federer was moved to comment last week that he hoped if Andy Murray were ever to become men's No. 1 that he would have won a slam. "Not like the women's side," Federer said.

"No disrespect to Jelena Jankovic but it took Rafa five grand slams to become No. 1."

None of which bothers Jankovic. Fellow Serbs Novak Djokovic (Australian) and Ivanovic (French) won their country's first two big titles in 2008, but only the eldest of the outstanding trio from the small but productive Balkans nation has been able to reign at season's end. When asked which status she would have chosen, the US Open runner-up is unequivocal.

"I would have taken the No. 1 ranking; especially finishing the year as the No. 1 player in the world is really a huge achievement," she said. "Winning a grand slam is also a great result, but it's only being the best for two weeks, and being No. 1 in the world during all the year you have had the best results from all the other players.

"My time will come, I am only 23 years old. There will always be: 'Yeah, but she hasn't reached a final', then I reached the final of the US Open and then when you win a grand slam they're going to say: 'Yeah, but she hasn't won five grand slams, or 10'. It will always be something.

"But I have my goals and that's the most important thing and my goal is to keep working hard, keep improving, keep becoming better and better as a player. My goal for this year is to start winning grand slams and I feel like I have the experience, I feel like I'm mature enough and my five minutes will arrive some time soon."

Fame at home in Belgrade is already assured. One of the divas on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour is the subject of a documentary Jelena's World (Jelenin Svet) that outdid the latest Bond flick at the box office on its opening pre-Christmas weekend.

On the court, Jankovic plays in full make-up, loves fashion, is renowned for her preening theatrics, her love of the spotlight. Indeed, however legitimate her withdrawal from last week's Hong Kong exhibition, there was still some element of eye-rolling among insiders that the attention it created is all part of the attention-lover's dramatic schtick.

For a player who seems to have rarely been without a health issue, Jankovic had arrived in Hong Kong convinced she had finally become as fit as she has always looked. After a two-week Hawaiian holiday with her Olympic water polo-playing boyfriend Mladjan Janovic, she spent another fortnight building her stamina and strength at altitude in Mexico with fitness guru Pat Etcheberry, then a few weeks practising at her base in Bradenton, Florida.

Listed at 177 centimetres and 59 kilograms, she is not exactly Heninesque, but points out that she is smaller physically than the Williams sisters, Ivanovic, Safina, Dementieva et al. "They're by half a head taller and I don't know how much heavier than me, so it's a huge advantage for them, but I feel that that doesn't matter; you don't have to hit a 200 km/h serve to say that you're the best in the world.

"There are other things. Maybe you outmanoeuvre your opponents, use your brain a little bit more. Tennis is not only about the power, it's how well you construct the points. A lot of girls just hit the ball and go for broke, and I don't think that's spectacular either."

This, she believes, could be her time in Australia, having advanced from fourth-round loser to member of the last four last January on a preparation limited by a sinus operation that kept her bedridden during the off-season and then a knee injury suffered at the Hopman Cup.

"To make it into the semi-finals was really a miracle. If somebody told me that before the tournament I wouldn't believe (it)," Jankovic said. "Last year at the beginning was so hard for me and I came down expecting one or two rounds the way I was practising, so this was kind of like a recreational player. I had no expectations whatsoever, I just went out there and I won many matches because of my heart, because of my fighting spirit, not because I have played well.

"That is hugely different from this year. Becoming No. 1 in the world is very hard, but staying there is even harder and you know that all these girls are coming after you, everybody wants to beat you, everybody wants to steal that position from you, so you really need to work harder and be better than everybody else if you want to stay there. So I look forward to playing at the Australian Open and I would like to win it. That is my goal, and I will go after it."

дalex
Jan 15th, 2009, 02:26 PM
^ Thanks, Sar. Waiting for that article to appear in GM. :scared:

Are those "insiders" members of WTAW? :rolls:

Brena
Jan 15th, 2009, 02:55 PM
hush, Alex! The GM is currently preoccupied with Serena's dramatic loss to Demented and threads like ''Serena tanked'', ''Serena didn't tank'', ''Demented is the GOAT'', ''Demented poisoned Serena before the match'', etc., so maybe JJ will be left alone for a while.

~Kiera~
Jan 15th, 2009, 03:16 PM
hush, Alex! The GM is currently preoccupied with Serena's dramatic loss to Demented and threads like ''Serena tanked'', ''Serena didn't tank'', ''Demented is the GOAT'', ''Demented poisoned Serena before the match'',

My personal favourite has to be "Serena: I let Elena win!" because not even Jelena could have come out with what Serena said.

Ian Aberdon
Jan 15th, 2009, 05:37 PM
I MUST head to GM...Serena LET Dementieva win? I can't let that pass! :lol:

-NAJ-
Jan 15th, 2009, 05:39 PM
Dementieva let Serena to win one game in 2nd set . :))

Princeza
Jan 15th, 2009, 05:55 PM
It's either she tanked and should be fined for that or she lost and end of the story. In both case those moronic :weirdo: fans should shut the f!^% up. :weirdo:

Borislove
Jan 15th, 2009, 08:23 PM
JELENA Jankovic's only Australian title came when she was 15, an athletic junior who almost lost in the first round of the girls' event before winning the final.
:lol:
Oh! JJ hasn't changed a lot since then :devil:

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 08:40 PM
Hi! I hope you don't mind me posting here, but I just found an article in the serbian press where JJ says she does not plan to buy the license for a WTA tournament. Since Alex posted another article here about it earlier today, I thought I could post this one too. It's in Serbian, but google translator always helps..

Jelena: I do not want to make WTA TOURNAMENT!
Price plan to move to Berlin tournament in Belgrade are fiction. These things do not interest me, says the best teniserka world. Ana Ivanovic or management do not plan to purchase a license WTA tournament in Berlin



Jelena Jankovic
Now only plans to play tennis ... Jelena Jankovic



Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic have no intention to buy a license WTA tournament in Berlin and move it to Belgrade. The best teniserka the world, despite some information that have occurred, says there is no ambition to organize the tournament in our capital city, while the management Aninog sent to remain in the idea, but not to negotiate with the WTA about the license for the term that is now The Berlin (18 - May 23).

Jelena Jankovic is in the distant Australia was quite surprised when he learned that the published information that he wants, with the help of their marketing home "beds", to organize the tournament instead of Berlin. Poručila It is not to be engaged in such endeavors.

- I really had no idea about it. This is nonsense, absolute fabrication, have no such ambition - briefly poručila Jelena on the occasion of this speculation.

It all started from the news that the Berlin remained without a tournament, that is, to have sponsors in Qatar, more accurately, "Qatar Telecom, decided to return the license back WTA tour, in order to avoid further financial losses. Competition in the German capital is also dropped from calendar for the current season, which opened the area to manipulate on the subject of a new dovlačenja the top women's tennis in the capital Belgrade. The question is how that added the name of Jelena Jankovic and her management agency.

On the other hand, there is a possibility that her colleague from the Fed Cup team requested that the term is now held to Berlin, to the 18th to 23 May, before the Roland Garos. Our capital is already over Ivanovic family and its management announced the opportunity to purchase one of the WTA tournament, but have not succeeded in that order. It was the Austrian "Đenerala lejdis Linc," where the Anči this year in the final shattered Veru Zvonarevu 6:2, 6:1, and announced the end of problems with the injury for which the Olympic Games failed. Despite the good will of the organizers of this competition are thanked, poručivši interested to take on the other side to look for.

And now one of the Berlin, but the management of 21-year Belgrade still does not want to upušta in this adventure, although not yet up from bringing WTA tournament in our capital city.

- As for the license for the tournament, everything is possible. However, just to emphasize that certainly will not organize tournament to replace Berlin in the calendar for 2009, simply because he has too little time. If we organize a tournament, we do in the right way, which means extreme much planning and preparation, which would last much longer than four months - said the Press Gevin versa, representative management team fifth teniserke world.

Džej Džej the first carrier in Melbourne

Jelena Jankovic and Rafael Nadal are set for the first carriers in the Australian Open championship, which starts Monday in Melbourne.

The tennis competition is the other carrier Rodžer Federer, a third Novak Djokovic, who defends šampionsku title. On the fourth place the British Andy Marej, which is due to excellent form at the start of the season declared for the favorite.

The competition teniserki other carrier is American Serena Williams, then the following Ruskinju Dinaru Safina and Jelena Dementjeva, and fifth place is Ana Ivanovic.

http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?view=story&id=56124&sectionId=44

szymek_m1
Jan 15th, 2009, 08:55 PM
I hope they will move this tournament to Warsaw. But I think there's little chance, unfortunately...
I must see JJ live! :)

MagicMilan
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:24 AM
Hi! I hope you don't mind me posting here, but I just found an article in the serbian press where JJ says she does not plan to buy the license for a WTA tournament. Since Alex posted another article here about it earlier today, I thought I could post this one too. It's in Serbian, but google translator always helps..



http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?view=story&id=56124&sectionId=44
Thanks :) You're always welcome here ;)

-NAJ-
Jan 16th, 2009, 02:32 AM
Top Stars Confirmed for Dubai Tennis


DUBAI — World number ones Rafael Nadal and Jelena Jankovic have both confirmed they will be fighting for their share of the $4 million up for grabs at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships next month, a Press release said.


Spanish conquistador Nadal will have something to prove when he returns to the Dubai Tennis Stadium, the scene of his spectacular three-set triumph over Roger Federer in the 2006 final. For although he has enjoyed tremendous success all over the world, winning many of the game’s biggest prizes, he would be the first to admit that he has often fallen short in Dubai.

In his three other appearances Nadal has failed to advance beyond the quarter-final stage. Both in 2005 and 2007 he was stopped by Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, and in 2008 he fell to eventual champion Andy Roddick in a battle worthy of a Grand Slam final.

Nadal soon rebounded from that defeat in the most spectacular fashion, going on to win Roland Garros, Wimbledon and an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, as well as Masters Series titles in Monte Carlo, Hamburg and Toronto and tournaments in Barcelona and at Queen’s. No wonder that in August he finally ascended to number one in the world after he had spent a record 160 weeks waiting at number two behind Federer.

Jankovic will be striving to lift the trophy for the first time, after coming so close in 2005. Playing the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships for the first time since winning a minor event here two years before, she went all the way to the final before losing in a close three sets to then world number one Lindsay Davenport.

The following year she suffered a shock opening round defeat to Elena Likhovtseva, but then recovered to reach the semifinals in 2007. An injury caused her to forfeit that match against Amelie Mauresmo, and in 2008 she fell once more at the semifinal stage, to Svetlana Kuznetsova.

“It is a tribute to all the hard work that so many people have put into the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships that the tournament is able to attract players of such class and calibre,” said Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of tournament owners and organisers Dubai Duty Free.

“So many players enjoy what they find here and like to return, and they are always warmly welcomed both by us and their many fans.”

masterlock
Jan 16th, 2009, 04:59 AM
Hi Guys this article is from the AAustralian open website

Analysis: Jankovic can prove a point

The Melbourne Park computer, which determines the Australian Open draw, has given Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic the best possible chance of proving herself a worthy No. 1 in the rapidly changing hierarchy of women’s tennis.

Jankovic, a part-time Belgrade university student, riled a few of her rivals by being awarded the No. 1 spot in the wake of Justin Henin’s unexpected retirement and Maria Sharapova’s shoulder injury.

She achieved her ambition despite never having won a Grand Slam title. Another computer – one owned by the Women’s Tennis Association – found she was the most consistent women’s player over the last year, and deserved her eminent status for that reason alone.

Now, the Melbourne Park computer has given Jankovic a draw that should enable her to reach the semifinals without too much fuss.

Her most serious threats in the early rounds could come from Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, the 2007 Wimbledon finalist, and Russia’s Nadia Petrova, who has reached the quarterfinals or better at all the majors, but has yet to make a final.

Bartoli, who is seeded 16th, plays with fine touch and a good sense of strategy, as Jankovic does herself, but lacks sufficient fitness. Petrova’s weakness is her temperament – the No. 10 seed occasionally becomes tight in a difficult situation.

Jankovic’s quarterfinal opponent is likely to be another Russian, seventh seed Vera Zvonareva, who in six previous visits to Melbourne has failed to pass the fourth round.

As has been often the case in recent years, Russians figure prominently in the draw, and none can be underestimated.

Jankovic’s semifinal opponent should she make that stage of the tournament may well be Dinara Safina, Marat’s little sister. This will be Safina’s seventh attempt to win the title, and never before has she been seeded as high as third.

Safina has never survived the first week at Melbourne Park, highlighting her vulnerability, but she is growing calmer and less erratic, perhaps helped by Marat’s encouragement. Her cost of living has dipped, too, because she smashes far fewer racquets these days ...

To make a rendezvous with Jankovic or Zvonareva, Safina may have to find a way past talented French youngster Alize Cornet and either fifth seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, or Denmark’s 18-year-old Caroline Wozniacki.

Ivanovic lost to Sharapova in the 2008 final, but then beat Safina in the French Open decider. She seems to have struggled for top form since then, handicapped occasionally by niggling injuries.

In the bottom half of the draw, there is the possibility of another clash between the Williams sisters. But it could only occur in the semifinals, and there are several good reasons it won’t happen at all.

One is that Serena, who is seeded second, could face a difficult early-round match against 18-year-old Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, the recent winner of the Brisbane title. Azarenka herself may have her work cut out in the third round against former champion Amelie Mauresmo of France.

Another danger for Serena could come from the 18-year-old Pole, Agnieszka Radwanska, a regular quarter-finalist in the majors, and soon surely a Grand Slam champion.

Time will tell whether Serena is fit enough to withstand these threats, though her slump against Russia’s Elena Dementieva at Sydney earlier this week did not inspire confidence.

Meanwhile, sister Venus, who has yet to win the Open in nine attempts, should be too powerful for any opponent in her quarter except possibly Dementieva. This will be the hard-hitting Russian’s 11th appearance at the Open, and she has reached the fourth round four times.

Accompanied as always by her mother, a schoolteacher by profession but a tennis coach for Elena’s sake, the world No. 4 has improved with experience and maturity.

Jankovic seems to have the ingredients to beat Safina in one semifinal, with Dementieva edging out Serena in the other. Jankovic should then consolidate her No. 1 status.

Alan Trengove has covered around 130 Grand Slam tournaments as a reporter and feature writer, and covered his first Australian championships in 1953.

Rub
Jan 16th, 2009, 09:44 AM
:)

~Kiera~
Jan 16th, 2009, 09:48 AM
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/jankovics-big-win-will-come-mauresmo-20090116-7j2v.html

Jankovic's big win will come: Mauresmo
Sam Lienert
January 16, 2009 - 7:19PM

French former world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo can empathise with the world's current top-ranked woman Jelena Jankovic, as pressure grows on the Serb to justify her position with grand slam glory.

Since computer rankings commenced in 1975, Jankovic is the first woman to finish a year in top spot without a grand slam title to her name.

It prompted debate about whether the consistent 23-year-old deserves to be acclaimed as the world's best player, ahead of the likes of No.2 Serena Williams, who took her tally of career grand slam titles to nine at last year's US Open.

Mauresmo, who briefly topped the rankings late in 2004, before she had broken through for grand slam wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006, said the situation could build pressure.

"She's consistent and I guess being No.1 is also about being consistent, she is very hard to beat," Mauresmo said of Jankovic.

"But at this point she hasn't won a grand slam.

"I was in that position earlier in my career and you feel that you deserve it, but definitely want to prove it by winning a grand slam."

But Mauresmo said Jankovic, who reached a grand slam final for the first time at the US Open, losing to Williams, would be helped by her youth.

"It makes it harder the longer time goes by," she said.

"For her I think she's still at the beginning, she's been No.1 for the first time last year.

"So it's still in her hands I would say and I think she will make it at some point."

Mauresmo ranks Jankovic and Williams as the two main contenders in Melbourne.

But the 20th seed does not discount her own chances, particularly given her liking for Melbourne Park, where she made her first grand slam final in 1999 and won for the first time in 2006.

"It's always special for me, I've always felt great here, I've played well, I've had some great results here," she said.

Recovering from a thigh injury which caused her to withdraw from her semi-final at last week's Brisbane International, Mauresmo expects to be back to full fitness for her first round meeting with Belarussian Olga Govortsova.

Other players under injury clouds are French 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who withdrew from his Sydney International quarter-final with a back injury, German Nicolas Kiefer, who rolled his ankle during the Hopman Cup, and Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who has an abdominal strain.

But tournament director Craig Tiley said officials had received assurances from all three players that they would be able to play.

~Kiera~
Jan 16th, 2009, 10:07 AM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6625252

Tennis Week is partnering with legendary coach Nick Bollettieri to provide previews and in-depth analysis of the Australian Open, which begins Monday. Nick's Picks previewing the women's seeds are here. To read Nick's preview of the men's seeds, please click this Nick's Pick's men's seeds link. Look for Nick's Picks of the most exciting Melbourne matches on a round-by-round basis in the coming days and please visit his web site Nick's Picks where you can respond to his predictions or pose a question to the coach.

Top 10 Seeds

1. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 130 pounds
Born On: February 28, 1985
Turned Pro: 2000
Current Ranking: 1
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
2008 Titles: Rome, Beijing, Stuttgart, and Moscow
2008 Australian Open: Semifinals

Nick’s Thoughts:
Jankovic ended last year as the top WTA player in the world and has given notice that she intends to stay there. The entire IMG/Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy is thrilled to have her back with IMG and training with her coach and physio at the Academy. It’s like old times: mom and dad on the sidelines, Nick sneaking in the back door of the stadium court and giving a few words of advice and then leaving the same way!
Jankovic was high in the mountains of Mexico for three week before she came to the Academy to train. She is extremely fit, like a tiger ready to attack! To win a Grand Slam Jankovic must slip in a few times to net not only end the point sooner, but also so her opponents know she will no longer let them off the hook. She is a different player coming into 2009. She believes she can beat anyone on any surface, and I think she can too.

2. Serena Williams (USA)
Height: 5-9
Weight: 150 pounds
Born On: September 26, 1981
Turned Pro: September 1995
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 2
2008 Titles: Bangalore, Miami, Charleston, and the US Open
2008 Australian Open: Quarterfinals

Nick’s Thoughts:
If I were pinned to the wall and asked who the best player in the world is and who has the best chance of winning the Aussie Open I would have to bet on Serena or Venus Williams. I say this only if they are completely fit and can endure the 14 days of long matches under the hot sun.
Serena is relentless with her pounding early forehands and backhands. Her serve is a killer. She can move. She can attack. She does it all. Serena will fight to the bitter end and then she will start it all over again! She is as strong as a contender as there is for this title and don’t think, for one second, that she can’t win it.


3. Dinara Safina (Russia)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 154 pounds
Born On: April 27, 1986
Turned Pro: 2000
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 3
2008 Titles: Berlin, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Tokyo
2008 Australian Open: First Round

Nick’s Thoughts:
Safina was the surprise player of 2008, as many coaches and tennis fans knew she could play but all of a sudden something clicked inside of her. She worked her way into the top five and definitely belongs here. She reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open last year and is poised to do even more in 2009. Safina has never had great success Down Under, having never been past the third round but I think that is going to change. She plays very offensive and tries to control every point. Her confidence is a special gift and if you have it you can do all sorts of things. She will definitely play into the second week.


4. Elena Dementieva (Russia)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 141 pounds
Born On: October 15, 1981
Turned Pro: August 1998
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 4
2008 Titles: Dubai, Olympics, and Luxembourg
2008 Australian Open: Fourth Round

Nick’s Thoughts:
Dementieva has already begun 2009 with a bang, as she won the title in Auckland without dropping a set then swept Serena Williams today to reach the Sydney final vs. Safina. She has never been past the fourth round of the Aussie Open in 10 previous appearances, but with the field as wide open as it is this could be her year. Dementieva is as solid as they come from the baseline and she keeps her errors to the bare minimum. For years, she was branded as the "girl who couldn’t serve." She has a well-balanced game, which includes excellent movement, and she isn’t hesitant to come into the net. Dementieva worked extremely hard on her serve and right now I would say it is neutral and not a weakness (thanks to her coaches Harold Solomon and Andy Brandi). She will not hand her opponent the match, you must beat her. Look for her to be playing come week two.


5. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 152 pounds
Born On: November 6, 1987
Turned Pro: August 2003
Current Ranking: 5
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
2008 Titles: Indian Wells, Roland Garros, and Linz
2008 Australian Open: Finals

Nick’s Thoughts:
This is where Ivanovic made her big splash last year, as she reached the finals of her second Grand Slam before falling to Sharapova. She later went on to win the French Open and claim the No. 1 spot in the world in 2008. She was on a roll and all of a sudden the ball was rolling down hill, and she couldn’t stop it!
Publicity, publicity, publicity! Maybe too much of this came too soon for her. She has the guns, and it’s time to start firing them again. I like her chances, but she has to stay focused at all times.

6. Venus Williams (USA)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 160 pounds
Born On: June 17, 1980
Turned Pro: October 1994
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 6
2008 Titles: Wimbledon, Zurich, Tour Championships
2008 Australian Open: Quarterfinals

Nick’s Thoughts:
Life is a mystery where all sorts of things will take place. The last couple of years have been strange for Venus. She seems to kind of float through a majority of the year and then when Wimbledon rolls around she makes everyone look like they are playing for second place.
She is a joy to watch with her long strokes, classical volleys, and beautiful movement. It’s not very often Venus comes right at you and says "I will win this tournament," so when she does you better watch out. I sure hope her sister didn’t read that! I look for Venus to be playing well into the second week, and possibly contend for this title.

7. Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
Height: 5-7
Weight: 130 pounds
Born On: September 7, 1984
Turned Pro: September 2000
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 7
2008 Titles: Prague and Guangzhou
2008 Australian Open: First Round

Nick’s Thoughts:
Zvonareva is a tough competitor and competes hard in each and every single one of her matches. Like so many others though, she struggles on the big stage. She has only been to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam once, back in 2003 at the French Open, and has been to the fourth round of the Aussie Open twice. Last year she got bounced in the opening round by Ai Sugiyama, and she doesn’t want to let that happen again. It’s pretty simple if you ask me; she cannot think about the past and must focus on the here and now. It’s all about confidence for Zvonareva!

8. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)
Height: 5-8
Weight: 161 pounds
Born On: June 27, 1985
Turned Pro: 2000
Current Ranking: 8
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
2008 Titles: None
2008 Australian Open: Third Round

Nick’s Thoughts:
Kuznetsova hasn’t won a singles title since August 2007, when she won New Haven. This will be a pivotal year for her. Her age is certainly not a factor, but what’s inside her will determine her success. She’s been to the quarters here once (2005), and to make it back she is going to have to get herself focused and ready for battle. Kuznnetsova has the baseline game, a good serve, and a well balanced foundation, but she must attack when in control of the point. Her status to play is in question because of an abdominal injury, so if that has any effect on her game it could be a short stay for her.

9. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
Height: 5-8
Weight: 123 pounds
Born On: March 6, 1989
Turned Pro: April 2005
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 10
2008 Titles: Pattaya City, Istanbul, and Eastbourne
2008 Australian Open: Quarterfinals

Nick’s Thoughts:
Radwanska had a very good year in 2008, jumping up from No. 26 to No. 10 and winning three titles in the process. She went to the quarters at both the Aussie and US Opens, and reached the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. Her play is as consistent as it gets and she is extremely smart on the tennis court. Radwanska is still a young pup on the tour, but her potential is very high. She is like a warrior that is ready to not only battle, but win the fight!

10. Nadia Petrova (Russia)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 143 pounds
Born On: June 8, 1982
Turned Pro: September 1999
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 11
2008 Titles: Cincinnati and Quebec City
2008 Australian Open: Fourth Round

Nick’s Thoughts:
Petrova and her coach spent some time at the NBTA last year when she was coming back from an injury. I was really impressed by not only her technique, but also her knowledge and strategy of the game. She can definitely break back into the top 10, and a successful Aussie Open would point her in that direction.

Others to Watch

Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 128 pounds
Born On: July 11, 1990
Turned Pro: July 2005
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 12
2008 Titles: Stockholm, New Haven and Tokyo
2008 Australian Open: Fourth Round

Nick’s Thoughts:
This is the girl that I feel has the talent to break into the top ten and possibly even challenge the very best in the world. She jumped all the way from No. 64 to No. 12 in the world in 2008 and she should continue that climb. In her first Aussie Open appearance last year she reached the fourth round and I see similar things in her future for 2009. She played last week in Auckland, falling to Elena Vesnina in the third round. Wozniacki held three match points against Serena Williams in the Sydney quarterfinals on Wednesday before losing a tough two hour, 40-minute battle.

Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 132 pounds
Born On: July 31, 1989
Turned Pro: 2003
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 14
2008 Titles: None
2008 Australian Open: Third Round

Nick’s Thoughts:
Azarenka is another player that made her way into the top 20 last year, moving up 15 spots from No. 30 to No. 15. It looks as though she is going to be climbing even higher in 2009, as she already won the title in Brisbane without losing a set. She has never been past the fourth round of any Grand Slam, and I see that changing in 2009. Although she is only 20 years old, she is now a veteran and has to play like one.

Anna Chakvetadze (Russia)
Height: 5-7
Weight: 128 pounds
Born On: March 5, 1987
Turned Pro: 2003
Current Ranking: 18
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
2008 Titles: Paris
2008 Australian Open: Quarterfinals

Nick’s Thoughts:
Chakvetadze experienced some crazy stuff off the court, which I am sure contributed to her so-so year in 2008. She has to control her emotions, focus on her game and believe she can do it. She has been as high as No. 6 in the world, so the talent is there. Hopefully we will see the best of her in 2009!

Sabine Lisicki (Germany)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 154 pounds
Born On: September 22, 1989
Turned Pro: 2006
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Current Ranking: 56
2008 Titles: None
2008 Australian Open: Third Round

Nick’s Thoughts:
Last year’s Aussie Open was Lisicki’s break out tournament. She qualified for the tournament, defeated Safina in the first round, won her second round match, and then fell to Wozniacki in round three. The 19-year old NBTA student has a huge serve and groundstrokes, and I have personally spent a great deal of time with her and her father (who coaches her on the road). Sabine has the potential to climb higher and higher, but the unforced errors must be eliminated. She has to be a little more patient on the court, and take advantage of any defensive balls. Her future is very bright, and her work ethic is beyond description.

дalex
Jan 16th, 2009, 10:36 AM
Amelie :hug:

~Kiera~
Jan 16th, 2009, 01:50 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_wertheim/01/16/womens.seeds/?eref=sircrc

Jon Wertheim > INSIDE TENNIS

Australian Open: Dementieva the women's favorite Down Under Story Highlights

1. Jelena Jankovic: Would do wonders for the WTA if the top player could win a Slam. And J.J. came close at last fall's U.S. Open. But, for all the talk of her off-season training, we still worry about her fitness in the heat.

2. Serena Williams: Usually plays well Down Under (three titles since 2003), she's gone 13-1 in the last two Majors and, well, she still is Serena. But, tempting as it is, we can't tout as champion a player nursing a sore knee who lost her last match 6-1, 6-3.

3. Dinara Safina: Russian deserves immense credit for recent upgrade. And her improved fitness will pay off in the heat. But one wonders if her body can hold up for two weeks.

4. Elena Dementieva: Beijing gold medalist has had success ought to have success in the Pan-Asian Slam. And confidence -- which can waver -- ought to be high after tuning Serena in tune-up.

5. Ana Ivanovic: A finalist last year, A.I. has had few answers since Roland Garros.

6. Venus Williams: A threat to win every tournament (off clay) she enters, but is seldom at her best Down Under.

7. Vera Zvonareva: If she were a few inches taller and a few pounds of muscle heavier, she'd be a real threat. Lack of weapons -- and witheringly harsh mid-match self-assessments -- tend to catch up to her in Slams.

8. Svetlana Kuznetsova: Her game is vastly superior to her self-belief. On skills and athleticism, she can win anywhere. But she seems unwilling/unable to her convince herself of this. (Plus she has an abdominal strain.)

9. Agnieszka Radwanska: Like Zvonera, one wishes she had a bigger game. Will win matches on consistency alone but hard to see her challenging at Slams (at least off of clay) with such relatively punchless strokes.

10. Nadia Petrova: Not unlike Kuznetsova, a fine athlete who never seems quite sure she can win.

11. Caroline Wozniacki: A good, if not great, Dane could be a top tenner by tournament's end. Tough first rounder against sliding Shahar Peer.

12. Flavia Pennetta: Carlos who? Slowly, she keeps climbing the ranks, now on the verge of the top ten. A likable player but still a level away from being a real contender.

13. Viktoria Azarenka: We're bullish on VA and it's time she moved into the second week of a Major. Only problem: she's in Serena's quarter.

14. Patty Schnyder: Like a Swiss timepiece, she's still ticking. Hard to see her outplaying her seeding.

15. Alize Cornet: The female Gilles Simon. Elegant game; due for a second week appearance at a Major.

16. Marion Bartoli: Frenchwoman deserves credit for sticking around the 11-20 region with such an unconventional game. But not a credible threat.

Seeds 17-32:

18. Dominika Cibulkova: Best player you've never heard of

19. Daniela Hantuchova: Should have been a finalist in 2008.

22. Jie Zheng: Love the backhand.

26. Ai Sugiyama: Japanese vet has a nice track record in Australia.

Dark Horse Nation:

Sabine Lisicki: Word is out on the hard-serving German.

Tamira Paszek: Giant killer is a future top tenner.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Another teen destined for the top ten.

First Round Matches to Watch:

Lisicki v. Wozniak

Hantuchova v. Casey Dellacqua

Wozniacki v. Shahar Peer

Jelena Dokic v. Tamira Paszek

Blue Plate Upset Special:
Yaroslava Shvedova d. Petrova

Doubles Winners:
Cara Black and Liezel Huber. The one consistency in the women's game.

Semis:
Jankovic d. Safina

Final:
Dementieva d. Serena Williams

Champion:
Dementieva

I think he must mean semi-final, rather than final, as Dementieva v. S Williams isn't a possibility.

~Kiera~
Jan 16th, 2009, 02:26 PM
His new predictions which are still wrong :lol:

Semis:

Serena Williams d. Safina
Dementieva d. Jankovic

Final:

Dementieva d. Serena

Champion:
Dementieva

Brena
Jan 16th, 2009, 02:32 PM
Wow, suddenly everyone seems to think Demented is the fav! As much as I love her and wish to see her win a slam, I somehow can't see her doing it (because JJ will beat her in the final :angel:)
And I don't really agree Vera has no real weapons - her only trouble is her endearing but fatal insanity. If JJ makes it to the QF, it'll be a nail-biter.
edit: oh, yes - Sarah, the avi is so cute! :inlove:

~Kiera~
Jan 16th, 2009, 02:43 PM
And I don't really agree Vera has no real weapons - her only trouble is her endearing but fatal insanity. If JJ makes it to the QF, it'll be a nail-biter.

Battle of the headcases :hearts:

edit: oh, yes - Sarah, the avi is so cute! :inlove:

Thank you :)

~Kiera~
Jan 16th, 2009, 03:47 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/stars-step-out-on-centre-court/2009/01/16/1231608988672.html

Stars step out on centre court

Ben Doherty
January 17, 2009

WITH just a handful of qualifying slots to be filled, a draw devised, and media chagrin over the lack of Australian chances complete, almost all is in readiness at Melbourne Park.

With the Australian Open beginning Monday, some of the tournament's main drawcards, including the men's and women's No. 1 seeds, held practice sessions of varying intensities on centre court yesterday.

Men's No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who will face Belgium's Christophe Rochus in the first round, had a relaxed session, focusing on his serve as workmen put the finishing touches on the stadium around him, banging and drilling advertising hoardings into place.

The tournament top seed, but on the third line of betting with most bookmakers behind perennial favourite Roger Federer and rising star Andy Murray, barely raised a sweat during the session which lasted short of an hour.

But Nadal also acted as gofer, briefly, fetching errant balls for Ana Ivanovic, who followed him on centre court.

Last year's Open finalist, and briefly the world's No. 1, held a solid session, playing long rallies against a male hitting partner, before spending time working on volleys and her serve.

She was followed onto Rod Laver Arena by the current women's No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, who showed no lingering effects of the flu which caused her to pull out of the Hong Kong Invitational last week, pushing herself through an intense workout.

Jankovic, whose ranking was derided by Serena Williams because of her lack of a major title, will play unseeded Austrian Yvonne Meusburger first up.

Lleyton Hewitt trained late in the day. Australia's best hope practised for an hour-and-a-half under the watchful eye of coach Tony Roche.

Outside the main court, Melbourne Park appears ready for the crush of up to 600,000 fans expected to visit over the fortnight of the tournament.

On Showcourt Three, Scot Murray, one of the tournament favourites and great hope of the underachieving nation which codified the game, had a relaxed hit-up ahead of his first-round clash with Andrei Pavel.

Aside from the occasional self-exhortation to try harder, hit better, or move quicker from Murray, it was all smiles in the 21-year-old's camp.

дalex
Jan 16th, 2009, 08:17 PM
Wertheim :weirdo:
I predict JJ vs Lena 3 set final with both women unable to hold any of their service games in the third set until Jelena finally holds for 15-13! :bolt:

~Kiera~
Jan 16th, 2009, 09:17 PM
Third time lucky for Wertheim (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_wertheim/01/16/womens.seeds/index.html?eref=T1):lol:

Semis:
Jankovic d. Safina

Dementieva d. Serena

Final:
Dementieva d. Jankovic

Champion:
Dementieva

~Kiera~
Jan 16th, 2009, 09:19 PM
http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/16/sports/16forum-clarey.php

Australian Open, part three: The women in 2009
By Christopher Clarey

Friday, January 16, 2009

CHRISTOPHER CLAREY, IHT: The draw is done in Melbourne. The season begins in earnest on Monday with the Australian Open, but I'd like to stick to the big picture here and look at the women's season to come. Let's start with Jelena Jankovic, number one in the rankings but hardly a classic number one without a Grand Slam singles title to her credit. Can she make the leap? Or not?

JON WERTHEIM, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: I think JJ has proven herself to some extent. Be nice if she had a Slam to her name, but she's won (and played) enough to be more than the accidental number one. With the women's field is disarray -- three of the top four have never won a Slam -- I think she ought to break through in 2009.

CLAREY: I don't agree on proving herself. No Slam. No true credibility.

TOM TEBBUTT, THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Now we hear Jelena has an Achilles problem. Talked to coach Sven Groeneveld last week and he said something about Ana Ivanovic that applies to Jankovic too: He said that the other players are waiting for them now and it will be difficult. Tough to see Jankovic already having injury trouble after that vaunted off-season training.

CLAREY: I saw her in the players' restaurant in Melbourne, and she was laughing it up with some friends, so she didn't look too worried. Clearly, she's in better shape her than she was last year, when she seemed to be taped up in a full body wrap.

LINDA PEARCE, THE AGE: Jelena should win a Slam this year and maybe the Australian Open. She's so steady that her time will come.

JUAN JOSÉ MATEO, EL PAIS: Just to spice things up, I'll throw this out there. Sometimes I think that today's women's game is a sport in which the Williams sisters win when, where and how they want. That speaks for the quality of the game, the quantity of good players and the depth of the circuit.

CLAREY: I think Serena really wanted to win the French Open last year and bombed out against Katarina Srebotnik, so it' s not quite on demand.

TEBBUTT: I think it's the same old story - if Serena is healthy, she's the best with Venus close behind. But who would bet on their track record of staying healthy - or on any of the women? Do you think the famous Roadmap cutting one week from the schedule and one tournament from the rankings calculation - will greatly help that?

WERTHEIM: If the ranking were configured differently the Williams sisters would be 1-2. A decade ago, who would have predicted they'd still be driving the train for all intents?

MATEO: Someone please tell Justine Henin to come back!

PHILIPPE BOUIN, L'EQUIPE: Women's tennis needs one or two inspiring figures who would show all these young Blondovas that sport is not only a good way to make big money. The problem is that the Williamses did play in the first stage of their careers for that precise reason: make millions. Now they have a chance to become inspiring because now they play for glory. But do they realize it?

WERTHEIM: Blondovas? Quick, hit the "trademark" key, Philippe

BOUIN: I want to see real women tennis players and not shopping princesses.

MATEO: Most of the players do play without imagination, looking to force errors, just putting the opponent under pressure and throwing tons of force in the ball, but no angles, no magic, no fun. That's a generalization, of course. There are interesting players out there, but not that many.

PEARCE: Philippe, who is most real to you?

BOUIN: Believe it or not, the most real for me was......Maria Sharapova. Because she would die for a win and because she is a gracious loser.

CLAREY: I've got to say that I think Jankovic is great fun to watch (and not in the shopping mall). She's a great mover. Her game translates well to an audience (if only she can keep cutting back on the medical time outs) and her technique is spectacular if not entirely sound.

BOUIN: Yes Jankovic is a good tennis player, but not yet a champion.

CLAREY: Nope she's not, and Sharapova is a champion but not lately a tennis player. How much does the game need her and her shriek?

WERTHEIM: Desperately. And Sharapova looked like a dominating champion at this point last year....

CLAREY: I vote for desperately, too. But chronic shoulder injuries too often spell doom for tennis stars.

PEARCE: Sharapova is really important. But the shriek, ugh.

WERTHEIM: When is tennis going address this in a meaningful way? Twenty-year-old stars shouldn't be falling apart as if made of popsicle sticks and glue!

CLAREY: Part of the problem could be that they have been playing tennis so intensely from a young age that they are basically equivalent to the 30-year-old stars of earlier, more leisurely eras. But I'm going to give at least some credit to the women's tour for trying to plot a more intelligent calendar this year. There's a longer off-season, a longer break between Wimbledon and the US Open and, significantly, an attempt to limit the changes in types of balls. That might sound minor, but the players are convinced that adjusting to different balls every week plays a big role in shoulder and arm problems.

BOUIN: Jon, I think we' all underestimate the "traumatic" side of tennis. Hitting a ball a thousand times a week as hard with such stiff racket is like hitting thousands of big nails with a hammer. I do not think there is a solution especially on the women's side, except to make them build up their bodies like football players, which would not fit with the glamorous side of the game.

CLAREY: What of Dinara Safina, no longer just Marat's little sister. She improved a ton last season: finished at number three. Can she continue to rise? Or does the mechanical quality of her game and her combustibility work too much against her?

TEBBUTT: Anyone who saw the Hopman Cup final will be convinced that Dinara and Marat are ready for the little white house on the hill. Mentally crushing losses for both - but Dinara did rally from 1-5 down in the fifth to salvage a bit of confidence after he forehand totally collapsed - but I still see her with an Australian Open chance.

CLAREY: Reaching the final in Sydney can't hurt her confidence coming in.

TEBBUTT: Sometimes in tennis, payback comes long after the fact. Dinara should have won the Olympic gold if she hadn't had to play 3:30 a.m. the day before. Maybe the Gods will smile on her either in Melbourne or Paris?

CLAREY: I have a question. How can you have two all-time great players like the Williamses still playing at a very high level and winning Slams in 2008 and not conclude that women's tennis is still compelling? I mean we're talking about two of the best 10 players in history.

MATEO: They are in terms of titles. Are they in terms of the quality of their game?

CLAREY: I'd say so. I think Venus on grass and hard courts would match up well with past greats, and Serena, at her best, would have matched up well on everything with that serve and baseline power and movement.

WERTHEIM: 1) The sister-sister matches are - totally understandably - somewhat hollow. The novelty is off and most fans are ambivalent picking one sibling to beat another. 2) They play so seldom they can't sustain interest with their sparse schedule.

PEARCE: You didn't think last year's Wimbledon final was worthy?

WERTHEIM: I do. Qualitatively it was great. But was there the tension of a "regular" final?

TEBBUTT: I thought their US Open quarterfinal last year was mind-bogglingly high quality and high intensity: height of the art.

CLAREY: Jon, your second point about their sparse schedules makes sense to a degree, but the general public only tunes into the big tournaments, and the Williamses are still there playing those and wining them, so why can't they carry their sport? It's not like they aren't good copy, particularly Serena.

MATEO: I think they can carry their sport, but the WTA should think about why the same two women who were doing so in 2000 are still carrying the sport in 2009.

BOUIN: And carrying also means caring? Do they really care for their sport?

CLAREY: Juan, I think you can see that two ways. Longevity, in theory, should promote interest. You have established champions trying to handle each new wave of players. It's like Federer with his chase pack. I guess I'm still mystified that there's not more of a connect with the sisters around the globe. I personally am no big fan of their style of play. Too hit or miss for me: more impressive than attractive. But I thought Serena's level of tennis in the US Open final last year against Jankovic was the best I've seen her play. And as for Philippe's point about caring about their sport, Venus, for one, has been very involved in the internal poltiics, and not just Wimbledon prize money

PEARCE: Billie Jean King sees Venus as the current Billie Jean King, relatively, anyway.

WERTHEIM: Agree, there are ways to care other than playing 30 weeks a year. But we owe it to them to acknowledge that their scheduling method - filled as it was with maddening withdrawals - has proven superior to the Kim/Justine/Jankovic school...

MATEO: At the same time, that scheduling reflects a lack of hunger. Some would say that players with their talent should try to win as many tournaments as possible. They don't seem to agree with the idea.

TEBBUTT: I truly believe, since the knee surgery in 2003, Serena is touch and go - I'd be curious to know how many times pain killers have saved her at events.

CLAREY: I think they both realized early that neither their minds nor their bodies could handle the grind...but I do see both of them, as Tom says, coming to love the game that was imposed on them as kids. It could be a bit like the Andre Agassi dynamic. Ball above the cradle and eventually you come to love the sport despite your parent's obsession and learn to savor the gift

WERTHEIM: They're interested (intensely) eight weeks a year. It's Montreal (sorry tom) and Berlin they can do without....

CLAREY: The Berlin tournament just got canceled, so they aren't the only ones who could do without it.

MATEO: I think that both sisters are great champions with unique personalities, but I still think that Justine or Amelie Mauresmo play a different, more varied game, and I personally enjoy that one more.

CLAREY: I'm not trying to be their apologist here, but I remain surprised they don't generate more buzz and that women's tennis is viewed as being in a bit of a vacuum with them both still around and still big factors.

BOUIN: The way the Williams sisters seem to ignore all the other players, all the other people involve in tennis, the whole sport in fact, does not give a good impression of anything else other than themselves. They never speak about tennis. They never accept to share their view on the sport: on the technique, on the tactics. They do not seem to care about tennis. So why should we?

TEBBUTT: I think Venus and Serena see the end now - and care more than ever. How that translates will be interesting to follow.

BOUIN: One question to all of you: when was the last time you heard the Williamses speak about tennis. I mean tennis: technique, tactics, game?

WERTHEIM: In part, I love that about them. They don't obsess over western grips or polyester strings or surface speeds. They just grab their sticks, go out there and compete.

CLAREY: I agree they avoid the Xs and Os in public. But I know Venus likes the Xs and Os and talks tactics with her hitting partner/coach David Witt. She's a tactical thinker, just doesn't like to chalk talk with us.

BOUIN: So they don't share with us, therefore they don't share with the public, with the tennis lovers.

CLAREY: The pity Philippe is that both Venus and Serena have the potential to be much more like Agassi in the interview room. They can be very analytical, if sometimes self contradictory, in less structured interview settings.

BOUIN: Just show you like to play the game, not only to crush your opponent or cash the checks.

WERTHEIM: I feel as if they've done a cost-benefit and concluded it does them no good to do anything but shower the room with cliches....

CLAREY: So who do we see breaking through in 2009? Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka seem the most obvious candidates...but I said Azarenka last year, too.

WERTHEIM: Azarenka absolutely.

BOUIN: I like Wozniacki a lot, but watch out for Alize Cornet on clay! Cocorico!

CLAREY: Dominka Cibulkova seems undersized to really thrive? But she's got fire.

BOUIN: And what of Ana Ivanovic?

WERTHEIM: Rather have a weapon than fire on today's WTA. And yes, what of Ivanovic? she's so pleasant you hate to sling. But what a disappointment post-Roland Garros.....

PEARCE: Ivanovic is still playing dreadfully. Right now, it's hard to see her reaching the final again in Australia. She's unwell, but she said that in Doha. Where she lost, too. Not a good pattern.

TEBBUTT: The thumb was a huge problem post-Wimbledon - and she maybe wasn't right vs. Amelie Mauresmo in Brisbane - let's cut her some slack.

BOUIN: Speaking of having only one game, poor Ana seems to be the prototype.

PEARCE: Mauresmo completely outwitted her. Ana couldn't handle the variety. Needs to be more patient.

CLAREY: Which is surprising because she has a lot of variety in her shot-making abilities. Volleys quite well, can do several things with the backhand and can vary the serve. But she still tends to over hit under pressure and if her movement is not quite right, it can go awry badly. She's also not a truly gifted mover naturally. I still like Ivanovic's chances of winning another French, even this year. Don't see her as a one-Slam wonder.

BOUIN: I do not like the idea of her winning again, not because I do not like her, but because I hope to see a more complete tennis be successful.

CLAREY: I think she has the more complete tennis in her but lacks the lucidity and confidence to execute it. The biggest disappointment to me, other than Sharapova's injury, is Svetlana Kuznetsova.

WERTHEIM: Right on. All the athleticism in the world and no self confidence whatsoever. She is the embodiment of how mental a sport this is.

TEBBUTT: Kuznetsova messed up more draws last year - so many were out of balance with her on that side

MATEO: Svetlana is a great mover, has a complete game, but lacks concentration in the important moments. She is messy when the time comes to decide to take or not to take risks.

CLAREY: Do we think her moving back to Moscow full time -- whatever that means? -- will help Kuznetsova?

BOUIN: To what? To party better or to play better?

TEBBUTT: Saw her practicing last week with Olga Morozova as coach - not sure any one can help that head.

MATEO: Sveta will miss Emilio Sanchez's help as a coach. That's a downer. He revealed himself as a master tactician in the Davis Cup.

CLAREY: What of the Portuguese 15-year-old -- Michelle Larcher De Brito? Didn't make it out of qualifying in Melbourne, but is she ready to make an impact this season?

WERTHEIM: She's aggressively marketed. I give her that.

CLAREY: It's true (by IMG), but she's also had some pretty big results at an age when big results are rarely a coincidence.

TEBBUTT: She will break the sound barrier - but not the top five

CLAREY: She has a Hingis-like build and Sharapova-like volume...

BOUIN: Sounds a little like the baby Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe could have had: looking like him, intelligent like her.

CLAREY: So, to finish up, anybody else we should toast on the women's side?

PEARCE: Dementieva?

CLAREY: Good point and great start to the year. Number four in the world, but something tells me last year was a high-water mark. Now watch her end up number one after the Australian Open, which could be the case for a lot of women.

MATEO: As always, there will be lots of new faces that won't be here in two years time. That's a scary thing about the game these days.

CLAREY: Lot of comeback stories: Sesil Karatantcheva, Kimiko Date, Jelena Dokic, Mirjana Lucic.....

BOUIN: Good stories, but probably short stories, except for Karatantcheva.

TEBBUTT: Karatantcheva would be great to have back, because she's a charmer and quote machine.

CLAREY: Dark side, too, with her two-year doping suspension, although she was just 16 at the time.

BOUIN: Even though she paid for what she did. It is difficult for me to make her now a clean little apprentice.

MATEO: That's a burden she will always have to carry.

CLAREY: True enough. Let's call it a category there. We'll be back this weekend for one final session as we look at the changes in the game this season and do a little soothsaying on the Australian Open. Thanks to our panel for their thoughts, and thanks to our readers for their comments. Lot of quality analysis there, too.

Ian Aberdon
Jan 17th, 2009, 06:43 AM
Thanks Sarah, I thought that was very intersting. :D

дalex
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:12 AM
Yeah, very interesting...
What's this about JJ having an Achilles problem? :o

дalex
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:29 AM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5joItjdzel16v9GefzfM72PHsCgwQ
Jankovic volleys back Serena serve

4 hours ago

MELBOURNE (AFP) — Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic said she rated herself the world's best despite a pre-Australian Open broadside from Serena Williams.

Jankovic, who is yet to win a Grand Slam, hit back at the world number two after the American insisted she was the better player.

"Everybody can think what they want to think. Everybody has the right to think and believe that they are the best in the world. We are professional athletes," Jankovic said.

"You know I'm the number one player in the world, and I believe I'm the best one. I feel as the number one player in the world. Serena can feel the same.

"Everybody has, you know, their own confidence and the belief in themselves. I don't think you could be successful if you think somebody else is better than you and you're not good enough to be here."

However, Jankovic admitted she was keen to seal her first Slam here to silence critics who point to her failure so far on the big stage.

"It would be nice," she smiled, adding that she wanted to win all four Majors.

"My dream is to win all four of them, you know. I want to play well on all surfaces. This is something that I want. This is something that I want to achieve. We will see if that will happen."

Nine-time Slam winner Williams on Saturday said she had "nothing against Jankovic" but still backed herself as the best player on tour.

"I said that I feel like I'm the best player, because I would feel weird sitting here saying I'm not the best," she told journalists.

"Even if I'm ranked 100 in the world, I would sit here and say I'm the best player."

Jankovic added that she had recovered from the bout of flu that forced her out of an exhibition event in Hong Kong and would be ready for her first-round match against Austria's Yvonne Meusburger.


http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/17/sports/TEN-Australian-Open-Women.php
Jankovic, Serena eager to prove who's No.1

MELBOURNE, Australia: Jelena Jankovic and Serena Williams both think they're entitled to be considered the No. 1 female tennis player in the world.

They're eagerly anticipating the chance to prove it at the Australian Open.

Jankovic has the bragging rights now, spending the last two months at No. 1 in the rankings despite a series of minor injuries and illnesses last year. But the 23-year-old Serb has her doubters because she has yet to win a Grand Slam — something that second-ranked Serena Williams has done nine times — and is short on match practice after coming down with an illness in Hong Kong.

"It will be an extra challenge for me," Jankovic said Saturday, two days before the season-opening major gets under way.

Still, she wasn't short on confidence, saying she feels she deserves the top ranking. She also undertook what she called her toughest-ever training regime in November and December, clearly adding some muscle, to help her stay on top.

"If I win a Grand Slam, it will be great result, great achievement," Jankovic said. "But I'm already No. 1, and I believe all of these girls here want to be where I am now. So I'm just enjoying it and really having fun. I play tennis because I like to play, not because I have to prove anything to everybody."

Williams is ready to make her own case that nobody is better than her.

"I would feel weird sitting here saying I'm not the best," said a relaxed and fit-looking Williams, who won the last Grand Slam, the U.S. Open, in September while briefly regaining the top ranking. "Even if I'm ranked 100 in the world, I would sit here and say I'm the best player.

"Nothing against Jankovic. She went out in the fall and worked hard and got the No. 1 ranking. I feel like I'm the best just because I'm not going to sit here and say anyone is better than me. I shouldn't be in tennis if I felt that way."

Both would have to overcome some serious challenges to get to the Jan. 31 final. Even with the absence of defending champion Maria Sharapova — still getting back to fitness after a shoulder injury sidelined her for most of the second half of 2008 — the women's field shapes up as one of the strongest in years.

Dinara Safina, emerging from the shadow of older brother Marat Safin, earned the third seeding by winning four tournaments last year and reaching the French Open final and the U.S. Open semis.

No. 4 Elena Dementieva, the gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics, is on a 10-match winning streak after winning two warmup tournaments, dropping only one set.

No. 5 Ana Ivanovic is only 21 but already has had a stint as No. 1, won at Roland Garros and reached the final here last year.

Like Jankovic, Safina and Dementieva are pursuing their first Grand Slam titles.

Serena's sister Venus Williams, who has won seven Grand Slam singles titles — including her fifth Wimbledon title last year — reckons she can get back to No. 1, too.

"Right now I'm not No. 1, so the number and everything isn't matching up. But I hope to get there," the sixth-seeded Williams said. "It's difficult to go out on the court and look across the net and think that someone might be better than you. So I try not to bring those kind of mentalities on the court."

The big unknown is who is in the best form after tennis' brief off-season, and who took things too easy. That sets the stage for upsets and the emergence of new stars like 18-year-old Danish player Caroline Wozniacki, who held three match points against Serena Williams in Sydney last week before losing.

"The competition is very strong, and the girls are getting stronger and stronger and everybody is working hard," Jankovic said. "I think it's great for the game, and I think it's also great for the spectators. It's great entertainment because you never know who is going to win."

Serena Williams agreed that the women's game has become much more competitive than the days when only three or four players were legitimate contenders. She feels she is playing better than when she was dominating the sport but has to struggle more to win.

Both Williams sisters had some bad news for any players hoping they might be considering retirement.

Serena, 27, said she hopes to be competing at a high level for "a really long time."

"I feel like I just want to continue to get better, so haven't reached my best yet," she said.

Venus, 28, said she feels she's "living the dream" and doesn't want it to end.

"When the dream's over, I'm going to think about when I was living the dream," she said. "The dream's still large. It's just big, huge. Like there's stuff being added to the dream. So, yeah, no end in sight."

As for who is No. 1 right now, Jankovic said the answer will come soon enough. Any one of four women could have the top ranking on completion of the Australian Open.

"The best one will be holding the trophy at the end of the two weeks," she said.

дalex
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:45 AM
http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKSP41775820090117?sp=true
Jankovic gets tough to keep injury at bay

By Greg Stutchbury

MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A gruelling six-week strength and fitness programme could be the key to Jelena Jankovic getting through a tennis season without a string of niggling injuries, the world number one said on Saturday.

Jankovic, who ended 2008 as the world's top player after winning three tournaments in successive weeks in September and October, spent the early part of last year fighting off a virus and slight strains and sprains.

"In December and half of the November I was training really hard, the hardest that I have every trained in my whole career, trying to prepare and be as fit as possible for the new season," the Australian Open top seed told reporters.

"In the past I have never really trained hard and paid attention to get stronger.

"It was my genetics. People always said I'm so fit, I'm moving well, but it was not true. It's just the visual look.

"But, I would always get so tired after the three set matches, and (why I was) also getting injured so many times is (because of) a lack of power and not being able to play those intense matches every day.

"So it was very easy for me to get injured and to have pains all over, so that's why I trained so hard to try to avoid that and to be as fit as I can for all these upcoming challenges during this year."

MATCH TOUGH

Despite her off-season preparations Jankovic, who made her first grand slam final last year at the U.S. Open, losing to Serena Williams, had to withdraw from an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong due to illness, which had affected her preparations.

"The main reason (for) going there was to play some matches and get match tough again and get the rhythm and the confidence before going into a grand slam," she added.

"Unfortunately I was unable to do that. But I'm feeling a lot better now and I will feel ready and healthy to play by the time the tournament begins."

The fact Jankovic ended the year as world number one has created some antagonism and criticism of the rankings system, especially since she has yet to win a major title.

"I'm only 23 years old. My time will come," said the Serb, who begins her Australian Open against Australia's Yvonne Meusburger.

"This is one of my goals, to win a grand slam. This is something that I want, and I've been trying to get stronger and bring my tennis game on the next level.

"You know, I don't really have to prove anything to anybody except to myself.

"I play tennis because I like to play, not because I have to prove anything to everybody."

"My time will come!" :worship:

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/sport/tennis/article_1454009.php/PREVIEW_Smiling_top_seed_Jankovic_shrugs_off_the_c ritics_
PREVIEW: Smiling top seed Jankovic shrugs off the critics
Tennis News
By Bill Scott Jan 17, 2009, 7:16 GMT

Melbourne - Jelena Jankovic has no time to waste on doubters who suggest that without having yet won a Grand Slam title, she does not deserve to hold the top WTA ranking.

But the determined Serb seems ready to deal with the critics through her racket and won't waste mental energy with the Australian Open starting on Monday.

'I'm just a girl who enjoys her tennis. I go to the court with a smile on my face, and that's what matters,' she said. 'I don't really think and stress about ranking, Grand Slams, so many other things.

'It's not worth it. I just go out there and try to play my best tennis and hope for the best.

'I'm only 23 years old, my time will come. One of my goals is to win a Grand Slam. But my main goal is just to keep improving and getting better and better as a player.

'I hope that I will do it.'

Jankovic will be going into the major cold after just one match since the start of the year. She was unable to continue at the Hong Kong exhibition, cutting her losses due to illness and flying to Melbourne.

The good-natured Jankovic also laughed off comments from number two Serena Williams that the American considered herself the best player in the world, no matter what her ranking.

'I'm the number one in the world, and I believe I'm the best one,' said Jankovic. 'Serena can feel the same.

'Everybody has their own confidence and the belief in themselves. Otherwise I wouldn't think you could be successful if you think somebody else is better than you and you're not good enough to be here.

'With that kind of confidence we all go into the tournament and we all want to win here. So the best one will be holding the trophy at the end of the two weeks.'

Jankovic split her off-season training between altitude in Mexico with athletes and the Florida tennis courts.

'In December and half of November I was training really hard, the hardest that I have every trained in my whole career. I was trying to prepare and be as fit as possible for the new season.

'I was doing a lot fitness for two weeks in Mexico.'

And Jankovic says that she is hoping the dedication pays off with improved endurance after a season where she rose to the top despite various injuries and illness.

'It was very easy for me to get injured and to have pains all over, so that's why I trained so hard. I want to avoid that and to be as fit as I can for all these upcoming challenges during this year.'

дalex
Jan 17th, 2009, 08:03 AM
http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2009-01-16/l.php
Q. Both Serena and Jelena were saying earlier today in their minds they both think they're No. 1. Do you also feel that you're No. 1?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, you know, honestly I don't think about that. I just try to focus on things I have to do on the court in order to win matches and to improve. Playing good and winning tournaments, rankings take cares of themselves. I don't put too much hope or expectation on that part of, you know, the game, the rankings.

Yeah, like I said, just basically enjoying. But I think the race for No. 1 position, it's very close. There is lot of good players at the moment.


http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2009-01-16/i.php
Q. Do you feel the best player in the world?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, in my mind I always tell myself that. Right now I'm not No. 1, so the number and everything isn't matching up. But I hope to get there.

Q. Is it vital to feel that way? We have Jelena Jankovic telling us unless you felt you were the best player, really there's no point in you turning up. Is that how you feel?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It's difficult to go out on the court and look across the net and think that someone might be better than you. So I try not to bring those kind of mentalities on the court.

Q. She hasn't won a Grand Slam tournament, yet she's the No. 1. When you play against someone who has won a Grand Slam tournament, as a Grand Slam winner, do you not take them more seriously, but is that something that counts in your eyes?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, you're only as good as your last Grand Slam. So that was 10 years ago (laughter), you're kind of a little out of practice.

Like I said, I just focus on what's on my side of the net. I don't focus too much on the next person. I've never functioned that way.

Q. Does the No. 1 ranking really matter? You don't play to be No. 1; you play to win tournaments.

VENUS WILLIAMS: It does matter. Yes, I think No. 1 does matter. It all matters at the end of the day because me and the rest of the women on tour, I'm sure the men, too, we give a hundred percent. So any reward, ranking, tournaments, points, what it may be, it all matters.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2009-01-17/200901171232164562656.html
Jankovic relaxed in lead-up to Open

Ranked No.1 in the world but yet to win a Grand Slam title, Jelena Jankovic said she has nothing to prove when she steps on court at Melbourne Park for the first round of Australian Open 2009.

“I want to go on court with a smile on my face and not stress about my ranking or the Grand Slams – it’s not worth it,” said a relaxed, smiling Jankovic “My time will come.

“One goal this year is to win a Grand Slam, but my main goal is just to keep improving, to get stronger and get my game to the next level.”

While her preparations for the tournament might not have gone entirely to plan, with illness forcing her out of an exhibition event in Hong Kong earlier this month, the 23-year-old said she’ll be ready to take on all comers when the tournament kicks off on Monday.

“Every player can believe they are the best in the world. I think I am the best, Ana and Serena probably think the same,” said Jankovic.

“As a player, you have to believe in yourself and we all come into the tournament with that confidence. The best player will be holding the trophy in two weeks’ time.”

The Belgrade resident, who won four titles last season, acknowledged she’s in for a tough campaign if she’s to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the tournament’s first night women’s final on Saturday 31 January.

“It’s an extra challenge for me because I haven’t played many matches before I arrived here,” conceded the Serbian, who travelled to Mexico in the off-season to hone her fitness.

“I wasn’t able to finish the tournament in Hong Kong, so I tried extra hard to practise last week so that I will be ready to play.”

In a year that saw five different players reach No.1 in the women’s rankings, Jankovic twice hit the top spot in 2008, and said she’s confident she belongs there.

“I do feel like the No.1,” she said, “it’s a huge achievement for me. All the girls here want to be in my shoes so I want to try to stay there. My dream is to win all four of them (the Grand Slams) and to play well on all four surfaces.”

The entertaining player, who amused spectators last year by dashing across Melbourne Park in a soaking wet tennis dress having cut short an ice bath to attend a press conference, said fun continued to be her top priority.

“If you do not enjoy what you are doing, if you don’t have fun, then what is the point? I play because I love the sport and I want to keep enjoying it.”

Having reached her first Grand Slam final at the US Open last year, a first major title certainly wouldn’t hurt Jankovic’s enjoyment of the game, and she said the women’s draw at this year’s season opener promised fans a treat.

“The competition is very strong and the girls are getting stronger and stronger,” she said.

“We all have to work extra hard because everyone wants to achieve great things.

“It’s good for the game and great for the spectators because you just don’t know who is going to win. It’s going to depend on who wants it more, who’s in good shape and who’s healthy.”

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2009-01-17/200901171232149409171.html
Jelena the entertainer

If tennis players were to choose an alternative occupation, then Venus Williams would shine as the fashion designer, Ana Ivanovic would be the star of the cat-walk, and Jelena Jankovic would entertain us all as an actress.

The 23-year-old has already made a head-start with countless offers, including one to host her own comedy show in her native Serbia. She was even the subject of a special documentary with cameras following her every move since April of last year.

If ever there was a born entertainer on the tennis court, it is Jelena Jankovic. Smiling, flirting, dancing around, she has a natural affinity with crowds all over the world, helped by the fact that she is never afraid to show her full range of true emotions.

"A lot of people think I act on the court like a Hollywood actress or a celebrity," she said recently. "They’re probably right. I don’t mind showcasing my feelings on court. I’m not afraid to smile. I would love to be in a real movie too one day, but only outside of my tennis schedule. And I think I’m a good actress after taking all those lessons. The problem is that I want to do so much and don’t have enough hours in a week to do it ..."

Jankovic doesn’t just entertain; she has demonstrated over the last 12 months that the tennis world had better sit up and take her seriously after climbing the summit to the top of the rankings and being declared ITF World Champion. Yet one thing is still missing from her trophy cabinet … a Grand Slam title.

That elusive prize may not be far away though, as the Belgrade native arrives in Melbourne as the world No.1 and with the most consistent record across the Slams in 2008. A runner-up finish at the US Open was the highlight, closely followed by two semifinals at the French Open and here in Melbourne.

Where once there was a lack of self-belief that she could actually win one of the big four, that all seemed to vanish overnight with retirement of her nemesis Justine Henin, who beat her in all nine matches they played. With the void left by the departure of the once-dominant Belgian, Jankovic decided it was time to step up and let her tennis do the talking.

Her major breakthrough was at the US Open, where she reached her first Grand Slam final, losing arguably the best match of the year to Serena Williams. It was a match she had in her grasp at times, blowing four set points in the second set, but despite the heartbreak, it only resulted in making her determination stronger.

Jankovic packed her bags and went continent-hopping in a spectacular three-tournament winning streak in three consecutive weeks in Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow, a run that cemented her position as the year-end number one - but did nothing for her jet-lag.

"My coach basically told me that I had to win these tournaments to have a chance at the top spot," she told Tennis Week recently. "So, I put a lot pressure on myself, went into a fifth gear, and really gave it my all."

When all the numbers were added up, Jankovic had won 65 matches throughout year, more than any other player, won four titles, and added US$3.5M to her bank balance, half the total earnings of her career to date.

"I love being in the role of the No.1 player in the world. I like that position and I want to stay there as long as it is possible," she added. "I haven't trained in my whole career as hard as I'm training now, and I hope and I believe that all this hard work will pay off."

That training included an impressive and often punishing off-season training schedule in Mexico and Florida as she tries to end her Grand Slam injury jinx and peak in time for the women’s final on Saturday 31 January. If Jankovic makes it that far, she will certainly entertain us all throughout the journey.

Five reasons why Jankovic can win Australian Open 2009:

* Rising to the top of the rankings has given her the confidence that she belongs in the Grand Slam winners club

* The US Open final proved that she is ready to claim a Grand Slam title. Only a heroic performance by Serena Williams denied her that day

* By not playing any warm-up tournaments this year, she comes into the Australian Open fresher than in previous years

* History has shown that other former world No.1s who had yet to win Grand Slam titles such as Kim Clijsters and Amelie Mauresmo eventually go on to do so

* She plans to cut her excessive playing schedule to peak for the Grand Slams in 2009

Five reasons why she might not:

* A question-mark still remains over her ability to fight her demons and win the highest prize. Has a habit of blowing big leads in matches

* Serena Williams always wins in Melbourne on odd years having won in 2003, 2005 and 2007

* Injuries - is there ever a tournament when the Serb is not injured? Some, though, think she plays her best tennis under adversity

* Still has the inconsistent ability to lose to anyone on an off day, and has too many surprising losses on her CV

* Her serve - too often she simply pushes it into court, inviting her opponents to attack the return


:inlove:

Kampi
Jan 17th, 2009, 08:16 AM
Thank you Alex:wavey::D

Cat123
Jan 17th, 2009, 08:29 AM
World number ones Rafael Nadal and Jelena Jankovic

I love reading that sentence, it never gets boring! :hearts:

Like a tiger ready to attack!

oooh, I like that! And nothing would give me greater pleasure than awesome net play from JJ to match her awesome baseline play!!! :armed: :bounce: I'm exciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiited!!!!!!! :woohoo:

masterlock
Jan 17th, 2009, 10:15 AM
Hi guys Jelena is second match on Rod laver arena on Monday i have front row tickets cant wait! i will make sure i post the photos i have a great felling that Jelena will do very well at this Australian open..

Lets go JJ!:):)

-NAJ-
Jan 17th, 2009, 10:38 AM
I hope that you will have a good time .
:)

Nina.
Jan 17th, 2009, 10:51 AM
Hi guys Jelena is second match on Rod laver arena on Monday i have front row tickets cant wait! i will make sure i post the photos i have a great felling that Jelena will do very well at this Australian open..

Lets go JJ!:):)

Have a lot of fun :wavey:

-NAJ-
Jan 17th, 2009, 10:51 AM
JJ in ES 2 news

~Kiera~
Jan 17th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Thanks, Alex :)

Hi guys Jelena is second match on Rod laver arena on Monday i have front row tickets cant wait! i will make sure i post the photos i have a great felling that Jelena will do very well at this Australian open..

Lets go JJ!:):)

Hope you have fun :)


http://blogs.abc.net.au/grandstand/2009/01/williams-denies.html

Williams denies spat with Jankovic

World number two Serena Williams says she will quit tennis if she ever felt she was not the best player on the WTA Tour.

The three-time Australian Open champion was responding to an alleged spat between her and world number one Jelena Jankovic, concerning comments she made during the Sydney International earlier this week.

Williams told a media conference in Sydney she believed she was the best player in the world despite Jankovic's top ranking, to which the Serbian has countered by saying she deserved to be number one.

Williams, who defeated Jankovic in last year's US Open final to briefly reclaim the number one ranking, says she simply has the confidence that she can beat whoever she faces on the court.

"I'm not going to sit here and say anyone's better than me," she said.

"I shouldn't be in tennis if I felt that way."

Williams says she has "nothing against" Jankovic, nor is she singling out the 23-year-old as a target in the Australian Open.

Michael27
Jan 17th, 2009, 11:37 AM
Thanks Sarah and Alex for all the articles:wavey::D.

The 2009 season has now really started...........................JJ we are expecting great things from you.

JJ under the rules of the WTA you are No 1. No one else is No 1, just you.

Snex
Jan 17th, 2009, 11:59 AM
oooh, I like that! And nothing would give me greater pleasure than awesome net play from JJ to match her awesome baseline play!!! :armed: :bounce: I'm exciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiited!!!!!!! :woohoo:

Whenever somebody says "I'm excited" I immediately remember Ana Ivanovic. She's always excited. :rolls:

~Kiera~
Jan 17th, 2009, 12:16 PM
Whenever somebody says "I'm excited" I immediately remember Ana Ivanovic. She's always excited. :rolls:

She used to say "I'm exciting" :lol:

~Kiera~
Jan 17th, 2009, 12:33 PM
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24926352-3162,00.html

'No.1' sniping rankles Jelena Jankovic

January 18, 2009 12:00am

WORLD No. 1 Jelena Jankovic has declared herself fit for battle and ready to prove she warrants the game's top billing.

Amid criticism she does not deserve the ranking having yet to win a grand slam, Jankovic said she was feeling no pressure or the burden of expectation.

"Yes I feel I am the world No. 1 player," she said.

"For me, it's a really huge achievement. Everybody wants to be in this position and I'm proud to be where I am now. I just hope to stay on this position as long as it's possible.

"I'm only 23 years old (and) my time will come. This is one of my goals, to win a grand slam. My main goal is just to keep improving and getting better and better as a player.

"I don't really have to prove anything to anybody except to myself. I play tennis because I like to play, not because I have to prove anything to everybody."

Jankovic has struggled with the flu over the past week and was forced to withdraw from a warm-up tournament in Hong Kong.

"I'm feeling a lot better now, and I will feel ready and healthy to play by the time the tournament begins," she said.

"I practised very hard and I really tried because I got sick. I tried really my best the last week to prepare the best as possible in this kind of circumstances and be ready for the tournament."

Jankovic faces Austrian Yvonne Meusburger in the first round, having made the semi-final at Melbourne Park last year.

She said she would aim high in grand slams this year.

"My dream is to win all four of them," she said.

"I want to play well on all surfaces. Everybody has their ambitions and goals. I'm the No. 1 player in the world and I believe I'm the best one."

No. 2 seed Serena Williams said she was happy with her preparation, reiterating her belief she was the world's best player.

"I felt like I got some good matches under me in Sydney and still with plenty of time to rest and get ready for this event," Williams said.

"I feel like I'm the best player because I would feel weird sitting here saying I'm not the best. Even if I'm ranked 100 in the world I would sit here and say I'm the best player.

"Nothing against Jankovic. She went out and worked hard and got the No.1 ranking."

http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/jankovic-returns-williams-lob-as-debate-over-no-1-continues/2009/01/17/1231609057955.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Jankovic returns Williams' lob as debate over No. 1 continues

Dan Silkstone
January 18, 2009

WHO'S really No. 1? That was the question still dominating as the finest players in the women's game tuned up for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park yesterday.

The WTA computer selects Serbia's Jelena Jankovic as its unequivocal top dog but that view has been challenged from within the tour by members of a club that the world No. 1 is yet to join — the grand slam winners' club.

Serena Williams started it, claiming earlier in the week that she was the world's best player and repeating that view yesterday.

"I feel like I'm the best because I'm not going to sit here and feel like anybody is better than me," the nine-time major winner said. "I shouldn't be in tennis if I felt that way."

Not surprisingly, Jankovic — who knocked Williams out of the Open quarter-finals last year and had a strong finish to 2008 — said she felt like a deserving No. 1.

"I don't really have to prove anything to anybody," she fired back yesterday. "I'm the number one player in the world and I believe I'm the best one. I feel as I'm the number one player in the world … otherwise I wouldn't think you could be successful if you think somebody else is better than you."

Asked about her lack of a major title, Jankovic said it would be nice to win in Melbourne to shut her critics up. "But I'm already number one and I believe all these girls want to be where I am now," she said.

By day's end, the year's first slam had turned into an unofficial decider of the question as Jankovic declared: "The best one will be holding the trophy at the end of two weeks."

It all led to much soul-searching about what makes a champion, whether rankings really matter, and whether anything matters as much as winning one of the four big tournaments. Underneath it all sat the real story — the women's game is more even than ever before. All of the contenders agreed on that. Not much separates Jankovic from Williams at No. 2 and a handful of hungry chasers are close behind the pair.

Any of those who spoke yesterday — the Williams sisters, Jankovic or her countrywoman Ana Ivanovic — would not be a surprise winner of this year's Open. Throw Russians Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina (both performing strongly in lead-up tournaments this week) into the mix and a winner is difficult to select.

(We should also note the absence of injured defending champion Maria Sharapova, who pulled out of the tournament last week.)

Jankovic goes into her first-round clash with Austrian Yvonne Meusburger underprepared — having withdrawn sick from her last tournament in Hong Kong and not playing any of the local lead-up events. But the Serbian — who was embarrassed yesterday by questions regarding the film of her life story (currently sitting at No. 1 in the Serbian box office) said she had been working hard in the past week to regain fitness and give herself a chance at winning her maiden grand slam tournament.

Ivanovic — a beaten finalist here last year and also a grand slam winner — preferred not to buy into the rankings debate, saying she did not worry much about whether she was the best player, but that the race for No. 1 was more open than ever.

She, too, is recovering from illness, after struggling last week in Brisbane, and will face Germany's Julia Goerges in the first round.

The other Williams — Venus — left little doubt that grand slam titles were all-important, dodging questions about whether Jankovic could lay claim to the game's premier player without having taken one out, but adding: "You're only as good as your last grand slam win and mine was 10 years ago."

So does Venus — as her sister and Jankovic both do — believe herself to be the best?

"In my mind I always tell myself that I am," she said. "But right now I'm not number one. It's difficult, though, to go out on the court, look across the net and think that someone might be better than you."

Yesterday the question of who was best was a hot topic. Tomorrow, the business of finding an answer will begin.

-NAJ-
Jan 18th, 2009, 07:35 AM
AP January 18, 2009, in the 2009 first WTA Grand Slam - Australian Open was about to begin when the big screen, China's leading sports brand Anta announced and the world's top-ranked woman tennis player Elana • Jankovic (Jelena Jankovic) signed a contract to join hands to open up the market women's tennis. Jankovic will become the first brand Anta spokesman for women's tennis, this is the first time Chinese sports brand and the world's top-ranked player to reach cooperation.

At the signing ceremony, dressed in traditional Chinese costumes - ch'i Anta Jankovic to take over for their own effort to create the first boots - JJ generation, marking the formal start of cooperation between the two sides. Jankovic in the conference said: "The successful staging of the Beijing Olympic Games prove that China has become the world sports power, can and China's leading sports brand has signed a contract I am very honored. After a period of contact, I can feel Anta products and services are very professional, I like Anta for my sports equipment design. I hope our cooperation can promote tennis in particular the development of tennis in China. "After the conference, Jankovic deliberately holding on behalf of celebration The Chinese knot, to the Chinese fans to extend New Year greetings.

It is understood that in Anta and Jankovic signing period, Jankovic all the training, competitions will be wearing Anta equipment, including athletic footwear, apparel and sports accessories. To this end, Anta mobilized the best design of R & D: The United States and Japan design team design team in a very short period of time to work together for the race Jankovic tailored clothing shoes and competitions. Jankovic designers and full communication after the product into the large number of Chinese elements, so that the movement of equipment Jankovic more Oriental beauty and fashion sense. Anta said: can and world number one tennis player cooperation is not only Anta is the first time, the Chinese sports brand is also without precedent. Jankovic on the court to show the movement advocated by the spirit and Anta "never stop" concept of the brand has a high level of fit, Anta marked cooperation between the two sides have the world's top tennis resources, tennis project will become Anta basketball after the most important strategic projects. Jankovic will be introduced Anta agency "JJ" series of products, and take this as an opportunity to enter a strong field of women's tennis.

Jankovic is the most successful women's tennis, as well as defensive backhand is one of a more balanced player, classic straight-line backhand. Jankovic 2008 season 65 wins, 19 losses, a total of 4 points WTA Tour singles titles and 11 August, 2008 debut WTA world number one position as the eighteenth-bit WTA singles ranking a tennis women. October 6, 2008 Porsche Grand Prix after Jankovic back to the world's first, and will maintain this position so far. When talking about the upcoming Australian Open, Jankovic confidently said that the current state of their own good adjustments, coupled with the new equipment Anta game of the upcoming Australian Open full of confidence

About Anta

Anta Sports Products Co., Ltd. was founded in 1994, set the "China Well-known Trademark", "Chinese famous brand", "China's quality inspection products" such an honor on its sales performance the forefront of living in the country, sports shoes market share of more integrated For seven consecutive years, similar products in the country out of the first wing. Anta sponsors perennial CBA,乒超league, volleyball league, known as "China's League engine." July 10, 2007 Anta successful listing in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, March 10, 2008, Anta be included in the Hang Seng Mainland Composite Index and Hang Seng Mainland Composite Index constituent stocks in circulation. Anta Sports Products Co., Ltd. in 2007 a turnover of 3.18 billion, the first half of 2008 turnover of the same period last year climbed more than 50%, breaking the 2.2 billion yuan.

hm?

RFS
Jan 18th, 2009, 07:51 AM
oh... umm....

дalex
Jan 18th, 2009, 07:54 AM
I'm liking this Anta deal. JJ is probably gonna have big say in designing outfits. And it's very fitting - unique outfits for unique player! :hearts:

MaBaker
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:03 AM
Anta ?? :unsure: :crying2: Anta ?

Kampi
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:07 AM
Anta ?? :unsure: :crying2: Anta ?

Yes, I feel the same. Never heard of this brand before and this really surprises me.:confused:

Princeza
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:11 AM
I agree with дalex, this can be a good opportunity for her.
And signing with one of the biggest brands is not a guaranty for good looking outfits :unsure:

дalex
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:18 AM
I agree with дalex, this can be a good opportunity for her.

I bet it's a very lucrative deal 'cos she's the first big name to sign Anta and as the company spreads worldwide (which is obviously their intention) Jelena will always have the privileged position.
I think it's a smart business move and hopefully the quality of outfits is great as well.

masterlock
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:18 AM
Hi Guys i was watching the sports report down here in Melbourne and they are saying that Jelena has signed to Anta for 3 years for a record amount of money for a female tennis player.

-NAJ-
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:19 AM
I don't like this. but who knows maybe she made great Anta ( :help: )dress for AO

дalex
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:24 AM
Hi Guys i was watching the sports report down here in Melbourne and they are saying that Jelena has signed to Anta for 3 years for a record amount of money for a female tennis player.

Hai!

Yeah...that's what I thought might be the case. Even if it's not a record breaking deal I'm pretty sure it's BIG money. Well done, JJ and IMG.

Princeza
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:34 AM
China doesn't laugh when it comes to $$$.

Kampi
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:39 AM
Of course it's all about money and I agree, big chinese companies are eager to spend a lot if they got the opportunity. So maybe this deal from a financial point of view is obviously really GREAT for our Jelena. Let's hope that they would go international with Jelena in terms of marketing and PR and "sell" her BIG.;) And at that point, I can see a little risk only looking too much after the chinese or asian markets, because that would be not enough....far from it. Time will tell and I'm looking forward...


GO JJ:bounce:

JadeFox
Jan 18th, 2009, 09:03 AM
Anta huh. Never heard of it, and now I'm curious. I'm off to see some Anta shit!

дalex
Jan 18th, 2009, 09:10 AM
Anta huh. Never heard of it, and now I'm curious. I'm off to see some Anta shit!

:spit:

Kampi
Jan 18th, 2009, 09:27 AM
It's official. They just released this news seconds ago on her website:

http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/eng/news.php

Ian Aberdon
Jan 18th, 2009, 09:39 AM
Now ANA shit, I've heard plenty of...:lol:

Brena
Jan 18th, 2009, 09:54 AM
Never heard of Anta, but in the era when Western capitalism lies in ruins it can't be a bad idea to sign up with a Chinese company! :lol:
j/k but I actually find it cool she chose an ... alternative... company.

JadeFox
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:03 AM
:spit:

Now ANA shit, I've heard plenty of...:lol:

Oh god what have I done?:lol:

-NAJ-
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:04 AM
I noticed that "Anta store" because my firend name is Anita, In slang i call her Anta:lol::lol::lol::lol:

Snex
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:28 AM
I knew that she'll sign with some *!?@/# company. She already prepared us saying that it will be surprise. I'm sure she made a good deal with them. On the other hand, when you see what Ana wore in Doha and Brisbane... produced by Addidas... :rolls:

Well, good luck JJ. It really doesn't bother me. I'm only interested in her results and how she plays.

дalex
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:31 AM
Fashion for a glam slam (http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24929618-11088,00.html)

Reigning Open queen Jelena Jankovic has become the first top ranked player to sign with Chinese sports clothing brand ANTA Sports Products.

:spit:

~Kiera~
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:32 AM
Anta, huh? Can't say I'd actually heard of the brand before today, but it's promising she'll have a hand in designing her outfits.

Her Reebook stuff improved immensely when she started having a say in them.

louisa.
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:50 AM
Never heard of it either but really looking forward to seeing what they can produce :)

ce
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:38 AM
omg what will she wear :help:
green :help:

дalex
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:50 AM
Steve Tignor's AO picks (http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2009/01/change-vs-exper.html)

Melbourne has been almost as hostile to outsiders on the women’s side in recent years. The last five winners Down Under have been named Henin, S. Williams, Mauresmo, S. Williams, and Sharapova, all of whom have spent time at No. 1. You might think this year it would be different, with two of the four, Henin and Sharapova, not in the draw. But Slam winners on the WTA side are always an exclusive society, and while the faces at the top are slightly rearranged this time around—a different Serb is coming in with momentum; a new Russian has thrown her hat in the ring in the last 10 months— they’re also notable for being pretty familiar to us. The most intriguing player who is going for her first Slam title, Jelena Jankovic, is 23 years old, a veteran by any standard in professional tennis.

Because of oddities in the rankings, mostly involving the Williams sisters, one recent phenomenon of the draws at women’s majors has been that of the overloaded half. You might see five legit contenders up top and Svetlana Kuznetsova and someone else on the bottom. This time there’s more balance, though the bottom half is strong, with No. 6 seed Venus Williams, winner of the tour championships last November, slotted to meet Elena Dementieva in the quarters, with the winner to possibly face Serena Williams in the semifinals. Not that the big names on the other side—Jankovic, Ivanovic, Safina—are all that shabby. But whomever comes out of that side will only have to beat one Williams sister for the title. That never hurts.

First Quarter
Jankovic, No. 1 since the fall, will be the top seed at a Slam for the first time. Whether she embraces the moment or wilts in the spotlight—not likely, would you say?—she’s been rewarded with a soft quarter. The next highest seeds are Vera Zvonareva and Nadia Petrova. Zvonareva came on strong at the end of 2008, reaching the final of the season-ender, and Petrova seems to think she can find her old form this year; either of them would make for quality opponents for the Jankovic in the fourth round. And JJ has said she’s been feeling some ill effects of her fitness work with Pat Etcheberry, the same Etcheberry who overtrained Henin and sidelined her a few years ago. But I don’t think this drama queen can complain about the lot she’s drawn to start in Melbourne.
Semifinalist: Jelena Jankovic

Second Quarter
The third and fifth seeds, Safina and Ivanovic, are the headliners here. Each was on fire last spring, when they played each other in the final of the French Open. But Ivanovic cooled off and Safina seemed to hit a ceiling named Williams later in the year. Now the Serb comes in with her coaching situation up in the air, and Safina is no longer the hottest Russian around, that honor belonging to Elena Dementieva so far in 2009.

Could anyone knock these two off track? There are some mild road bumps out there—Alize Cornet, 2008 semifinalist Daniela Hantuchova, the still-skilled Anna Chakvetadze. Most dangerous is 18-year-old Caroline Wozniacki, who has been knocking on the big-upset door for a year or so now. She may be ready to take one of these two down—she’s on Ivanovic’s side—but probably not both.
Semifinalist: Dinara Safina

Third Quarter
Here we have what might be the match of the tournament, and even the decider of the champion, in a potential quarterfinal between Venus and Dementieva. As we’ve said, Venus finished 2008 playing some of the best sustained tennis of her career in Doha, and seems poised for a possible renaissance in ’09. Dementieva won the biggest tournament of her life at the Olympics last season and has already won two tournaments this month, the last of which included a victory over Safina.

I don’t see anyone who will come between them along the way. If they do play, Venus will bring a 7-2 career record in, which includes wins at Wimbledon and the tour championships in 2008.
Semifinalist: Venus Williams

Fourth Quarter
So this is where we find Kuzzie. I thought she had dropped out with an injury, but she remains in the draw for the moment. She’s slotted to face Serena in the quarters, though there are a couple of darkhorses on Kuznetsova’s side, Agnieszka Radwanska and Jheng Zie. Serena’s toughest competition might come from either the 13th seed and still-improving Victoria Azarenka, or an aging but always talented Amelie Mauresmo, who played Serena tight for a set at Wimbledon last year. But Williams has won this tournament three times, and while she’s been hurt (that’s a given by now), she comes in having won the last major and reached the final of the one before that.
Semifinalist: Serena Williams

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

Final: Jankovic vs. Venus would be a final to savor, a combination of first-class athleticism, scrambling, and diva behavior—unlike those nice guys on the men’s side, these two will take no prisoners, especially now that Jankovic has already lost a Slam final and won’t be satisfied just making it to another. They are also extremely evenly matched: Jankovic holds a 5-4 career edge, but their last seven matches have gone to three sets. Each is a counterpuncher at heart, each is tough to finish off, and each can track down just about anything—hence their long, close matches. While I think this is Jankovic’s year to win a Slam, I can’t bet against one of the Williamses in a major final. No one plays the big ones like they do.
Champion: Venus Williams

Here's how all tennis.com editors picked for AO:
http://www.tennis.com/tournaments/2009/australianopen/australianopen.aspx?id=155008

~Kiera~
Jan 18th, 2009, 01:41 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/bjelena-jankovicb/2009/01/18/1232213448915.html

On top of the world

Jelena Jankovic
January 19, 2009

SOMETIMES it can be hard to imagine, no matter how hard you try, where you might be in 12 months.

In the year since my semi-final at the 2008 Australian Open I always knew I'd be back here, but mentally and physically I'm in a very different place to what I imagined.

The biggest change has been my increased work load off the court, pushing myself harder than ever before. The other major change has been my ranking and starting the new year on top of the WTA tour. As 2009 begins and a new year of tennis unfolds in Melbourne, hopefully all that hard work will pay off and I'll be able to stay in this position as long as possible.

A lot of the girls train extremely hard these days, so I've found I have to work harder than ever if I want to maintain my strength over a gruelling year.

In the past I've had problems playing long matches, recovering and then playing another match the next day — I'd feel exhausted and sore.

Coming into this year as the No. 1 player my motivation was higher than ever, so I started my preparation earlier then normal with high-altitude training in Mexico to improve my strength and endurance.

After Mexico I travelled to Florida for a lot of fitness work combined with tennis workouts. There were lots of hours spent on the court and lots in the gym trying to get better as a player and begin the year in the best possible shape.

My focus was on avoiding the injuries I've had in the past and boosting my overall fitness and endurance so I can perform at my highest level.

I know that all sounds like a great idea in theory — in reality I almost fainted a few times — especially at high altitude.

It was hard work, but throughout that time I kept giving 100 per cent because I knew I had to improve my fitness.

In the past I never really knew my training limits or how far I could push myself, but the more I pushed myself in the off-season the more my confidence grew for the year ahead.

I've never been as fit as now, but the extra training means I've put some extra mass on my body and there's muscles that weren't there before, so I'm still getting used to my new body.

Thankfully, after all that training, it's time to play some tennis and it's wonderful to be back in Australia, where the crowds are knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

It's always interesting to see how fans in different countries cheer, dress up and get involved in matches and I love playing in Melbourne's exciting, carnival atmosphere.

I'm really looking forward to 2009 and hoping for the best.

Jelena Jankovic is the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's No. 1 ranked player and a donation for this column has been made to her chosen charity.

Kampi
Jan 18th, 2009, 02:10 PM
Thank you Sarah:wavey::kiss:

Kampi
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:12 AM
Press conference after her match


Monday 19 January 2009

Q. You must have been happy with that game first up.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, you know, always the first matches are the toughest for me, especially I haven't played for about two months. I didn't compete. So, you know, it's nice to get going and get off to a good start.
I played well in the first set. A little bit, you know, slowed down, lost my concentration in the second. But it's all right. You know, it comes with playing matches, you know, getting the routine, and, you know, just the whole rhythm out there.
So happy to get through, and looking forward to my next round.

Q. Did you feel the benefits of your rigorous training schedule in the off‑season today? Did you feel fitter on court?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I feel fit and ready to play. You know, conditions are quite tough out there. It's very warm. One problem that I had was my feet were burning. You know, the soles of my shoes got so hot. Probably you have seen in the changeovers I was putting my feet on ice, you know, kind of trying to cool it down.
But I don't know if the other players are having that problem, as well. But that was, you know, my main kind of a little problem out there.

Q. What can you tell me about Kirsten Flipkens, your next opponent?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't really know much about her. I think I played her once maybe two years ago or something like that. But I haven't seen her play lately. I will just go out there playing my game.

Q. When we speak about Belgian tennis, I guess you rather think of Kim and Justine, no?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, you know, but this is the same, for example, like Serbian tennis. When you think of Serbian tennis you think of me and Ana. Maybe afterwards maybe there will be nobody coming, or maybe even players better than us.
You know, this is the way it goes. That was a great generation coming from Belgium.

Q. If I tell you she's a bit of a mix of Kim and Justine, will you trust me or not?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't need to trust anybody (laughter). That is the best thing to do. I don't trust anybody. I go out there and play my game and compete and fight until the last point. You know, I hope that I can do it.

Q. Do you adjust your game to your opponent?
JELENA JANKOVIC: You adjust. It's always nice to know a little bit about the opponent's game so that you know, you know, the weakness and the strength, so how you need to play tactically.
But most likely you play your game. You try to set, you know, your rhythm and try to go your way. You know, you don't want to let your opponent dictate the points and play the way they want to play. You want to go on top of them and do, for example, what I do best.
But especially playing opponents that you don't really know so well, uhm, it's a little bit difficult. But, you know, the coaches I think are there to see my opponents a little bit and see what they do, kind of just a little bit to know so that I'm ready and prepared for my next one.

Q. How do you like your new dress, apparel line? Are shoes part of it?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, you have seen the dress on the court. I think it's a nice dress. You know, I like the green. It's bright. It's a quite comfortable dress. I think it looks feminine. No, I also like my shoes.
You know, the whole outfit is kind of coordinated. I have white and green shoes. I have my little wristband, my dress. I think it looks like. I'm happy that, you know, I'm working with this new company, which is called ANTA.
This dress I haven't designed, but in the future I will be working with a designing team and I will have my own dresses and a whole range of clothes with my name on it. So it's quite cool. You know, I'm happy, really happy about it.

Q. You're the first tennis player of the rank. Are they familiar with the needs of tennis?
JELENA JANKOVIC: They are new in tennis. For me, it's an honor that they have chosen me as their first spokesperson. They want to grow in tennis, as well, worldwide. They want to have a big name. Hopefully we can go forward and succeed in that manner.

Q. They're doing your shoes right?
JELENA JANKOVIC: They're doing my shoes, everything.

Q. Can you get them to adjust the shoes because they're too hot?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. I will tell them to put some air‑conditioning in there (laughter). Especially with the technology growing and getting better, I believe in the future we will have these kind of things, too. It would be nice (laughter).

Q. Did you have this problem with other shoes?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes. I think every year when I come here in Melbourne, and Sydney as well, because the weather goes over 30 degrees almost to 40 degrees. The court gets so hot, you know. It's normal that the soles of the shoes will get hot, as well. Especially moving, from the friction, it gets warmer and warmer. Really it's like fire, my soles of my shoes.
I don't know what to do, how to help that. You know, ice a little bit in the changeovers. That's basically it. What can I do?

Q. Does it surprise you coming in here that Serbia has the top couple of women and that Novak is defending champion?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Why is it surprising?

Q. In terms of Serbia wasn't a powerhouse tennis nation such as the United States or Australia.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, Serbia before, you're right, didn't have tennis tradition and didn't have players in the top of the game. Now we do. Now we have established ourselves as the players who are in elite group.
You know, I'm No. 1 in the world. Ana has been No. 1, as well. Novak, he's No. 3, and he's on his way. We are doing very, very well. I hope that we can continue to have many more years. I hope that we will have more success in the future.

Q. When you think of the tradition that you are setting up for future generations, what do you hope that is to people?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I hope that in a way we can inspire and motivate younger generations to develop their game and go our way, go our paths. Just the fact thinking if Jelena or Ana or Novak have done it, they made it to the top, why can we not do it? If they have that kind of mentality, they see how we are doing. If we can motivate them, I think we have a bright future ahead in Serbian tennis.

Q. Is there any talk yet of building a national tennis center?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know about that. I hope they're going to build something. It would be nice. Would be a really huge help. You know, having also highly educated coaches, you know, that have the knowledge for bringing the players to the top, traveling a lot and seeing.
Every year the game gets better and better. You're learning, so I think that's very important, too. But hopefully we will have all of this in the future.

Q. Ana and you are, on paper at least, the best combination to probably unseeded the Russians as Fed Cup champions. How tough of a team would they be to challenge?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Russia?

Q. Yes.
JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, to be honest, we are for the first time just entering the World Group. We are playing against Japan in Serbia for the first time. We never had any success in Fed Cup because we never played, you know, as the strongest team.
Me and Ana just teamed up for the first time last year. We have played against Croatia. We won that tie. Now we are going to play against Japan. So I hope that we can start playing with each other more often, and hopefully one day we can win the whole ‑ how you say ‑ competition.

Q. Do you think Russia is tough?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I think Russia, and United States as well, they have two strong girls. Not many countries have been proud to say that they have two top‑5 players in the world. But Russia is one of them, or two top‑10 players. United States, as well, has two elite players.
You know, it will be tough if we get to play against them. But, you know, we still have to pass I don't know how many rounds before we get there.

Q. Other players describe the Aussie Open as the people's slam, the weekend slam, the happy slam.
JELENA JANKOVIC: The weekend slam, what is that (laughter)? The party slam, as well.

Q. Maybe you call it the hot feet slam. How would you characterize this tournament?
JELENA JANKOVIC: This tournament, it is true, it's one of the most relaxing Grand Slams out of the four. The people are so outgoing and relaxed. The whole atmosphere, it's not so noisy when you're around this tournament. You know, I really enjoy it. It's quite laid back, especially where I'm staying. I'm here with my family. I'm staying in an apartment. I feel like just, you know, quite peaceful.

Q. Do you feel like your spirits are higher here than at other points in the year?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Especially traveling here like 20 or 30 hours to get here, you know, you feel like you're at the end of the world. That's how I feel. I feel so far away from home. When you come here, you really want to give your best and you want to enjoy.
This is one of the countries I really like a lot. The only thing I don't like is traveling here. That is the only thing I dislike.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:40 AM
Thank you very much:worship:

The hot feet Slam:rolls:

Ian Aberdon
Jan 19th, 2009, 05:57 AM
Is she having teething problems with her feet...oh noes, that's too confusing! :lol:

Just Do It
Jan 19th, 2009, 06:22 AM
This dress I haven't designed, but in the future I will be working with a designing team and I will have my own dresses and a whole range of clothes with my name on it. So it's quite cool. You know, I'm happy, really happy about it.

Loving it :yeah:

Tashi
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:05 AM
The shoe thing worries me a bit but overall she sounds happy and confident.:D

Cat123
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:55 AM
I wouldn't worry! She wouldn't be the JJ we all know and love if she wasn't complaining about something.

louisa.
Jan 19th, 2009, 10:59 AM
:bounce: thanks for the interview!

~Kiera~
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:19 PM
http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/61169

Chinese shoe brand signs Jankovic
Deal may signal continental shift in tennis endorsement market

By DANIEL KAPLAN
Staff writer

The world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, Jelena Jankovic, has reached an endorsement deal with sneaker and apparel company Anta, sources said, becoming the highest-profile global athlete to back one of China ’s emerging athletic companies.

Reebok last week formally declined to re-sign Jankovic, and she quickly accepted a three-year offer guaranteed at $5.1 million from Anta, the sources said.

The deal positions Anta alongside companies like Li-Ning and Peak that are now competing in China with traditional powers Nike and Adidas and perhaps soon could do so globally, as well.

“This is a first. It is really groundbreaking,” said Terry Rhoads, co-founder of Zou Marketing, a China-based sports marketing firm. “This is a proud moment for all Chinese sportswear companies.”

Jankovic is represented by IMG tennis agent Gavin Forbes, who declined to comment.

The deal highlights a changing marketplace for tennis players’ core sneaker endorsement deals just as this year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, gets under way.

James Blake last week left Nike for an unconventional pact with Fila, which has not had a top American male endorser since 1977. Neither of the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, is under contract despite residing in the top 10 and holding the last two Grand Slam titles.

One of the reasons for the changes is the decline of tennis in America . The current economy is also a factor. Reebok, for example, declined to re-sign Jankovic the day before announcing 310 layoffs.

“After two successful years in partnership, Reebok has decided not to extend our relationship with JelenaJankovic,” the company said in a statement. “Jelena has always been a loyal ambassador for the brand and has continuously proven herself as a player of stature and maturity. We wish her all the very best in her future endeavors.”

Nike declined to re-sign Blake after having worked with him since he turned pro in 1998. He signed a four-year deal with Fila that pays him in the mid-six figures guaranteed, with potentially more based on the performance of a developing line of products.

That arrangement is unique. Most tennis contracts reward players for on-court performance. Fila will pay Blake based on the success of the products.

That product line is under development, but it will involve both the Fila logo and a yet-to-be-developed mark for Blake. His agent, Carlos Fleming of IMG, said the line will incorporate intellectual property from the player and the sneaker company, and will include tennis, lifestyle and fitness offerings.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams, whose contract with Nike expired last month, is still talking with the company. Nike has plowed substantial resources in tennis into Maria Sharapova, so where Williams fits into the mix is unclear.

Similarly, Venus Williams’ line, EleVen, now has no home with the demise of her retail partner, Steve & Barry’s. Fleming, who is also her agent, said he is in negotiations with potential partners.

Whether Jankovic’s agreement with Anta will bring forth a wave of new deals from China in tennis is unclear. Anta is largely a China-only company, though it does advertise courtside at Houston Rockets games. Rockets owner Les Alexander was an early investor in the company.

Li-Ning, which had a visible presence during the Beijing Olympics, was interested last year in signing Ana Ivanovic, currently the world’s No. 5 player, before she re-signed with Adidas.

To date, the significant non-Chinese endorsements for Chinese footwear companies have been in basketball. Peak counts Shane Battier and Jason Kidd as endorsers. Shaquille O’Neal has a China-only endorsement deal with Li-Ning.

The companies use the signings to gain credibility domestically, Rhoads said. He views the Anta/Jankovic signing in this light, with tennis, unlike in the United States, a growing sport in China.

schorsch
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:30 PM
OMG WHAT BITCHES !!!

JJ left THEM and they were pissed and frustrated about it and now they make it look like they didnt want to resign her. PATHETIC. They are in decline anyways. So buh-bye and nihao anta.

Brena
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:04 PM
Reebok :o:smash:

дalex
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:10 PM
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601081&sid=a_VrWnEEsKAE&refer=australia
Jankovic Puts Feet on Ice as Players Toil in Australian Heat
By Grant Clark

Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic said she felt on fire at the Australian Open tennis tournament -- and not because of her smoking forehand.

``My feet were burning,'' the Serb said after winning in straight sets amid the afternoon glare at Melbourne Park. ``I was putting my feet on ice, kind of trying to cool them down.''

The year's first Grand Slam lived up to its reputation as the most sizzling major today as courtside temperatures reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) on the opening day.

Marco Baghdatis, the 2006 runner-up, draws on the experience of 17 matches at the midsummer tournament and still hasn't gotten used to conditions.

``The sun, the sun, it's just very strong,'' Baghdatis said after the Cypriot's three-sets win. ``You cannot breathe. I just want to, you know, puke.''

Bernard Tomic, 16, made use of sunglasses as he became the youngest man to win a match at the Australian Open.

``The sun's really bad,'' the Australian teen told reporters. ``You can't see your ball when you're throwing it.''

Gilles Muller toiled for 4 ˝ hours before winning the deciding set of his first-round match 16-14. He said he played in hotter conditions only once, at a tournament in Paraguay.

``But that was a piece of cake'' in comparison, said Muller, the top-ranked player from Luxembourg, in an interview.

`Something Else'

Last year, organizers bolstered their extreme heat policy after Maria Sharapova complained of becoming ``delusional'' in 2007. Officials have the option to suspend play if their measure of heat and humidity -- the so-called wet bulb globe temperature -- gets too high.

The limit wasn't reached today and the action continued uninterrupted as players made use of ice vests at changes of end. Defending champion Novak Djokovic described the heat as ``something else'' after his straight-sets win.

Jankovic, chasing her first Grand Slam, said she may ask for refinements to her footwear after signing an agreement with Anta Sports Products Ltd., China's largest athletic shoemaker.

``Really it's like fire, my soles of my shoes,'' Jankovic said at a news conference. ``I will tell them to put some airconditioning in there.''

Don't remember she said that! :lol:
Pova, you are missed. :hug:

Cat123
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:19 PM
:awww: Did you have to?! If I think about how awesome MAria was a year ago and all the injury crap that's happened since I may cry.

Brena
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Don't remember she said that! :lol:
Pova, you are missed. :hug:

:lol: I may not like Maria's game, but her comments are the best hands down.
Btw, only now I realise why Serena and Venus seem to think they're #1.

:awww: Did you have to?! If I think about how awesome MAria was a year ago and all the injury crap that's happened since I may cry.

Cat :hug:

~Kiera~
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:59 PM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=367479

Hey guys. Headed off with Rada today to watch the tennis. First off, I must say that there was alot of topless eye candy out there today ;)...oh, now on to the tennis

ANA IVANOVIC. Only watched the first set. I don't think she should have won this set, but with a bit of luck such as her opponent missing a few easy balls at crucial times and ofcourse like all top players do they find a way to win. It was an ugly match to watch and I will be surprised to see Ana get to the quarters unless her game improves! We left at the end of set 1 as we were too bored. By the way, that girl she played started off sooo well hitting the lines and harder than Ana!

Jelena Jankovic def. Mesuburger -The crowd loved her!!! When they said next up world no.1 Jankovic just after Del Potro finished his match the crowd was cheering already! They gave her a big ovation when she was introduced as world no.1 and i gave her a standing ovation hehe!! :) I love how you can see the close ups of players faces and Jelena looked so happy with a big smile when they said 'world no.1'....and totally deserved after seeing how she played.

Let me say, seeing that double handed backhand in person, i was simply in AWE. She hit so many winners! Hit all her shots soo smoothly including forehand, serve, volleys, it was amazing especially in set 1. She really should have bagelled Yvonne in that first set. She really did play like a no.1 IMO! ...and better than ever..Her arms looked great now, soo toned.


Saw bits of the following players
- Niculescu: She hit the ball quite solid and deep! That sliced forehand is better than most girls sliced backhands. I think she could become aforce and maybe top 20 one day as she offers something different and that is more variety than alot of players. I hope she keeps improving.

- Sprem :help:. I love Karolina...but, I just saw nothing in her play that reminded me of the girl who beat Venus. Her shots dont look as hard anymore, and at times in the match keeping 2 shots in a row looked difficult for her! Pironkova did not go for anything, just returned the ball up the middle of the court....although, I dont blame her, thats all she had to do i.e wait for Karolina to implode!

- Saw all of Jelena Dokic vs Paszek. I went overboard in my cheering from the get go and said 'go jelena' soo much lol and 'lets go jelena' mainly...lol...there was quite a few chants going on in the crowd such as aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi, which made it fun. Some reflections on that match:
- The first thing I have to say is Jelena's serve definately looks more harder and lethal then when I last saw her live 9 yrs ago :eek: gosh that's a long time!!
- Jelena looked very nervous walking out and in the warm up, this starting becoming evident in the second set after Jelena was up 6-2 2-1...but I still think Jelena looked tentative on some shots in the first set and could have played it better despite the decent 12 winner 12 error ratio.
- The crowd was great. I could hear people saying 'go jelena' in all corners of the stadium :bounce: they started some chants a few times during the match too
- Some lady was cheering her on in Serbian :lol: Hello! She's Aussie
- Rada was telling me to tone it down a little i clapped EVERY point she won and cheered her like 100 times lol even ended up on the big screen and tv i think
- Noone cheered for Tamira, maybe like 5 ppl
- I walked out of the match when Jelena started to play shocking in late part of set 2 lol and stopped watching for 5 mins (i got worked up haha)...then watched on the small screens outside the court in Hisense arena, stayed there a bit as I spoke to a few of her fans there and cheered with them watching on the tvs there...and it was nicer there with the air conditioning, that arena was too hot and I also think this mightve affected the quality of the performances from both girls..
- Paszek will be top 20 IMO, sure she wasnt at her best today but I can see soo much natural talent there and great depth in her shots

GOOD LUCK TO THE JELENAS :worship:...

дalex
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:25 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/112908-why-theres-inherent-sexism-behind-female-athletes-wardrobes/show_full
Why There's Inherent Sexism Behind Female Athletes' Wardrobes

Except for perhaps basketball, soccer, and softball, female athletes dress in tight skimpy outfits while playing their respective sports. Now, I am not one to spout feminist dialogue, but I do find it a bit unfair when women are expected to fulfill some sort of preconceived gender role.

Men wear pants or shorts and women wear dresses or skirts, right? Well it is no longer 1950, so let's get with the times.

In sports it is all about competition, male or female—doesn't matter. Respect your competition or get burned.

In basketball, soccer, and softball the women dress like athletes. They don't wear tight shorts or cute clothes. They dress for the field of competition.

However, in tennis, volleyball, and lacrosse for example, the female athletes seem to fulfill two roles. One, dressing for competition. Two, dressing to please the crowd. If the Australian Open were a fashion show, then Jelena Jankovic might have a shot at winning.

Turns out, the Aussie Open is a tennis competition, one that requires great skill and endurance.

While there is nothing wrong with looking fashionable, sometimes the skimpy outfits detract from the real purpose of the sport. Female athletics should not be a place to exploit beautiful women.

Then again, if such outfits attract viewers, that is always helpful in grabbing attention for otherwise under the radar sports.

For instance, thanks to gold medal winners Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, beach volleyball came into the limelight during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The girls wear bikinis as they lay out in the sand. Who wouldn't want to watch?

Though beach volleyball players could wear shorts and tank tops, it makes sense for them to wear bikinis. The sport is called beach volleyball, and thus, many women wear bikinis at the beach.

Plus, nothing is taken away from the athletes when wearing their uniforms. The competition respects them, the viewers consider them beasts of the sand, and they look really good. It's a win-win for everyone.

What about women's lacrosse though? Why do they wear skirts? There is no practical purpose. Instead, the skirts seem like an attempt to keep women in their subjugated gender role. Even though they are playing a highly competitive sport, the thought may be "let's keep them in skirts so they can maintain some of their femininity."

When watching women's tennis I often wonder if the athletes are headed to a cocktail party or the quarterfinals. Granted a lot of the outfits they wear are cute, but why not sport some shorts every once in awhile?

To be honest, I have seen some of the top players wear shorts, but they are so short (literally riding up) that it kind of defeats the purpose.

The tennis/shorts argument is pretty simple. In tennis, the server needs to hold a ball, and what better place to hold a ball then a pocket? Ta da! However, for some unknown reason, most female tennis players prefer to shove that extra ball into the spandex underneath the skirt or tennis dress. Sorry, just isn't practical.

At least tennis has seen some improvement on the men's side. If the women are going to show some skin, then it is only fair for the men to do the same. Thank you Rafael Nadal. We love your sleeveless shirts and tight shorts! Please spread your fashion sense to the rest of the field.

The one sport that seems truly equal on the fashion front would be golf. Actually, scratch that. There are a few discrepancies, but in this case, they seem to favor the women. Men have to wear pants while the women can wear pants, shorts, or skirts. The opportunities are endless.

Golf is also a sport where dressing well should be encouraged. You can look great and swing great without being a distraction. The young guns on the LPGA tour and the European men have a strong sense of style. They wear bright colored polo shirts and lovely form fitting bottoms. It's a treat to watch.

Here are some final thoughts—if women are expected to play at a high level while also looking great, then men should be held to the same standards. Without such equal treatment, it would seem as if women's sports cannot stand alone. They need extra help from cute outfits and lots of skin to gain attention.

Moreover, if a female athlete shows up merely dressed to play, but not ready to go out for a night on the town, then you better give her some respect. She's a beast of an athlete who is beyond fulfilling society's gender roles.

True greatness comes from the nitty-gritty competition...Now put your right hand in and your right hand out because that's what it's all about.

:rolls:

-NAJ-
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:26 PM
I noticed also that when she was introduced. She had a huge smile on her face. Is a great player when you enjoy in tennis and share positive energy with the audience

~Kiera~
Jan 20th, 2009, 11:39 AM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/string_theory/2009/01/hot-feet.html

Hot Feet
Posted 01/19/2009 @ 6 :46 AM

There's heat, and then there's the heat in Australia, where the fight against ozone depletion is never-ending and the rates of skin cancer are among the highest in the world. Day one at the Australian Open had the sort of heat you don't encounter at the other three majors. When you watch a mid-day match here, it feels as if the sun is shining from all directions--every part of your body seems to be in direct sunlight. As Mardy Fish, who won his first round match, put it, "You can feel it in your lungs."

The ball kids here wear long sleeves and hats that have a cloth sewn to the back (it drapes over their necks). They also wear black shorts, which seems like a bad idea. Most of the fans pack umbrellas (a surprising number of those were black, too) and I only came across one who struggled to stand as the temperature passed 97 degrees, a girl of about 15 who needed a quick visit from the on-site medical crew.

Remarkably, only one match ended in retirement on Monday (Jarkko Nieminen, the Sydney finalist, pulled out with a strained groin). Gilles Muller and Feliciano Lopez served bombs at each other for four hours and 23 minutes, with Muller--a man whose arms seem as long as his legs--winning 6-3, 7-6(5), 4-6, 4-6, 16-14. David Ferrer (surprise, surprise) played five sets, too (he beat Denis Gremelmayr).

Jelena Jankovic felt the heat, but only on her feet.

"Really it's like fire, my soles of my shoes," Jankovic said after defeating Yvonne Meusburger, 6-1, 6-3. She iced her feet on changeovers and said she might ask her new clothing sponsor, the Chinese sportswear company Anta, to develop another shoe for her.

"I will tell them to put some airconditioning in there," she said. "Especially with the technology growing and getting better, I believe in the future we will have these kinds of things, too. It would be nice."

This match didn't tell us much about the state of Jankovic's game, but it was good to see a No. 1 player acting like a No. 1 player on the first day of the first major of 2009. Players who win majors take care of the early rounds as quickly as possible, especially in the heat. Last year at this tournament, Jankovic defeated Tamira Paszek 12-10 in the third set; two rounds later she needed three sets to upend Virginie Razzano. Champs don't waste time like that in the early rounds, at least, not when they are in top form. The less energy Jankovic wastes this week, the more she'll have when she needs it most.

When I visited the Bollettieri Academy in December for another assignment, Jankovic was hard at work, both in the gym and on the court. The No. 1 ranking, clearly, is not enough for her. She wants to win majors. She's certainly good enough to do it, though her flaws--a weak serve, a forehand that sometimes sits up, and a habit of collecting of minor injuries--are not small. Jankovic often reminds me of Monica Seles, that is, Seles without the lefty serve and killer instinct that made her into an all-time great.

The draw gods have been kind to Jankovic: She won't face a seeded player until at least the fourth round and doesn't have to contend with either Venus or Serena Williams until the final. Another thing champions do well is take advantage of opportunities. This Australian Open is, by far, the best opportunity Jankovic has had for a major in her life. Air-conditioned shoes or not, she needs to make the most of it.

-NAJ-
Jan 20th, 2009, 12:35 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/being-happy-focused-just-comes-naturally/2009/01/20/1232213646638.html

http://images.theage.com.au/ftage/ffximage/2009/01/20/mbs_jankovic_narrowweb__300x399,0.jpg
Jelena Jankovic in action at the Australian Open.


Being happy, focused just comes naturally

LOOKS can be deceiving. I may look quite strong and quiet from the outside when you don't know me, but I am not really like that.

I am a positive person who laughs a lot and am always happy, but deep down on the inside, I am also a very sensitive person. Believe it or not I am a bit of a crier! I do tend to be quite emotional and cry easily.

It is not something that I particularly like about myself, but that is how I am as a person.

I am not as cold as a rock. But I don't pay too much attention to what others say about me. Everybody has the right to think what they want and speak their mind if they want to. But I don't really focus on that, and when you are successful there are always going to be critics, as well as people who compliment you. That's just the way it is.

If I was ranked 1000th in the world or if I wasn't doing well, no one would talk about me. Nobody would say anything, so I guess this is the way it has to be and I have to accept that.

I have my own team and I have the people who believe in me and wish me the best.

I just try to get my results and don't feel that I have to prove anything to anybody. I'm No. 1 in the world and everybody wants to be in my shoes, so I don't have anything to worry about. I'm just a girl who enjoys tennis. I go to the court with a smile on my face, and that's what matters … I enjoy what I do and I'm happy. I love my sport. I love running after balls.

That's what matters to me and that's what counts.

Looking forward to today's second-round match against Kirsten Flipkens, I have to admit I do not know too much about her. I haven't seen her play for a long time, so basically I'll just go out there and play my game and try to remain focused from the beginning to the end and keep the intensity up throughout the whole match.

It was very hot out on court during my first match against Yvonne Meusburger on Monday, but that is all part and parcel of playing in Australia at this time of year. There will be hot days.

One of the problems I have when I come to Australia for the tournaments is that the courts get so warm and the soles of my shoes, with the friction from moving around the court, get so hot that it feels like it's burning my feet. It's not a pleasant feeling but I guess most of us have to deal with that. I actually had to put my feet on ice during the change-overs on Monday to try and cool down, but there's not really much you can do out there about that — it's just the way it is.

I always protect my feet before I go on court by having them taped by the physios, which also protects my big toes because I break a lot of nails, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

While tennis is my No. 1 priority, it is important to have interests outside of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. I like acting and am very interested in fashion, so I am very excited because my new apparel sponsor, ANTA, will give me the freedom to work with the designers to create my own dresses and have a whole range of clothes with my name. It's nice when you are able to display your personality through your clothes and you wear what you want to, especially when you are out on the court. To be the only one wearing the dress is important to me, as nobody else on the tour would have the same thing.

I also like spending time with kids who have needs and I am a UNICEF ambassador. So I do feel it is very important to have the right balance between the job that I do and the other activities and interests that I have in my life that make me happy.

Jelena Jankovic is the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's No. 1-ranked player and a donation for this column has been made to her chosen charity, UNICEF.

louisa.
Jan 20th, 2009, 12:41 PM
D'oh I forgot to go buy The Age :sad:
Thanks for the article! :)

iheartjelenaj
Jan 20th, 2009, 05:46 PM
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a11055_why-jelena-jankovic-finally-ready-slam-injuries-selfdoubt

great article & analysis on JJ :)

MaBaker
Jan 20th, 2009, 06:19 PM
^ Great article . Somehow I always forget that she was junior No.1 too, which is amazing. 8 years ago, she won AO for juniors and became the best in the world. In less than 2 weeks from now, she could win her second AO and confirm her world dominance :worship: It is written in the stars, it has to be :inlove:

~Kiera~
Jan 20th, 2009, 07:14 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/aus09/columns/story?columnist=ubha_ravi&id=3843208

A watchful eye on the big names
By Ravi Ubha
Special to ESPN.com

Tuesday Jan. 20
MELBOURNE, Australia -- It's even hotter than Monday.

Approaching noon on the expansive grounds at Melbourne Park on the second day of the campaign's opening Grand Slam, the temperature veers toward 95 degrees, once more with few clouds. Sombreros, sunscreen and the like are in full force. Minimal respite comes in the form of a swirling wind that alters Jelena Jankovic's ball toss while she practices on Court 17 in the shadow of Hisense Arena.

Jelena Jankovic would like nothing more than to validate her No. 1 ranking by winning the Australian Open.Jankovic works on her serve and forehand, not the strong points in her essentially counterpunching game. Later, coach Ricardo Sanchez, well inside the baseline, starts serving and instructs Jankovic to hit a stationary target utilizing her acclaimed two-handed backhand. One serve into the body forces Jankovic to scurry and offer an awkward reply, though she garners a bit of revenge by unleashing a drive near the Spaniard's privates as the drill continues. Jankovic's father, Veselin, takes in the action.

Jankovic entered the tournament amid a bit of controversy, initiated by rival Serena Williams. Williams proclaimed she was the best player in the world, not Jankovic, the computer No. 1. Jankovic, devoid of a Grand Slam title, disagreed.

Sanchez got in his two cents, taking a shot at Serena and Venus Williams when it was suggested they were among the favorites here.

"Why Venus and Serena?" the diminutive Sanchez asked. "They don't do nothing in Europe. Only they do when they play in the States. I think Jelena is the best player. She's the favorite."

It's worth noting Venus Williams is the two-time defending Wimbledon (as in England) champion. Serena Williams triumphed at the Australian Open two years ago.

Sanchez maintained his tough talking.

"I think [Jankovic] is going to win two Grand Slams" in 2009, he said. "The objective last year was to be No. 1. The objective this year is to win a Grand Slam."

Habitually ailing, Jankovic bailed on an exhibition in Hong Kong this month, citing illness. She's 100 percent and put in nine days of hard work in Melbourne, according to Sanchez. Jankovic spent part of the offseason boosting her fitness in Mexico.

"We improved a lot on the serve, forehand, the conditioning," said Sanchez, who is based in Benidorm, Spain. "Now the only question is, it's the first tournament of the year. She needs to get used to everything we've been working on this winter."

Nina.
Jan 20th, 2009, 07:42 PM
Jankovic entered the tournament amid a bit of controversy, initiated by rival Serena Williams. Williams proclaimed she was the best player in the world, not Jankovic, the computer No. 1. Jankovic, devoid of a Grand Slam title, disagreed.

The media is so jumping on that :rolleyes: Serena always said that she feels like the best in the world no matter who has the no.1 ranking.

Brena
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:28 PM
The media is so jumping on that :rolleyes: Serena always said that she feels like the best in the world no matter who has the no.1 ranking.

Ah, the journalists are just as bad as the GM posters - they're bigger drama queens than JJ and Serena combined.

Optima
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:37 AM
Q. She gave you a bit of a sweat out there today.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it was a tough match for me. I thought that my opponent played really well. She had nothing to lose so she could go out there and really swing freely.

I wasn't really happy with my game, what I was doing on the court. So I have to clean‑up my game a little bit and try to do the right things for my next match.

Just overall happy to get through. It's good to get into the competition and feel those nerves and feel this atmosphere because I haven't competed for two months. It's go get some tough matches in the earlier rounds.

Q. Did she surprise you sometimes?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, because I haven't played against her. I don't know the way she plays. She came up with great shots out there and kept hitting that forehand and coming to the volleys without fear. So she played really well. I had to hang in there and find my way to get through the match.

I was able to do it in two sets which is good. I want to save as much energy as possible.

Q. Can you imagine that she's only 110 in the world?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. You know, because she comes out today and when the player has nothing to lose can play without the pressure. She hits the balls and it's great. If she has ‑‑ if she even wins it's like an unbelievable win for her. So she has nothing to lose. She can go out there and really enjoy the game and have a great match. So they did that. She went after her shots and, you know, she really had nothing to lose.

Q. You seem to have some problems with your feet. Was it the shoe?

JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, it's because the conditions here are quite hot. You know, I'm sweating more than usual, which is normal. So my socks are slipping a little bit in my shoes. I have to make a couple of adjustments for my next match.

But it will be fine.

Q. Did you have to put your feet in the ice again?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, no. It was not that hot today so I didn't have to put them in the ice. But let's hope in my next round it won't be 37 degrees so I might have to do that.

Q. The next round your going to play against Sugiyama. She says she has nothing to lose against you.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Nobody has nothing to lose against me, no? This is the bad part. The good part about playing me is that they have nothing to lose and I'm just always the favorite because I'm the No. 1 player in the world, which is normal.

So I have to go out there expecting that opponents are really going to try their best and go out there and play with no pressure. I have to stay in the matches try to ‑‑ I just need to go after my shots more. I have to play a lot more aggressively, go out there with confidence. I have to work a little bit in the practice, you know, to try to clean‑up some things in my game and hopefully I will be better in my next round.

Q. Now you know how Justine always felt?

JELENA JANKOVIC: It's normal. It goes with your success. You know, you want to be No. 1 you have to deal with this. It's the way it is. I don't complain. I love being here and being in the role of the No. 1 player of the world. I also feel I have nothing to lose. When everybody wants to achieve and come to No. 1 ranking and I have done that, so it will always be in any biography and record and nobody can take it away from me. I can just enjoy any game and try to improve get better as a player.

Q. Serbian fans normally are very loud, but today I think the Belgians were louder.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it was a small group of Belgians, but they were so loud out there and kept cheering every point. Every point that my opponent made they were so loud out there. I think what is fun about Australian Open is that those fans really get involved and get so loud and dress up in different colors of each country.

So it's quite interesting. You know, I also have my own Serbian fans and other fans as well out there. So I had a lot of support, which is always nice to see.

Q. You came very close at Flushing Meadows. Your serve let you down you think? Has your serve improved?

JELENA JANKOVIC: It has improved, I think, in the Autumn. I was serving very well at the indoor tournaments at the end of the year. Still I have to get it where I want it to be. I'm still not really satisfied with that shot, but I'm working on it. Hopefully I can get better and better.

дalex
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:03 AM
I told you it's her socks. They look too loose.

She played amazing considering how distracted and whiny she was :o. It's a sign of confidence, I don't think she ever doubted in her victory.

дalex
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:21 PM
http://www.blic.rs/sports.php?id=3701
Na srpskom (http://www.blic.rs/sport.php?id=75227)
How lucrative is playing for national team
Tennis stars profit from ratings, others from medals

http://www.blic.rs/_customfiles/Image/slike/2009/01_januar/21/sport/tema-v.jpg

Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic are to sign one-year deals with the Serbia Tennis Federation, while Ana Ivanovic, Janko Tipsarevic, and Nenad Zimonjic are already on three-year contracts. A place at the football World Cup is worth millions of Euros, basketball players hoping for expenditures, while water polo and volleyball players await government bonuses. The top tennis players have contracts with the Federation under which they are obliged to play for Serbia – either the Davis Cup or the FED Cup team.

The initial deal between the tennis stars and the Federation was worth €550,000, but Jelena Jankovic’s manager team believe the contract has to be altered to their protégée’s benefit given Jankovic’s improving rating as a tennis player.
- “We hope the new contracts will be signed with them soon,” says Dusan Orlandic, chief executive of Serbia Tennis Federation.
The federation’s regulations require that professional players ranked 100th in the ATP or WTA rankings and above be awarded financial support. The top place in either rankings constitutes €150,000 worth of prize money and a place among the top five brings €100,000, while the amounts are paid quarterly.
- “Jelena is entitled to the amount as the world’s number one. Ana Ivanovic got her own share after spending 12 weeks as the WTA No. 1,” adds Orlandic.
Blic has spoken with other sports associations’ officials to ask how much players earn for appearing for their national team.
- “Playing for Serbia is not financially awarded, only a result,” says Zoran Lakovic, Serbian Football Association general secretary.
- “Players of all age categories receive per diems under the law whenever they answer call-ups to the national team, but they get financial bonuses only if a competitive aim is reached. Mandatory rewards are only given to the senior team and the U21 team by the FIFA.”
For example, Serbia players will find out how much financial gain they made during the World Cup qualifying campaing only if they manage to make it through to South Africa.”
- “We expect this year FIFA to allocate a sum to be given to those football associations which qualify for the World Cup, based on TV rights price and other revenues. The percentage of the sum which belongs to the players and the coaching staff will be determined between the FA executives, manager Antic and the players.”
A place in South Africa would make the Serbian FA millions of Euros richer. The Serbia and Montenegro FA received €3.87m of prize money having qualified for the 2006 Cup in Germany, out of which 40% belonged to the team (22 players and nine members of the backroom staff) and the rest went to the FA. We expect the sum to go up for the forthcoming World Cup.”
The share awarded to the players was raised to 50% for the achievements at the World Cup, although Serbia team were eventually unprized failing to win a single point in the group stage. A place in the quarter-final was worth €5.49m, teams that qualified for the semis received €7.43m, while the champions won €16.48m.
Serbian Volleyball Association president Aleksandar Boricic says the cooperation within the team is immaculate and that there are no disputes over financial bonuses.
- “At the competitions where there is a prize money fund established, a certain percentage is awarded to the players and the coaching staff. Conversely, at tournaments such as the European or World championships and the Olympic Games, players only look forward to getting their hands on a medal. Only then does the government step up with its bonuses for athletic achievements. Additional funds can be won through the sponsorship of the Volleyball Association. It has never happened before that a player of either the men’s or the women’s national team were asking for any concessions because they don’t get anything for playing for Serbia. There are no special contracts, either, while even if someone did ask for something special, they would be excluded from the team,” says Boricic.
The officials of the Serbian Basketball Association believe players should be remunerated for their contribution to the national team. However, despite everyone’s ambitions and hopes, they have been nowhere near prize rewards in the recent years.
- “Players of the basketball team receive bonuses only if they win one of the top four places at major competitions, but that hasn’t happened for years. The amount to be allocated is predetermined in a meeting between the head coach and the captain, as the players’ representative,” says Predrag Bojic, SBA general secretary.
- “First the total sum that comes with a certain result is established, then the players are individually ranked based on their contribution to the team. The Association is in possession of the funds for this purpose, but unfortunately we haven’t had the chance to pay them off in the recent years. We can only hope we face such expenditures soon,” concludes Bojic.
The Serbia water polo team spend most of their careers away on preparations for major competitions. Last summer alone they were more than three months away from their families due to training and fine-tuning for the World League, the European Championships and the Olympic Games.
The players are reimbursed for the time lost during the summer, as their stay at the team preparations is paid through per diems. They also win bonuses for any of the top three places they win at major competitions. A Serbia Government Act proclaims awards granted by the state, while the association too prizes its players whenever funds are available. The government has done a favour for the athletes after passing an act according to which those who manage to win Olympic medals receive lifetime national pensions,” says Velibor Sovrovic, Serbian Water Polo Association president

Cat123
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:04 PM
Some great articles there, cheers! :D

I'll never ever get bored of reading "Jelena Jankovic number 1" :hearts: Never.

~Kiera~
Jan 22nd, 2009, 02:33 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/jelena-jankovic/2009/01/22/1232471497951.html

Super Serbs' support lights up my world

I SPEND much of my year travelling from city to city in different countries, but I have to say that Melbourne really is one of my favourite places of all.

It is a great city where the people are so friendly.

I like to go out at night and have nice dinners and take advantage of the shopping, which I have already done this week.

But there is also the wonderful support I receive from the local Serbian community. It is like nothing I have seen anywhere else.

There are a lot of Serbian people here in Australia and when I play in Melbourne, I can always hear the support of the fans on court.

It is great that they are not only supporting me but all Serbian players. They are so proud at how well we do. We can see their flags and they are very loud and I really appreciate all the support.

Fans here in Melbourne are a bit different to those at other grand slams on the Sony Ericcson WTA tour. They come dressed up in their colours and stick together in groups throughout the stadium. It's a lot of fun to see.

I'm sure they will be plenty there today when I play Japan's Ai Sugiyama in the third round of the Australian Open.

I know it will be a tough match against a very experienced opponent and I will be looking towards playing better than I did last round.

Sugiyama is one of those players who runs down just about everything and does not really give you many free points, so I really have to go out there and play aggressively and with a high intensity from the first point to the last.

But one thing that I have had to get used to, and I am sure Sugiyama will be no different today, is my opponents lifting their games to new levels because I have now become the world No. 1.

Players have little to lose when they play against me so they can go out and really have a go, enjoy the whole match and play without pressure.

It is a sign of respect to the position.

Everyone, myself included, appreciates just how hard it is to get to the top of the rankings.

We play all year long under a lot of pressure and then you have the challenge of injuries and trying to compete when you are completely exhausted. There can be times when you don't think you can go on but you have to have the motivation and that determination to achieve and go after your goals.

But that is just the burden you have to take by being the best in the world and I enjoy that pressure.

I enjoy that challenge and love being in the role that I am now in so I hope to stay in this for a while yet.

But I am not the sort of person to be worried about my legacy or how people will look at my career. I have many years to achieve much more.

But, as soon as I step off the tennis court, I don't really think about tennis. When I'm walking around the streets, I'm just a normal girl just enjoying her life and keeping my feet on the ground.

Not everyone can be remembered as the best ever. To me, it is important to present yourself and your country in the best possible light and when I finish my tennis career, I hope that people will remember me as a good player, a fighter who gave everything on the court and was a good role model for the younger generations.

Jelena Jankovic is the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's No. 1-ranked player and a donation for this column has been made to her chosen charity, UNICEF.

~Kiera~
Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:49 PM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6625706

Tennis Week: You've played doubles with Jelena Jankovic and you know her well. Is she ready to break through and win her first major singles title at the Australian Open?

Bethanie Mattek: I think so. I've been watching, she's playing great. She's looking a lot stronger, she gained a lot of muscle mass and I think it's been a goal for her. She got the No. 1 ranking without a Slam title and I know how badly she wants to win one. I think she's ready.

дalex
Jan 22nd, 2009, 10:12 PM
Beth, :awww: :worship:

Jelena couldn't have found herself a better friend on the tour. Just google 'bethanie mattek' in images section and the first page is already pretty telling. Jelena should have signed with Mattek instead of Anta! :rolls:

Kampi
Jan 23rd, 2009, 07:34 AM
Interview from the pc after todays win against Ai. Taken from the AO-site.


Q. What were your thoughts on the match today? 6‑4. 6‑4 scoreline.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Today was a tough match. I thought I competed much better than in my previous two rounds.
Ai is a tough opponent. She doesn't really give me any free points. She fights very well and is a very solid player. I had to work for every point. Just happy to get through this kind of match.
Q. She was getting some treatment during the match. Does that put you off at all?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, not really. Because I was just focusing on myself. At that time when she took that break, time‑out, and received the treatment, I was just thinking about what I had to do in order to finish up that set and what was my game plan and how I need to continue. It didn't put me off at all.
Q. You were taking off your shoes and just slipping with the heat, was it?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it was very warm out there. The court is so hot, and also the soles of my shoes are very hot as well. It's normal for it to be ‑‑ I feel like I'm on fire, you know.
So every time I had a chance, I took my shoes off to cool off. That's basically it.
Q. So the air conditioners haven't arrived for your shoes yet?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Maybe in ten years time they'll make that.
Q. Novak has spoken about the pressure of defending his Grand Slam. Do you speak to him about the pressure? You have a lot pressure, too. Have you chatted with him at all?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, not really. When we chat, we don't chat about tennis. I'm just a person, when I finish my tennis obligations, I don't really talk about tennis.
As soon as I finish my match, I talk to my coach, my team, what I have done wrong, what I have done right, so in order to improve the next day and do my homework for my next match. That's all.
After that, I just talk about other things and enjoy my life.
Q. Does the departure of Venus Williams from the draw and Maria Sharapova not being here this year suggest to you this is a real big chance for you to win a Grand Slam?
JELENA JANKOVIC: There are still so many tough opponents, great players in the draw. I just want to play one match at a time. I don't think about who is or is not playing. I just look ahead at my next opponent, and that's it.
Q. Did you see any of Venus' match?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I saw it last night. It was really an exciting match. I thought that Carla Suarez played so well, and I was really impressed by how well she handled the pressure and how well she competed against a top player. It was a huge win for her.
Q. As Venus says, Everybody is good out there. You just got to watch out.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, everybody knows how to hold a racquet. It's nothing new. Everybody wants to come out and perform at their best and win. Nobody is going out there just to get a few games and leave the court. Everybody wants to really go after you. They want the best. Nobody is afraid of anybody.
It's just ‑‑ that's the interesting part about the sport. It's a great competition. So many great, talented players out there.
For the fans as well, they can enjoy it, because it's unpredictable who is going to win.
Q. Have you been made aware of the incident following Novak's game?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Not really, because I was playing after him. I heard about it, you know, that there was some fighting or something between the fans. I think overall it's great that the fans come and support us.
But I think the most important thing is that they should respect each other, the fans and our opponents. The crowd should be quite fair and just go out there and enjoy the match.

ChriS.
Jan 23rd, 2009, 08:58 AM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/jelena-jankovic/2009/01/22/1232471497951.html

Not everyone can be remembered as the best ever. To me, it is important to present yourself and your country in the best possible light and when I finish my tennis career, I hope that people will remember me as a good player, a fighter who gave everything on the court and was a good role model for the younger generations.
Well said JJ!

дalex
Jan 23rd, 2009, 03:53 PM
Not exactly new article, but interesting read.
http://www.onthebaseline.com/2008/12/10/snezanas-daughter-is-almost-there/

On the same site Jelena was voted player of the year for 2008.
http://www.onthebaseline.com/2009/01/01/the-2008-baseline-award-winners/

Snezana’s Daughter is Almost There

The WTA computer says that she’s #1, but even those of us who appreciate the whirling Serbian dervish named Jelena Jankovic for what she IS would more than likely concede that she probably isn’t the “most talented” player on tour.

But her ability to win people over IS growing. After fighting against Jankovic’s lure all season long, by the end of ‘08 some “converts” stopped pooh-poohing her for what she ISN’T and began to commend her heart, smarts and tour-leading consistency… even if they seemed to do so through gritted teeth.

Truth be told, I didn’t realize that Jankovic was as good as she’s managed to become. That’s not condemning her with faint praise, either. A year ago, I’d have said that the best she would ever likely do at a slam was get “close,” and she’d never win one. A year later, there’s a sense that she HAS to become a slam champion in due order.

Why?

Well, quite frankly, Justine Henin retired and, perhaps not coincidentally, Jankovic began to bloom in the vacuum her exit produced. After having gone 0-9 against the Belgian during her career, the Serb won the first WTA tour event — in Rome — contested in the wake of Henin’s departure. Fortified more than any other player by the subtraction of her extraordinary adversary, Jankovic was given new life… and hope.

A month later, she reached the Roland Garros semifinals and played countrywoman Ana Ivanovic for the #1 ranking. She failed to seize it then, as well as a few other times, before finally backdooring the top ranking by rising into the spot after the “bye” week preceding the Olympics.

She only held the ranking for seven days, but her appetite was sufficiently whetted.

Late last summer in New York, something about Jankovic was fundamentally transformed. Maybe it was the craving for the #1 spotlight she’d briefly enjoyed, or simply the deliberate result of a great deal of work and sweat that did it. Whatever it was, Jankovic came to NYC not in top shape after missing training time following a Wimbledon knee injury, with her game a bit ragged.

But after gutting out a few early matches, “New York Jelena” started to believe… and continued to win, all the way to her first slam final. There, against Serena Williams, even in defeat, she put up such a grand fight that a “light” seemed to go off in her head. She finally realized she COULD win a grand slam.

Her Open adventure certified Jankovic’s big stage pedigree and nerve. After that, everything changed.

In the final months of the season, the experience served her well. There, the chaotic sister from another planet started walking, talking and acting like a true #1 player. Dare I say it, there was something more “professional” about her entire process, on and off court. Oh, the loopy side stories were still there, but they didn’t distract or define her. THIS Jankovic, while still maintaining her quirky appeal, had a different mindset.

Players were said to whisper that she’d developed something of an “intimidation factor” while running off three straight titles in a three-week span to secure the year-end #1 ranking.

While Jankovic’s #1 credentials were strengthened by her late-season upswing, there’s still a huge hole in her career resume.

For all that the Divine Miss J did in 2008, she still needs to win a grand slam title to convince many that she’s truly earned her position rather than simply inherited it. It’s essential she pick up some heavy-duty hardware to prove her worth to a sometimes-skeptical public that seems to prefer its #1’s either American, blond or fully-sponsored.

Thus, for the player whose smile launched a thousand stories, and a few sneers, 2009 will be about R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

An ever-improving serve, more in-point aggression and a welcome ability to construct a point, all of which the athletic Jankovic utilized so well in ‘08, will certainly further help her sharpen her game’s teeth as long as she stays focused and healthy. With so much to prove, she’ll never be faced with as much pressure of expectation as she will in the upcoming campaign.

But will Jankovic REALLY win a slam in 2009?

I truly think so, but you never know. We ARE talking about Jankovic, after all. Even if she doesn’t check “win a grand slam title” off her career “To Do” list sometime over the next nine months, at worst, the journey will be Oscar-worthy. Jelena being Jelena, and no player on earth enjoys being herself on the court more than this particular drama-loving Serb, is worth the price of admission on its own unique merit.

Snezana’s daughter is almost there. Living in the moment. Striving, per chance to dream… bigger than ever.

Todd Spiker resides in the Washington, D.C. area, and reviews the women’s tour every week at WTA Backspin (www.wtabackspin.blogspot.com). His opinions on the men’s tour can be found at ATP Backspin (www.atpbackspin.blogspot.com).

Brena
Jan 23rd, 2009, 04:16 PM
the chaotic sister from another planet

:inlove:
What a cute article!

Cat123
Jan 23rd, 2009, 04:41 PM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6625706

Beth :hearts: :worship:

дalex
Jan 23rd, 2009, 06:35 PM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2009/01/the-deuce-clu-2.html

..........

Pete gave some of his own thoughts on the matter in his "Choke-Motion" post - a great teaser, if you ask me. Here's what he said, if you missed it:

"Let me slip into my role as fashion arbiter for a moment to say that I've seen just one shirt (and I haven't seen them all) that I would consider actually buying to wear - that's the yellow-and-white Adidas job I saw on Safin. For my money, Adidas has always made the best-looking stuff, meaning gear that's sporty, elegant, and. . . appropriate. I know that "appropriate" is not a fashionable concept or word these days, which is too bad. I'm still trying to figure out why someone would want to drape an athlete like Jelena Jankovic in a green maternity dress, but I guess that's my problem (unless a "wardrobe malfunction" suddenly makes it Jankovic's)."

Pete's not the only one who's enjoyed this "fashion arbiter" role. A number of you have had a field day expressing your opinions on colors, cuts, shapes, and lengths. Rafa's outfits, especially, have garnered quite a bit of attention.

Personally, I don't mind his new look. The way some fans talk about it, you'd think he was walking onto the court in a clown suit! I appreciate that the outfit is different - and different can be refreshing, no? (Okay, so Dominik Hrbaty's "different" hole shirt isn't exactly what one would deem refreshing, but you get the idea.) I'm a fan of the bright hues, even if the scheme is slightly off. And sure, he looks young, but he is young ... so it gets a thumbs up in my book.

Some other fashion observations:

I agree with Pete that Jelena's dress leaves a bit to be desired. Really, my only complaint is the unflattering cut (a pity since she has a to-die-for figure!). Otherwise, I like its vibrant green and the way it moves - looks cool and comfortable to play in.

I can't say the same for Ana's dress. Is it just me or does the neckline look really uncomfortable? If I keep wanting to tug at it, I can't imagine how Ana must feel. It often seems like Adidas tries too hard to put the girl in something "special," when, really, she'd look stunning in even a tee and shorts. Simpler is better, right?

Simple like Amelie's red dress. How radiant does she look, huh? (I can't be the only one who's hearing "Lady in Red" right now.) Roger hasn't disappointed, either. What's the word for him ... immaculate. Clean and crisp, not to mention striking, what with the contrasting colors. Still, my favorite part of his look has nothing to do with his clothes - it's the haircut! I guess when you have luscious locks like him, you can rock both long and short hair.

Roger's Swiss compatriot, Stan Wawrinka, also fared well in the fashion department - if not the tennis department. His new Lacoste gear suits him to a tee. Unlike James Blake's new getup, which seems to be several sizes too big. As I noted with Ana, I'm befuddled as to how these sportswear manufacturers manage to make even the most attractive of players look positively frumpy.

But enough of my random musings; I could go on forever, after all. Now it's your turn!

Let's do it this way: Name the male/female players with the best and worst looks at the AO. Obviously, "look" isn't limited to just clothing (hair? accessories?). Give Joan Rivers a run for her money, and have fun!

Note: For those of you who are sartorially-challenged, feel free to use this space for any other OT discussions, especially since we're trying to keep such chatter at a minimum on the Crisis Center threads.

дalex
Jan 23rd, 2009, 06:52 PM
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/01/22/ta.jelenajankovic/?iref=intlOnlyonCNN

Jelena Jankovic: On top of the tennis world

Jelena Jankovic is making a reputation for herself as one of the hardest working woman in tennis.

Only a few others on the women's tour competed in as many matches as her last year, and her consistency, blistering forehand and an improved all-round game saw her end 2008 as the world No. 1.

She prepared for the Australian Open -- under way in Melbourne -- in the punishing heat of Mexico and hopes that winning her first Grand Slam tournament under the harsh Melbourne sun will silence the critics who have questioned her right to the No. 1 spot without having won a Grand Slam title.

"I don't understand why so many questions are being asked about that. I mean it's not the end of the world. I just play my tennis and I enjoy every match. I go on the court with a smile and that's all that matters to me. And if it will happen it will happen," she told CNN before the Australian Open.

While sounding somewhat fatalistic about her chances at the first Grand Slam of 2009, it belies a determination that has propelled the upbeat 23-year-old Serbian from an early childhood in Belgrade to the top of women's tennis and a jet-setting lifestyle.

She moved from her native Serbia to Florida when she was just 12 years-old, training at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy -- the same tennis camp that honed the skills of Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters.

Being away from her family from such a young age made her grow up quickly, she says: "I think I matured much faster than some of the girls my age and made me much stronger as well."

Life as an international tennis professional also means life on the road, and Jankovic admits that sometimes it can be tough.

"For me the most difficult thing is being away from my family and friends, away from my country. Sometimes I just wish I was a normal girl, just staying at home and living a normal life," she told CNN.

But her desire to be the best in the world and determination to succeed is galvanized by the achievements of her fellow Serbian tennis stars on the tour, Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic.

"We are strong individuals and we come from a background where we didn't really have facilities to train, or the best financial status. We made it with our will and with our determination," she said.

"I'm proud that we have gone a long way and we have achieved huge things coming out of a small country. And I hope that will inspire and motivate the younger generation and help them by building a tennis center so that they can train in Serbia, develop their games and not have to go abroad like we had to do in order to become champions.

"It's amazing. In Serbia people are following that sport and waking up at three in the morning to watch us play," she said.

If she can dispatch the opposition in Melbourne with the same composure and determination she's shown in other tournaments she could finally have a title to match her ambition and give her compatriots something to really celebrate in the wee hours of the morning.

schorsch
Jan 24th, 2009, 05:08 PM
Friday, January 23, 2009

It was difficult, but my match with Lucie Safarova ended up being really great. She was playing really, really well at the beginning and was even up 63 20, but I was able to come back and win. I'm so happy about it. It was also really exciting to have so much support in the crowd, not just the French fans but also Australians. When Lucie was hitting lines they were cheering for me and it helped me to keep fighting. I started playing better after the first few games of the second set and when I got that set in my pocket it got even better. It's my first time in the fourth round in Australia, which is so exciting for me - I've never played so well here! Next match I have Jelena Jankovic, the No.1 player in the world, so that'll be a real challenge, obviously!

Right now, I'm so tired. I feel like I need to rest a lot before my next match. I'm going to take tomorrow completely off - hopefully you'll all forgive me if I also take one day off from the blog :) I will definitely write again on Sunday!

I'll talk to you all then... have a good weekend! And send in more questions!!

Marion

blog from wtatour.com :devil:

JadeFox
Jan 24th, 2009, 05:31 PM
blog from wtatour.com :devil:

So Marion's tired huh? Well big whoop, JJ's won matches while on her deathbed!

Show her who's the real drama queen JJ!:rocker2:

Kampi
Jan 24th, 2009, 05:36 PM
So Marion's tired huh? Well big whoop, JJ's won matches while on her deathbed!

Show her who's the real drama queen JJ!:rocker2:

YESSS, finally the time has come to have your revenge for Wimbly 2007. Play hard and aggressive and don't give her room to breathe. Turn into a relentless warrior on the court.:armed:


GO JJ:bounce:

RFS
Jan 24th, 2009, 06:57 PM
Now correct me if I'm wrong... but isn't the WTA blogger always cursed to lose in whatever tourny they're playing at the time... :devil:

~Kiera~
Jan 24th, 2009, 08:17 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/australian-open/no-ipod-but-after-three-rounds-i-feel-my-games-on-song/2009/01/24/1232471660710.html

No iPod, but I feel my game's on song

Jelena Jankovic
January 25, 2009

AFTER coming into the tournament without any warm-up matches, I've started finding some rhythm and confidence heading into the second week.

Fortunately, I've recovered after getting sick during a recent exhibition match in Hong Kong, so I'm healthy and there's no problems going forward.

Nobody likes to play when something is bothering them and at the moment I'm healthy, excited and enjoying my tennis, which is the most important thing.

My first match here against Yvonne Meusburger was my toughest so far, especially after not playing for about two months. I didn't know much about her going into the match, so it was exciting to get through.

In the next round, I didn't know much about Kirsten Flipkins either, but she was really going after me and putting me under pressure. I stayed calm and got through the match even though I didn't play very well. I wasn't satisfied with my performance, but it's important to win when you're not playing at your best.

My third-round match against Ai Sugiyama was a great match. I was prepared for her to run a lot of balls down and knew she wasn't going to give me any free points. All the points I won, I had to earn. The conditions were quite warm and it was hard for both of us, but I managed to stay strong at crucial times.

It was a great match and I played a lot better than my two previous rounds.

Almost a week into the tournament, I feel like I'm getting into the routine of playing matches, getting that all-important rhythm and confidence from winning and moving forward.

When you're not playing it's important to relax, conserve energy and look after yourself. Unfortunately I left my iPod at home, so I'm not listening to any music in my down time, but I'm always singing inside myself. Even hearing a song on the TV can get me singing!

One of the biggest positives this year is having my parents at the tournament. My mum usually travels with me to most tournaments, but my dad doesn't come so often, so its always nice to have my family with me.

The night before a match I stay home and my mum prepares the food, which is quite relaxing. I like to keep my days pretty low-key, nothing too exciting, because I'm here to play and do my best.

It's important to be disciplined, take care of my body, eat well and take care of all these little details because they make a huge difference when I'm on the court.

My next opponent is Marion Bartoli, who I haven't played against for about two years. The last time we played was at Wimbledon on grass and playing on grass is completely different to playing on a hard court.

I'm really looking forward to the match. It will be another tough one, but everyone playing here presents another challenge. I can't underestimate anybody.

I would like to step up a little bit, keep improving with each match and lift my level of tennis. Of course, the further you get into the tournament the tougher your opponents are going to be, so I need to play better and, so far, I'm on the right track.

Jelena Jankovic is the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's No. 1-ranked player and a donation for this column has been made to her chosen charity.

~Kiera~
Jan 25th, 2009, 03:18 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-25/200901251232851932593.html

Jelena Jankovic 25-01-09

Q. What are your feelings now? Disappointment? Despair?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it's obviously disappointing. Nobody likes to lose. Today was a tough day for me. You know, I had a slow start. I let my opponent completely come on top of me and play her game.

I had some chances in the first set as well, but I just didn't take it. I gave her a lot of confidence throughout the match. And then in the second set, you know, I also had a lot of opportunities to come back and try to get in the game somehow.

But I just, you know, also didn't ‑‑ you need a little bit of luck as well, but overall played wrong tactically, didn't do what I was supposed to do to beat my opponent.

So she was the better one, and all the credit. She played really well, went for all her shots. Even played first and second serve the same. She hit whatever she could. So she knew that she had to do that in order to win, and it was her day.

Q. Her shots are so hard to read, it would seem because they're so flat.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, because I let her play that. You know, I let her hit all the shots that she wanted to. I let her play her game. I didn't do what I was supposed to do, and this was wrong for me. Couldn't get my rhythm out there.

And she hit whatever she could. Her goal was just to get the first strike and go for it, because she knew if I get in the point she'll be in trouble.

So a bad day for me. You know, good day for her. And all the credit. She was the better one today.

Q. How do you explain the slow start?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. I just started slow. I, you know, was completely not moving my feet. I was late on many shots. I was really not there, for some reason. I don't know why. When I tried to focus and get into the match, things just didn't work out for me.

You know, whatever she did was great for her. So, you know, she played really well, and I just couldn't do what I needed to do. Really wrong tactically. My shots were not where I wanted to be. I wanted to open up the court a lot more.

I was just giving the shots like one meter away from her so that she can step in and hit those shots.

Q. Do you think you're paying for the fact that you didn't have the preparation you would have liked to have had?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Also it's just my first tournament of the year, so there's many more tournaments to play. You know, many, many matches to get in and hopefully improve.

From every loss I have to learn and have to analyze what I have done wrong, what I have done good, which is not the case today. I don't think I've done anything right today (smiling). So I just have to learn and try to keep improving.

I have to go forward and forget about this tournament and, you know, hopefully get back in form as soon as possible.

Q. Did you think this could happen to you because of the lack of preparation?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Not really. Today is not really a lack of playing. I thought, you know, just my opponent was really ‑‑ was on fire today, and she was hitting everything and really went for her shots. Most of those were going in.

It was, you know, tough. And if I couldn't do my own thing, it's tough to win like that.

Q. When you made the sign of the cross in the second set...

JELENA JANKOVIC: I needed a little bit of help, yes (smiling). What can I do?

Q. You're likely to probably lose your No. 1 ranking. Is that at all a concern or not a priority?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Well, I'm not really thinking about that. If whoever gonna come back to, you know, that spot, if maybe Safina can do it if she wins this tournament. You know, she deserves to be there. If she doesn't, then I will stay there.

You know, it doesn't matter because it's just the beginning of the year, and there is many more tournaments to play. So, you know, maybe it will change, the No. 1 ranking, but it's not important what you do now, it's the whole year ahead of us. A lot of tournaments, a lot of battles out there. You know, the best one will finish it.

I think, at least for me, the most important thing is how you finish, not how you begin.

Q. How hard is it for you to shake off a loss like this? Will you be thinking about it for days, weeks?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Months (laughter).

No, no, I mean, I'll try to forget it as soon as possible, of course. It's not so easy when you lose, especially like this. But it's part of the game. It's part of the sport. You have to just keep going forward and keep learning and improving. That's all.

Q. It seems you didn't play your best tennis throughout the tournament.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Not really, you know. It's my first tournament of the year, and it takes time. I'm this kind of a player who needs a little bit of time to get used to it, you know, to get the routine playing matches and get the confidence. Then, you know, I feel that I can do whatever I want on the court.

At the moment I'm still not there. I'm still, you know, finding my range, to get that confidence when I'm playing. The most important thing is, you know, when you're playing those matches, figuring out the way how to win, you know, to change your tactics, to change your shots, you know, do something differently in order to come back and win those matches.

Today I just couldn't do it. I was a little bit lost in the match. That's maybe a lack of playing, you know, playing those matches and being in those situations. But, you know, it will come. It's just, like I said, first tournament of the year. There is many more to play. I just have to go forward and be strong and just keep going.

Q. Has it been difficult to put sort of the questioning of your worth, of your No. 1 ranking out of your mind?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Was it you there in the match, or was it somebody else talking to me during the match? When I was getting a towel, there was a man just like you (laughter). To be honest, it's for real. Maybe it's your clone or something.

Q. Talking to you over the wall?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, he was cheering for me. I don't know. He looked just like you. Now when I saw you... (Laughter).

Q. The questioning of your No. 1 ranking and your worth of that, has that been difficult to play in this environment?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Not really. You know, I really enjoy to be under the No. 1 ranking, and I proved that at the end of last year when I won three tournaments in a row. I really wanted to be here in this position. You know, just started this year.

You know, I haven't played for a while. For two months I didn't compete. I was supposed to play an exhibition in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, me and my mother, we got sick, so it was very hard where I couldn't play some matches over there, which I wanted, just to feel the atmosphere, get the rhythm on the court. Playing especially against the top players, which were in Hong Kong, I couldn't do that.

So then I came with completely no matches into this tournament. Little by little I was, you know, getting better and better. But today I just couldn't find it. It was very difficult for me.

But what can I do? You know, it's a bad day of tennis, bad day at the tennis. But what can I do?

Q. You might still stay No. 1 depending on how the results fall. Do you hope that's the case, or is it easier to play not as the No. 1?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I want to be the No. 1. I don't want to be No. 2 so that I don't have any pressure. I don't think that's right. And also I don't feel any pressure whatsoever. I just want to lift my game up. I want to play better, and that's all.

When I'm on the top of my game, you know, it's very hard to beat me, because you really have to kind of spill blood if you want to win the match. But the moment, I'm not there yet. I still need to get better, to improve, be much, much tougher out there.

So just, you know, have to do some work on the practice, play some more matches, analyze what I have to do, and get back on track.

Q. What did your coach say to you?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Oh, you don't want to know (laughter). It's hard, you know. It's not so easy, you know. Especially he told me what I need to do tactically, and I completely didn't do any of those things. I just couldn't execute those shots.

It's easier said than done. He tells me to do something, but my opponent gives me such a hard time with her shots, I cannot do what I want to do. So it was very difficult for me to come back.

Normally I can turn around the matches and find my way through, but today it was very difficult. But what can I do? Have to learn, have to keep going. It's disappointing, to be honest, but what can I do?

Q. Tactically what did your coach want you to do? You mentioned opening up the court.

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, but if I tell you this, I don't think it's right, no? I will have to play those players again, so if I tell everything openly, I don't think it's right (smiling).

RFS
Jan 25th, 2009, 07:59 AM
At least she had the decency to credit Marion for basically outplaying her in every way.

And honey - all those repeated questions about losing the #1... is because of all the crap you've been gabbing all the live long day since the tourny began.
Learn, shut up, SPEED up and play.

That is all.

terjw
Jan 25th, 2009, 10:30 AM
Q. What did your coach say to you?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Oh, you don't want to know (laughter).


:lol: Amidst my disappointment at the loss - I found that funny.

Michael27
Jan 25th, 2009, 11:22 AM
The comment she kept on repeating "What can I do" is worrying

Brena
Jan 25th, 2009, 11:26 AM
What are you smiling and laughing at JJ? I want you to suffer! :smash:

RFS
Jan 25th, 2009, 11:39 AM
What can I do - learn to stop being such an arrogant arse on court and stop... please for the love of FUCKING GOD stop underestimating your opponents.

As soon as she clocked that Bartoli was moving better, and really going for her shots without fear she needed to step up her game and close her down.
On the few occasions she did that - well she won her points.

That serve... WTF! where was the work on that... some loopy shots that Marion was all over... and all the while that stupid look of "someone tell her she's playing against ME"... got news for you buddy - you ain't all that. At all. That match proved it.

Mentally she needs to regroup and work on speed now... it's not the wrong thing for her to get power upper-body power but it counts for nothing if she can't pop that serve, and if she can't speed up. She needs to sharpen up, shut up, and get over herself a little.

The only saving grace is... they're all coming back to Europe and she has a good chance on the clay (provided the weather doesn't make the balls all heavy)...
Mentally she has shown she is close - SFs in slams and the USO final... but there are younger, hungrier kids coming up who don't look in awe at the top 20 players, and JJ is deluding herself if all she has to do is play her game.

It's such a waste - cos that girl, when she gets her shit together is very court astute at times.

get your act together JJ... otherwise honey your only Slam WILL be the Mixed Dubs of '07.

Kampi
Jan 25th, 2009, 12:04 PM
What can I do - learn to stop being such an arrogant arse on court and stop... please for the love of FUCKING GOD stop underestimating your opponents.

As soon as she clocked that Bartoli was moving better, and really going for her shots without fear she needed to step up her game and close her down.
On the few occasions she did that - well she won her points.

That serve... WTF! where was the work on that... some loopy shots that Marion was all over... and all the while that stupid look of "someone tell her she's playing against ME"... got news for you buddy - you ain't all that. At all. That match proved it.

Mentally she needs to regroup and work on speed now... it's not the wrong thing for her to get power upper-body power but it counts for nothing if she can't pop that serve, and if she can't speed up. She needs to sharpen up, shut up, and get over herself a little.

The only saving grace is... they're all coming back to Europe and she has a good chance on the clay (provided the weather doesn't make the balls all heavy)...
Mentally she has shown she is close - SFs in slams and the USO final... but there are younger, hungrier kids coming up who don't look in awe at the top 20 players, and JJ is deluding herself if all she has to do is play her game.

It's such a waste - cos that girl, when she gets her shit together is very court astute at times.

get your act together JJ... otherwise honey your only Slam WILL be the Mixed Dubs of '07.

Well said Ros:)

And Jelena should really take this as some sort of wakeup call.

terjw
Jan 25th, 2009, 12:06 PM
The comment she kept on repeating "What can I do" is worrying

I don't worry or put any meaning on that. It's one of her phrases she always says. It wouldn't be a JJ interview if she didn't say "But what can I do" at least once.

I was so disappointed last night. But overall - I get from the interview that she believes she can play a lot better and that she let Marion play well and if she'd been playing like she knows she can - she believes she could have overcome Marion today. But she needs to do a lot of learning and work with her coach.

JadeFox
Jan 25th, 2009, 12:20 PM
What can I do - learn to stop being such an arrogant arse on court and stop... please for the love of FUCKING GOD stop underestimating your opponents.

As soon as she clocked that Bartoli was moving better, and really going for her shots without fear she needed to step up her game and close her down.
On the few occasions she did that - well she won her points.

That serve... WTF! where was the work on that... some loopy shots that Marion was all over... and all the while that stupid look of "someone tell her she's playing against ME"... got news for you buddy - you ain't all that. At all. That match proved it.

Mentally she needs to regroup and work on speed now... it's not the wrong thing for her to get power upper-body power but it counts for nothing if she can't pop that serve, and if she can't speed up. She needs to sharpen up, shut up, and get over herself a little.

The only saving grace is... they're all coming back to Europe and she has a good chance on the clay (provided the weather doesn't make the balls all heavy)...
Mentally she has shown she is close - SFs in slams and the USO final... but there are younger, hungrier kids coming up who don't look in awe at the top 20 players, and JJ is deluding herself if all she has to do is play her game.

It's such a waste - cos that girl, when she gets her shit together is very court astute at times.

get your act together JJ... otherwise honey your only Slam WILL be the Mixed Dubs of '07.

I pretty much agree with you on everything. Hopefully my bitchslaps have knocked some sense into her.

Snex
Jan 25th, 2009, 01:00 PM
Unfortunately I left my iPod at home, so I'm not listening to any music in my down time, but I'm always singing inside myself.

WTF you were singing inside yourself these days JJ??? :(

Mony
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:18 PM
Will she play Fed Cup against Japan?!

Princeza
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:27 PM
Q. Has it been difficult to put sort of the questioning of your worth, of your No. 1 ranking out of your mind?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Was it you there in the match, or was it somebody else talking to me during the match? When I was getting a towel, there was a man just like you (laughter). To be honest, it's for real. Maybe it's your clone or something.

Q. Talking to you over the wall?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, he was cheering for me. I don't know. He looked just like you. Now when I saw you... (Laughter).

:haha:
She never ceases to amaze me.

Brena
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:33 PM
Will she play Fed Cup against Japan?!

It seems it hasn't been decided yet.
JJ + Ana = the worst best ranked Fed Cup team ever :tape:

Nina.
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:38 PM
I pretty much agree with you on everything. Hopefully my bitchslaps have knocked some sense into her.

You have to do it again and again and again and again...until she understands :devil:

Princeza
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:39 PM
What a retarded Fed Cup team.

Brena
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:43 PM
What a retarded Fed Cup team.

We should send them to paralympics.

Ian Aberdon
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:48 PM
Nothing a couple of condoms can't sort...:devil:

Ian Aberdon
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:50 PM
Nothing a couple of condoms can't sort...:devil:

Princeza
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:51 PM
We should send them to paralympics.

They would be bagelled. Remember who we are talking about?

ms_nut
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:54 PM
Nothing a couple of condoms can't sort...:devil:

Sorry Ian, She shouldn't be getting any condoms , she must LEARN TO TAKE RISKS....

Ian Aberdon
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:55 PM
:haha:

Brena
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:58 PM
They would be bagelled. Remember who we are talking about?

http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/rbr/lowres/rbrn10l.jpg

''The half-witted Fed Cup team Jankovic-Ivanovic wasn't a great success''.

Princeza
Jan 25th, 2009, 03:15 PM
''The half-witted Fed Cup team Jankovic-Ivanovic wasn't a great success''.

:worship: They should divide all the money they ask to play between us.
After all, without us, we can honestly say that they would be more lost than they already are.

Ian Aberdon
Jan 25th, 2009, 03:55 PM
@ Zoj:

The one-legged football match!!! :spit: :rolls:

ayliya
Jan 26th, 2009, 03:44 AM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/string_theory/2009/01/thumped.html

Thumped
Posted 01/25/2009 @ 4 :09 AM

I remember this Jelena Jankovic. The one who whines on court when the ball doesn't bounce her way. The one who uses instant-replay challenges as if they were as abundant as oxygen. The one who stubbornly refuses to think.Jankovicbartoli

It's been a while since this Jankovic showed up at a major tournament, however. Through all of last year, there was a sense that Jankovic was on the upswing--an upswing confirmed by her fine performance at the U.S. Open, where she pushed Serena Williams to her limit in the final. When Jankovic later took over the No. 1 ranking, she showed no satisfaction with her accomplishment. Instead, she trained harder than ever over the off-season with the intention of arriving in Melbourne as the favorite to win her first major title.

The wait continues. Jankovic's plans were derailed on Sunday by one of the WTA Tour's most dangerous and unpredictable players, Marion Bartoli of France. This wasn't quite like Bartoli's performance at Wimbledon in 2007, when she ran roughshod over Justine Henin on her way to the final. It's safe to say, though, Bartoli is on her game in Melbourne this year. She has lost weight (and suppressed her obsession for chocolate) and recovered from a virus that left her tired and unable to train for about three months in the early part of 2008. One of the worst moments came at the Indian Wells tournament, where she felt she could not move from her bed. She didn't win three matches in a row until late July.

"Some days I was staying three days in a row inside my room at home or even in the hotel room when I was on the tour," Bartoli said. "I couldn't practice at all for three days in a row."

Before most fans had filed into Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, Bartoli held a 5-0 lead. She polished off the match 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and 22 minutes. Match-ups matter in tennis: Just ask Tommy Robredo, who dropped his 10th straight match to Andy Roddick yesterday. Robredo doesn't return serve well; Roddick serves harder than anyone. Bartoli and Jankovic are equally at odds. I wouldn't expect Bartoli to outrank Jankovic anytime soon, but I wouldn't be surprised if she wins the next time they meet, too. The Frenchwoman, who hits with two hands on her forehand and backhand, doesn't think much of topspin and clobbers her service returns (like the Williams sisters, she takes three or four steps inside the baseline). Jankovic, on the other hand, can't serve. In this match, she won a mere 47 percent of the points on her serve and only 29 percent on her second serve.

Jankovic had not looked terribly strong leading up to the match. She suffered a setback when she took ill in Hong Kong earlier this year, and didn't play enough matches before this tournament began. Still, she rightfully gave herself an "F" for her tactical performance on Sunday. It's not wise to trade hard groundstrokes with a hot Bartoli. When Jankovic used more spin (and less pace) and hit more severe angles, Bartoli was forced to move up and back (she doesn't excel at it) as well as side to side (her lateral movement is underrated). Jankovic neglected this strategy all too often.

"When I'm on the top of my game, you know, it's very hard to beat me, because you really have to kind of spill blood if you want to win the match," Jankovic said. "But at the moment, I'm not there yet. I still need to get better, to improve, be much, much tougher out there."

Though Jankovic said she wouldn't forget this loss for "months," she couldn't bottle up her bubbly side.

"Was it you there in the match, or was it somebody else talking to me during the match?" she asked a reporter. "When I was getting a towel, there was a man just like you. To be honest, it's for real. Maybe it's your clone or something."

At last, the real Jelena Jankovic arrives in Melbourne. Too bad she sent her clone on the court.



>>> It hurts to be a JJ fan sometimes. People commenting on this post are really mean.

Mony
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:38 AM
they doesn't know her,it hurt me when i heard commentators in France saying that Ivanovic is better than her,I think Ana is not yet really a champion but JJ is a real champion.A champion who keeps her smile on her face in every moment even if she loose a match or a tournament
a champion is someone who can admit that others were better than him,a champion is someone who loose with fair-play and finaly a champion is someone who deserves respect even if he doesn't won yet a Grand Slam

That's my vision of a real champion

~Kiera~
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:50 AM
What is she waiting for? Play or don't play, but make your mind up. It's stupid to drag this out over money.

http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/football/text.php?vest=122491

JJ: I do not know if I will play in Fed Cup

Jelena Jankovic has ended participation in the Australijan Open, but not turn meču Fed Cup in Belgrade between Serbia and Japan, the first school in the World B group.

Although the selector Dejan Vraneš appointed first igračicu the world as the first team member for the debate in the Belgrade Arena 7th i 8 February, Jankovic says that it is not safe to be on the same and the event.

"I can not say anything about my playing in the Fed Cup team of Serbia. It will be known only for a few days. I'm finishing the competition in Melbourne and now I will make a further plan and program. In Belgrade, I will go only if we played against the Japanese. About whether I will play for Serbia odlučiće my team after discussions with people from Teniskog Alliance of Serbia, "said" journal "Jelena statement after the defeat in a final.

The beginning of the year Jelena mother Snezana forebode the possibility that her daughter miss debate in the Arena against the selection of Japan.

"Jelena has never asked the question of playing in the team, but this time there are many complications that I hope that the TSS work to overcome," revealed Snežana Janković, which is not explained any of the complications for.

"They are very ticklish things in the issue and some people should be much realniji in thinking. People who sit in the Board of Directors TSS should think on the one pravičniji way to value the players as they deserve, and not according to their liking or nesimpatijama. Only this can be an obstacle to ever put the question Jeleninog play in the team, because it all his heart to be in it. He always gave all of himself when he played for Serbia and I would not like that some people from the Governing Board, which are not from tennis, affect the Jelena love team, "said the mother then the best teniserke Serbia and the world.

Solution issues about which there has been a misunderstanding between Helen and TSS may lie in the fact that the Jankovićevoj in the December contract expired and is now searching for new terms. Prema prethodnom dogovoru prva teniserka sveta dobijala je 150.000 evra godišnje. According to previous agreement teniserka world first gained a 150,000 euros per year.

(MONDO)

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:51 AM
they doesn't know her,it hurt me when i heard commentators in France saying that Ivanovic is better than her,I think Ana is not yet really a champion but JJ is a real champion.A champion who keeps her smile on her face in every moment even if she loose a match or a tournament
a champion is someone who can admit that others were better than him,a champion is someone who loose with fair-play and finaly a champion is someone who deserves respect even if he doesn't won yet a Grand Slam

That's my vision of a real champion

I still want to strangle her, but I have to admit JJ took the defeat in an absolutely admirable manner. Both her on-court behaviur and post-match interview were just as they should be. :)

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:54 AM
What is she waiting for? Play or don't play, but make your mind up. It's stupid to drag this out over money.

http://www.mtsmondo.com/sport/football/text.php?vest=122491

I think our Fed Cup team would be better off with Teodora Mircic and Ana Jovanovic ATM. :help:
It seems this has more to do with Sneki and ''JJ's team'' (whoever they are) than with JJ herself. :smash:

дalex
Jan 26th, 2009, 12:23 PM
She should play FC. She needs matches obviously and she'll feel good in packed Belgrade Arena.

But whatever... If she wants some Serbian hate to add to this "drama queen - the weakest #1" crap then she can have it for all I care.

~Kiera~
Jan 26th, 2009, 12:29 PM
I still want to strangle her, but I have to admit JJ took the defeat in an absolutely admirable manner. Both her on-court behaviur and post-match interview were just as they should be. :)

She took it better than the last time they played, that's for sure. My absolute favourite excuse after losing to Marion though has to be because Jelena's "racket was broken" :tape: :lol:

I think our Fed Cup team would be better off with Teodora Mircic and Ana Jovanovic ATM. :help:
It seems this has more to do with Sneki and ''JJ's team'' (whoever they are) than with JJ herself. :smash:

Seriously, they might be better off :lol:

I have to say though, Jelena controls the team around her. They should be following her instructions. If they're not, she should put a stop to it. The fact she's come out with this today, after some of Sneki's earlier comments, makes me think she's happy to go along with it all.

It's not reflecting very well on any of them. Too much of this nonsense is getting relayed to the press. Jelena's team is arguing over the contract and making threats that she will not play. Ana meanwhile is all signed up and ready to go.

дalex
Jan 26th, 2009, 12:51 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2896
Marion's Melbourne Blog
Sunday, January 25, 2009

As you may have heard, I beat Jelena Jankovic today. I just came from an hour and a half of press, and I still have another interview to go, with a French newspaper. So by the end of it all it'll be two hours of press, which is a record for me! It's about 3pm now, and I haven't had anything to eat since I had breakfast at 6am! But I'm hanging tough >:)

I've already said I never played this well in Australia, but it just gets better and better. The other day when I was down 63 20, I didn't know if I would still be here today. Lucie was hitting the lines and giving me no chance at all - she was too good. But I began to focus even harder and fought as hard as I could, and I was able to raise my game and win. I think I continued that today. It felt like everything I did was going in and I hit lots of winners too. I'm even prouder because it was the first time I ever played on Rod Laver Arena - I'm so happy to have put on this kind of performance for the Australian fans. I'm so, so happy.

After the match, Jelena's coach came and congratulated me, saying I played really well and made it hard for Jelena to do anything. It was a really nice gesture! I haven't spoken to Jelena since the match, mainly because both of us have been doing so many interviews! But we'll talk soon I'm sure.

When I said I was going to take yesterday off from everything, I meant it! I really shut down. No phone, no e-mail, nothing. I was exhausted. I had some tough matches in the first week and I was first on today, so I needed to be rested. And it worked so well - I felt so ready when I was going onto the court today. They say the second week of a Grand Slam is a new tournament.

Tonight and tomorrow I'll rest again, because the matches are only going to get tougher and tougher. I'm playing Zvonareva or Petrova, who are both so tough. Vera is more consistent - it feels like she only makes one unforced error per match. Nadia's shots are probably harder but she can make more errors. But it doesn't matter who I play, I'll have to put in a really good performance.

Hopefully you'll all understand if I take another day off tomorrow! I have one activity planned, to visit the Melbourne Aquarium. They even have penguins there :) I'll tell you all about it on Tuesday after my quarterfinal.

Thanks again for all of your support,

Marion

:sobbing:

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 12:56 PM
She took it better than the last time they played, that's for sure. My absolute favourite excuse after losing to Marion though has to be because Jelena's "racket was broken" :tape: :lol:

:lol: my favourite one was ''she (Marion) just plays tennis all day''
that :weirdo: Marion - a tennis player who practices tennis all day long



Seriously, they might be better off :lol:

I have to say though, Jelena controls the team around her. They should be following her instructions. If they're not, she should put a stop to it. The fact she's come out with this today, after some of Sneki's earlier comments, makes me think she's happy to go along with it all.

It's not reflecting very well on any of them. Too much of this nonsense is getting relayed to the press. Jelena's team is arguing over the contract and making threats that she will not play. Ana meanwhile is all signed up and ready to go.

I HATE ''teams''. That's one of the annoyance factors with Ana - she doesn't seems to have a mind of her own. And now JJ behaves the same way - she doesn't have to win a title ever again in her career, but please, PLEASE JJ don't turn into an automaton controlled by Sneki, sponsors or anyone else. :crying2:

Tashi
Jan 26th, 2009, 12:58 PM
This whole Fed Cup thing is really getting on my nerves. Playing for your country should not be about money. You play because you're proud to carry your flag.

~Kiera~
Jan 26th, 2009, 01:13 PM
:lol: my favourite one was ''she (Marion) just plays tennis all day''
that :weirdo: Marion - a tennis player who practices tennis all day long

A tennis player who actually practices?! What a strange concept :scratch:

I HATE ''teams''. That's one of the annoyance factors with Ana - she doesn't seems to have a mind of her own. And now JJ behaves the same way - she doesn't have to win a title ever again in her career, but please, PLEASE JJ don't turn into an automaton controlled by Sneki, sponsors or anyone else. :crying2:

We should start calling her iJelena (http://cache.boston.com/images/bostondirtdogs//Headline_Archives/irobot-glance.jpg) ;)

This whole Fed Cup thing is really getting on my nerves. Playing for your country should not be about money. You play because you're proud to carry your flag.

Exactly.

I personally think you should receive a token appearance fee (say for $1000) with other expenses, such as the hotel, covered for lower ranked players.

ce
Jan 26th, 2009, 01:49 PM
Jelena please play Fed Cup :sad:
it will be even harder if you dont play,i cant even think what will Serbia think :tape:
so many people will hate her :tape:

Tashi
Jan 26th, 2009, 02:03 PM
Exactly.

I personally think you should receive a token appearance fee (say for $1000) with other expenses, such as the hotel, covered for lower ranked players.

I agree completely.

She needs to get over herself because to not play because she's not being paid however much money she's asking for is ridiculous. She's played with *injuries* and she won't play because of money?:o

Mony
Jan 26th, 2009, 03:19 PM
I still want to strangle her, but I have to admit JJ took the defeat in an absolutely admirable manner. Both her on-court behaviur and post-match interview were just as they should be. :)

She doesn't need to be strangeled,she nedds our comprehension and our support because she will may be lost her N°1 Ranking this week
We must understand her,She is stronger than last year and i know that she'll come back more motivated thats why i want to see her playing Fed Cup

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 03:39 PM
I have no idea, of course, what exactly all that is about. But, I can tell you from experience that petty feuds are nothing new in Serbian sport and what is tragic about them is that they always end up badly for the athletes, sometimes even for entire national teams. It all probably stems from the fact that most of the sport associations in this country are run by corrupted individuals and groups that only care about getting as much money for themselves as possible while they're in office. They couldn't care less for sport and the athletes, so they end up destroying careers and entire generations of athletes because of their insatiable greed. On the sports pages in Serbian papers you can always read more about scandals and affairs than about actual sport results. Also, Serbs have this lovely tendency to divide into camps, which then try to harm each other as much as possible. The reason for those divisions can be a struggle for money or influence in a particular field (the Tennis Association, for example) or the reason might be just a gratuitous need to spite each other.
This is a bit difficult to explain, but what I think is that all this doesn't really have anything to do with money - like JJ or any other successful tennis player needs that kind of money our tennis association can offer - but with petty conflicts. Maybe JJ's team (whoever they are) is a bit pissed about all this JJ-dissing that has been happening lately and a bit too arrogant because of the #1 thing, so they feel JJ's status in Serbian tennis must be recognised and only accepted form of recognition is - money. I love Sneki, but I'm not sure she's completely beyond something like that. :shrug:


P.S. Now that I've re-read this post I realise it's badly written - my mind is still more messed-up than usual and my English sucks lately even more than JJ's tennis - but I'll post it anyway. :)

Mony
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:06 PM
I have no idea, of course, what exactly all that is about. But, I can tell you from experience that petty feuds are nothing new in Serbian sport and what is tragic about them is that they always end up badly for the athletes, sometimes even for entire national teams. It all probably stems from the fact that most of the sport associations in this country are run by corrupted individuals and groups that only care about getting as much money for themselves as possible while they're in office. They couldn't care less for sport and the athletes, so they end up destroying careers and entire generations of athletes because of their insatiable greed. On the sports pages in Serbian papers you can always read more about scandals and affairs than about actual sport results. Also, Serbs have this lovely tendency to divide into camps, which then try to harm each other as much as possible. The reason for those divisions can be a struggle for money or influence in a particular field (the Tennis Association, for example) or the reason might be just a gratuitous need to spite each other.
This is a bit difficult to explain, but what I think is that all this doesn't really have anything to do with money - like JJ or any other successful tennis player needs that kind of money our tennis association can offer - but with petty conflicts. Maybe JJ's team (whoever they are) is a bit pissed about all this JJ-dissing that has been happening lately and a bit too arrogant because of the #1 thing, so they feel JJ's status in Serbian tennis must be recognised and only accepted form of recognition is - money. I love Sneki, but I'm not sure she's completely beyond something like that. :shrug:


P.S. Now that I've re-read this post I realise it's badly written - my mind is still more messed-up than usual and my English sucks lately even more than JJ's tennis - but I'll post it anyway. :)

I think our countries have the same problem wih sports and Money
But anyway I really hope see her in Fed Cup not because she must do that but she want to do it
and dont worry for your English,mine is bad too :lol:

Snex
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:22 PM
"I can not say anything about my playing in the Fed Cup team of Serbia. It will be known only for a few days. I'm finishing the competition in Melbourne and now I will make a further plan and program. In Belgrade, I will go only if we played against the Japanese. About whether I will play for Serbia odlučiće my team after discussions with people from Teniskog Alliance of Serbia, "said" journal "Jelena statement after the defeat in a final.

You don't have to come to Belgrade. Go home! You're afraid that Belgrade crowd will whistle when you show up on the court. You're coward and liar! Your team sucks whoever they are!

Do you remember what you said on 19 December 2008? Should I remind you:

Jankovic also hinted that she would continue playing in the Fed Cup for Serbia, which hosts Japan in the first round of World Group II in February.

“I am a huge patriot,” said Jankovic, who helped Serbia advance from the zonal group in 2008. “I love playing for my country and defending the colors of my flag.”

I used to be proud with you. What a :silly: one! You're the worst actress in the world, the worst #1 in tennis history, and I am complete idiot supporting you! If you don't come to play agains Japanese I'll switch to Krunic and Jovanovski as of 10 February 2009.

Does anybody want my tickets for the FC match? If nobody wants I'll go with my kid who loves Ana to join him. He cried when she lost. He slowly follows my steps and becomes one more :silly:.

Nina.
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:28 PM
You don't have to come to Belgrade. Go home! You're afraid that Belgrade crowd will whistle when you show up on the court. You're coward and liar! Your team sucks whoever they are!

They would do it because she lost at AO? :eek:

MaBaker
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:36 PM
You don't have to come to Belgrade. Go home! You're afraid that Belgrade crowd will whistle when you show up on the court. You're coward and liar! Your team sucks whoever they are!

Do you remember what you said on 19 December 2008? Should I remind you:



I used to be proud with you. What a :silly: one! You're the worst actress in the world, the worst #1 in tennis history, and I am complete idiot supporting you! If you don't come to play agains Japanese I'll switch to Krunic and Jovanovski as of 10 February 2009.

Does anybody want my tickets for the FC match? If nobody wants I'll go with my kid who loves Ana to join him. He cried when she lost. He slowly follows my steps and becomes one more :silly:.
:speakles:

I'll support you JJ :hug: no matter what . I'm bigger :weirdo: than you.

Snex
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:38 PM
They would do it because she lost at AO? :eek:

Oh I don't know what to think anymore. She's got so much money from ANTA ind IMG, and now she wants more money to play for her country. A country with the poorest tennis association in the world after Ivory Coast and Senegal. Even Zimbabwe has Cara Black...

Princeza
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:43 PM
Does anybody want my tickets for the FC match?

If you offer flight ticket too...
J/K

More seriously, just wait and see which statement she will make. Of course if she doesn't play, we will be disappointed but she won't tell the reason behind that. $$$$ Or she'd be really more :weirdo: than she already is if she does.

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:44 PM
:speakles:

I'll support you JJ :hug: no matter what . I'm bigger :weirdo: than you.


JJ will always be our koza, no matter what. :hug: :smash:

Oh I don't know what to think anymore. She's got so much money from ANTA ind IMG, and now she wants more money to play for her country. A country with the poorest tennis association in the world after Ivory Coast and Senegal. Even Zimbabwe has Cara Black...

I understand your disappointment but don't be too harsh on her. I don't think the fault is with JJ's character or ethics - Jelena will always be Jelena, but something has obviously gone wrong with her management policies. She's a young woman and an exceptional, albeit quite :weirdo: athlete and not a money-making machine. So - sack that management, JJ!

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 04:49 PM
If you offer flight ticket too...
J/K

More seriously, just wait and see which statement she will make. Of course if she doesn't play, we will be disappointed but she won't tell the reason behind that. $$$$ Or she'd be really more :weirdo: than she already is if she does.

I'm beginning to believe she should have never reached that US final, won those 3 back-to-back tournies and the #1 ranking. Had she stayed our beloved eternal-semifinalist, top 5 JJ, maybe none of this craziness - from pointless muscle-building and the subsequent AO fiasco to this Fed Cup affair - would have happened. :scratch:

дalex
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:01 PM
They would do it because she lost at AO? :eek:

No, they wouldn't. Associated is just overdramatizing because of AO disappointment and now this FC issue...

We certainly didn't invent paying tennis players for appearance in the national team. That's the way it's done all over the world. Players are awarded with the amount that recognizes their achievements and status in their sport field.

I highly doubt JJ will skip FC because it will show how clueless she is, and her team as well. There's no way she would avoid bad press and negative comments by the fans on forums and internet portals. It's not like she can afford it always being the second fiddle to Ana in Serbian media.

Jelena :kiss:

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:02 PM
No, they wouldn't. Associated is just overdramatizing because of AO disappointment and now this FC issue...

Associated, you are a real JJ-fan, like it or not :lol:

Snex
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:04 PM
:speakles:

I'll support you JJ :hug: no matter what . I'm bigger :weirdo: than you.

It's ok Ma. Don't be angry with me. I still can't believe what happened :bigcry:. I am so disappointed with her attitude, and now this Fed Cup thing...

Don't worry, I am a huge JJ fan and I'll be her fan forever. I understand that she was sick, that she did not play enough before the AO, that she was under pressure to keep her ranking and win her first GS title, that she must adjust her tennis to her new physical constitution which can be achieved only by playing more matches... There are so many excuses and I understand her to some extent. The new season has just begun and there is still enough time for her to improve her game and to progress. She usually starts new seasons like this, and she'll do better as the season continues. Don't worry. I love her. I'm only desperate because she did not fulfil my expectations. I expected to se her in the final at least.

-NAJ-
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:07 PM
the age blog
Valuable lessons from defeat

Jelena Jankovic

January 26, 2009


Losing the first match is a blow, but it's a long season with plenty of time to improve.

NOBODY likes to lose and as a professional athlete you want to be the best. You don't accept anything except winning.

That's why the most important thing for me now is to learn from yesterday's loss against Marion Bartoli and move forward.

I'll be honest, it was a really tough day for me.

I had a really slow start and couldn't find my game. I didn't do anything right and my opponent was playing really well — she was on top and I allowed her to play her game. This is the way it is and I cannot cry over spilt milk, I just have to continue to work hard.

A week ago I talked about having to pull out of an exhibition match in Hong Kong and not having the benefit of any warm-up matches before arriving in Australia.

Despite not playing for almost two months I was starting to find some rhythm as the tournament progressed and losing yesterday was not due to a lack of playing.

Marion simply had all the momentum.

It was very difficult for me to get into the match and when I had chances I didn't take them. I had a lot of opportunities to come back, especially in the second set and nothing really worked, nothing went my way.

All of the training and preparation that goes into getting ready for a grand slam is done for moments like yesterday, when you have to be strong and find a way to win.

Winning and losing are part of sport, there has to be a winner and a loser.

I'll try and put the loss behind me as soon as possible, but that is easier said than done.

The first step (along with a few days of suffering) is to analyse what I've done wrong, speak to my coach and my team about what went wrong and where I can improve.

This is the first tournament of the year for me, so there are more between now and the end of the season. I will continue to work hard, believe in myself and hopefully be better next time.

I was asked after the match about my ranking and if I'm worried about losing the No. 1 spot on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour.

My focus now is getting myself in the best possible shape for the next tournament.

There are lots of battles to come and it is how you finish at the end of the year that's important, not how you begin.

Hopefully I get to do something outside of tennis for a few days that helps me forget this bad loss, but shopping won't be on the list. I don't deserve to go shopping.

I'll probably go home when I leave Australia, but first I have to talk to my coach and my team about our immediate plans.

More than likely those include playing Fed Cup for Serbia against Japan, which will be held for the first time in Belgrade.

We have never played Fed Cup in Serbia before, so it's an historic time and quite exciting for me. I'm looking forward to playing in front of my home crowd.Jelena Jankovic is the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's No. 1-ranked player and a donation for this column has been made to her chosen charity, UNICEF.

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:19 PM
I don't deserve to go shopping.

self-flagellation extraordinaire :worship::worship::worship:

:rolls:

Kampi
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:31 PM
Thank you NAJ:wavey:
It's all about being humbled and calm. To ask the right questions and to dig deep and trying to relive the feeling that you had during the match. Trying to get rid of those "demons" that caused that you were not ready on that day. One demon is the lack of match-fitness and easy to beat. A new one is the unbalance of new physical power and mobility, some others are old ones with the name focus, serve, passivity and determination to play aggressiv and they are the most difficult ones to beat.

MaBaker
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:33 PM
It's ok Ma. Don't be angry with me. I still can't believe what happened :bigcry:. I am so disappointed with her attitude, and now this Fed Cup thing...

Don't worry, I am a huge JJ fan and I'll be her fan forever. I understand that she was sick, that she did not play enough before the AO, that she was under pressure to keep her ranking and win her first GS title, that she must adjust her tennis to her new physical constitution which can be achieved only by playing more matches... There are so many excuses and I understand her to some extent. The new season has just begun and there is still enough time for her to improve her game and to progress. She usually starts new seasons like this, and she'll do better as the season continues. Don't worry. I love her. I'm only desperate because she did not fulfil my expectations. I expected to se her in the final at least.
I'm not angry of course ;) I know how you feel, but I bet she feels a lot worse than us. We always have high hopes in the beginning of the new season (especially this time), and this is definitely disappointing start. But hopefully , she can go only up from here. It's not easy to be her fan now, but it never was easy anyway. I still believe she'll win at least one slam this year and we will forgive her for this :o AO. :)

Snex
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:49 PM
self-flagellation extraordinaire :worship::worship::worship:

:rolls:

Good that she's punishing herself.

Princeza, I was only joking :lol:. I won't give my tickets to anybody. I know that she will play as well as Ana. This is a nice opportunity for them to play in front of their own crowd and have more matches against not so strong opponents. They both need matches. Of course, the crowd won't whistle. They'll support them both. My kid will be so happy when he sees Ana :baby:. On the other hand, I'll support JJ :silly:...

Perhaps it would be good if Jade could come to Belgrade to apply his clinic duties if necessary...

Snex
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:54 PM
I'm not angry of course ;) I know how you feel, but I bet she feels a lot worse than us. We always have high hopes in the beginning of the new season (especially this time), and this is definitely disappointing start. But hopefully , she can go only up from here. It's not easy to be her fan now, but it never was easy anyway. I still believe she'll win at least one slam this year and we will forgive her for this :o AO. :)

I was wondering if I'm normal still believing that she'll win at least one slam this year, but I'm so happy that I'm not the only one who still hopes...

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:54 PM
:silly:...

Perhaps it would be good if Jade could come to Belgrade to apply his clinic duties if necessary...

Jade's a girl. ;)
And what kind of a parent are you to let your kid be an Ana-fan??? :speakles: I would disown my kid for a lesser thing than that!





j/k :p

Brena
Jan 26th, 2009, 05:56 PM
I was wondering if I'm normal still believing that she'll win at least one slam this year, but I'm so happy that I'm not the only one who still hopes...

ahm...well...it's not like Ma is the touchstone of normalcy... :D

Princeza
Jan 26th, 2009, 06:06 PM
Princeza, I was only joking :lol:. I won't give my tickets to anybody. I know that she will play as well as Ana.
:lol: I know don't worry.
Your kid has good tastes :angel:



And what kind of a parent are you to let your kid be an Ana-fan???

:ras:

MaBaker
Jan 26th, 2009, 06:08 PM
I was wondering if I'm normal still believing that she'll win at least one slam this year, but I'm so happy that I'm not the only one who still hopes...
Oh, bless you :lol: You can't be normal and a JJ fan in the same time :lol: And don't worry, JJ will win them all :inlove: Eventually... :angel:



ahm...well...it's not like Ma is the touchstone of normalcy... :D
Kozo :rolleyes: :angel:

Snex
Jan 26th, 2009, 06:14 PM
Jade's a girl. ;)
And what kind of a parent are you to let your kid be an Ana-fan??? :speakles: I would disown my kid for a lesser thing than that!





j/k :p

:haha: :silly: Sorry Jade :lol:.

Brena, "You know...", "What can I do...".

I can't do anything in that respect. He likes Ana because he considers her beautiful, and she is the best in his :baby: opinion. I'm trying hard to convince him that JJ is #1, and that he can love Ana as much as he wants but JJ is currently better, and everything ends with quarrel. Therefore, being older jerk I decided not to insist. He is still in growing process and his opinion is usually not right, but I must let him to develop his personality. As he evolves, his opinion will gradually become more correct. I really do hope. :scratch:

Don't worry, he'll become a JJ fan, but I must do it in a more sophisticated manner, and not imposing that on him. He reacts very badly to any kind of imposing. Another me :lol:.

~Kiera~
Jan 26th, 2009, 06:23 PM
self-flagellation extraordinaire :worship::worship::worship:

:rolls:

:lol:

No new Louboutin shoes for Jelena. That's got to suck more than losing to Marion :hug:

~Kiera~
Jan 26th, 2009, 10:54 PM
http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?id=57041&sectionId=44&view=story

JELENA looking for more money to GAME FOR SERBIA!

Management team the best teniserke world leaders believe that TSS-a must to give her more than 150,000 euros if they want to perform it for Serbia in the Fed Cup against Japan

Team manager Gordon asked čelnika TSS is a special financial conditions if they want to play the best teniserka the world for the Fed Cup team in the upcoming debate with Japan!

Although it is our national association have offered a contract of 150,000 euros, which is received last year, Jelena managers now insist that the figure to increase further, or, otherwise, Jankovic skipped spectacle in Belgrade ( "Arena", 7 and February 8).

According to the information that is not officially confirmed, the sum that would satisfy Staff Jelena Jankovic moves about 300,000 European banknotes, then twice more than what is offered TSS. The problem, however, is not so much the money, how much belief in hard Jeleninog environment that deserves special treatment in the team, because that is the first time on the WTA list.

Not all the money

- It is not so much about money, because Jeleni difference of several hundred thousand euros does not mean too much, or it is the most money. On the contrary, this is a matter of principle and respect. The Association of money should show how much his performance means Jankovićeve the national team. You should expect that the two sides find a common language and Jelena still play for Serbia - says our source close serbian tennis circles.

Our teniserka after the defeat of Merion Bartoli in the fourth school Australijan Open stated that still does not know whether to compete for their country in the Fed Cup, because the water that currently negotiations between the team and the TSS-a.

- You can now nothing to say to you about my playing. This will be known only for a few days. I'm in Melbourne and finished the competition very soon I will make a further plan and program. Travel to Belgrade only if we played with Japankama - explained Jankovićeva adding that it, in fact, do not know where the "zapelo" in the negotiations.

During the recent stay in Belgrade mother Jelena Jankovic, Snezana recalled the Serbian public that her daughter never dovodila to question your performance on the national team, but confirmed that there still, "there are certain complications."

Ana received less

- These complications could easily be removed. I hope that the Tennis Federation of Serbia to overcome, and with the help of Jelena management agencies "IMG." Topic is very ticklish, because there are people in the Board of Directors TSS-who do not think the correct, realistic way. They do not value the players as they deserve, but to work with sympathy or antipathy. I would like to people who are not from tennis, but sat in the Board of Directors, pokvare love you Jelena gaji to team - says mother Snezana.

For last year's appearance in the Fed Cup Jelena received 150, and Ana Ivanovic 125 thousand euros.

Slobodan Zivojinovic Bob: We do not have more money ...

President Teniskog Alliance of Serbia, Slobodan Zivojinovic Bob returned yesterday with the official time in America, so that he could not specify about what is the exact result of a problem with Jelenom. Zivojinovic, however, says that the Alliance is not in a situation to offer Jankovićevoj more money than originally planned 150,000 euros, but hopes to still resolve the misunderstanding.

- I just returned from America, I'm still at the airport at this time can not tell you what is the exact problem. Ahead us Jelena negotiations with management, and we'll see. In any case, we can not be more money to extract it because, simply, do not have. Financial situation is difficult everywhere in the world, and especially with us. However, I believe that at the end of all they should be. Everybody is in the interest that Jelena and Ana zaigraju in "Arena", a TSS will do all they can to make this happen, and - said Zivojinovic to our list.

Tashi
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:13 PM
:o

louisa.
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:42 PM
Media :o
Jelena said she will most likely play :crying2: so she will play :sobbing: and all this media hype is exaggerated. Right? :scared:

Snex
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:45 PM
http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?id=57041&sectionId=44&view=story

I think that you should avoid articles from that web site. Their articles are full of gossip, and they consist of various lies and speculations. Just one more tabloid with the staff that's trying to earn some coin presenting various sensations. Perhaps only 20% of their articles meet the reality (only reports). Besides, they prefer Ana, and always will write such things about JJ. Fortunately JJ does not read their shit.

I don't think that Jelena wants that much money from the TSS. She's aware that many people in her country live on the edge of existence with 200 or 250 Euros per month. She also took part in a number of humanitarian activities in Serbia. If you find something in Blic or other normal Serbian magazine then you can believe (at least 75%).