Nov 7th, 2010, 01:59 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Re: ** Masha News and Articles! ** Vol. 2
Originally Posted by Jelena Jankovic
The women's tennis star on being a fashion designer, kissing Jamie Murray and her favourite pre-match music
Hi Jelena, it's Small Talk here. How are you?
[Cheerily] Good thanks, you?
Very well. It's the end of a long season. How would you sum it up?
It can always be better, but at the same time it could have been worse. I had a good first half; after Wimbledon I was No2 in the world. But unfortunately in the second half I twisted my ankle and I've been suffering with sinus problems. As an athlete you go through a lot of ups and downs.
What's the plan for the off-season? We guess being based in Dubai now you don't really need a vacation ...
I'm just going to recover and recharge my batteries. The whole year is pretty long, we do a lot of travelling. You get tired physically and mentally. So it's nice to have two or three weeks of rest, not think about tennis and just relax with my family and friends.
Will you pretty much be in Dubai?
I don't where I'll be yet to be honest.
Why was it you moved to Dubai, how did that come about? I didn't move to Dubai.
Long pause as Small Talk curses its shoddy research and desperately tries to remember where she was born] Er ... so what's Belgrade like then? What would you recommend doing there of an evening?
Er … er … what would be a good night out?
I think Belgrade has a nice nightlife, there are lots of nice clubs where you can have a good time, listen to some good music and share some drinks. Yeah, Belgrade's a good place for that.
Small Talk considers asking Jelena for an invite on her next night out but fears it hasn't left a great impression so far] Back to the tennis. You're well known in Britain for winning the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Jamie Murray, are you still in contact with him?
No, unfortunately not. But I heard he got married. I just want to congratulate him and wish him all the best.
You joked at the time you used kisses as a way of motivating him. Did you try anything else as well?
There were plenty of rumours flying around back then … [Laughs] No, that was for fun. The most important thing is we won Wimbledon. I think that's what counts the most.
Very cryptic. So if you could play mixed doubles with anyone, past or present, who would you choose?
[Sounds excited] I'd like to play with [John] McEnroe.
That would be feisty ...
Yeah he has a fun personality, it would be a funny match.
Small Talk would suggest not motivating him with kisses. Anyway, if you could do one thing to make women's tennis more popular, what would it be?
I don't know, but I think it's important to have girls who look nice, who have personalities on the court and who can really draw the crowds so more people watch the sport.
You touched on fashion there. It's something you're very interested in, you've designed your own collections. Putting you on the spot, who do you think the best-dressed player on tour is?
It's tough to say. I really love fashion and I think a lot of the girls dress very nicely.
But if Small Talk demanded a name out of you?
If I could just pick one it would be Maria Sharapova.
Away from fashion, you were doing an economics degree weren't you? Did you finish that?
No, tennis took over. I have two more years left so hopefully I'll be able tgo back to it, because a vocation is very important to me.
So can we expect you to take over the International Monetary Fund when you quit tennis?
I don't know. I have my little clothing line in Serbia, we'll see. I really haven't thought about what I'll do after tennis. Most likely I'll have a family first and live a normal life and then we'll see what I'll do when I get a little bored.
If someone was to make a film of your life, who would you like to play you?
Oh my God, I don't know! Who do you think?
Now you're putting Small Talk on the spot …
[Chuckles] Yeah, exactly! Who do you think?
[Small Talks ums and ahs. And ums and ahs] We'll go for Julia Roberts. Talking of films, what was the last movie you saw?
The one with her, actually. Eat Pray Love.
Did you like it? It's had pretty bad reviews in this country …
Yeah, I don't really want to comment!
Again very diplomatic. And what kind of music do you listen to before heading on to court?
Energetic music to get pumped up and feel good. It's different kinds of music, it depends on how I feel. I like Lady Gaga, I like Beyoncé, I like Alicia Keys.
If you could have a superpower for the day, what would it be?
To be able to fly – especially on the court. Because these days I haven't been moving well, so I'd love to fly on the court, get all the balls back, it would be great.
Just finally Jelena, what's the most famous name you've got in your phone?
That wouldn't be nice to say!
You don't have to give Small Talk the number, just the name …
[Laughs] Yeah but still, if I told you I have the number, many people will call me to get that number. It's best I don't say.
No worries Jelena, at least you've now got Small Talk's number in there. Thanks for your time, hope you get some rest over the winter...
Thank you very much Small Talk. Bye!
Nov 13th, 2010, 07:48 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Re: ** Masha News and Articles! ** Vol. 2
Not sure where to mention this...and its not like we have a "Miscellaneous Masha Thread" but anyways
So I'm sure we've all seen or heard that Ana passed Masha in the rankings...whatev
#17 Ana 2600
#18 Masha 2591
yeah 9 whole points
BUT...as I always try to see the positive in things
And of the Top 20 players only a total of 5 players played 15 tourneys or less! Now that says alot.
The names of those players you ask?
Kim Clijsters 14
Serena Williams 13
Venus Williams 15
Justine Henin 11
Maria Sharapova 15
Now I would say Masha is in good company. (although I dislike some playes I can at least appreciate there will to win)
To only play that many events and still be in the top 20 does
say alot. The rest of the field had to play more events just to stay or get where they're at in the rankings, which if you ask me sucks for them.
Now I'm sure some of you are thinking "oh if only Masha played more tourneys she would be ranked higher"...well it ain't gonna happen. All we can hope for is a better 2011 and go from there. I'd say this is a positive that will keep me warm through the fall and looking foward to the New Year.
And there's my 2cents
Maria Sharapova Kim Clijsters
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