That's terrible news! What, 2 months off isn't enough rest time for Jelena? It must be something else. I think the Australian Open is the grand slam that she is most likely to win. So why skip it? Even if she just got to the quarters, she would get a boost in her ranking. Because last year she lost in the first round. So getting to the quarters would have helped her ranking. It's a shame, mate! An absolute shame.
if she feels that she needs longer rest i think it's ok. there will be another tournaments and i'm sure next year will be big for her. maybe she wants to stay longer in Belgrade, it's her birthplace and home.
I can't believe she is doing this! Jelena is so stubborn! The tennis world needs her talent and stunning good looks. I think Jelena has an outside chance to win the 2002 Australian Open. The Williams sisters never prepare well or play well in Australia. And who knows about Hingis(ankle) and Davenport(knee). Thus, Jelena has a good chance<br />of doing well in Melbourne. It's too bad she won't go. Her stubborness can help her on the tennis court. Because Jelena won't ever give up. But off the court, her stubborness can lead her into making the wrong decision. Like this one.
P.S. - I only wish my two favorite players, Anna Kournikova and Elena Dementieva had Jelena's killer instinct and cunning court qualities. Then Anna and Elena would be top ten, and maybe even top five players. Jelena has talent, but she most importantly has the heart and head to be a champion. Though It's a shame she's so stubborn.
Right again Cat, she is really stubborn. But I don´t think it´s bad, one of the things I like in her is that strong mind. Just looking in her eyes we can see that nobody tells that girl what to do(except for her daddy and mummy).
Though I second the opinions here, ultimately she is the only one to know the reason for not playing. I guess it may be a revenge to Australians (Australian Tennis assoc) but agree that it wont do any good to her ranking and future prospective though looking forward seeing her in Belgrade in December.