also learn how to hit a SAFE, EFFECTIVE second serve.
when to mix it up (or how to) and when to actually play some defense. (way way too many unforced errors and no variety. players get very used to her one-paced, one-dimensional game and get everything back until Jelena misses. She does not challenge her opponents with unpredictability which is crucial in adding nerves and doubt to the opponent)
She needs to cut down on her unforced errors. play some safety shots. Go for angles. Get in net with a GOOD shot and be prepared for when the opponent tries a passing shot. Needs to be aggressive and try some spins also.
Jelena's been winning just about one match per tournament this year. Am not sure where that will leave her ranking-wise if it continues, but if it's even top 30, that doesn't say much for what it takes to reach that ranking.
I hope she will start off 2004 by hitting the Australian circuit with all cylinders firing, and get off to a fast start on a surface that should suit her perfectly.
VS fan Jelena got to the top ten in 2001 and she deserved it. I think it occured at the end of the season where she built upon winning Rome(tier1) with winning Moscow (tier1), Tokyo(tier 2), and making numerous other finals in big events like Bali(tier2) and more. Im sure she totally deserved to make the top ten.
as to making the top 5...i would say she was never at that level and did overplay, but she did 'earn' it it is not her fault if the others didnt work as hard. Just like kim has earned the no1 rank.
I actually agree with you. It was in 2002 that she REALLY overplayed, and might have even hurt her own chances at a SLAM or Tier I tourney. She IS a great player, if only dad would let her live her own life.