Throw Up the Deuce


Still Not a Grand Slam

World number 1, Jelena Jankovic, won her third title in three weeks at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Whatever. I find it ridiculous that JJ is most likely going to be the year end world number 1 and she hasn’t even won a grand slam. She can win 10 titles in 10 weeks and she still won’t deserve the top spot. I kind of hate the WTA right now.


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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Q. Some players seem to like a little drama in their matches. Are you one of those?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Not really. I wish I didn’t have any drama in my matches. I wish I would win nice and in a simple way, you know, nothing there, just cruise through the match and that’s it.

But sometimes, you know, it’s more exciting for the fans and a little more stressful for the people in my box. But as long as you win, that’s what matters.

Q. But in a way you like it a little bit?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don’t know. Who likes drama? Do you know anybody that likes to get involved into tight matches where you’re maybe going to go into a third set or whatever?

I don’t think anybody likes to be in this kind of situations. Everybody likes to win 2 and 2, easy, no pressure.

Q. Subconsciously some people might like that.

JELENA JANKOVIC: That’s just part of the sport, you know, dealing with pressure and being in tight situations is what this sport is all about. You have to try to do your best when this happens, and then you form this drama or whatever you call it.

Oh, please, Jelena, you love the drama.

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JJ and the Giant Umbrella

It’s always something with Jelena. She never does anything quietly, does she?

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Another New Number 1

She needed a little help from Svetlana Kuznetsova, but Jelena Jankovic will become the WTA’s 18th world number 1 come August 11. Kuznetsova needed to win the title to become number one herself, thus preventing JJ from taking the top spot. This really says something about the state of the WTA right now. Jelena will be the least accomplished player ever to reach the top, without having reached a grand slam final. It’s a sign of a weak era and the lack of a true dominant champion. Somebody better set the record straight at the Olympics and the Open because I’m tired of this nonsense.

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Does Anyone Want the #1 Ranking?

I mean seriously. Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova have all had plenty of chances to step it up.

Ana has the number one spot right now, but it really doesn’t look like she’s too interested in keeping it. The only reason she has it at the moment is because JJ couldn’t get it done in L.A. Her effort to get to the top at the French was good but has done nothing since then. The last time I checked, chasing Rafa around Mallorca doesn’t get you ranking points.

Jelena has had three chances to take the number one ranking and failed to get it done three times. The first time she had Ana down in the French Open semis and didn’t get it done. Second, she lost to Tanasugarn in the 4th round of Wimbledon. And lastly, she lost to Safina in L.A., where she would have got the ranking with a title. (All credit to Safina though, who played incredibly.) Who knows if she will ever get another shot?

Maria had the top spot gift wrapped to her by Justine Henin when she retired last May. At the time it felt right because Maria was having an unbelievable year and was clearly the best player of ’08. She kept number one for a grand total of two weeks. Now it seems like Maria is more concerned about her (rumored) girlfriend/shoulder injury/new racquets/European adventures/Nike’s latest fashion escapade/Tiffany earrings/executive producing a T.V. show/acquiring a new Ed Moses for her collection/her bangs than her tennis right now.

P.S.- No hate on any of these ladies, I just think they need to step it up big time. I mean, look at Rafa working so hard to get to number one and these girls almost seem like they’re taking it for granted.

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In Quotes: Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic weighed in on the court scheduling controversy in her post-match interview.

“When I saw that I’m on the schedule at 12:00 in the morning, and especially on Court 18, which was very unusual, you know, for a No. 2 seed to play on Court 18 is, for my opinion, not really normal.

But what can you do?”

Q. Venus raised that point before, being a champion being on Court 2. What do you think about that?

JELENA JANKOVIC: “Yes, I think, you know, the scheduling is really it was not made in a good way. It was not right. I think, you know, the champion, the defending champion, should always play on the top courts, because she won and she deserves to play there.

I also think No. 1, No. 2 seeds should always be on these top show courts. The ranking shows, you know, who deserves it, who has this ranking. Who is in the top of the game should play on the top courts.

I don’t know what they are doing, you know, to put Venus on No. 2 and I’m on No. 18, especially having an injury and asking for a favor to play a little bit later on in the day. They didn’t do it. So it was, you know, quite hard.

I was almost playing in the parking lot. I almost need a helicopter to go to my court.”

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The Upset Bug Strikes Again

After avoiding an upset to Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic finally succumbed to the upset bug, falling to Tamarine Tanasugarn, 3-6, 2-6. This is the first time in the Open Era that none of the 1, 2 or 3 seeds are not in the quarterfinals. All Williams final, anyone?

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Jelena Jankovic and a Long Term Relationship?!

Jelena really does not seem like the relationship kind of girl, but alas, she is! She’s been dating this Serbian boy (who doesn’t seem to have a name) for two and a half years. “My boyfriend and I have been together for two and a half years. I’m really happy… He sometimes comes to tournaments, but he has his own life. He can’t just leave his work and come and travel with me whenever he wants. He’s just finished university and is just starting to get involved in business. He can travel with me sometimes but not all the time.” JJ said in a recent interview. Jelena should set an example for all the other girls on how not to let a man destroy your career (ehm.. Vaidisova… Golovin) because I’ve been completely unaware.

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Roland Garros Women’s Semifinals Preview

Semifinal #1: Safina vs. Kuznetsova

In this all-Russian affair we see World number 4, Svetlana Kuznetsova, take on 13 seed Dinara Safina. This is Safina’s first grand slam semifinal and may have gotten a little lucky to get here, as her previous two opponents pretty much choked the match away. Kuznetsova is much more experienced on the big stage, having reached three grand slam finals, including one here in 2006, and winning the 2004 U.S. Open. Svetlana is also one of the best movers on the clay and can hit shot for shot with Safina. This means Kuznetsova will be able to neutralize Safina’s power and make her hit a lot of balls, which usually spells trouble for those who hit as flat and hard as Safina. Look for Kuznetsova to use her heavy top spin forehand and superior movement to take out Safina.

Prediction: Kuznetsova in three

Semifinal #2: Jankovic vs. Ivanovic

This blockbuster semifinal has the two Serbian starlets, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, fight it out for a place in the final and the Serbian #1. Ana Ivanovic has been playing lights out, having not lost a set in five matches and dishing out a double bagel in the 4th round. Her monster forehand is on fire and even her backhand is giving her winners. Jelena Jankovic has been struggling with a forearm injury. She just isn’t getting any pop off her forehand, which is going to give Ivanovic plenty of sitters to rip off both wings. This Ivanovic’s match to win or lose, if she can keep her toss under control, she should find herself in her third grand slam final.

Prediction: Ivanovic in two tight sets

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To Write “Paris” on Her Arm

In an attempt to win over the volatile Paris crowd, Jelena Jankovic wrote on her arm bandage, “I ❤ Paris”.

The effort seemed to pay off as Jelena defeated Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-3, 6-2. This obviously works a whole lot better than calling the entire Paris crowd “fucking assholes”, a la Maria Sharapova.

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