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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Jelena Jankovic in French Open 2008

I have been writing on French Open 2008 for the last couple of days and I have already posted a few entries on some of the top seeded players of women’s tennis ahead of the second grand slam tournament of the year. Now, it is the turn of third seeded Jelena Janković, the Serbian star who is always well-known for her mental strength. Personally, I admire her as a player who is always full of mental strength. During Australian Open 2008, I saw her struggling with various injury problems while facing some of the big stars of the world. However, nothing could restrict the Serbian star before she lost to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova in the semi final of French Open 2008. In the quarter final, she defeated defending champions Serena Williams 6–3, 6–4, despite facing injuries during the matches.

Jelena Jankovic could not win any grand slam title so far in her career. In fact, she is yet to play in a grand slam final and I think, it could happen in 2008 French Open. Last year, she reached the semi final of French Open, which remains her best performance in this clay-court grand slam tournament. She finished 2007 at 3rd in the WTA ranking. Jelena Jankovic was consistent in terms of performance in 2007 as she won four out of her seven tour career titles in 2007. So, that is enough to prove her excellent performance last year on WTA tours. In fact, she played continuously well in 2007.

Well, now ahead of another grand slam, French Open 2008, I think, Jelena Jankovic’s recent performance is inspirational. The 23-year old Serbian tennis star has recently won Italian Open, a clay-court pre-French Open tournament, where she defeated Venus Williams in the quarter final 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, but received a bye in the semi final thanks to the injury of a Maria Sharapova, and in the final she emerged winner against French Alize Cornet to claim her first title of the year. Before Italian Open, she also reached the quarter final of German Open, where she lost to Russian star Elena Dementieva 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. I think, she has enough to take inspiration from her recent performances.

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