One of the numerous complaints leveled at the WTA, in fact there’s so many of them one may need an extra hand to count them all, is the perceived lack of consistent rivalries between the elite players. And though fans would all love the top pros to meet each other more often, one rivalry that has emerged in the last year that now almost mandates “must-see” status is that of Jelena Jankovic versus Francesca Schiavone who once again provided another night of pure theatre in their quarterfinal match at the Brisbane International. Continue reading
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Although the story yesterday should have been about Ana Ivanovic losing 3-6, 0-6 to Alisa Kleybanova and how the former French Open champion continues to struggle with her form, it seems like all anyone really wants to talk about is the ongoing feud between her and fellow Serbian tennis star Jelena Jankovic, especially over how Jankovic, after defeating Ivanovic in Madrid, appeared to mock Ivanovic’s now trademark fist pump.
I use the word trademark because the gesture appears as part of the logo for Ivanovic’s website. It’s not clear yet if this graphic will become a brand logo at some point, but Ivanovic may want to rethink that as her fist pump seems to be bringing her more attention, but of the unwanted kind. Continue reading
Jelena Jankovic has found herself involved in another online video controversy. Just days after being part of Serena Williams’s “I’m Not Justine” comment at the Italian Open, Jankovic, after winning her match today over Ana Ivanovic at the Madrid Open, was caught by cameras off-court apparently mocking Ivanovic’s now trademark fist pumps. Continue reading
The tennis world, and the internet, is abuzz with yesterday’s video replay of the Italian Open semifinal between Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic, but mostly for what happened after the match.
After Jankovic won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), Williams came to shake her hand at the net and to apologize for holding her hand up earlier during a Jankovic service game in which Jankovic complained to the umpire that Williams had to play at the server’s pace. It’s hard to tell exactly what Williams said other than she was sorry for holding up her hand and “I would never do that.” But what’s got everybody intrigued is the part where Williams covers her mouth and says, according to those who can read lips through closed fists, “I’m not Justine”. Continue reading
In a semifinal that almost should have taken place at the nearby Colosseum where gladiators of old dueled for Roman glory, the two biggest divas in the women’s game, Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic ended up playing an error-filled yet entertaining match for almost three hours with more momentum swings than an episode of “Days of Our Lives”, complete with outbursts from both ladies.
But in the end, Williams wasn’t able to shake off enough dust from her four month break allowing Jankovic to win 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5). Continue reading