It will not consider considerably imagination to reply this concern with a resounding Yes! Only 22 several years of age, she has presently attained the WTA position of no.3, and is officially number a person in the women’s singles race. How does she do it, particularly due to the fact in her short 7 12 months job as a Pro she has endured (and triumph over) accidents to her ankle, suitable shoulder, decrease back, and most lately, discomfort in her neck.
“When we go on court, it is like we’re heading on a war” — Jelena Jankovic
Like lots of younger Serbian (and Croatian) tennis stars, Jelena grew up surrounded by a horrible war. JJ has claimed that she thinks this is what provides them their ‘fighting spirit’. Discovering a position to practise was a authentic challenge, not only all through the war, when they experienced to practise pretty early just before the bombings, but also in winter. Jelena recollects when she use to have to practise in her winter gloves, hat, and jacket, and this was indoors! Both her and her compatriot, Ana Ivanovic, practised in a drained Olympic sized swimming pool. It was carpeted, and for the reason that the wall was only 18 inches from the sidelines, cross-courtroom participate in was practically difficult, forcing the younger gamers to engage in down the lines.
“I often give my ideal, and I combat right until the conclusion” — Jelena Jankovic
Jelena’s really hard do the job paid out off when the terrific tennis coach, Nick Bollettiieri, identified her talent and invited her to attend his boarding faculty tennis academy in Bradenton, Florida. The alumni of this prestigious tennis academy reads like the Who’s Who in ATP and WTA tennis. But in early 2006, Jankovic practically did give up following nine consecutive very first round match defeats. She was already a section-time student at the Megatrend University in Belgrade, finding out small business administration and was taking into consideration dropping her WTA touring to examine entire-time. Luckily for women’s tennis, she changed her intellect, but she nevertheless retains an eye on her upcoming and is nonetheless portion-time university student.
“It will help me to remain calm to smile on-court docket.” — Jelena Jankovic
This capacity to go out and really take pleasure in her video game might be the vital to her achievement. It was noticed by the world’s media that she was laughing and giggling on her chair prior to her latest match towards Venus Williams. Venus was somberly looking through her match notes. Jelena’s loved ones, friends, and colleagues are extremely critical to her, and this may also be a large benefit.
“No improved way to finish a rainy working day than with a major smile, observing Serbian comedy on Television.” — Jelena Jankovic
It’s challenging to think about how these kinds of fantastically determined, globe-course athlete could be so, let us say, regular. Like numerous gals her age, she loves the hottest trend in women’s tennis apparel, her favored manufacturer currently being Reebok. That isn’t going to indicate she is frivolous She not too long ago complained that the Italians ended up only worried with her make-up and hair, but not about her backhand. In the course of one particular of her the latest matches in Rome, there have been wolf-whistles when she bent down on-court docket to tie her sneakers in her white tennis skirt. But definitely, who could blame them?
“I am a woman….” — Jelena Jankovic
She’s a lot additional than a lady, and then once again, she isn’t. With her outgoing individuality, and her ever cheerful mind-set, she is a brilliant position model for youthful girls everywhere. It is heartening that several these youthful WTA Stars are undertaking so perfectly, but the ‘Golden Girl’, Jelena Jankovic, appears to be to be glowing the shiniest.