January 11, 2010
SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
A. SZAVAY/J. Jankovic
5-7, 6-1, 7-5
Q. You played well here before. What was happening today? What were you
JELENA JANKOVIC: It was my first match of the season, and, you know, I
was a little bit nervous, especially not playing for long time, two
months, not competing.
It was a little bit different because I was just preparing and, you
know, playing practice matches. Not really the same as playing a really
match. So it was a tough match for me, you know. A little bit windy
today and different conditions, but I tried my best.
I just want to stay positive, and I hope that, you know, I will be ready
Q. What positives can you draw out of today's loss?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I really tried my best. You know, I wasn't playing
well. I was not hitting the ball as I wanted to and not serving well
But I had some chances, especially in that third set to come back and
win it, I was serving for the match at 5-4, and managed to come back
after being down 4-2. Then I made some really easy unforced errors. A
lot unforced errors from my side.
Just have to clean up some things in my game and do better next time.
Q. Why has this been your first tournament? You didn't enter Brisbane.
JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, that was just my schedule. You know, I wanted
to play here, and I love playing here. I had some great matches in the
past. You know, I was really excited playing this tournament and
hopefully doing well, but unfortunately it didn't happen. You know,
that's part of the sport. What can I do?
Q. Is there a gamble just going into a Grand Slam with only one
tournament when I guess something like this can happen?
JELENA JANKOVIC: It's no problem. You know, I have a week to train and
to do somethings. You know, everything playing one match, just feeling
that atmosphere and the crowd, the court, and playing in this kind of
conditions, it's, you know, it still gives me, you know, some
experience. I will bring that to Melbourne.
Q. What did you in your off-season? Did you do anything different?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Just training and preparing. I feel good. I feel I'm
ready to play. Unfortunately, today I just didn't bring the tennis I
wanted to bring out. That was the case.
So unfortunately I didn't feel the ball. I was making too many unforced
errors. Sometimes it happens.
Q. Where did you go? I guess you did some hot weather training.
JELENA JANKOVIC: I trained in Florida, but it wasn't hot. It was
unusual, and it was quite cold. So when I arrived here, it was a big
Q. How many days have you had to get used to the conditions?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I arrived here on Thursday, so three days.
Q. Any changes to your coaching staff or group? Who will be with you in
JELENA JANKOVIC: Not for now. I just had some -- when I was in the
off-season, I had some help from Jim Arias, and Nick Bollettieri. They
were helping me when I was training, but here when I'm traveling, it's
But I like to get help from different experienced even players or
coaches who can help me improve my game. That's what I'm always trying
to do: improve and get better as a player.
Q. When you look at your season last year, what do you feel that you
have to do to improve this year in order to be more successful?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I think I could improve on everything. There is always
things that can be, you know, better in my game. Nothing will ever be
perfect, especially on my serve. I'm working on improving that shot. I
change a little bit my technique, so I'm still not quite adapted to that
stroke. So that gave me a lot trouble today, and I had trouble holding
But hopefully, you know, as the time goes on, I will feel more and more
comfortable with that stroke and I can get some free points and do
better on my serve.
Q. What are you trying to achieve by changing the technique?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I want to get some more power and get some pore
precision. You know, make my life on the court a lot easier.
Q. Which surface do you think is your best chance of breaking through
for a Grand Slam?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I like playing hardcourts. You know, playing on
hardcourts is where I grew up. And I also like playing on clay. So
doesn't matter. The least that I like is grass.
But as long as you're playing well and in good form and you're healthy,
you can do -- you can make a good result anywhere.
Q. How do you feel your chances are now for the Australian Open?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I just go out there and play my tennis. I go out
there and just try to play the best that I can. We'll see how far I go.
Q. You got the junior title. So you want to...
JELENA JANKOVIC: I got the junior title, and not last year but the year
before I was a semifinalist. So we'll see. You know, hopefully I will
have a good time. That is my goal.
Q. Your voice sounds a little croaky. Are you well, or is it just a
long, hot match?
JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, also air conditioning everywhere, you know,
hot and cold, so I get sore throat. My nose is a little bit stuffy, but
it's okay. No problem.
Q. Not too bad?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Not too bad.
Q. You were a top seed in Melbourne last year. Do you think not being a
top seed might sort of ease of pressure on you in Melbourne?
JELENA JANKOVIC: You know, doesn't really matter if you're a top seed or
not. Just every match counts. You don't underestimate any opponent. You
go out there and try to play your best tennis in each match.
I will be, I don't know, 8 seed or something like that. So doesn't
really matter what kind of seed you are. What matters is how well you're
playing and how good your form is coming into the tournament, and of
course being healthy and not having any problems so you can go out there
and enjoy it and give it a shot.
Q. You held the No. 1 ranking. Do you feel as though you need a Grand
Slam to get vindication, I suppose?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Doesn't matter. You know, being No. 1 in the world is
something that every player dreams of achieving. And when I will retire
and when I will be a grandmother, I can always say I was the best player
in the world. Nobody can take that away from me with or without the
I'm only 24 years old, so I still have many years to play. Hopefully I
will one day win a Grand Slam. That is my goal: to win big tournaments
and to be up there with the top players.
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