PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 20, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Were you aware she was hurt before she had the trainer
come over? Were you aware?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I didn't know that she was hurt. I just
came out on the court with the goal I wanted to play her
really aggressive and take the initiative from the first
strike, and that's what I did today. But I had no idea that
she had some problems.
Q. Is it disappointing sometimes, Jelena, in a quarter,
you play two matches against her in the fall where you want
to test yourself that the match ends that way?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I love to play a full match, but
unfortunately, this is the sport. We all get injuries, and
unfortunately she had some problem today which unabled (sic)
her to finish the match.
But what can I do? I cannot force her to play because I want
to play. Lindsay, play, because I want to play a good match.
That doesn't happen. But I wish her to recover as fast as
possible and to come back.
Q. So you get to play one of your favorite rivals again
in the next round.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, my favorite rival. For some reason, I
don't have record against her. Some players suit you more,
some players don't. It's just the way it goes. But I have to
-- I've been working on my game the last maybe 10 days or
so, and I'm really feeling a lot better than I was in the
beginning of the year, because at the moment I'm healthy.
Actually, I only had a cold the last three or four days,
which I'm still -- my nose is a bit runny, but other than
that, I have no injuries and I feel ready to train and get
better. So I'm improving little by little. That's my main
So we will see tomorrow if I have difficult match. I'll try
to play aggressive and go for my shots and we'll see how it
Q. In this event last year, you, Ivanovic and Sharapova
all failed to make the quarterfinals. Now here you are all
in the semis. What does that tell you about women's tennis?
JELENA JANKOVIC: That a year can make a huge difference.
(laughter.) I mean, we get that -- we're all getting more
mature, more experience. We are learning more about the
game. So I had a great year last year, and for some reason
in the past years I have never played well here in the
I don't know why, what is the reason for that. Because maybe
the week before I play so well in Dubai, and I would come
here and I would just fail. I would just play terrible
So this year, it's a change, and I made a record so far. I
made it to the semifinal, and I don't want to stop here. I
want to continue. I'm working very hard at the moment, and
little by little I'm getting my game in order again.
Q. Sampras didn't always play well in the desert either.
When he would come here, he would find that the ball would
fly on him. He hit a lot of balls long. Do you have the same
JELENA JANKOVIC: The balls are flying, and you have
difficulty controlling the balls, especially -- I rely a lot
on my precision, and when I cannot hit that backhand in that
corner there, what can I do?
So it's -- I'm adapting, actually, I'm training, just get my
rhythm and getting the feeling how I need to hit the ball so
I can really go for it and make all the balls in.
I feel confident and comfortable on the court. I'm doing
well so far. Hopefully I can continue.
Q. You said things in a year, so much changes. When we're
sitting here next year, what would be a successful year,
having become what ranking? Having won maybe a major or two?
What are your thoughts?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I would like to win a major first.
Start by winning one. By doing that, I would come close to
No. 1, if not No. 1 in the world. Those are my goals. Those
are my dreams that I'm going after, and we'll see if I will
make this happen.
Q. Do you think that in a year's time you and Ana, who
have this momentum going, do you think you'll be at the very
top and surpass the others there?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I think we are already out there. I think
we will play a lot of the tournaments, we'll play semis and
finals and really be winning the tournaments. I think
Serbian tennis is, at the moment, very strong.
You can see Djokovic, me, Ivanovic. We're doing very well,
and we're all very young. We have great games, great
personalities, and I think that's what the tennis needs.
Today, for example, Ana was the first one at 11:00, Djokovic
was the second one after her, and I was the third. It's just
Serbia, Serbian tennis players on center court.
Q. You've said before that Ana's game doesn't suit you,
but you played her very close the last couple of times and
she's managed to pull it out in the end. Is it more mental?
Are you finding she's mentally stronger at the end?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I think it's just -- for some reason --
she played well that match, last time we played, which was,
I don't know --
Q. LA, semis.
JELENA JANKOVIC: LA? I don't know how many months ago. I
thought she managed to play those important points very
well. She really hit that forehand really strong, and
unfortunately the balls were landing in.
I will have to try to really take the initiative from the
beginning and try to move her around, not give her the
chance to hit the shots that she likes. Of course her
forehand is her favorite shot, so I'll try to move her
around a bit and open up, you know, my shots and try to get
the shots that I like to hit, which suits my game.
So we will see. It will be a good match, and hopefully I'll
play good tennis.
Q. Has there been like one major adjustment you've made
here that allows you to be successful, unlike past years?
Like has there been one thing...
JELENA JANKOVIC: It's not just one thing. It's so many
things I'm really working on. I was really -- before I came
here, I was really not happy with my game, not happy with my
movement, not happy with anything that goes, you know, with
So since I came here, I'm working on my fitness, I'm working
on my tennis game, on certain shots to improve those things.
So far I've been doing really well.
In the last tournaments I have been playing three sets with
many of these players that I've beaten in this tournament in
two sets, so it's already a step forward.
Q. You played Fed Cup with Ana for the first time. Did
your relationship change there with her?
JELENA JANKOVIC: We are fine. We get along nicely. We didn't
have any problems there. We played for our country. We tried
our best to win the matches. We were quite exhausted after
Australia from a hot country going to Budapest, which was
cold and being indoors, and playing all those girls which we
But we still managed to pass that group and have a chance,
have an opportunity to get in a World Group for the first
time, which is very important to us. Because for the first
time in history we played as a strongest team. Before that
we didn't have a chance, we didn't have good players, and
now that we have, I would like that we play many, many times
together so that one day we can even win the whole Fed Cup.
Q. What I meant was I wasn't saying you're friends or
not, but did you have a chance to talk with her more?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, and we even played doubles together
for the first time, and it was actually the side match. It
was actually -- it's different, because we are both singles
players and we had to play a doubles match. We are very,
very different girls.
Ana is more quiet; I am a little bit more open. I tend to
speak my mind a lot. She's more kind of conservative. She
wouldn't say much, and if she would say, it would be very
little. That's what my opinion is about her. She's more of a
But I am -- but that doesn't matter. I mean, we're all
individuals and that doesn't -- those things don't matter
with the tennis game. When we go on the court, of course we
try, we're opponents, we try our best to win those matches.
But whatever happens off the court doesn't matter.
Because this is -- we are here at the tournament, we are not
here to, I don't know, to -- whatever you guys...
Q. Have a party?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, have a party, yeah.
Q. You were a student a while ago. The other day Ana was
talking about her interest in psychology and Freud and some
books she was reading. Are you doing some reading? Do you
have some interest in those type of areas?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Philosophy. My mom had an interest in
philosophy, and she's my main philosopher, you know, in my
She's the one who's teaching me so many things, because she
had the biggest influence in my life. She has taught me so
many things, and I think without her I wouldn't be where I
am at the moment.
Q. She seems like a very special tennis parent and
JELENA JANKOVIC: She is a very special tennis parent. My mom
never really put any pressure on me to play tennis, first of
all. I play because I like to play. I enjoy the sport. I
have fun doing it, and that's why I play. If I didn't enjoy
the game I would quit the sport. I would hang my racquet on
the wall and just say good-bye to the sport and do something
else that I love.
Maybe that's the difference between my mom and my parents
and maybe some of the others which push their kids to play
the game and maybe become famous and make money and have all
this, you know, have a great life. So for me, tennis was
never my No. 1 priority. I always went to school. I always
focused on other things.
Then when I finished my high school I really started to
train a little bit more, to see if I can go professional,
and then here I am. It's been a great journey so far. I've
come a long way.
Q. Can you treat a match against Ana like any other
match, or does it mean more since you guys are both from the
JELENA JANKOVIC: It's okay. At the end of the day, you
realize that tennis is just a game, and you go out on the
court and you try to do your best. You try to win, and
that's -- that's what matters. After that, you're just
regular girl. You do your things. That's it.
I don't really like to think over, oh, we're same country
and all this pressure that goes on. We are young girls and
we will play millions of times throughout our career. So
we'll try to get better each time, to get better rankings to
achieve our goals. As individual I'm trying to do that, and
I'm trying to become No. 1 in the world, trying to win Grand
Slams and just going after my dreams. I don't really focus
on the other things that are around.
Q. Your mom's an economist, so who spends more money when
you guys go shopping?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I'm pretty -- I'm a big spender. I like to
swipe my card. (laughter.)
I like just doing it, you know, that motion. (laughter.)
I think we are pretty similar, you know, at spending money.
But I prefer to go with my dad, because he's really -- with
dads and daughters, I mean, just he cannot resist not to buy
me something really expensive.
So I'm always -- if I'm going after something, I'm like, I
bring my dad. Can dad go with us, mom? Oh, okay. I just get
like -- I just bought like limited edition of Louis Vuitton
bag. I'm like, dad, can you buy me that? Yes, of course no
If I said to my mom. Oh, now is not the time. And for her,
when she buys something, yeah, it's always the right time.
But when I'm the one it's never the right time. So I said,
dad -- or I just go myself and I just swipe it. I don't even
Q. So how much was the bag?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Do you want to know?
Q. I do want to know.
JELENA JANKOVIC: $4,000. That's why I tell you, my dad is
better for that. Because he wouldn't think twice. He thinks,
Oh, it's for my daughter. I mean -- if my dad had to buy for
my brother he would probably say no.
My dad is quite generous, so he just buying whatever. He
just tries to make us happy.
Q. Is that the most expensive thing he bought you?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, he keeps buying -- I already -- I
cannot talk about these things. If I keep going with all
these prices and all these things I bought, you guys would
think I'm crazy. But I think the most important thing is to
invest your money in property where -- because when you buy
bags or shoes, which I have a lot, I even have to buy whole
house to put all these things.
But I think it's worth it to buy, for example, houses or
some type of properties where you're always going to have
that money. Where when you buy shoes or bags, who you going
to sell that to?
Q. You're right.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Just waste your money. But it makes me
happy, so that's why I'm doing it. Otherwise...
Q. Have you bought property in Serbia and more in
JELENA JANKOVIC: To be honest, I have a house in Miami and I
also bought a lot in San Diego.
Q. Nice. Close to the tournament?
JELENA JANKOVIC: It's in Rancho Santa Fe.
Q. Yeah, close.
JELENA JANKOVIC: It's beautiful. It's on a hill and just
amazing, and so -- it will take time. It will take maybe a
year and a half or two years to build a whole house because
it will be big, and I can almost invite all of you guys to
stay there and have a huge party and go to -- we'll have
huge swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, whatever, spa.
Anything you want, watch movies.
Q. We each get a bag?
JELENA JANKOVIC: You can enjoy it. You can come away from
this tennis world and just have some real time. I mean, just
like real people.
Q. Is the property by itself or is it in one of those
developments in Rancho Santa Fe?
JELENA JANKOVIC: To be honest, I have no idea about
anything. I haven't even seen the lot, but I hear all these
stories. It's amazing. It's all this, and it's like a
fairytale to me to listen to it. So when I have time I will
go and check it out and I will tell you more about it,
because I have couple of gates. It's quite restricted area
so you guys cannot get in.
Q. Where again is the lot?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I cannot tell you.
Q. Rancho Santa Fe?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, but I'm telling you but you're not
supposed to write it in the papers, because then -- I mean,
it's not nice to say where it is and where -- because many
people can be dangerous sometimes.
Q. Are you designing the house? Are you going to do the
architecture, or is your mom or dad?
JELENA JANKOVIC: The architect just -- he came a couple days
ago. We were looking at the plans for a house and all these
rooms and I have -- it's amazing. I mean, I'll be like --
I'll get lost in my house.
Q. Nice to have money, eh? How many shoes and how many
bags do you have?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Sorry?
Q. How many shoes and how many bags do you have?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Thousands. That's why I separate them. I
keep some in Serbia, some in America. So my winter shoes in
Serbia. And, of course, every year I buy new ones and add to
Q. Serena Williams said that when she was decorating her
house she got very tired of shopping for chandeliers. Can
you imagine getting tired of shopping?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't have to deal with that. My mom, she
loves going to those shops, and she drives me nuts.
Sometimes she brings me to those shops where you buy, you
know, like furniture, chandeliers, candles, whatever,
plates, glasses and all that. She loves -- she goes there
like she's in a museum and she just keeps looking at all
I'm like, I hate that. I really -- I don't like that at all.
So she's really the expert and she'll do all the job. She
has really good time because she was a designer before when
she was younger, so she has good taste for that.
People don't put in the papers Rancho Santa Fe, just in San
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