The Championships Wimbledon
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
at Wimbledon, England
Jelena Jankovic def. Olga Savchuk 6‑3, 6‑2
Q. Pretty diverse workout. Seemed to be a bit everything in the
JELENA JANKOVIC: What do you mean by that?
Q. Up at the net, running around a lot, entertaining points.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, there were some entertaining points. Overall I
thought I played a pretty good match for the first round because always
the first rounds are the toughest. I always have some trouble in the
beginning of the tournaments.
But, you know, today I was quite pleased with the way I played. Only
I had a slow start in the beginning. I couldn't find my rhythm. But then
I cruised through the match.
Q. You've been playing a little bit less recently. Do you feel
more refreshed than you did this time last year?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, I feel a lot more refreshed. Before this
tournament I didn't play for two weeks, due to some health problems. I
feel ready to play this tournament. I'm not tired like I was maybe last
year around this time. You know, just want to try my best and play some
good tennis here.
Q. When you say you're refreshed, is that a physical thing or a
mental thing or a bit of both?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I think it's both because last year I played so
much. You know, when I arrived to this tournament, two weeks before that
I won Birmingham, then I played finals in's‑Hertogenbosch, then I
arrived here in Wimbledon. Especially with the rain delays, it was very
hard for me. Mentally and physically I was quite drained, couldn't do so
well, and lost in the fourth round, which is my worst Grand Slam result.
So, you know, this year I feel much better, feel more mature. I feel
that I improved a lot more since last year. So hopefully I can improve
my record here.
Q. The No. 1 ranking is up for grabs again here. From Paris, have
you gained anything? Did you get an experience which might help to let
you be the one?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, the four of us can become new No. 1's. You
know, it's a great opportunity for me. But I'm not really looking too
far ahead. I just won my first round, so there is still hopefully a lot
of matches to play. I don't really want to think about rankings, about
points. I just want to try to do what I do on the practice courts what I
have been working with my coach and try to trust for that to the
Q. What did you want to accomplish today in the first round?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Most of the time actually I have problems in the
first round. It's very hard to get your rhythm, just feel the
atmosphere. It's a new court. Especially it's my first match on grass.
It takes a little bit of time to get used to everything.
You know, I came out and I had a slow start. I didn't really feel
that great. I lost my timing. But after that, when I started feeling the
ball, I was hitting especially my backhand quite solid, quite clean. I
found my game. So I was attacking a lot and didn't allow the other girl
to play her game.
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