The Championships WimbledonThursday, 26 June 2008
at Wimbledon, England
J. JANKOVIC defeated C. Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3
Q. After what happened to Maria today and Ana yesterday, you'd be
probably grateful for a fairly routine match out there today?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I didn't really think about the other players. I
don't want to get involved, you know, how they are doing. I just really
focus on myself and how I have to play.
The conditions were quite tough today. It was very windy. But I did
quite well, and I'm happy to win the match in two sets.
Q. And you won it fairly comfortably?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, especially the first set I was playing quite
well, and the second set I had a long game which I should have won. At
3‑1, I think I had 40‑15 and I let that game go. But other than that, it
Q. You needed some time out after the French Open. Are you
physically 100 percent now?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yes, after the French Open I had some health
problems. I was sick and I had an injury with my arm throughout the
French Open, and after that I couldn't also practice for nine days. And
now I can finally play without pain, and I'm still not 100 percent
healthy. I was sick, but I'm just ‑‑ I want to enjoy the games and try
to play my best tennis.
Q. You're still sick you said?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I'm not 100 percent healthy. I'm still blowing my
nose, but it's not that bad.
Q. How highly do you rate your prospects here?
JELENA JANKOVIC: What do you mean?
Q. Can you win this tournament?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I'm not thinking about going too far. I'm just ‑‑ I
want to play one match at a time, and we'll see how I will do.
Q. Can I draw your attention to the next?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Who am I playing?
Q. Caroline Wozniacki. She says you know each other a little bit.
JELENA JANKOVIC: We speak to each other when we see each other. She's
a nice girl. She's a young talent, and I will just go out there and try
to do what I do best.
Q. How do you see her as a player and how do you see her
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know, it's tough to say. I don't know if I
could really tell how far she can go. I would predict the future. But
she has good potential, and she's a great player, so I don't know how
far she will go.
Q. What are her strengths as you see them?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't really know. My coach would know that better
because I've never played against her and I don't really watch much of
women's tennis and I didn't play against her, so I don't really know so
much the way she plays. My coach would know the strengths and the
weaknesses a lot more than I do.
Q. He was watching her today then?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know, but he follows, you know, some of the
girls that I'm supposed to play, so he's the one who ‑‑ it's his job to
analyze the players and tell me and prepare the tactics and what I have
to do in order to win my matches.
Q. It will be her first match on a big stage here in Wimbledon,
and she's turning 18 after Wimbledon, so do you think that could affect
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't really know. I mean, you can ask her if it
would affect her or not. I'm going there to play my game and to play my
tennis, and I don't really think too much about my opponents.
Q. I want to ask you about the English grass court season, the
governing body, the LTA, trying to restructure the season, which may
mean the DFS Classic, which is I know is a tournament you've won, will
leave. How would you feel about Birmingham losing that tournament?
JELENA JANKOVIC: And then what will happen, no Birmingham? Just one
Q. I think there will be another tournament, but it could be
somewhere else in England like Nottingham maybe or maybe London or
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it would be sad if Birmingham lost their
tournament over there, but as long as we have some tournament in England
to play before Wimbledon, one or two weeks before, it's great for the
players to play some matches and get used to the grass before Wimbledon.
This year I haven't played any tournaments before Wimbledon, but I
think it's great to play at least one just to feel the atmosphere, get
the timing on grass and just feel comfortable on that surface before you
play the big event, Wimbledon.
Q. I think the LTA have said that many leading players would like
to stay in London for the entire grass court season.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it's always great, you know, when you can play
a preparation tournament before the big event in the same country so you
don't have to do much traveling.
Q. And do you favor combined events, men's and women's? Is that
something that would appeal to you?
JELENA JANKOVIC: For me it's the same. I don't really mind if we are
together or if we are alone.
Q. Was it disappointing for you not to be able to defend your DFS
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I was disappointed that I couldn't defend my
title in Birmingham. I really like that tournament a lot, and I think
it's a great tournament before Wimbledon to get used to the grass. But
due to some health problems, I wasn't able to go there and play.
Hopefully maybe next year if it exists still.
Q. What would you put your level of fitness at in a percentage at
this stage now?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. I'm still working a lot. I'm trying to
improve my game, trying to improve my fitness, trying to get stronger
and fitter each time. My goal is never to stay in the same place, always
to keep going forward, to keep improving, which is the most important
thing, because if you don't do that, the other girls are going after you
and ahead of you, and so you always have to try to add something new to
the game to get stronger, get fitter and faster. So everything is to get
better and better.
Q. But I was referring more to your health problems. Would you say
that you're 90 percent or more back to full fitness?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Full fitness, I don't know. I will never be perfect.
It takes time, you know, to work on your body and to work ‑‑ I can
always get stronger. I would love to get my shoulders stronger. I would
like to get faster with my legs, get thinner legs and all this.
Of course I have goals. I have something that I would like to
achieve, but some of the things don't happen overnight. It takes time.
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