August 24, 2008
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Give us a health and fitness update. How are you feeling this
JELENA JANKOVIC: I'm feeling all right. I don't have -- at the moment,
you know, to knock on wood, I don't have anything, any problems, any
injuries. I'm trying to get back in shape, so I'm trying to train very
hard and doing my best, you know, to get as fit as possible for the
Q. Did you come directly from Beijing?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I went to see my doctors at home in Serbia. There
was a problem with my calf in Beijing, and I was taking injections to
play that tournament because I couldn't do it.
Now I'm finally -- I got over that injury so I'm fine, but takes time
for me now to get stronger again and fit.
Q. How is it being in New York the last Grand Slam?
JELENA JANKOVIC: It's great. I love New York. It's one of my favorite
Grand Slams. You know, the atmosphere here is great and has so much
energy, so I really look forward to playing this tournament. I will try
Q. Considering the summer that you've had, I mean, how do you feel
coming in about your own game, your chances here to compete?
JELENA JANKOVIC: So far I had a tough year with injuries, so many
injuries, and I was also sick in the middle of the year.
So I've been, you know, struggling, because when you have this kind of
problems it's tough to train 100%. I finally decided to train, and I
have some other problem where I have to rest one week or two weeks, so I
It's amazing how quickly you get out of shape, and then it takes you
again a lot of time to get back there. And when you start by having one
injury, you know, your whole body is compensating and you start having
pains in places where I'm not used to.
So it's been tough, but hopefully, you know, that's the past, and
hopefully I can start playing without having any problems and just enjoy
Q. Was competing, having to, being in Beijing, was that a
particularly tough thing to deal with and then to come right from there
to here? Was that very trying?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I played Olympics, special feeling to represent
your country. I really tried my best, and like I said, I was taking the
injections so I don't feel the pain when I was going on, you know, to
play my matches. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to go on court and play.
But now I'm finally, you know, I don't have that problem anymore. It's
finished, and now it's just a matter of, you know, getting, you know,
firm again, you know, getting all these muscles back and feeling like I
used to feel before when I was fit and ready to play.
At the moment, I'm still working very hard, and some of the things don't
happen overnight. I need time, you know, to train. You cannot get your
endurance and your strength back in a few days. So I will try to keep
working hard and we will see how everything goes.
Q. Compared to the other Grand Slam tournaments, each one has such a
unique feel to it, very different from the other. What are your thoughts
on this particular one?
JELENA JANKOVIC: It's quite special. Especially playing here at night,
it has a very unique atmosphere and energy. I remember playing last year
here against Venus. It was a night match, and we had standing ovation
when it was 6-All in the third. Just those moments are quite unique,
whereas some of the other Grand Slams you don't have night matches.
The atmosphere is completely different. So I really enjoy everything
here, and I really, you know, I love the fans. They get so into it and
they're quite enthusiastic, so it's a lot of fun.
Q. You said you went to Serbia before you came?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Uh-huh.
Q. How is it with you, Ana, and Novak having such great years? What
is it like every time you go back home?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Every time we go back home, people really appreciate
our results, really support us all the way, and they wake up in the
morning to watch us play whenever we're playing. People are always up to
date and seeing how we're doing.
Because tennis nowadays, believe it or not, is the most popular sport in
Serbia. Before that that was never the case, because we didn't have any
players and we didn't have a tradition in tennis.
Now that we have three top three, 1, 2, 3 in the world, it's really
amazing. A lot of the young kids are playing, a lot of people are so
interested in tennis, and it's a great thing for our country.
Q. Do you guys talk about that when you're in the locker room or...
JELENA JANKOVIC: We got used to that. We try to do our job. We try to --
especially when I go back home, I want to be just a normal person. I
want to see my family. I want to see my friends. I don't really like to
be in the spotlight and all this, do all these crazy things.
Q. Some athletes when they achieve that kind of success in their
country can't go home. It's too hard to go home because they are so
mobbed and there is so much expected of them. Do you ever feel that way?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, because I try to keep low maintenance. I really
don't go to places where I will be seen. I just go there to really rest
and recover from, you know, the traveling and from the tournaments.
I go to see my family, and I hang out there and with my friends, as
well. When I go out, I don't really -- you know, when you get in the
room and you're like, Oh, here I am. I'm here. So of course people will
come up to you and they want to, you know, take a picture with you or
have an autograph or just say something to you, Congratulations, you're
doing well, we're so proud of you.
I don't really -- it's normal. I'm kind of used to it, and I don't feel,
you know, that pressure from the people. If I go out somewhere, it's
fine. That's the way it has to be. That's the price you have to pay for
doing well, for being successful.
Q. How big of an issue is jet lag? Are you still dealing with it now?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Oh, my gosh. After Beijing I went to Serbia, so it's
six hours less than in China, and then six hours, another six hours less
here, so I've been waking up at 6:00 in the morning every morning here.
By the time it's like 7:00 or 8:00 in the evening, I'm already -- I
can't keep my eyes open, so I'm having a hard time. I'm trying to
adjust, especially -- you know, maybe I will play some of the night
matches here, and it's very important for me to be ready for that.
Q. Are you worried about it at all come next week? Do you think
you'll be adjusted?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I hope so, you know. Already I arrived here few days
ago, so every day I'm getting better and better. But I'm waking up so
early which, you know, it's like a clock. I'm so adjusted to a certain,
you know, time, and I don't even need an alarm. I just wake up. It's
really annoying. I want to sleep longer, but it's not the case at the
Q. How much pressure do you feel to try to become No. 1?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't understand.
Q. How much pressure do you feel trying to become No. 1?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I already did. (Laughter)
Q. Right, right, but to regain that, and also, do you feel pressure from
some of the younger players who are coming up, any specific players that
you find that are sort of dangerous that are doing well now?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Pressure for -- I mean, I achieved, I arrived in No. 1
spot last week, so it was a big goal of mine, and not many players have
achieved that. And any player to have reached that spot, I'm really
proud I joined this selection of great champions.
I don't really feel any pressure, you know. Like I said, I had a tough
year and I've been struggling quite a lot. I'm trying to improve my
tennis to start training again very hard, because without the training,
it's tough to expect results.
Going through injuries, I haven't been able to train the way I wanted,
so I hope that I can do it, and now from now on and for the rest of the
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