August 25, 2008
Q. It seems like this time of the year every year you come out on the
court with either your knee bandaged or thigh or ankle. It didn't appear
like you had any bracing this evening. What's your general state of
JELENA JANKOVIC: Well, at the moment, you know, I'm healthy, and I don't
want to talk about that. I don't have any problems, but I've been
struggling throughout the whole year. I had so many injuries and when I
started with one, and it was like a chain, you know, my whole body was
compensating. I got all these injuries that I never had before.
So I had a tough time overall throughout the year, but now I finally am
healthy and I'm trying really to work hard. Even after the match, I did
some fitness, I did some strengthening for my legs and for my arms. I
need to get in shape again and get stronger and get fitter so that I
can, you know, from my perspective avoid those kind of injuries. But you
can be unlucky and twist an ankle, so that when I'm playing, you know, I
don't have as much as I can, I can try to stay healthy. I try my best.
Q. Were you at all able to feel happy about being No. 1 for a week? Did
that actually mean anything to you?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, it means a lot to me, because especially after
having, you know, a tough year, I've been struggling, I haven't been
able to train the way I want to, I haven't been in my best form, and to
reach in the No. 1 spot is amazing. And it's something that will stay in
my record, in my biography for the rest of my life. And nobody can take
that away from me. And I'm only the 18th player to achieve that. So it's
a huge achievement, and I'm really proud to join a selection of great
But of course I want to keep developing my game, keep improving, but in
order to do that, it's very ‑‑ the priority is to be healthy, and I
haven't been healthy throughout almost the whole year.
So it's very tough to be at your best game, at your top level, but, you
know, I will try my best, you know, for the hopefully for the rest of
the season. If, I hope, I pray to God just to stay the way I am now and
then I can work on my game and try to get better and better each day.
Q. You said on Saturday that the change in time zones from Beijing to
Serbia to New York had made you tired, and in the evenings 7:00 or 8:00
you were having trouble staying awake. Were you tired at all tonight?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I'm tired now. I'm actually falling asleep now. It's
about time for me to go to bed, but when I was on the court, I really
didn't think about sleeping. I was just excited to go on court and to
play my match and get the job done, especially I was, you know, I wanted
to be awake, because I didn't know my opponent very well, I didn't know
who she is, the way she plays. All I knew she was a junior and I only
heard that she was 16 years old they said when they were introducing her
on the court. So I didn't really know much about her.
So it's always tough to play an opponent who doesn't have anything to
lose, who you don't know very well, who is, you know ‑‑ it's always a
tough opponent especially in the first round with the windy conditions
out there. But I did as much as I needed to do to win the match.
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