Lindsay Davenport’s comeback turned out to be more successful than she had expected. The 31-year-old American stunned top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 6-4 2-6 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic in Bali, Indonesia.
Neither Davenport nor Jankovic played well, but the experienced former world number one took advantage of the Serb’s constant arguments with Sri Lankan umpire Asitha Attygala.
“The umpiring was just terrible. When the ball was in, he called it out, when it was out, he called it in,” Jankovic said. Oh my God, when will Jelena learn to deal with this, will she keep on ruining her matches?
Experienced Davenport grabbed her chance: “When your opponent self-destructs, that’s good from your perspective. I just worried about my own game. In professional tennis you have to deal with line calls. When she blew up I knew I had a great shot at winning.”
Jelena Jankovic is still one of my favorite players, but I can’t help noticing that her behavior is unprofessional. I think that she’s even letting her fans down. Look what Jankovic said after the loss: “I didn’t train much and it’s tough to get motivated here. But it’s OK, now I can finally go to the beach.” Even though I would probably feel the same way if I were in beautiful Bali, and even though it’s nice to look from a brighter side, I find Jelena’s behavior irresponsible, and as her fan, I feel a little betrayed.