I can’t wait for the 2009 season to start and I’m especially eager to see how Jelena Jankovic will perform, because she took her number one ranking very seriously and is determined to stay on top as well as to win her maiden Grand Slam title. The following Jankovic’s statements make me anticipate the new season even more.
"My priorities will be on the big tournaments, Grand Slams and Tier 1s. When you prepare 100 percent, when you put all the hard work in, then you can really have higher expectations and you can expect yourself to achieve great things."
"I’m really training hard," added the 23-year-old Serb, who started training in November and is currently practicing in Florida. "Before I came here I was in Mexico in high altitude … trying to get stronger and fitter."
Moreover, Jankovic can’t wait to face tough competition: "I want the girls to play their best tennis against me and I want to win in those circumstances. I’m up for the challenge. I want to compete in those best tournaments with the best players out there."
"I love being in that role, being in the role of the No. 1 player in the world. I like that position and I want to stay there as long as it is possible," Jankovic said. "I haven’t trained in my whole career as hard as I’m training now, and I hope and I believe that all this hard work will pay off."
In addition to all the hard work, Jankovic has finally decided to ease her schedule. She will play less in 2009 in order to stay healthy.
I can’t wait to see the outcome of her preparations. All the best, JJ! (interview: Tennis.com, photo: Ralf Reinecke)