Jelena Jankovic trained more than ever during the off-season and her body has become noticeably bulkier. When the 2009 season started, we were expecting her to impress us with improved form, but what we got was a slow-moving Jankovic with a poor start to the new tennis season.
The Serb, whose movement was once her biggest weapon, has finally admitted she lost her speed, and said that she’s currently working on bringing it back.
I did a lot of things for my endurance and I had some problems moving. I lost my speed on the court and I lost my reaction. I lost my biggest weapon. Until now, I was having trouble reacting and moving, especially with my returns and getting that first step. I just lost that and I have been trying to get that back. I hope to get my game together and start playing on a high level again. That is my goal for this moment.
I wish Jankovic the best of luck in returning her trademark, her magnificent movement. (source: Reuters, photo: Ralf Reinecke)