World No.14 Marion Bartoli, Jelena Jankovic’s opponent in the upcoming quarterfinal of the Bank of the West Classic, said before Jankovic’s second round match against Sabine Lisicki that she would rather face Jankovic than Lisicki.
Bartoli’s reason is the following: “I always beat her.” The Frenchwoman is 4-3 against the sixth-ranked Jankovic and has won their last three matches.
Haha, JJ was, of course, stunned to hear the comment and here’s her reaction:
She talks like she’s just Serena Williams. Everybody had a right to say what she wants. I’m not really focused on Bartoli. She’s not like my biggest rival or someone I look up to or I’m scared of. She’s just one of the players on tour, not a big name, or someone who is making the big results or headlines in the game.
“Bartoli is going to get it tomorrow,” Jankovic added with a smile. Hahaha, she will even have her revenge.
Additional info: Interestingly, even Jelena Jankovic, a slamless No.1 herself, doesn’t think that Dinara Safina is the world’s best player. JJ finds herself the best, and she would put Serena Williams second.
Haha, it’s so bizarre. If anyone Jankovic should be the one defending Safina, but no, she’s even saying this: “To be number one, you should be complete and if you are number one you have to be beating the Williams sisters. I’m one of the rare players who has a positive record against the Williams sisters”
Note: Jankovic is 5-4 against Venus and 3-4 against Serena. (source: Tennis Reporters, photo: Forty Deuce)