On a revamped website of the WTA Tour there is a new interview with Jelena Jankovic, who reveals she plans to find satisfaction in golf once her tennis days are over. Of course, it will be just for fun, but she already has a coach and is trying to improve her skills:
I play golf for fun here and there. I’m really not good at it. I might have some talent somewhere, but I haven’t played enough to be good at it. My coach is very good, so he’s been teaching me the techniques and how I’m supposed to hit it. I try to follow the instructions, but I still don’t know where my ball is going. I hit it but I don’t know where it’s going. I’m at the beginner stage but my goal is to do better when I stop playing tennis.
Jelena will do everything in her power to change her current state of slipping out of the tennis elite:
I was Top 10 and Top 5 for a long time, so I’m used to that – No.22 in the world is not where I want to be. I don’t want to keep playing the way I’m playing and be at this ranking. I need to find my game again. But I’ve made up my mind and want to give my best next year. Hopefully I can play a few more years. I want to try and come back to the Top 5. And then if I can’t do that, I guess I’ll play golf.
The interview was done in Luxembourg recently, where Kim Clijsters is having a farewell event today (here’s the full program), to officially mark the end of her career. Jankovic understands Clijsters’ wish to settle at home and enjoy a quiet life. Last month, Jankovic talked to a Serbian TV station and said that she would of course like to start a family and have children after her tennis career, ideally, at the age of 30. Also, she talked about the difficulties of maintaining a relationship of two athletes, not mentioning that she broke up with Mladjan Janovic, the news we heard in September. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)