I am new here, and i can easily volunteer to keep this community update on the famous Serbian Player. Seems you need a little catching up in here. But the problem, I don’t know how to make it short… so let’s see…
After a rough first 3 months, Jelena found her feet again on the red clay of Andalusia, in the south of Spain. I followed this tournament, very closely, watching almost every match and even though her regularity is still to be work on, she is certainly on the right track.
The first match, she was very consistent and the wind didn’t bother her on a match against the always tough player, especially on Clay, the Italian Francesca Schiavone. 6-2, 6-1. In the next round, Selima Sfar of Tunisia didn’t last very long. The Serbian was without mercy and the second set looked like a walk in the park for her. 6-3, 6-0. I think she even opened the match with an ace.
Things got a little complicated against another Italian, Roberta Vinci. Known to be very good on clay, Roberta was on fire that day, playing the best tennis of her life. Jelena was not as consistent as she was the day before and the match was push to the limit, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(6) in the third set. A victory that certainly gave her confidence, since she won it without playing her best tennis.
Jelena still has problem keeping her advance when she gets the break. Her match against the dangerous Spaniard Medina Garrigues allowed us to witness a great amount of break points and break of serve, as a solid proof of what I am saying. JJ disposed of her opponent after a very exciting first set 7-5. Even the match at 4-4 was quite a task and she made it. Well, she was broke again, and broke again, and again… you get the pictures. 7-5, 6-2.
Jelena had a “rendez-vous” in final against the most promising Spanish player Carla Suarez Navarro.
The first set was a Serbian thing. A high % of first serve, it wasn’t as easy as it looked, but when JJ win the first set, usually, she win the match. But, Suarez didn’t have the same idea in mind and she pulled out some great tennis to keep her early break to force a decider.
As JJ escaped with at 5-1 lead in this third set, we all thought it wouldn’t last any longer, but, a little lack of concentration from the Serbian doubled by Suarez leveling up her game, the Spaniard broke the Serbian after saving a few match points. But 2 games later, our favorite player was back on serve and certainly didn’t want to let the Spaniard come back. It took 3 other match points, but on the fifth, she made it and won her first tournament of the year.
Jelena was very excited about her victory and hope to keep improving. ”I know I have not been playing very well during the past three months but after this victory I regain the self-confidence I needed.” Jelena took good care of thanks the tournament’s organization and fans: “The tournament has been wonderful, with a great location, the beach close by, ideal temperature and an audience that was fantastic at all times. I hope to come back next year”.
Check out the pictures on the tournament website, there were some great one of Jelena.