Jelena Jankovic French Open Interview June 1st
S. CIRSTEA/J. Jankovic 6?3, 0?6, 9?7
Q. Long, long match. It seems that you have maybe not the energy to finish it off.
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, it was a long match. To be honest, I kind of let down in the second set. You know, I should have won that, you know, game at 2?0. It was along one, and I give her huge lead.
And then we have to go,you know, of course in the third set. I serve at 6?5. I had 30?Love, and that’s when I should have went more for my shots and reached a little more and tried to finish off the match point by point.
You know, we were tied at 6?All, you know,and all these games. At the at the end of the day didn’t go in my favor. Really tough match and tough loss for me.
Q. How were you feeling on the court? Because you had a problem with the feet, with one foot, or what?
JELENA JANKOVIC: Yeah, I had problem with my ?? with something with my toe, you know. I had ?? it was hurting me inside, and ?? you know, but after that it was fine. I forgot about it.
I also have pain in my abdominal. But, no, when I’m on the court I just try to just forget all the pains that I have, and I just try to do the best that I can on the court and try to win.
But, unfortunately it didn’t happen for me today.
Q. Is there something very difficult in her game?
JELENA JANKOVIC: It’s not something difficult in her game. When you have 6?5 and you have 30?Love and need two more points to go ?? it’s now for me easy to say, you know, I should have gone for more and I should have risked. But I didn’t do that, and, you know, it cost me the match.
I should have won that. I should’ve closed the match out at 6?5. I had 30?Love, and what more can I ask for myself? All of a sudden, point by point, and the game went in her favor and everything got complicated.
The longer we played I got a little bit tired, to be honest. But for sure she was also tired.
At the end, you know, I lost the match, so this is what counts. Doesn’t matter what happened on the court. It’s just the winner that gets through ?? goes through this match and goes to the quarterfinals.
Q. Did you know how well she could play?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I didn’t know how well she could play, but I know how well I can play. I’m not producing that game, so it’s obvious, you know. The way you play, this is the result you’re going to have at the end of the day. That’s all I can say.
I cannot control how she’s playing or what kind of game she has. All can I do is control my thing and what I can do best. But obviously I’m not playing the same game and not same style as I used to play last year, end of the year when I was winning a lot of matches and was the No. 1 player in the world.
So unfortunately, some things have to ??I have to learn and I have to change.
Q. You struggled a lot at the beginning of the season, and then it seems that it was much better, that you were improving maybe slowly, but you were improving. Do you think you are still far from your best, from the best you can do?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I need ?? you know, I need myconfidence back. I need this ?? you know, when it’s important points, important moment of the match, I need to, you know, go for my shots. I need to have that belief that they’re going to go in.
But because I played quite poorly in the beginning of the year, my game was, you know, a catastrophe. It was really painful even to be on court. It’s a little bit lack of confidence out there in the important moments, but hopefully this will change in the future.
I have to, you know, try to keep working and try to find my game for the, you know, for the future.
Q. Are you going to change your coach, or you’re still working with your coach?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don’t know yet. I cannot tell you. You’re asking me too much after the match. You know, I really don’t know what I’m going to do.
Interview from RG
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