Jelena Jankovic has been amazing this year – she reached a career-high No. 3 in the singles rankings, and collected titles from Auckland (hardcourt), Charleston (clay), Rome (clay), adding to them today’s Birmingham trophy (grass). Moreover, this year she has earned more points than any other WTA player.
I was definitely wrong when I said that she should have skipped the tournament in Strasbourg in order to relax a bit. I thought she was playing too much and that it would affect her game – but Jankovic proved me wrong. After Strasbourg, she reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros and now she defeated the 2004 Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova to win the DFS Classic in Birmingham. Her form is simply amazing.
The final of the DFS was a very close match. Sharapova took the first set 6-4, but Jankovic was better in the other two winning them 6-3, 7-5. Both Jankovic and Sharapova had their semi-final matches earlier in the day, but Sharapova seemed to be more affected by the tiredness.
To win the DFS Classic world No. 3 defeated Tsvetana Pironkova, Maria Kirilenko, Alona Bondarenko, Mara Santangelo, and finally Maria Sharapova.
We won’t need to wait long to watch Jankovic play again. Her next tournament is Ordina Open which has already started. JJ is seeded at the top. All I can say is: “Good luck, Jelena.”