First of all, isn’t this JJ gif hilarious? I’ve seen it so many times and it’s always funny!
Indian Wells is a place where Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic won the biggest title of her career, back in 2010, and now after two first-round losses and two second-round losses in 2015, the 30-year-old made the semifinals of the $5,381,235 tournament. Sporting a cute fishtail braid and her new pink Fila Spring Glow Dress, JJ absolutely dominated her quarterfinal encounter with Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, whose body, i.e. her ankle, eventually said “no more” and she retired while trailing 6-1 4-1. This fast victory is surely benefiting the 18th-seeded Jankovic, after her three successive three-setters. By the way, the Tennis Island has an excellent story about Tsurenko, who went all the way through qualifying and then defeated Annika Beck, ninth seed Andrea Petkovic, seed No.20 Alize Cornet and sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard.
Let me tell you, prior to winning the 2010 Indian Wells title, JJ had won only three matches in her four previous tournaments that year. Quite similar situation to this year! 😉 OK, the BNP Paribas Open title is a long shot for JJ, but I do miss seeing her more. Her next opponent will be the winner of the match between seed No.24 Sabine Lisicki and 15th-seeded defending champion Flavia Pennetta, while the other semifinal features top seed Serena Williams and third seed Simona Halep. Strong field! Whatever happens, Jankovic is projected to return to the Top 20.
And since today is Thursday, let’s have a #tbt moment and remember one of the most beautiful WTA photo features ever. It was done in 2008 for the Beijing Olympics and women’s tennis players were photographed as athletes of other sports. Naturally, JJ was a gymnast.