Tough times: Cancer scare & shoulder injury in Jelena Jankovic’s life

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Jelena Jankovic - 2016 BNP Paribas Open -DSC_4944__1461435065_94.189.172.205Recent period has been very difficult for Jelena Jankovic, as the Serb had a ten-day horror awaiting throat cancer results and has been nursing a shoulder injury, or more precisely a muscle near the shoulder that is connected to the back.

A cyst was discovered in JJ’s neck gland and after initial analyses doctors were worried it might be cancer. Using needles, they took a sample from Jankovic’s neck and the ten days of waiting for the results were like hell for the tennis star. Fortunately, the results were negative and Jankovic underwent just a minor procedure that removed the suspicious tissue. Jankovic is now fine, but she went through torture, especially mental.

And that’s not all JJ went through this spring. Don’t lift heavy Fila bags! That’s the lesson the former world No.1 learned the hard way. Some 25 kg Fila bags with equipment arrived and JJ was alone at the moment, so she proceeded to moving about four or five bags out of the room and injured her shoulder so hard that she couldn’t breathe or sleep, while had the injury been just a bit worse, a surgery would’ve been inevitable.

The health problems forced Jankovic to skip training for four weeks and now she’s totally out of shape. She’s lost muscle tone, can’t breath, feels sharp pain between the ribs, but you know how optimistic JJ is, so even though she still doesn’t know when she’ll be able to play again, she’s looking forward to returning to the courts.

Jankovic’s last match was a retirement against Poland’s Magda Linette in the second round of the Miami Open, while already against Agnieszka Radwanska at the BNP Paribas Open in the fourth round she could barely finish the match. (source: Jankovic’s interview for Serbian sports newspaper Zurnal)


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