Google Down the Line!: JJ keeps keys to WTA Penthouse, will end year as top-ranked lady baller

Monday, October 27, 2008

JJ keeps keys to WTA Penthouse, will end year as top-ranked lady baller

Big props go out to Jelena Jankovic who will own the keys to the WTA Penthouse this year, the WTA announced. The slidin' Serb won three matches in a row this fall before her second round defeat in Zurich which helped her hold off Dinara Safina and Serena Williams for the top spot.

JJ has won four titles this year (Rome, Beijing, Stuttgart, Moscow), more matches than any other player on Tour this year - 63 wins against 17 losses so far - and has reached the quarterfinals or better at 19 of her first 21 events, her only early round losses coming at Wimbledon (fourth round) and Zurich (second round).

Well, that takes away some of the drama from what the year-end championships should be about. And if she thought there was pressure on her before to win a major, she ain't seen nothing yet.

Clearly JJ has begun believing she belongs at the top, but now this belief needs to translate into confidence during the tight moments at a Grand Slam. It remains to be seen whether the US Open finalist can pull it out.

But in any case, congrats JJ!!!

(image via Andre Springe, Getty)


  1. I believe JJ will manage to make that one more step forward. She has already achieved more than most people believed.

    When she reached the No.1 spot, and lost it right away the next week, people though she didn't belong there. But now, even those who doubted then believe that JJ deserves more respect because of the three straight titles she won. Plus, who would have thought the injury-prone JJ would so soon return to No.1 and actually stay there until the end of the season.

    She has what it takes to win a slam.

  2. I think she's a very good player. I really don't know why she's not winning slams.

    OTOH - What is she wearing on that picture???

  3. It looks like fur around her neck. Hmmm, maybe she was inspired by Sharapova's pictures for Vogue. :P

  4. you never know with JJ. it could be fur or some scraps thrown together from some of her other outfits.


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