Jelena Jankovic has made her way to Melbourne for the Aussie Open and is still recovering from the illness that knocked her out of the JB Group Classic in Hong Kong.
Via her blog:
I got to Melbourne on Sunday afternoon. I saw the doctor and got some medicine, which really helped. I tried to train on Monday but it was just terrible. I still had no energy and felt really bad on the court. I went back to the doctor and got more medicine. I'm off the antibiotics now, and today I'm feeling a lot better. I'm still stuffed up and coughing a little bit, but compared to how I was before, I'm really happy!
Good news for the top lady baller. JJ also discussed the much-discussed mystery surrounding her clothing and racquet sponsorships:
Some people have been wondering what clothes I'll be wearing this year because in Hong Kong last week I was wearing clothes with my initials, JJ on them. Those were my own clothes, though. I can't tell you all what I'll be wearing in Australia, because I haven't signed any contracts yet. I can't say anything until it's made official. I hope you all like it though! Also, my contract with Prince has expired, so I will be changing racquets soon, but not yet. It takes time to get used to a new racquet, and it's probably not the best thing to do right before a Grand Slam. I haven't decided what racquet I'll be changing to, but hopefully quite soon. I'll tell you all when I know!So no Li Ning but her own line? Egads! Our fears have come to fruition - she has her own fashion line. But from the sounds of it, she has a REAL sponsor up her sleeve. Phew.
But more importantly: she doesn't have a new racquet sponsor yet to replace Prince with the Aussie Open only 5 days away? Seriously?? Something tells me she's getting some really bad advice and direction from someone.
Anyway, the Serb will be blogging for The Age during the Aussie fortnight and giving her pay to charity:
I'll be writing a newspaper column during the Australian Open, for The Age. It'll be every second day, after each of my matches. They're paying me for it, but all of the money I make will go to UNICEF. If you can, please read it! Hopefully you'll all enjoy it.Nice touch.
Boy, there's been so much upheaval for JJ already this season. Let's hope it doesn't distract from the most important thing - winning her first Grand Slam.
But I have doubts.
UPDATE: I just added some images from the Serb's practice session in Melbourne today for your viewing pleasure. Sorry Uvijeck - nothing topless just yet. You'll be the first to know once I find some though. *pinky swears*
(image via jj-jelenajankovic.com)