Like a lioness protecting her cub Snezana Jankovic, who is mama to former top lady baller Jelena Jankovic of course, tore compatriot Ana Ivanovic, the Serbian Tennis Federation and politicians a new one after their country's FED CUP loss to Slovakia last weekend.
They were defeated 2-3 with JJ breaking even in her singles rubbers but losing the deciding doubles rubber with partner Bojana Jovanovski. BoJo also broke even losing her first singles rubber to Daniela Hantuchova but beating Magdalena Rybarikova in the second.
Snezana was not at all pleased to see images of NaturAna relaxing in Majorca, Spain with boyfriend Adam Scott while JJ made the long trip from the U.S. (made even longer by the delays caused by the Icelandic volcano) while still nursing the wrist injury she sustained in Charleston:
Jelena missed only one match for Serbia in the last 10 years. This time she flew 48 hours across half the world to play here, despite a serious wrist injury.
At the same time, somebody else had coffee somewhere while my child played hurting for her country.
Snezana also blamed the Serbian Tennis Federation for the low attendance over the weekend and questioned the whereabouts of the country's top political figures saying,
I think the organization failed this time and marketing flopped.
Why were our political elite and tennis officials absent. Those in charge should think: Does anybody care about women's tennis? Do we need a Fed Cup team at all?
Listen Snezana, I know you're peeved at NaturAna for not sucking it up and taking one for the team but, honestly, she probably didn't want to embarrass herself again in front of her homies like she did against Russia. Based on the current state of her game and mental fortitude, or lack thereof, she wouldn't have helped much anyway. At least with BoJo you got one point which is more than you were probably going to get with NaturAna. And that's the sad, sad truth.
As for the Serbian Tennis Federation and the MIA politicos, they suck for not pushing hard and supporting these lady ballers. Period.
So be as pissed as you wanna be, Snezana, and let 'em have it. I'm all for that.
[Photo(s): womenstennisblog.com, tenniswallpapers.net]