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January 4, 2015
A. TOMLJANOVIC/J. Jankovic
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† Second set were you a bit fatigued?¬† Was there a reason for the score in the second set?
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† Yeah, I don't know.¬† I mean, it is my first match of the year, like everyone's.
You know, there was a lot of the things, you know, that ‑‑ I kind of had to get in the match and just overall feel the whole atmosphere and the game.
And just being in those situations again after not competing for a while, it was not easy out there.
In the second set I really kind of went down.¬† I went downhill.¬† I stopped moving feet.¬† I was just making errors.¬† I let her play, and that was the case.
But I think in the first set I had a lot of opportunities, and I think the key was I did not serve very well.¬† I did not hold my serve, and I broke her many, many times.¬† I was serving for the first set.¬† I just did not, you know, do enough with my serve.
I think I served a lot slower than I usually serve, and just overall the placement wasn't good enough.
But like I said, it's the first match of the season after long break, and I need some time just to get in the rhythm and be match tough again, just dealing with those situations a little better.
Q.¬† You played her once before I think in Charleston.
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† Yeah.
Q.¬† That wasn't that long ago.¬† I think last season.¬† Do you see any changes in her game?
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† Yeah, I mean, I don't see a lot of changes.¬† I think she's a great player and she's a young player.¬† She's a tough opponent to play against.¬† I cannot say that ‑‑ I'm not the one to say if she improved or not or she's playing better.
All I can say is she played well today.¬† She served very well and has a great backhand.
It was a tough match for me today.
Q.¬† What bothered you the most?¬† Backhand looked like...
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† She has a really good backhand and a really good serve, yeah.¬† She's a great competitor.
Q.¬† So J.J., this year coming in, changes overall?¬† What were you thinking about in December coming in this year?¬† First of all, I stopped my season a lot earlier because of my back.¬† I had a back injury, so I was not playing or doing any activities for two months.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†So it took me a little bit of time to just get active and kind of start doing just normal things, and then kind of getting to the tennis and training properly.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† So, you know, it's not easy.¬† And after not competing after just practicing and just trying to get in form and get in shape after being completely‑‑ I lost my muscles and I look like jelly.¬† You know, there was nothing there.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Then when I saw myself in the mirror a month ago I was like, Oh, my God.¬† You know I got to do some work, so I think I've improved a lot.¬† With that all said, I don't think that‑‑ I still need to do a lot of work to get where I want to be.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Because of that injury, I needed more time to recover and heal, because it was a bad injury.¬† Two months I was really like in bed and like just walking barely.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† So it took...
Q.¬† What were you thinking then?¬† Is this going to last two months?¬† Three months?
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† I thought this maybe could be the end of my career.
Q.¬† That could be it?
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† Yeah.¬† It was really bad.
Q.¬† So you just felt really sick?
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† Not sick.¬† Just when you are injured and you have a bad back injury, you're thinking maybe you're never going to be able to play again at a high level.
Just kept doing therapies.¬† I was just trying to recover.¬† And I did.
But there is still something in the back of my mind, you know.¬† Sometimes when I play I'm a little bit tense where I just don't want to get there again.¬† Especially it's my first match and I don't know what to expect from myself and how I will feel on the court and if I will be able to do those turns.
When you play a match‑‑ when you practice you can kind of maybe stop when the ball is far away from you.¬† When you play a match, you don't think about maybe slow down.¬† Don't twist that much or something like that.
But now I feel fine.¬† It's just a matter of just kind of feeling comfortable out there and just competing without having anything on your mind.¬† Just going out there and enjoying, and just with time get better, stronger, and get match tough again.
Q.¬† Are you playing Sydney?
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† No.¬† I'm just going to take care of my body and take it easy.¬† I have to, you know, train again and just hopefully be ready for Melbourne and play there a lot better.
Q.¬† Are you thinking, I'm going to be top 10 again?¬† Top 5?¬† Or does it really matter now?¬† No?¬† Just going out there and having fun...
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† No, I'm not really thinking about rankings.¬† I'm just happy that I'm playing, that I'm back on the tennis court and competing.
I just want to get to the level I think I can be.¬† You know, I believe I can be there.¬† Like I said, I just need little bit of work, a little bit of cleanup to do, a little more, you know, tuning up.
Hopefully I can get there in Melbourne.¬† I wanted to get some matches in here.¬† That was my wish, to kind of get some matches under my belt.¬† But unfortunately that didn't happen.
That's okay.¬† Like I said, it's never easy playing your first match of the season after a long break.¬† I probably had a little longer break than some of those girls, so it takes time.
You know, I been through times like this, and you just got to stay positive and just continue to work.¬† You know, I think everyone around this time needs to just play matches and just‑‑ because practicing is another story; playing matches and being in those situations and playing the points right at the important times, that's what matters.
Sometimes I overthink.¬† I think maybe I should go there or I should go there, and then the last second I make the worst decision.
When you're playing and you're in there, you kind of‑‑ it happens by instinct.¬† You already know what to do.¬† Right now I'm at the stage, Maybe there; maybe there.¬† Should I do this?
So the more you overanalyze things the tougher it is for you.¬† That's what kind of mistakes I made today.
Q.¬† Who is coaching you now?
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† I'm just with my brother and my hitting partner.
Q.¬† He must be around all the time.¬† Saw you all last year with your brother around every day.
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† Yeah, yeah.¬† He's my brother, and, you know, I don't think I can ask for more‑‑ you know, when you have a family member with you through the good times and the bad times, I think it's great.
Q.¬† So your mom was around all the time, too.
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† Yeah, but it's not likeyou ‑‑ it's a big deal.¬† I got injured.¬† I got injured and it was a bad injury.¬† It can be tough on you just overall on the mental aspect where you cannot even brush your teeth properly.¬† You have to find a technique to bend down.
You kind of get down.¬† You don't feel happy where you cannot do normal daily activities, such as brushing the teeth; putting my shoes on was a tough task for me.
So it took a while to get better and to kind of heal.¬† Like I said, two months without any activity, that's the longest I've been out of not doing anything.
You know, sometimes you get injured.¬† You know, let's say shoulder injury or something else, then you can do other things.¬† When you injure your back, it kind of involves everything.¬† Whatever you do, your back is involved.
JELENA JANKOVIC:¬† So I run, I feel my back; I walk I feel my back; just if I turn, I do anything, I feel it.
So I just had to kind of be completely in the passive mode and do the treatments and recovery and just hope for the best.
Like I said, now I'm healthy, knock on wood, and I just need a little bit of time to just get‑‑ you know, to get into the competition mode where I just go out there and hit balls without overthinking.
Because I think I haven't played for a while and I think I guess that's normal.¬† You're just not sure.¬† Should you play there or should you... and that's what happens.
I had my chances in the first set.¬† I had set points, and I just didn't do good enough, you know.¬† That's the mistakes I got to just clean up and kind of learn and just work and just add little things.
I don't think I'm playing that bad.¬† I have a lot of ups and downs, but I have moments where I play quite well.¬† Then there are moments where I'm just all over the place.¬† I make bad decisions.¬† I want to come in and I don't come in.¬† I'm in the middle of the court.
You know, I can be talking all day, you know.¬† But still, I just got to stay positive.¬† It's only the first tournament.¬† Yeah, it was my first match.¬† There is a long way to go.¬† I can just get better from here.
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