The former world No 1 tennis player Jelena Jankovic is all set to tear up the town in Malaysia. She will be celebrating her 27th birthday in Kuala Lumpur during the BMW Malaysian open tennis championship and is very much excited!
The 27 yr old Serbian has won 12 tour titles before but had never won a grand slam title. The intellectual and compelling Jankovic has always loved and enjoyed working things out for herself. The tournament will take place at Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club. She is expected to win the tournament and we all hope she does – her last victory was in Indian Wells.
Before her loss to Polish fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the Dubai tournament, she won against US Open champion Samantha Stosur. That was a great achievement for her! After her triumph over Stosur, everyone started referring her as the former world number one, on a slow slide. These types of silly remarks meant nothing for this 27 yr old charming lady – her main aim is to regain the number one spot and that needs her to do a lot of practice. Currently she is ranking No 14.
After her recent losses, she thought of appointing a coach who can guide her back to the top, and started working with Henner Nehlar.
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In an effort to improve her performances and go back to the form that saw her become the number one tennis player in the world, Jelena Jankovic has completely overhauled her coaching staff, hiring Henner Nehles as her new coach and Korey Goodwin as her new fitness instructor. The changes came after Jankovic some extraordinarily low performances by her standards over the last couple of seasons which has seen her rankings slip to 13th.
The Serbian tennis star, although has not won a single Grand Slam title, she was always touted as one of those players who could take the tennis court by storm but other than becoming the number one player in the world in August 2008, Jankovic has not been able to fulfill her potential. She seemed immensely focused on the new season during a recent press conference and said that she was training around 7 to 8 hours a day in order to get in the shape for the upcoming Australian Open, the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.
Jelena Jankovic and her new coaching staff are scheduled to arrive Down Under in a couple of days to train and to get acquainted with the Australian weather Jankovic is hoping that Nehles, who was s standout player in the UNLV and reached a career high 38th position in the NCAA rankings can turn her game around in order for to be able to compete with the new breed of young tennis players like Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka and the likes.
Jankovic stated in a press conference that her prime target is to attain peak fitness for which she has set two hours’ time every day after practice. Having won twelve singles title, Jelena Jankovic knows what it takes to reach the top but it will be worth watching her trying to scale the heights once again.