02 April 2013

JJ does Charleston

Jelena Jankovic's personality is one of my favourites on tour. She's funny, she is engaging and she is not afraid to make fun of herself and be a total drama queen.

Today at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, tennis fans got to see Jankovic in one of her typically dramatic matches. In her first round match, JJ faced Melanie Oudin, who has actually beaten her twice - in Wimbledon 2009 (which gave fans this gem of a presser) and in the 2012 Birmingham final.

But JJ got her first win over Oudin today and it wasn't easy and it took nearly three hours for her to advance to the second round.

In her presser, JJ walked in, set her bag down and did a trademark 'oohhhhhh myyyy gawwwwwwd.' It was the first of a few moments which made the media laugh.

I wasn't the biggest fan of Jankovic when she was at the top but I've come to absolutely love what she brings to the tour. Her tennis has lost its punch over the past few years but she's managed to stay in or around the top 20 the past two years after ending the season in the top 10 for four straight years.

When the doubles draw came out, seeing that Jankovic and Petkovic were teaming up was definitely exciting news. And the duo's match tonight against Lucie Safarova and Kristina Mladenovic lived up to the expectations.

The match was scheduled on Althea Gibson Court, which is a wonderful small stadium. All the other action was done for the day and it was 90 minutes until the night session on the main court so the stands were pretty full. The crowd seemed to love the match - the players, particularly JJ and Petko, were very playful with the crowd on certain points. The level of enjoyment for players and the crowd was high. After hearing and reading so much negativity about the women's game lately it was HEAVEN to hear great comments from people around me about the match. They loved it, and I did too.

JJ and Petko didn't win but they sure are a fun pair and I really hope to see them pair up again. Here are some pics from the match.

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