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Jelena Jankovic was being written off as a force in women’s tennis at the start of this year but the former world number one has defied the odds to end the season back in the world’s top ten.
Jankovic was especially delighted to qualify for the end of season WTA Championships once again having missed the end of season bonanza for the past few years.
“It’s very exciting for me to be back in the Championships,” she said.
“It’s been a great journey, making it to the Championships. I have worked very hard since the beginning of the year. I got injured in Australia, tore my muscle, and couldn’t train for three weeks. After that, I called my brother and I started working with him, and he told me from the beginning that his goal is to bring me back to top 10 and to bring me back to the top.”
Jankovic is one of the hardest working players on the tour and she achieved that dream with some strong results in Asia last month, making the final of the WTA Premier event in Beijing.
“I got new motivation after my brother became involved and it gives me great satisfaction that I was able to make it here and that all that hard work has paid off. I’m very happy,” she said.
Some may wonder whether this season has been even sweeter than 2008 when Jankovic became world number one for the first time.
“I think all these achievements are different and special in their own way,” she said. “Achieving the No. 1 ranking in 2008 was very special, a dream come true. I spent I think five years in the top 10, consecutive years, but once you have some difficulties it’s tough. I’ve had a lot of injuries the last two years, and I haven’t been able to train properly and, as time went on, my confidence was falling and I didn’t feel great with my game, with what I was doing on the court. So it was time for me to make some changes, to make a difference. I was able to do that. I’m very proud of myself and my team, that I was able to make that step forward.”