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Just believe in yourself

Updated: 2013-10-25 07:28
( China Daily)

Hello from Istanbul, I am Jelena Jankovic. My win against Vika ( Victoria Azarenka) has given me a lot of confidence. She is always a difficult opponent. Looking back at the match, I stayed focused when I was serving and I waited for my chances to break, and Vika made some double faults at times and I took advantage of that.

I didn't even know I had lost to Vika four times in a row until the journalists mentioned it at the post-game interview.

I think you have to learn to put all the negative things behind you. You must remember the beautiful moments and keep them in your memories.

Just believe in yourself

I just want to enjoy my time here and have fun on the court. I enjoy the Turkish crowd. And I think it is an amazing experience and atmosphere. I have nothing to prove; I just enjoy what I do. When I have a smile on my face, I get more dangerous!

Vika might be the favorite to win the group, but there is no reason for me not to be confident. I believe in myself. If you go on court thinking, yeah, I'm going to lose, then you better not even go.

Actually, I had serious doubts about myself earlier this year. I was almost out of the top 30. And there was a time when I was fearing which direction my career was going. Then my brother came on the road with me. I worked very hard with my team, putting in a lot of hours in the gym and trying to get better. Finally my confidence started to rise and I found my groove, step by step.

Just believe in yourself

But let's get back to the championships. I will next play against Li Na, another tough opponent. She floored me at the US Open and I beat her in Rome, so we will see.

Li and I are very close friends. How many of you know that we used to be doubles partners and won a title in Birmingham back in 2006? That is half of my doubles titles collection!

And do you know I am even more committed to the China Open than Li Na is? I am the only player to play all 10 editions of the tournament. I love the China Open and the Chinese people. They give me a lot of support, so I really enjoy coming back every year.

Speaking of the China Open, I was really impressed with the "Battle of Sexes" (Li Na vs Djokovic) idea this year. If I get an opportunity for that battle, I will probably pick Rafael Nadal as my opponent. Or maybe Djokovic, too, since he and I speak the same language.

I also know a premier WTA tournament will be coming to Wuhan, Li's hometown, next year. So there will be another event in China. Hopefully I can be a part of it because I have never been to Wuhan before.


(China Daily 10/25/2013 page24)