I know, it seems strange to mention a female player and a male player in the same thread. Especially after that silly thread about why do you hate the WTA, which was moved quite rightly to the Off Topic section. But what do you think of this?
Jelena Jankovic got to world number 1 in 2008 then slid down the rankings in 2009. She’s come back to form this year winning Indian Wells and getting to the final of the Foro Italico. I wrote an article about her on Bleacher Report last month: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/3...and-slam-title
Jelena is known for these strengths:
Speed around the court, tactical awareness, a good transition game and a good counterpuncher; not to mention good natural Tennis skills. Her weaknesses are:
Weak 2nd serve, temperament when things don’t go her way, weight of shot.
What’s impressed me this year has been Jelena’s willingness to try something new to try and win that elusive Slam title. She’s hired Chip Brooks from the Bollietieri Academy. And during Indian Wells and since, we have seen a player with a different attitude than before. Jelena is really going after the return of serve, looking to hit winners off the return and from the baseline much more. Her serve has more pace and her 2nd serve is much bigger than it was last year and she’s playing more aggressive than I’ve seen her play – mixing risk and reward with her instinct of caution. The result is a player that should give herself more opportunities to win big tournaments in future. She’s recognised what needs improving in her game and she’s decided to do it.
Now, if Jelena Jankovic can do it, will Andy Murray at some point be prepared to say, I need to improve aspects of my game and my mentality if I want to win a Grand Slam tournament? Murray basically has exactly the same strengths and weaknesses Jankovic has in co-relation to the tour they are on. And Jelena has decided not to hide behind the statement of – I got to number 1 in the world before with this game so I don’t have to improve anything, just work hard.
What do you think?