Jankovic's mom furious at Ana

2010-04-27 11:25

Belgrade - Jelena Jankovic's mother Snezana said she is furious with her daughter's fellow star Ana Ivanovic, the nation's tennis organisation and politicians following Serbia's Fed Cup loss to Slovakia, the daily Press said on Tuesday.

Represented by the ailing Jelena Jankovic and the up-and-coming Bojana Jovanovski, Serbia dropped the match 3-2 and was relegated from the Fed Cup's World Group, amid circumstances which Snezana Jankovic described as "shameful," the daily Press said.

"Jelena missed only one match for Serbia in the last 10 years. This time she flew 48 hours across half the world to play here, despite a serious wrist injury," Jankovic's mother said.

"At the same time, somebody else had coffee somewhere while my child played hurting for her country," she said, pointing a finger at Ivanovic.

Belgrade papers recently ran paparazzi photos of Ivanovic, relaxed in the company of a boyfriend, in a cafe in Palma de Mallorca. Plagued by poor form, she decided to pass the important Fed Cup match.

Snezana Jankovic, who accompanies her daughter to all her matches around the world, also blasted organizers of the match for poor attendance and the absent Serbian politicians.

"I think the organisation failed this time and marketing flopped," she said, referring to the miserable visit which has left 18,000 out of the 20 000 seats in the Belgrade Arena empty. The VIP seats, packed by politicians at any high-profile event, were also empty.

"Why were our political elite and tennis officials absent," Snezana Jankovic asked. "Those in charge should think: Does anybody care about women's tennis? Do we need a Fed Cup team at all?"

She said she "will not let my child play injured again, especially if people who want to see her play cannot get into the empty arena because they cannot afford the tickets."

Jankovic, 25, and Ivanovic, 22, have at one time been ranked as the world's top female player. Both tumbled from the top after a short while, but Jankovic regained much of her form and is currently ranked 7th, while Ivanovic continued her freefall and is now 58th.


  • DV - 2010-04-27 20:57

    She gets a lot of money to play for national team, double amount if they win. So why complain? You can't force people to cheer for you, no PR is that powerful. As for Ana, she wouldn't win a match, so why bother.

  • LesiaB - 2010-04-28 07:38

    Ana gets blamed when she plays and when she doesn't. Mrs. Jankovic, you cannot have it both ways... I recall that "her child" wasn't too thrilled with Ana in February when they narrowly lost to Russia in the first round of Fed Cup in that deciding doubles match. Jelena wines too much, and has often played more tournaments than anyone else all year. She needs to rest her body more and stop chasing the money. Mom should stop pointing fingers. Although I do agree with her that the stadium should not have been left empty - why not open it up to the masses for a true show of patriotism like Wimbledon did years ago for that memorable Goran Ivanisevic-Patrick Rafter final on a Monday. Serbia was oh sooo proud of the girls when they were winning tournaments regularly just 2 years ago. Don't dessert them now that they've cooled off and burned out from all the pressure of carrying that tiny nation.. Ana needed to get a life and enjoy herself some - she's young and has plenty of time to plan her second act.

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