Sunday, October 12, 2008

JJ Makes it Three in a Row, Holds on Tighter to No. 1 Ranking

World number 1, Jelena Jankovic, continued her recent bulldozing run on the WTA tour, as she defeated home favorite, Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-4, in the Kremlin Cup final on Sunday, to win her third straight title in 3 weeks and stretch her lead at the top of the rankings.

JJ is proving she is worthy of her position at the summit despite everyone's reservations about a number 1 player who doesn't have a Grand Slam title to her name. I honestly don't know why people are speculating so much about JJ. They're attributing her success to the fact that she plays a lot of matches... like that's a bad thing!!!?!?!?!

Glitter, splits and the occasional theatrics aside; I am totally for JJ being number 1 right now. I mean who else deserves it?! We all need to face the fact that there is no longer a Justine Henin in the play field, and the remaining players have either already "been there, done that" (the Williams Sisters, Sharapova...etc...) or are building towards being dominant players and future Grand Slam stars.

If Serena manages to pull it off with another title win before the year ends, then maybe she deserves it, but Serena's post-US Open season has not been successful so far.

Ana Ivanovic is suffering a dismal losing streak and has dropped to number 5 in the rankings, while Olympic champion, Elena Dementieva, is not as dominant as she needs to be, despite her two Grand Slam semifinal showings this year.

Dinara Safina, currently ranked number 3, is having a breakthrough season, winning 4 titles, and reaching the French Open final and the US Open semis, but up until May (when she won Berlin), she had a relatively bad season where she reached a few quarters but mainly lost in the first, second or third rounds in most events. Safina's second half of the season was way more impressive, particularly her back-to-back titles in LA and Montreal followed by a runner-up showing at the Olympics. Still, she needs to do something special in the coming couple of weeks to outshine JJ.

Meanwhile, JJ, who struggled through injuries the first part of the season, has reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the French Open, as well as a final appearance at the US Open and a title in Rome. To top it off, she is sealing her season with 3 back-to-back title wins in Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow, where she posted victories over fellow top 10 players like Venus Williams, Svetlana Kutznetsova, Zvonareva and Dementieva.

JJ has proven she can play well throughout the entire year regardless the surface or the opposition. She fought boldly against Serena in the US Open final and just tries to hit back every ball. She has the mental strength to turn around near-defeats and the fact that she's grabbing points left and right because she's always playing is something to be considered in her favor not to be held against her. If she's playing a lot and winning a lot, then what exactly is wrong with that? Others are either not fit enough to play as much or are just losing early and not getting enough match practice, but the end result is, JJ is outperforming most of them and it's only a matter of time till she captures that elusive Grand Slam title.

JJ will be appearing in Zurich next, before she rests ahead of the season-ending championships in Doha.



I love your blogs, looking forward to future updates.

Reem said...

Oh thanks a lot :) I'll definitely keep em coming !!