Jankovic: I have nothing to prove


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:11

The 23-year-old Serbian finished 2008 as world number one thanks to an impressively consistent season that saw her emerge victorious in 65 of her 84 matches and included a maiden grand slam final at the US Open and last-four appearances at the Australian and French Opens, alongside four WTA titles.

“I don’t really have to prove anything to anybody,” Jankovic said. “I play tennis because I love to play. I want to achieve my goals and one of my goals was to become number one and to finish the year as number one in the world was a huge achievement, I’m only the ninth player to do that.”

She added: “My priority for this year is to win a grand slam. I have worked very hard so I really hope for the best.

“My dream is to win all four of them but will that happen? We will see. I will try my best, that’s all I can do. All of them are special. Whichever one comes first I don’t mind because it’s a great accomplishment.”

Fellow Serbians Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic both made breakthroughs last season, capturing the Australian and French titles respectively but Jankovic does not feel overshadowed by her compatriots.

“I don’t put any pressure on myself and I don’t look at what other players do,” she added.

“At the end of the day, it’s what I do and how much I can achieve because when I finish my career it’s what I have achieved and not what other people have done.”


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.