Tough couple of days for the Serbian ladies, don't ya think? JJ added more drama (surprise!) today by failing to close out the second set against Sophia Arvidsson even though she had a chance to serve it out and had match points. But she was able to gut it out and survive in three sets, winning the final set 75.
Afterwards in the presser, it was vintage JJ:
Q. There came a time in the third set in which you were on the ground. You were down for about 30 seconds and there was no noise at all. Were you injured at all, or were you just trying to just regain yourself?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I was just tired, and I couldn't get up. I was so exhausted at that moment. I was breathing hard, and I didn't have the energy to get up.
That was the reason I was just lying there without, you know, kind of moving. I was just trying to come back to, you know, normal position where I can just stand up and regroup again and play the next point. That was it.
Q. Was the pavement hot?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, but I thought I was going to get my dress really dirty, and then that was my biggest concern.
Q. Did you think about taking a nap?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I would have loved to, you know, take a nap on court, because I was really exhausted. But, you know, the rules are the rules. I had to keep going.
Q. You remember ever doing that before in a match, being down for 30 seconds or so?
JELENA JANKOVIC: No, not really. I do the splits and fall down, but for a few seconds. I get up right away. But I never lie there for ‑‑ I don't know how long I was lying there, but that was just ‑‑ I fell down.
I don't know what I did, so I couldn't get up. That's just the way it goes, because I was really tired.
Q. Why do you think you were so tired at that point?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. You know, to be honest, you know, after I finished the match I went to jog a little bit on the treadmill. I jogged for three minutes and I cramped.
I couldn't go anymore and I couldn't ‑‑ the part where I had the tear in my meniscus after Wimbledon, I couldn't ‑‑ my leg was straight, and I couldn't bend it.
It was really ‑‑ the muscle was, like, in spasm, and I had a lot of pain. I couldn't make another step, so, you know, I was ‑‑ my fitness trainer was there. He gave me a lot of things to drink and, you know, stretching and ice, massage and all this.
I finally recovered and I could go, you know, back to the locker room and take a shower. Otherwise I was really ‑‑ it was really uncomfortable.
It's not easy to get through this kind of things, but I'm not in the best shape. For me to play three hours, it's amazing at this moment, because I haven't been training, you know, as hard as I want to. I'm now training to get that, but, you know, it takes time. It's not going to happen overnight.
So I need, still, you know, a lot of days to get better and better. I feel that I'm improving, but, you know, it's going to take, you know, some time.
Also, looks like there might be some bad blood brewing with Arvidsson:
Q. I just spoke to Sofia Arvidsson, and she felt you showed bad sportsmanship, especially you serve. She did with this with her hand and you still served. What is your comment on that?
JELENA JANKOVIC: I didn't really see that. Maybe she lifted her arm up, but I didn't see it. You know, I was so tired, and it doesn't mean it's bad sportsmanship. I didn't see that. If I did that, if that for her is bad sportsmanship, it was not my intention.
If she lifted her arm and I really saw it... No. And also, the receiver should always follow the server. When I'm ready to serve she should be ready to receive, as well. Those are the rules.
I mean, it's the opposite, you know. If she was, for example serving and I'm stopping her, you know, breaking her rhythm, and that's what she's doing to me, you know.
It's not ‑‑ when I'm ready, when I go to the line to serve the ball, she should be ready, and that's what is happening. And she can keep doing that, and the umpire can tell her, You have to be ready when she's there to serve. Those are the rules.
I'm sorry. Maybe she lifted her arm up once and I didn't see it and I served, but I don't think that would make a big difference in the match.
Q. Is it bad blood between you? Because she was a bit annoyed also when you lie down, you know, the ball we were talking about just before.
JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know what is ‑‑ I have nothing, no problem with her whatsoever. You know, I go out there to play my match, and I tried my best. I don't really think about all the other, you know, factors.
If she's angry at me for going down, if she's angry because, you know, I didn't see her lifting her arm up, you know, you can keep going with all these things that happen in the match.
But all of the players, you know, do this, and we all try our best to win the match. And a win is the most important thing.
I'm with JJ on this one. Kind of. Everyone knows JJ occasionally fast serves opponents. Generally that's not a cool thing to do, but you're supposed to play at the server's pace anyway. And I have seen instances where players have held up their hand and JJ does stop her motion. But still, it's generally a courtesy to wait for the receiver, so long as they're not trying to screw up your timing.