Jankovic a gracious loser
A lot will be written about Serena Williams’ remarkable run through this tournament (though unfortunately none of us could use her words — her press conference didn’t start until after 1 a.m., more than 90 minutes after the final point, so pretty much everyone on the East Coast had to write their stories without her thoughts). But I did want to take a second and congratulate Jelena Jankovic, not just for making it such an exciting final, but also for adding some great entertainment value afterwards.
If anyone was still able to stay awake for the post-match ceremony, Jankovic could be heard asking Mary Carillo how much her runner-up check was worth. Later, she also told the media that she thought instead of getting a trophy, she should get an Oscar for all the acting she supposedly did in the earlier rounds (for instance, laying down on the court for 30 seconds, and then claiming she was too tired to even get up). Finally, she complained about having to be there all night because she couldn’t produce a sample for her drug test.
Jankovic was sort-of criticized on the telecast for not being serious enough (during changeovers she was giggling at the big screen, which showed fans dancing, instead of focusing on her next game). Also, she frequently stopped to watch replays of points, and was seen smiling during rallies. But I was glad to see someone show that you can play tennis at an elite level, and look like you’re still having fun doing it.