Serbian professional tennis player Jelena Jankovic won the Stuttgart Grand Prix, beating Russian Nadia Petrova by 6-4 6-3 in the finals. With this win, Jelena regains the No.1 spot in the WTA rankings.
She was seeded second in the event and replaces U.S. Open champion Serena Williams for the top spot.
The 23-year-old said: “It’s nice to be number one again. I want to become a better player and I want to take my game up another level to really reach my full potential.”
Jelena held on to the No.1 spot for a week in August after being dethroned by Ana Ivanovic. New rankings have Serena in the second place, Dinara Safina in the third position and Elena Dementieva and Ivanovic finishing with the fourth and the fifth spots respectively.
It’s interesting to note that Jankovic has never won a Grand Slam, finishing in the semi-finals of the Australian Open and French Open in 2007 and 2008. She reached the final of U.S. Open this year before loosing out to Serena. She had, though, won the Wimbledon title in the mixed doubles event in 2007, with British partner Jamie Murray.
So, what is her success formula, especially when there are other players who are taller and stronger than her?
“There are taller girls out there,” Jankovic said. “I can’t compete with their strength and height, so I have to find other ways of getting an advantage.
“I have been getting stronger in the gym, but tennis is like a game of chess. Sometimes you have to be smarter than your opponent to get an advantage to win the game.”
Meanwhile, Serena Williams lost out to China’s Li Na in only the second round of the tournament.
More photos and a video of Jelena Jankovic are below.
Jelena Jankovic Video