WTA championships semi-finalist Jelena Jankovic (Player Profile) had some harsh words for her opponent Serena Williams (Player Profile) following their match. The two were involved in a gruelling three set battle and it appeared that Williams was suffering at times during the match and was incapable of making her shots, hence the awkward 2-6 scoreline in the second set.
“I never saw her do this when she’s leading,” Jankovic said. “Every time she has a lead, she’s running for the balls and she’s hitting those big serves. For some reason, every time she starts losing, she starts serving slower or not running for certain balls. That’s something that as a player you have to pay attention.
The issue, according to Jankovic, lies in Williams’s attitude problems, particularly when he is losing in the match. She appears to play well and confidently when she is ahead, but her attitude ruins her performance and shot-making when she is losing. She considers this a lack of sportsmanship on Serena’s part as she does not play consistently throughout the match, simply due to her emotions during the match.
“It’s not the first time when we played that she’s doing this. That’s I think her way of playing or maybe when she plays against me. But when it’s important moment, huge serve comes up, so you have to be on alert every time. You never know if she’s going to come slow or really fast one. It’s not easy to focus. It’s important for me to focus on my game and not really let those kind of things affect me and not allow me to play my game, but it’s the way it is. She’s by far I think the best player. She deserves to be in this spot. But I think it’s also, when you play, winning or losing, you have to be up there and be a good sportsman.”
Williams will meet Li Na in the finals later today, following Na’s win over Kvitova in the semi-finals. She will finish at a career-high of World No. 3 following the year-end championships.