London – After being criticized for not deserving her World No. 1 rank because she has not won any Grand Slam title in her entire career, Jelena Jankovic has her eyes and hopes on winning her first Grand Slam singles title in 2009.
Although Jankovic, 23, won the Wimbledon mixed doubles in 2007 with British Jamie Murray, her hopes of winning a Grand Slam title this year was futile. She lost in the finals in the U.S. Open and was eliminated in the semifinals during the Australian and French Opens.
Jankovic said on a conference call, “My priorities will be on the big tournaments, Grand Slams and Tier 1s…When you prepare 100 percent, when you put all the hard work in, then you can really have higher expectations and you can expect yourself to achieve great things.”
The top-ranked player plans to retain her World No. 1 rank by staying fit and healthy as she confessed that injuries bothered her this year. She said, “What matters is how fit you are, how well you prepare.”
Her training for next season began since November and is now staying in Florida. Jankovic said, “I’m really training hard…Before I came here I was in Mexico in high altitude … trying to get stronger and fitter.”
Jankovic is desperate to prove her worth by looking forward to winning a Grand Slam title next year. She has her chances for the upcoming Australian Open early next year in January 19. To prepare her for the Australian Open, she will compete in the 2009 JB Group Classic from January 7 to 10.
Jankovic is the only tennis player in history who has become World No. 1 without having won any Grand Slam title.