I have only com­pli­ments for Dubai, says Jankovic

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

The 30-year-old Jankovic is not the quite force she once was in women's ten­nis. The for­mer world num­ber one's ca­reer has suf­fered due to in­con­sis­tent form and a back in­jury. The Serb is sill a top-20 player, but her fail­ure to keep push­ing the top guns to their lim­its in the big events has dis­ap­pointed her fans back home.

Jankovic will also have a mas­sive hur­dle to over­come at the Dubai Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships that get un­der­way on Mon­day. She will play emerg­ing Swiss star Belinda Ben­cic in the first round. "I have played against Belinda a few times in the past. Last time we played, she beat me on grass but I beat her on hard court in the In­dian Wells last year. I know her game very well and she knows mine. So it's go­ing to be very in­ter­est­ing. It will be a dif­fi­cult match, but ob­vi­ously I will try my best to win," the 2008 French Open run­ner-up told us at the Dubai Ten­nis Sta­dium on Satur­day.

"She (Ben­cic) is play­ing in the in­door tour­na­ment in Saint Peters­burg. On the other hand, I ar­rived here few days back. I also played in the Fed Cup in­door in Ser­bia, but I am get­ting used to play­ing out­door here un­der the sun.

"But you know ev­ery match is a new match and you can­not look at th­ese out­door-in­door fac­tors. You just have to en­ter the court and fo­cus on your own game and give your max­i­mum." Spread­ing love is the most im­por­tant thing on Valen­tine's Day, for­mer world num­ber one Je­lena Jankovic tells me­dia. The Serb also show­ers praise on the city of Dubai.

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