Saturday, July 26, 2008

L.A. quarterfinals completed--Jankovic prevails

When it comes to off-court matters, agreeing with Pam Shriver is not something I do very often, but I completely agree with her that Jelena Jankovic is a fool to play in Los Angeles if her knee injury has not healed. But that is the story of Jankovic's recent career--get injured, but keep on playing, no matter the consequences. Her stunt at the Hopman Cup last year should have taught her something, but I don't know if it did.

Jankovic did take ten days off after she tore her meniscus, however, and that--plus her superb athleticism and court sense--was enough to gain her a spot in the semifinals. She defeated Nadia Petrova, 7-5, 6-4, and will now face a tough opponent in Dinara Safina. Here's hoping the knee is healed.

It was nice to see Jankovic in coral and scarlet--someone needs to tell both Shriver and Cliff Drysdale that her dress is not pink. (During the French Open, commentators from several countries held discussions about Roger Federer's black outfit, despite the fact that he did not wear black one day at Roland Garros.)

And as for accessories, is there anyone on the tour who isn't wearing a knee bandage of some kind?

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