PERTH Dec 29 World number three Jelena
Jankovic has promised to cut back on her playing schedule in
2008 in an attempt to focus on the grand-slam events and avoid
The Serb played a WTA Tour-high 97 matches as she won four
titles last season but struggled for fitness and form as the
year progressed, with many feeling she was risking serious
injury by playing too much.
"I can say that I played too much," Jankovic told reporters
at the Hopman Cup on Saturday, the eight-nation mixed team
event where she and Novak Djokovic will represent Serbia, the
number one seeds.
"I had so many matches during the year, not much time off
and it was difficult. I will cut back a little bit on my
schedule and play a lot less and mainly focus on the big
tournaments, the grand slams and Tier Ones."
The 22-year-old, who also won the mixed doubles at
Wimbledon with Scot Jamie Murray, said she was still short of
full fitness after having surgery on her nose in November to
cure breathing problems.
"I was completely in bed for three weeks," Jankovic said.
"My only activity was going to the toilet and back.
"After lying there and feeling terrible, I wanted to do
things. As an athlete we play a lot, we are active people, I
couldn't accept just to be in bed the whole day."
Her recuperation meant that she began training a little
later than she would have liked and Jankovic admitted it would
take time to regain top form.
"I just practised for two weeks before I came here," she
said. "I didn't have as much time as I wanted, but I will try
my best to play some good matches and get match tough again.
"I don't have any expectations, I just want to play as many
matches as possible and try to get back in form."
In the long run, though, Jankovic is confident she has the
ability to win a grand-slam title.
"I want to keep improving some of the things in my game,
just believing in myself and my time will come. Whichever
(grand-slam title) comes first I wouldn't mind."
(Editing by John O'Brien)