| BANGALORE, India, March 5
BANGALORE, India, March 5 Serbia's Jelena
Jankovic is confident she can break her 0-9 losing streak
against Justine Henin and seriously challenge the Belgian world
number one this year.
The 23-year-old Jankovic, ranked fourth in the world, had a
breakthrough 2007 in which she won four tour titles, reached
four other finals and the French Open semi-final.
She also reached the Australian Open semi-finals in
January, but is yet to beat Henin, who has won all nine of
"Last year, almost the whole year, I was number two in the
race and number three in the rankings," Jankovic told Reuters.
"So I was very close, and the player who was in front of me
was Justine Henin.
"She was the better one, I beat everybody else last year
except her," she said in an interview at the Bangalore Open,
where she is top seed.
"(But) this year is a new year, and everything starts from
the beginning, from zero."
The powerful Serbian beat American multiple grand slam
winner Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals
before falling to Russia's Maria Sharapova.
Jankovic wants to play fewer tournaments in 2008 to prepare
herself better for a first grand slam victory and also wants to
find a good travelling coach.
"These are the best years of my career coming up. I just
turned 23, I am more mature and I've some experience on the
"The last year was a great year for me, I finished number
three in the world. Hopefully this year I can have a better
"I think my time will come sooner or later, I think I have
the potential to do that," she said.
"Being three times in the semi-finals, I hope to add new
things to my game, keep improving and hopefully I'll do it,"
said the Serb, who also reached the last four at the 2006 U.S.
Jankovic played 97 singles matches last year, but the busy
schedule took its toll on her fitness, leading to
injury-related retirements at tournaments.
"I'll try and do that (cut down matches) this year," she
said. "Last year was a good learning experience. I never played
that much in my entire career. And I won so many matches. This
I don't think I can keep up so much."
Jankovic said she was struggling to find a suitable coach.
"I was in a trial period with a coach," she said. "I am
still looking for a good coach because I believe that will
really help me achieve my full potential.
"All the good coaches are already taken or the ones who are
not, maybe they don't want to travel," she said. "It's very,
(Editing by N.Ananthanarayanan)