Friday, Serena Williams lost an Italian Open semifinal match to Jelena Jankovic despite what appeared to be a subtle attempt at gamesmanship by Serena.
During the match-ending, third set tiebreaker, Serena served an ace to go up 3-0. After the ace, Jankovic complained to the chair umpire that she hadn’t been ready for the point. The official disallowed the protest because Jankovic did not have her hand up to ask for a stoppage of play.
Minutes later, a Jankovic serve during the same tiebreaker was disallowed because Serena asked for a similar stoppage. Unlike Jankovic, Serena raised a hand before Jankovic’s serve. Jankovic disputed the umpire’s call but was rebuffed.
Though Jankovic did go on to win the next four points and the match. That’s when the real fun started.
Hey there, readers! Time to put on your tawdry thinking caps, ’cause here comes another edition of the SbB Clever Caption Contest!
Today we take a closer look at tennis star Jelena Jankovic:
So, how would you describe this scene? Type in your suggestions in the comments section linked below. Winning quip will be announced in the end-of-the-day recap. And please try to keep it at least PG-13, folks.
Venus Williams was looking for a strong finish in the Porsche Grand Prix. No, she hasn’t taken up auto racing - the tennis star was competing in a tourney this week sponsored by the German car maker.
However, Venus’ dreams of Grand Prix glory came to an end Saturday, as Williams lost in the semifinals to soon-to-be #1 ranked Jelena Jankovic. But worse than the three-hour-long draining defeat, Venus lost out on a chance to drive home in some new stylin’ wheels.
The Big Three in women’s tennis turned out to be big busts in Wimbledon. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about upper torsos here.
Jelena Jankovic became the latest high-ranking racket girl to be bounced from the English tourney, as the #2 player in the world lost in a 4th-round matchup against 60th-ranked Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand.