Novak Djokovic wasn’t the only Serb embroiled in drama this Sunday. Across the country at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston Djokovic’s countrywoman Jelena Jankovic had just taken the first set from World No. 1 Serena Williams and was serving 40-15 then this happened (you will need to moved ahead four points):
Jelena had hit her serve but Serena had apparently called time. An then a feisty exchanged ensued between the two players who are far from friends.
Serena: I wasn’t ready!
Jelena (asking the umpire Kader Nouni): How long do I have to wait?
Serena: Until I’m ready!
Jelena, who had been playing so well up until that point, lost the next eight points. Serena went on to win six straight games after the incident and eventually took the match 36, 60, 62 to win her third Charleston title in as many tries.
Said Serena about the incident, “After that I just got really relaxed and was like, ‘Serena, you have to chill out and not get crazy and if you win, great. If not, you’re trying. She’s playing really well. Just try and do the best you can.’”
Renee Stubbs said it best on ESPN2: don’t poke the bear. Jelena did just that and suffered the harsh consequences.
The full second set:
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