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Jankovic discovers Slam finals are a whole new game

sports Updated: Sep 08, 2008 13:24 IST

Jelena Jankovic learned some things the hard way in her first Grand Slam final.

Huge television screens and slow rivals are distractions. They do not award Oscars. They do give drug tests. And when you are mainly worried about your next-day shopping trip, it helps to know how much money you might win.

The Serbian second seed was like Alice in Wonderland after losing to Serena Williams 6-4, 7-5 in Sunday's title match of the year's last Grand Slam event.

"It's a great learning experience for me," Jankovic said. "I really had fun the whole two weeks. It was special. I really love the atmosphere, the crowd, the people. The city has so much energy. It suits my personality quite well."

One reason is that she came off as a drama queen much of the week with regard to injuries, a notion she joked should bring her a Hollywood honor rather than a tennis trophy.

"I should have gotten an Oscar for all this drama," she said. "I should have gotten a trophy for the acting."

There was disappointment at squandering chances to capture the second set but in the end, Jankovic was happy that a year filled with injuries could lead to a long-sought Slam final with a sense of greater things to come.

"I worked really hard to get to this stage," Jankovic said. "It will give me a lot of motivation to work hard on my game and improve myself. I believe I'll be playing many more finals in the future. I'm only 23. My time will come."

Jankovic was annoyed by what she saw as Williams taking too long between points, buying time to rest between points, complaining to the umpire at one stage.