Two of this year's most exciting players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour are looking forward to being Bali-bound this September to Play in the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic (formerly known as The Wismilak International Bali).
Jelena Jankovic and Daniela Hantuchova have both been busy racking up victory after victory on the current women's tennis tour, and are anxious to add Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic title to their list of achievements when play gets underway at the Grand Hyatt Bali, Nusa Dua, in September.
Jelena, who is returning to Bali for the first time since 2004 when she fell in the first round to Angelique Widjaja, has proven herself a pace-setter this year. She currently leads the race for the Sony Ericsson Championships where the top eight players for the year will gather in Madrid at the end of the season.
Little more than a year ago the bubbly Serb was in despair and ready to retire from the game after a virus robbed her of the will to compete. At that point she had lost nine first round matches in a row. But, now, things have turned around for her where, since her appearance in Rome, she successfully reached the quarter-finals.
Looking back a single year, this year could not have been in greater contrast. She began the season by winning the Auckland title, and reaching the Sydney final where she held match point before surrendering in the closest of battles to Kim Clijsters. Later, she reached the semi-finals in Dubai before having to retire with an ankle injury. The semi-finals in Doha saw a strong performance before losing to the eventual champion Justine Henin.
A few weeks later she claimed her second title of the year, in Charleston, before going on to reach the semis in Warsaw and the quarters in Berlin, once again yielding to Henin. Next came Rome, the scene of her renaissance in 2006, and this time she went all the way, winning the title without dropping a set and beating three-time Bali champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final.
Reaching the semi-finals in Strasbourg, before surrendering the match because of illness, Jelena recovered in time to enjoy her best-ever French Open campaign, reaching the semi-finals before losing to Henin again.
Moving to grass surfaces, her game came into its own winning a title in Birmingham with victory in the final over Maria Sharapova.
All that success meant that Jankovic became the fastest player to reach 50 wins in a season since Chris Evert in 1974.
"I've changed my attitude and I look at things in a positive way," Jankovic said of the reason for her success. "I always try to learn and don't try to look for excuses when I lose a match. I try to analyze my mistakes and what I can do better to keep improving and becoming a better player each time."
Daniela has also been enjoying her best season for years, returning to the top 10 in June after reaching the quarter-finals in Birmingham.
After a decent run at the Australian Open, she reached the semi-finals in Doha, beating Martina Hingis before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova, and then she beat all-comers to lift the title at Indian Wells - beating Hingis along the way before beating Kuznetsova in the final.
A quarter-final at Amelia Island and then a semi-final in Rome followed, and after the French Open and her success in Birmingham she went all the way to the semis in s’Hertogenbosch.
Jankovic and Hantuchova are just two of the many world-class players that will compete in Bali at the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic between September 10-16, 2007.
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