As Jelena Jankovic was picking up some final things at Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday after her loss to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, I asked her if Venus needed to pick up her level of play to beat Justine Henin later today, especially since she made 56 unforced errors in their match.
Jankovic offered this: “I think Venus likes to play Justine. Venus doesn’t like to play me. She is always very nervous against me and I felt that yesterday. It’s very rare to see Venus so nervous. But when she likes to play somebody and she’s motivated and she has no fear, she’s the last one out there.”
Lifetime, Venus is 7-1 against Henin, but she hasn’t played her in four-and-a-half years — during which time Henin has won six Grand Slams. It’s going to be a good one.