When it comes to the former WTA No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, the phrase "style conundrum" arguably tells the story of her career. She is known for sporting a lot of makeup on her visage during matches—then again, a host of players do exactly that—but it's her tennis-dress collection built up over time that truly tells the story of her eccentric, mercurial personality. Her wardrobe has an identity crisis.
Witness—at right—this dress from her Indian Wells campaign, which ended early with a hardly shocking scoreline against Svetlana Kuznetsova: 0-6, 6-2, 7-5. That's right, The Backhand Artist Known as JJ bageled her foe, a multi-Grand Slam winner in the first set before acquiescing against the equally streaky opponent. But she did so in a FILA-brand "Carwash" dress, a comedy of errors all on one garment.
She then turned to a student's stylish creation for the Miami tour stop, a sure-fire improvement over that ghastly Indian Wells number. And eureka, that it was. Jankovic reached the quarterfinals of the event after posting a 6-0, 6-4 victory over red-hot Sorana Cirstea, who eliminated world No. 6 Angelique Kerber but one round earlier. (Jankovic then fell to white-hot Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 6-1.)
Thoughts on Jankovic's style over time, on and off court? Does it, as with most everyone, reflect her personality?
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