Jovanovski's Carlsbad Travelling Malfunction

How did the man at the Carlsbad airport not know there was a big tournament in town? Well...

Published August 04, 2011 12:00

Jovanovski's Carlsbad Travelling Malfunction
Bojana Jovanovski

CARLSBAD... USA - Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski is one of the WTA's most talented and promising rising stars, currently the highest-ranked teenager in the world. But even the most experienced player would have never expected a travelling malfunction like she experienced this past week. In her own words...

"I can't believe this happened to me. I travel all year.

"It was the fault of the people who arrange the tickets for us. Well it's not her fault, she's very busy. I didn't check it. I just went on the plane. I thought it was weird for me to be changing the flights so many times, three times from Washington - first to Dallas, then to Albuquerque, then to Carlsbad.

"I landed at 9:20 on Sunday morning. I was so tired when I got to the airport I just wanted to go to the hotel. So I went outside looking for transportation. The people at the desk called transportation to ask where the driver was, and they said 15 minutes. But they said they couldn't find me. I was the only person there and it was a small airport. I was wondering, 'How can they not see me?'

"At that moment the girl at the telephone asked if I meant Carlsbad, California or Carlsbad, New Mexico. It was then I realized.

"It was so funny, one man there asked me what I was doing there, and I said I was there for a tournament. He said, 'Here? Really?' I said, 'Yeah, it's a big tournament! How do you not know about it?'

"I ended up staying overnight in Carlsbad, New Mexico and got an early morning flight to the right Carlsbad on Monday morning, so I would be there on time for my match. When I landed, instead of going back to the hotel to eat, I got something to eat at the airport. I got to the tournament just before 1pm and warmed up at 1:20. Luckily the matches before me were both three sets, so I ate something quickly again, but it was hard to play the match. I was so tired. I kept trying my best though. Roberta played very well and won the match.

"For all that happened to me, I feel okay!"

The No.53-ranked Jovanovski was coming off a quarterfinal at College Park, which is nearby Washington DC. She in fact almost won her match in Carlsbad against No.23-ranked Roberta Vinci, leading 63 42 before falling, 36 64 61.

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