Jankovic Claims 2009 Title

August 16, 2009 02:30 PM
MASON – Jelena Jankovic, the fifth ranked player in the world, upset No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-4 6-2 to claim the title at the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.

"(A) good win for me," Jankovic said after the match. "I'm happy that I'm back.  I'm back in the, you know, in this group of players, and hopefully I can keep my form up."

Jankovic managed to break Safina to love in the third game of the opening set, and that was the only edge the Serbian need. She faced only one break point the rest of the set, and took it 6-4.

In the second set, Jankovic stormed out to a 3-0 lead, with two breaks. Safain got on back in the fourth game, but Jankovic surrendered just four points in closing out the match by winning the final three games.

"I think I was a little bit off today," Safina said after the match. "Basically I would say it was not my day today. (The) few moments I was starting to get into the match, and she was, of course, using some good shots and hitting very close to the lines and down the lines.  She played some great tennis today."

For Jankovic, who finished 2008 as the year-end No. 1, it is her second title of 2009 in as many finals. She now has 11 for her career.

Jankovic had never defeated a current World No. 1 before Sunday.

"I'm really pleased that I was able to play well today and beat the No. 1 player in the world, and yesterday beat Elena Dementieva," Jankovic said. "I got quite a few good wins under my felt belt this week."

This was the Serb's third appearance in Cincinnati, and her best result, after two quarterfinal finishes.

"It's amazing," Jankovic commented. "I've been here maybe three years ago or something. There's so many fans that I remember.  It's amazing.  I remember their faces, and, you know, I have a lot of support. I really like that a lot."