World number nine Jelena Jankovic won her 12th career WTA title and first one in seven months to give a much-needed boost to her confidence and Serbian tennis, which was once blossoming but hadn’t seen a WTA title since Jankovic’s Cincinnati victory in August 2009, and has been hit by the fact that Ana Ivanovic will be kicked out of the Top 50 as of next week.
The sixth-seeded Jankovic comfortably defeated second seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-4 in the Sunday’s final at the $4,500,000 BNP Paribas Open, and improved her record against the Dane to 4-0.
Wozniacki may have lost the final, but has a good consolation – the 19-year-old will move two spots up the rankings and reach career-high of No.2 on Monday. The runner-up prize money of $350,000 is not bad for healing wounds either. Jankovic, however, earned twice as much – $700,000, and got a glass trophy so heavy she couldn’t even lift it to pose for photographers. As for the Serb’s ranking projection, she is expected to rise to No.8. (photo: Reuters/Danny Moloshok)