Dubai: Wozniacki beats Jankovic for the first time

Caroline Wozniacki had reached the semifinals of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, thus ensuring her return to the No.1 ranking, and today she went a step further by defeating Jelena Jankovic for the first time in their five meetings and advancing to the final.

The top-seeded Wozniacki confidently profited on all Jankovic's lost opportunities, impatience and tiredness – in the first set Jankovic blew a 5-3 40-0 lead and later a chance to force a tiebreak while leading 40-15 on Wozniacki's serve in the 12th game. Jankovic's troubles marked the end of the set as well, when her double fault gave Wozniacki a set point and then a lucky net handed the Dane the set.

In the second set Wozniacki broke the sixth-seeded Jankovic in the fifth game, and even though the Serb immediately broke back to level at 3-3, her concentration was on a very low level and her defeat rapidly approached. Final score: 7-5 6-3.

Wozniacki's opponent in the final of the $2,050,000 Dubai event will be 16th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated seed No.11 Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-4 in the semifinals. (photo: Women Who Serve)

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6 thoughts on “Dubai: Wozniacki beats Jankovic for the first time

  1. Mirjana

    I'm a little bit disappointed since JJ obviously had a big chance to win this match, but at least we can see she's finally improving her game.

  2. stiven

    to be honest, if JJ was fresh, I think we would seen same story from last year IW final. In the start of firs set, JJ was so much better, she was moving great ,hitting great backhands, but when she got tired her game went away.She was in hurry beacause she knowed that Wozza could play all day(interesting, but Wozza looks like JJ at the end of 08 :D)

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