Rejuvenated Jelena Jankovic saved four match points to beat Elena Dementieva and set up a clash with world No.1 Dinara Safina in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.
The way Jankovic won was incredible. The Serb won the first and epic third set in a tiebreak, while in the second she was bageled. I didn’t watch the match but when I saw the 7-6(2) 0-6 7-6(6) score, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
As I read, fifth-seeded Jankovic held three match points at 5-4 in the deciding set, but fourth-seeded Dementieva broke back. The next two games were breaks as well and it was Dementieva who established a 6-2 lead in the tiebreak. Jankovic didn’t give in, and fought back to eventually win on her fourth match point.
Jankovic has thus reached only her second final of the 2009 season: “It feels unbelievable. It’s been a long time since I was in a final like this. Hopefully I can play well against Dinara, it’s going to be tough.” (source: Reuters, photo via Tennis Forum)