Second seed Vera Zvonareva won an entertaining three-set Qatar Ladies Opensemifinal against fifth seed Jelena Jankovic, in which the winner was uncertain until the last moment.
The beginning of the match was very misleading – just as at 40-0 it seemed that Jankovic would confidently win her first service game and give great resistance in the match, Zvonareva won five straight points and broke the Serb. The set finished pretty much as miserably for Jankovic, as she lost it win only one game won.
The situation prepared Jankovic’s fans for a meltdown, but Jankovic offered a surprise, slowly coming back, and bit by bit outweighing her downs with ups, she won the second set 6-2.
The third set brought another factor to the story of this match – in the very first game Jankovic fell in pain, holding her left ankle (yesterday she had problems with her left knee, but today she didn’t seem affected by it). Jankovic’s face expression wasn’t promising, but the ankle scare turned out not to be a big of a deal, and the match continued.
The turning point happened in the ninth game of the decider, at 4-4, when Jankovic blew a 40-0 present from Zvonareva and let the Russian win that game and soon after the match, on her first match point. This lost opportunity has left Jankovic with much to regret about this semifinal.
Final score: 6-1 2-6 6-4.
Zvonareva’s opponent in the final will be world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, who is in the form of her life, and came to Doha right after her victory in Dubai. Wozniacki is thus the favorite for the title, and also, she has a 4-3 record against Zvonareva, including the win in their last two encounters. (photos: Johan Rivera)