Thirty games, eighteen breaks! Simona Halep edged a 2-6 7-5 6-4 victory over Jelena Jankovic in the final of Indian Wells, even though she was just two points from defeat in the second set.
The players were so bad at holding serve, that breaks meant nothing at all and actually when after a series of breaks in the deciding set Halep held to lead 4-3, I had a gut feeling that it was the turning point of the match. And even though Jankovic did manage to break back, the momentum had shifted to Halep’s side, and the Romanian won the biggest title of her career.
It’s a great pity for JJ, as she was so close to upsetting Halep and making a huge career revival. But eventually Halep deserved it, as after wasting her chances in the second set, JJ dropped four serves in the decider and that’s simply unacceptable for someone eyeing a Premier Mandatory title.
Adidas’ Spring Adizero Top, the matching skirt and the Adidas Adizero CC Tempaia III shoes accompanied the world No.3 Halep en route to her 11th WTA title and $900,400 in prize money. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)