Saturday is the final day of the last Wimbledon tune-up event, the $175,000 Ordina Open in the Netherlands. The winner will earn $25,870 and 140 points, the runner-up $13,630 and 100 points.
Top seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia reached the final by defeating the last year’s runner-up Dinara Safina of Russia, seeded-fourth. Jankovic saw five match points slip through her fingers before finally sealing the 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) victory in the tie break of the third set. It was a tough match for both of them, lasting 2h 31min, but Jelena proved that she’s hell of a player by overcoming tough moments and winning the match despite problems with a hamstring which forced her to take a medical timeout.
“I wasn’t at my best tennis and at my level. I was struggling with my shots…but the most important thing is that I was fighting and I stayed in the match,” world No. 3 Jankovic said.
In the second semifinal of the day third-seeded Russian Anna Chakvetadze beat fifth-seeded Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-4. Reminder: In the quarterfinals Hantuchova defeated No. 2 seed and Roland Garros finalist Ana Ivanovic.
Compare >> The 20-year-old Chakvetadze is a surprising 4-2 lifetime against the 22-year-old Jankovic, but the Serb won their lone meeting on grass, an opening-round meeting at Wimbledon two years ago. Jankovic also beat the Russian in their only matchup this season, on a clay court in Warsaw.
Jankovic owns five career titles, including four in five finals this year, while Chakvetadze owns three career championships, including a season-opening victory in Hobart back in January. (via The Sports Network, Reuters)