Hungarian teenager Agnes Szavay staged an astonishing comeback from a set and 5-1 down to beat world number three Jelena Jankovic 6-7 7-5 6-2 in an enthralling China Open final on Sunday.
Jankovic appeared to be cruising to the title after winning a tough first set in a tiebreak and then storming to a 5-1 lead in the second. But the 18-year-old Szavay took advantage when Jankovic began to show signs of fatigue, winning six consecutive games to snatch the second set. The sixth seed then dominated the last set to wrap up the title in three hours.
Agnes Szavay is becoming a name in the tennis world. In 2007, the 18-year-old Hungarian has risen from 207th to 20th in the rankings! The triumph in Beijing is her second career title, the first one she won at a Tier IV tournament in Palermo in July. Additionally, this year Szavay reached New Haven final and US Open quarterfinal, and the victory over Jankovic is her third over a top-ten player. The other two top-ten victims were Daniela Hantuchova and Nadia Petrova.