World No.3 Jelena Jankovic didn’t look back in her semifinal against world No.20 Vera Zvonareva and beat the Russian 6-1 6-4 to set up a meeting with defending champion Serena Williams in the Sony Ericsson Open final.
Fourth seed Jankovic started the match with her service game, which she won after quite a long fight. But as soon as JJ warmed up nothing could hold her back, and she quickly established a 4-0 lead in the first set. Then Zvonareva, seeded 19th, broke Jankovic without losing a point, but her luck was short lived. Jankovic rebroke right away, and decisively took the first set.
Nothing seemed to go Zvonareva’s way. She made unforced errors and double faults. Jankovic’s game, on the other hand, was very solid. After losing the first set, demoralized Zvonareva broke her racquet in frustration.
The second set started a bit better for Zvonareva. She saved two break points and held her serve for the first time in this semifinal for a 1-0 lead. However, this set was not less frustrating for her than the first one. The culmination of Zvonareva’s despair was when she lost all her three challenges in three consecutive points, in like less then two minutes. Unbelievable.
Even though the score was closer in the second set, the momentum was by far on Jankovic’s side, and it was clear she would win. The break she made in the fifth game was enough to take her to the Sony Ericsson Open final, her first final appearance in 2008.
Injury update: During the second set, Jelena Jankovic called for a medical timeout, and had her right shoulder treated. Hopefully she’ll have enough time to be completely recover and be absolutely ready for the encounter with Serena Williams.