Jelena Jankovic edges Elena Dementieva to reach Cincinnati final

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Rejuvenated Jelena Jankovic saved four match points to beat Elena Dementieva and set up a clash with world No.1 Dinara Safina in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.

The way Jankovic won was incredible. The Serb won the first and epic third set in a tiebreak, while in the second she was bageled. I didn’t watch the match but when I saw the 7-6(2) 0-6 7-6(6) score, I couldn’t believe my eyes.

As I read, fifth-seeded Jankovic held three match points at 5-4 in the deciding set, but fourth-seeded Dementieva broke back. The next two games were breaks as well and it was Dementieva who established a 6-2 lead in the tiebreak. Jankovic didn’t give in, and fought back to eventually win on her fourth match point.

Jankovic has thus reached only her second final of the 2009 season: “It feels unbelievable. It’s been a long time since I was in a final like this. Hopefully I can play well against Dinara, it’s going to be tough.”


  1. wow, the match was CRAZZZZZZZZZy…one of the most exciting matches thus far. In the end JJ won less points! I was 100% sure JJ would lose at 6-2 in the third set tie-break, but she proved to be mentaly stronger! I am so glad she is back in form, and I cannot WAIT to see her tomorrow at the ROGERS CUP! I’ll try to meet her and take a pic with her

  2. I also have to say I’m surprised JJ has gone this far into the tournament, and plus she’s able to win this kind of match again. Good news!

  3. She is back in form and one of the favorites for her first grand slam!! CANNOT wait to meet her at the Rogers Cup 2morow!

  4. As I wrote in my post, I’m very happy to see that smile of Jankovic and to have her back as a strong contestant.


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