Jelena Jankovic beats Caroline Wozniacki to triumph at Indian Wells

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World number nine Jelena Jankovic won her 12th career WTA title and first one in seven months to give a much-needed boost to her confidence and Serbian tennis, which was once blossoming but hadn’t seen a WTA title since Jankovic’s Cincinnati victory in August 2009, and has been hit by the fact that Ana Ivanovic will be kicked out of the Top 50 as of next week.

The sixth-seeded Jankovic comfortably defeated second seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-4 in the Sunday’s final at the $4,500,000 BNP Paribas Open, and improved her record against the Dane to 4-0.

Wozniacki may have lost the final, but has a good consolation – the 19-year-old will move two spots up the rankings and reach career-high of No.2 on Monday. The runner-up prize money of $350,000 is not bad for healing wounds either. Jankovic, however, earned twice as much – $700,000, and got a glass trophy so heavy she couldn’t even lift it to pose for photographers. As for the Serb’s ranking projection, she is expected to rise to No.8.


  1. I’m really happy because she finally has found her game and I hope that she will continue to play at the rest of the year like today. With this game she can win a GS. GO JJ !!!!!!!!!

  2. I watched the match, and I have only words of praise for JJ. She dismanataled Caroline. JJ was SOO agressive which is amazing to see after such a long time. Her serve has improved so much, and I think she is ready for a GS title. Her game has matured a lot. The funniest part was that the trophy was too heavy and she was unable to pick it up!

    Did you watch it Marija? What do you think?

  3. LOL @ JJ struggling with the trophy. I remember Justine once couldn’t lift the trophy at Roland Garros. I think if she was on JJ’s place she wouldn’t even attempt to lift it 😀

  4. I watched the match and I can say that I’m very happy to see JJ winning a tournament as big as Indian Wells. I don’t want to put my expectations too high just yet, but this is a perfect boost for Serbian tennis.

  5. JJ played unbelievable. She was agressive and played very offensive. Happy for her 🙂 Situation with trophy was funny 😉 Wozzy disapointed me a bit, she was very defensive 🙁

  6. I agree that Wozzy is too defensive. I think she chose this style because there is too much players playing offensive style at the moment and returning as many balls as possible is actually an effective way of defeating them. Unfortunately many see it as the lack of skill :-(. I think she is actually really good at it but she should improve her tactics, sometimes it’s too much about “pushing” the ball and not much else.

  7. Yeah, Wozzy should play more agressive, she should improve in placing the ball especially. She is playing right on opponent´s racket. But easier said that done 😛 She si still my favourite 🙂

  8. I’m so glad for her! Finally, she’s playing well again, it’s been a long time coming. I just hope she can keep it up. Some of the other players should take note, the glitter queen may just be beginning to get back to her best! 😉


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