Caroline Wozniacki had reached the semifinals of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, thus ensuring her return to the No.1 ranking, and today she went a step further by defeating Jelena Jankovic for the first time in their five meetings and advancing to the final.
The top-seeded Wozniacki confidently profited on all Jankovic’s lost opportunities, impatience and tiredness – in the first set Jankovic blew a 5-3 40-0 lead and later a chance to force a tiebreak while leading 40-15 on Wozniacki’s serve in the 12th game. Jankovic’s troubles marked the end of the set as well, when her double fault gave Wozniacki a set point and then a lucky net handed the Dane the set.
In the second set Wozniacki broke the sixth-seeded Jankovic in the fifth game, and even though the Serb immediately broke back to level at 3-3, her concentration was on a very low level and her defeat rapidly approached. Final score: 7-5 6-3.
Wozniacki’s opponent in the final of the $2,050,000 Dubai event will be 16th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated seed No.11 Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-4 in the semifinals. (photo: Women Who Serve)