Title triumph for Jankovic
Sixth seed Jelena Jankovic cruised to BNP Paribas Open victory with a decisive 6-4 6-2 win over Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 21/03/10 9:49pm
Sixth seed Jelena Jankovic cruised to BNP Paribas Open victory on Sunday with a decisive 6-4 6-2 win over Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki.
The former world number one lined up the triumph with three breaks of serve in the opening set before breaking immediately in the second to secure her 12th WTA career title and her first since Cincinnati in August last year.
Jankovic had suffered a rocky start to her season, crashing out in the first round of her previous tournament in Monterrey before arriving at Indian Wells.
But the 25-year-old Serb enjoyed a fairly comfortable run to the final before powering to victory in one hour and 24 minutes against rising star Wozniacki, who has now lost all four of their encounters.
The 19-year-old Dane can draw some consolation from the fact that her progress to the decider will see her jump to a career-high ranking of world number two when the new rankings are announced on Monday, with Jankovic moving up to number eight.
"It's been a great two weeks for me, really amazing," said Jankovic.
"I'm so happy and so thrilled that I was able to win this title."
"I want to congratulate Caroline for making it such a great event and also for making it to number two in the world."
Wozniacki, last year's U.S. Open finalist, struggled to hit her stride in the opening set, winning just 30 per cent of the points on her first serve as her opponent dominated from the baseline.
Jankovic closed out the first set on her third set point as Wozniacki sent a forehand long, then maintained her momentum going into the second, breaking instantly in the first game.
She went on to earn a match point with a backhand winner and took advantage when Wozniacki fired a service return long to wrap up the commanding victory.
"Jelena played a good match today," said Wozniacki.
"She didn't make a lot of mistakes. I tried to change it when I saw it was not going way but I just made a few too many errors at the important points.
"I couldn't really get to play the game that I wanted to play, and Jelena took advantage of that."