No.6 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia defeated No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 24 minutes to improve her record to an impressive 4-0 against Wozniacki. Jankovic has beaten her younger and relatively inexperienced opponent each time without dropping a set. Both players’ recorded personal results at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and the 19 year old Dane also achieved her career high ranking of World No.2.
As forecast in OCA’s Women’s Singles Final Preview both players played a consistent style of play using their ground strokes in an effort to get the upper hand over their opponent. However, the 2009 US Open singles runner-up failed in what we identified as the critical factor for her chances to emerge as the victor – “to take the initiative by trying to dictate the points so that Jankovic does more of the running because this match up will be a battle of who can get their opponent on the defensive and then be able to find ways to close out the point without over hitting.”
After winning the final Jankovic said, “I think I was ready from the start. I really went out there knowing my game plan, what I needed to do. I wanted to be really aggressive, but at the same time patient and not really go for too much or go over the limit with some balls. But I waited for my opportunities, and when I had them, I took them.”
Wozniacki trailed 4-0 in the 1st set and went down a break of serve immediately in the 2nd set as well. The Danish player expression of trying to be more aggressive in order to catch back up to Jankovic, was by trying to approach and move into the net. Wozniacki was totally at sea at the net and did not make it any easier on herself by making poor choices with her approach shot selections.
As we mentioned in the Women’s Singles Final Preview, Jankovic has the definite edge in how well she covers the court and her court movement despite being 6 years senior to her opponent. Therefore, Wozniacki will continue to lose in straight sets to Jankovic if she keeps playing neutral or defensive rallies against someone who moves and covers the court much better than her. Wozniacki has a great future ahead of her because she still has so much room for improvement, that’s a great position to be in when you are already No.2 in the world!
The former World No.1 won her 12th WTA Tour title from 23 finals and really continued her strategy that was so successful against Samantha Stosur in the semi final. After that match Jankovic said, “I thought the key to today’s match was my return. I was able to return a lot of her first serves. I was putting a lot of pressure on her second serve.”
Jankovic gives herself a good chance to break serve often because she is determined to achieve a high percentage of returns in from her opponents 1st serve, from then the Serbian No.1 works her way into the points. Additionally, she did a fantastic job of putting a lot of pressure on Wozniacki’s 2nd serve.
Jankovic converted 4 of 5 break points for the match whereas Wozniacki converted only 1. The 25 year old Jankovic continued her successful plan of attacking her opponents 2nd serve and in doing so only allowed her opponent to allow to win 5 points on her own 2nd serve for the entire match. The 2nd set of the final was very even and the difference was that Wozniacki only won 1 point from her 2nd serve for the whole set.
Jankovic is pictured above displaying great balanced in her recovery from her service motion. The photo was taken at the 2009 Cincinnati Open Premier FIVE tournament, which Jankovic also won. The bright coloured dresses seem to do the trick for Jankovic who wore a “very” bright green dress at Indian Wells.
After the match Wozniacki was asked if she aspired to be the World No.1, her response was,”I’m always hungry to get that first spot. That’s what everyone is dreaming about. Hopefully it will happen one day. Serena is a great player. I’m just taking it one match at a time and doing my best, and we’ll see what the future brings.”
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