Jelena Jankovic broke out of a funk on Sunday in Cincinnati, upsetting world No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2 to win the Cincinnati Open title.
The former No. 1, seeded fifth at the event, was gifted a number of unforced errors by Safina, and looked the fresher even after a two-hour, 46-minute win over Elena Dementieva in the semifinals.
Jankovic led 6-4, 3-0 before Safina broke back, but the Serb won three straight games to clinch the title.
It was the second title of the year for Jankovic after Marbella.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been in this sort of final,” she said. “I’m so thrilled to play this kind of match and beat the number one player in the world.”
It was a difficult week for the “US Open Series” of events for Americans. The Cincinnati women’s final was an all-European affair, while Scot Andy Murray beat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the men’s Montreal final.
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