Always a bridesmaid but rarely a bride.
Caroline Wozniacki rose to No. 2 for the first time on the WTA Tour Rankings by reaching the final, but another big title eluded her when she was easily bundled out 6-2, 6-4 in the Sunday final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian wells, Calif.
Jankovic improved to 12-11 in career finals, finding the form that brought her to No. 1 after a disastrous 2009 campaign. The Serb also improved to 4-0 career versus Wozniacki.
“Today I was ready from the start,” said Jankovic, who blamed last year’s campaign on over-training and niggling injuries and doubts. “I 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. I waited for my opportunities and when I had them, I took them.”
Jankovic raced to a 4-0 lead in the first set, and broke the Dane to start the second set. The 19-year-old Wozniacki fell to 6-7 in career finals.
“She didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Wozniacki said. “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.”
Jankovic is projected to rise to No. 8 in the rankings, but more importantly is looking to rise the wave of confidence into Miami and the claycourt season.
“I’m looking to playing some good tennis and really doing the right things out there,” she said. “If I’m doing that, I’ll be winning big titles and the ranking will come on its own.”
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