Jankovic Pummels Bridesmaid Wozniacki in Indian Wells Final
by Staff | March 21st, 2010, 8:33 pm

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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3 Comments for Jankovic Pummels Bridesmaid Wozniacki in Indian Wells Final

jane Says:

Caroline is too young to get married. LOL. She’ll get there. She needs to cut down on errors and add more aggression, but she’s got variety and fight, good movement, and great defense. Lots of potential for her.

JJ, meanwhile, seemed to return to her best form today; awesome win for her. She was the leader throughout, made no mistakes and precipitated no unnecessary drama. She should play like this more.

Kimmi Says:

when JJ plays her best she is the toughest player to beat due to her great defense..she gets a lot of balls back. Sometimes you need the one tournament to get the confidence back..let hope she is back.

maybe she can give her compatriot ivanovic some needed confidence to play like she used to.

OllyK Says:

WTG, JJ!!! :) She managed to regain her late 2008 form all by herself, without a coach, if I’m not wrong. Not easy thing to do! She is like Fed now! :D Everything was clicking yesterday. Service, her most vulnerable shot, too.
Few weeks ago I read an interview with Monika Seles and she said that future of WTA tennis is in Jelena. She was right, I guess! :)

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