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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2007, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
Jankovic cruises to Rome victory
Jelena Jankovic
Jankovic has won three times on tour this year
Jelena Jankovic strolled past world number three Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5 6-1 to claim the Italian Open in Rome.

The 22-year-old Serbian took advantage of her Russian opponent's string of unforced errors that saw her lose eight of her 10 service games.

After trading breaks in the first and second sets, Jankovic won the final five games to close out the match.

The title was Jankovic's third of 2007 and her second on clay following her victory in South Carolina last month.

The third-seeded Jankovic broke to take a 4-2 lead in the first set, but then committed two double faults to let Kuznetsova break back and even the score at 4-4.

It's an unbelievable win for me. I've got better and better through the week

Jelena Jankovic

A series of baseline errors by the second-seeded Kuznetsova let Jankovic restore her lead and the Serb held to close out the set.

Jankovic's speed around the court forced Kuznetsova to play more balls than she would have wanted in several long rallies.

"It's an unbelievable win for me. I've got better and better through the week," said Jankovic.

"I moved so well - that was the key to the match. She's such a powerful player and I was just trying to cover as many of her balls as possible. I really didn't expect to win."

  • Venezuela's Milagros Sequera won her first WTA Tour title when she beat Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1 6-3 to claim the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Morocco.

  • SEE ALSO
    Jankovic & Kuznetsova in final
    19 May 07 |  Tennis
    Hantuchova stumbles to Rome win
    14 May 07 |  Tennis


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