Jankovic wins in Moscow

Moscow, October 12:

World No 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat Russian Vera Zvonareva in the final to win the women’s crown of the $2.4 million Kremlin Cup here on Sunday.

Jankovic won 6-2, 6-4 to record a fourth victory in five head-to-heads with Zvonareva this season and clinch her fourth crown this year. “I feel really emotional winning my third event in a row here,” Jankovic said. “I feel great as the world’s number one and really enjoy it. It was very tough to win as Vera never gives up. She forced me to play my best tennis to win today. I had a lot of fun this week and probably will come back here next year to defend my title.”

The 23-year-old Serbian, who was playing her her sixth final of the season, started the match with an immediate break for a comfortable 2-0 lead. Jankovic then broke again to take the opening set in 33 minutes.

In the second set Jankovic produced two more breaks but Zvonareva, ranked ninth in the world, picked up steam and broke back to level on both occasions.

But in the ninth game, Jankovic managed to make the deciding break, going on to wrap up the match and take the title. Jankovic received a silver trophy and a $196,900 prize cheque , while runner-up Zvonareva pocketed $105,800.