Ljubibic, Jankovic win
INDIAN WELLS: Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia outlasted Andy Roddick 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.
Ljubicic won on his fourth match point, blasting a big serve that Roddick couldn't return. At 31, Ljubicic is the second-oldest winner at Indian Wells behind Jimmy Connors, who was five months older when he won in 1984. Roddick was trying to become the first American man to win since 2001, but he trailed in both tiebreakers. He had beaten Ljubicic seven times in 10 meetings, winning their last meeting at Indian Wells in two tiebreakers in 2007.
Jelena Jankovic defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 earlier to win the women's title, the Serbian's first in seven months. The former top-ranked player from Serbia dictated from the baseline throughout the match, hitting the lines and keeping Wozniacki on the run. Jankovic broke Wozniacki three times in the first set and again in the first game of the second set.
"I wanted to be really aggressive, but at the same time patient, and not really go for too much or go over the limit with some balls," Jankovic said. "I waited for my opportunities, and when I had them, I took them." Wozniacki brought her coach, who is her father, on court once in each set, but it didn't help. She never found a solution to Jankovic's pinpoint power.
Wozniacki held to trail 5-4 in the second set, prompting Jankovic to summon her coach. Jankovic then served out the match, setting up match point with a backhand down the line. Wozniacki's forehand return sailed long on the final point.
Jankovic kissed her racket and later did the same to the crystal trophy, which was so heavy she couldn't lift it in triumph. "I haven't been working out in the gym lately," she said. "Caroline could have done a better job. She should have helped."
Jankovic hadn't won a title since August at Cincinnati; Indian Wells is her 12th career title. Wozniacki has yet to beat Jankovic in four meetings. The Dane, however, reached a career-high No 2 in WTA ranking with result.