Safina spoils J.J.'s quest for No.1 spot
The Russian ensured that Ana Ivanovic retains her place at the top of the rankings for now after crushing Jankovic in LA
Jelena Jankovic’s hopes of becoming the new world No.1 are going to have to wait after Dinara Safina ran out the 7-6(3) 6-1 winner in their East West Classic semi-final.
The Serb lost the first set on a tie-break before being swept aside by the Russian, whose hard-hitting game caused Jankovic problems throughout.
“My time will come” – Jelena Jankovic
Jankovic had failed to serve out the first set at 5-4, before a series of forehand errors handed Safina the tie-break. From then, Jankovic completely lost her way and the Russian raced to victory.
The world No.2, who had entered the tournament despite a torn meniscus in her left knee, admitted she ran out of steam.
“Dinara played very well,” Jankovic said afterwards. “I had some chances in the first set and then I played a bad tie-breaker. In the second set, I couldn’t go anymore. My legs were shaking a little.
“I had an injury and was supposed to be out quite a long time and at least I had an opportunity to compete here, even though I wasn’t at my best.”
As for the No.1 spot, “hopefully my time will come,” Jankovic said. “It is not the end of the world.”
Safina will meet Italian Flavia Pennetta in the final after the Italian beat American wildcard Bethanie Mattek 3-6 6-2 7-5.