Third seed Roberta Vinci overcomes second-seeded Jelena Jankovic in an exciting more than two hours long 2012 Texas Open final match. End score: 7-5, 6-3.
This was a seventh WTA cup 29-years old Italian Vinci raised in her career, and the first one this season. As she admitted in her post-match interview, her respect towards former Number one, whom she has never beaten before, resulted in a nervous start. She gave away a serve already in the first game. She broke back at 3-3, but then allowed Jankovic to serve for set at 5-4. The Serbian was two rallies away from taking the first set, but Vinci first equalized, and then used a momentum to achieve yet another break in the twelfth game.
“The most important moment was at 5-4 in the first set, I was serving for the set and had 30-15. If that ball went my way it would have been 40-15 and two set points on my serve,” Jankovic later said.
27-years old Jankovic, who is still waiting for her first WTA trophy of the year, got herself in a rather thankless position as she went 0-3 down in the following set. She then managed to pull level at 3-3, but Vinci stayed at the top of her game and was serving for the match at 5-3. Jankovic did not have enough strength for another re-break, so the Italian converted the third match point to cap off her magnificent Texas Open performance with a 7-5, 6-3 final victory.
“After I was down 3-0 in the second set I changed some things a bit and got back in the match, but from there she played really unbelievable tennis,” Jankovic explained her second set defeat, yet she was quite pleased with the quality of her tennis this week in Dallas.
Vinci, on the other hand, stated that she was able to overcome her initial nervousness and tried to stay as relaxed as possible, focusing on her own play. That has proved to be enough to achieve her biggest success of the year: “It was a tough week, a tough draw, a tough final – I’m so happy I won!”