The ladies’ final of the China Open was the night match at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing on Sunday. Top seed Serena Williams (Player Bio) took on the steadily improving Jelena Jankovic (Player Bio), the tournament’s 8th seed, to try to win her 10th WTA title of the 2013 season. Serena’s sister, Venus, has beaten her ten times, while Jankovic is the only other player still on the tour who has beaten her more than three times – she has four wins out of the six matches they have played.
Williams opened proceedings on court and took eight minutes to hold her opening game and another eight minutes to break the Serb’s serve. Jankovic held for 1-3 and got just one more game before Williams wrapped up the set 6-2 in thirty nine minutes. The first two games of the second set went with serve until the Serb broke on her third break attempt in the third game. The American broke straight back and then broke again to lead 4-2. Jankovic, serving to stay in the match at 2-5 down, served her first double fault of the match and went two championship points down, but got back to deuce and advantage (twice) before Williams got her own advantage point and took full advantage of it to take the set 6-2 and lift the trophy. She also received a cheque for $860,000 and 1,000 ranking points to widen the gap still further between her and the rest of the players.