WTA Championships 2013 Istanbul White Group
Final Match of the Day
Jelena Jankovic (Player Profile) can confirm her place in the semi-finals of the Year End Championships with a victory over sixth seed Sara Errani (Player Profile) in Istanbul. Check out the Jankovic v Errani Head to Head.
While disappointed to lose to Na Li in her second round robin match, she vitally took a set in the loss which helps her chances of qualification massively. Li was victorious 6-3 2-6 6-3 to go 2-0 but the Serbian will be disappointed to have lost the last three games in the fashion she did after fighting back from 3-1 down to tie it up in the decider. However, with the weakest player in the tournament remaining for Jankovic, she remains in a great position to advance.
Errani has lost both matches in straight sets this week, failing to serve out the first set against Azarenka from *5-2 up before eventually losing 7-6 6-2 while she fought hard against Na Li but would be on the wrong end of a tie break once more in the 6-3 7-6 loss.
Unlike many of the matchups at this tournament, there isn’t an extensive head to head record with these two meeting just once. Jankovic won in three sets at Indian Wells in 2010 on her way to the title. With Errani eliminated already, her thoughts are likely to turn to the doubles tournament where she competes with Roberta Vinci this week.
Prediction: Jelena Jankovic in straight sets
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