The first all-Serbian WTA final is scheduled to take place in the finals of the Monterrey Open, as world No. 13 Ana Ivanovic and Jovana Jaksic will meet for the first time on the professional tour. This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and should make for an interesting contest.
Ivanovic toppled Danish No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in a entertaining semi-final match-up, finishing the world No. 14 in straight sets. The first set was particularly interesting, as both competitors would remain on serve though 12 games, forcing a tiebreaker, which Ivanovic snatched to secure the lead. That seemed to take the steam out of Wozniacki, who’s quality of play dropped significantly in the second set, as she eventually dropped serve to allow Ivanovic to close out the match 7-6, 6-4. It was the Serb’s sixth Top 20 win this season and her third against a former world No. 1.
It has been an extraordinary week for Jovana Jaksic. She defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm in three sets, rallying from a set down to earn the 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 win in 2 hours and 53 minutes. She hit 11 aces in the process and won 68% of her points on first serve en route to her first ever WTA tour final. She will now be faced with her another tough challenger in the form of Serbian No. 2 Ivanovic.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour. It will likely be a interesting contest, yet will should ultimately result in Ivanovic lifting her second title of the season. Jaksic has been absolutely brilliant this week, yet is it enough for her to culminate her week with a WTA title? Tough to imagine, yet not entirely impossible.