Simona Halep Beats Jelena Jankovic and Captures Indian Wells Title

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Following a week filled with injury woes and a personal tragedy, Simona Halep triumphed at the Indian Wells event, where she won the biggest WTA title of her career with a three-set victory over Jelena Jankovic on Sunday.

While many anticipated smooth sailing for Halep en route to the title, Jankovic proved to be a durable adversary, as she snatched the opening set following two breaks to set the upset. However, Halep eventually worked her way back into the match and overcame a long 62-minute second set to win the match 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

“First of all I want to congratulate Jelena – you were amazing,” Halep said. “Well done for a great two weeks here. You did a great job, and it was an amazing final. I’m really happy I could win today.

“This is my biggest title and I will never forget it.”

This week also happened to be an impressive one for Jankovic, who was reborn in the American desert, where she managed to overcome her tempestuous 12-month injury plague to reach the final of the tournament. The past year saw her drop from world No. 6 to No. 21 but she will now return to the Top 20. It will also serve as a confidence boost for the next few months.

“I was limping three days before the tournament started,” Jankovic said, referring to a hip injury she suffered recently in Doha. “I was actually in doubt if I could even play. When I came to these courts, on the first day I hadn’t hit a ball for 10 days. I was hitting, but I was standing. I was not moving.

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