Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic to meet in Pan Pacific Tennis Open final
Maria Sharapova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 63 26 64 and made it into the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Radwanska saved two match points in the final game to pull back to 30-40 but Sharapova closed out the match with a crosscourt backhand.
Even her return to professional tennis was not the best, Sharapova is improving with each tournament and she feels it.
“I’ve done way better than I thought,” Sharapova said. “When you lose early in a Grand Slam, you have more time to prepare but you never know how that will translate in a match.”
Jelena Jankovic had some troubles during her semifinal match but no thanks to her opponent, the Serb needed a medical timeout early in the second set due to pain on her arm.
Li had just broken Jankovic to go up 2-1 when the former world number 1 asked for a timeout and the trainer to have her right arm treated. Jankovic broke back in the fourth game and never looked back.
“I started to feel some pain in my arm,” Jankovic said. “The ball was heavy in this humidity. I received some treatment and tried not think about it and just fight for every point.”
“If I can win my third title of the year, that would be pretty good,” Jankovic said. “It’s been a difficult year so it would be nice to finish strong.”
Sharapova will play against Jelena Jankovic, who beat Li Na 6-4, 6-3.
“She’s a very solid player,” Sharapova said of Jankovic. “She’s a great mover and makes you hit a lot of balls. The points are never easy so it will be a tough match.”
On her part, Jankovic said she was looking forward to facing Sharapova.
“It will be a difficult match,” Jankovic said. “She is a strong hitter. I haven’t played her in a while and don’t know how she is playing so it will be an interesting match.”