Maria Sharapova wins Pan Pacific Open tennis title as Jelena Jankovic retires
Maria Sharapova won the Toray Pan Pacific Open title when Jelena Jankovic retired because of an arm injury in the first set.
Sharapova was leading 5-2 when Jankovic took a timeout to have her right arm examined by the trainer. Jelena returned to the court and lost the first two points of the eighth game before retiring.
“It’s disappointing,” said Sharapova. “It’s toward the end of the year and there are a lot of injuries so I wish Jelena a speedy recovery.”
“This tournament was a really good challenge for me,” Sharapova said. “Having to play six matches in six days, I knew it was going to be a good test of what I can do.”
“It’s exciting,” Sharapova said. “We put in so much work and to be able to go out and compete in front of thousands of fans is great. You realize what a gift it is to hit a tennis ball.”
Jankovic got off to a strong start, breaking Sharapova’s serve in the first game and taking a 2-0 lead. But Sharapova fought back and took control of the first set when she broke Jankovic to go up 4-2.
“When you get an injury, you don’t know if you can play or not,” Jankovic said. “My wrist and whole arm is inflamed and swollen and I don’t know when I will recover.”
Congratulations to Maria Sharapova for winning her first title since Aril 2008 and since returning from her 10 month injury!!! Let’s hope Jelena Jankovic and recover in time to play great tennis at the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha.
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