View Full Version : ASB Classic Final: Jankovic def. Zvonareva 7-6(9) 5-7 6-3!!!

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:55 AM
What a match!:eek:

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:56 AM
Bepa. :sad: :hug:

Congrats Jelena! :D

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:56 AM

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:56 AM
Congrats on the title Jelena!!!


Jan 6th, 2007, 02:56 AM

what a marathon : 2h43 min! :eek:

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:56 AM
One thing is for sure: Lots of service breaks and streaky playing.

I say Vera will lead 1st set *3-1 but lose 4-6.

Then Jelena will serve for the match at *5-3 but get broken. Zvonareva wins second set in a tiebreak 7-4.

Final set, Zvorareva leads 4-2 but gets broken back. At 4-4, someone calls for a trainer. Jelena wins final set 7-5. :yeah:

I think I was close in my prediction from the poll thread! :lol:

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:56 AM
nice win jeca!


Jan 6th, 2007, 02:56 AM
This could be one of this years better matches

what a dog-fight :yeah:

Congrats JJ and great fight Vera :D

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:57 AM
The hype about Jankovic will be annoying here in WTA World

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:57 AM
Hopefully someone will put it online, it looked like a great one :D


Jan 6th, 2007, 02:57 AM
Work hard in one year/...get payed in another :)...Nice formula.... Now justice is set...time for bigger titles :)

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:59 AM
Bepa :bigcry: sobbing: :crying2: :sad:

Just shocking when she had BP chances :help:

Jelena :clap2:

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:59 AM
Vera :sad: you had your chances, but I suppose it was a good match!

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:59 AM
I'm so happy for Jelena! Congrats on a long overdue title :)

Bad luck, Vera.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:00 AM
The hype about Jankovic will be annoying here in WTA World
Congrats Jelena :D :worship:
Now go for the slam :rocker2:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:00 AM
Vera :( :sad: :bigcry:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:00 AM
Wow I bet you could feel the tension with those two on court today. And what a great 12 months Vera has had. Really glad she has got her act together.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:00 AM
Congrats Jelena! I expect great AO for her! :yeah:
Vera :sad:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:00 AM
bepa :fiery:

anyway, congrats jelena! :bounce:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:00 AM
Bepa...:sad: Good fight.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:01 AM
congratulations to jelena! im glad she has made a great start to the season ;):dance::bowdown:

nice fight bepa!!! :hug:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:03 AM
Congrats Jelena

2nd single title!

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:05 AM
congrats jelena :yeah: nice way to start the season with a title :D

great effort vera, well fought & congrats for making the final :clap2:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:06 AM
Vera :sad:
did she have any Sps in the 1st set?
anyway, congrats Jankovic on another TierIV title

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:08 AM
Congrats to Jelena, she's really turning herself into a formidable opponent.

Nice job to Vera too, at the beginning of last year she was down right aweful but has picked her career back up and is starting to play the kind of tennis that got her ranked so high. I doubt she'll ever reach that same height, but it's great to see her back in form.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:09 AM
Did anyone see the match?

Clearly it was a very tough fight but was the tennis quality high or were they both struggling?

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:14 AM
I'm so happy for Jelena! Congrats on a long overdue title :)

Bad luck, Vera.

Im feeling tired to search...Is this Jeca's maiden title?

Bravo JJ!!!!

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:14 AM
It looks like they gave the fans a good show at a Tier IV.
Vera was awful in last year's final.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:15 AM
Im feeling tired to search...Is this Jeca's maiden title?

Bravo JJ!!!!

Second, but her first was back in 2004 so this has been a long time coming.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:15 AM
Congrats Jelena

2nd single title!

lol! the answer.....:wavey:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:17 AM
Second, but her first was back in 2004 so this has been a long time coming.

thank you very much, I am happy for Jelena!!! hope she can follow it up with a good AO!!!

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:17 AM
Jeka! Jeka! Jeka! :bounce: :banana: :rocker:

bad luck Vera :hug:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:18 AM
Jelena. :hearts:

I'm just elated she's finally reaching her potential.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:19 AM
Jelena :woohoo: :banana: :worship:

Bepa Z :hug:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:21 AM
Bepa!:( :sad: :mad:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:21 AM
Roll on, JJ Express, roll on!

And good for Vera, for getting to the finals!

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:22 AM
it's good victory for her, she lost many close finals in the last 2 years

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:22 AM
Great job Jeca!! :bounce: :woohoo: :rocker2:

Bepa :hug: :hug: :hug:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:24 AM
Bepa :hug: Good start to the year though, finals isnt bad.

Congrats JJ.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:24 AM
I would have liked it if Vera won, but congrats Jelena! :) She's too good of a player to only have won 2 tournaments (and both low level tournaments at that), so I hope she can win a few bigger titles this year.

As for Vera...she's been playing very well the last couple of months, so I'm confident that the results will continue to improve. A well played final is still a GREAT way to start the year :worship:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:24 AM
This will definately give Jankovic some confidence for the Australian Open.
Even if she still doesn't have the overwhelming power like some players in the top 10, if she can hang around like she did today, it just could be enough to beat a couple of them.

Vera is almost back to where she was in late 2004.
This will be her resurgence back into the top 15.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:26 AM
Wow :eek: looks like a great match great job Jankovic :woohoo:

bad luck Bepa :hug:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 6th, 2007, 03:32 AM
What a match!!!!!! What a godess :worship:

I adore you Janky!!! Really do :kiss:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:33 AM
Woohoo!! Fantastic :D

Great to see her start the year, the way she finished it - in fine form!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 6th, 2007, 03:35 AM
I think I was close in my prediction from the poll thread! :lol:

You were close :rolleyes:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:36 AM
So was it a high quality match?

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:37 AM
Jankovic prevails in epic
Jan 6, 2007
By Alan Granville at the ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland

It was billed as a potential epic between two of the biggest hitters on the women's circuit, and so it proved to be as Jelena Jankovic defeated Vera Zvonareva 7-6 (11-9) 5-7 6-3 to claim the ASB Classic title.

In a high quality match punctuated with some thunderous baseline play, the 21-year-old finally prevailed in two hours and 45 minutes to win her second career title in an absorbing clash.

For Zvonareva it will be bitterly disappointing as it's the second year in a row she has been defeated in the final.

The Serb world number 12 started off the blocks the quickest, breaking Zvonareva in the first game of the match and moved into a 2-0 lead. But suddenly the wheels fell off as she struggled to find her rhythm, creating a host of unforced errors to allow the Russian to win the next four games.

All week the top seed had been complaining of an ill-fitting right shoe and in the seventh game she needed the trainer to come and fix up her foot. A quick bandage and some scissors to poke a hole in the offending shoe followed.

When play resumed both women started to find the line and the Auckland fans were treated to a feast of baseline mastery.

Neither woman could gain the upper hand, forcing a thrilling tie-break. Each had the opportunity to take the first set but after 63 minutes Jankovic finally won it 11-9 much to the delight of the Serbian supporters in the Yock Stand.

Holding serve seemed to desert both women in the second, with five breaks between them in the opening seven games.

A crucial moment came in the 10th game with Zvonareva serving at 5-4 up. She held two set points but fluffed both, including one with a poor forehand in the net, as Jankovic levelled on her third break point.

But despite the setback the Russian world number 24 broke again and she made no mistake this time, sealing the second set 7-5 after 64 minutes of see-saw action.

Jankovic took the initiative in the third, moving 4-1 up but Zvonareva showed the battler that she is to break back to 4-3.

But the Serb would not be denied. After breaking the Russian yet again, Jankovic served out the match to take the championship with a blistering forehand.

It is her first title since 2004 in Budapest.

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:38 AM
Nice - excellent final for a Tier IV

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:43 AM


Jan 6th, 2007, 03:43 AM
Great pics :)

Enormous trophy!

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:44 AM
Congrats to Jelena :D
Vera did put up a good fight though :worship:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:45 AM
Jelena looks real happy :D :yeah: :clap2:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:46 AM
Finally another title :woohoo:
It's the first time she starts the season well, now hopefully she keeps up the good form and does some serious damage in Sydney and at the AO. :D

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:48 AM
Top seed Jankovic wins ASB Classic

4 minutes ago

Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic won the ASB Tennis Classic on Saturday, beating fifth-seeded Vera Zvonareva 7-6 (9), 5-7, 6-3 in windy conditions.

The match took 2 hours, 45 minutes. There were four service breaks in the 63-minute first set, eight in the 64-minute second, and three in the 37-minute third.

Jankovic, from Serbia, arrived in Auckland on Monday, less than 24 hours before her first match.

"I'm speechless, I came here so late and didn't know what to expect from this tournament and here I am holding this trophy," Jankovic said.

Zvonareva also lost in the 2006 final, falling to Marion Bartoli of France.

"She (Jankovic) played unbelievable today and she deserved to win," Zvonareva said.

"Even though we had tough conditions to play with the wind this week and cool weather, she played some great tennis."

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:49 AM
Thanks for the pics - Jelena looks so happy and her fans are thrilled for her!!! (They really went overboard with that trophy though!!! It's huge!)

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:54 AM
The hype about Jankovic will be annoying here in WTA World

What hype? She is the real deal and she is here to stay! :ras:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:56 AM
Congratulations Jelena! I couldn't be any happier for you. Hopefully this is just the first of many titles to come this year. :bowdown:

Bepa, I hope you have a fantastic year too. :hug:

Jelena definitely is a top five threat at the Australian. I can't wait! :drool:

Jan 6th, 2007, 04:10 AM
Congrats Jelena :D

Vera :sad:

Jan 6th, 2007, 04:12 AM
yes jelena!!!! im so proud! lol!
great pictures! thanks

Jan 6th, 2007, 04:16 AM
Glad to see Jelena so happy by the look of those pics :D

Jan 6th, 2007, 04:21 AM
JELENA!!! :rocker2:

bepa :hug:

Leopold Stotch
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:42 AM
Dream start to the season.

Jan 6th, 2007, 04:45 AM
Great job Jeca!! Keep this form into AO!

Jan 6th, 2007, 04:49 AM
Awww, I'm so proud of both women. I bet it was a great match with so much passion. Congrats to Jelena and Vera. :)

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:13 AM
Jelena :woohoo:

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:32 AM

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:50 AM
It was one of the best early season games I can recall. It was close right through until the last three games. I haven't seen the stats but there were a lot of UFEs off-set by quality winners. Both were tiring in the last set.

Zvonera was frustrated with a number of line calls and rightly so.

For you Serbian guys there was a nice moment when a spectator handed her the flag and she wrapped it around her and said ".. this is my new dress".

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:52 AM
Great job Jelena!

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:52 AM
Congratulations Jelena!!!:worship: :worship: :worship:

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:53 AM
this is the story of two mentally unsteady girls who started off last year in the shits but have reconcentrated and are continuing to rise, showing amazing fight today in the final

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:54 AM
:bounce: :bounce:

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:59 AM
Congrats to Jelena
Vera :(. But also good start of new season.

Jan 6th, 2007, 06:34 AM
poor Bepa...
but congrats jelena!!

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:23 AM
:bounce: Congrats Jeca and Bepa, great match. I believe they both will be in top10 very soon.

Jan 6th, 2007, 07:25 AM
Yay Jelena! You have your first title ;) Well done Vera too :p

Jan 6th, 2007, 07:33 AM
Yay Jelena! You have your first title ;) Well done Vera too :pShe won Budapest Tier IV in 2004 ;)

Jan 6th, 2007, 07:38 AM
My prediction was right, except for the lopsided set part. Congrats to Janky for winning!!!

Jan 6th, 2007, 08:43 AM
Congrats Jelena :banana: :banana: :banana:

For the first time ever 2 of my faves win 2 tournaments in the same week! Good season start! :lick: :worship:

Jan 6th, 2007, 08:45 AM
Wow, I just woke up und looked at the result. I feared that Jeca will miss again the title. I´m happy, my feelings were wrong.
Gratulations, Jelena. The title was long overdue.
Vera shouldn´t be sad. She will win other titles. She has already more than Jelena.

Jan 6th, 2007, 08:47 AM
Congrats Jelena :yeah:

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:00 AM
Vera :hug: , congrats Jelena :)

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:04 AM
:sad: Vera!!!!
congrats~! Jelena

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:16 AM
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: Congrats Jelena on the title! Love you baby :)

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:23 AM
close match. way to start to the new season jelena :worship:

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:28 AM
Great fighting Vera, too bad you couldn't finish it off... :hug:

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:32 AM
thats my girl,yay:) :kiss: :angel: :bounce: :clap2: :yeah:

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:40 AM
Vera :bigcry: :sad: :awww:
such a close match, so many BP chances wasted..

but well done on reaching the finals again, now no slump like last year please :o

Jelena :yeah: :cool:

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:49 AM
YAY well done jelena gr8 start to the season! keep up the good work ill c u in melbourne

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:56 AM
Jelena :woohoo:

Just Do It
Jan 6th, 2007, 10:08 AM
YAAAAAAAAAAY YES JELENA !!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

Jan 6th, 2007, 10:09 AM
Well done, Jelena :bounce: :worship:

Jan 6th, 2007, 10:09 AM
Jeca :D

Jan 6th, 2007, 10:36 AM
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Jan 6th, 2007, 10:40 AM
poor Vera :sad: :( so close esp. that tiebreak 11-9 :tears:
but it's a good start to the year :hug:

Jan 6th, 2007, 10:41 AM
and congrats to Jelena, she had some really tough losses last year
she will be very dangerous in Melbourne

Jan 6th, 2007, 11:01 AM
Jelenka! :woohoo::banana::rocker:
great start to the season! :rocker2::kiss: :inlove:

Jan 6th, 2007, 11:03 AM
bravo jeco!

Jan 6th, 2007, 11:05 AM
Congrats to both girls!

Jan 6th, 2007, 11:07 AM
That tie break was so close. I was watching the live scoring and vera had about 3 set points during the tie break.

Shame she didn't win, she loves it at Auckland.

But, well done jankie,

Jan 6th, 2007, 11:08 AM
Vera! :sad:

Congrats Jelena!:angel:

Jan 6th, 2007, 11:10 AM
Jelena played very well today, she definately deserved the title (shes grown so much since she first came to Auckland a few years ago)

Jan 6th, 2007, 11:14 AM
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Jan 6th, 2007, 12:41 PM
congratulations Jelena!

Jan 6th, 2007, 01:33 PM
well done baby!! :bolt: :banana: :D

Jan 6th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Jelena:worship: Thats awsome.

nice fight bepa:kiss:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:06 PM
Fantastic stuff from both players it seams.

So happy for Jankovic she so deserved a title!

Tenis Srbija
Jan 6th, 2007, 03:12 PM
Great fighting Vera, too bad you couldn't finish it off... :hug:

Well she wasn't really even close to finishing of :rolleyes:

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:43 PM
Go Jelena!!!! Fantastic!!!

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:54 PM
What a scrap! Well played Zvonareva.. though Jelena deserved the title..

Jan 6th, 2007, 03:56 PM
BRAVO JECO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Keep on winning in the new season as well:)

Jan 6th, 2007, 04:07 PM
Vera :bigcry:

Congrats Jelena :worship:

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:05 PM
Bepa :bigcry:. So close but it's been a great week for her.

Congrats to JJ :banana:.
A long overdue title indeed.

Jan 6th, 2007, 05:22 PM
Great stuff girls.

So happy for Jankovic she defo deserved a title after 2006.

Good stuff from Zvonareva too!

Jan 6th, 2007, 08:19 PM
If Jankovic can get past Hingis, Vera will get her revenge right away.
But I expect Vera to be playing Hingis.

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:07 PM

I kind of want her to lose early next week so she can go to Melbourne and spend a few days getting used to the conditions. If she has another good week I hope she won't bee too tired. :unsure:

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:11 PM
who will have the video of this game? I cannot see it where i live
please send me a reply at hnwortman@alltel.net

Europe rocks
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:28 PM
Bepa :sad: Shame you couldn’t go one better this year, but what an amazing tussle! JJ was just too much for you in the end. Well done Jelena :yeah:

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:41 PM
:bounce: Jeca-wow,she's getting better and better!Congrats Jeca and good luck at the Aussie Open!:bounce:

Jan 6th, 2007, 09:47 PM

I kind of want her to lose early next week so she can go to Melbourne and spend a few days getting used to the conditions. If she has another good week I hope she won't bee too tired. :unsure:

yea i totally agree

ajmo jeca!

Jan 7th, 2007, 04:44 AM
Well she wasn't really even close to finishing of :rolleyes:

There were 3-4 questionable line calls in a row one before score turned 4:1 in the third. And it was clear on TV that last one was out, but was taken as in.

Jan 7th, 2007, 06:57 AM
Originally Posted by Tenis Srbija http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/buttons/blue/viewpost.gif (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?p=9749739#post9749739)
Well she wasn't really even close to finishing of :rolleyes:

JJ did get the better of the last couple of games in the third, but the first was a lottery, the second to Bepa, so the winner could never say "I knew I was going to get there"an exciting match to watch:)

Jan 7th, 2007, 11:14 AM
Pretty bad umpiring in many matches I agree

Jan 7th, 2007, 11:20 AM
The key to this match is that Jankovic didn't have to play a SF.
Vera was icing both wrists during her post match press conference.
She needed a SF w/o like Jankovic got.

Jan 12th, 2007, 03:37 PM
Bepa :sad: :(

Congrats JJ

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 03:41 PM
A bit late hmmm :lol: :D