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Surprise: Jaksic Saves 14 Match Points

Jovana Jaksic pulled off a miracle victory in the final of the ITF Women's Circuit event in Surprise, Arizona over the weekend, just edging Tamira Paszek - and saving a whopping 14 match points.

Published February 24, 2014 12:11

Surprise: Jaksic Saves 14 Match Points
Jovana Jaksic

SURPRISE, AZ, USA - Jovana Jaksic had a surprise victory over the weekend in the final of the ITF Women's Circuit event in - well, Surprise, Arizona - saving 14 match points to defeat Tamira Paszek.

Jaksic has been shooting up the rankings over the last few years, winning 13 titles on the ITF Women's Circuit between 2011 and 2013. She won her 14th title in Surprise - fitting with the 14 match points.

The Serb didn't drop a set in her first four rounds then beat Paszek by a 46 76(13) 75 scoreline.

Jaksic was clearly elated after closing out her first title of the year. "I still can't believe I saved 14 match points," she said. "I have no idea how I did it. I have to say that each time I faced a match point, I played an amazing shot and managed to hit winners on most of them. And I was thinking, 'If I can save one, I can save the second and the third.' But I stopped counting after the sixth match point! I didn't even know the score in the tie-break until the end of the match, I was just fighting and fighting.

"I'm just so happy because it's my first title of the season and I beat two players who were both Top 30 - Sofia Arvidsson in the semifinals and Tamira Paszek in the final. These kinds of matches are a huge experience for me. I definitely learned that I should never give up because anything is possible!"

Jaksic is currently Serbia's No.5 player after No.8 Jelena Jankovic, No.12 Ana Ivanovic, No.42 Bojana Jovanovski and No.115 Vesna Dolonc. And one of them in particular is strongly in her corner.

"I'm friends with all the Serbian players," Jaksic said during her Getting To Know interview with wtatennis.com just after the US Open last fall. "Ana Ivanovic is lovely - I keep in touch with her all the time and she gives me advice on what to do and where to go at all of these tournaments!"

Click here or on the image below to read the full Getting To Know interview!

Jovana Jaksic

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