Surprise: Jaksic Saves 14 Match Points
Published February 24, 2014 12:11
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!"
"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!"