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JJ Scores 550th Win In Bogotá

Jelena Jankovic edged Chanelle Scheepers at the Claro Open Colsanitas for the 550th match win of her career. Next up is first-time WTA finalist Caroline Garcia.

Published April 12, 2014 12:14

JJ Scores 550th Win In Bogotá
Jelena Jankovic

BOGOTÁ, Colombia - Jelena Jankovic reached a personal milestone at the Claro Open Colsanitas, beating Chanelle Scheepers in a tight two-setter for the 550th match win of her professional career.

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The No.1-seeded Jankovic won the first set in just 24 minutes and looked headed for a routine straight set victory as she built a 5-3 lead in the second set, but Scheepers clawed back to even that second set at 5-all. It even looked like they were going to a tie-break as Scheepers went up 40-15 serving at 5-6, but Jankovic reeled off four straight points to seal the deal in an hour and 21 minutes, 61 75.

"It was a tough match today and I'm glad I could close it out in the end," Jankovic said. "She played very well today, especially in the second set, but overall I'm happy with how I played as well."

Saturday's win was Jankovic's 550th career match win. She has the third-most career match wins among active players, after Venus Williams (who has 651) and Serena Williams (who has 647).

It was also Jankovic's 20th WTA-level match win of the year, the fifth player to cross that mark after Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska (21 each) and Dominika Cibulkova and Klara Koukalova (20 each).

Next up for Jankovic is No.5 seed Caroline Garcia, who fired nine aces en route to a 62 64 win over No.6 seed Vania King in the other semifinal. Garcia finished the match strong - she won the last four games of the match from 2-4 in the second set, and she also won the last seven points of the match.

"It was a good match today," Garcia said in her post-match press conference. "I stayed aggressive the whole match and finished strong in the end, and I'm feeling really good about my game at the moment."

It was only a few months ago that Garcia reached the first WTA semifinal of her career over in Acapulco, and now she's through to her first WTA final. "It's always your goal to reach finals and win titles, so I'm really happy right now," she said. "But it's definitely going to be a difficult match."

Garcia is 0-6 against Top 10 players, but she did push two of those to three sets, nearly defeating Maria Sharapova at the French Open a few years ago and Serena Williams at Miami a few weeks ago.

And while Jankovic has beaten Garcia in both of their previous meetings, Garcia was on the verge of victory both times - she held three match points in the first meeting and two in the second one.

"I'll give my best to win my second title here," Jankovic said. "Caroline is a very young and very talented player. The two times we played were both three sets, and she played amazing both times.

"I'll have to play good tennis to win tomorrow - we'll see how it goes."

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