BOGOTÁ, Colombia - Having survived some marathon matches to get there, Jelena Jankovic saved her very best for the final of the Copa Claro Colsanitas on Sunday afternoon, cruising past Paula Ormaechea in straight sets for the 13th WTA title of her career at the first clay court event of the year.
The No.1-seeded Jankovic was pushed to the extreme in two of her first four matches of the week, battling over three hours to get by Julia Cohen in the first round and needing a third set breaker to beat Karin Knapp in the semifinals. But there was no such drama against Ormaechea in the final, as Jankovic held all eight service games and needed just an hour and 14 minutes to win, 61 62.
"I'm very sorry I cannot speak in Spanish!" Jankovic apologized at the start of her acceptance speech. "But first of all, I want to congratulate Paula for such a great tournament this week, playing so well and beating such good players. I'm sorry I had to beat you today, Paula. But I think you're playing really good tennis and I wish you the best of luck for the rest of the upcoming season.
"I had a wonderful week here. It's been an amazing experience. I'm so happy I was able to come here to Bogotá for the first time and winning my 13th WTA title here makes the experience even better."
And after thanking all the officials, staff and ballkids, Jankovic had one more thank you.
"Wait, wait, I forgot - mi nuevos amigos, my drivers!" she added in half-Spanish.
Jankovic collected her 13th WTA title - but more importantly, this was her first WTA title in almost exactly three years, her last one coming at Indian Wells in 2010 - she had lost all five of her finals since then (Rome in 2010, Monterrey and Cincinnati in 2011, Birmingham and Dallas in 2012).
Ormaechea was playing in her first WTA final, though she was very nearly taken out in the second round - facing No.4 seed Francesca Schiavone, she battled back from a set down, 3-0 down in the second set and 5-3 down in the third set to beat the former French Open champion, 26 63 76(3).
The Argentine's best previous WTA result was a quarterfinal finish right here a year ago.
The doubles final took place on Saturday, with No.2 seeds Timea Babos and Mandy Minella beating No.1 seeds Eva Birnerova and Alexandra Panova, 64 63. It was Babos and Minella's first WTA doubles title together. Babos now has two WTA doubles titles; Minella won her first WTA title of any kind.