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Jankovic, Allertova clash in final

SERBIA’S Jelena Jankovic came from three points down in the 11th game of the deciding set to break Yanina Wickmayer’s serve and advance to the Guangzhou International final with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win yesterday.

Jankovic also fought off a match point in the 10th game of the final set to help end an eight-match winning streak by Wickmayer. The Belgian player won her first WTA title in more than five years at the Japan Open last week, and won three more matches in south China’s Guangdong Province this week.

Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic, who upset top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania in straight sets in the quarterfinals, continued her strong form with a 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 3 Sara Errani of Italy in the second semifinal.

The 22-year-old Allertova broke Errani’s serve in the deciding game of the opening set, helped by a double-fault by Errani, her third of the first set.

Allertova then broke Errani again in the second game of the second set to take a 2-0 lead, saved a break point to lead 3-0 and closed out the match in 1 hour, 24 minutes.

Today’s match against Jankovic will be Allertova’s first career WTA final. Fourth-seeded Jankovic has 13 career titles to her name.

In Tokyo, Dominika Cibulkova beat defending champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 7-6 (5), 6-3 yesterday to reach the semifinals of the Pan-Pacific Open.

The Slovak will next face seventh-seeded Agniezka Radwanska of Poland, who beat Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-2. The other semifinal will feature top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

Cibulkova, the only unseeded player to reach the last eight, showed no sign of the stomach bug that forced her withdrawal from the doubles on Thursday.

She broke back twice in the first set before taking the tiebreaker and then broke twice more in the second to repeat her victory over Ivanovic in the first round of the US Open.

“I had a lot of chances, I just couldn’t convert the points today,” Ivanovic said. “I felt in both matches she was reading my serve really well, and it was very hard at times to know where to serve, so that’s something I’ll definitely have to improve on the next time we play.”

Earlier, Wozniacki overcame No. 5 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 after saving five break points in the fifth game of the deciding set.

“That was a long game, and holding that definitely gave me some confidence,” the Dane said.

Bencic defeated third-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain 7-6 (1), 6-1. Bencic saved three straight break points in the fourth game of the second set to hold for a 3-1 lead and swept the next three games to close out the win.


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