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Roddick, Jankovic win China titles

Post by Sykesy on Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:26 pm

Big-serving Roddick, the second seed in the Beijing tournament, overcame 92-ranked Sela 6-4 6-7 (6-Cool 6-3 while Jankovic thumped Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.

Pushed throughout by his unfancied opponent, Roddick failed to take two match points in the second set tie-break as Sela recovered to level the match.

In the third and deciding set, Sela, who showed a willingness to come into the net throughout, continued to impress with the range of his shot-making, but could not force the break from Roddick.

Instead it was the world number eight who made the crucial breakthrough in the sixth game and despite further scares, he took the set 6-3 in a match lasting just over two hours.

"I think he was definitely playing well this week and I thought he played well today also," Roddick said of Sela, who earlier in the tournament put out top seed David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo.

"At the back of my mind (I knew) I'd played in 38-40 finals and I knew this was his first one so I knew that had to count for something. So I wanted at least to stay in there and compete even though he was the hot player for the majority of the day," he added.

The Israeli was pleased with his performance in the final and said the $US524,000 ($628,000) tournament had given him a major confidence boost.

"I've shown myself that I can play with these big players and hopefully it will continue like that," he added.

In the women's final, top seed and 2007 runner-up Jankovic beat Russia's Kuznetsova, the 2006 winner, 6-3 6-2 in one hour, 14 minutes.

Both players fended off break point chances midway through the first set before Jankovic made the breakthrough in the seventh game, forcing another break to take the set.

Fourth seed Kuznetsova could not match the intensity of Jankovic's play in the second set as the Serbian took a 5-1 lead.

Although Jankovic faltered when serving for the match, a succession of errors from the Kuznetsova racket in the following game gave her another chance and she took the set 6-2.

Jankovic's victory in the $US600,000 ($719,000) women's tournament takes her to within a handful of points of world number one Serena Williams.

Meanwhile in the men's doubles final, Australia's Stephen Huss and Britain's Ross Hutchins beat Australian Ashley Fisher and Bobby Reynolds, from the United States, 7-5 6-4.


Source: Fox Sports!

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