Jelena Jankovic to face Denisa Allertova in Guangzhou final

Serbia`s former world number one Jelena Jankovic ignored the distraction of an arm injury before beating Belgium`s Yanina Wickmayer on Friday and booking a place in the final of the Guangzhou International.

Reuters| Last Updated: Sep 25, 2015, 23:01 PM IST
Jelena Jankovic to face Denisa Allertova in Guangzhou final

Guangzhou: Serbia`s former world number one Jelena Jankovic ignored the distraction of an arm injury before beating Belgium`s Yanina Wickmayer on Friday and booking a place in the final of the Guangzhou International.

Jankovic saved a match point late in the third set before winning 6-3 2-6 7-5, giving her the chance to win her second title in China this year after winning a lower tier event in Nanchang in August.

The 30-year-old Jankovic said her arm was hurting after a busy week playing both singles and doubles.

"I think I played quite a lot of tennis," she said.

"It was a little bit better towards the end and I felt better afterward. In the first set, I was almost getting ready to cry!"

Her opponent in Saturday`s final will be Denisa Allertova, the giantkiller from the Czech Republic.

Allertova stunned world number two Simona Halep in Thursday`s quarter-finals and followed up by beating Italian Sara Errani, seeded third in China, 7-5 6-2.

"I`m just trying to focus on my tennis and play every point like it`s my last. It worked, and I`m so happy that I won today!" Allertova said.

Allertova will be playing in her first WTA final after winning nine times on the lower ITF circuit.

"I didn`t expect this because it`s my first time here, and there are a lot of great players here, so I`m happy to play the final tomorrow," she said.