Vinci brushes off Jankovic for WTA title in Texas

Aug 26, 2012, 04:37 IST | AFP

Italy's Roberta Vinci completed her warm-up for the US Open with a straight-sets victory over former World No 1 one Jelena Jankovic in the final of the WTA's Texas Open on Friday.

Vinci, seeded third, won the last six games of the second set to complete a 7-5, 6-3 victory. Vinci, making the most of second-seeded Jankovic’s five double faults, claimed her seventh career WTA title and her first of 2012.

Roberta Vinci

It was a morale-boosting victory with the US Open -- the final Grand Slam of the season -- due to start on Monday at Flushing Meadows. Serbia’s Jankovic, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to lift a trophy for the first time since 2010. It was her second appearance in a final this season.

She lost to American Melanie Oudin on the grass courts of Birmingham in June. Vinci, who had booked her spot in the final with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 semi-final win over Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski on Thursday, found the going tougher against Jankovic, needing just over two hours to triumph.

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