Dementieva win JPMorgan Chase Open title

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Elena Dementieva overcame her own nerves and Jelena Jankovic's gambling style for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory in the JPMorgan Chase Open final on Sunday.

Dementieva win JPMorgan Chase Open title

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Elena Dementieva overcame her own nerves and Jelena Jankovic's gambling style for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory in the JPMorgan Chase Open final on Sunday.Dementieva smacked a crosscourt forehand winner on her third championship point of the two-and-a-half-hour match, then jumped and squealed with delight at winning her second title this year and sixth of her eight-year pro career."I feel like it's just starting for me. I'm just getting to my best game," she said. "I just need one more step. I feel young enough. It just takes longer for me."Dementieva's nerves were apparent a game earlier, when she sidearmed some serves in and got broken at 5-4 after squandering two match points. She had been a three-time semifinalist here.Serving out the match, Jankovic used the new electronic line-calling system to challenge an in call trailing 15-30 - a gutsy move because if she had been wrong, she would have faced triple match point.She was right, the ball was out, but her subsequent backhand error set up Dementieva's third and final match point.Dementieva, a 24-year-old Russian who was the 2004 French and US Open runner-up, raced to a 5-0 lead in the third set. But Jankovic - helped by some well-placed volleys - reeled off four consecutive games to get back in the match after receiving treatment for heat-related symptoms.Both players cooled down with ice packs during changeovers. In between sets, Dementieva left the court to change her clothes while Jankovic stayed in the heat and amused herself by watching the stadium's "kiss cam".Dementieva, who beat top-seeded Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, earned 95,500 dollars for the win. (AP)



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