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Jankovic beats Suarez Navarro to take Andalucia title

April 12, 2009 20:58 IST

World number four Jelena Jankovic battled to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro on Sunday to claim her first title of the season at the Andalucia Tennis Championships.

The Spaniard gave Jankovic a stiff test in sunny and breezy conditions on the clay in Marbella but the Serbian second seed prevailed thanks to her consistency and power.

Jankovic won the first set relatively comfortably with two breaks of serve before Suarez Navarro produced a string of superb passing shots to claim the second.

The 34th-ranked Suarez Navarro's challenge faded in the deciding set and she allowed Jankovic to storm into a 5-1 lead.

The Spaniard briefly rallied to break Jankovic as she served for the match and then saved two match points on her serve in the next game.

Jankovic eventually sealed victory and her 10th career title when Suarez Navarro netted a return on the fifth match point.

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