2008 FRENCH OPEN
ANA IVANOVIC v JELENA JANKOVIC
6-4, 3-6, 6-4
The No. 2-seeded Ivanovic and No. 3 Jankovic produced a seesaw struggle filled with long stretches of brilliant play by two women who are both from Serbia but hardly best friends.
Ivanovic used her fist pump after seemingly every rally and the fiesty Jankovic was quick to mock her exuberance which got the fans involved in cheering for their favorite.
Ivanovic finished with a 50-16 edge in winners, but that doesn't indicate just how many terrific baseline exchanges there were, filled with well-angled shots and on-the-run retrieving. On points that lasted at least 10 strokes, Ivanovic won 20, and Jankovic won 19.
It was a battle of Ivanovic's power and Jankovic's defensive running ability and the matchup provided a great match. Both opponents knew that the winner of this match would overtake Maria Sharapova as the new #1 player in the world as well as earn them a spot in the final, so both players gave their all.