Montreal: July 28-August 3

August 19, 2007 05:00 PM
TORONTO (TICKER) -- Justine Henin's already crowded trophy case has a new piece of hardware.

The top-seeded Belgian defeated No. 2 Jelena Jankovic, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, in the final of the $1.34 million Rogers Cup on Sunday.

In addition to the to first prize of $181,980, the win gave Henin her 35th career title and her sixth championship in 10 Tour events this season. Along the way, the 25-year-old improved to 7-0 all-time against Jankovic, who is ranked third in the world.

Also the 2003 champion of this hardcourt event, Henin latest win against the 22-year-old Serbian was anything but routine.

As was the case with her four prior matches at this tournament, Henin started slow before finding her stroke. The world No. 1 was broken in the fourth game when she sent a seemingly simple finishing point wide right.

Jankovic went ahead 4-1, before Henin settled in and fought back for a break of her own to restore the service game. It appeared Henin had the set sewn up when she earned her second break to go ahead 6-5, but Jankovic returned the favor in the next game to force the tiebreak.

Henin used her strong one-handed backhand on more than one occasion to take control in the tiebreak, which she won easily after forging a 5-1 cushion.

The second set was not short on drama.

After the players traded two break points each, Henin took a 5-4 lead to put Jankovic into a sudden-death situation.

Jankovic faced championship-point trailing 30-40, but persevered to win the game and extend the match, which lasted 2 hours, 18 minutes.

The 11th game of the set, with Henin on serve, was a classic 21-minute battle that saw both players squander chances. Henin, who drew looks of astonishment from Jankovic during the marathon game, eventually emerged with a 6-5 lead.

On serve and perhaps feeling the effects of the previous game, Jankovic fell behind 0-40 in the following game. To her credit, she saved four more championship points before Henin finally sealed the victory with a strong forehand winner.

In her only hardcourt appearance leading into the U.S. Open Henin showed very little rust at this event despite playing in her first tournament since Wimbledon in July. She she did not lose a set here and improved her season record to 43-4.

Jankovic, who has won a career-best four titles this season, was after her sixth career championship.

 

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