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Jankovic makes Marbella final

April 11, 2009 at 2:14 PM   |   Comments

MARBELLA, Spain, April 11 (UPI) -- Jelena Jankovic and Carla Suarez Navarro won Saturday's semifinals at the Andalucia Tennis Experience in Marbella, Spain.

During Saturday's second match, the second-seeded Jankovic beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-5, 6-2.

Earlier, Suarez Navarro, the fifth seed, topped unseeded Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.

When Jankovic meets Suarez Navarro Sunday, she will be going after her first title this season and the 10th of her career. The 2008 U.S. Open runner-up won the final five games against Medina Garrigues, a crowd favorite.

Suarez Navarro dropped a tough second-set tiebreak, but finally seized control in the final set. She has never won a women's singles crown but, like Medina Garrigues, she is from Spain and likely will enjoy a home advantage against her favored Serbian foe.

Jankovic won their only other two matches, both in straight sets.

The winner will pocket $112,303.

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