Sharapova rallies past Jankovic in Cincy

Aug. 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM

MASON, Ohio, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia bounced back from a rough first set to down Jelena Jankovic in Sunday's final of the Western & Southern Open.

After dropping the first set 4-6, Sharapova took the middle set 7-6 (7-3) and then forged the win over the 13th-seeded Serb with a 6-3 third set.

The former world No. 1 claimed her second title of the year and 24th of her career. She was last year's runner-up at Cincinnati, losing to U.S. Open champ Kim Clijsters in the final.

Jankovic, who won the event in 2009, fell short in her bid for her 13th career title and dropped to 1-6 all-time against Sharapova.

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