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Jankovic beats Sharapova, wins DFS CLassic

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 17 (UPI) -- Jelena Jankovic of Serbia rallied Sunday to beat Russia's Maria Sharapova in the final of the weather-plagued DFS Classic at Birmingham, England.

The rain finally held off Sunday and allowed play to be completed at the Wimbledon tune-up. One quarterfinal needed to be finished before the semifinals and championship match were held.

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Jankovic, seeded second, posted a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, victory for her fourth title of 2007 and the fifth of her career.

After Marion Bartoli beat Daniela Hantuchova in the quarterfinals, Sharapova and Jankovic both won semifinal matches.

The top-seeded Sharapova defeated Bartoli, 7-5, 6-0, and Jankovic defeated eighth-seeded Mara Santangelo, 6-1, 7-5.

Sharapova and Jankovic then took the court again later in the afternoon and played just five minutes under two hours.

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