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Szavay stuns Jankovic to win Beijing title

http://sports.sina.com.cn 2007年09月23日23:12  AFP

  BEIJING, Sept 23, 2007 (AFP) - Hungarian teenager Agnes Szavay came back from the brink to win the China Open on Sunday with a tough three-set victory over Jelena Jankovic, denying the top seed a fifth title this season.

  The surprise US Open quarter-finalist continued a 2007 run to glory after starting the year just inside the top 200 on the WTA.

  The 18-year-old Hungarian eventually won 6-7 (7/9) 7-5, 6-2 for her second title of her year.

  The victory means Szavay will gate-crash the top 20 after eliminating the third top 10 opponent of her short career.

  She added Serb number three Jankovic to her victim's list which included Daniela Hantuchova at New Haven in August and Nadia Petrova at the US Open.

  Jankovic, the favourite from Belgrade looked like producing a fairytale finish after rallying from 0-5 down in the first-set tiebreaker to win it after saving three set points and taking an early lead after 67 minutes.

  But the determined Svazay was just settling in for what would prove to be a long evening at the Beijing tennis centre lasting 2 hours and 55 minutes.

  The Hungarian who announced her presence on the world stage by winning the French Open juniors two years ago, made her own miracle recovery from 1-5 down in the second set, denying Janovic on a match point to hold, 2-5.

  Two more breaks of the shaky Serb and the outsider was back in the chase, levelling at a set apiece.

  In the third, Szavay took the early lead 2-0 and overcame stiff Jankovic defence before finally coming through for victory after losing her first set of the week during the encounter.

  Szavay improved to 54-13 on the season as she handed Jankovic her 19th loss of 2007 against 70 victories from a packed-out playing schedule.

  Jankovic will stay third in the world, trailing Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, who withdrew from Beijing with an abdominal injury and was unable to defend her title.

  Szavay followed up her trophy on clay in Palermo with the Beijing crown, achieved during her debut event in China.

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