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Jankovic too strong for Petrova

October 05, 2008 18:49 IST

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic celebrated her imminent return to the top of the world rankings with an easy 6-4, 6-3 victory over Nadia Petrova in the Stuttgart Grand Prix final on Sunday.

Second seed Jankovic, who will replace Serena Williams as world number one on Monday, took advantage of regular errors from the unseeded Russian Petrova to clinch victory in 83 minutes.

Petrova, champion at the indoor hardcourt event in 2006, played aggressively but was never able to match the consistency of Jankovic, who took the first set thanks to a single break in the Russian's opening service game.

Petrova lost her serve early in the second, too. She managed to break back for 3-3 but a desperate backhand wide gave Jankovic the advantage straight back and it proved enough to win the title.

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