Jelena Jankovic finally ended a losing run against Maria Sharapova to claim
her first grasscourt title with a 4-6 6-3 7-5 win in the final of the rain-hit
Birmingham Classic on Sunday.
After both players had successfully steered past their semi-final opponents
earlier in the day, Jankovic overcame a first-set hiccup to beat the top seed.
It was the Serbian second seed's fourth title of the year and she underlined
her reputation as an all-court player by adding the Birmingham triumph to her
successes in Auckland (hardcourt), Charleston and Rome (both clay).
Before Sunday, Jankovic had lost all three of her meetings against the
Jankovic beat Italian eighth seed Mara Santangelo 6-1 7-5 in the semis, while
Sharapova overwhelmed fifth seed Marion Bartoli 7-5 6-0.