Jelena Jankovic Wins 2007 Family Circle Cup
22-Year-Old Serb Uses O3 Red to Capture Third Career Tour Title and Career High Ranking
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04/16/07 - Bordentown, NJ – Jelena Jankovic kicked off her clay court season in dramatic fashion Sunday, winning the 2007 Family Circle Cup championship for her second WTA tour event title of the year and her first ever Tier I title. After defeating Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in a thrilling, 2 hour 30 minute semi-final match, the 22-year-old rolled through the #4 seed, Russian Dinara Safina, in the finals, 6-2, 6-2. With the win, Jankovic captured her third career title and reaches a career high ranking of #7. Charleston marked her third appearance in a tour event final this year and helped her in her quest to break into the top five.
“I am very happy with how I played this week,” said Jankovic. “I had to make some changes in strategy during my match with Venus and I am glad I did. I felt as though I was hitting and moving well throughout the tournament and I think that showed in my match against Dinara. My goal is to crack the top five and I am going to continue to work hard to do that. Right now, I am just enjoying this win.”
Jankovic joined the Prince team in March of last year and immediately made the switch to the O3 Red. Since then, her ranking has skyrocketed forty-one spots from #48 in the world.
“My game and confidence have improved dramatically since I picked up the O3 Red. It gives me more power and helps me maintain ball control. That combination is key to playing my
Since being introduced, O3 racquets have helped players capture nearly 200 ATP and WTA tour events including six Grand Slam titles. There are now over 80 touring pro who join Jankovic in using the patented, revolutionary technology that transformed traditional pin sized string holes into giant O-ports.
“Jelena is not only a tremendous competitor and player, but a wonderful person and we are extremely proud of her accomplishment this week in Charleston,” said Linda Glassel, VP of Marketing and Communications at Prince. “If her goal is to break into the top five, we are sure she will accomplish it. There is very little Jelena cannot do on the tennis court and we are excited to continue to have her part of our team and watch her continue to succeed.”
About Prince Sports
Prince Sports, Inc., based in New Jersey, is a recognized leader in game-improvement technologies and engineering-based high-performance sports equipment. Since 1970, Prince and Ektelon have revolutionized tennis, squash and racquetball with innovations including “Oversize,” “Longbody” and “Extender” racquet technologies, Natural Foot Shape footwear technology, Synthetic Gut String and Electronic Ball Machines. Prince gives players speed, stability and a larger sweet spot with O3 racquet technology, building the brand with O3 Original Series (2005), O3 Hybrid (2006) and O3 Speedport (2007). In 2006, Prince introduced M Series footwear with Precision Tube Technology, an innovation that gives players maximum cushioning, stability and ventilation. Prince Sports has operations on three continents and distribution in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.princetennis.com.