Jankovic is shooting for seventh heaven

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

Jelena Jankovic hopes it will be seventh time lucky against top seed Justine Henin in the final of today's Rogers Cup.

Second-seed Jankovic is 0-6 head-to-head against Henin and is weary of answering the same question.

"I really don't know," Jankovic said last night after putting away a very determined 12th seed in Tatania Golovin 5-7, 6-3-6-2 at the Rexall Centre. "Except for the French Open where she beat me in two sets, it has been 6-4 in the third set and the difference of a point, here and there.

"I'll have to serve better than I did (last night), but try to enjoy the game and have some fun."

Serbian flags came out in force, as did the fireworks to mark her victory. But it didn't come easily and she had bruised knees from Golovin's difficult rallies to prove it.

She was up 5-2 and serving for the set when Golovin erupted and won six straight games. The comeback highlighted Golovin's ability to give Jankovic fits with her serve, baseline shots, bold charges and good fortune with net balls.

Jankovic also lost two early challenges to add to her frustration and blamed a lot of her problems on a wonky serve.

"I had a lot of second serves and double faults and she took advantage of it."

But some unforced errors in the third set and a change in luck gradually put Jankovic back in command.

A final involving the first and second seeds has happened just six times in 41 previous WTA events this season and will be a first at the Rogers since 1999 when No. 1 Martina Hingis beat Monica Seles.

Jankovic will be searching for her fifth singles title this year. She played this event last year, but withdrew prior to the semi-final against eventual champion Ana Ivanovic because of right shoulder tendinitis.


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