Sharapova rallies past Jankovic

Maria Sharapova hits a return to Jelena Jankovic during the final match of the 2011 Western &...

Maria Sharapova hits a return to Jelena Jankovic during the final match of the 2011 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio August 21, 2011. (REUTERS/John Sommers II)

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Mason, OH – Russian Maria Sharapova rallied past Serbian Jelena Jankovic in Sunday's final at the $2.05 million Western & Southern Open.

Sharapova, seeded fourth, battled back to take down the 13th-seeded Jankovic 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

A former world No. 1 and three-time major champion, Sharapova was last year's Cincy runner-up to U.S. Open champ Kim Clijsters and this year's Wimbledon runner-up to Czech left-hander Petra Kvitova.

Sharapova claimed her second title this year and 24th of her career.

Jankovic, who won the Cincinnati title in 2009, was trying for her 13th career title and first this year. She fell to 1-6 all-time against Sharapova. This was their fourth encounter in a final.

Sharapova took home $360,000 with the victory.


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