Jovanovski secures maiden WTA crown

ESPN staff
July 29, 2012
Bojana Jovanovski rifles a forehand © PA Photos

Bojana Jovanovski claimed her maiden WTA title with a comprehensive win over Julia Cohen in the Baku Cup in Azerbaijan.

The Serb, seeded fifth, was pushed hard by a determined Cohen but raised her level in the crucial moments to seal a 6-3 6-1 victory in her first Tour final.

There were nerves from both women in the opening exchanges, with both succumbing to early breaks of serve. However, world No. 97 Jovanovski soon found her rhythm, slipping through the gears to establish a 4-2 lead before closing out the first set in 48 minutes.

Jovanovski proceeded to assert her dominance at the beginning of the second, pouncing on the ineffective Cohen serve to move into a 4-0 advantage. The American got on the scoreboard to stop the rot but it only delayed the inevitable: Jovanovski, 20, wrapping up a memorable triumph in a little over an hour and a half.

"I've worked really hard for this. I had two weeks really hard preparation before this tournament so I was expecting to play good here," she told bakucup.az.

"I went to the match having nothing to lose. I was so positive and was just trying to fight for every point and not think about win or lose, just to play the point the best I can."

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