A New Queen is Crowned

After a week of intense competition, a new queen has been crowned the Family Circle Cup Champion! Overcoming gail force winds as a storm front passed through Charleston on the day of the finals, Jelena Jankovic (SRB) defeated Dinara Safina (RUS) 62, 62. “It was really windy and tough circumstances,” Jelena said. “But I gave my best, and I’m the champion. I’m so happy I won this title. It’s my first Tier I title. It’s a really amazing feeling.” Only a year ago, Jelena was struggling and in a bit of a slump. “Some things are meant to happen for a reason. Maybe if those things didn’t happen I wouldn’t be here. That period made me a lot stronger and now I realize some things and values. Now, I appreciate my results a little more; I appreciate things a lot more than before.” This win puts an exclamation mark on her climb back to the Top 10 over the past year. It gives her an all-time highest ranking of #7 in the world. She says her goal is to crack the Top 5! A gracious winner, Jelena agreed to pose in front of the live oaks on the beautiful Family Circle Cup campus for one last photo before heading out to celebrate her victory!

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