In set two, Williams lost her serve fall behind 1-3 as she hit a backhand long. Williams broke back to reach 3-3 before saving three setpoints on her serve at 5-6. But after hitting consistently powerful forehands all day, Williams netted a forehand to give Jankovic a fourth setpoint. A forehand down the line passing shot winner from Jankovic sent the match into a decisive set.
In the third set, a more confident Jankovic cleaned up her game as Williams, looking more and more tired, began to commit an increasing number of forehand errors. Jankovic broke serve to reach 2-0 following two Williams forehand errors. More Williams forehand errors awarded Jankovic a 3-0 lead as Jankovic had taken her fifth game in a row.
That Williams had until this point been able to stay in longer points with a consistent forehand had been a major key of the match. In fact Williams several times earlier ran around her backhand to hit forehand winners in a measure of her comfort level with her forehand in set one and early in set two.
A Williams ace down the tee ended Jankovic's run of games won as Williams put herself on the scoreboard at 1-3. However after missing several groundstrokes, Williams served down 1-4. Williams held serve to pull to 2-4 but was surprisingly only a shadow now of the player she was in set one. A final forehand error ended the match for Williams as Jankovic had survived a formidable opponent.
In the championship final Sunday, Jankovic takes on Nadia Petrova of Russia. Petrova advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Victoria
Azarenka of Belarus in today's first semifinal. The Tennis Channel will broadcast the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final live Sunday at 7:00am EST USA.
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