September 25, 2015 / 4:53 PM / in 2 years

Jankovic to face Allertova in Guangzhou final

(Reuters) - Serbia’s former world number one Jelena Jankovic ignored the distraction of an arm injury before beating Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer on Friday and booking a place in the final of the Guangzhou International.

Aug 31, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Jelena Jankovic of Serbia returns a shot against Oceane Dodin of France on day one of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Jankovic saved a match point late in the third set before winning 6-3 2-6 7-5, giving her the chance to win her second title in China this year after winning a lower tier event in Nanchang in August.

The 30-year-old Jankovic said her arm was hurting after a busy week playing both singles and doubles.

“I think I played quite a lot of tennis,” she said.

“It was a little bit better towards the end and I felt better afterward. In the first set, I was almost getting ready to cry!”

Her opponent in Saturday’s final will be Denisa Allertova, the giantkiller from the Czech Republic.

Allertova stunned world number two Simona Halep in Thursday’s quarter-finals and followed up by beating Italian Sara Errani, seeded third in China, 7-5 6-2.

“I‘m just trying to focus on my tennis and play every point like it’s my last. It worked, and I‘m so happy that I won today!” Allertova said.

Allertova will be playing in her first WTA final after winning nine times on the lower ITF circuit.

“I didn’t expect this because it’s my first time here, and there are a lot of great players here, so I‘m happy to play the final tomorrow,” she said.

Reporting by Julian Linden in Singapore; editing by Toby Davis

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