Ljubicic, Jankovic win Indian Wells tennis tournament
INDIAN WELLS: The menís event was won by Ivan Ljubicic and the womenís event by Jelena Jankovic in the Indian Wells tennis tournament here on Sunday.
Ivan Ljubicic beat American Andy Roddick 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5) to win the Indian Wells men''s title, the first elite Masters 1000 triumph of the Croatian veteran''s career.
Ljubicic became the oldest first-time winner of a Masters event, filling a gap on his resume that had nagged since runner-up finishes at Paris and Madrid in 2005 and Miami in 2006.
He certainly showed he has plenty of quality tennis left in him this week, with victories over world number two Novak Djokovic and number three Rafael Nadal en route to his clash with eighth-ranked Roddick.
Ljubicic put on a serving clinic on stadium court, belting 20 aces and winning a bevy of other points with his serve.
Fittingly Ljubicic captured the match with a last service winner - but not before Roddick had saved three match points.
Former world number one Jelena Jankovic jump-started her 2010 season with a straight-sets victory over Caroline Wozniacki for the Indian Wells WTA title.
Jankovic didn''t put a foot wrong as she downed her Danish opponent 6-2, 6-4 to claim her 12th career title and her first since Cincinnati last August.
The Serbian came into the tournament ranked ninth in the world and seeded sixth, while world number four Wozniacki was seeded second.
But neither woman had made much noise this season, with both failing to reach a quarter-final until this week.
Jankovic arrived in Indian Wells off a tough first-round exit at Monterrey, where she was the top seed.