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 worldwide.
The Belgian player won her first WTA title in more than five years at the Japan Open last week, and won three more matches in Guangzhou this week.
Taking out top seed and world No. 2 Simona Halep in quarterfinal and the third seed Sara Errani in the semifinal, Allertova managed to break first for a 2-1 lead.
Beaming with confidence, the eighth seed will carry her incredible momentum into the match against the experienced Pole, whom Bencic beat in June in the final of the Aegon global in Eastbourne, the first WTA title for the youngster.
Jelena Jankovic defeated Denisa Allertova, 6-2, 6-0, in the Guangzhou final to claim her 14th career title.
“Denisa had such a great run here in Guangzhou, beating such great players”, she said.
Allertova will be playing in her first WTA final after winning nine times on the lower ITF circuit.
“I think I played quite a lot of tennis”, she said. “And you played so well in the final – it was definitely closer than the result says”. Jankovic said afterward. “I really want to thank the fans, not just for today, but for supporting me for such a long time now, and coming out many, many years whenever I come to China”.
“I feel fantastic to be in the final”.