Serbian player saves 14 match points to win ITF title in Arizona

Tennis - 20-year-old Jovana Jaksic makes a name for herself

Author: Prakash | 2014-02-24 14:34 | 3767 reads

Tennis - Serbia's Jovana Jaksic saved a stunning 14 matchpoints against Austrian Tamira Paszek to win the ITF title in Arizona this weekend. Jaksic won 4-6 7-6(13) 7-5 to win her 14th title on the ITF Tour. Commenting after the win, Jaksic said.

"I still can't believe I saved 14 match points. I have no idea how I did it. I have to say that each time I faced a match point, I played an amazing shot and managed to hit winners on most of them. And I was thinking, 'If I can save one, I can save the second and the third.' But I stopped counting after the sixth match point! I didn't even know the score in the tie-break until the end of the match, I was just fighting and fighting.

I'm just so happy because it's my first title of the season and I beat two players who were both Top 30 - Sofia Arvidsson in the semifinals and Tamira Paszek in the final. These kinds of matches are a huge experience for me.

I definitely learned that I should never give up because anything is possible!" 20-year-old Jaksic is currently ranked no. 146 in the world. Paszek is a former top 30 player who has slide out of the top 100 in recent months due to poor form and injuries.