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Jankovic defeats Safina for Family Circle Cup title

Updated: April 16, 2007, 7:28 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jelena Jankovic won the biggest match of her career Sunday, battling a swirling wind to defeat Dinara Safina 6-2, 6-2 in the championship of the $1.3 million Family Circle Cup.

It was the first Tier I final and victory for Jankovic, who was seeded second here and will improve to No. 7 in the rankings.

The Serbian reached the final by beating Venus Williams in a three-set match that took just over 2½ hours Saturday.

Sunday's match ...

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