Jovana springs a surprise

Jovana is through to the final of the $25k ITF Pro Circuit event in Surprise, Arizona after a superb semi-final victory over Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson.

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Arvidsson, who has been ranked as high as No.29 in the world, raced out to a 5-2 lead in the first set, but Jovana fought back to turn the set around and eventually sealed a 7-5 6-4 victory.

“I’m just so happy to be in the final,” Jovana said afterwards. “I really enjoyed playing against Sofia and she is one of the nicest opponents I have played against. I was really nervous at the beginning and I was the one making the winner and the mistakes, so I knew I needed to calm down and settle into a rhythm.”

Jovana will play against two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tamira Paszek in the final tomorrow and is relishing the challenge.

“I will approach the match in the same way as any other,” she said. “I will just think about my game and what I need to do. I have been playing well here all week so am really looking forward to it. I will just keep believing in myself and having confidence in my shots.”