Jankovic, Moya confirmed for Sydney International
Jankovic and Moya join Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake, Richard Gasquet, Justine Henin and Ana Ivanovic for the event secheduled in January.sports Updated: Nov 30, 2007 17:45 IST
Serbia's Jelena Jankovic and Spain's Carlos Moya will return for January's Sydney International tennis tournament aiming to go one better than beaten finalists in the 2007 event, organisers said on Friday.
Jankovic and Moya join Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake, Richard Gasquet, Justine Henin and Ana Ivanovic in the ATP/WTA event at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from January 6-12.
Jankovic held a match point against Belgian Kim Clijsters in last January's Sydney International final before going down in a three-set thriller.
"I am very much looking forward to my return to Australia," Jankovic said in a statement. "Sydney has been a good place for my tennis, especially this year when I beat both Amelie Mauresmo and Martina Hingis, then was one point from winning the title against Kim."
It was the most successful season of Jankovic's career as she reached one million dollars in earnings and claimed the mixed doubles at Wimbledon while qualifying for the season-ending WTA Championships in Madrid.
Moya, 31, captured his 20th career title this year to finish the season with the No.17 ranking.
Moya, a Grand Slam champion, has reached the Sydney final three times.
In 1998 he lost to Karol Kucera; in 2004 injury forced his withdrawal from his finals clash with Hewitt and this year he took the second set against Blake before the American went on to claim his second successive Sydney title.