Halep tops Jankovic to win Indian Wells title

Indian Wells, CA ( - Simona Halep was one game away from falling in straight sets to Jelena Jankovic but came back for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 decision to win the BNP Paribas Open.

Trailing 4-5 in the second set, the 23-year-old from Romania took three straight games to even the match at one set apiece and went on to take the decisive set for the biggest win of her career and a prize of $900,400.

The match looked dicey early for the No. 3 seed Halep. After losing five straight games to drop the first set, she had to get a toe taped by the trainer and proceeded to fall to Jankovic in three of the first four games in the second set before settling in and taking momentum for the rest of the match.

The 18th-seeded Jankovic from Serbia was looking for her second career win at Indian Wells, which would have made her the ninth woman all-time to do so.

Instead, Halep won her 11th career title and became the first woman to win three times in 2015.

Halep improved to 4-1 against Jankovic in her career, and all five matches went to three sets.

Serena Williams, the world No. 1, was unable to play in her semifinal due to a knee injury, allowing Halep to advance via walkover.