Simona Halep beat Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open, giving the Romanian the biggest title of her career and a WTA Tour-leading third tournament victory of the year.

This was the Romanian's 11th career WTA title and third this year.

Halep improved to 6-0 in three-set matches this year, smacking a crosscourt forehand winner off Jankovic's weak volley return on match point.

The world's third-ranked player advanced to the final after Serena Williams withdrew before their semifinal because of a sprained right knee.

Jankovic won her biggest career title at Indian Wells in 2010. This time, she committed 61 unforced errors and had nine double-faults, smiling wryly after her last one gave Halep match point.

Source: AP