Wild-card Ivanovic ends two-year wait for title with win over Schnyder
Monday 18 October 2010
Ana Ivanovic routed Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Generali Ladies yesterday to win her first WTA Tour title in two years and her ninth overall.
The 22-year-old Serb won her last tournament at the same event in 2008 after taking the French Open title and becoming the top-ranked player for 12 weeks.
"Winning again after two years is so wonderful, just unbelievable," Ivanovic said. "I have been waiting so long for this and I worked hard to achieve it."
Ivanovic, now ranked No 29, was playing her first final in 19 months. Initially, she had not planned to appear at the $220,000 (£138,000) indoor event but accepted a late wild card after Serena Williams pulled out with a foot injury.
"I felt very well and hit the balls well," said Ivanovic, who did not drop a set during the tournament. "Patty played well all week so I tried to put her under pressure from the start. That paid off."
Schnyder, ranked No 47, was playing her third final in Linz, having also finished runner-up in 2005 and 2007.
"Respect for Ana, there was just nothing in it for me," the Swiss veteran said. "She took the balls so early and placed them so well, there was just no chance to find for my game."
It was Schnyder's second final of the season after Budapest in July, where she lost to Agnes Szavay.
"I am disappointed but it still was a great week," added Schnyder, who defeated former champion Daniela Hantuchova and Andrea Petkovic en route to the final. "My draw was not easy so I was happy to stay in the tournament until the end."
Ivanovic dominated the match from the start. She was broken once but won all three of Schnyder's service games. Schnyder won just five points on serve.
Ivanovic raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set when Schnyder broke her and then held serve for the only time in the match. She finally closed out the win with an ace on her second match point.
Meanwhile, Tamarine Tanasugarn beat Kimiko Date Krumm 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 in the Japan Women's Open final, spoiling the 40-year-old Japanese player's attempt to become the oldest singles title winner in WTA Tour history.
The 33-year-old Thai broke the sixth-seeded Date Krumm twice in the third set to take control in a match that lasted three hours, seven minutes.
Hector Bellerin: How saying no to Barcelona paid off for Bellerin - and Arsenal
Paul Scholes column: With Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
'I am the president of everybody': What Sepp Blatter said after winning re-election as Fifa president
Fifa bomb threat: Swiss authorities confirm a bomb threat has been made at the Fifa Congress
Michel Platini to consider pulling England and other Uefa members out of the World Cup if Sepp Blatter wins Fifa election
- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 4 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
- 5 Kate Moss on the naked Calvin Klein shoot and the obsession that ended her relationship
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote