Tennis

Kerber beats Ivanovic in Linz final

Share This Story

   
 

LINZ, Austria (AP)

Top-seeded Angelique Kerber won her first WTA title of the season and third overall by defeating two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 7-6 (6) at the Generali Ladies on Sunday.

It was Kerber's third final of the year after losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in Monterrey in April and to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in Tokyo two weeks ago. The 10th-ranked German improved her record in finals to 3-5.

"This is an incredible feeling," said Kerber, who qualified for the season-ending WTA Championships by reaching the semifinals this week. "This victory means a lot to me. I will go to the `masters' with lots of confidence now."

Kerber didn't initially intend to play in Linz but was given a late wild-card entry to replace Kvitova after the former Wimbledon champion pulled out with a back injury.

The former top-ranked Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and '10, appeared in her first final since winning her 11th career title in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2011.

Serena Williams

WINNING WAYS

Serena Williams knows championships. Take a look back at her 17 Grand Slam singles titles.

"It was a real close final," said Kerber, who missed three match points at 5-3 in the second set. "I became a bit twitchy toward the end. My thoughts were elsewhere during these match points. Later I managed to focus on each point again."

Ivanovic battled back from two breaks down to level at 4-4 in the opening set before dropping her serve for a third time.

The third-seeded Serb made another comeback in the second set. After denying Kerber victory at 5-3, she missed two set points while leading 6-5 and two more in the tiebreaker as the German reeled off four straight points to close out the victory.

"I was too passive and didn't find my rhythm," Ivanovic said. "I got my chances but I couldn't take them."

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Tennis Videos

Nadal on back problems, loss to Wawrinka Posted: Jan 27, 2014
Rafael Nadal explains the injury he experienced during the Australian Open loss.

Roddick recaps Aussie Open Posted: Jan 27, 2014
Find out if Andy Roddick thinks Stanislas Wawrinka is the real deal and how long...

Serena Williams upset at Australian Open Posted: Jan 19, 2014
Top-seeded Serena Williams reflects on her early exit from the Australian Open.

Fox Sports Store