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Tennis: Ana Ivanovic beats Venus Williams to claim Auckland title

Published on Jan 4, 2014 1:17 PM
 
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia holds her trophy after her win during the final against Venus Williams of the US at the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on Jan 4, 2014. Ivanovic claimed her first WTA Tour title in more than two years with a 6-2 5-7 6-4 victory over fellow former world number one Williams to clinch the Auckland Classic on Saturday and boost her confidence ahead of the Australian Open. -- PHOTO: AFP  

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - Ana Ivanovic claimed her first WTA Tour title in more than two years with a 6-2 5-7 6-4 victory over fellow former world number one Venus Williams to clinch the Auckland Classic on Saturday and boost her confidence ahead of the Australian Open.

The 26-year-old Serbian had not won a title since she completed a 6-3 6-0 victory over Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in Bali at the end of 2011.

Against the seven-times grand slam champion Ivanovic, at times, looked every bit the former top player in the world as she worked the tall American around and hit winners down the tramlines.

The former French Open champion, who had not beaten the 33-year old American since they met at the 2008 Australian Open, had romped through the clash until she was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set when Williams seemingly came alive.

 
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