Tennis: Ivanovic ousts Sharapova in three-set thriller
Published on Aug 17, 2014 1:19 PM
CINCINNATI (AFP) - Ana Ivanovic overcame illness and nerves as she outlasted French Open champ Maria Sharapova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA Tour's Cincinnati event.
The former world number one will face off for the title, at the last major tune-up prior to the US Open, when she plays Serena Williams on Sunday.
The American top seed Williams moved within one win of a second pre-Open hardcourt title as she beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Ivanovic led by a set and 5-2 but fell victim to her nerves as the scrambling Sharapova, a five-time grand slam champion and fellow former number one, fought back. Sharapova levelled the sets at one each as she clinched the second set with an ace.
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