Ana Ivanovic captured her first grass court title after almost a decade of trying on Sunday after a straight sets win over Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova at the Aegon Classic.
The former world number beat Zahlavova-Strycova, 6-3, 6-2, with her opponent also playing in her first major tournament final.
Although Ivanovic started shakily for the second day in succession, and dropped serve immediately, she recovered quickly, her heavy ground strokes and willingness to attack soon dominating her unseeded opponent.
The Serb couldn’t contain her happiness at conquering her doubts about playing on grass. “On grass you really don’t have time to hesitate,” she said.
“I tried to shorten my swing and move forwards. You really have to go after your shots. It’s important to be clear in your mind.”