LINZ: Ana Ivanovic claimed her first title since she lifted the French Open trophy in June, beating second-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday to win the Linz Open.
It was the top-seeded Serbian’s third title this year and came after a dramatic slump that followed her Paris victory and rise to number one in the world rankings.
The 20-year-old struggled to deal with the magnitude of her success and then suffered a painful thumb injury that put her out of the Beijing Olympics. At one stage, she won just five out of 11 matches, before regaining her form by reaching the semifinals of the Zurich Open last week.
At St. Petersburg, top-seeded Andy Murray beat Andrey Golubev 6-1, 6-1 to win the St. Petersburg Open title for the second straight year.
The results: At Basel (Swiss Indoors): Semifinals: Roger Federer bt Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-2; David Nalbandian bt Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-4. Doubles: Mahesh Bhupathi & Mark Knowles bt Agustin Calleri & Jose Acasuso 7-5, 6-2.
At Lyon (Lyon Grand Prix): Semifinals: Robin Soderling bt Gilles Simon 5-7, 6-3, 6-3; Julien Benneteau bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4), 7-5.
At St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Open): Final: Andy Murray bt Andrey Golubev 6-1, 6-1. Semifinals: Andy Murray bt Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-3; Andrey Golubev bt Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-0. Doubles: Rohan Bopanna & Max Mirnyi bt Michal Mertinak & Lovro Zovko 7-5, 6-2.
At Linz (Generali Ladies Open): Final: Ana Ivanovic bt Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1. Semifinals: Ana Ivanovic bt Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 7-5; Vera Zvonareva bt Marion Bartoli 6-0, 6-1.
At Luxembourg (Fortis Championships): Semifinals: Elena Dementieva bt Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-2; Caroline Wozniacki bt Li Na 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-2. — Agencies