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Roland Garros, Paris, 25 May-8 June




French Open: Sunday 25 May to Sunday 8 June
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Ana Ivanovic
Ivanovic will be confirmed as world number one on Monday

Ana Ivanovic said the success that she and fellow Serbs Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic have enjoyed helped inspire her to French Open glory.

Ivanovic, who becomes world number one on Monday, beat Jankovic in the last four, while semi-finalist Djokovic won the Australian Open in January.

"Going into today's final I thought of Novak's victory earlier this year," said Ivanovic.

"And I thought, 'Why not? I can win a title as well.'"

She added: "It's something that will motivate us and I'm sure he will also reach his goal of being number one one day. He has great potential.

"Jelena, on the other hand, she also is a great girl and I really hope she can achieve her dreams."

Ivanovic, 20, beat Russia's Dinara Safina 6-4 6-3 in one hour 38 minutes to take the title at Roland Garros.

Those comebacks took a lot from me and against Ana you have to be really aggressive

Dinara Safina
The second seed went into the final having lost heavily to Justine Henin at the same stage last year, before also making the Australian Open final in January, while Safina was appearing in her first Grand Slam final.

"Obviously when I was in the court I realised she was nervous," said Ivanovic. "I try also to look back at the way I felt last year, and it made me more calm because I had those experiences and I went through that."

And that calm came to the fore when Ivanovic let an early lead slip in the opening set.

"I knew she was a great fighter, and I knew I had to take any chance I had. I had lot of chances in the first set which I didn't use.

"She came back, and it was 4-4, and it was tough because a lot of emotions build up inside. You knew you had a chance, double break, and then all of a sudden you're equal again.

"So to keep my composure at that point, it was huge for me."

After wrapping up the victory, Ivanovic was handed the trophy by Henin herself.

"I was surprised," admitted Ivanovic. "But at the same time I was glad to see her there. She's a great champion. She won this tournament so many times.

"When she handed me the trophy, it was a very thrilling moment. She said, 'Well done, you really deserve it.' It meant a lot to me."

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And the newly crowned queen of Roland Garros does not plan to stop at one Grand Slam title.

"I feel so happy," she said. "I have no words to describe that. But winning a Grand Slam is something I dreamt since I was a little kid, so achieving that goal, it's very thrilling.

"You know, you work so hard and you're off the court, on the court, and you put so much effort into it. I loved the game and I enjoy playing, so this is the best reward I can get.

"It's my incentive to keep working hard and win more of these trophies."

Looking ahead to Wimbledon later this month, she added: "I go there wanting to win a title because every tournament you play you want to win.

"I think I have a good chance. I've been working really hard, and this hard work gives results.

"So, next week I have time to relax a little bit, recover, and also prepare on the grass before Eastbourne and Wimbledon."

Safina admitted that she had run out of gas after a dramatic run to the final that saw her save match points against both Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva.

"I was a little nervous before the start but I felt good once I stepped on the court," said the Russian.

"If I was a little fresher maybe things would have been different. Those comebacks took a lot from me and against Ana you have to be really aggressive. I was missing a little.

"She was fresher and she was doing to me what I wanted to do to her.

"I tried but there wasn't the fire there any more. I was tired mentally and physically and my heart and body just couldn't do it.

"But now I have reached a Grand Slam final I will keep working harder because I believe in myself. I'll be a lot tougher. I am a perfectionist."




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