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Ana Ivanovic ends barren run with Linz title

Ana Ivanovic
Ivanovic was ranked number one in the world two years ago

Ana Ivanovic ended a barren run of two years without a title as she beat Patty Schnyder 6-1 6-2 to win the Generali Ladies event in Linz, Austria.

The 22-year-old Serb, the seventh seed, needed only 47 minutes to see off her Swiss opponent in a one-sided match.

"I honestly didn't expect this scoreline but I did take a lot of risks and tried to be aggressive," she said.

Meanwhile, Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn overcame veteran Kimiko Date Krumm to win the Japan Open in Osaka.

Ivanovic had reached four semi-finals this season but had failed to win a tournament since she triumphed in Linz two years ago.

The former world number one had not intended to play the event this year but accepted a late wild card to replace the injured Serena Williams.

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"It's amazing how some things work out," said Ivanovic, who will rise to 26 in the rankings.

"I'm really glad I took the opportunity. I feel very good here and I'm very happy to have come back this year and win the title again."

Date Krumm, 40, was hoping to become the oldest player to win a tour title but went down 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 to Tanasugarn.

The Thai player broke serve twice in the deciding third set to seal victory in three hours, seven minutes and prevent her opponent beating the record of Billie Jean King, who won in Birmingham at the age of 39 in 1983.

"I tried my best and fought as hard as I could," said Date Krumm, who retired from the game in 1996 but returned two years ago.

"Now I'll play some ITF events followed by the Asian Games, so I'll be continuing to play tennis the rest of the year."

It was the 33-year-old Tanasugarn's fourth career title, having won in Hyderabad in 2003 and picked up grass court titles in Hertogenbosch in 2008 and 2009.



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