Monday, January 6, 2014

Ana Ivanovic beats Williams to claim Auckland Classic title

1/4/2014 1:45:00 PM

 AUCKLAND - Serbia's tennis player Ana Ivanovic claimed the Auckland Classic title in New Zealand, after defeating Venus Williams of the United States in a marathon final on Saturday. Ivanovic outplayed Williams 2-1 (6-2, 5-7, 6-4) for two hours and 19 minutes in the match that she qualified as very tough. Williams admitted that she had kept fighting, but that Ivanovic had been better in this match, the AFP news agency reported. 

 The Auckland Classic winner got a check for USD 43,000 and 280 WTA points. This is 12th title in Ivanovic's career. After clinching a victory over seven-times Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, the world's No. 16 will up her WTA ranking by one notch. AP Photo/SNPA, David Rowland

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