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Ana Ivanovic celebrated her 24th birthday on Sunday, Bali style, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues to win the $600,000 Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions.

Ana Ivanovic

Ivanovic, who didn’t win an International title this year but was given a wildcard into the event as defending champion, had looked solid through her first two rounds, snapping a two-match losing streak to Roberta Vinci with a 63 63 win, then holding off a late surge from longtime rival Nadia Petrova, 61 75. That form only got better in the final, as Ivanovic broke early en route to taking the first set, then dominated the 27-minute second set, losing just seven points. While they had comparable unforced errors – Ivanovic 18, Medina Garrigues 17 – Ivanovic kept piling on winners from both wings, finishing the 61-minute match with 20 of them (and allowing the Spanish veteran just four total). “I felt like I didn’t do much wrong. It was a great match for me,” Ivanovic said in her on-court interview. “Anabel and I practiced together all week, so it was nice we got a chance to play each other on the last day of the tournament.” This is the first time Ivanovic has won any WTA title two years running. “I’m super relaxed here, and that helps. I come here to compete, but I also spend lots of time on the beach and in the spa, and the people are so friendly – I’ve made many new friends. It’s just so enjoyable here. It feels great to play here. “Thank you so much to the tournament for giving me a wildcard this year.” And on winning her first WTA title of the year – and the 11th of her career – on her birthday? “It’s the best way to celebrate my birthday, in front of so many people. Actually it’s the most people I’ve ever had at my birthday!”


Ana Ivanovic will take on Anabel Medina Garrigues in the final of the Tournament of Champions in Bali.


Ivanovic booked her place with a 6-1 7-5 win over Nadia Petrova, while Garrigues was leading 4-0 in the deciding set of her semi-final when Sabine Lisicki was forced to retire due to a back injury. Ivanovic gave up just three points in the opening four games as her aggressive baseline play left her Russian opponent reeling. After claiming the first set, the Serb broke for 1-0 in the second and then held three points for a 3-0 lead before Petrova responded. Three consecutive breaks saw the players level at 3-3 and Ivanovic then had to fight off a set point at 5-4, firing an impressing backhand winner down the line. And Ivanovic seized the moment, holding for 5-5, breaking to move ahead, and then serving out the match. “I played really well from the beginning,” said former world number one and French Open champion Ivanovic, who turns 24 on Sunday. “Then that game at 2-0 (in the second set), she really raised her game and went for more shots and made less errors and was serving bigger. “Not breaking her then was kind of a turning point for her a little bit and then I played a bad game to lose my serve. That was crucial and then we had a bit of a fight.” In the second semi-final, Lisicki looked flat right from the start against Medina Garrigues, who claimed the opening set 6-3. Lisicki was clearly in pain by the middle of the second set and the German left the court for several minutes for treatment after breaking to lead 4-3. When she returned, Lisicki won two of the next three games to take the match into a third set but, after earning just two points in the first four games, she quit at 30-30 in the fifth.


Anabel Medina Garrigues won her first WTA title in two years at the Estoril Open.

“I think I played well this week. I had some lucky moments, like in the first round I was close to losing a set, and I had a close match with Zakopalova. It wasn’t as easy as it looked this week and I’m happy to win my 10th title.”

Medina Garrigues, who snapped out of her losing streak by making it to the semifinals in Acapulco and had gone 8-4 in her last four WTA events, made that 13-4 with five wins in Estoril, not losing a set the entire week (and upsetting No.8 seed Greta Arn and No.3 seed Klara Zakopalova en route to the final). Barrois had pulled off upsets over No.6 seed Elena Vesnina and No.1 seed Alisa Kleybanova to reach her second WTA final but her gorgeous one-handed backhand and powerful serve just couldn’t hit through the tenacious Medina Garrigues; the Spaniard held game points in two of the only three games she gave up, and pushed the other one to two deuces before surrendering it.

“I played very aggressively and hit it high and deep. Kristina couldn’t do her game,” Medina Garrigues said. “She’s a creative girl – serve and volley, slice, drop shots – and I was there. I felt like she lost her concentration a little bit.

This was the 28-year-old Medina Garrigues’ 10th WTA title and ninth on clay, tying her with Venus Williams for most clay court titles among active players. The former Top 20 player is projected to return to the Top 50 on Monday. After the final, Medina Garrigues also received a watch from tournament sponsor Omega. “I had a great week here. I won the tournament and got a beautiful watch. I don’t think I could have wished for anything more here in Estoril.”



Quality field set for 2010 Moorilla Hobart.

The 2010 Moorilla Hobart International will boast one of the most competitive fields in the event’s history.

Anabel Medina Garrigues is the top seed for the tournament and will be joined by fellow Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, Israel’s Shahar Peer and the Bondarenko sisters Kateryna and Alona.

Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak, 2005 champion Jie Zheng and Gisela Dulko round out the seeded players for the event, which boasts 17 of the world’s top 50 women.

Moorilla Hobart International Tournament Director Michael Roberts is excited about the potential match ups that fans will be able to watch in January.

“Our event has the world’s lowest player cut-off for an international level tournament meaning it is still the hardest tournament to be accepted into for its level on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.”

“The 2010 field has a good mix of returning crowd favourites and new faces and boasts one of the most even fields I’ve seen in my seven years.”

Melinda Czink, two times runner-up Iveta Benesova, Lucie Safarova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Sorana Cirstea, Shuai Peng, Sara Errani, Melanie Oudin and Alize Cornet round out the remaining top 50 women.

The Australian contingent will be led by Jelena Dokic and wildcard recipient Alicia Molik with two wildcards still to be awarded by Tennis Australia.

“The draw will provide a fantastic opportunity for Aussies like Jelena and Alicia to have a real chance at taking out the title,” Roberts said.

“With the two remaining wildcards we hope to boost the quality of the field ever further.”


19 year old Latvian rookie stuns the #1 seed in China.

sevastovaThe China GDD-Guangzhou International Women’s Open experienced its biggest upset of the week as second round play concluded on Thursday.

No.1 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues was bounced by 19-year-old Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, 36 63 61. With her victory over the 23rd-ranked Medina Garrigues, the 95th-ranked Sevastova set up a quarterfinal encounter with eighth-seeded Alberta Brianti. Also on the top half of the draw, Olga Savchuk defeated Hsieh Su-Wei, 64 64, and will next play seventh-seeded Ayumi Morita.

On the bottom half of the draw, No. 3 seed Peng Shuai, runner-up here last year to Vera Zvonareva, handled Chanelle Scheepers, 63 62. She will be seeking her first Tour singles semifinal showing of the year when she faces Alexandra Panova next. Also, Chan Yung-Jan outlasted No.9 seed Maria Elena Camerin, 63 36 76(2), and will play No.5 seed Shahar Peer in the quarters.

Savchuk and Chan will be playing in their first Tour singles quarterfinals of 2009 on Friday, and Sevastova will be competing in the first one of her career.

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