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Polona Hercog secured her first WTA Tour title with a battling win over unseeded home favourite Johanna Larsson in the final of the Swedish Open.


Slovenian Hercog, seeded eighth in Bastad, broke her opponent three times to seal a 6-4 7-5 result after slogging it out on court for one hour and 46 minutes. It is the second time Hercog has got the better of Larsson of late, with the 20-year-old beating the Swede in the opening round at Wimbledon. Hercog lost out to Venus Williams in her only other appearance in a WTA event final in Acapulco last year.


“Oh Yeah” Ivanovic falls at the first hurdle of the 2011 French Open on Tuesday.


Three years on from the greatest moment of her career, the Serb lost a see-saw contest 7-6 (7/3) 0-6 6-2 to Sweden’s Johanna Larsson. It was a clash in which Ivanovic’s go-for-broke approach failed to reap dividends, aside from a period of mid-match dominance. After dropping a closely-contested first set on a tie-break, Ivanovic did manage to find her range in the second. She raced through that to love in just 25 minutes and headed into the decider as the favourite. However, the unforced errors soon returned to Ivanovic’s game – she would finish with a total of 45 to her opponent’s 16 – and she struggled to make an impact with her return of serve. Larsson duly capitalised to set up a second-round meeting with Ekaterina Makarova.

Maria Sharapova swept into the second round of the French Open for the loss of only three games against Mirjana Lucic. The Russian, who will complete her set of Grand Slam titles if she lifts the title on the Paris clay, won the last nine games to cruise through 6-3 6-0 in 56 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier. Sharapova is returning to something like her best form after a lengthy struggle with shoulder problems and she marked herself out as a potential title contender by winning the prestigious warm-up event in Rome earlier this month.




Anna Chakvetadze records her first win in 2 years.

Anna Chakvetadze cruised to a straight sets victory over Johanna Larsson to claim the Slovenia Open crown on Sunday.

The Russian took little over an hour to sweep past Sweden’s Larsson 6-1 6-2 in a rain-delayed final at Portoroz

It is the first title since 2008 for Chakvetadze, who has slipped from the top five to number 103 in the rankings.

Larsson briefly threatened an unlikely comeback towards the end of the match when she had three break points just after claiming her third game.

But Chakvetadze kept her cool to end Larsson’s dreams of a maiden victory in her first WTA final.


Larsson continues to improve and is thru to the semifinal.

Johanna Larsson continued her superb recent form by reaching her first tour semi-final at the Banka Koper Slovenia Open in Portoroz at the expense of third seed Anastasia Pavyluchenkova.

Larsson, the world number 84, who reached her first career quarter-final at the ECM Prague Open last week, went one better with a one-sided 6-3 6-2 win in just 73 minutes

Improving Anna Chakvetadze saved two match points on her way to defeating fellow Russian and sixth seed Vera Dushevina 2-6 6-3 7-5. Dushevina blew a 5-3 final set lead including match points at 5-4.

Seventh seed Polona Hercog delighted her home fans in the late action with a 7-5 7-5 win over Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, while Russian Ksenia Pervak completes the last four after beating qualifier Anastasiya Yakimova 6-2 2-6 6-1.

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