Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic continued with her excellent run of form by defeating Venus Williams 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in a titanic battle to seize the WTA Auckland crown in 2 hours, 19 minutes.
Williams, also a former world No. 1, fought back strongly after Ivanovic had raced to an early lead by taking the opening stanza 6-2. The 33-year-old American won the second set to level proceedings having fought back from 3-5 down and facing a championship point. She held serve and then broke the Serb twice to send the match into a deciding set.
In the decider, Ivanovic broke Williams early and stayed in control, despite having to survive two break points when serving for the match.
It was Ivanovic’s 12th title and first since 2011.
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