In a battle between two former number one ranked players, third seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in a straight set match that took 1 hour and 40 minutes. The final score: 6-2, 7-6(2).
Caroline, a former winner here in 2010 and a finalist in this year’s US Open, got ahead twice in the second set only to lose the lead and ultimately lose the match in a second set tiebreak.
Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, added to her 51 match record win, a career best for her, by winning the WTA premier tournament, in which she did not drop a set. This is career title No. 15 for Ivanovic, and her fourth of the year. The win puts her ahead of Jelena Jankovic as the top Serbian player.
The result puts both Ivanovic and Wozniacki ahead of Angelique Kerber in the race to the year end championship in Singapore, with the Serb occupying the sixth place in that race.
Cover Photo (Creative Commons License): Christian Mesiano