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Ivanovic claims Tokyo title
21 Sep 2014 17:05
Ana Ivanovic ensured 2014 will be one of her best recent seasons after beating Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
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Ivanovic won 17 points in a row to claim the first set and then battled back from 3-1 down in the second to take the victory 6-2 7-6 (7/2) against US Open runner-up Wozniacki, who was seeded second.
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The third seed’s Ivanovic's triumph means the Serbian has won four WTA titles this year - beating her previous record of three titles each in 2007 and 2008 - while she has also now won 52 matches in 2014, also a new personal record for a season.
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Ivanovic told wtatennis.com: "Caroline played a great match today. It was a really good battle out there - there were some very tough moments, especially in the second set.
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"But I just tried to take it one point at a time, and I'm really happy to make it through. It's just an amazing feeling to win this title."
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The Serbian's win in Japan also takes her a step closer to qualifying for the WTA Finals, with this victory set to see the 26-year-old former world number one climb from eighth spot to fifth in the Road to Singapore leaderboard.
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"I'm really happy that this is one step closer to the WTA Finals in Singapore," said Ivanovic, who needs to be among the top eight to qualify for the tournament.
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"It's coming close and everything's on the line."
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