Linz, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Angelique Kerber claimed her first title
of the year with a straight-set victory over Ana Ivanovic in Sunday's final of
the Generali Ladies Linz tournament.
The top-seeded Kerber posted a 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) victory for her third career
title. The German had been 0-2 in finals this year, falling to Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova in Monterrey back in April and Petra Kvitova in Tokyo just last
month. She won her first two titles last year -- in Paris and Copenhagen.
Ivanovic was trying for a third Linz crown. She previously won in 2008 and
again in 2010. Sunday was the Serb's first final of 2013 and first since her
last tournament win two years ago in Bali.
The former world No. 1 star is now 11-5 all-time in finals.
Sunday's match featured 11 breaks of serve. Kerber came up with three in the
first set, while Ivanovic had two.
After each broke serve three times in the second set, Ivanovic was close to
forcing a third set with a 6-4 edge in the tiebreak. Kerber, instead, won the
final four points to finish the match.
Kerber has now beaten Ivanovic twice this fall, also prevailing last month in
Tokyo, after losing each of the first three meetings.
Now 3-5 all-time in finals, Kerber also collected a first prize of $43,600.
The Sports Network