Ivanovic ends tennis title drought in Linz

Linz: Ana Ivanovic ended a title drought stretching back two years by defeating Switzerland`s Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 to win the WTA event in Linz.

The seventh-seeded Serb had reached four semi-finals this season, but had failed to win a tournament since she triumphed at the same event in 2008.

Schnyder, who also lost the 2005 and 2007 Linz finals as well as a final in Budapest this year, remains without a title since she won in Bali in 2008.

The former French Open champion didn`t drop a set all week and wrapped up the final in just 47 minutes.

It might have been even swifter had she not conceded her serve when leading 5-0 in the second set and then allowed Schnyder to hold serve for the only time in the match.

"Patty`s a tough opponent and I honestly didn`t expect this scoreline," said Ivanovic, who will compete in Luxembourg next week.

"But I did take a lot of risk and tried to be aggressive and step in, and it was working for me today."

Schnyder began with two double-faults and went on to drop her opening service game when Ivanovic forced a backhand error.

And although Schnyder then broke in the next game, a further break for 3-1 when Schnyder netted a weak backhand put the Serbian back in charge.

Ivanovic closed out the first set by winning the last 10 points, and broke for 1-0 in the second when Schnyder mishit a forehand.

A fifth double fault then gave Ivanovic a further break for 3-0, and a brilliantly executed forehand around the netpost hit while on the run left Ivanovic leading 5-0.

Bureau Report

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