Ivanovic vs. Kleybanova in Bali final
BALI, Indonesia : Ana Ivanovic celebrated her 23rd birthday by outlasting Kimiko Date Krumm in a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2 thriller to reach the Tournament of Champions final on Saturday. Ivanovic and Alisa Kleybanova will contest the year`s last singles final on the WTA Tour after the Russian accounted for Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1.
The 40-year-old Date Krumm had double set point at 5-3, but former No. 1 Ivanovic won six straight games to lead 7-5, 2-0.
The Serb served for the match at 7-5, 5-3 but Date Krumm then took charge, saving a match point in the 11th game of the second set and rallying from 4-2 down in the tiebreaker. Ivanovic was too strong in the deciding set, however, and will play for her second title of the year, and a chance to return to the top 20.
Kleybanova dominated Hantuchova from 3-1 down to shoot for her third title this year on Sunday. Ivanovic and Kleybanova will meet for the fifth time this year.
They are 3-3 in head to heads.