Ana Ivanovic battles past Venus Williams for Auckland title

It was only the second time in 10 attempts that Ivanovic has beaten the 33-year-old Williams, who has not won a title since October 2012.

updated: January 04, 2014 12:18 IST
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Auckland: Ana Ivanovic outlasted Venus Williams to win the clash of the two former world number ones 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in a marathon Auckland Classic final on Saturday.

It is the 12th title for the 26-year-old Serb and second seed but her first success since victory in Bali in 2011.

What started as a one-sided affair, with Ivanovic racing to a 5-1 lead in the first set, took two hours 19 minutes to complete as seven-times Grand Slam winner Williams fought her way back into the contest.

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