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Jakarta Post

Ivanovic to meet Kleybanova in Bali showdown

  • Bruce Emond

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Sun, November 7 2010   /  10:58 am

Ana Ivanovic: JP/Zul Trio AnggonoAna Ivanovic celebrated her 23rd birthday Saturday by overcoming Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm in a thrilling semifinal at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, setting up a final meeting with dangerous Russian Alisa Kleybanova.

The former world number one from Serbia, now ranked 24 and resurgent after taking her first title in two years in Linz in October, triumphed 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in 2 hours and 23 minutes.Kleybanova, who defeated defending champion Aravane Rezai of France on Friday, was little troubled in beating wildcard Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1.“It was a good match for me, my serve was really good today and the quickness of the court suits my game because I like to play fast,” said Kleybanova, 21, who served six aces and converted five of six breakpoints.Sunday’s finals, including the match for third place ...