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Resurgent Ivanovic wins Bali crown

  • Bruce Emond

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Mon, November 8 2010   /  10:36 am

Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic continued her comeback Sunday by sweeping aside Russian Alisa Kleybanova to win the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions and return to the world’s top 20.

Ivanovic, who turned 23 Saturday, showed her regained confidence in the 6-2, 7-6 (5) triumph in 1:46 on the fast indoor court at the Westin Convention Center.

It was the second title in six weeks for the Serbian, who triumphed in Linz in October, and 10th in her career after a two-year championship drought due to injuries and poor form after winning the French Open and becoming world number one in 2008.

Her ranking will rise to 17 on Monday from its current 24 to end the 2010 season. She was ranked 65 at mid-year.

“It’s a big step for me to be back in the top 20, it was my goal. The last few months have been very exciting,” said Ivanovic, who has been working with fitn...