ZURICH: Venus Williams battled to a thrilling 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over second seed Ana Ivanovic at the Zurich Open on Saturday to reach her first final since winning Wimbledon in July. The third seed squandered a 3-0 lead in the opening set before raising her game to avenge her Australian Open quarter-final defeat by...
ZURICH: Venus Williams battled to a
thrilling 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over second seed Ana Ivanovic at the
Zurich Open on Saturday to reach her first final since winning
Wimbledon in July.
The third seed squandered a 3-0 lead in the opening set
before raising her game to avenge her Australian Open
quarter-final defeat by Serb Ivanovic.
Williams, still looking to ensure a place at the
season-ending WTA Championships, will have the chance for
further revenge on Sunday when she takes on unseeded Italian
Pennetta, the world number 17 who beat Spain's Anabel Medina
Garrigues 6-3 7-6, has won her last three meetings with
“Ana played a great, aggressive game today,” said Williams
who lost five games in a row in the first set.
“She came very close but I hope my experience was what got
me through,” the American told reporters.
Williams made a strong start, breaking Ivanovic early to
take her 3-0 lead.
The collapse that followed owed as much to her own wayward
play as Ivanovic's improvements, with the Wimbledon champion
first gifting her opponent a break by netting a simple winner.
Williams then made things even easier for her opponent by
double-faulting at the end of her next service game, leaving
Ivanovic to serve out comfortably for the set.
Following an early trade of breaks in the second, Williams
got back on level terms when Ivanovic overhit a forehand to
concede the decisive break.
The deciding set went with serve for the first six games
until Ivanovic again mishit a forehand to put Williams in front
for the first time.
The Serb saved three match points in her next service game,
benefiting from a lucky net-cord on the third occasion, but
Williams held her nerve to clinch victory with four successive
“Flavia has worked very hard for the last few years and I'm
sure she deserves to be in the final but I'm just hoping
tomorrow I deserve the win more,” said Williams.