Serena Williams beats Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to claim first Cincinnati title
World number one Serena Williams claimed her first Cincinnati title with straight-sets win over Ana Ivanovic at the Western and Southern Open.
The American tennis ace fell behind early on but recovered to win 6-4 6-1 in 62 minutes, claiming her first victory at the event in six attempts since 2006.
Williams has now won 62 WTA titles and five in 2014, and she will try for a sixth US Open win when the final Grand Slam of the year gets underway on 25 August, The BBC reported.
There will be 2.4 million-dollar on offer for Williams if she win the title in New York, having already sealed the 6,00,000 pounds bonus for winning the US Open series as the best player across the US summer hard-court season.
Williams said that it is just amazing to finally win at Cincinnati, and added that it was such a great week. The American said that Ivanovic was playing so hard, hitting so many winners.
Williams made a slow start to Sunday's final, just as she had 24 hours earlier in the semi-final against Carolina Wozniacki, but again the 17-time Grand Slam champion wrestled control from her opponent.
Ivanovic, seeded 12th, started confidently off the back of a landmark win over Maria Sharapova in the semis but she could not convert a point for a double-break at 3-1.
It was the American's third win in four matches against Ivanovic this year, with the Serb having won their contest at the Australian Open in January.
Ivanovic said that it has been a great week for her in Cincinnati, adding that she really wants to congratulate Williams. She said that she thinks she got a lesson on how to serve while playing against Williams.
Ivanovic also said that maybe after Williams retires she can give her some tips.
(Posted on 18-08-2014)