Ivanovic On Top In Monterrey
Published April 06, 2014 12:14
After a string of battles, including a few three-setters and a tight two-setter against fellow former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals, Ana Ivanovic came into the Abierto Monterrey final with perhaps the toughest challenge of them all - a match with good friend and fellow Serb Jovana Jaksic.
And the early goings didn't go so well - Ivanovic lost the first six points of the match, including dropping serve at love in the opening game. But the No.2-seeded Ivanovic regrouped quickly, winning 16 of the next 17 points and eventually putting her unseeded countrywoman away in 60 minutes, 62 61.
Having also won in Auckland in the first week of the year, Ivanovic is now the third player this season to win multiple WTA titles, alongside Top 2 players Serena Williams and Li Na. Additionally, it's the first time the 2008 French Open champion has captured multiple WTA titles in a season since 2010.
"I think we both enjoyed the final tonight - it was very special for our country, it was the first time two players from our country were in a WTA final together," Ivanovic said afterwards. "It was also great to see Jovana doing so well this week. I think she definitely has a bright future ahead of her.
"Last year I lost very early here in Monterrey but I had so much fun that I wanted to come back, so to make it this far this year is amazing. And every title is so special. I had some tough matches this week but I feel so happy to get through each of them, and this title is definitely one of my favorites."
But Jaksic had a dream week, too. Before this week she only had one WTA main draw-level match win to her name, a first round win right here a year ago - on the very same courts this year, she won four in a row to reach her first WTA final, including a dramatic semifinal win over Kimiko Date-Krumm.
"My feelings are so mixed up right now," Jaksic said. "I am sad because I lost the final, but I have nothing to be upset about because it was an amazing week for me. This is what we dream about, to make finals like this, and to play against a true champion and one of the best players in the world was just a dream come true. It's tough to play against friends, but I think we played a really good match tonight, and I'm really proud of myself because I did my best this week and have nothing to regret."
And Jaksic's thoughts on being a part of the first all-Serbian WTA final? "This was history," she said. "This is a big thing in Serbia and we are both so proud because we love playing for Serbia.
"I want to thank all the fans in Serbia who stayed awake to watch the match!"