Angelique Kerber claims title
Top seed Angelique Kerber won her first WTA singles title of the year by beating two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Generali Ladies Linz.
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Ivanovic, the third seed, lifted the trophy here in 2008 and 2010 while she had also won three of her four previous career meetings with Kerber, but it was the German who came out on top in a hard-fought match on Sunday.
Kerber won six of her 13 break points, compared to five of 13 from her Serbian opponent, as she took the victory 6-4 7-6 (8/6) in one hour and 37 minutes.
It was the third WTA title of Kerber's career, following her victories in Paris and Copenhagen last year, and caps a memorable few days for the 25-year-old who booked her place at the WTA Championships in Istanbul later this month by reaching the semi-finals in Austria.
"At the end it was pretty close," said a relieved Kerber during her post-match interview.
"I am very happy to have won because Ana is an exceptional player.
"I focused on myself but I should have been calmer about taking my chances for winning the match."
The beaten Ivanovic said: "She played better in the important moments. I feel like I had more chances but just didn't use them. I hit some errors when I really needed the point.
"But it was a great match, and though it's disappointing to lose in a final, I had lots of good matches this week and lots of good wins, and overall it was a very positive week for me."