Ana Ivanovic ends title drought with victory over Venus Williams
Ana Ivanovic claimed her first WTA title in more than two years on Saturday, lifting the ASB Classic with a battling win over Venus Williams in Auckland.
The second-seeded Serbian won five games in a row to take the opening set and also had match point in the second, but Williams fought back to take the match into a decider.
However, another break of serve early in the third proved crucial as Ivanovic went on to win 6-2 5-7 6-4 in two hours and 19 minutes and victory marked Ivanovic's first title since winning in Bali at the end of 2011.
"It's amazing,” she told the WTA Tour website.
"Coming into this week I didn't really have any expectations. I didn't even think about making the finals or winning it.
"I just tried my best, and I felt very comfortable here.
"Every victory is special, this one even more so because it's been a while since I've won a tournament."