Sunday, June 8, 2008

RG Day 14 - Ivanovic Queen of Paris

She did it!!! Ana Ivanovic became the second Serb to win a singles Grand Slam title this year when she was crowned the French Open champion today at Roland Garros beating Russian 13th-seed, Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Winning the title is Ivanovic's second major triumph this week, her first was reaching the summit of the women's world rankings when Maria Sharapova lost in the fourth round to Dinara Safina before Ivanovic eventually made it to the final and deservedly clinched the top spot in the rankings, shattering the hopes of the likes of Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kutznetsova, who also had a chance of becoming world number 1.

The new world number one, who lost to Justine Henin in the French Open final last year, showed a nervous yet aggressive performance against Safina, who attempted a comeback in the first set by climbing back from two breaks down but failed to capitalize on that as she conceded another break to the Serb.

Ivanovic knew what she was coming up against - a player who was on a 12-match winning streak on clay including 6 victories over top 10 players. Moreover, Safina had also saved match points against Sharapova and Elena Dementieva in subsequent rounds at the Open, a fact that made Ivanovic do her best to close out the match as soon as she could.

Am sure Safina will be down for a few days, but when she gets past the defeat, she'll be thrilled with her achievements these couple of weeks, where she defeated the tournament's number 1,4 and 7 seeds and managed to reach her first Grand Slam final. This isn't the last we're seeing from the Russian, who will become world number 9 when the new rankings come out on Monday.

As for Ivanovic, this Grand Slam title is possibly a first of several to come. Let's see how she does on grass for the rest of this month. Ivanovic made it to the Wimbledon semis last year where she lost to eventual champion, Venus Williams. Safina never passed the third round in 5 attempts at Wimbledon.


Like Federer said, this is what it's all about :)

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