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Ana Ivanovic beats Caroline Wozniacki to win Pan Pacific Open

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Ana Ivanovic charged the net repeatedly to overcome US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) in the final of the WTA Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday. The 26-year-old Serb needed 99 minutes to win the battle of the former world number ones, stretching her head-to-head tally of wins over the second-seeded Dane to five-two. "It was so hard physically. We had a lot of long rallies but to win the title is amazing," said the third-seeded Ivanovic, who had ousted Germany's top-seed Angelique Kerber in the semifinals.

"I really tried to come into the net and finished a lot of points at the net," said the Serb, who is ranked 10th in the world and has won 15 WTA titles, four of them this year. "I am happy because Wozniacki is a great defensive player and she gets a lot of balls back." It was the first Pan Pacific Open title for Ivanovic, who has competed in the Tokyo event for eight straight years. Ivanovic broke the 24-year-old Dane's serve in the first, fifth and seventh games of the first set on a sun-drenched hard-centre court at the Ariake Coliseum. She rushed forward to volley a cross-court winner at the outset of the eighth and finished the set with two straight service aces.

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