Auckland: Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic overcame a second set resistance to beat Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, on Friday, and set up an Auckland Classic final against former world No. 1 Venus Williams.
The tall American was given a walkover to the final after her compatriot, fifth seed Jamie Hampton, was forced to withdraw from their semi-final after suffering a right hip injury in practice.
Ivanovic needed just 70 minutes to book her spot in the final, once again playing some outstanding tennis.
Ivanovic, also a former world No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion, stormed through the opening set against third seed Flipkens without dropping a game but the Belgian took her all the way in the second.
The 26-year-old prevailed in the tiebreaker, though, to win through 6-0, 7-6 (3) and inch closer to a first WTA title since winning in Bali at the end of 2011.
The first set lasted just 21 minutes as Ivanovic blasted her opponent off the court.