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Ivanovic triumphs

Monterrey: Ana Ivanovic won an all-Serbian final at the Monterrey Open on Sunday, beating Jovana Jaksic 6-2, 6-1 for her second title of the year.

Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, also won the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, to start the year. It's the first time since 2010 she has captured multiple titles in a season.

Jaksic, playing in her first WTA Tour final, started off strongly against the second-seeded Ivanovic, breaking her at love and winning the first six points of the match. But Ivanovic reeled off 16 of the next 17 points to take control of the match and finish it off in one hour.

“I think we both enjoyed the final tonight — it was very special for our country, it was the first time two players from our country were in a WTA final together,” said Ivanovic, as quoted by the WTA’s official website.

“It was also great to see Jovana doing so well this week. I think she definitely has a bright future ahead of her. Last year I lost very early here in Monterrey but I had so much fun that I wanted to come back, so to make it this far this year is amazing.

“And every title is so special. I had some tough matches this week but I feel so happy to get through each of them, and this title is definitely one of my favorites.” It’s the 13th title of Ivanovic’s career.

Jaksic said, “I am sad because I lost the final, but I have nothing to be upset about because it was an amazing week for me. This is what we dream about, to make finals like this, and to play against a true champion and one of the best players in the world was just a dream come true.”