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Latest update : 2009-05-25

Ana Ivanovic clinched the women's French Open title after rolling over Russia's Dinara Safina in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. A class above her opponent, the 20-year-old Serb unseats Maria Sharapova as the new world number one. (Report: N. Germain)

REUTERS - Serbia's Ana Ivanovic claimed her maiden grand slam title when she beat Russian 13th seed Dinara Safina 6-4 6-3 in the French Open final on Saturday.
 
The 20-year-old second seed became the first woman representing Serbia to win a major title.
 
Last year's finalist Ivanovic, who will become world number one on Monday, was too powerful for Marat Safin's younger sister, sealing a straightforward victory after one hour 38 minutes.
 
"This was amazing. I still didn't believe it could happen," Ivanovic said in a courtside interview.
 
"I think we both played a nervous match, we both had lots of chances and I am just happy I kept my composure at the end.
 
"Last year's final was a great learning experience for me, so I am just so thrilled."
 
Safina, who was playing her first grand slam final, added: "It was a great experience, I hope I can come back here next year."
 
With just-retired, four-times champion Justine Henin watching from the stands, the Serbian pushed Safina far behind her baseline and the Russian found herself trailing 4-1 in the opening set.
 
Safina, however, pulled a break back in the sixth game then held serve to love under threatening skies.
 
In the eighth game, she rallied from 0-40, winning five points in a row to level the contest but the 20-year-old Serbian went another break up.
 
After saving a break point with a flat forehand, Ivanovic bagged the set after 45 minutes on her second opportunity when Safina put a backhand long.
 
Ivanovic won a 26-stroke rally in the third game of the second set, taking the game on Safina's serve. She watched her opponent smash a racket on the red dirt and held serve.
 
Safina, who came from match point down in her fourth-round and quarter-final matches against compatriots Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva, could not fight back this time, bowing out with a missed forehand. 

Date created : 2008-06-07

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