Ivanovic Conquers Schnyder, Diarrhea for Linz Title
Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic took another step toward righting her wayward game on Sunday by defeating Swiss Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 for the Generali Ladies Linz title in Austria.
Earlier in the week the Serb was forced to rush off the court during a match, receiving a game penalty for a gastric bathroom explosion she blamed on eating yogurt before the match.
“When I left the court I was really feeling sick,” Ivanovic said. “I’m really embarrassed because I had yogurt right before I walked on. Don’t ever have yogurt before you have to play!”
It was the fourth straight win for Ivanovic over Schnyder, improving her lead in their career head-to-head to 5-4, and marking her first title in two years.
“I had confidence from my last few matches and that helped me stay aggressive today,” Ivanovic said. “I took a lot of risks and stepped in a lot. I believed in my shots and made them count, and I’m very pleased with that.”
Tanasugarn Stops 40-year-old Date in Osaka Final
Tamarine Tanasugarn survived a battle on Sunday to outlast 40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm in 3 hours and 7 minutes, beating the Japanese former Top 10er 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 for the HP Open title in Osaka.
Date Krumm upset No. 1 seed Sam Stosur and No. 3 seed Shahar Peer in the quarters and semifinals, winning three-set marathons on both matches, which took its toll in the final.
“I tried to be more aggressive in the third set and I finally made it,” Tanasugarn said.
A win by Date Krumm would have trumped Billie Jean King’s record as the oldest tour title winner at 39 years and seven months.
“Now I’ll play some ITF events followed by the Asian Games,” Date Krumm said. “So I’ll be continuing to play tennis the rest of the year.”
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