Ivanovic tops Kleybanova for Bali title

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BALI, Indonesia -- Ana Ivanovic of Serbia topped Russia's Alisa Kleybanova on Sunday to capture the WTA Tournament of Champions.

Ivanovic notched a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) triumph in the final to earn her second title of 2010 and the 10th of her career. The former world No. 1 is expected to move back into the top 20 when the new rankings are released Monday.

After winning the French Open and ascending to No. 1 in June of 2008, Ivanovic struggled with her game and injuries. She tumbled out of the top 20 late last year and was ranked just 65th this summer.

Second-round losses at Madrid, Roland Garros and the Netherlands in the spring preceded a first-round ouster at Wimbledon and highlighted her troubles. After two early losses at the start of the U.S. hard court season, Ivanovic reached the semifinals in Cincinnati and had a fourth-round showing at the U.S. Open -- losing to Kim Clijsters in each of those tournaments.

Ivanovic stumbled at her next two events with early-round losses, but she made the quarterfinals in Beijing before winning the Linz tournament just three weeks ago.

Kleybanova, meanwhile, was trying for her third career title. She won her first two earlier this year -- at Kuala Lumpur in March and Seoul in September.

Ivanovic, who earned a first prize of $210,000, improved to 4-3 lifetime against Kleybanova. The two played five times this year, with Kleybanova winning the first two -- including a 6-3, 6-0 thumping in the second round of the French Open -- but Ivanovic has now claimed the last three meetings.

In Sunday's third-place match, Japan's Kimiko Date Krumm posted a 7-5, 7-5 win over Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova.


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