For the second time in a row, Ana Ivanovic successfully defends her title in Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali. In the quarterfinals, she avenged her two consecutive losses to Roberta Vinci and quickly raced to 4-0 in the first set. The match ended with only six games dropped by the former world number one. Even a lack of sleep due to earthquake scare a night before did not stop Ana to defeat the all-court aggressive game of Nadia Petrova during the semifinals. The Russian veteran held a set point in the second set (5-4) but Ana saved it and sealed a win at 7-5.
Ana was up against Anabel Medina Garrigues in the finals. The crowd was already pulling for her before the match even started. Ana’s mom and dad, as well as Nigel Sears, were there too.
I was concerned though upon seeing a white tape in her right shoulder and leg. However, things happened beyond what I predicted. Not to disappointed the fans’ expectations, Ana played an immaculate match against the Spaniard who has won two titles this year. The first two points of the match were won by Garrigues but Ana held her serve very well to win the first game. From then on, Ana smoothly sailed in the lead. She’s hitting each ball with confidence and control, closing out the first set at 6-3. Ana was invincible in the second set. Her serves were heavier, her returns were as powerful as she wanted it to and her groundstrokes were deeper. She’s hitting more winners on both wings and with a net error by the Spaniard, Ana ended the set in 27 minutes (6-0).
This was the last staging of Tournament of Champions in Bali before moving to Sofia, Bulgaria next year. The tournament was formerly called as Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic and was played in three different locations since 1994. Ana was clearly overjoyed winning the last tournament in WTA Calendar as the wildcard and as the last champion in Bali on her 24th birthday.