(October 13, 2013) Late entry and top seed Angelique Kerber claimed her first WTA title of 2013 defeating former two-time champion Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 7-6 (6) for the Generali Ladies title in Linz on Sunday. This is her third career WTA tournament win.
Kerber qualified for the WTA Year-End Championships in Istanbul by reaching the semifinals. Kerber was not supposed to play Linz but when Petra Kvitova was unable to play, she was given a wild car entry.
“At the end I was just focusing point to point and not thinking about the match points I already had,” Kerber said. “I was just trying to stay aggressive in the important moments and I think that was the biggest key to victory at the end. I’m really happy to win my first WTA tournament of the year here.”
Ivanovic made runs in both sets. She rallied from 1-4 down in the opening set to get to 4-4 but was broken for a third time. In the second set she fought off two match point at 5-3, then took a 6-5 lead and could not convert on two set points of her own. The serb also had set points in the tiebreak, but Kerber won 4 straight points to take the tiebreak and the match 6-4, 7-6 (6).
“There were a lot of turnarounds from both sides, but she played better in the important moments,” Ivanovic said. “I feel like I had more chances but just didn’t use them. I hit some errors when I really needed the point. But it was a great match, and though it’s disappointing to lose in a final, I had lots of good matches this week and lots of good wins, and overall it was a very positive week for me.”
“I was too passive and didn’t find my rhythm. I got my chances, but I couldn’t take them.”