Ivanovic wins French Open on second attempt (Lead)

June 7th, 2008 - 10:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, June 7 (DPA) Ana Ivanovic of Seribia claimed her first grand glam title Saturday, defeating Russia’s Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3 to win the French Open women’s singles on her second attempt. The 20-year-old, who lost the final at Roland Garros a year ago to the now-retired Justine Henin, came good in her third final at a major and second this season after losing to Russia’s Maria Sharapova in Australia.

The Serb confirmed her rise to world number one status Monday, taking over after Sharapova held the top spot for a fortnight. The victory in one hour, 38 minutes ended a 12-match clay-court winning streak for Safina, who beat four top 10 players on her way into the biggest match of her career.

Ivanovic scrambled high into the stands at the Chatrier showcourt to hug her team in a match watched by the Serbian president.

“I have no words to describe how I feel,” said Ivanovic, who did not drop a set on her way to the title. She was presented with the trophy by four-time champion Henin.

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