Venus Williams, Ivanovic to decide ASB Classic title

Jan. 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Venus Williams, appearing in her 72nd WTA final, will play second-seeded Ana Ivanovic in the title match of the ASB Classic tennis tournament in New Zealand.

Ivanovic earned her spot in the finals with a 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) win Friday over No. 3-seeded Kirsten Flipkens. Williams moved on in a walkover when fifth-seeded Jamie Hampton was unable to play due to a hip injury.

Williams won her 44th WETA title in October 2012, which was her most recent appearance in a championship match. She's 44-27 lifetime in finals.

The 44 wins are second-most among active WTA players and seventh-most all-time. Her sister Serena, who is to play for the Brisbane International title Saturday, has 57 championships.

She holds a lopsided 8-1 edge in career meetings versus Ivanovic, who is seeking her 12th WTA title.

Ivanovic didn't face a break point in dispatching Flipkens. She lost a mere 10 points in nine games serving. Flipkens saved the only two break points of the second set but fell in the tiebreaker.

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