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Ana Ivanovic wins French Open

NERVE-WRACKINGFor the second-seeded pinup, it was third-time lucky after she had lost her previous major finals to Henin and Sharapova

AFP , PARIS

Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic won the French Open yesterday, her first Grand Slam title, by ending Dinara Safina’s heroic run to the final and crowning her elevation to the world number one spot in style.

Ivanovic won 6-4, 6-3 as Russian 13th seed Safina saw her hopes of joining big brother Marat as a Grand Slam champion dashed.

For the second seeded pinup, it was third-time lucky after she had lost both her previous major finals to Justine Henin in Paris 12 months ago and Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open in January.

Safina had reached her first Grand Slam final in dramatic fashion putting out top seed Sharapova and seventh seed Elena Dementieva in earlier rounds.

In both ties, the 22-year-old Safina had been a set and 2-5 down before carving out memorable wins, saving a match point in each.

The Russian, who had spent two more hours than Ivanovic getting to the title match, endured a nerve-wracking start to the final being broken twice to quickly slip 1-4 down before fighting back to 4-4 with two breaks of her own.

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