Saturday, June 23, 2007
Ljubicic, Chakvetadze win second titles of year
DEN BOSCH, Netherlands -- Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia won the
the Ordina Open on Saturday for his first grass-court championship.
Anna Chakvetadze of Russia captured the women's final of this
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The second-seeded Ljubicic beat unseeded Peter Wessels of the
Netherlands 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), and the third-seeded Chakvetadze
beat top-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3. It was
the second title of the year for both Ljubicic and Chakvetadze.
"I started off good but Jelena came back very strong,"
Chakvetadze said. "In the beginning of the third set, I had some
Ljubicic is ranked 13th in the world, but got a tough challenge
from Wessels. The 488th ranked player never dropped his serve in
trying to win the second title of his 11-year career.
"Peter played a fantastic game. I couldn't break him once,"
said Ljubicic, the third Croat in a row to win this event after two
titles for Mario Ancic.
Earlier Saturday, Wessels had completed his semifinal match
against Antony Dupuis of France, winning 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), after it
was halted Friday by darkness.
"Beforehand I would have been happy to make the final,"
Wessels said. "But if you're there and so close, that's bitter."
Chakvetadze broke Jankovic in the final set to lead 4-2, only to
drop serve in the next game. She recovered to 5-3 and then saved
three break points to serve out the set.
Chakvetadze opened the match with a five-game streak before
Jankovic found her pace and evened the first set at 5-5.