CANBERRA, Australia -- Seventeen-year-old Ana Ivanovic of
Serbia-Montenegro won her first WTA Tour title Saturday, beating
Melinda Czink of Hungary 7-5, 6-1 in a qualifying-round rematch in
the Canberra Classic.
Earlier this week, Ivanovic beat Czink 6-1, 6-3 in the final
round of qualifying, but the Hungarian made the main draw after
Auckland Classic winner Katarina Srebotnik withdrew because of an
injury. Czink was attempting to become the first lucky loser to win
a tour singles title since Kay McDaniel in 1980 in Atlanta.
"I was really nervous in the beginning," Ivanovic said. "I
somehow pulled through the first set and in the second set it was
quite tough. She was really playing good in the beginning, but I
didn't do too much wrong."
The Australian Open begins Monday in Melbourne, with Ivanovic
scheduled to face 32nd-seeded Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic
in the first round.
Czink's long run in Canberra prevented her from attempting to
qualify for the Australian Open.
"I'm very happy that I made the final, but obviously I'm
disappointed that I didn't win," she said. "I didn't play my best