Auckland, New Zealand (SportsNetwork.com) - Ana Ivanovic defeated Venus Williams in the final of the season-opening ASB Classic tennis event, a hardcourt Australian Open tune-up.
The second-seeded Ivanovic outlasted Williams 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to notch her 12th career WTA title at ASB Tennis Centre. Ivanovic fired five aces and saved 8- of-10 break points.
Williams was looking for her 45th championship.
Ivanovic claimed $43,000 with the win.