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Top-seed Angelique Kerber beats Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 7-6 (6) in Linz to win 1st title of year

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    Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts during her final match against Serbia's Ana Ivanovic at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Kerber defeated Ivanovic with 6-4 and 7-6. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson) (The Associated Press)

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    Serbia's Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Germany's Angelique Kerber during their final match of the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson) (The Associated Press)

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    Germany's Angelique Kerber returns the ball to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic during their final match of the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson) (The Associated Press)

Top-seeded Angelique Kerber won her first WTA title of the season and third overall by defeating two-time champion Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 7-6 (6) at the Generali Ladies on Sunday.

The 10th-ranked German used three breaks to win the opening set and saved four set points for Ivanovic in the second.

Kerber reached her third final of the year. She lost to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in Tokyo two weeks ago.

Kerber didn't intend to play in Linz but was given a late wild-card entry to replace Kvitova after the former Wimbledon champion pulled out with a back injury.

The former top-ranked Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and '10, appeared in her first final since winning her 11th career title in November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia.