Sports

Maria Sharapova rallies to beat Ana Ivanovic in 3 sets, clinches 3rd straight Porsche GP title

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their final match at the Porsche tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, Bernd Weissbrod)

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their final match at the Porsche tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, Bernd Weissbrod)  (The Associated Press)

Maria Sharapova won her third straight Porsche Grand Prix title on Sunday by coming from behind to defeat Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Sharapova won her first tournament of the year and clinched the 30th title of her career. She is now undefeated in 13 consecutive matches on the indoor clay in Stuttgart.

Ivanovic wasted a 3-1 lead in the second set as Sharapova raised her game to stay in the match and finally prevail in a showdown between two former top-ranked players. Ivanovic was seeking her third title of the year.

Ivanovic got off to a flying a start and won the first five games of the match before Sharapova started fighting back.

Sharapova returned late last year after missing four months following shoulder surgery.