BIRMINGHAM, England – Ana Ivanovic captured her first grass court title after almost a decade of trying on Sunday after a straight sets win over Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova at the Aegon Classic.
The former world number beat Zahlavova-Strycova, 6-3, 6-2, with her opponent also playing in her first major tournament final.
It was Ivanovic's 37th win and her third title of the year, putting her level with Serena Williams' and Maria Sharapova's three.
The Serb couldn't contain her happiness at conquering her doubts about playing on grass. "On grass you really don't have time to hesitate," she said.
Ivanovic will move up to world number 11, well positioned to make another move during Wimbledon, which would lift her back into the top ten for the first time in five years.