Ivanovic returns to top 20 after Bali title win

Ana Ivanovic ended her season with a return to the top 20 after

a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova in the Tournament

of Champions final.

The 23-year-old Serb captured her second title in three weeks to

move back into the top 20 for the first time in more than a year,

having sunk to a low of 65 in July.

Ivanovic won the first set easily, but the second was much

closer, with a double fault by Kleybanova in the tiebreak proving

the turning point.

”The second set came down to mental strength and just believing

in myself,” Ivanovic said. ”I managed to stay calm so I was happy

to close out the match.

”It’s great to win another title, I’m thrilled and it’s a big

step for me. The last few months have been great and really

exciting, and it’s a good way to go into next season.”

Ivanovic claimed the No. 1 ranking in 2008 after winning her

maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open, but has struggled with

her fitness and form since. Her win in Linz last month was her

first title since 2008.

Kleybanova, 21, has enjoyed her best ever season, with two

titles and now a runner-up finish.

”Ana had a terrific week,” Kleybanova said. ”I’m so happy to

be here, even if I didn’t win today. I’ll never forget this

tournament. It was a great week.”