Toronto: August 13-19

August 21, 2006 04:00 PM

MONTREAL (AP) -- Ana Ivanovic overpowered Martina Hingis for a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the rain-delayed final of the $1.34 million Rogers Cup on Monday.

Ivanovic posted her second career tournament victory and her first in a Tier-1 event, one level below the grand slams.

The 18-year-old Serb's power shots proved to be too much for the 25-year-old Hingis, as Ivanovic rocketed forehands down the lines that left the Swiss veteran helpless.

Ivanovic won $196,900, while Hingis earned $99,850.

The match was postponed on Sunday due to rain, but a mostly pro-Hingis crowd of about 8,000 lured by discounted tickets turned out in sunny weather on Monday afternoon.

In the semifinals, Hingis was able to counter Svetlana Kuznetsova's big shots with clever drops and slices, but that didn't work against Ivanovic, who did not appear intimidated by playing one of the sport's biggest names.

The seventh-seeded Hingis, a dominant player in the late 1990s, is on a comeback from a three-year absence with foot and ankle injuries. Her performance this week will put her back in the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time in almost three years.

Hingis won the Rogers Cup in 1999 and 2000.

The 13th-seeded Ivanovic, who will move up to the No. 17 ranking this week, remains unbeaten in two visits to the Rogers Cup at 7-0. Last year in Toronto, she withdrew before a scheduled third-round meeting with Kim Clijsters with an injury.

In the doubles final, Martina Navratilova of the United States and Nadia Petrova of Russia romped 6-1, 6-2 over Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany. Tennis legend Navaratilova, 49, is to retire after the Aug. 28-Sept. 10 U.S. Open.

 

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