Hantuchova punishes Ivanovic at Edgbaston

Sat, 11 Jun 18:03:00 2011

Daniela Hantuchova punished a wasteful performance from Ana Ivanovic to book her place in the final of the WTA Birmingham event at Edgbaston.

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The Slovakia came from a set down to win 6-7 (7) 6-3 6-2 in a match that saw Ivanovic fail to convert on 18 break points.

Hantuchova will now face back in form Sabine Lisicki in the final after the German defeated third-seeded Peng Shuai 6-3 6-1 in the second semi-final.

“I like playing on grass, and I’ve had a lot of experience on it, and that certainly helps you to do the right things”, Hantuchova said after her win over Ivanovic.

Former world number one Ivanovic though was left to reflect on what might have been.

“I don’t know how many break points I had, but I still felt positive coming out for the third set,” she said.

“It was only in the last couple of games that I didn’t have the intensity I had previously. My mind was wandering and things happen very fast on grass.

“But it was the first time I have played four matches in a row for a long time, and that’s something positive I can take into next week.”

The final has been moved forward to a new start-time of 10am on Sunday after weather forecasts predicted heavy and prolonged rain on Sunday afternoon and evening.

Birmingham : semi-finals

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