Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [1] eventual winner vs Ana IVANOVIC (SRB) [2]] at the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament in Brisbane, Saturday, Jan 10, 2015.
Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [1] eventual winner vs Ana IVANOVIC (SRB) [2]] at the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament in Brisbane, Saturday, Jan 10, 2015. AAP Image - David Kapernick

Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic at the Brisbane International

SEVEN years after Maria Sharapova won her first - and only - Australian Open in a straight-sets final against Ana Ivanovic, the world No.2 has warmed-up for her latest attempt by claiming her 34th career title at the Brisbane International.

The victim: Ivanovic. The score: 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3.

The Evonne Goolagong Trophy was claimed on Sharapova's third championship point, with a last, netted Ivanovic forehand.

After a relieved victory shriek, the Russian dashed over to embrace her support team, a marvellous final having lasted two hours and 39 minutes, and given Sharapova a chance of overtaking world No.1 Serena Williams by the end of the month.

"I couldn't think of a better preparation than here in Brisbane," said Sharapova, who had lost just nine games in her first three matches. 

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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