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Ivanovic triumphs at German Open

Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic secured the third title of her career as she fought back to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final of the German Open in Berlin on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Serbian beat third seed Kuznetsova of Russia 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

Kuznetsova had earlier beaten world number one Justine Henin in a rain-interrupted semi-final.

"I cannot say I was very fresh," said Kuznetsova. "The third set was tough. The final was a minus, but there were more pluses."

Ivanovic overcame a foot injury and had her foot taped in the second set.

"It was so painful in the third set that I went for a lot quickly, trying to hit winners fast," said Ivanovic.

It was very dangerous actually and everyone was scared they were going to get injured

Justine Henin

"But I'm just amazed to win. I didn't expect this. I just want to enjoy the moment."

The teenager will be in the top 10 on Monday when the new rankings are released.

"That has been my goal for some time now so I am very happy," Ivanovic said. "I now have more expectations for the French Open, but I don't want to put pressure on myself."

The tournament was repeatedly disrupted by bad weather and Henin in particular suffered - she was on court for the fifth time in three days on Sunday.

Play was suspended on Saturday with Kuznetsova 3-2 up in the final set and she completed a 6-4 5-7 6-4 win.

On Saturday evening Kuznetsova had failed to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, but on Sunday morning's resumption Henin's seventh double fault of the match gifted Kuznetsova a match point in game nine.

A wayward backhand followed to see the Belgian's hopes of a fourth Berlin title dashed.

"This was the toughest week I ever had - it's been bizarre," said Henin. "It was very hard mentally, physically. Today I was missing some energy, some legs on the court."

Henin said she was pleased to come through a week of wind and rain unscathed.

"It was very dangerous actually and everyone was scared they were going to get injured," she said. "I had a lot of difficult moments but I just kept fighting."

The Belgian will now take two weeks off to rest and train ahead of her attempt to win a fourth French Open title in Paris at the end of the month.

"I'm glad because I had a good preparation here and a lot of matches on the clay and that's good for the French," she said.

Mauresmo slumps to Berlin defeat

Amelie Mauresmo

Second seed Amelie Mauresmo suffered a dramatic collapse as she went out of the German Open to Julia Vakulenko.

The pair resumed their held-over last-16 match with Mauresmo leading 6-2 1-1 but the Frenchwoman won just two games on the resumption.

Ukrainian Vakulenko followed up her 2-6 6-1 6-2 win with a 6-3 5-7 6-3 victory over eighth seed Dinara Safina.

Justine Henin trailed Jelena Jankovic 3-6 4-4 in their quarter-final when play was halted by bad light.

Earlier, world number one Henin had few problems beating Maria Elena Camerin 6-1 6-3 in the last 16.

The winner of the Henin-Jankovic match will meet Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated Nadia Petrova 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in Friday's first quarter-final.

I was a step slow all day. What can you do, what can you say? Just keep practising

Amelie Mauresmo

World number three Mauresmo was playing her first tournament after a two month lay-off to recover from an appendicitis operation.

She lost the first seven games on Friday's resumption and when she finally won a game to trail 2-1 in the final set, she shook her racquet and screamed in joy.

However, a double-fault two games later saw Mauresmo slip 4-1 down and the match was over soon after.

"What can you do, what can you say? Just keep practising," said Mauresmo. "I need the rhythm of more matches, competition. I was a step slow all day."

World number 53 Vakulenko had to go through the pain barrier in her second match of the day after hurting her foot.

"I am really pleased to have got to the semi-finals, but the game against Safina was hard, because the foot got really sore during the rain break and I had to take anti-inflammatories to dull the pain," she said.

"I am looking forward to the semi-final on Saturday, I just hope I can walk on the foot when I get up in the morning."