Ivanovic Rallies Back to Finals

Serbian drops first 8 games to Hantuchova before storming to victory
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2008 4:35 AM CST
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, left, greets Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova at the net after winning their Women's singles semi final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Daniela Hantuchova looked to be cruising to an easy victory over Ana Ivanovic in today's Australian Open semifinal match, but the fourth-seeded Serbian came back from a 6-0, 2-0 hole to win it. Ivanovic suddenly became dominant, answering Hantuchova's volleys and taking break points to storm back to a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 win, reports ABC News.

"She's a tough player and I knew I had to go for my shots early in the rallies and I was missing them. It was frustrating," admitted Ivanovic. But the veteran, who reached the finals of the last French Open, drew on the crowd for support and became more aggressive. She will face Maria Sharapova in the finals on Saturday.