Williams needed only 62 minutes to beat
No wobbles this time. After getting broken in the first game, she took control with her serve and took advantage of Ivanovic's sloppy play, improving to 5-0 in finals this year.
Ivanovic was treated for a stomach ailment during her nearly 3-hour win over
Later in the day,
Williams hasn't had much luck playing in Cincinnati in years past -- the only other event that Williams has played six times without a title is Sydney.
It was a good matchup for Williams, who is 7-1 in her career against Ivanovic. Her only loss came at the
Williams developed a stiff back that limited her serve in the semifinals Saturday night. She moved stiffly at the start Sunday, double-faulted in the first game and was broken — an ominous sign. But she started moving better and took control with her serve, pulling even at 3-3. She clinched the set when Ivanovic fell behind 15-30, then double-faulted twice in a row.
The back problem came into play in the second set. Williams winced after a serve in the opening game and arched her back. She stretched her back a few times between points.