After claiming the 2009 Indian Wells doubles title with Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva went on to win in singles too, defeating defending champion Ana Ivanovic 7-6(5) 6-2 in the Sunday’s final.
The fifth-seeded Ivanovic started both sets with a 2-0 lead. In the first set Zvonareva won four games in a row to give herself a 4-2 lead, then Ivanovic came back and was even close to taking the first set, but lost in the tiebreak, while in the second the fourth-seeded Zvonareva won all the games after Ivanovic’s initial lead.
Russia’s Zvonareva has won her ninth career singles title on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, and second this season.
Zvonareva is projected to replace Venus Williams at the No.5 spot when the rankings are released on Monday. Ivanovic will remain world No.7.