Ana Ivanovic of Serbia-Montenegro and Hungarian Melinda Czink will establish an odd record Saturday when they meet in the Canberra Classic women's tennis final.
Earlier this week, Ivanovic eliminated Czink in the final round of qualifying for the tournament, before Czink entered the main draw as the lucky loser when another player withdrew. Both won their semifinals Friday, marking the first time in WTA Tour history that a lucky loser and the player who knocked her out of qualifying will meet in a final.
Ivanovic beat Ukrainian Yuliana Fedak Friday, 6-1, 6-2. Czink defeated Lindsay Lee-Waters of the United States in two tiebreaker sets, 7-6, 7-6.
Ivanovic had beaten Czink in their qualifying match, 6-1, 6-3.
Unfortunately for Czink, she can't play in next week's Australian Open because her unexpected success in Canberra kept her from qualifying for the year's first grand slam event.
Some information for this report provided by AP.