Kuznetsova had upset Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia in the semifinals, but was unable to stay with the
overall aggression and consistency of Ivanovic.
"In the first few matches, I was more nervous," Ivanovic said. "But then I just started to focus and not even think about who I
play against, just do what I have been doing in practice. Iíve been practising really well and working hard on my fitness."
American Mardy Fish, ranked 98th in the world before the Indian Wells tournament, also suffered a letdown Sunday after similarly
winning an upset semfinal over a grand slam champion. Fish, in the men's semifinals, stunned Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of
Switzerland in straight sets.
Yesterday Fish jumped 58 places from 98th to 40th in the just released ATP Tour rankings behind a strong week, but on Sunday
he failed to convert several chances in the final to lose 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to Djokovic.
After leveling the match at one set all, 0-40 on the Djokovic serve, Fish could only watch as Djokovic hit three aces and held serve.
Djokovic then broke Fish following serveral groundstroke winners.
"Itís been a dream start to the year," the Australian Open champion Djokovic, said. "Before I started this year, I said my goals were
to be consistent with results, reach the Masters and hopefully win a grand slam. I did that in a very, very small amount of time."