Ana Ivanovic continues impressive year with easy win in Cincinnati
From the first point, it was evident what kind of match this would be to open the night session on Center Court as Ana Ivanovic sent good friend Sorana Cirstea home with a 6-1, 6-4 first round victory in business-like fashion.
Ana Ivanovic, the No. 9 seed, has done well this year to get back in the Top 10 in the WTA rankings, currently ranked tenth in the world. This result will only help her ranking, as she lost in the first round in last year’s tournament.
Ivanovic would jump to a quick 3-0 lead, taking twelve of the first fifteen points played, showing her improved weapons on both the forehand and backhand wing.
The first set came to a close with a 6-1 score line after just 24 minutes on an Ivanovic forehand volley at the net.
Early in the second set Cirstea seemed to finally get her teeth into the match, showing much more pace and pop off both wings, jumping to a quick 4-1 lead on Ivanovic errors.
To right the ship, Ivanovic requested to see her coach Dejan Petrovic, her third coach in just over a year’s time, to help settle nerves and reassume her of her game plan.
That quick on court coaching session, as is allowed by the WTA in tournaments outside the Grand Slams, was all Ivanovic needed as she would go on a roll, taking the next five games, closing out the set and match on an ace out wide.
Ana Ivanovic awaits the winner of Christina McHale v Nicole Gibbs and is the likely match up for Eugenie Bouchard in the Round of 16 should seeds advance as projected.