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Ivanovic makes a strong start in Tokyo.

Ana eases into round two

Ana Ivanovic beat Australian Anastasia Rodionova 6-4, 6-0 in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The match began with the main stadium’ roof open but rain began to fall with Ana leading 5-3, and was finished under cover. Ana began the match sharply and led 3-0 after just eight minutes. She was far the superior player against an opponent who had trouble controlling both her shots and her emotions: Rodionova would frequently berate herself after unforced errors. However, it was Rodionova who coped best with the half-hour stoppage in play, as she broke Ana as the 23-year-old served for the set. Undeterred, Ana broke in the following game to seal the set. In the second set Ana started to enjoy herself. She played some attractive, free flowing tennis, making use of the angles as much as her power. “I’m happy with how I started the tournament,” said Ana. “I was lucky that we have a roof here, so that we could finish the match. “The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the site a few days ago was the speed of the courts: the surface is much slower and I like that. It’s the same surface as the US Open, so it feels familiar and takes less time to adapt.”

Ana takes on British wild card Laura Robson, who is ranked 146th, in round two. The match is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, but rain in Tokyo may cause a delay.



Rodionova upsets Pironkova in Istanbul Cup.

Tsvetana Pironkova was a second-round upset victim Wednesday at the $220,000 Istanbul Cup hardcourt tennis event.

Russian-born Aussie Anastasia Rodionova upended the fifth-seeded Pironkova in 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 fashion on Day 3 here. Earlier this month, Pironkova became the first-ever Bulgarian to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the All England Club.

Sixth-seeded German Andrea Petkovic avoided an upset and reached the quarterfinals by outlasting Russian qualifier Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3.

Unseeded defending Istanbul titlist Vera Dushevina continued her winning ways at this tournament, as she got past Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-2 on Wednesday. The Russian Dushevina doused Czech Lucie Hradecka in last year’s finale.

One other second-rounder saw Russian Elena Vesnina vault past Swiss Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-2.

On Thursday, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone will play her second- round match against Brit Elena Baltacha. Schiavone, this week’s top seed, became the first-ever Italian woman to capture a Grand Slam title, which she did in Paris in June.


Sabine Lisicki sprains her ankle on match point.

lisicki 2Australian Anastasia Rodionova has progressed through to the third round of the US Open with a three-set win over 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki.

Rodionova added another upset to the women’s draw, downing her higher-ranked opponent 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in just over two hours.

The match ended in painful fashion for Lisicki, with the German rolling her ankle on match point.

Rodionova’s next opponent will be Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko, who defeated Ana Ivanovic in the first round.

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