Tuesday, October 07, 2014
No.2 seed Ana Ivanovic continued her run of success at the Generali Ladies Linz with an emphatic first round victory on Tuesday.
From 3-3 in the first set against Pauline Parmentier, Ivanovic won the next three games to take the set, and from 2-1 down in the second set she reeled off five straight games to finish off her 6-3, 6-2 triumph.
Ivanovic, champion in Linz in 2008 and 2010 and runner-up in 2013, is now 21-4 here. Next up for her is American qualifier Madison Brengle.
"It was a very good match for me," Ivanovic said. "I played well. I'm really happy to be back in Linz."
Ivanovic, who has a WTA-leading 56 match wins this year, talked about her rise back up the rankings.
"When I had all that success in the past, I felt a lot of stress," Ivanovic said. "With experience and maturity, you realize you do something you love and there's no reason not to enjoy it. I love competition and challenges and tough matches, and I think that shows on and off the court.
"It's been my goal to reach the WTA Finals in Singapore. It's a great feeling to be back in the Top 8. But my dream is to win more Grand Slams. That is something you're remembered for."
Monday, October 06, 2014
Ana will face Paulie Parmentier from France in the first round of the Genearali Ladies Linz, which begins on monday. The 26-year-old is seeded second in the tournament.
The winner of the contest will meet Irina Carmelia Begu from Romania or Qualifier. Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova is possible quarter-final opponent. Third seed Dominika Cibulkova or No.6 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova are a possible adversary in the semi-finals.
The leading competitors in the top half of the draw, whom Ana cannot face until the final, are No.1 Eugenie Bouchard, No.4 Andrea Petkovic, No.5 Sabine Lisicki and No.8 Caroline Garcia.
Main Draw here
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Also with Ana, Eugenie Bouchard, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki have locked in the last four spots at the WTA's crown jewel event and they join to Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova.
Ivanovic, who earlier in the day scored her 55th match win of the season - more than she's ever had in a season before, and more than anyone this year - said this has been a year-long goal for her.
"It's been my big goal since the beginning of the year," she said. "Everyone really earns a spot there, and I feel like I've been playing so well the whole year. I was working really hard towards this.
"The WTA Finals is a very special tournament because it's only eight players. And we're all excited that it's in Singapore this year - everything looks so beautiful. We're all very motivated."
In the first game Serb Ivanovic trailed 15-40 on serve but she held. Ana breaks Sabine's serve at 2-1 and consolidate the break in the next game. Then the two players are holding her serves until 5-3 when Ana saved 4 break points and she took the set 6-3.
In the second set Ivanovic broke Lisicki's serve at 3-2 but the german player regained the break in the next game. Two players again are holding her serves until 5-5. Then Ana broke to serve for the match and she won 6-3 7-5.
Ana was going to play against Simona Halep, who defeated Petkovic 7-6 6-7 7-6, but She has withdrawn from the tournament with a hip injury, giving Ivanovic a walkover into semi-finals.
Now Ana will play for a final spot against winner of the match between Maria Sharapova or Svetlana Kuznetsova. They will play this match on saturday.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Ana will play Lisicki, who defeated Bouchard 6-2 6-4, They will play this match on thursday.