Monday, February 18, 2013

Ivanovic through to round 2

Ana Ivanovic edged Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the feature night match, 6-3,7-6(5), originally leading 4-0 and 5-2 in the second set before closing it in the breaker. She was still too strong for 21-year-old Pavlyuchenkova, breaking in the first game and remaining largely in control thereafter, with her Russian opponent's forehand too often found wanting to really put her higher-ranked adversary in trouble. In other first round matches, Hsieh Su-Wei beat Varvara Lepchenko, 6-1,6-3, and Yulia Putintseva edged Laura Robson in a battle of teenage wildcards in the last match of the night, 6-4,2-6,7-6(6).

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