‘Aussie Ana’ Starts AO Campaign With A Victory

Ana Ivanovic defeated Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-0, 6-3 on Tuesday at the Australian Open, advancing her to the 2nd round. While the match was relatively quick (65 minutes), the day was a long one. Playing the 4th and final match on Court 2, Ana did not get on court until 8:00 PM in the evening Melbourne time, as the matches that preceded hers took some time to complete. For many of us, that was 4:00 AM in the morning. So yes, my eyes are barely open as I write this. While the wait was a bit frustrating, Ana’s performance was not.

Ana got off to a blazing start, dominating the 1st set. Dominguez Lino didn’t provide much of a challenge and Ana handed out her first bagel of 2012. The 2nd set was an tighter affair, as Dominguez Lino stepped up her game. While Ana held onto her serve comfortably, she couldn’t quite break Dominguez Lino, despite having many opportunities to do so. Finally, Ana broke at 5-3 and then proceeded to to serve out the match to seal her first victory at this years edition of the Australian Open.

Overall, it was a pretty good performance on Ana’s part. Wouldn’t get too excited, as her opponent was Dominguez Lino after all. But it was still nice to see her serve as well as she did. Ana had a 71% 1st serve percentage for the match, and won 91% (29/32) of the points on her first serve. Impressive stuff. Ana spent a lot of time during the off-season working on her serve with Nigel, as she explained in her post match presser:

Yeah, definitely.  I worked really hard on it.  There were lot of, you know, annoying practices of just serving, serving, serving.  But that’s what gets you better.

You know, Nigel was really on top of me about that.  It needed improvement.  It gives you lot more confidence when you can get free points and aces off your serve.

You can read the full transcript of Ana’s presser here.

Ana will now play Michaella Krajicek in the 2nd round, who defeated Kristina Barrois 6-3, 7-6 (13) today. Ana and Krajicek have split their previous two meetings, but haven’t played each other since 2006.

And yes, Adam Scott was in attendance, cheering his girl on. Dragana and Papa Ivanovic were also on hand to support their daughter.

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