Ana finally secured her first ever victory in Madrid on (blue) clay, with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Mathilde Johansson. It was a routine win, aside from a near first set collapse.
Ivanovic looked to be in complete control of the match, leading 5-1 in the first set. She failed to serve out the opening set on her own serve, but quickly found herself with three set points in the next Johansson service game at 0-40. This is when things started to get uneasy. Ana failed to convert on those set points and Johansson went on to hold, closing the gap from 5-1 to 5-3. Having another opportunity on her own serve to close the deal, Ana once again could not convert on a set point, this being the 4th of the set. Johansson went on to break Ana gain, and suddenly she found herself back on serve with Ivanovic, having been down a double break just a few games before. After allowing two more set points get away from her, Ana finally converted on set point #7, breaking Johansson to take the 1st set, 6-4.
Just as she did in the 1st set, Ana raced out to a 5-1 lead in the 2nd. This time she closed things out with little drama, sealing the first round victory. It wasn’t the most comfortable win Ana has had, turning what looked to be a straightforward win into a roller coaster ride, but in the end, she got the job done. Nadia Petrova, who defeated Vania King today in 3 sets, awaits Ana in the next round. Petrova served out 16 aces in her victory and will be a challenging second round foe. Ana leads the head to head, 7-5. They’ll play each other on Tuesday.