Ana Ivanovic beat world No.50 Olga Govortsova 6-3, 6-1 to move into the third round of the Qatar Total Open, but the top seed’s victory was accompanied with what seemed to be quite a serious ankle injury.
At the moment Ivanovic was only two points from victory, she fell and twisted her ankle. The world number three lay on the court with tears in her eyes and the face expression that suggested she was in great pain. However, after receiving a medical timeout, Ivanovic decided to try to finish the match, and she was fortunate to be able to finish it very quickly.
Olga Govortsova seems to be bringing bad luck to her opponents. The Belorussian advanced to the second round as India’s Sania Mirza retired with cramps.
It’s likely that Ana Ivanovic won’t continue her participation at the Qatar Total Open. If this happens, it would be a pity, as Ivanovic is top-seeded at a tournament for the first time in her career. But of course, it’s more important to think in advance, and withdraw from the tournament in order not to risk making the injury even worse.