Ana Ivanovic’s slump is still strong, as she followed her first-round loss at the US Open with a first-round exit at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
The Serbian world No.11 Ivanovic was buried under a deluge of unforced errors and Czech Lucie Safarova defeated her 6-4 7-6(1).
“I know how Ana is feeling and I feel it with her,” said Safarova, who is now tied at 2-2 in career meetings with Ivanovic. “She’s struggling with her serve and when that goes, all your game goes.”
Additional info: World No.10 Flavia Pennetta of Italy fell to compatriot Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-2 in the opening round, and was the first Top 10 member to exit the $2 million tournament, featuring nine of the world’s Top 10 women’s tennis players.