Ivanovic, Petrova and Goerges ease into 2nd round of Tokyo

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Ana Ivanovic, Julia Goerges, and Nadia Petrova moved into the second round of 2012 Tokyo WTA tournament with a minimum of fuss.

Former top-ranked Serbian Ivanovic has obtained eleven WTA titles in previous years, but has not managed to lift any trophies in 2012 yet. She started Toray Pan Pacific Open 2012 as the eleventh seed. Her 63rd ranked adversary Hlavackova of Czech Republic had to save four break points to remain in competition at 3-3 in the opening set. Two games later the 24-year-old Ivanovic finally broke the deadlock by grabbing a break and going 5-3 up. She served out of the set after turning around a 15-30 deficit. Hlavackova’s problems were not over as she gave away the initial service game in set two and Ivanovic consolidated the break with a love game. As it turned out, this was the final act of the encounter as Hlavackova withdrew from the match. The result: 6-3, 2-0 ret. for the Serbian who will play Ursula Radwanszka in the second round.

German Goerges and Romanian Monica Niculescu, both unseeded, were tied in the head-to-head series before today’s meeting, although their last match was back in 2008. Goerges took initiative in the opener, forcing the Romanian to drop two of her serves at the beginning of the first set, therefore taking a comfortable 4-0 lead. 21st-ranked Goerges could not confirm a double break though, so she had to stay alert until her last service game to go one set up. The following set was even less stressful for the German who, again, achieved a two break cushion with 5-2 in her favour and tucked the match away few minutes later. She progressed with a 6-3, 6-2  win and will challenge the US Open 2012 quarterfinalist Marion Bartoli next.

Seventeenth-seeded Russian Petrova, who pulled out of Seoul tournament last week due to injury, had a carefree first set against Shuai Peng. The Chinese converted a game point for a 1-0 lead, but the opener was all about Petrova from then on. She seized three consecutive breaks and took the set in twenty-seven minutes. The first chapter of set two belonged to 46th-ranked Peng who grabbed a 4-1 advantage by clinching two breaks. However, there was an immediate twist in a plot. Petrova first made up for a double break deficit and then finished off her rival by taking Peng’s third straight serve. Petrova’s 6-1, 6-4 victory has set up her second round match against Simona Halep.

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