Serbian star Ana Ivanovic faced minimal resistance en route to the second round of the United States Open, where she will now meet Karolina Pliskova after sufficient rest. The two have never faced off in professional competition before and could make for an entertaining contest.
Eighth seed Ana Ivanovic played like an athlete with a top billing at the tournament, as she routed Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 in the opening match on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Ivanovic struck 4 aces, 19 winnners and converted on 6 of 12 break point opportunities.
“It was very tough first-round match. We had a tough one in Auckland. I knew that coming into today’s match. She had a good run last week, so I really tried to start sharp and tried to play my game to put pressure on her. It took a little bit to adjust. The game was very heavy conditions out there today. I was very pleased, especially the way I finished the second set.”
Following her strong performance in Cincinnati, where she toppled Sharapova to reach the final against Serena Williams, Ivanovic admitted that she is feeling the confidence boost and wants to simply enjoy her time on the court now.
“The confidence is on a high level. I had a great season behind me. Still I work hard for each match, and I do that because I love it. It’s the same. I don’t want to take anything for granted. I really enjoy being here. You know, like in Paris, as well I had a great leadup and quite a disappointing loss. But, you know, it’s a new tournament, new situation. I really want to enjoy each match.”
Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova put on a dominant performance in her New York opener on Tuesday afternoon, where she defeated Yvonne Meusburger 6-2, 6-2 to secure her spot in the second round of the tournament. Pliskova hit 9 aces, won 90% of her first service points and a total of 60 points overall to close out the contest in 57 minutes.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and considering Ivanovic’s season so far this year, she will be the rightful favourite heading into the second round encounter.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic in Three Sets