Following her title victory in Tokyo on Sunday morning, Ana Ivanovic will have a ridiculously quick turnaround as she plays her first match at the Wuhan Open on Monday afternoon against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She is undefeated against her Russian adversary with a 6-0 head-to-head record against her, including a win in Madrid earlier this season.
Ivanovic is coming off a breathtaking week in Tokyo, where she played some magnificent tennis en route to her fourth title of the season. She defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6(2) to lift the crown. She has now won a career-best 4 WTA titles in 2014 and 52 matches, which tops her previous best of 3 titles and 51 match wins in a year.
Ivanovic also increased her chances of qualifying for the upcoming WTA Finals in Singapore, as she’s expected to move from No.8 to No.5 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard with her win.
The ninth seed will begin her campaign against Pavlyuchenkova, who is currently riding a 2-match losing streak dating back to her second round loss at the US Open. She is 5-5 since the start of the US Open series and will be looking to maintain a winning ratio when she meets a drained Ivanovic on Monday.
This marks the seventh time these two competitors ill meet on the professional tour, and while Ivanovic has dominated the series previously, this may turn out to be a far more competitive match-up simply based on Ivanovic’s quick turnaround.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic in Three Sets