After reaching the quarter-final stage of the tournament in 2014, Serbian star Ana Ivanovic was stunned in the opening round of the Australian Open and lost to qualifier Lucie Hradecka in three sets.
The loss was a surprising one, as Ivanovic cruised through the opening set 6-1 but then witnessed her Czech adversary mount a remarkable comeback to finish the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Hradecka hit 6 aces, 60% of her first service points and hit 27 winners to close out the match in 1 hour and 26 minutes.
“I’m happy,” she said after the match. “I still don’t believe that I am true. So probably in a couple hours I will know that I am in second round in Australian and I beat Ana. Yeah, whole times, it’s two hours after match, and I’m still smiling.”
By the time the third set came around, Ivanovic had dropped her first and second serve percentages, hit just 1 ace and four winners to hand over the final frame in 30 minutes flat.
“It’s really disappointing. You know, it’s probably the worst thing could happen. But still, the year is young and I really have to now sit and work on few things and just maybe try to have a different approach to this kind of event and try to see what was lacking.
“I really felt like I couldn’t really put so much power on my serve or the groundstrokes. So many times my forehand was finishing short as well and that was very disappointing. In Brisbane my serve was on such a good level. I really felt like I improved in the off-season. Obviously today was really not working. I really feel it’s just going to probably come back with the next match.”