Ana Ivanovic through to third round in Birmingham

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Ana Ivanovic


Casey Dellacqua kicked off Day 2 of the AEGON Classic with a convincing victory over Urszula Radwanska 6-1 6-3. The Pole had to withdraw from her last match at the French Open and didn’t look 100% today, falling down 1-6 in just 22 minutes. It looked like more of the same in the second as she fell down 0-40 in her second service game but she would hold for a 2-1 lead.

Casey would take advantage of some poor serving in the next game, attacking well to move herself to break point. An attempted serve and volley was netted from Radwanska to give away the decisive break. The Pole staged a mini come from 4-2* 30-0 to 4-3 40-40 but was unable to manufacture a break point chance. After sending a ball wide, Dellacqua would have two break points for the match. The first was saved by a masterful lob but the second would be converted after the netcord bamboozled Radwanska who could only slice into the net.

The home crowd were disappointed after Heather Watson lost despite holding match points in her 6-2 5-7 4-6 loss to Aleksandra Wozniak. Wozniak had come through a tough three setter with Anastasia Rodionova to make it this far but looked to be in good shape as she moved into a 2-0 lead early. However, this only served to awaken Watson who reeled off the next six games to take the first set.

It looked to be over when Heather moved into a 5-3 lead but she would go on to lose seven games straight after blowing three match points in the ninth game of the set. She would recover to 4-4 from 1-4 down despite the netcords favouring the Canadian on three separate occasions. Serving to stay in the match at *4-5, she never got to game point and would not have an answer for the much improved play from the Canadian who powered a forehand winner to take the match.

Ana Ivanovic eased herself into the round of 16 with a comfortable win over Mona Barthel 6-4 6-1. The top seed struggled to begin with, facing a break point while already down 0-2. She went onto hold and get on equal terms at 3-3. Two holds for the loss of one point followed and then Ivanovic would get a huge chance to win the set with three break points at 5-4. Two were saved but Barthel could do nothing about the cross court winner that sailed past her at the third time of asking.

Ivanovic grew in confidence and found herself 3-0 up as she hit a series of winners early in the set. An additional break was added for a *5-1 lead as the Serb finished off the match just after the hour mark.

Belinda Bencic defeated last year’s finalist Donna Vekic in round one but she couldn’t complete the double against Daniela Hantuchova, getting outplayed for the majority of the match in a 6-1 6-4 loss. After a short rain delay at 1-1, Hantuchova won eight games in a row to go 6-1 3-0 up.

The Swiss youngster would make somewhat of a fightback, getting to *5-4 15-30 on the Hantuchova serve but it would be too late as the defending champion moved on to round three.

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