Ana Ivanovic Off to Winning Start at Linz

Two-time champion Ana Ivanovic defeated Pauline Parmentier of France 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Generali Ladies.

updated: October 08, 2014 10:10 IST
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File Photo: Ana Ivanovic celebrates after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the Pan Pacific Open title clash.


Linz, Austria: Ana Ivanovic overcame a left thigh injury to beat Pauline Parmentier of France 6-3, 6-2, while Italy's Camila Giorgi routed fourth-seeded Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of the Generali Ladies on Tuesday.

Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and 2010 and reached the final last year, lost her opening service game. But the second-seeded Serb went on to dominate the match until asking for medical treatment while trailing 2-1 in the second set.

The eighth-ranked Ivanovic, who is chasing her fifth title of the season, didn't concede a game afterward to set up a second-round match against Madison Brengle. The American qualifier was leading 7-5, 3-1 when her Romanian opponent Irina-Camelia Begu retired.

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