Top-seed Ana Ivanovic started her 2009 season with a 6-4, 6-2 win on Monday over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the Brisbane International.
Ivanovic, who reached the 2008 Australian Open final last season and had the No. 1 ranking for part of the year after winning the French Open, set up triple match point on Kvitova’s serve and clinched it with a forehand winner. The 21-year-old Serb will play Italy’s Roberta Vinci, who beat Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld 0-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.
Hewitt wins on comeback
Perth: Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt made a winning return from hip surgery on Monday but couldn’t prevent Australia’s narrow 2-1 defeat to
Germany in the Hopman Cup mixed teams event.
Hewitt was impressive in his 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Nicolas Kiefer, but the German took his revenge with a thrilling match tie-break win in the decisive mixed doubles encounter 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 10-5.
Baghdatis skittled out
Brisbane: Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen advanced 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 over an ailing Marcos Baghdatis at the Brisbane International.
Sania happy to be back
Hong Kong: Sania Mirza is on the comeback trail after a doctor suggested by India cricketer Yuvraj Singh helped heal the right wrist injury that cut her season short last year. She said she wasn’t sure what was wrong with her wrist after returning to India from the Olympics until Singh called with the recommendation. “I went to see the doctor and after about five days, my pain in my wrist had suddenly gone. I had complete range of movement back and everything. About two weeks later, I was playing tennis again,” Mirza said on Monday.
Auckland: Nicole Vaidisova survived a comeback by Russian Alla Kudryavtseva before scraping through 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 7-5 to advance to the second round of the ASB Classic tennis tournament.