Ivanovic Gets Past Keys In Madrid
Published May 04, 2014 12:13
Ivanovic came into Madrid with plenty of confidence, having reached her first Premier-level final since Indian Wells in 2009 at her last tournament in Stuttgart. She also has two WTA titles to her credit this year, the first time she has captured multiple WTA titles since 2010. She had her best Madrid outing to date last year in making the semifinals.
Keys, who was recently overtaken by Elina Svitolina as the WTA's top-ranked teenager, was looking for her fifth win over a Top 20 foe. Her best win came over No.5 Li Na in the first round here last year.
The Turning Point
The 11th-seeded Ivanovic cruised through the first set in just 22 minutes. But Keys got her teeth into the match in a back-and-forth second set and appeared close to extending it to a third set when she took a 3-1 lead in the tie-break. However, Ivanovic reeled off five straight points to take control of the tie-break and closed out the 6-1, 7-6(4) triumph.
By The Numbers
Ivanovic converted on three of four break point opportunities compared to one of three for Keys. But the biggest statistical difference between the two was second serve points, with Ivanovic winning 15 of 25 and Keys just four of 18.
"It was a really good start, despite the fact that I didn't know much about her coming into the match," Ivanovic said. "The conditions here are a lot faster than the last few weeks and the ball flies a lot more. In the second set it was really close. I got an early break but she did well to break back. I was very pleased to play a good tie-break.
"These tournaments are smaller draws. You have tough competition from the first round on. You have to make the best out of it. She's a young player we'll see a lot from in the future. She has a very powerful game. I'm very happy to get through.
"I've been playing lots of Serbians lately. Actually I've never played Bojana before. It's going to be a lot different than today's match. Bojana gets a lot of balls back. I still have to focus on my game and talk to my coach about some tactics. Hopefully, it will be another good one."
Ivanovic squares off with fellow Serb and Belgrade native Bojana Jovanovski for the first time.