Sears' first objective upon reuniting with Ivanovic - whom he worked with between 2011 and 2013 - has been to implement a more aggressive approach on court. And while the project is clearly still a work in progress, it paid dividends at the pivotal moments against Govortsova.
Leading 5-4 in the opening set, Ivanovic skipped around a second serve to unleash a forehand winner that earned her two set points. Another crisp return on the next point brought her the set, but did little to dampen her opponent's appetite for a battle.
At the start of the second set, it was Govortsova who came out firing, pinning the Serb behind the baseline to capture an immediate break. When she stretched her lead to 5-2, a third set looked on the cards. Ivanovic, though, had other ideas, emerging following an injury timeout to take 12 of the next 15 points en route to a 6-4, 7-6(4) win.
"It wasn't a great match out there today - the conditions made it especially tough as it was very windy," Ivanovic said. "She had some matches under her belt so I was just happy to pull through.
"I just tried to hang in there and fight for each point. I was doing that in the second set and I managed to fight back and I was pleased with that."
"I was just looking at it, and it's kind of scary that it was nine years ago," Ivanovic said. "But they are great memories for me. I remember playing Martina in the final and it was Monday final because of the rain delays, and it was such a dream for me playing against her because I grew up watching her win titles and win tournaments and then all of a sudden I had the opportunity to play against her and actually win."