No.5 seed Ana Ivanovic came through a testing opening match at the Rogers Cup, seeing off Olga Govortsova, 6-4, 7-6(4).
WTA Staff

TORONTO, Canada - Ana Ivanovic won her first match with Nigel Sears back in her corner, seeing off qualifier Olga Govortsova in straight sets at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday.

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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."

The bad weather brought back memories of Ivanovic's rain-delayed Rogers Cup triumph - her first at a Premier event - over Martina Hingis in 2006.

"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."

In the third round, Ivanovic will face another qualifier, Polona Hercog, after she caused the week's latest upset by defeating No.11 seed Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-7(2), 7-5.