Ana Ivanovic has put on a great show of form in Perth defeating Australian Alicia Molik 6-4, 6-0 to give Serbia a 1-0 lead before Novak Djokovic defeated Lleyton Hewitt. The Serbian pair also defeated the Australians in the mixed doubles for a clean sweep if the matches.
Ivanovic has struggled to recapture the form that took her to the world number one position and won her the Roland Garros title in 2008, however, she’s showing more promise and consistency with her game now – even if she still struggles to produce a decent ball toss.
Ana took the match from Molik in just 69 minutes. Early in the second set Ivanovic tweaked her knee when stretching for a backhand, only to be assessed by the doctor at the change of ends. While Ivanovic was optimistic about her knee, it would be a shame to see her hindered by the knee just as she’s finally finding some form.
”I was a little bit scared because of that one split step I made. I went really low and I just felt like a sharp pain in my knee. I just thought I’d better check with the doctors to see what they think, and I’m going to go and see them afterwards. But it’s fine.”
While Ana showed her new found confidence, Djokovic showed what winning a Davis Cup final can do for his confidence, smashing Lleyton Hewitt 6-2 6-4 in 83 minutes. The Serbians then won the mixed doubles 6-7, 7-5, 10-6.
“I think it was high class tennis considering it is just the beginning of the year, but I’m really happy that I managed to win the first set. It was very important to break (at) four-all, especially after losing my serve.” – Ana Ivanovic
“To be honest even though the result looks like a comfortable win, I had to work for my points and it was a long match. It was a difficult encounter, I was aware of that. Anywhere you play Lleyton, especially in Australia, you are always going to get a very difficult one. But I played great from the start of the match, especially the end of the first set and the beginning of the second – I was playing some of the best tennis that I’ve played in(a) year and a half.” – Novak Djokovic