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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova beat the rain and Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday at the Medibank International tennis tournament.
Despite gaining an early break in the opening set, rising star Ana Ivanovic was unable to reproduce the kind of hitting that saw her upset world No.3 Amelie Mauresmo in the second round.
No.6 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was able to break her opponent’s serve at 2-3 in the first to bring the set back on serve and eventually claim the set in a tiebreaker.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour today announced further changes to its ranking system. In addition to the abolition of Quality Points, which took place last week, the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami and the four grand slams have become mandatory events.
ANA Ivanovic yesterday emerged as a rising grand slam star as she plunged Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo's Australian Open aspirations into disarray.
Ana eliminated WTA Championships winner Mauresmo 6-3 7-5 from the Sydney International to again raise questions over Mauresmo's notorious fragility.
Ranked 18 places lower than her opponent, Ivanovic, of Serbia and Montenegro, drove world No. 3 Mauresmo to distraction with a thumping forehand -- and telling self-belief.
Rusty after a break, Mauresmo was playing her first match since holidaying in Tahiti.
Ana Ivanovic is through to the 3rd round of the Medibank International 2006 after she defeated Amelie Mauresmo 6:3, 7:5.
Ana started the match well, in the first set she was very dominate although had some errors which kept the scores really close. In the second set both girls served well, but at the end Ana was more focused than Amelie.
Ana’s opponent in the 3rd round is Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Sydney, Australia (Sports Network) - Sixth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova was among the winners during Sunday's first-round action at the $600,000 Medibank International tennis tournament.
Kuznetsova moved into the second round with a 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 win over Shinobu Asagoe of Japan.
Ana drops five places in the first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranking list of 2006, which is published tomorrow. The fall is primarily due to the abolition of Quality Points, the bonuses awarded for beating highly ranked players.
Ana herself may be too humble to talk about being one of the world’s best and most marketable tennis players, but the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour certainly is not – she has been named a Gold Exempt player for the 2006 season.
First of all let me congratulate you on a very successful 2005. I remember seeing you at the Australian Open last year and you have improved so much more now. Although the Hopman Cup may not be as big as other Tier 1 events, I hope it will be a spring board for further success this year. As history has shown, the Hopman Cup has been a good warm up tournament for many players such as Hingis, Seles and your favourite, Federer.
Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic have failed to enter the finals of this year Hopman Cup despite their win over the Russian national team. Even though, just like the USA national team, they had two victories and a match score 5:4, a better ratio of gained sets to the USA team's advantage was crucial (12:8 to 10:8). The question who would be the finalist was settled by the Swedish national team’s surrender before the mixed doubles match with the Americans due to the injury of Thomas Johansson, which gave the USA team a place in the finals.
By Toby Forage; Fox Sports editor
MARIA Sharapova may be a doubtful starter for the Australian Open, but those more interested in eye-candy than tennis talent need not fear - eastern Europe has thrown up yet another darling.
Ana Ivanovic, currently playing for Serbia and Montenegro in the Hopman Cup and a former teammate of Jelena Dokic, beat the Russian darling to the top of a tennis fans' poll of "sexy" players late last year.