Aus Open: Loss is the worst thing that could happen, says Ivanovic

Melbourne: Fifth seed Ana Ivanovic admitted she was in need of a new approach after crashing out of the Australian Open on the opening day in Melbourne.

Ana Ivanovic returns to Lucie Hradecka yesterday. Pic/AFP
Ana Ivanovic returns to Lucie Hradecka yesterday. Pic/AFP 

Ivanovic looked to be in charge of her match with Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka on Rod Laver Arena when she took the first set 6-1, but won just five more games in a 6-1, 3-6, 2-6 defeat.

The former World No 1 reached the quarter-finals here last year and came into the event on the back of reaching the final of the recent WTA Tour event in Brisbane. But the 27-year-old Serbian has now failed to reach a single Grand Slam semi-final in 27 attempts since winning the French Open in 2008.

"I think the whole match I didn't really feel like myself out there," Ivanovic said. "It was really tough for me to find my rhythm. There is always nerves in the beginning.

I felt like I was maybe lacking a little bit of practice this week, I had some issues. But I played okay in the beginning. I just felt second and third set I really dropped my level.

"It's really disappointing. You know, it's probably the worst thing that could happen. But still, the year is young and I really have to now sit and work on a few things and just maybe try to have a different approach to this kind of event and try to see what was lacking."

Australian Open key results

Men's singles:
> Grigor Dimitrov (10) bt Dustin Brown 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
> Andy Murray (6) bt Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)
> Rafael Nadal (3) bt Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
> Tomas Berdych (7) bt Alejandro Falla 6-3, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3
> Roger Federer (2) bt Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4, 6-2, 7-5
> Thanasi Kokkinakis bt Ernests Gulbis (11) 5-7, 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (7/2), 8-6

Women's singles:
> Simona Halep (3) bt Karin Knapp 6-3, 6-2
> Lucie Hradecka bt Ana Ivanovic (5) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
> Ekaterina Makarova (10) bt An-Sophie Mestach 6-2, 6-2
> Sara Errani (14) bt Grace Min 6-1, 6-0
> Eugenie Bouchard (7) bt Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2, 6-4
> Irina-Carmelia Begu bt Angelique Kerber (9) 6-4, 0-6, 6-1
> Maria Sharapova (2) bt Petra Martic 6-4, 6-1

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