Ana Ivanovic coasted to victory at the Miami Open Thursday with a solid win over Teliana Pereira of Brazil. The former number one edged away in the opening set before getting the shutout in the second that led to her 6-3, 6-0 on court two moving her into the third round at Crandon Park Tennis Center.
The world ranked No. 17 began her seventh tournament of the season looked to surpass her early exit from Indian Wells two weeks ago. Her attempts at having a strong run in Miami will depend on her maintaining strength against weaker opponents. She hasn’t faced the Brazilian before and will take pursue getting an early head start.
Ivanovic racked up the winners in the first game easily breaking Pereira in the first game with four. It wasn’t until the eighth point of the match that the Brazilian got things together on rallies. She gained two points in the second but fell against the strong Serb who continued to dictate early. Game Three saw improvements on service as she picked up the pace on response holding serve to get on the board.
She got a second straight over Ivanovic causing the former number one to be aggressive on serve in the fifth. It nearly got away from her as Pereira kept her confidence and skills high but cracked under the pressure of facing a top contender. From then on it was Ivanovic who had her eyes on the prize sweeping the next three before her chance to close it out.
She positioned herself at 40-0 but the Brazilian struck back threatening to extend the set. A double fault from Ivanovic set deuce into play but blew it on errors by her serve that gave Pereira the break. Playing for the match in the eighth proved easier for the Serb redirecting shots from the Brazilian as well as winning on a double fault.
The second went smoother for Ivanovic as she had Pereira couldn’t deal with the hard fight from the Serb falling out of games. Ivanovic had the set on lock winning five in a row that put her in place to get the bagel on the return. It took a lot of effort on her end as Pereira pulled out all the stops to play a strong game forcing deuce. She killed off Ivanovic’s two match point attempts but double faulted ending the set in just 62 minutes.
She had a 75 percent success on her serve while recording so many unforced errors in the match that she ended with a clean second set. Whether she’ll get that in the third round will be up to her, as she’ll face Timea Bacsinszky for a fight to the round of 16 this weekend.