Impressive Ana Ivanovic knocks out defending champion Simona Halep at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

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Former world no.1 Ana Ivanovic has revealed she is enjoying playing with complete freedom on the court and enjoying her tennis while forgetting previous pressures that affected her.

The Serbian star, watched by boyfriend, Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger during her impressive 7-6 6-2 victory over defending Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships champion Simon Halep, admitted that she is in a good place with her game.










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Rain break sleep catch-up the key for Caroline Garcia after scalp of third seed Carla Suarez Navarro

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France’s Caroline Garcia admitted she took took a quick sleep in the rain break during her match with Carla Suarez Navarro before returning to the court for the second time to knock the Spaniard out in three minutes and 20 seconds, serving from 5-2 up, 15-15.

The 22-year-old eventually prevailed over the third-ranked seed 4-6 6-4 6-3 to book her place in the third round.

“I got changed, ate and slept,” the Fed Cup star told the media after her victory while also revealing she was surprised to see rain in Dubai!










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Ana Ivanovic on tough challenge that awaits against Simona Halep in Dubai

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 16: Ana Ivanovic of Serbia plays a backhand in her match against Daria Gavrilovaof Australia during day two of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship at the Dubai Duty Free Stadium on February 16, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Former world No1 Ana Ivanovic made a winning start in her Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships campaign with a formidable 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Aussie youngster Daria Gavrilova on Tuesday.

It was a stark contrast to their only previous meeting, in Rome last year, which Gavrilova won in a third-set tiebreak.

But the 21-year-old Russian-born Aussie struggled on serve, landing just 49 per cent of her first serves in, and double-faulted five times en route to her 53-minute defeat.

It was a sensational performance from Ivanovic, who hit 19 winners against 16 unforced errors, but has no time to celebrate as she takes on top seed and defending champion Simona Halep in the second round on Wednesday.


“I put a lot of hard work in. It’s nice to see that on the court, as well. I’m also not rushing to finish the points, because I’m confident I can stay in the rallies. That’s what you need when you get deep into the tournament,” said Ivanovic, who is 2-2 head-to-head against Halep.








“Still, there is room for improvement, a lot of work to be done. You want to play against the best, and next match is going to be a tough one for me. Simona is a very tough, consistent player. She strikes the ball well, she moves well, so it’s going to be a good challenge.”


On her part, Gavrilova, who had a great Australian Open, where she made the fourth round but has not played since, said she was lacking match play.


“I don’t know, I was very off I think. I haven’t played in a bit and starting with someone who is that good is a bit hard and she played very good. I was totally off, it wasn’t great at all,” said a dejected Gavrilova.





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