MASON, Ohio –
Ana Ivanovic in action.
Two seeds and two former Cincinnati champions were among the winners during the opening day session at the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.Victoria Azarenka
, the No. 9 seed, picked up a straight sets, 6-3 7-6(2), win over Kaia Kanepi
to start the day on Center Court.
“She's a good player, had good results recently, so I was expecting a tough match,” Azarenka said following the match.
The eleventh seed Ana Ivanovic
needed three sets to outlast American qualifier Melanie Oudin
2-6 6-1 6-1. Ivanovic led 4-1 in the final set when an afternoon thunderstorm hit, but quickly closed out the match once play resumed.
“On the break after the first set, I just tried to talk to myself and just try to convince myself I have to be aggressive and play the way I should play,” said Ivanovic. “That's what I did.”
The 2005 Cincinnati champion Patty Schnyder
made quick work of her first round match against Gisela Dulko
, winning 6-4 6-0.
Next up for Schnyder will be a match against former No. 1 Kim Clijsters
, who won on Monday evening.Anna Chakvetadze
, the 2007 winner here, was also a straight sets winner, downing Elena Vesnina
7-5 6-3. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
was the first unseeded player to down a seed as she outlasted No. 16 Virginie Razzano
6-3 3-6 6-4.