2010 semifinalist Ana Ivanovic registered her 43rd win of 2014, defeating Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 7-5 at the Western & Southern Open Monday.
In their first meeting since 2010, it only took the former World No.1 26 minutes to capture the first set, breaking Cirstea three times en route. The young Romanian put up more of a fight in the second set, but the No.9 seed served out the match to advance to the second round.
Ivanovic is set to face the winner of the all-American battle between wild card Christina McHale and qualifier Nicole Gibbs.
Caroline Wozniacki kicked off her 2014 Western & Southern Open title campaign with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.
It took the two-time quarterfinalist just over 90 minutes to oust Rybarikova. After a quick first set, play was suspended for nearly an hour due to rain.
Rybarikova came out swinging in the second set, getting the first break to take a 3-1 lead. However, it was the former World No.1 who put together a string of five straight games to clinch the set and the win.
Wozniacki advances to the second round in Cincinnati to face Shuai Zhang, who knocked out qualifier Heather Watson earlier in the day.
Young American Madison Keys came out firing in her first main draw match on Monday, defeating Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4.
Keys, a 19-year-old from Illinois, opened up the match with three breaks to clinch the first set in just 38 minutes.
The young gun continued to dominate in the second set against a frustrated Cornet, registering nearly six times as many winners as her opponent and recording her first main draw win in Cincinnati
Keys advances to the second round to face former champion Maria Sharapova.
American qualifier Taylor Townsend notched a win in her first main draw match in Cincinnati, defeating Klara Koukalova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Townsend, a former ITF World Junior Champion from Chicago, won four straight games after falling behind 2-3 to clinch the first set.
Koukalova battled back to take the second, breaking the young American three times. The two exchanged nine breaks in the third set, with Townsend edging out the Czech for the win.
Townsend is set to take on No. 13 seed Flavia Pennetta in the second round.
American wild card Lauren Davis fell to Elina Svitolina 3-6, 2-6 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open today.
The 20-year-old Ohio native was broken a total of four times in her 90 minute match against the 19-year-old from Austria.
Making her first appearance in Cincinnati, Svitolina will advance to the second round to face No.3 seed and Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova.