Top seed Ana Ivanovic opened her 2009 season with a straight-set victory over Petra Kvitova in the first round of the Brisbane International.
The 21-year-old Serb was too strong for her Czech opponent, and scored a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win.
It was Ivanovic’s first match since she split with Sven Groenefeld, the coach who took her to 2008 Roland Garros title.
World No.5 Ivanovic will next face Italian qualifier Roberta Vinci. (sources: Sporting Life, couriermail)