Ana Ivanovic’s career is still in free fall. The latest disappointment is that her Wimbledon preparations have been cut short as she lost to Nadia Petrova in the first round of the AEGON International in Eastourne.
We can’t call it an upset though, as Petrova is seeded seventh, while Ivanovic, who had fallen out of the Top 10 for the first time in about two years after Roland Garros, wasn't even seeded at the grass-court tournament. At least she put up a fight, and lost in three sets 6-1 4-6 6-4.
Ivanovic is not out of Eastbourne completely, although she will probably be very soon. The Serb is competing in doubles, partnered with Germany's Sabine Lisicki. They will play their first-round match against none other than top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber.
Lisicki was also defeated in singles today, losing 6-2 6-1 to Australian Samantha Stosur.
Top seed Elena Dementieva cruised past fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-2. Dementieva will next play Virginie Razzano, who comfortably beat fellow Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 7-6(3) 6-2. (photo: Stephane Martinache)