Tuesday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix had a major upset in store, as last year’s finalist Ana Ivanovic is out of the tournament, following a straight-set loss against Carolina Garcia. The Frenchwoman has proven to be Ivanovic’s kryptonite this season, scoring her third consecutive victory against the popular Serbian in just two months time, following wins in Monterrey & Indian Wells earlier this year.
The first-set tiebreak proved to be a turning point in the match, as Ivanovic failed to convert several match points, allowing Garcia to take the first set. Garcia never looked back and Ivanovic’s errors started piling up in the second set, sending the Serbian packing.
Garbine Muguruza, Carla Suarez Navarro & Lucie Safarova made a much smoother transition to clay than Ivanovic, winning their first-round encounters in the Porsche Arena on Tuesday.
While Muguruza & Safarova got there in straight sets, Suarez Navarro had her hands full with Evgeniya Rodina. The Russian had fought her way through qualifying and was determined to make her stay in Stuttgart last, forcing a third set against the Spanish clay specialist.
While first round play was underway, second seed Simona Halep & third seed Petra Kvitova met with media and answered the many questions of the tennis journalists.
Kvitova comes to Stuttgart after her successful Fed Cup encounter that marked her return to tennis following a month-long hiatus due to exhaustion and judging by her bubbly demeanor today, the two-time Wimbledon champion seems to be ready for competition again.
Wednesday will be a big day for all the local fans, since the three big German names in the draw are all due to kick off their Porsche Tennis Grand Prix campaign. The top seeds, on the other hand, get another day off as Sharapova, Halep, Kvitova & Wozniacki aren’t due to play their first match before Thursday.
Keep checking back to Women’s Tennis Blog for all the latest from Stuttgart all week long!