• Qatar Total Open

Wozniacki and Ivanovic cruise through in Doha

ESPN staff
February 11, 2013
Caroline Wozniacki won 10 games in a row against Mervana Jugic-Salkic © PA Photos

Caroline Wozniacki comfortably won her first round match at the Qatar Total Open hitting her final ball in a 6-1 6-2 victory after exactly an hour.

Dane Wozniacki blew away any chances that her opponent Mervana Jugic-Salkic might have had in the match with a 10-game hot streak after she initially dropped her serve in the first game.

That took her to within touching distance of victory from where she traded service games with Jugic-Salkic to win the tie and afterwards the 22-year-old declared herself in good 'hitting' shape.

"The most important thing is I feel I'm hitting the ball well right now," Wozniacki said. "I can do what I want to do out there on the court and have a purpose every time I step out there. It's a good feeling to have.

"It's tough to play your first match at any tournament and tough to play an opponent you haven't played before, but I just tried to focus on my game. I felt like I served well and returned well during the match, so I was happy with how things went."

Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic also advanced into the second round by the same scoreline of 6-1 6-2 against Tamira Paszek but took a touch longer than Wozniacki in an hour and six minutes on court.

The Serbian is currently ranked at No. 13 in the world and said her aim this season was to be competitive for longer in tough matches. "It's a new season. I worked really hard in the off-season and want to put it together this year," Ivanovic said.

"Last year I felt I was in a position a lot of times to go deep into tournaments, but I never broke through - I really want to do that this year. I understand I have to work hard. It's one thing to say I want to get back there and to get back there, but I really want to do it, and do it time after time."

Elsewhere in Doha, Germany's Mona Barthel beat Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan 6-4 6-2 and Svetlana Kuznetsova rallied from 4-2 down in both sets to eventually overcome American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-6(1) 6-4.

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