WTA Cincinnati - Ana Ivanovic suffers crushing loss to Alize Cornet after holding matchpoints



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WTA Cincinnati -  Ana Ivanovic suffers crushing loss to Alize Cornet after holding matchpoints

Tennis - Former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic suffered a crushing defeat on Tuesday at the WTA Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati as she let a huge lead and some matchpoints slip away in her first round loss to the Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

The Serb, a French Open champion in 2008, was up 6-2, 5-2 over Cornet before the Frenchwoman rallied to win 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 after saving some matchpoints in the second set. In other matches on Tuesday, some big names were beaten as well.

Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki lost to former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic; Wimbledon semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens, seeded no. 13, was beaten by Russian Elena Vesnina; and Carlsbad champion Dominika Cibulkova suffered another early exit, going down to Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog.

Those who did survive into the second round included former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, American Jamie Hampton, former world no. 10 Andrea Petkovic, and Washington champion Magdalena Rybarikova. [10] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d Shuai Peng (CHN) | 6 - 1 | 6 - 1 Monica Niculescu (ROU) d Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) | 6 - 1 | 6 - 2 Andrea Petkovic (GER) d Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) | 2 - 6 | 6 - 4 | 6 - 1 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d Annika Beck (GER) | 6 - 3 | 6 - 2 [14] Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d Sabine Lisicki (GER) | 7 - 6 (5) | 5 - 7 | 6 - 2 Elena Vesnina (RUS) d [13] Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) | 3 - 6 | 6 - 1 | 6 - 3 Polona Hercog (SLO) d Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 4 Alize Cornet (FRA) d [15] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) | 2 - 6 | 7 - 6 (8) | 6 - 4 Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d Flavia Pennetta (ITA) | 6 - 2 | 2 - 6 | 6 - 2 Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d Julia Goerges (GER) | 6 - 2 | 4 - 6 | 6 - 4 Jamie Hampton (USA) d Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) | 7 - 5 | 4 - 6 | 6 - 3 Mona Barthel (GER) d Lucie Safarova (CZE) | 6 - 3 | 6 - 4