BIRIMINGHAM, England (AP) — Ana Ivanovic's winning start to the grass-court season was healthy enough to raise hopes that she will at last remedy her Wimbledon ills.
The former world No. 1 from Serbia looked worth her top seeding as she hurried past Mona Barthel, a tripwire opponent in the past, and into the third round of the Aegon Classic on Tuesday.
Ivanovic's hard-hitting 6-4, 6-1 win over the German had such a high ratio of winners it was hard to believe she has only once reached a Wimbledon semifinal and five times failed to reach the last 16.
"I haven't had the most success on grass," admitted Ivanovic, who has two weeks before Wimbledon to adapt herself to the vagaries of this surface.
"I really hope I manage to turn that around. On grass courts it's a lot about mentality and also the gameplan, because everything happens so fast.
"It's the first time I am working with my coach (Nemanja Kontic) on grass, so hopefully he can bring some innovations that will help me make that change."
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