They're moving up down under
Ivanovic, Jankovic, Roddick roll along
MELBOURNE - After struggling in her first match at the Australian Open since losing last year's final, Ana Ivanovic finished with a flourish in a 7-5, 6-3 win over Julia Goerges today.
Fifth-seeded Ivanovic was broken once in each set but fended off five other break points before finishing with consecutive aces against Goerges, a German ranked No. 107 and playing only her fourth major.
Ivanovic lost the 2008 Australian final to Maria Sharapova, who is not defending her title because of an injury, and then won the French Open to move into the No. 1 ranking midway through the year.
But the 21-year-old Serb was bothered by injuries in the middle of the season and her form at the majors waned as she lost in the third round at Wimbledon and second round at the US Open.
Ivanovic and Goerges finished with a combined 66 unforced errors to just 34 winners and were called for several foot faults.
"I took some time to adjust to the rhythm and everything, to slowly get into the match," Ivanovic said. "I've never played against her before. She was hitting the ball very well.
"I don't expect myself to step on the court and play perfect tennis from very first moment. You just want to give yourself the best possible chance and give time to work yourself into the tournament."
Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic, who lost the US Open final to Serena Williams and has yet to win a major title, had an easier time than her fellow Serbian. Jankovic ripped 27 winners to Yvonne Meusburger's four in a 6-1, 6-3 win.
Seventh-seeded Andy Roddick also was impressive in a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 win over 31-year-old Swedish qualifier Bjorn Rehnquist in the first match at Rod Laver Arena.
The 2003 US Open champion lost only nine points in the first set, sealing it in 28 minutes after setting up triple set point with consecutive aces.
Tomas Berdych, seeded 20th, beat American Robby Ginepri, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Two other Americans went out in the first round.
Robert Kendrick lost to No. 16 Robin Soderling in four sets and Bobby Reynolds went down in straight sets to No. 21 Tommy Robredo.
Women's No. 7 Vera Zvonareva posted a 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova and No. 15 Alize Cornet beat Mariya Koryttseva 6-3, 6-4. No. 16 Marion Bartoli advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Melanie South.
Former fourth-ranked Kimiko Date Krumm, returning to the main draw of a major after a 13-year hiatus, was beaten, 6-4, 4-6, 8-6, by Kaia Kanepi.
The 38-year-old Japanese player, who came out of retirement last year, had won three matches in qualifying.