On paper this looks to be Serena’s first test in this year’s Australian Open. Ivanovic is a fierce competitor, former world number one and has reached the finals here in the past. Ivanovic was sharp in her defeat of Aussie’s best player, Samantha Stosur and like Serena has a global fan base.
Where Ana has improved is with her serve. She recorded six aces against Stosur against just two doubles. Her second serve is a problem upon which Williams will feast. I look for a good match with the determined Serena moving ahead.
Serena Williams 2-1 Ana Ivanovic