A resurgent season a year ago carried her back into the top five, but Ivanovic had struggled this year since hurting her toe in Australia in January. In the year-to-date rankings compiled by the WTA, Ivanovic was 27th entering the tournament.
“It’s been a long road and hard work,” she said. “Today was a very, very tough match, even though the score doesn’t indicate that. It was tough conditions — it was obviously for both of us — but very, very gusty. I really tried to just execute my game plan and tried to move more, because in the windy conditions, that’s what you have to do.”