Serbia's Ana Ivanovic reacts during her women's singles match against Czech Republic's Lucie Hradecka on day one of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST
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Second-seed Maria Sharapova powered into the Australian Open second round Monday as fifth-ranked Ana Ivanovic crashed out in a day of upsets in the season-opening Grand Slam.A total of eight women's seeds were eliminated on the first day of action at Melbourne Park, with former world No. 1 Ivanovic the highest profile casualty.Sharapova, who can regain the coveted No. 1 ranking from arch-rival Serena Williams if she wins a second title at Melbourne Park, said she was aware of the carnage before she faced Petra Martic of Croatia.The five-time Grand Slam champion need not have worried, crushing Martic 6-4, 6-1 to make it a 24th birthday to forget for the Croat.Hradecka, who won a silver medal in doubles at the London Olympics and has three Grand Slam doubles titles, showed no signs of being intimidated, continually wrong-footing Ivanovic as she attacked the net.
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