Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Australian player Daria Gavrilova during the first round of the WTA Dubai Open tennis competition on February 16, 2016. AFP / MARWAN NAAMANI
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Ana Ivanovic followed up last week's semifinal in Russia with a dynamic start at the Dubai Tennis Championships as the former world No. 1 crushed Australian Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-0 .Ivanovic reached the final four in St. Petersburg at the weekend, losing to U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci.Ivanovic, a three-time Dubai quarterfinalist, broke six times as Gavrilova committed 22 unforced errors.2008 French Open winner Ivanovic, ranked 17th, will face top seed Simona Halep in the second round at the Aviation Club.Svitolina, now taking advice from former No. 1 Justine Henin in an arrangement put into place recently, won a massive 17-minute game to earn a 4-1 lead in the second set on the way to her sweep.
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