Isner enters round two

Isner enters round two

Ana Ivanovic opens with easy victory over Cirstea

Isner enters round two

American John Isner redeemed himself after his early exit in Toronto a week ago, with the 11th seed beating Canadian quarterfinalist Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Monday.

Isner fired 15 aces in his 55-minute win only a few hours after a rainstorm caused flash flooding at the tournament site and left unpaved car parks sinking in mud and grass.

Spanish 16th seed Tommy Robredo advanced over American Jack Sock 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and Benjamin Becker surprised Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to end a six-match losing streak against the giant Croat.

Australians split the difference with French opponents as Marinko Matosevic exploded in anger during a win over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). 

The Aussie thought he had won on an ace but the point was over-ruled, prompting the outburst which included cursing and a kick towards a television camera after finally advancing moments after his ace-gone-wrong.

France’s Gilles Simon, nursing injury last week, beat Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-2.In women’s opening-round matches, ninth seeded Ana Ivanovic kept her back problem under control to defeat good friend Sorona Cirstea of Romania 6-1, 7-5.


“I was happy, I was a little bit doubtful going on the court considering last few weeks,” said the winner, ranked 11th. “I had a little bit struggle with my back, but I was able to move free, especially in the first set, and I played well.

“It was tough playing a good friend of mine. You have to put it aside and try to do the best you can on court.”

Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upset 11th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 while number 12 Caroline Wozniacki started with a win over Magdelena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-3. 

Italian 13th seed Flavia Pennetta beat South African Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2.

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine defeated Lauren Davis of the US 6-3, 6-2 while China’s Zhang Shuai beat British qualifier Heather Watson 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.