Ivanovic, Venus Williams, Cirstea and Stephens advance in Tokyo

Good start of the tournament in Tokyo as all top players managed to get to the next round.


The Serbian beauty had an easy one against world no.53 Annika Beck to win 6-1 6-1 in just 50 minutes. Ana played a rather good tennis to blast 6 aces (no double faults) and to win 51 points vs. Beck’s 23. Match stats.

Ana will play Elina Svitolina in the next round. Head to head is 1-0 for Ana.

Venus Williams

A vintage performance for the former world no.1 that conceded only 4 games to Mona Barthel. Venus will clash against the seed no.1 Victoria Azarenka in the 2nd round. Head to head is 2-0 for Venus, but that was 3 years ago.

Sorana Cirstea

The Romanian had a tough task ahead against Julia Georges. Eventually Sorana made it 6-4 6-4. Sorana will play Misaki Doi in the next round. Head to head is 1-0 for Sorana.

Sloane Stephens

Sloane had a smooth 6-3 6-2 win against the world no.54 Stefanie Voegel. The young American blasted 23 winners to break her opponent 4 times. Match Stats.

In the next round she will play a blockbuster match against Genie Bouchard that is poised to become a classic in the near future. Head to head is 1-0 for Sloane.