It did not take long for the first huge upset at the Australian Open. Qualifier and world-ranked 142 Lucie Hradecka defeated fifth seed Ana Ivanovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. It is only the second time in ten years Ivanovic lost in the first week of a grand slam.
Ivanovic dominated the first set in only 21 minutes. Something happened because she lost complete control in the second and third sets. She managed to break Hradecks four out of seven times, but had ten double faults and only scored five out of eleven net points.
Hradecka was a long shot, but did not allow the pressure to get to her. She served six aces and broke Ivanovic five times. The last two sets took a little over an hour to oust the 2014 Australian Open quarterfinalist.
Ivanovic is the highest seed to lose. Number 23 Belinda Becic and number 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova also lost.