Ana Ivanovic win over Czech Petra Kvitova 6-4 6-2 on Monday, Brisbane International.
“It is always tough, the first match and it was just a matter of hanging in and waiting for opportunities,” the 21-year-old said.
“I’m very happy to get this victory.”
After enjoying a pre-match chat with Pat Rafter, she admitted afterwards she considered yelling out “Sorry mate” Rafter-style several times to Kvitovic but roused at herself to focus.
“I had to fight for each point (but) it was good in the first match of the year. You want to get into your rhythm,” Ivanovic said.
“It could have gone either way (late in the first set) but I thought stay tough and make her hit as many balls as possible.”