Brisbane International Day 4 – Update
A shellshocked Ivanovic was forced to save two match points in the second set after world No.82 Vinci came out swinging at Pat Rafter Arena.
The former world No.1 was also kept honest by several dubious line calls in the second set, prompting spirited debate with chair umpire Gabriela Zaloga of Poland.
But a “mentally tougher” Ivanovic eventually regained her composure – and that trademark winning fist pump – to finally overpower a fading Vinci 6-7 7-5 6-1 in a clash that lasted more than two-and-a-half hours.
“I definitely feel mentally tougher,” the Serbian glamour girl said.
“I went through a lot last year, both good and bad.
“When you get through tough times it makes you stronger. That definitely happened to me – I feel much stronger coming back this year.”
Mauresmo came back from 5-2 down in the third set to prevail over French compatriot Julie Coin 5-7 6-2 7-6(11) in a three hour, 14 minute marathon on Wednesday.