Ana Ivanovic is out of the Australian Open, beaten by Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in Melbourne on Monday.
Fifth seed Ana Ivanovic was knocked out of the Australian Open, upset by Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka 1-6 6-3 6-2.
Ivanovic, a finalist at Melbourne Park in 2008, was coasting after claiming the first set in just 21 minutes. Hradecka, better known for her prowess on the doubles court, clawed her way back into the contest on Rod Laver Arena.
Ivanovic double-faulted to hand Hradecka a 2-0 lead in the second set, and Hradecka increased her advantage with a hold of serve.
That was where her momentum was temporarily halted as Ivanovic squared the set at 3-3 and was looked headed for a two-set victory, only to have Hradecka to win the next three games and force a winner-take-all game.
Hradecka's improvement came down to her net play, winning only two points at the net in the first set before winning eight from nine approaches in the second.
She kept up that pace in the third set, increasing it to win all nine of her net approaches, as she smothered a faltering Ivanovic, who could manage only 10 winners across sets two and three after nine in the first.