Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the US Open first round on Monday, losing 6-3,
3-6, 6-3 to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova and giving Serena Williams a helping hand in her
Grand Slam history bid.
Serbian seventh seed Ivanovic, a quarter-finalist in 2012, was in Williams's half of the
draw, a section which had already lost Maria Sharapova through injury even before the
World number one Williams is bidding to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to
complete a calendar Grand Slam.
Cibulkova, ranked 50th in the world after sitting out three months to undergo surgery on her
left foot, will face American qualifier Jessica Pegula for a place in the last 32.
"It feels real cosy," said the 26-year-old Cibulkova of the huge superstructure which towers
over the Arthur Ashe Stadium and has been built to hold a retractable roof which will be in
operation next year.
The pint-sized Cibulkova made the quarter-finals in New York in 2010 but had fallen in the
first round in the last two years.
Monday's win, her third in five meetings against former French Open champion Ivanovic, opened
play at the 2015 tournament.
But it was not the greatest of encounters, with the fractured affair featuring 11 breaks of
serve while Ivanovic required treatment on her left foot after slipping 4-1 down in the
"I knew I had to bring my best tennis today. I had to stay tough as I knew she would not give
me a single ball," said Cibulkova.
With Ivanovic and Sharapova no longer involved, Williams finds eighth-seeded Czech Karolina
Pliskova as the highest-ranked player in her half.
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