WTA Stuttgart: Ana Ivanovic too strong for Germany's Andrea Petkovic
Ana Ivanovic was in fine form on Tuesday with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Germany's Andrea Petkovic in Stuttgart.
Last Updated: 23/04/13 10:43pm
The former world No 1, who won the French Open title in 2008, needed just 72 minutes to beat wild-card entry Petkovic.
Petkovic was playing her first match since withdrawing mid-tournament in Charleston earlier this month due to a calf injury, which in turn was just her third tournament back from a knee injury earlier in the year.
The Stuttgart crowd did not go home disappointed however as Sabine Lisicki won her opening-round match.
Lisicki, who hails from Troisdorf, was last on court and turned on the style to beat Italian Nastassja Burnett 6-3 6-4.
The only seeded player in action on Tuesday, Nadia Petrova overcame 21-year-old qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 in a tight straight-setter.
Top seed Maria Sharapova, the reigning French Open champion, and number two seed China's Li Na are in action on Thursday having been given byes for the clay-court event which serves as a warm-up for May's French Open.
Australia's Samantha Stosur, who reached the 2010 Stuttgart final, plays former world number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia on Wednesday while fifth-seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic is up against wild-card Annika Beck.