Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/22/12
Caroline Wozniacki is not the only tennis player to have hooked up with a golfer over the past year. Ana Ivanovic has also rekindled her romance with Adam Scott, the Australian whose world ranking - at No7 - is 15 places higher than her own. This fact might sound like no more than gossip-column blathering, but it can actually be related to Ivanovic's solid performance at the Australian Open to date. Not only has she sacked her fitness trainer in order to work with Scott's osteopath, Tina Maio, but she has been living and practising here in Melbourne since November. Jet lag is not an issue for her. Admittedly, Ivanovic has been fortunate with the draw thus far. In the first three rounds, she beat three players ranked outside the top 50. But she has done it with relatively little fuss, neither dropping a set nor suffering one of those catastrophic breakdowns in her service action that have dogged her in recent years. The most serious problem she has had so far was a stomach bug that required her to take antinausea tablets during yesterday's 6-3, 6-4 win over American journeywoman Vania King. This will surely change tomorrow, when Ivanovic faces the No 2 seed and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. It is a difficult match-up, because Kvitova is a master of angles who enjoys spearing the ball out wide at every opportunity, and she will be confident of exploiting Ivanovic's weaker backhand side. Still, just by reaching the fourth round, Ivanovic has scored her second-best result in eight tilts at the Australian Open. The best was in 2008, when she lost in the final to Maria Sharapova. She can also be confident of improving her lamentable record at last season's grand slams, where she played eight matches and won just four of them. Ivanovic ascribes much of this improvement to her collaboration with her new coach Nigel Sears, the former LTA head of women's tennis and father of Andy Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears. Since hiring Sears soon after last summer's Wimbledon, she has won a WTA tournament in Bali - her first title in 12 months - and rediscovered some of the vigour that carried her to No 1 in the world four years ago. "This off-season was the first time we could actually take some time and work on things specifically," she said. "I really feel it's paying off. There are lots of little bits and pieces that are coming together now, which I'm very excited to see. "We both believe in the same things," Ivanovic added. "Preseason, we sat down and set goals for ourselves. I feel like I can absorb a lot of his teachings." Yesterday was a good day for the big names all round, as every match on the main show courts went with seedings. In the evening match on Rod Laver Arena, Serena Williams needed just 59 minutes to subdue the Hungarian veteran Greta Arn by a 6-1, 6-1 scoreline.
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