The 27-year-old admitted that she was amazed by the world’s biggest flower garden, which is home to 45 million blooms.
“It’s a very peaceful and beautiful location, with so many flowers. It’s a great way to relax,” said Ivanovic.
“I’ve seen the city grow so much since my first visit in 2006 and it always offers so much, there’s always things to do and this brings a lot of excitement to this event.
“The field is very strong and I feel ready, and am looking forward to my first match.”
The former world number one and tournament fourth seed began her Dubai campaign with a 6-0 6-3 second-round win over Sabine Lisicki in 65 minutes.
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