WTA Finals 2014: Serena Williams delights in win over Ana Ivanovic

Serena Williams makes a solid start to the WTA Finals in Singapore with win over Ana Ivanovic

Serena Williams could not hide her delight after powering to a straight-sets victory over Ana Ivanovic in her WTA Finals opener.

The world No1, who has won the season-ending tournament in 2009, 2012 and 2013, sealed a 6-4 6-4 win in Singapore.

“I’m really excited with how I played tonight,” Williams said after the match. “To see all my fans over there was really exciting – thank you so much!

“I’ve been working hard and am glad to be here. Today I was really fighting all the way.

“Ana played so well, I was just trying to fight as hard as I could. I was even losing my voice from shouting ‘come on’ so much!”

Ivanovic added: “I’m definitely very disappointed that both sets I made few easy errors in the last service game.

“Especially in the first set, you know. I had a break point in 4-all, which I didn’t take and kind of got down a little bit on myself.

“Then I rushed a little bit in the next service game, so that was a little bit disappointing. I felt I created lots of chances, especially off the ground.”

Elsewhere, Simona Halep beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-3 in little over an hour in their opener.

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