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Tennis: Resurgent Ivanovic gunning for year-end championships in S'pore

Published on Jan 13, 2014 5:17 PM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Reinvigorated former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic said she was targeting this year's elite WTA Championships after continuing her fine start to the season at the Australian Open on Monday.

The 26-year-old, making her 10th straight appearance at the year's opening Grand Slam, beat the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-4 to stay on track for a possible fourth-round clash with Serena Williams.

The first-round victory followed her success over Serena's sister Venus in the final of the Auckland International this month, and the 14th seed is confident of making inroads at Melbourne Park.

"It was the best start I could have had and the best I've made in a few years," she said of Auckland.

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