EASTBOURNE, England — Ana Ivanovic was the first seed to fall at Eastbourne when she was beaten 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 by Russia’s Elena Vesnina, and 2012 men’s runner-up Andreas Seppi needed to fight back from a set down to reach the second round on Monday.
Former champion Marion Bartoli of France eased past Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-3, 6-2 to set up a possible clash with second-seeded Li Na, and sixth-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia defeated Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Ivanovic swept to 4-0 against Vesnina but the seventh-seeded Serb failed to maintain her momentum, and for the remainder of the match she lacked rhythm against an aggressive opponent.
"I think on grass it’s very hard to get rhythm. You don’t get many long rallies and long points," Ivanovic said. "But overall I was pleased with my serving today, and in the first set I did quite a few good things."
Seventh-seeded Seppi prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 against French qualifier Guillaume Rufin, and there was also victory for fellow Italian and No. 8-seeded Fabio Fognini, who rallied to beat Slovenian Grega Zemlja 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4.
Sixth-seededed Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov was beaten 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 by Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, and American qualifier Ryan Harrison edged former three-time quarterfinalist Paul-Henri Mathieu of France, failing to serve out the match at 5-4 before winning 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4).
Agnieszka Radwanska and Li top the women’s draw, and Milos Raonic and Gilles Simon head the men’s event.