It was a tough match, Ivanovic says after coach collapses


Ana Ivanovic was understandably reserved after her coach collapsed mid-match at the Australian Open on Saturday.

Ivanovic was eliminated 4-6 6-4 6-4 by 2015 semi-finalist Madison Keys in the third round but all of her attention was on coach Nigel Sears, who sparked dramatic scenes after collapsing in the stands during the second set at Rod Laver Arena.

Play was suspended for almost an hour as medics attended to Sears - Andy Murray's father-in-law - before he was taken to hospital with Ivanovic leading 6-4 1-0.

The incident left Ivanovic visibly shaken and while she skipped her news conference, the Serbian did release quotes via the WTA.

"Obviously it was a tough match," Ivanovic said.

"I played so well. First set, I won it. I felt like I produced some good games, created some opportunities. But she came back strong with a very powerful game.

"I thought the third set she served better than me. She could get more on the first shot because of the serve.

"I felt that was the big difference in the third set."

On the support she received from the crowd throughout the three sets, Ivanovic added: "As soon as we walked on the court, that was an amazing feeling.

"I really wanted to win and have a chance to come back. The crowd was just really amazing."