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Ivanovic advances in style

Ana Ivanovic made an impressive start to her Italian Open campaign as she brushed aside wildcard Karin Knapp for the loss of just two games to advance to the second round.

The 11th seeded Serb - who already has wins in Auckland and Monterrey under her belt this season - made light of a partisan home crowd in Rome to cruise to a 6-1 6-1 success.

Knapp actually gave her supporters something to cheer as she broke in the opening game of the contest, but that would be about as good as things would get for the 26-year-old from Bruneck.

Ivanovic duly won the next six games to take the opening set and then opened a commanding lead in the second.

Bouchard crashes out

She closed out the match at the first time of asking, dispatching a weak second-serve from Knapp to complete a facile victory and now faces Alize Cornet in the next round after the Frenchwoman's 6-3 6-2 win over Kirsten Flipkens.

Home favourite Flavia Pennetta made it through to the next round without too much bother after easily dispatching Yvonne Meusburger from Austria 6-2 6-3.

Rising star and 17th seed Eugenie Bouchard fell at the first hurdle as she was convincingly beaten 6-4 6-2 by 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

Svetlana Kuznetsova came out on top in her all-Russian duel with Maria Kirilenko as she recorded an ultimately comprehensive 7-5 6-0 win.

Elsewhere there were straight set victories for Elena Vesnina, Madison Keys, Varvara Lepchenko, Zhang Shuai and Paula Ormaechea, while Petra Cetkovska required three sets to get past Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova.