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February 5th, 2019

Edward Gough Whitlam dies at 98

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Gough Whitlam dead at 98 Gough Whitlam in October 2005. Pic: Stephen Baccon.
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Gough Whitlam stands behind David Smith, the secretary to the Governor-General, as he reads the proclamation dissolving parliament following the dismissal of the Whitlam government. Photo: Peter Wells

Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke having a beer in the Trade Hall Hotel on Sussexx Street on 17 April 1974. Pic: Rick Stevens

Gough Whitlam addresses a Labor rally outside of Parliament House, Canberra, November 1975. Pic: Michael Rayner

Gough Whitlam speaks to journalists in 1986.

Mick Young, Tom Burns, Stephen FitzGerald, Gough Whitlam, Rex Patterson, Graham Freudenberg, at the Great Wall in China in July 1971. Pic courtesy of Stephen Fitzgerald

Former Prime Minister Mr Gough Whitlam launching Micahels Cooiper’s book “Encounters with The Australian Constitution” at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Pic: Robert Pearce

Gough Whitlam in 1976. Pic: The Age

Gough Whitlam greeted by his daughter, Cathy, as he arrives at the polling booth to cast his vote in the 1972 federal election. Pic: Fairfax Media

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlan with former Sydney Morning Herald writer Peter Bowers.

Gough Whitlam. Pic: Supplied

Gough Whitlam in 1973.

Gough Whitlam addresses a National Press Club luncheon in 1986. Pic: Supplied

Gough and Margaret Whitlam. Pic: Rick Stevens

Gough Whitlam before his 90th birthday. Pic: Steven Siewert

Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam about to turn 90. Pic: Steven Siewert

Gough Whitlam in 2005. Pic: Penny Bradfield

Gough Whitlam in Washington before appearing on Meet the Pressin 1974. Pic: AP

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam as the keynote speaker at Whitehorse Business Week Breakfast at Box Hill Town Hall. Pic: Andrew De La Rue

Gough Whitlam at the Mount Prichard Community Club in October 2004. Pic: Andrew Taylor

Gough Whitlam watches Mark Latham as he speaks on stage at Mount Pritchard Community Club. Pic: Tamara Dean

Gough and Margaret Whitlam in January 2003. Pic: Simon Alekna

Gough Whitlam in the documentary ‘Gough Whitlam – In His Own Words’. Pic: SBS/Supplied

Gough Whitlam “In His Own Words”. Pic: Steven Siewert

Gough and Margaret Whitlam in 2006. Pic: Craig Sillitoe

Former PM Gough Whitlam laughs during a function at the Westmead Hospital where he planted a Millennium Tree to mark 25 years since his government’s dismissal. Pic: Andrew Meares

Gough Whitlam speaking at a public hearing into East Timor at Parliament House in Canberra. Pic: Paul Harris

Ex-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam launched the Oxford University Press latest edition dictionary at the ANU, Canberra. Pic: Belinda Pratten

Gough Whitlam. Pic: Andrew Taylor

Gough Whitlam celebrates his 80th birthday at the state library. Pic: Robert Pearce

TweetFacebookGuardian Australia that Mr Whitlam would be remembered for his impact on Australia’s universities, Medicare, family law, land rights for indigenous Australians and improving relations with China.

Australia has lost one of its greatest in Gough Whitlam

— Joel Fitzgibbon (@fitzhunter) October 20, 2014

“As prime minister, I was conscious of walking in Whitlam’s footsteps as our government set about creating a companion to Medicare, the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” she said.

“Every Labor leader and every prime minister who has followed him has wrestled with his legacy. Gough Whitlam transformed so much about Australia and the prime ministership.”

Former Labor leader Kim Beazley, who is now Australia’s ambassador to the United States and whose father Kim Beazley snr served as a minister in the Whitlam government, said the former Labor leader was “without question the most erudite politician we have had lead Australia” and a “timeless figure”.

“He made the modern opposition, through the establishment of shadow cabinet, the creation of comprehensive policy, the willingness not just to pursue the negative but to pursue what people wanted to know – what you would do with the place,” he told Fairfax Media from Washington.

Former Labor leaders Kim Beazley, Paul Keating, Bob Hawke, Bill Hayden and Gough Whitlam. Picture: Paul Harris

“His government was fraught and struggled but it left many monuments behind it, the changes he made in education, then changes in Aboriginal affairs, the changes he made in health, the changes he made in innovative Commonwealth use of Section 96 grants,” he said.

“While his actual activities ebbed and flowed in the hands of different governments, his approach basically remains as the underpinnings of many of great Australian social initiatives.”

Mr Beazley said he had “millions” of personal memories of Mr Whitlam but the first was when, as a child, he would travel to Canberra with his father in August each year for parliament.

“My father used to be put me in the Speakers’ gallery of parliament, almost as a babysitting service, and Gough would often, if I was sitting there, come across and say hello.”

‘Most connected’

Liberal backbencher Philip Ruddock, the only sitting federal MP to serve with Mr Whitlam, having been elected in 1973, said that after John Howard, the former Labor PM was the former prime minister to whom he had been most connected.

The Canberra tally room in 1975: Gough Whitlam holds his head high despite the early indications.

“My election as the member for Paramatta [in 1973], it was a very adversarial by-election, it was when Billy Snedden was making ground and we got a huge swing. But it was primarily because he proposed Galston as the second airport for Sydney and that caused a great deal of anxiety that could be very easily exploited.”

“He forgave me for beating him. In his very magnanimous way he would say ‘comrade, that’s the way it had to be’…I liked Gough Whitlam, he was a gentleman who believed in what he believed but it didn’t interfere with the personal relationships.”

Mr Fraser said that his predecessor as prime minister had a place in Australian history that was “very special to Gough”.

“He is in some ways almost a mythological figure, he is revered, whatever the success or shortfalls of his government, he has played an enormously important part in Australians life and that can’t be taken from him,” he told Fairfax Media.

“In the arts, opera theatre literature, music he opened up possibilities that seemed to be new and exciting”.

“He went to China at a time when the visit took some courage, China was still very much on the outer, [US president Richard] Nixon’s visit hadn’t taken place, but he laid the foundations for a new and more productive relationship.”

Mr Whitlam was larger than life and a tough opponent in and outside of the parliament, who had not born a grudge for the manner of his dismissal, Mr Fraser said.

“He was a formidable parliamentary performer and one of the significant debaters of his time … Gough was one of the leaders. It was a time when there were people who had their own character because of who and what they were. I think the Parliament today has less personalities in it, people who don’t seem to shine – people read speeches rather than making them.

March 2008: Gough Whitlam, the special guest at the ANU Bruce Hall commencement dinner.

As for the events of 1975, Mr Fraser said he “never had the feeling he carried personal animosity to me as a result of 1975”.

“As we met at different forums, mostly overseas initially, the ice began to break and we established a friendship. We supported the independence ofThe Agefrom the back of a truck overlooking Fitzroy Gardens together. We found that we had a number of issues where we had a common view – on refugees, independence of the media, but also we had a common idea of Australia as a country that could play an active and productive role as a middle-ranking power cooperating with others.”

“It was only later we developed a closeness and a friendship, after we left the parliament.”

And in the years after both left politics, Mr Fraser said, the pair had not discussed the events of 1975 as “those events were passed, he knew and I knew what the facts were”.

“There wasn’t a great deal of point really. There were enough things to discuss between us that were relevant and significant and more up to date than 1975.”

Paying tribute: Flowers on the steps of Old Parliament House. Picture: Jamila Toderas

“If he had a fault it was trying to do too much too quickly, which made it difficult to implement everything. That’s possibly a product of being out of office for 23 years, which is not healthy for democracy. It’s better that governments change more often than that.”

ACTU president Ged Kearney called Mr Whitlam “a once in a generation leader” who was driven by a vision for a greater Australia.

“Gough Whitlam sensed that Australians wanted something different and he harnessed that and ushered in a period of great social, cultural and economic change in Australia,” Ms Kearney said.

She listed recognition ofChina and equality for women and the first peoples of Australia among Mr Whitlam’s achievements.

Ms Kearney also paid tribute to the partnership of Gough and Margaret Whitlam.

“Gough and Margaret were a terrific team and together they made an enormous difference to generations of Australians.”

Ms Kearney said while Mr Whitlam was only prime minister for three years, he continued to contribute to the nation over his lifetime.

“Gough Whitlam’s legacy is one of a fairer and more just society and it is our responsibility to instil this in generations of Australians to come,” Ms Kearney said.

Find out more about Gough Whitlam’s legacy at The Whitlam Institute

February 5th, 2019

Rozelle’s love.fish oozes eco-friendly credentials and an imaginative take on fish and chips

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Rozelle’s popular love.fish is where traditional meals, ethical protocols and lively imagination meet. Photo: Fiona Morris WHO
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Lisa Messenger, author, editor, entrepreneur from Birchgrove

WHERE

love.fish in Rozelle

WHY

“It’s a really easy, casual place that’s really local to where I am. I love their whole philosophy around sustainable seafood and eco-friendly fish. They even have biodegradable take-away containers. It’s not too over the top. It’s friendly and happy and pretty casual, which I like.”

WHAT

“I’m a sucker for salt and pepper squid anywhere I go and they do a really good one. They do a really good John Dory and a really good quinoa salad – that sounds so cliched, it’s so of the moment, but I love it. When I’m feeling really naughty, I have the twice-cooked, hand-cut chips. I always think if you have the grilled fish and quinoa salad, you can have the chips: the 70/30 rule! Seventy per cent good, 10 per cent indulgent. If I’m 50 per cent bad, I might throw in a bit of banoffee pie; you can’t go past that.”

ABOUT

“I’m at a lot of events with my job, and I eat out two or three times a week. I like lots of different places, but these days I try to be more healthy, which is a bit boring because traditionally I like tapas. I eat a lot of fish and salads at the moment, but I err on the side of the 70/30 rule – it’s good to have a bit of naughtiness. My partner makes me terrible – well, good, but bad for me – desserts, which I’m trying to say no to.

“I’ve just launched my latest book, Daring and Disruptive, which is really exciting. My philosophy is on business and living your best life and finding your purpose and how to do things differently. It’s for anyone with energy and creative flair. I’m the CEO of Messenger Group and editor-in-chief of The Collective magazine, for people wanting to make a difference in the world. It showcases people from all walks of life and all industries and shows that anything is attainable, just get out there and give it a go. And I travel a lot …I pinch myself, it’s a pretty fantastic life.”

LOVE.FISH 580 Darling Street, Rozelle, 9818 7777, lovefish上海龙凤论坛m.auEntrees, $3-$19; mains, $17-$30; desserts, $14. $80 for two, plus drinks

3.5 out of five stars 

5 Neptune

4 King fish

3 Big cahoona

2 Small fry

1 Fish out of water

Fish and chips. Chish and fips. Is there any more hard-to-improve-upon culinary pleasure? Hot batter, steaming flesh and big, fatty, salty chips. Not your everyday meal, granted, but a union that has stood the test of time, the whims of fashion, the assault of the health lobby and the flippancies of some non-omnivores. Give or take the odd cultural nod – a grilled fillet there, a sweet-potato chip here – there’s little that has changed in the 150-odd years since its big reveal.

So, love.fish. Traditional fish and chips, check. Serious eco-credentials, check. Whole new ways of updating the classic, check. The Rozelle bolthole –one of a strip of buzzy places that gives Darling Street’s west end a lively energy of an evening – is a monument to what can be done with a traditional meal and ethical, internationally infused imagination.

On the night we visit, the unfussy eatery is chockablok with well-to-do Balmainians, many of whom are happy to sit on tables on the breezy, traffic-edged pavement under blankets if they don’t fit into the simple and tiny inside space. Its owner, the unfailingly upbeat Michelle, has spent years developing connections with Sydney’s most sustainable fish sellers, putting strong morals ahead of all else. Like her take on packaging, food waste, recycling and energy, the star of the show, the fish, is absolutely sustainable and thus not contributing to over-fishing or poor farming practices. (It’s a show of how far we have to go as a country that love.fish is so rare in this regard.) Her staff, like her, are a friendly and engaging lot.

To start, Huon salmon poori rolls are clever, clever, clever – sheep’s milk yoghurt and mango pickle, and a few judicious spheres of salmon roe add to crispily wrapped, gently spiced fish. It’s imaginative and delicious, though could do with a little more of the fresh pickle. House-cured trout is pretty and nimble, an edible dive into brightness and crunch.

If fish and chips are husband and wife, their necessary third wheel is surely lemon. (We’re less big on vinegar than in England, a very good thing that lets our top-quality fish have its fair say.) But there’s a whole army of concubines for the legion of fish choices on the market-dependent menu, too: alongside chips, a coeliac-friendly sides list is a romp across continents, through pastures and into spice souks. There are deep, inky purple carrots with blobs of smoky baba ghanoush, black tahini and olive salsa. There is Lisa Messenger’s quinoa in a sweet potato and pumpkin salad, polenta chips and greens in a selection of guises.

It’s probably not meant to be, but house rag pasta with Spencer Gulf prawns, Fraser Island spanner crab and truffled baby peas seems an homage to the mushy peas so traditionally paired with fish ‘n’ chips. The sweet peas are broken and full of seafoody juices, heady and richer than they look.

The double-cooked chips – fried in rice bran oil – are nigh-on perfect; a thing of true class. They’re made even better alongside the puffy goujons of beer-battered whiting. Double yes.

Biodynamic and organic wines are very reasonable, not inching above the $48 mark; our drop of Mudgee Riesling a nifty $37. BYO is $4.

I’m on a bit of an Spanish mackerel kick at the moment, so its rendition as a special – paired with grilled asparagus, golden beet salsa and pancetta crumb (and thus removing the pressure of settling on a side from the list of 11) – is a simple and wise choice. There are burgers for the turf lovers and housemade aioli, tartare, salsa and mayo. Oh, and ketchup incurs a fee of $1.

To reel it all in, banoffee pie and pear tatin wouldn’t go amiss on, as Lisa Messenger puts it, those 50 per cent bad days. They are, after all, offset by all the goodness put into such a thoughtfully minded dinner.

February 5th, 2019

Date with Kate Waterhouse: Alexandra Agoston’s model life

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Scouted at 15:  Kate Waterhouse, left, with top model Alexandra Agostone. Photo: Louise Kennerley Catching up: Alexandra Agostone with Jean Paul Gaultier at his exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Photo: Eddie Jim
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Alexandra Agoston is one of Australia’s most successful modelling exports. She has appeared on the cover of leading international magazines and is a regular at the Paris couture shows. The 26-year-old, who is based in New York, tells Kate Waterhouse about how she got her big break, working with John Galliano and aspiring to be an actor.

When you were young, did you always envisage yourself to be a model and live the life you lead today?

No, not really – it wasn’t a dream of mine. I was scouted when I was 15 in Paris so before that, I didn’t really know. I wanted to do something creative but I also liked physics and maths at that time and I never read any magazines before I started working. I didn’t wear any makeup or ever wear any high heels or anything. I was so raw when I started.

How were you scouted?

It was in Paris on a family holiday with my mum and my brother and walking down the street and a woman came like running after us. She was from one of the top modelling agencies in the world and she was the head of it and she was like, “We would love to represent you.” So I came back to Sydney and I started to work here while I was still at school and then, when I was 16, I went to New York and did Fashion Week and did 23 shows in my first season.

 

What was it like when you first started?

When the opportunity came about, I was definitely intrigued by it. I remember the first job I did. I had never worn high heels before and the stylist could tell so he gave me a pair of heels in the shoot and said, “Put these on and don’t take them off – even brush your teeth in them and wear them with your pyjamas.”

Was it daunting to be thrown into such an adult world as such a young age?

Yeah, you are definitely thrown in. Especially then – even though it wasn’t that long ago – I feel now there is a lot more exposure to the way things work in the modelling industry. With the TV shows like Top Model and Instagram and social media it has created a lot more fascination about backstage and the real life of models. But I feel like when I started, there wasn’t really any of that. There wasn’t even Facebook!

How important is social media with models these days?

I think it’s really important and I also – for me, I love it because it allows me to put together something that I think represents me completely… Then [companies] will book me for me and what image I represent.

Yes, it seems that models these days have to be savvy on social media. This was evident with American Vogue’s Instagirls cover in September.

Yes exactly, it’s amazing. It kind of brings it back to the ’90s supermodels, where it was more about the model as a person and as a personality and about what they represent.

Is there pressure to maintain a certain image in social media?

No, I don’t think I feel the pressure. I think it comes quite naturally to me.

Do have plans to branch out into other things?

 

I’ve done some acting work and studied acting. So I love that as well. I’m kind of just in that creative zone.

 

What would be your dream role?

 

A Quentin Tarantino film.

 

Does Chris Colls [her boyfriend, a photographer] inspire you?

Totally! In that way I think we have a really beautiful relationship. I’m definitely inspired by him because he is so talented. I’ve learnt so much from him and collaborating and shooting together is amazing.

Do you get to work together very often?

Yeah. We actually just shot a story for Porter magazine, which is really cool.

 

Is it easier or more challenging shooting with your partner?

It’s easier because we, I think, trust each other so completely that we can both be so open when we shoot. I completely trust his eye and his judgment, so I’m just so free in front of the camera because I know he is not going to capture me in a wrong way.

What would you say is your biggest career highlight so far?

Definitely working with John Galliano for Christian Dior would be a major highlight. To be in that environment and to be part of that historic process is so beautiful. He would design the dresses on me. So what happens is they employ me for that month and I’m on call for him whenever he needs me… I worked with him over a period of almost three years, so I got to know him very well… And to be at the 60th anniversary celebration show at the Palace of Versailles was amazing.

 

What’s next in the pipeline?

The Kookai campaign is out. I recently shot the high summer collection in St Tropez, which was unreal. Also [this week] Jean Paul Gaultier, who I’ve worked with a lot, is having an exhibition in Melbourne and he asked me to be a part of it because I’ve worked with him in Paris over a couple of years and he is putting his muses together for his collection. He just interviewed me for his book and asked me to attend with him, so it would be great to see him. KateWaterhouse上海龙凤论坛m

BITE SIZE

WE WENT TO Kitchen By Mike, Roseberry.

WE ATE A chicken Caesar wrap and a salad.

WE DRANK Freshly squeezed juice and mineral water.

ALEXANDRA WORE Kookai jumpsuit, Marni leather jacket, Kookai boots and Mulberry bag.

 

February 5th, 2019

How stock pickers fiddle investment returns

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Be careful when deciding whose investment advice to take, says the Intelligent Investor. Photo: Peter Braig Be careful when deciding whose investment advice to take, says the Intelligent Investor. Photo: Peter Braig
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Be careful when deciding whose investment advice to take, says the Intelligent Investor. Photo: Peter Braig

Be careful when deciding whose investment advice to take, says the Intelligent Investor. Photo: Peter Braig

The issue of whether to pay for stock picking advice boils down to two simple questions: First, does the company have a good track record in making money and second, can I believe their track record?

The answer to the first question, which is usually ‘yes’, is far less important than the second.

Why? Because there are many ways to make performance figures look good, and many investors don’t have a clue what they are.

Intelligent Investor Share Advisor has been around for 16 years and we’ve seen all the tricks from come-and-go newsletter publishers to black box stock pickers. Almost all will claim to outperform the market. Far fewer will show how they’ve arrived at their figures.

Here, then, are the top six ways to make successful investing look easy, if only you pay them some money.

1.      Not annualising returns – One company recently claimed an average gain of 41.1% from their ASX-listed recommendations over the past three years. Sounds pretty good, right? Trouble is, this figure was a simple average of a number of stocks over different time periods. We ran the numbers and the average annualised return was about 14%. Watch out for companies not annualising returns to make their numbers look bigger. A stock that doubles over 10 years isn’t anywhere near as good as one that doubles in a year.

2.      Assuming the future looks like the past – One recent headline from a stock tip sheet read, ‘Does your investment strategy return over 20% annually? Ours does.’ This insidious projection of the past into the future is misleading, creating unrealistic expectations about returns. Just because you made 20% last year doesn’t mean you will next year.

3.      Annualising small, short-term gains – This one’s very popular. A company recommends a stock and quickly sells for a 7% gain in a month. They turn that into an annualused return of 125% by assuming the stock would have made 7% a month for a year. Here, the unscrupulous take the annualising principle and misuse it to bump up their numbers.

4.      Not ‘closing’ recommendations – Companies reporting on their overall recommendations track record usually only include ‘closed’ recommendations – those stocks that have been sold. So how do you lift the average return figure? If you tell your subscribers to never sell, you can exclude the very worst recommendations from your calculations. By keeping the dogs as a ‘Hold’ the headline returns will look far bigger than they actually are.

5.      Hyping up past gains – If the marketing blurb just features a few big winners but doesn’t mention overall returns, that’s a problem. Companies cherry pick recommendations for a reason, instead of providing figures on all the stocks they’ve bought and sold. Everyone has big winners, including the proverbial monkey and dartboard. A 300% gain in one stock means nothing until you see all the other recommendations that didn’t go so well.

6.      Telling investors what they need rather than what’s realistic – Here’s another example from a recent tip sheet email: ‘We figure Australians need around a 15% return to fund a great lifestyle.’ Pandering to what investors ‘need’ and not what is realistically achievable is like dangling an invisible carrot. Take it from me:achieving a 15% after-tax return over five years in a world of rock-bottom interest rates without taking excessive risks or leveraging up is very, very tough. As legendary Australian fund manager Don Brinkworth said, ‘profits can be made safely only when the opportunity is available and not just because they happen to be desired or needed.’

By using the above techniques, it’s easy to over-hype individual personalities and their stock picking skills. ‘Prophet on the mount’ syndrome preys on people’s desire to find a (preferably charismatic) messiah to follow and venerate. But you’ll generally find at least one and maybe more of these little tricks behind the performance figures they quote.

So how should you judge a company offering advice on what stocks to buy and sell? You’ve still got to look at their track record but if you find any of these techniques embedded in their calculations, think twice about using them.

And for the record, Intelligent Investor Share Advisor’s performance is audited annually by accounting firm Grant Thornton. Between 1 June 2001 and 30 June 2014 we’ve generated annualised returns of 14.0% from 405 unique positive recommendations.

Nathan Bell is research director of Intelligent Investor Share Advisor (AFSL 282288). To unlock Share Advisor’s stock research and buy recommendations, take out a 15-day free membership.

February 5th, 2019

Serena Williams opens WTA Finals with win over Ana Ivanovic

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Singapore: Serena Williams jokes that she is not planning to write a sequel to her 2010 autobiography so much as a series, considering how much has occurred in the life and career of the 18-time grand slam champion. Still, at just-below-major level, Williams has also won four year-end WTA Championships, and successfully wrote the first chapter in the bid for No.5 with Monday’s 6-4, 6-4 round-robin defeat of Ana Ivanovic.

Opening the eight-player WTA Finals at the 10,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium, Williams resumed from the break required to treat the left knee problem that she had feared would prevent her from headlining the event, and thus attempting to defend the championship that the world No.1 has won in Istanbul for the past two years.

Result: different venue; same winning start. Williams said she was not entirely untroubled by the injury that forced her withdrawal from the recent China Open, but the great American also did what she needed to against a rejuvenated Ivanovic, the former French Open champion who won four titles in 2014 and is set to finish in the top 10 for the first time since her major-winning year, 2008.

“I felt pretty good,” said Williams, 33, who stretched to 16 her consecutive run of wins at the prestigious tournament, accumulated over 2009, 2012 and 2013. “I really felt like I don’t really have anything to lose at this point. I just started practising on Monday, so I feel like I just got to do what I got to do and do the best that I can.

“I felt the knee a little bit, but compared to what it was in Beijing, it feels so much better. I’m getting better, which is great. Just have to keep doing my program so by the end of the week, hopefully – if I’m here – I’ll still be getting better.”

Ivanovic was responsible for Williams’ shock fourth-round exit at this year’s Australian Open, but the seventh seed is now 1-8 against the world No.1. The Serb recovered from 1-4 down to level at 4-4 in the first set, before fluffing a routine volley for a 5-4 break.

“I’m definitely very disappointed that both sets I made a few easy errors in the last service game,” Ivanovic said. “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.”

The other undefeated player from the strong red group after the opening night of competition was fourth seed Simona Halep, who dismissed Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2.

“I played really well and am really happy to have found my game again,” Halep said. “I played aggressive at the right times and hit some winners. She is a great player and is very young and will definitely be at the top for a long time.”

The junior player in the field at 20, but also the most consistent grand slam player of the season with three semi-finals, Bouchard admitted she did not feel match-sharp. “But I feel like I can build on this. I still have another match, even though I lost, so there is a positive.

“That’s another interesting part about this tournament. First match playing No.4 in the world. It’s not like you can ease into a tournament or anything like that. You’ve got to hit the ground running. But it’s kind of a great experience to get so many kind of high‑quality matches back to back like this.

“I feel like it’s a match that I can build on, kind of get some rust off today, and just try to be a bit better in the next match.”