(CNN) -- Jelena Jankovic 'hot-footed' to a 6-1 6-3 victory against Yvonne Meusburger of Austria in the Australian Open first round as temperatures soared on Rod Laver Arena on Monday.
World No. 1 Jankovic put her feet on ice between changeovers as she opened with a win on Rod Laver Arena.
"Conditions were quite tough out there. One problem I had was that my feet were burning, the soles of my shoes got so hot," said Serbian top seed and world No. 1 Jankovic. "You probably saw in the changeovers I was putting my feet on ice to try to cool them down.
"Every year the court gets so hot. It's normal that the soles of the shoes will get hot, especially from the friction it gets warmer and warmer. It's like fire, the soles of my shoes."
Jankovic raced to a 5-0 first set lead in her latest bid for a first Grand Slam title, finally seeing off her rival after 70 minutes to make a date with Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.
Fifth seed Ana Ivanovic had more trouble with her opponent than the conditions before going through 7-5 6-3 against Julia Goerges of Germany, losing three straight in the opening set before the final decisive break in the 12th game.
"She was hitting the ball very well. It took me some time to adjust to that in the beginning, but I'm very happy that I took the opportunities I had," said the Serbian star who now faces qualifier Alberta Brianti of Italy.
"It was a very, very close first set. In the second set it was a lot of games with deuce and advantage but I'm very happy I kept my composure in the important moments."
Third seed Dinara Safina enjoyed a 6-3 6-4 win against fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva and faces another compatriot in the second round after Ekaterina Makarova ousted Aravane Rezai of France 1-6 7-5 6-4.
Denmark's 11th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki resisted Israel's Shahar Peer 6-3 6-2 while Russian Vera Zvonereva (7) took the first set in a tie break against Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova before breezing through the second without dropping a game.
French pair Alize Cornet (15) and Marion Bartoli (16) had comfortable straight-sets wins against Mariya Koryttseva 6-3 6-4 and Britain's Melanie South 6-2 6-4 respectively.
It was a bad day for the British who saw three of their four women fall at the first hurdle -- leaving only Elena Baltacha who plays Anne-Lena Groenefeld on Tuesday.
Anne Keothavong was the victim of some poor umpiring in her 6-1 6-7 (4) 6-1 loss to 17th seed Anne Chakvetadze, while Katie O'Brien fell 6-4 6-4 to Romanian Monica Niculescu.
Chakvetadze will now play Australian Jelena Dokic who had an emotional 6-2 3-6 6-4 win over Austrian Tamira Paszek in her first appearance in the main draw of a grand slam in three years.
"To win today is absolutely amazing. People think, 'Oh, it's just the first round of a grand slam'. But for me it's a lot. I pretty much went three years without playing," she said.
Kaia Kanepi of Estonia needed three sets to defeat Japan's Kimiko Date Krumm, at 38 the oldest woman in the draw, 6-4 4-6 8-6.
Agnes Szavay, the 23rd seed from Hungary, bowed out 6-3 3-6 6-4 to Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, while Russian Maria Kirilenko (27) lost 6-0 6-4 to Sara Errani of Italy.