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Ivanovic reaches quarters


 

Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:07

Since winning her first grand slam at the French Open and taking over the world number one ranking as a result, Ivanovic has posted a mediocre 8-7 record and reached only one semi-final.

The 20-year-old was the top seed at both Wimbledon and the US Open, but failed to reach the fourth round at either event and has dropped to fourth in the rankings.

The top-seeded Serbian will next meet seventh-seeded Flavia Pennetta, who posted a 6-3 6-1 win over Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.

Pennetta comes into this event fresh off an impressive showing in Zurich, where she upset world number one Jelena Jankovic before falling to Venus Williams in Sunday’s final. As a result of that performance, the 26-year-old has reached a career-high ranking of 14th.

Fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland failed to get out of the third round, falling to Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko 6-2 2-6 6-1.

The runner-up in this event last year, Schnyder had three aces but committed three double faults during her three-set loss to Bondarenko, who did not have an ace but converted 6-of-17 break point chances.

Second seed Vera Zvonareva had a relatively easy time advancing the last eight, ousting Spain’s Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-2 6-0 in 54 minutes.

A two-time champion this season, Zvonareva will attempt to move a step closer to her seventh final of the year when she faces eighth-seeded Alize Cornet of France in the quarters.

Another Frenchwoman, sixth-seeded Marion Bartoli, booked her spot in the last eight with a 7-6 (7/4) 1-6 6-3 win over Petra Kvitova. Fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia also moved into the quarter-finals by defeating Katarina Srebotnik 6-4 7-6 (9-7).

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