Ivanovic shuts out opponent in Paris
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
PARIS ” Ana Ivanovic made the French Open look easy Sunday.
The 2007 runner-up returned to the quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Petra Cetkovska. The match was the first of the day on center court, and Ivanovic was finished shortly after noon.
“It was much tougher than it probably looked or the results indicate,” Ivanovic said. “I had to work really hard, and I played almost without mistake.”
The No. 2-seeded Ivanovic, also a finalist at the Australian Open in January, lost the match’s first two points, then proceeded to dominate. It was the second love-love result of the women’s tournament, and Ivanovic’s first such victory since May 2005.
Ivanovic has yet to lose a set in four rounds.
“I was really happy the way I performed all these matches so far,” she said. “I had fun out there today. I want to keep the hard work and keep grinding on the clay.”
Cetkovska, ranked 77th, was playing in only her third Grand Slam tournament.
“I put too much pressure on me, and I tried to do too much,” Cetkovska said. “But then, of course, she played very well.”
Ivanovic only faced two break points, both while serving at 4-0 in the second set. She will face No. 10 Patty Schnyder or No. 27 Katarina Srebotnik ” who eliminated Serena Williams in the third round ” for a berth in the semifinals.
No. 26 Flavia Pennetta, who beat Venus Williams on Friday, lost to qualifier Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-2. The 19-year-old Suarez Navarro, making her Grand Slam debut, beat two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo in the second round.
Pennetta converted only one of nine break-point chances.
Schnyder and Srebotnik faced off later Sunday, as did No. 3 Jelena Jankovic and No. 14 Agnieszka Radwanska.
In men’s action, three-time defending champion Rafael Nadal was to play No. 22 Fernando Verdasco. Other fourth-round matches Sunday: No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 18 Paul-Henri Mathieu, No. 19 Nicolas Almagro vs. Jeremy Chardy, and Michael Llodra vs. Ernests Gulbis.
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