Ex champion Ivanovic marches into third round

20:01, May 30 2014
Ana Ivanovic
THROUGH: 11th seed and 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic has advanced to the third round of the French Open.

Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia reached the third round by beating Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 7-5, 6-2 overnight.

The 11th-seeded Ivanovic dropped her own serve three times but broke Svitolina's serve six times.

She clinched victory on her second match point with a forehand winner down the line on Svitolina's serve.

Since winning in Paris in 2008 for her only Grand Slam title, the 26-year-old Ivanovic has reached only one quarterfinal at a major -  the U.S. Open in 2012 - and has never been past the fourth round at Roland Garros.

She next faces No. 23 Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, who won 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 against Casey Dellacqua of Australia.

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AP