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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Improving Ivanovic downs Stosur

Photo Titled Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic celebrates another winner against Samantha Stosur in their third round match.

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, the 13th seed, finished the first week at Wimbledon far more confidently than she started it. Her 7-5, 6-2 victory over Samantha Stosur of Australia in the mid-day heat on No.2 Court was ample proof that she is ready for the quarter-finals where Venus Williams will be her opponent.

Stosur received the usual Australian support from group of yellow-shirted, noisy fans chanting her names but she did little to justify their backing Ivanovic dominated most of the important points in the sunshine.

For Stosur to try to out rally Ivanovic was a lost cause in the fast conditions and the shorter ball that might have caused the Serbian a few mobility problems was rarely utilised.

Ivanovic has been building her confidence through the first week after being match points down in her opening contest and this match was a further example of her improvement.

She took the Australian’s serve in the first game and served three aces in the second to lead 2-0, although she was pulled back to 4-4 in a loose game. Ivanovic’s next break of serve was more significant . Stosur fell behind 6-5 after being beaten by the best backhand drive of the day and then served two double faults.

After 37 minutes, the match was virtually over because Stosur’s resistance and confidence faltered as she fell behind 4-0 in the second set. Ivanovic missed a match point at 5-1 but seized her the chance to serve out for victory, hitting four winners in a row.

It was a sound and solid display by the Serbian. Nowshe has to go up a gear or two.

Court 2 - Ladies' Singles - 3rd Round
Samantha Stosur AUS (18)52
Ana Ivanovic SRB (13)Winner76

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