Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic has defeated Ekaterina Makarova at the French Open, breaking through to the quarter-finals of the tournament. Ivanovic, ranked No. 7 in the world, defeated her Russian rival 7-5 3-6 6-1, according to the Daily Mail. The player was animatedly cheered on from the stands by her boyfriend and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Ana’s next match will be against world No. 21, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, who defeated the young French player Alize Cornet in straight sets, leaving France without any representatives in the women’s tournament.
The game was interrupted by bad weather, with the game being stopped for close to three hours by rain, with wind making the players’ lives difficult after play resumed, ESPN reported.
After the game, Ivanovic took to Twitter to thank her fans and express her happiness at reaching the quarter-finals.
— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) May 31, 2015
Ana last reached the quarter-finals in 2008, before going on to win the tournament, defeating Dinara Safina in the final.
The game was very competitive, with the second set proving particularly troublesome for the Serbian player, the Daily Mail reports. The wind troubled Ivanovic’s play in the set before she struck back with her famously strong forehand in the third set, and emerged victorious. Speaking to the press after the game, Ivanovic said that she was glad she was able to keep her composure, despite the weather, Bloomberg reports.
“The conditions were very tough, I was really happy I managed to keep composed when we got back on court.”
Ivanovic also said that she has exceeded her own expectations, according to Tennis World.
“It is amazing for me. I have to be honest I wasn’t expecting to do so well at the start of the tournament. My expectations weren’t very high. But then I managed to focus day by day, seeing things match by match, and I made it. I am very happy and it means a lot to me.”
Ana Ivanovic has a lot to be happy about. After winning the 2008 French Open, Ana was plagued by attention, which she says “played on her mind” and made her uncomfortable. During this period, she dropped as low as No. 65, but Ana now seems to be back on track. In 2014, Ivanovic won the Monterrey Open, and this year made it to the semi-finals.
Could this year be Ivanovic’s year again? Do you think Ana can do it?
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