French Open: Former champion Ivanovic reaches semis

Serb seventh-seed beats Svitolina to reach her first grand slam semi-final since 2008 and will take on Safarova.

Ivanovic won the French Open in 2008 [Getty Images]

Ana Ivanovic advanced to the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since winning her only Grand Slam title at the French Open seven years ago with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Elina Svitolina.

The Serb, who lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2008, shrugged off the windy conditions to set up a meeting with Czech Lucie Safarova.

Ivanovic took control early on and never allowed her 19th-seeded opponent into the contest on Court Philippe Chatrier.

She put an end to a one-sided encounter on her third match point with a forehand passing shot to reach the last-four of a grand slam for the first time since 2008.

“I don’t know if I should feel old or happy,” the 27-year-old told a courtside interviewer.

“The only thing I could do was stay calm. The ball was going all over the place.”

Safarova, meanwhile, beat 21st-seed Garbine Muguruza Blanco 7-6, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals for the firrst time at Roland Garros.

“First time is ‘wow,'” Safarova said. “I’m so excited. Amazing.”

She also was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year.


13-Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) beat 21-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) 7-6(3) 6-3

7-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat 19-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 6-3 6-2

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies


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