Ana Ivanovic is a former Open finalist. Image courtesy of abc.net.au/Tony McDonough/AAP
After a stunning 2008 when she won the French Open, reached the final of the Australian Open, and claimed the world number one ranking, Ana Ivanovic has had a few lean years on tour. A powerful, yet unreliable serve, and an apparent lack of confidence have impacted on her performances, but slowly she appears to be getting somewhere back to her best. She reached the quarter-finals of the US Open last year, the first time she has made the final eight of a Grand Slam since she won at Roland Garros four years back.
She has a chance to reach the quarters at Melbourne Park but the world number 13 has a massive job on her hands stopping the super-skillful Agnieszka Radwanska . After winning in Auckland and Sydney without losing a set, the number four seed has done the same rolling through the opening three rounds at the Open completely untroubled, but she is yet to play anyone ranked higher than 50. Ivanovic, on the other hand, had to overcome fellow Serb and 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic. She won that match in straight sets , but struggled to beat Taipei’s Yung-Jan Chan in a second round match that went the distance .
Ivanovic has won three of the eight clashes with Radwanska, but the Pole has won the last four contests stretching back to 2009. Ivanovic won their only previous match-up at the Australian Open, but that was back in 2007 when Radwanska was making her Melbourne Park debut.
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