Ivanovic sails into French Open semi-finals
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) - Former champion Ana Ivanovic was at her brilliant, aggressive best as the seventh seed swept aside Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-2 on Tuesday to storm into the French Open semi-finals.
The Serb, who lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2008, shrugged off the windy conditions to set up a meeting with Spain's Garbine Muguruza or 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."
Her powerful forehand earned Ivanovic the first break as she went 2-0 up only for the Serb, under the watchful eye of her boyfriend, Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, to drop serve in the following game.
She then broke again for 3-1. Continued...