Ivanovic sails into French Open semi-finals

Tue Jun 2, 2015 10:04am EDT
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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...

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia reacts during her women's quarter-final match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol