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Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic ended 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens' run at the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year.
The 12th-seeded Ivanovic overcame 56 unforced errors, a deficit and a partisan crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium to beat Stephens 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 in the third round Saturday night.
Ivanovic eliminated Stephens at the same stage at Flushing Meadows in 2011.
Since winning the 2008 French Open - her third final in a stretch of five Grand Slam tournaments - Ivanovic hasn't reached the quarterfinals even once. She'll get a chance to get to the last eight in New York after taking the last four games against Stephens, who at No. 44 is the youngest member of the top 50 in the WTA rankings.
Stephens hit 10 double-faults.
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More than four years after her French Open title, Ana Ivanovic is finally back in a Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The 12th-seeded Serb beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0, 6-4 Monday in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008, Ivanovic has struggled with injuries and her confidence since.
After failing to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, Ivanovic broke...
The nighttime crowd on Arthur Ashe, all 24,600 of them, was treated to an entertaining duel between Ana Ivanovic and Sloane Stephens, two of the women's game's most attractive stars, but the result was not quite what the fans wanted.
Stephens, the 19-year-old who seems poised for great things in the game, fought as hard as she could to stem the flow of winners from the Serb...
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 12 seed Ana Ivanovic ended the hopes of American teen Sloane Stephens at the US Open on Saturday night surviving to advance via a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 victory.
At one point in the second set Ivanovic was two games away from elimination. Despite hitting 56 unforced errors and playing against an American crowd, the Serbian came back to win.
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Ana Ivanovic has reach her first major quarterfinal since 2008 by virtue of defeating Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-0, 6-4 at the US Open on Monday morning. The 12th seeded Serbian is in her first major quarterfinal in more than four years, since she won her lone major- the 2008 French Open.
“I’m definitely a morning person” said Ivanovic. The...
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Williams had 31 winners to only 7 unforced errors. Williams...