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 first week I was out here every morning practicing at 8:00, so I like to get up and get my day started.”
“I enjoy first matches. And also when you know exactly what time you go on it’s a lot easier to prepare.”
Ivanovic was ranked No. in the world during 2008 but has dealt with injuries and confidence. Pironkova is former Wimbledon semifinalist.
Although Ivanovic cruised through the first set, there were seven service breaks between the two women in the second set. Ivanovic failed to close out the match at 5-3 in the second set while serving and broke Pironkova back at love to seal the victory.
Ivanovic will face No. 4 Serena Williams who crushed 82nd-ranked Andrea Hlavackova 6-0, 6-0.
Ivanovic, who has lost to Williams three times spoke about playing her: “It’s always tough. She’s obviously a great player and she’s been I think playing the best out of all the girls on tour at the moment. She’s been, you know, having so many victories lately.
“Her serve is definitely her strength. You know I have to really be sharp from the first moment and stay aggressive and stay in the moment.”