Safarova defeats Ivanovic; will face Kuznetsova next

by: AP May 31, 2014


PARIS—Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic lost in the third round Saturday, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 23rd-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.

Ivanovic, a former No. 1 seeded 11th, won the title at Roland Garros in 2008, and lost in the final the year before.

Safarova, meanwhile, came into the day with only a 2-7 record in third-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments and only once, in 2007, made it as far as the fourth round at the French Open.

But she improved to 5-2 against Ivanovic, who could not find the mark Saturday. Ivanovic finished with 30 unforced errors, 12 more than Safarova.

Safarova will face 2009 Roland Garros champion Svetlana Kuznetsova for a spot in the quarterfinals. No. 27 seed Kuznetsova defeated No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 9-7 in three hours, 13 minutes.

More Stories

Wawrinka advances in Basel; Raonic, Dimitrov ousted in first round

Raonic lost to 91st-ranked Ricardas Berankis, and Gilles Muller outlasted Dimitrov. 

WTA Finals Preview, Day 4: Pliskova vs. Sveta, Aga vs. Muguruza

Radwanska and Muguruza desperately need wins in their second round-robin matches. 

Jurgen Melzer upsets Roberto Bautista Agut to advance in Vienna

In other action, Thiem defeated Gerald Melzer and Tsonga ousted Benjamin Becker.