Ivanovic Bounces Back at SW19

Ana Ivanovic recovered from a dramatic first round to win her second round in straight sets.

Published June 25, 2009 05:38


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LONDON, UK - The favorites kept on winning through to the round of 32 on Thursday, as the top half of the draw played their second round matches at The Championships. Among the winners was Venus Williams, who won her 26th and 27th straight sets with a 63 62 win over Kateryna Bondarenko. World No.1 Dinara Safina also moved through to the third round.

Williams, third in the Open Era for singles titles won at Wimbledon with five (after Martina Navratilova's nine and Steffi Graf's seven), hasn't dropped a set at the event since losing the middle set of a 62 36 75 win over Akiko Morigami in the third round two years ago. Against Bondarenko, Williams hit 20 winners.

"She put a lot of balls back in play so we had some longer rallies," Williams said of her match against the Ukrainian. "I always felt like I needed to be the aggressive one and really take control of the points. That's really how I want to play throughout The Championships. It was a good match for me today."

Safina had struggled in her first round match against Lourdes Domínguez Lino, hitting more errors than winners; but in the second round against another tenacious player, Rossana de los Ríos, she was far from erratic, hitting 27 winners to just 17 unforced errors. It will be her fourth time in the third round of Wimbledon - she has lost at that stage every other time, in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Things are much different this year though - she is the top seed.

Ana Ivanovic recovered from a shaky first round victory against Czech Lucie Hradecka, in which she saved two match points, to beat Italy's Sara Errani in the second round, 75 61. The Serbian star was ranked and seeded No.1 at this tournament last year but is now ranked No.12 and seeded No.13 following 12 months of somewhat inconsistent results, at least for her incredible talents, and induced by injury problems throughout last summer.

"For me, it's important to stay in the moment and realize that every day is a different opponent and a different match. You won't feel good every day," the former world No.1 said. "Even if you feel great, you just have to go back to basics and work hard for each point. That's what I was doing the last couple of matches, and it makes me feel much better out there."

Other seeded winners were No.5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, No.6 seed Jelena Jankovic, No.9 seed Caroline Wozniacki, No.11 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.15 seed Flavia Pennetta, No.17 seed Amélie Mauresmo, No.18 seed Samantha Stosur, No.19 seed Li Na and No.20 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues. Carla Suárez Navarro, Sabine Lisicki, Kirsten Flipkens and qualifier Melanie Oudin also won through to the round of 32.

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