Andrea Outdoes Ana, Reaches QFs
Published June 15, 2010 12:00
'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - After her magical run to the semifinals of Rome, the expectations were back on Ana Ivanovic to start climbing her way back to the top of the game. But the consistency isn't there yet, and Tuesday the Serb fell victim to Andrea Petkovic in the UNICEF Open's second round.
Petkovic, ranked nine spots higher than Ivanovic at No.36 (putting her just inside the seeds at No.7), certainly didn't have it easy, battling for just under two hours to win, 64 67(4) 61; and Ivanovic did show flashes of brilliance, firing 12 aces and some hefty forehands during the match. But the third set wasn't close at all.
"It's always hard to play against a friend, but on the other hand, I do put my game face on and play in matches," Ivanovic said. "My serve wasn't even that bad, but Andrea read it just fine all the time, while I was struggling to adjust.
"She just played very well."
Ivanovic flies to Wimbledon on Wednesday: "I think I'm well prepared. I have a few days to practice and will take the tournament game by game. I'm confident, playing well, feeling good and above all, I'm going to enjoy it."
The only other seed in action, No.3 seed Maria Kirilenko, was forced to retire down 63 33 against Kirsten Flipkens due to a left abdominal injury. Dominika Cibulkova and Sandra Zahlavova also scored second round wins - the quarterfinals are Thursday. In the last first round match to be played, No.4 seed Yaroslava Shvedova beat qualifier Arantxa Parra Santonja, 61 62.