French Open Friday: Ana In Action

Ana Ivanovic is seeking passage into the fourth round, as is Serena Williams, whose win streak is at 26 matches and counting.

Published May 30, 2013 12:00

French Open Friday: Ana In Action
Ana Ivanovic

PARIS, France - Former French Open champions Ana Ivanovic and Serena Williams are among those on court as third round play gets underway.

Friday, Third Round

Court Philippe Chatrier
[14] Ana Ivanovic (SRB #14) vs. [WC] Virginie Razzano (FRA #178)
Head-to-head: Ivanovic leads 4-1
Surely the underdog against Ana Ivanovic, Virginie Razzano has made a career of pulling off surprises. Her 12 wins over Top 10 players include a dramatic three set stunner over Serena Williams in the first round here last year. Two wins so far this week made the Frenchwoman the first wildcard to reach the third round of Roland Garros since Jarmila Gajdosova in 2010. Also, that made Razzano one of three women 30 and older to advance to the third round so far this year.

Though 2008 French Open winner and 2007 runner-up Ivanovic has only lost once to Razzano, two of her four wins went three sets, and none were completely one-sided. Also, this will be their first clash on clay, where a win by the Serb would give her 90 for her career on the dirt. Ivanovic's best outings this year - a semifinal showing in Madrid and a quarterfinal appearance in Stuttgart - have both come on clay, and both of her Top 10 wins have come against then-No.6 Angelique Kerber on clay.

Court Suzanne Lenglen
[1] Serena Williams (USA #1) vs. [26] Sorana Cirstea (ROU #30)
Williams leads 1-0
2002 French Open champion Serena Williams raised her record on the season to 38-2 in surrendering just four games combined in her first two matches this week. In the process, she improved to 18-0 on clay this year. She also extended her career-best win streak to 26 matches, tied with Victoria Azarenka for the third-best streak on the WTA since 2000.

Though a defeat of Williams would obviously be her biggest upset win, Sorana Cirstea is no stranger to pulling off surprises at Roland Garros. She took down No.10 Caroline Wozniacki and then-No.5 Jelena Jankovic en route to the 2009 quarterfinals - her best showing to date at a Grand Slam. She is now up to nine Top 10 wins, but has yet to face a World No.1. In fact, a Romanian has never beaten a World No.1, so a bit of history is at stake.

Court 1
[8] Angelique Kerber (GER #8) vs. [29] Varvara Lepchenko (USA #25)
Head-to-head: Lepchenko leads 4-0
It may surprise some to find out that former Top 5 player Angelique Kerber has yet to beat Varvara Lepchenko. This will be their first meeting in over two years and just their second overall at the WTA main draw level.

Both players have come a long way since their last meeting, with Kerber seeking to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the fifth consecutive time - a streak that started with her quarterfinal appearance here last year. She is one of three Germans through to the third round, the most at Roland Garros since 1996. Lepchenko is seeking her ninth Top 20 win, with six of those eight wins having come since the start of the 2012 clay court season. However, she is just 1-13 against Top 10 players - with the lone victory being over then-No.7 Sara Errani earlier this year in Fed Cup play. Lepchenko is one of five Americans through to the third round of Roland Garros, the most here since six got this far in 2004.

Around the grounds…
World No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska takes on qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier, Sara Errani and Sabine Lisicki face off for the first time and Bojana Jovanovski tries to follow up her upset of Caroline Wozniacki with a win over 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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