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US Open Saturday: Ana Takes On Ashe

Ana Ivanovic takes on an inspired Christina McHale and a partisan Arthur Ashe crowd for a place in the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday.

Published August 30, 2013 12:01

US Open Saturday: Ana Takes On Ashe
Ana Ivanovic

NEW YORK, NY, USA - The middle Saturday of the US Open sees Ana Ivanovic, Maria Kirilenko and Svetlana Kuznetsova all in action, as they look to secure fourth round berths.

Saturday, Third Round

Arthur Ashe Stadium
[13] Ana Ivanovic (SRB #15) vs. Christina McHale (USA #114)
Head-to-head:
Ivanovic leads 2-0
It has been a difficult year for Christina McHale, who entered her home major with just one win in her past eight tournaments. However, the 21-year-old has never been one to shy away from a challenge and has showed no shortage of will - or skill - in gutsy wins over Julia Goerges and Elina Svitolina.

Next up is former No.1 Ana Ivanovic. The pair's previous two matches, both of which came last summer, went the way of the Serb in straight sets, but she will be well aware of the dangers of presented by an American underdog buoyed by a partisan Ashe crowd.

Louis Armstrong
(14) Maria Kirilenko (RUS #17) vs. [21] Simona Halep (ROU #19)
Head-to-head:
first meeting
Following her opening round scare, Simona Halep was back to her best against Donna Vekic, swatting aside the talented youngster in under an hour. That win took her through to the third round in New York for the very first time where she will come up against Maria Kirilenko.

Following a disappointing build up to the tournament, falling early in Toronto and Cincinnati, Kirilenko has really hit the ground running in New York, dropping just six games in her opening two matches. She will need more of the same if she is to derail Halep, whose deceptive power has already seen her defeat five members of the Top 20 during her trophy-laden summer.

Court 11
[27] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS #29) vs. Flavia Pennetta (ITA #83)
Head-to-head:
Kuznetsova leads 5-0
Twelve years ago, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Flavia Pennetta met on an outside court in the opening round of the US Open. On Saturday morning they will venture out into the further reaches of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center once again, this time battling it out for a place in the fourth round.

The past few years have been difficult for the good friends and former doubles partners, with both suffering injuries and a fall down the rankings. However, they have shown an appetite to recapture their past glories this week, most notably Pennetta, who scored an impressive win over No.4 seed Sara Errani. All five of the pair's career meetings have gone to the Russian, although the last of these came over two years ago in Dubai.

Around the grounds…
Pennetta is not the only Italian still in contention - Roberta Vinci and Karin Knapp have also made it through and will meet in the last match on Grandstand. Also in action are last year's runner-up Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki.

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