Roland Garros 2015 Day 8: Ana Ivanovic, Evina Svitolina First Into Women’s Singles Quarterfinals

Ana Ivanovic (click to enlarge)

When Ana Ivanovic won the women’s singles title at Roland Garros 2008, along the way also moving to world #1, it looked like the then 20-year old would be a fixture late in Majors. In addition to winning Roland Garros, she had just been in the final of the 2008 Australian Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2007. Unfortunately for Ana and her legion of fans, of which I include myself, she didn’t reach another Major quarterfinal until the 2012 US Open. Add in the 2014 Australian Open and coming into Roland Garros 2015 Ana had only reached two quarterfinals (both of which she lost) since winning her lone Major title in 2008. Ana Ivanovic is a heck of lot better than that statistic would suggest. When she has her serve + big forehand combination going, she is capable of holding court with anybody. Although seeded 7th this year at Roland Garros, her game didn’t look so good so far in 2015, but a deep run could turn that around. Count that as accomplished. With her 7-5 3-6 6-1 victory over 9th seed Ekaterina Makarova, Ana earns her third Major quarterfinal since her Roland Garros 2008 championship. And this time, I’m hoping the ride doesn’t end in the quarters. With all due respect, Ana will be the favorite over Elina Svitolina, who punched her ticket to the quarters with a 6-2 7-6 (9) win over Alize Cornet. However, that is not to diminish Svitolina in any way. Elina won a title on clay early this May in Marrakesh, so Ana can’t just walk on court thinking she can roll through Svitolina just by showing up. That kind of hubris will get Ana dismissed. She needs to take the match against Elina just as seriously as she would a match against Serena or Masha or Vika. I can’t wait to see what happens. Unfortunately, for tennis fans, the rain in Paris washed away part of the Sunday schedule. Maria Sharapova vs Lucie Safarova and Garbine Muguruza vs Flavia Pennetta both had to be moved to what will be a packed Monday schedule. Hopefully, all six remaining women’s singles fourth round matches will conclude so we will go into Tuesday knowing the full quarterfinal line-up.

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7 ANA IVANOVIC (won 7-5 3-6 6-1 vs 9 Ekaterina Makarova)

19 ELINA SVITOLINA (won 6-2 7-6 (9) vs 29 Alize Cornet)

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