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When Ana Ivanovic won her first career title as a qualifier in Canberra in January, she was tipped by many as a future star of the women's game.
On Saturday, the 17-year-old from Serbia and Montenegro proved she has the nerve for the big stage when she broke French hearts with a 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory over third seed Amelie Mauresmo in the third round of the French Open.
"It was one of the best matches I've played," Ivanovic said. "Maybe not the best but still I'm really happy that I took my opportunities and I look forward to the next matches."
Amelie Mauresmo again cracked under pressure at the French Open when Ana beat her 6-4 3-6 6-4 in a third-round match on Saturday.
Mauresmo, who has never got past the quarter-finals at her home event, started nervously but gave the impression she would recover, fighting back from 3-1 down to take the second set.
The Frenchwoman, who was let down by her usually reliable serve, was broken again in the fourth game of the decisive set.
Ana kept her composure before a partisan crowd until Mauresmo bowed out with a double fault on the first match point.
Ana and Nenad Zimonjic won their first round mixed doubles match against number two seeds Ai Sugiyama (JPN) and Max Mirnyi (BLR) 6-3,3-6,10-8.
Ana entered the mixed doubles draw as well, paired with Nenad Zimonjic. Their first match is later today against number two seeds Ai Sugiyama (JPN)/Max Mirnyi (BLR).
Ana and her partner Tina Krizan lost their first round doubles match today to Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) and Selima Sfar (TUN), 6-4 6-2.
Ana clinched a place in the third round with a superb 6-3, 6-1 victory over Iveta Benesova of Czech republic.
All she needed was 53 minutes(originally posted by Dasha on www.ana-ivanovic.com)
In the first set Ana had 12 winners (including service), 16 unforced errors and two double faults. Ana made two breaks, and lost one service game.
In the second set, the number off winners and unforced errors was the same - ten. Ana had only one double fault, and three breaks off serve.
Ana made short work of world number 103 Stephanie Foretz as she eased into round two of the French Open in Paris on Tuesday. The French was out of her depth against 29th seed Ana.
Ana will play Iveta Benesova of Chech republic for a place in the last 32.
Ana is 29th seed at this year Roland Garros. Her first round opponent is the local favourite Stephanie Foretz, ranked 108 in world. A year ago Stephanie reached second round by knocking out the 13th seed Natalie Dechy.
Ana is in the bottom half off the draw with 2nd seed Maria Sharapova, 6th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and 10th Seed Justine Henin-Hardenne. Among others, in the same half Ana might meet for the first time Jelena Jankovic, 15th seed and Francesca Schiavone, 22nd seed.
Tina Krizan will be Ana's partner in doubles.
The seeds for next week's French Open in Paris, France have been announced. Ana will be the 29th seed out of a total of 32. Ana will be seeded for the first time in her career after a flood of high-profile wins this year.
One week before Roland Garros, Ana made a new career high ranking - she is ranked 32nd with only 16 tournaments played.
Ana played her first WTA tournament last year in May, at Vienna, Austria. Then she was ranked 209.
This year so far, in less then 6 months, Ana won 25 matches, lost 8, and moved up 65 places on WTA rankings. And all off this is achieved with playing in only 9 tournaments.
Ana's next stop is Roland Garros, where she will be one off the seeded players, for the first time in her career in a Grand Slam tournament. This is her first appearance at this event.