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True to her personality, Ana was in good spirits after her quarter-final defeat, despite losing in straight sets to Russian Nadia Petrova. “It was really great experience,” she said. “Last year, I just start competing on this level. To reach quarter-final, it’s great.”
Even though she admitted she was “not feeling so great right now,” Ana was her usual charming self, smiling to reporters and answering questions thoughtfully. “I think she’s a very good player,” she said about her conqueror.
Ana’s French Open adventure came to an end on Tuesday afternoon as she was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by seventh seed Nadia Petrova of Russia. It was an error-strewn performance from the 17-year-old, who was unable to reproduce the kind of form that got her to her first ever grand slam quarter-final.
“I’m pretty happy the first quarter-final,” she said. “But a little disappointed with this match today. I think I could give much more. And that’s why I don’t feel so great right now.”
Ana will play Russian Nadia Petrova for a semi-final place.
Nadia Petrova made her breakthrough at the French Open two years ago when she defeated Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati on a run to the semi-finals.
Ana beat Petrova in their only previous encounter. That came in Miami at the start of the year when Ana won 6-4, 7-5.
Ana's match will be first on Suzanne Lenglen Court.
Ana continued her surprise run at the French Open with a fourth-round victory over Francesca Schiavone on Monday.
Ana, who ended the hopes of home favourite Amelie Mauresmo in the previous round, recorded a narrow 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 6-3 victory on Court Two at Roland Garros.
Ana took the first set 6-4 in 41 minutes but Schiavone, at 22 the higher seed by seven places, moved ahead in the second as she looked to get back in the match.
Schiavone, troubled by a total of eight double faults, served for the set but failed in her task and so into the tie-break they went.
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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.