Ivanovic Marches On

Ivanovic Marches On

Hunters of the Ladies' Singles title beware. A teenage Serb is on the prowl and her ferocity so far hasn't spared anyone. On the contrary, with every scalp her appetite seems to be increasing.

On Court 13 today, Ana Ivanovic, the 17-year-old star from Serbia-Montenegro, sent out another winning roar. This time her prey was Stephanie Foretz of France. And again it was a straight sets affair, 6-4, 6-3.

Ivanovic began on an aggressive footing. She served hard and mounted an attack of powerful forehands. Her aggressiveness cost her some errors but the No.19 seed confidently turned the deuce around and closed her service game with a 113mph ace.

Both players maintained their serves but Ivanovic showed more control, power and athleticism then her French opponent. She covered her ground quickly, thumped returns for winners and with some brilliant backhands broke Foretz to gain a 5-4 lead.

Eager to finish the set on her serve, Ivanovic conceded three break points. Foretz looked hopeful but was taken aback by the audacity of the Serb. A daunting Ivanovic planted her feet firmly on the centre line and smashed in a couple of volleys to take the game to deuce and then sealed the set with an ace.

At the French Open this year Ivanovic knocked Foretz out in the first round. Then she pulled off a stunning victory over No.3 Seed Amelie Mauresmo in the quarter-finals.

Within minutes Ivanovic had stamped her authority on the second set too. She hit powerful backhands, hammered forehand winners, and found sharp angles. Her serves clocked 111mph, enabling her to win her games to love while dragging Foretz's service games to deuce.

After Foretz was broken in the third game Ivanovic held on to complete her emphatic win.
- Written by Sajid Shaikh for wimbledon official site-