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Ivanovic, a 17-year-old from Serbia-Montenegro, closed out the first set with a second-serve ace before pulling away and breaking Srebotnik's serve three times to take the second.
Srebotnik, who upset second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo in the second round, took a break for treatment halfway through the second set, but was unable to rally. Ivanovic then broke Srebotnik's serve to love to close out the match.
Ana cruised into her first Tier I semifinal with a 6-3 6-1 win over Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik.
Ana is easing back to top form. She dropped only seven games in her last two matches at the newly renovated Hallenstadion.
Ana goes on to face the winner of the match between Flavia Pennetta (ITA) and Patty Schnyder (SUI) on Saturday for a place in the final.
Ana is aiming for her second tournament victory this year.
The singles programme at Zurich Open today opens with Ana looking to build on a very impressive first full year on the tour.
She plays the conqueror of Amélie Mauresmo, the Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik. If she can beat the resurgent Slovenian, Ana will reach the semi-finals for the third time this year.
It took her just 51 minutes to cruise past compatriot Jelena Jankovic. Ana dominated from the outset, breaking three times in the first set and twice in the second on her way to a 6-2 6-1 win.
Both players were able to trade huge ground strokes but Ana’s extra power and her improved movement gave her the edge.
She soon had a double break and absorbed the loss of her own serve comfortably, wrapping up the first set 6-2 and breaking at the start of the second.
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Ana Ivanovic booked her place in the quarter-finals with a battling win over France's Tatiana Golovin. Ana held three match points at 5-3, 40-0 in the second set before losing the next four games.
Ana also surrendered a 3-0 lead in the final set and was broken serving for the match at 5-3 before breaking again to seal victory.
The match lasted two housr and 19 minutes.
Ana feels very upbeat about her chances of scoring a big win against Golovin in Zurich tonight. It’s going to be a tough match for both players, but Ana’s excitement clearly shows her desire to play at the highest level. "She wants to play, you can see it in her eyes the way she trained in the week," explained Ana’s coach, Zoltan Kuharsky.
In a repeat of the same match they played in the first round in Zurich Open last year, Ana’s first opponent in Zurich this year is Tatiana Golovin from France, currently ranked 23 on the WTA list.
Last year they played a very close match which Ana won 2:1, by sets 7-5, 6-7(2), 7-6(3). They played each other once again since then, this summer in Rome. Ana prevailed once again with a 2:0 win, by sets 6:3, 6:4.
If Ana beats Golovin for the third time in a row, Ana’s next opponent will be the winner of the match between Alicia Molik (AUS) and Jelena Jankovic (SCG).
On Saturday 15 October the Zurich Open begins a new era, when the first ball is struck in Zürich’s newly renovated city indoor arena, the Hallenstadion. The $1.3m tournament, the most important European indoor event on the WTA Tour, will be the first international sporting event staged in the 21st century venue.
Last year in Zurich Ana won three qualifying matches, followed by a great win against Tatiana Golovin in the main draw.
Ana also held set points in both tie-breaks against quarter-final opponent Venus Williams. That was Ana's first career quarterfinal.
The teams were drawn into two groups on Tuesday with Russian, the United States, Belarus and Serbia and Montenegro in Group A and Argentina, Australia, Germany and China or the Netherlands in Group B.
Ana and Novak Djokovic will represent Serbia and Montenegro.
"We like to unearth new talent. This year weve got Ana Ivanovic and Viktoria Azarenka. No-one has seem them here before but they are on the way to the top 10 in the world these two girls," Tournament director Paul McNamee said.