French Open 2011: Ana Ivanovic’s Swan Song Exit from Paris
Serbian Ana Ivanovic won the French Open in 2008, ascending briefly to the No. 1 ranking. She did not remain on top very long.
Lately, the Serbian beauty has been fighting her way back to the top of the women’s game.
Seeded No. 20, former French Open champion Ivanovic faced Sweden’s Johanna Larsson in an opening round contest on Tuesday.
Larsson, who is world ranked No. 64, had some success on clay coming into the grounds in Paris, reaching the semifinals in both Estoril and Acapulco. It should be noted that the Swede also managed to upset Na Li earlier this year in the second round in Miami.
Larsson was never going to be an easy opponent for the Serb. Today, she was just steadier and more opportunistic than Ivanovic who lost the match 6-7, 6-0, 2-6.
It seemed that Ivanovic was in the driver’s seat in the first set, but the Serb managed to lose it all in the tiebreak. Unforced errors and poor serving cost her the set.
In the second set, Ivanovic played top-notch tennis blanking Larsson.
In the third set, Ivanovic returned to her lack-luster play, losing her opening round contest to Larsson in a disappointing match for the former World No. 1.
Larsson who had never advanced into the second round of a grand slam will next face Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday.
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