Ana Ivanovic Moves to Quarterfinals at Soggy French Open

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Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic. Photographer: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Ana Ivanovic moved to the quarterfinals of the French Open for the first time since she won the 2008 title.

Ivanovic, a former top-ranked player from Serbia, beat Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 on a cold, wet Sunday in Paris. The match on the Court Suzanne Lenglen at Roland Garros was halted for rain for two-and-a-half hours after six games.

Hours later, Roger Federer of Switzerland, the 2009 champion, and France’s Gael Monfils were tied at one set all before play was halted due to darkness. Federer raced through the first set 6-3 in less than half an hour before losing the second 4-6 as both men struggled with wind gusts.

“The conditions were very tough,” Ivanovic, 27, told reporters. “I was really happy I managed to keep composed when we got back on court.”

The seventh-ranked Ivanovic will play Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, who overcame France’s Alize Cornet, 6-2, 7-6 (11-9).

In the men’s draw, Kei Nishikori, a U.S. Open finalist from Japan, defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. His next opponent is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who upset the fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2, 6-7-(5-7), 6-3.

Stan Wawrinka, the No. 8 seed from Switzerland, beat France’s Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. He’ll play the winner of the interrupted Federer-Monfils match.

At least eight matches were canceled, including a fourth-round encounter between defending women’s champion Maria Sharapova of Russia and Czech Lucie Safarova.

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