French Open 2008 Winner Ivanovic Reaches Semifinal With Safarova

Ana Ivanovic
Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic. Photographer: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

Ana Ivanovic will play Lucie Safarova in the last four of the French Open, her first major semifinals spot since winning the 2008 title.

The seventh-seeded Serb overcame heavy winds on the main Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros Tuesday to beat Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 6-2.

“I don’t know if I should feel very old or very happy,” the 27-year-old Ivanovic said in a courtside interview before embracing German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger and her coaching team.

Ivanovic, who hadn’t gone further than the quarterfinals in any of the four majors since she won the 2008 title, started the match with a double fault as the wind swirled around the court and clay flew up. She recovered to win in one hour, 15 minutes, firing 37 winners and making 30 unforced errors. Svitolina had eight winners and 14 mistakes.

Shortly after on the Court Suzanne Lenglen, Czech Lucie Safarova continued her run on the Parisian clay by defeating Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Safarova knocked defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russian out of the tournament Monday.

Ivanovic, a former world No. 1, has won three of eight matches against Safarova, including a second-round victory in the 2008 French Open.

In men’s quarterfinals Tuesday, the fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan plays France’s No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while 2009 winner Roger Federer faces fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

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